2021 Summer Seminar


July 3rd – 25th, 2021

Due to the Corona Crisis,
we have changed the registration policy
to our popular seminar.

Registration without a deposit will be accepted
by sending an email to Florence Ménard at:

Six weeks before the start of the Summer Seminar, in mid-May
we will review the situation and if international travel to Italy seems feasible,
we will ask for the usual  €550 deposit to guarantee your place.
As always, full payment will be due one month before the start of the seminar.




The Terrace of Torri Superiore

Timea Tallian

Timea Tallian


Come spend three 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

Autumn Skye

Autumn Skye

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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 two Experienced Artists…

Now in its 13th year, the Seminar offers 3 Weeks of Intensive Teaching. This year, all students will have the opportunity to learn acrylics with Autumn Skye and variations on the Mischtechnik –  including a layered approach to painting with egg tempera and oils – with Timea Tallian.

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…




Students will work intensely under Two Teachers ~ focusing their efforts into two panels that reflect a profound grasp of the layered painting techniques: Acrylics and Mischtechnik.

Autumn Skye will guide her students on a personal journey into the creative process. Through conceptual dreaming, compositional theory, and practical technique, you will be supported and empowered at every step of the way, regardless of your experience or painting ability. Working in thin layers of Acrylics, you will build your painting up from a strong foundation using Autumn Skye’s “blocking and bridging” techniques to understand form and light/shadow, before moving forward to refining and nuance. Through the painting journey you will be invited to look deeply into the mirror of your artwork, with attentive presence, patience, and dedication, while listening to the mystery of the piece and where it might take you. 

Autumn Skye seeks to share her own creative process, which allows the artist “show up and do the work, follow through and stay present, while simultaneously releasing judgment, breathing and allowing, and find joy in each step along the way.” Her comprehensive and attentive instruction give equal emphasis to Creative Intuition & Skilled Technique.

As a self-taught artist, Autumn Skye has dedicated innumerable hours in creative exploration. Her style gracefully weaves together refined realism, iconic imagery, profound symbolism, and subtle energetics. She lives and has her studio on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada, while teaching and exhibiting worldwide. Her meticulous and poignant paintings continue to gain expanding recognition, attracting collectors and students from around the globe.

For Autumn Skye, students should be prepared with a Drawing on a Visionary Subject, 30 cm x 40 cm in size (12″ x 16″), and 3-5 loose thumbnail sketches, along with options of reference photographs (printed). 

Following the pathways & approaches taken by the Old Masters, Timea Tallian will introduce various methods of the Mischtechnik, such as those used by the Venetian Renaissance masters, Ernst Fuchs, Amanda Sage and other Visionary artists. 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 presentations and demonstrations, we will explore the spiritual and contemplative power of image-making.

As a visionary artist, art technological researcher and practising art conservator, Timea Tallian brings her in-depth knowledge of historical artists’ methods and materials to her art and teaching. Born in Vienna, she graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with a Master degree in Painting and Conservation, then completed a four-year MPhil research degree in 2007 at The Royal College of Art in London. These experiences inspire her art, which uniquely combine Renaissance and more modern approaches to painting. Due to her rich knowledge of historical painting methods, Timea makes an ideal teacher for introducing students to the Mischtechnik.

For Timea Tallian, 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 printed 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.

Please note: There are no printing facilities at Torri Superiore. Please come with your references pre-printed!

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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Due to the Corona Crisis,
we have changed the registration policy
to our popular seminar.

Registration without a deposit will be accepted
by sending an email to Florence Ménard at:

Six weeks before the start of the Summer Seminar, in mid-May
we will review the situation and if international travel to Italy seems feasible,
we will ask for the usual  €550 deposit to guarantee your place.
As always, full payment will be due one month before the start of the seminar.




~ incl. 3 Weeks Full Accommodation ~
July 3rd – 25th, 2021

~ Tuition ~ ROOM Accommodation ~ Full Board ~
€ 2650
(approximately $ 3000*)
~ A € 550 Deposit is required ~

~ Tuition ~ TENT Accommodation ~ Full Board ~

€ 2300
(approximately $ 2600*)
~ A € 550 Deposit is required ~

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 3rd and ends the day of Sunday July 25th. Classes begin on Monday July 5th and end on Friday July 23rd.
* 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, the balance payment will be refunded, but not the €550 deposit.


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

~ Autumn Skye & Timea Tallian



Check out these videos of the last two Summer Seminars!