Schola Artis Pro Vobis

Sculpture courses

Sculpture Course Level 1

Theoretical introduction to sculpture; hand carving on stone and bas-relief decoration (practical)

The workshop provides:

  • Workstation and basic sculpture tools
  • Slab for making the bas-relief
  • Safety goggles (other safety equipment will not be provided)


6 days, 4 hours per day, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , meals not included

The work created will become the property of the student.

Sculpture Course Level 2

Theoretical introduction to the pointing machine copying technique; practical work using this technique

The workshop provides:

  • Workstation and basic sculpture tools (the workshop has all the necessary equipment)
  • Material to be sculpted and model to be reproduced selected from the collection of plaster casts
  • Pointing machine
  • Safety goggles (other safety equipment will not be provided)


8 days, 4 hours per day, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , meals not included

Students may acquire the sculpture created by paying an additional price for the material used.

Sculpture Course Level 3

Theoretical and practical introduction to the enlarging technique using calipers - reserved for professionals and experts

The course will be divided into 2 sessions of 2 weeks each, lasting 6-8 hours.

For both sessions, the following will be provided:

  • Workstation and basic sculpture tools (the workshop has all the equipment necessary for working and handling the works)
  • Model selected from the Affiliati workshop collection of plaster casts (with the possibility of evaluating one’s own works for use)*
  • Material for the physical creation of the work (with reservations in case of special needs of the student)
  • Safety equipment will not be provided

The course will be divided into two levels:

  1. In the first 2 weeks there will be a theoretical and practical introduction to the technique, including the preparation of the model and of the triangle for enlarging, followed by the positioning of the first preliminary points.
  2. In the second 2 weeks we will proceed with the pointing of the work up to the possible finishing.

* The student has the opportunity to consult previously with the workshop organizers in order to better evaluate the technical and practical possibilities of replicating any works other than the selected models already present.

In addition, for works deriving from a commission for third parties that require more time for finishing, the standard rental rate will be applied, in addition to the cost of the course itself, based on the additional time required.

For copies made from a model chosen from our plaster cast collection, the work may be acquired by paying an additional cost for the material.

For any works to be done on commission, the material to be sculpted is not guaranteed; however, it will be possible to purchase any pieces available in our yard.

Per tutti i 3 livelli verrà rilasciato un attestato di partecipazione dall’associazione culturale “Schola Artis Pro vobis Assisi” sottoscritto dal docente responsabile Tufo Francesco.

I corsi si svolgeranno principalmente nel periodo estivo.

Non è richiesto un numero minimo di partecipanti, ma non sarà possibile superare il numero di 6 / 7 per un gruppo di corsisti nel caso dei primi 2 livelli.

Per il 3 livello il numero massimo è di 2 corsisti alla volta.

Tenured Teacher

Francesco TUFO


  • High school graduation in, plastic disciplines, obtained at the art institute “Bernardino di Betto “ of Perugia
  • Graduates triennal in sculpture achieved at the Academy of fine arts of Carrara (Ms) with a score 110/110cum laude
  • Specialistic degree in sculpture achieved at the Academy of fine arts of Carrara (Ms) with a score 110 /110 cum laude


  • 2009
    Takes part in the progect “Miracolo “, monumental tribute to the sculptor Marino Marini placed at art institute “Bernardino di Betto” in Perugia.
    Realizza il disegno per le spille “cavalieri della pace” per il centro internazionale per la pace tra i popoli di Assisi
  • 2010
    participation in the event “3 days dis-cultura” in S. Feliciano (Pg) , realizing a work in collective with other students in the days of the event
  • 2011
    collective exhibition title “Art and sculpture” in Città della Pieve (Pg)
  • 2012
    partecipation in the sculpture prize with a collective exhibition “Raffaello Consortini” in Volterra (Pi)
    exhibition with special mention to the 49° edition of the Internatonal Corciano festival (Pg) selected by the critic Bruno Corà
    to participate in the 8th edition of the award “M.A.G” (Marsciano young artist) partecipating in the collective exhibition.
    starts a relationship of periodic assistance, which will last for the entire academic period, as an apprentice in the study of the sculptor and professor of the Academy of Carrara Franco Mauro Franchi.
  • 2013
    collective exhibition in the location of the contemporary art center “Fornace Pasquinucci “ in Capraia (Fi)
    selected for the realizzation of a public stone work at the “5 International Symposium of Sassetta” (LI) where he won 2 prizes, technical and popular .
    collective exhibition “Phats in the air” at the archeological park “San Vincenzino” in Cecina (Li)
  • 2014
    realization of a marble monument for the “1° symposum Phats for peace “ in Bazzano (Bo)
    the projects of the works where presented at “Artefiera” in Bologna of the same year.
    Partecipation at “Humus park, the mind opener” International land art meeting, making a work together with another student of the Carrara academy.
    Competition with collective exhibition in the churc of “Madonna delle lacrime” in Carrara (MS) organized by the diocesi of Massa-Carrara-Pontremoli .
    Collective exhibition “InformAzione” in the “Bandini art Gallery” Cecina (Li) .
    organizes the event and participates in the realization of a one travertine monument in the “1st symposium of the Arna lands” in Civitella D’Arna (Pg) .
  • 2015
    collective exhibition in Carrara (Ms) organized by the association IUGTE (international university of teatre)
    selected for the collective exhibition of the competition “Surveillance and democracy in Europe”, at Villa Salviati in Fiesole (Fi), patronage of the state archives of the European community.
    esposizione a “Carrara giorni d’arte” presso il quartiere fieristico di Carrara (Ms)
    realizza asime a Gabriele Ruzzante e Gabriele Mosti un’opera interattiva di Land Art nella piazza di Assisi per la manifestazione “Coltivare la vita ” organizzata dall’istituto Serafico di Assisi (Pg)
    Selected ( together with 2 other students ) to represent the sculpture section of the Carrara Academy at the national prize “Claudio Abbado”, competition between the Italian academies.
    Realized a monument in stone for the 1st symposium of Bibbona (Li) .
    Collective exhibition with installation of 2 permanents works in the municipality of Sassetta (Li).
    Is colled as curator of the event “Alleys in art” for the event “Palio Arnense “ in Ripa (Pg) .
    curatore della collettiva “Vicoli in arte” svoltasi all’interno del Palio Arnense di Ripa, dove espone da molte edizioni.
    installazione di 2 opere permanenti nel comune di Sassetta ( LI)
  • 2016
    receives the commission for the realization of the portrait of the motorcyclist Marco Papa, place as public work in Perugia. Angelo di Perugia.
    scale reproduction of “Madonna of Citerna” by Donatello, (on private commission).
    Partecipazione al 1° edizione del “Premio Sergio Dati” presso il Carrara fiere con mostra collettiva.
    Collective exhibition titled “colours and forms “ in the location of contempoary art center “Fornace Pasquinucci” in Capraia (Fi)
    Selected for the “Edgardo Mannucci International Sculpture Award” held in Arcevia (AN) winning the award held by sponsor (Delta Motors).
    Collective exhibition at the “Studio Bloom art and design “ in Perugia
    participation in various collective exhibitions
    starts the collaboration with the artistic studio Affiliati Peducci-Savini ( now only Affiliati s.a.s di Peducci Matteo e co.)
  • 2018
    personal exposition in the halls of rocca Estense in San Martino in Rio (Re)
    selected for the 1st edition of the “International Symposium of modeling and casting” held at the plaster cast Giulio Monteverde Bistagno (AL)
  • 2019
    creates a tactile frame, request by the Italian blind association, a reworked clay copy of the “risen christ” of the “Decimviri “ altarpiece by Perugino, placed in the national gallery of Umbria

    is called as technical director and juror for the 2nd edition of the “International Symposium of modeling and casting ” at the Gipsoteca Giulio Monteverde in Bistagno (AL)
    realizes on commission ” Cultural roots ” travertine monument collocated in the village of Civitella d’Arna (PG)
  • 2020
    is called as technical director and juror for the 3° edition of the “International Symposium of modeling and casting ” at the Gipsoteca Giulio Monteverde in Bistagno (AL)
    selected , within european applicants , by NY20+ a cultural association for an artistic residency in China, to represent the “Schola Artis Pro Vobis of Assisi “

Sculpture course

using the lost wax technique

A model, a plaster coating, then the wax, then plaster again and lastly the oven and the bronze.

Many steps are needed to make a sculpture using the “lost wax” technique, but the procedure makes it possible to create large works easily, even in a single piece.

Known since ancient times (the most famous works created with this technique are the Riace Bronzes), it fell into disuse in the Middle Ages, and then in the Renaissance it became popular again among sculptors such as Lorenzo Ghiberti.

The workshop provides:

  • Workstation and basic sculpture tools
  • Material needed for the making of the work
  • Safety goggles (other safety equipment will not be provided)


6 days from Monday to Saturday, 4 hours per day, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., meals not included

The work created will become the property of the student.

Step by step:

  • Clay model of the sculpture
  • Plaster mould
  • Wax model
  • Casting mould
  • Bronze casting
  • Bronze sculpture

Tenured Teacher


He was born in Foligno in 1970. In 1995, he began to study sculpture under the guidance
of Maestro Edgardo Abbozzo and Bruno Corà at the “Pietro Vannucci” Accademia di Belle Arti.

In his first year at the Accademia, he was awarded first prize for sculpture in the competition
I giovani e l’arte, curated by the Antonio Canova’91 Association. The members
of the jury included the Peruvian sculptor, Maestro Joaquin Roca Rey and Maestro Nino Caruso

In 1998, he was awarded a three-month Erasmus scholarship at the Barcelona University of Fine Arts. At the request of the Lions Club he made some bronze reliefs for the façade of the “G. Palmer” shelter accommodation in Foligno.

In September 2000, he graduated with a first class degree in sculpture from the “Pietro Vannucci” Accademia di Belle Arti. In May 2001, he was awarded first prize for the “Edgardo Mannucci” Sculpture Award, curated by the International Rotary Club of Arcevia (An).

During October 2013, he attended the engraving department at the SVA, the New York Visual Art School, where he created his first engravings.

He is currently working on the Monument to the Fallen of Agliano, which will be erected at the Town Hall of Campello sul Clitunno. He prefers to sculpt materials such as marble, ceramic and bronze, which he casts in his workshop using the old technique of lost-wax casting. Many of his works can be found in private collections in Italy, California, New York, Osaka, London, Luxembourg, Spain and France.

He has taken part in numerous, collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad, some of the most recent of which include:

  • TERRA DI MAESTRI Artisti Umbri del Novecento VI 1981 – 2000 e ultime
    generazioni , Villa Fidelia, Spello 2007.
  • Dimensioni parallele, 2013 Minigallery, Assisi.
  • Omaggio a Emilio Greco, Spello, 2014.
  • Segni di fede nell’arte contemporanea, Museo Capitolare Diocesano,
    Foligno, 2014.
  • Oltre le divergenze, Arte Contemporanea Al Poggiolo, Pilonico
    Materno (PG), 2014.
  • Materia e sapere 2014, mostra itinerante, Pilonico Materno Campello sul Clitunno, Calcata, 2014.
  • Ricognizione 2014 – Arte Contemporanea in Umbria, CIAC, Foligno,
  • BACULUS 2014, Museo Carandente, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, 2014.
  • Forma dell’immagine 2014-2015, OFFARCH Officina d’Architettura,
    SPOLETO, 2014.
  • Oltre la vita, Fondazione L’Arsenale, Lago di Iseo, 2015
  • Misericordiae Opera 2016, Museo Capitolare Diocesano, Foligno, 2016.

Introduzione a cura di Giovanna Brenci


The artist, Armando Moriconi, has a “classic” vision of sculpture. Nevertheless, his works have a contemporary feel.

Since his first works in the mid-nineties, he has dedicated himself to searching for a return to nature that is not only dynamic and tense, but also a plastic transposition of organic material. To do so, he successfully turned to twentieth century masters such as Costantin Brancusi first and foremost, who was highly skilled in transforming material into basic shapes, polished to the extreme. Moriconi absorbed the latter’s obsession with “finished”, compact surfaces, capable of conveying the feeling of the material’s weight and energy. Whether it’s a bas-relief or a sculpture-in-the-round in ceramic, marble or bronze (his favourite materials), we can see dynamic folds and soft shapes that are not in the slightest aggressive, thanks to which the sculpture achieves an inner equilibrium.

Moriconi’s mindful choice of materials comes from respect, which sometimes becomes fear to strike the block. Fear and at the same time man’s inborn need, which is tenderly appeased by “doing”.

Moriconi is fascinated not only by the expressive opportunities offered by the different sculptural materials, but also by the specific techniques for each one of them according to the characteristics of metal, stone or ceramic. As regards the latter, for example, he has focused on experimenting with the Raku technique, which gives gold, iridescent highlights, and investigated the contrasting glossy/matt effect of surfaces to achieve the feeling of organic material.

Moriconi’s marble sculptures are unusual in that their surfaces are polished to perfection until they shine and appear soft. Their delicate, abstract patterns lead onlookers to perceive a feeling of life in his works, without being able to recognise a particular shape.

When the artist works with bronze, he reinstates the sculptural tradition in full, and creates works using the old, obscure technique of lost-wax casting, which requires skill and experience. The artist’s alchemy blends a classic feeling to finish the castings with a patina of unpredictable colours as a result of the chemical reactions.

The ability to create his works makes Moriconi a complete artist, for whom the idea, the concept of a work is as important as its creation. Armando Moriconi’s ideas and manual skills are indistinguishable within the artistic process, where one cannot exist without the other.