2019 Summer

Since some cancellations may still occur
you can write an e-mail to academyofvisionaryart.com to be put on the waiting list.



Olga Klimova

Olga Klimova

Daniel Mirante

Daniel Mirante


Come spend 3 weeks

in a 14th century Alpine Village

Studying Painting
in the manner of the Old Masters


the Direct Transmission of



Communal Living
in Torri Superiore

An Eco-Village
In the Foot-Alps
of the Italian Riviera

Torri Superiore

Torri Superiore

Kevin Campeau

Kevin Campeau

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Torri Superiore is a labyrinthine village of spiralling stairs & narrow passages, built from the local limestone in 1300. In this cosy & creative atmosphere, students will develop two Original Works under the expert guidance of Experienced Artists…

Now in its 12th year, the Seminar offers 3 Weeks of Intensive Teaching. This year, all students will have the opportunity to learn the Mischtechnik – both in its traditional version as a layered approach to painting with egg tempera and oils – and a more modern version of Oil over Acrylics, which begins with underpainting in acrylics and advances to oils. Daniel Mirante will teach the traditional Mischtechnik,  while Olga Klimova and Kevin Campeau will each offer their unique approach to Oils over Acrylics.

Tuition for the course includes 3 Weeks of Full Accommodation in 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments (a less-expensive tent option is also available…) with 3 full meals per day.

Each Student brings their own Unique Talent to the Seminar. …Yoga, Chanting, Live Music ~ the opportunity for leading or participating in our group activities is endless.

The hill-top eco-village of Torri Superiore is a small community where the inhabitants live in harmony with their environment, practicing Permaculture & Sustainable Living. We will become part of village life ~ sharing in communal meals prepared by the local chef from fresh and mostly organic ingredients grown in the surrounding fields…




This year, students will work intensely under Two Teachers ~ focusing their efforts into two panels that reflect a profound grasp of the layered painting techniques: Mischtechnik or Oils Over Acrylics. Upon registration, students will state their First & Second Choices of teachers (Olga, Kevin or Daniel), & we will organize the class according to the balanced needs of the teachers & students. All techniques will be demonstrated to all students, but the student will focus on two techniques closely supervised by their teachers.

Olga Klimova will share her meditative painting process, which allows the artist to free the mind, release judgment, and dive into new vistas. Beginning in white acrylics over a black background, she will demonstrate a variety of techniques for creating detailed organic patterns. After visualizing imagery within the emergent patterns, students will be given detailed instruction in painting the face, the figure and how to create dynamic compositions, utilizing Old Masters techniques in oils to create a refined, detailed work.

Following the pathways & approaches taken by the Old Masters, Daniel Mirante will offer instruction in the Mischtechnik, a “Mixed Technique” that alternates between layers of white egg tempera and coloured oleo-resinous glazes to create opalescent & transparent effects. More specifically, he will offer the ‘tempera grassa’ version of the Mischtechnik ~ an approach developed by the masters of the Florentine and Venetian Renaissance (Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Mantegna, Titian), where the egg tempera is weighed towards the oil, making it ‘fatty’ ~ a true tempera grassa. This venerable technique gives paintings a rich luminosity, depth and complexity. By learning to pay close attention to lights & darks, your work will achieve greater depth & volume. Through a variety of readings, presentations and visualizations, we will explore the spiritual and contemplative power of image-making.

Kevin Campeau will share his extensive experience in Inner Journeying to accompany you in the evolution and depiction of your interior world. Through a series of exercises, both in Nature & in the studio, you will learn to combine Automatic Drawing and Writing, to meet your inner guide – a figure who will lead you deeper into your own creative process. Through random swirls of acrylic paint, you will bring forth & refine elemental realms (some fiery or watery, others telluric or ethereal), as a natural setting for your composition. Demonstrating the application of oils over acrylics, you will learn how to refine the figure and elaborate your own visionary realm. According to Kevin, “The imagination is a creative tool with which we can explore our world & ourselves. It contains a vast potential for growth & transformation. The essential aim of my work is to help myself & others to realize The Inner space.”



For each teacher, students should come prepared with a Drawing on a Visionary subject, 30 cm x 40 cm in size (12″ x 16″), along with multiple photocopies of the drawing (for transferring) and reference materials relevant to the colors, forms & concepts of their composition. A minimal line drawing is fine (and easier to transfer), though a more developed drawing may serve as a reference in the rendering process.

Students with no prior experience ~ have no fear! ~ these techniques are very forgiving, allowing changes & alterations at each layer. We accept students at all levels of experience.

Participants should bring their own Paints & Brushes (we will also have a set of oils & acrylics on hand). We will provide the easels, the prepared panels, the ingredients for making the painting mediums, and for washing brushes. A list of recommended colors & brushes is included here: Required Materials.

It is our intention to create a sacred space, which allows all to flourish in their unique expression. Join us for a fun & creative journey together!





Torri Superiore is unique: a small hilltop village that consists of one labyrinthine building built on five varying levels and containing some 162 different vaulted chambers. The Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore has established its small community through a world-vision based on sustainable agriculture & permacultural design.

Torri Superiore’s Cultural Association is happy to host our painting seminar, providing us with a studio space while offering students full accommodation (a bed plus breakfast, lunch & dinner). Since most participants are struggling artists or students on a tight budget, we have taken great pains to find accommodation that is both interesting & affordable.

Torri Superiore is an Eco ~Village that aims for sustainable living; their prices are reasonable & variable. Since most of the food is grown organically and shared communally, the price of accommodation includes breakfast, lunch & dinner (which will always include a vegetarian option ~ Raw, Vegan or gluten-free diets can also be accommodated).

Accommodation is in Old European-style Apartments or the less expensive option of Tents. Most Apartments contain 2 separate bedrooms plus a bathroom, though some are shared rooms. These thick-walled, vaulted chambers have plenty of character, and some have balconies overlooking the Ligurian hills. For the cheaper Tent option, Torri Superiore offers a grassy space on terraced slopes shaded by Mimosa trees, with a beautiful view onto the distant Alps. In Torri’s building near by, individual bathrooms (including a shower, sink & toilet) are provided for campers. Participants choosing this option must bring their own tents & sleeping bags.

Since this is a Summer Seminar, we will take full advantage of the beautiful Alpine setting. Students can go swimming in the fresh-water Swimming Grotto or hiking along trails in the mountains. All meals may be enjoyed on the large terrace overlooking the treed hillside…

Students will also have the opportunity to learn and experience Sustainable Living. Permaculture is a form of long-term planning in which an integrated model of life is developed so flora, fauna & humanity may interact harmoniously & holistically. The Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore is a founding member of the Italian Permaculture Academy and belongs to the Global Eco-village Network; it has no religious or political affiliations.




The number of Activities is endless, depending on what you, the student, can bring to the group. Nevertheless, a steady stream of events seems to happen spontaneously and almost effortlessly.

In previous seminars, one student led a Yoga Class, another gave Tai Chi lessons, and a third formed a Chanting Circle. Music was our constant companion, with impromptu collaborations between students, guests & residents. One night a group of musicians from Naples gave a concert of Tarantellas while the seminar students came up with a Live Painting. We’ve had Guided Visualizations, Drumming Circles, Trance Parties, Pizza Nights & Midnight Walks through the Alpine Hills. Torri Superiore is blessed to have a stunningly beautiful Swimming Grotto close by, where students often cool off in the late afternoon and get in touch with Nature’s majesty & grandeur.

Italian Beer is readily available through the ‘trust fridge’ and wine may be purchased with the meal Sitting on the large balcony overlooking the beautiful hills, conversation lasted late into the night. Sunsets were spent at the Village Ruins atop the hill, and painting in the studio went on all through the night.

The Students demonstrated how Visionary Art is indeed an international phenomenon. They have hailed from such diverse places as Argentina, India, Brazil, the Sinai desert, Australia, Turkey, Malta, New Zealand, & all quarters of Europe and the U.S.A (from Scandanavia to the Mediterranean; from Long Island to Hawaii!…) Each brought the distinctive taste of their own culture with them, and offered a global perspective on the present transformation of world-consciousness.

At the end, a Farewell Party is always held, including an Exhibition of the students’ works. The friendships forged during the seminar lasted long afterward.

After the Seminar, more activities naturally develop. In the past, groups of students have visited the Damanhur Temples or Ernst Fuchs’ Apocalypse Chapel in Klagenfurt, Austria. Another group toured Europe before going to the Boom Festival in August. After a vision at Torri Superiore, Jimmy Bleyer went on to found The Temple of Visions, a gallery in Los Angeles which exhibited many works from former seminar students.

The possibilities are endless…

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~ incl. 3 Weeks Full Accommodation ~
July 6th – 28th, 2019

~ Tuition ~ ROOM Accommodation ~ Full Board ~
€ 2600
(approximately $ 3000*)
~ A € 550 Deposit is required ~

~ Tuition ~ TENT Accommodation ~ Full Board ~

€ 2250
(approximately $ 2600*)
~ A € 550 Deposit is required ~

Since some cancellations may still occur
you can write an e-mail to office@academyofvisionaryart.com to be put on the waiting list.


Practical information & Registration

* 22 nights of accommodation at Torri Superiore
* Full board: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
* Tuition for the 3 week Seminar (with lessons from all 3 teachers)
* Painting materials (mediums, panels, easels)
* Tuition for the Seminar includes teaching 5 days per week, 7 hours per day
* Classes are held 10:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 6:00, Mon – Fri.
* The studio is open on Saturday and Sunday.
* Accommodation at Torri Superiore begins Saturday July 6th and ends the day of Sunday July 28th. Classes begin on Monday July 8th and end on Friday July 26th.
* Room accommodation is in apartments, most with 1 or 2 people per bedroom.
* Tent accommodation is in a shaded grassy area near the main building. Campers must bring their own tents and sleeping bags.
* The choice of sleeping places in the apartments will be decided by the organizers, based on gender considerations (e.g. keeping couples together, separating women from men). Please request if you wish to be paired with someone in particular.
* Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be mostly organic with vegetarian options. Special dietary needs (vegan, gluten-free etc) are accommodated. Please notify us in advance.
* For the painting seminar, we will provide materials like ingredients for the medium, prepared panels, easels and brush cleaners.
* Students must provide their own oil colors, brushes, palettes, bottles and jars. See Required Materials

* All prices are per person.
* Prices are in Euros.
* Payment may be made in Europe through bank transfer and in the rest of the world (incl. the U.S.A) through transferwise.com.
* The reservation deposit is non-refundable.
* Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the seminar.
* Students are responsible for their own health insurance. Registration for the seminar constitutes a waiver on the participants’ part regarding injuries or illnesses sustained during the seminar.
* In the unlikely event of the seminar’s cancellation, all payments will be refunded, minus 5% of the deposit for administration costs.


Thanks for your Interest in our Seminar!
We hope to spend some great times with you…

~ Olga, Daniel & Kevin



Check out our new video of last year’s 2018 Summer Seminar!