Sketch at Appia Antica

Sketch at Appia Antica - Rome Italy20th September 2015 at Appia Antica, II Miglio, Via Cecilia Metella

This is the second initiative of Arts in Rome Association, with the aim to approach the art lovers to Museums, Galleries and Churches, studying the Masterpieces, their history, drawing it with the help of Antonio Finelli Certificate Drawing Tutor

“The Queen of the Long Roads” (Appia teritur regina longarum viarum) this is how was called the Appia Antica Way, the most important Roman roads of the ancient republic reach of roman ruins.

Viandanti sull'Appia Antica" di Arthur John Strutt (1819-1888)

The Appian Way (Latin and Italian: Via Appia) was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius:

Appia teritur regina longarum viarum
“the Appian way is the queen of the long roads”

The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars. (

 When and How

G. L. Bernini - Salvator MundiWe meet Sunday 20th of September at 13:30 in front of the Basilica of St.Sebastian Fuori le Mura (Catacombe) each one equipped with a sketchpad, pencil and eraser.
We’ll visit the Basilica and, thanks to an exceptional authorization from the Parish Office, we’ll can sketch the famous Bernini’s busto titled “Salvator Mundi”.
Then we continue with the walk by feet along the Appia Antica Way to get to the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. We sit on the park in front of it and we start again to draw the landscape.
The teacher Antonio Finelli ( will give you some hints of perspective and proportion.
The event will end at 17:00

Quick info

Date: 20 th September 2016 at 13.30
Location: Via Appia Antica, Basilica S. Sebastiano Fuori le Mura
Info:[email protected]
Info call: +39 328 1424 151
Path: total about 1,200 meters
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: about 3 hours
Inputs: Basilica of Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls, and Villa Circus of Maxentius.
How you get to

A way to spend an afternoon in a spirit of Art

The importance of the “Gesture”, Sketching & Drawing

Have you ever tried to draw a picture from a photo getting a good result, almost hyperrealistic, but you can feel like something missing, that emphasis and intensity that you see in the drawings of an artist of high level?

Raffaello Sketch
Raffaello Sketch

To me several times, and the reason lies in the study of the design which is the basis of any form of art from painting to sculpture. You can have a “good eye”, a “good hand” but you can’t ignore the study.
The design features more levels that depart from the sketches to draw more comprehensive features shades, lights and shadows up to the composition.

But let us reflect on the best first step:

The Gesture

The gesture is intended as a movement that identify the movement of the subjetc using simple, smooth and fast lines. This method now that we know under the term ” Sketch ” has the function to guess the movement of the dynamic figure.

We go on the practical:

  • First of all, you use a soft pencil as a well sharpened 3B or 4B (but not a rule)
pensil for drawing
pencil for drawing
  • The pencil must be challenged in this way to influence the hand gesture making it smooth and soft
how to hold the pencil in hand
how to hold the pencil in hand
  • The pencil should be tempered in this way to give the opportunity to make stroke thin or thick and gradient
how to sharpen a pensil
how to sharpen a pencil
  • Sketchbook possibly large size

We are faced with ” Hercules and Lica “, a Colossal Sculpture held on National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome by Antonio Canova, neoclassical artist of 1700. You have pencil and sketchbook on hand.

Where do you start?

We should observe the sculpture and understand the movement of the subject.
Just a few lines to reconstruct the statue. In the first picture “Lica” is just sketched in a few lines and soft: this is the Sketch and Gesture is in the arch of the back .
Another small sketch can be seen in the top right. These designs date back to 1700 A.D. and today is used the same procedure, maybe not on a sheet of paper but on a Graphics Tablet.

Draw provides a lot of practice. Arts in Rome organizes the “Sketch at the Museum” in order to give the opportunity to visit the museums of Rome and play the great works from the Life.
Sit in front of a Statue of Canova and reproduce it from the sketch up to the complete design just as did the great masters.
Life Drawing teaches a lot and also develops the ability to encode the object from three-dimensional to due-dimensional shape.

During the week dedicate ten minutes to soften the hand and create sketch.
For example, I entrust myself to the videos of Glenn Vilppu for online classes but FOLLOW OUR Art Workshop that we organize in ROME, Italy.

Enjoy and share your drawings in the comment below!

Sketch at the Museum – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

[:en]Sketch at the MuseumThis is the first initiative of Arts in Rome Association, with the aim to approach the art lovers to Museums, Galleries and Churches, studying the Masterpieces, their history, drawing it with the help of Ceretificate Drawing Tutor

September 2015 at the G.N.A.M.

As the famous movie “Night at the museum”, Arts in Rome propose you a Sunday afternoon at the “GNAM” (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Rome to see one of the best Contemporary Art Collection and to approach its Masterpieces in person sketching and drawing thanks to the help of Antonio Finelli.

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna RomeThe Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM), or National Gallery of Modern Art, is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, founded in 1883 and dedicated to modern and contemporary art; the full name is Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea.[1] Are part of the National Gallery:[2] Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi per le arti decorative, Museo Hendrik C. Andersen, Raccoltà Manzù, Museo Mario Praz.

The National Gallery is located at Via delle Belle Arti, 113, near the Etruscan Museum. With itsneoclassical and Romantic paintings and sculptures, it marks a dramatic change from the glories of the Renaissance and ancient Rome. Its 75 rooms house the largest collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century Italian artists including Giuseppe Ferrari, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni,Giorgio de Chirico, Giovanni Fattori, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi, Giacomo Manzù,Alberto Burri, Antonio Canova, Felice Casorati and Lucio Fontana.

There are also a few notable works by foreign artists, including Calder, Cézanne, Duchamp,Giacometti, Braque, Degas, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Kostabi, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, Van Gogh and Klein.Wikipedia


 When and How

We meet Sunday 6th of September at 13:30 in front of the museum each one equipped with a sketchpad, pencil and eraser (not allowed in the museum colors, markers, watercolors, etc).

Summing Arts in Rome offers:

  • An Afternoon at the Museum with audio guide included
  • 3 hours of sketch and live drawing of masterpieces like sculpture, paintings with the support of a qualified teacher of Drawing

Quick info

Date: 06th september 2016 at 13.30
Location: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 – 00196 Roma
Info: [email protected]
Info call: +39 328 1424 151


sketch-at-the-museum-sketchbook-2cArteWe thanks to 2C Arte  technical sponsor, that will give as FREE GIFT to all partecipants to the event:
+ one Sketchbook
+ one 2B pencil
+ one Sanguine pencil.

Fee 20 € per person, via Paypal payment

A way to spend an afternoon in a spirit of Art