An award-winning painter and sculptor, Marco Fallani was commissioned to create a large sculpture for the main square in the city of Arezzo in Italy – Hope and Faith, dedicated to the art of Piero Della Francesca.
Marco Fallani teaches Advanced Painting at SACI. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Italy, the U.S., the Netherlands, Canada, the U.K., and Russia. Winner of a painting award from the city of Lucca, he collaborated in the making of the bronze munment to Joe Louis for the city of Detroit. He has prepared molds and plaster casts of the Guglielmo pulpit for the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Pisa, and was invited by the Creative World Organization of Saint Petersburg, Russia, to participate in Saint Petersburg Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists.
Marco Fallani has an MFA in Painting, California College of the Arts and Crafts.
The art teacher must cultivate a non-intimidating and encouraging environment that fosters participation and self-expression. This requires a balance of pedagogical content, skill practice and a flexible responsiveness to the classroom environment. I have sought to achieve this balance in the way I teach and interact with the class and with individual students.
The place of learning (classroom/ studio) and its physical and emotional environment play an important role in the learning process of fine art, as in no other discipline. Rearranging the classroom/studio for a specific lesson or exercise can impact the lesson immensely. For me it is akin to a theatrical stage where different sets must be used to transform scenes. This flexible environment allows for lecture, demonstration and practice simultaneously.
In teaching drawing and painting, I believe that exercises must achieve a balance between learning technique and developing self-expression. As students are guided through the creative thinking exercises I try to ensure that they develop their individual vision and not become clones of the illustrations I have used. The technique exercises are intended to expand the skills and improve the execution of their work. These techniques must be so well leaned that they reside in the subconscious and not thought about during the creative process, simply executed intuitively when needed.