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Check out the Academy of Visionary Art page on the Easter Seminar!

In order to satisfy the increased demand from our sold-out Summer Seminar, we have now created a special 10-day Easter Seminar. Under the supervision of Daniel Mirante, you will learn the tempera grassa version of the Mischtechnik, including his unique Soffio technique (applying gum arabic tempera through spraying) while developing a harmonic composition in the language of symbols and archetypes.

Tuition for the course includes 12 nights of Full Accommodation in 1 or 2 bedroom apartments 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…

Daniel Mirante ~ Teaching the First Easter Seminar

The Real Artist is the One who has learned to Recognise and To Render the Radiance of All things as an Epiphany showing forth their Truth.
– Joseph Campbell

This spring, join us for our first Easter Seminar at Torri Superiore. Within the exquisite surroundings of Italian nature, with its glades, rivers & Mediterranean coast, you will take a special journey into the deep craft, methods, materials & symbolism of the perennial tradition of sacred painting.

A highly regarded instructor & space holder, Daniel Mirante will guide a group of artists into the pathways & approaches taken by a particular lineage of painting, which can be traced from the 14th century painters of the Italian Renaissance, Botticelli, Mantegna & Da Vinci, and through to the Symbolist painters of the 19th century such as Gustave Moreau & Jean Delville.

Through a series of steps, you will explore ways of composing your work along harmonic principles, with meditations & internal exercises to develop your understanding of the language of symbols & archetypes ~ as well as techniques of nested composition, to develop a ‘work of magnitude’. Within an atmosphere of fun, lightheartedness, and the energy and support offered by the group, you will develop a more focused comprehension of the potential role & mission of art in the current times, and bring your art into a closer intimacy with your truth & intentions.

Daniel Mirante will instruct a ‘tempera grassa’ version of the venerable Mischtechnik ~ where the egg tempera is weighed towards the oil and mixed with resins. Daniel has also developed egg tempera recipes with specific behaviours, including a unique medium for spraying then rubbing off tempera, a method he calls ‘Soffio’. The painting is worked on first in charcoal and chalk, then modelled with tempera grassa, then explored in colour via oil glazing. This technique gives paintings a rich luminosity, depth & complexity. Through a variety of readings, presentations & visualisations, you will explore the spiritual & contemplative power of image-making.

Whether or not you are new to art & painting, it makes no difference ~ this journey is designed to initiate the Creator inside of everyone. This course transmits the traditions & techniques of the ancient lineage of sacred art and unites with our new visions, to give you the means for self-expression to share with the world.

About Daniel Mirante

Daniel Mirante is a visionary painter, explorer & teacher dedicated to expressing a creative vision of human life & the world, deep with mystery and the play of archetypal & mythological forces.

Daniel studied the Mischtechnik in Vienna with Ernst Fuchs, the founder of Fantastic Realism and teacher of Mati Klarwein and Robert Venosa. The same year he was encouraged to run Visionary Art Retreats & Courses. Since then he has taught continually alongside his personal painting practice, regarding teaching & supporting communities of artists as part of his vocation. He has instructed at The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art several times since its creation. He co-directs a global teaching network Art Visionary which is involved in the development of Visionary Art in India, Indonesia, Australia & South America.

In his own training, his participation with cultural institution and experience with conservators & restorers of the Victoria and Albert Museum has given him a deep intimacy with the materials of oil painting. His time learning & studying from old & new masters has exposed him to many approaches and lead him to identify and communicate underlying principles with clarity, humour & depth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a painting retreat like?

The group embarks on a supportive journey of learning. We approach our main personal piece through structured lessons that help each person develop confidence in fundamentals. Part of this is through guided visualisations and meditations through practice pieces and studies that strengthen our visionary capacities.

What will we learn?

Inner and outer time-tested methods. We will study principles handed down by masters, which open up our understanding of how to approach painting and composition. We will learn the venerable mischtechnik process which allows for paintings of rich luminosity, depth and complexity. Learning to pay close attention to the light and dark of the piece in order to achieve the effects of depth and volume in our work.

Do I have to be experienced in drawing or painting?

You are not expected to have any experience with drawing or painting. However some preparation before the course will really help you make the most of your time. We provide guidance documents for this and email consultation.

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