Florence School of Fine Arts

Riso Lab is a creative space within the Florence School of Fine Arts which is located in the former workshop of renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari. Facilities include an A3 Risograph printer, 6 restored Gestetner stencil duplicating machines and tools for processing and finishing artist books, graphic novels, comix, zines and posters. The lab’s strength is to encourage intersection, hybridity, and reconfiguration fusing analog and digital printing techniques. At the riso lab you have the opportunity to combine techniques that can create something special and unique and the possibility to work between mediums in letterpress, risography, printmaking, mimeography, drawing, and photography. The Florence School of Fine Arts print media studio also includes a fully operational letterpress shop with an acclaimed collection of Italian and French wooden and metal type, the capabilities to print on stone & plate lithography with a historic 1860 wooden Bollito e Torchio Italian star wheel press, Italian Bendini etching presses and materials for screen printing. Print media courses at the Florence School of Fine Arts: Letterpress, Book Arts, Risograph, Experimental Publishing Studio, Intaglio, Lithography, Screen Printing, Lettering, Relief Art, Monotype and Analog/Digital Photo Based Processes. All classes are offered from beginning to advanced level and accredited at the University level for academic credit. Academic Year, Semester, Summer Term, Short Workshops and Artist Residencies are offered at the Florence School. The Arno River Press which resides within the Florence School of Fine Arts publishes limited edition hand-made Artist Books, Letterpress Posters and Print Ephemera.

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