On the occasion of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci

In occasione delle celebrazioni per il cinquecentenario dalla scomparsa di Leonardo Da Vinci

Workshop internazionale di calligrafia con Massimo Polello

International calligraphy workshop with Massimo Polello


23-26 MAGGIO / MAY 2019


The ‘International Calligraphy Workshop’ pays tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and to his own unmistakable calligraphy, just as Italy commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the great master’s death. Presented by calligraphy maestro Massimo Polello http:// in collaboration with TEC (Turin Educational Consortium) and the Biblioteca Reale (Royal Library, Torino), the workshop will be held at the Collegio San Giuseppe and the Biblioteca Reale, from May 23rd to 26th, 2019. Thus, the workshop will coincide with the special exhibition held at the Biblioteca Reale of the original self-portrait of Leonardo. The workshop is structured around a close study of the artistic-expressive evolution of Da Vinci’s handwriting.Forever surrounded by an air of mystery (particularly because of his style of writing upside down and from left to right) Da Vinci’s handwriting can only really be appreciated by seeing it within his historical context. Beyond this close study, the workshop’s goal is also to give the participants immediate first-hand experience of how accessible and relevant Leonardo’s cursive handwriting remains today. In addition to the hands-on practice of the workshop, participants will have the privilege of being guests of the Biblioteca Reale and having first-hand access to facsimiles of Leonardo’s codex on flight and manuscripts. The course will end with the binding of an artist’s book that will be produced during the workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Istituto San Giuseppe, Via S. Francesco da Paola, 23, 10123 Torino (to), plus two special lessons at the Biblioteca Reale, Piazzetta Reale 1, Torino (to).


Included in the package:

– 4 night in twin-room, with breakfast and lunch; upon

demand, single room available for an additional 50euro.

– Tutor material required for the course

– Bookbinding of a final art book at the end of the course

Cost per person: 880euro

Cost per person: 680euro without accommodation


Enrollment must be done by March 15th, 2019 by

emailing directly the event’s coordinator, Patricia Parpajola at

Fee must be paid upon enrollment through bank swift.







Here and Now

with Marí Emily Bohley & Laurie Doctor & Birgit Nass & Massimo Polello

Make a book with four different teachers in Tuscany

Because we love working together so much and we found a wonderful course venue in Tuscany we decided to offer a unique course at this special place. We will have a pool, amazing food, a lot of room to work in different spaces, a half-day off to explore around where we are and we are hoping to have fantastic group of students like last time.
The result of this course will be a book which will be filled with the experiences you will make with the four international teachers. The theme of the book will be “Here and Now”. We will be learning to be aware of place and time and how to translate that into words, sketches, calligraphy and drawings. Laurie will be exploring principles of landscape (scale, distance, pattern, repetition, time, movement…) and translating these principles into text. Massimo will be working with cursive writing, starting from our personal handwriting and will be developed using historical scripts. With Birgit you can find a concept throughout the book with interesting page designs and colors. Marí will be providing the book structures to bring it all together.

We will bring all the basic materials and tools for making the book. Please bring your personal calligraphy tools and if possible writing fluid.


Six days in Tuscany

Date:                       5th to 10th of September 2020

Time:                      Saturday evening to Thursday lunch

Place:                     Villa Palagione, Centro Interculturale, Loc. Palagione, I-56048 Volterra / Pisa, Italy

Course Fee:      590 Euro (course fee, incl. basic materials)

Students:            maximum 30 people (The students will be divided in groups and the teachers rotate and they will teach all groups the same amount of time.)

Registration: oder



It must be booked directly with the house at
There are 33 rooms and 28 of those are possible to book as double or single rooms. The prices vary from 63 Euro per night for small single rooms up to 118 Euro for large nicely decorated rooms. Double rooms start from 58 Euro per night. For meals you get to choose to have one, two or three meals per day. Because there so many choices, everybody has to book the accommodation directly with the team at the Villa Palagione.


Workshop venue

The Villa Palagione is located seven kilometres east of the 3000 year-old cultural centre of Volterra, on the southern slope of its historical mountain “Monte Voltraio”. The villa has numerous large rooms and halls. The “Lords and Ladies” lived on the central floor, or “Bel-Etage”, where today you can still  find the most beautiful murals and frescoes. It offers accommodation for up to 65 guests, seminar and conference rooms, as well as beautiful gardens and a pool for recreation and relaxation. The in-house Tuscan cuisine varies according to the seasons and includes a breakfast buffet, and a midday or evening meal (a set meal with several courses) featuring regional specialties. For

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Birgit Nass Graphic designer, lives as a freelance artist in Brietlingen near Lüneburg, Germany.


Laurie Doctor Calligrapher, painter and lives as a freelance artist in Kentucky, USA.


Massimo Polello Graphic designer, lives as a freelance artist in Turin, Italy.


Marí Emily Bohley BA Calligraphy and Bookbinding, lives as a freelance artist in Dresden, Germany.


download the PDF here :

Here and Now _course desdription-1




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Rijksbook Project

A limited edition prestigious book catalogue  of the great 17th century paintings in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
The paintings would be reproduced on a large scale and always accompanied by a full page calligraphic composition on the opposite page. Me and Brody Neuenschwander worked in tandem for about 95 calligraphy works and takes both busy for more then half of 2015.
You can see more of this book on or