Summer School of sculpting, drawing and painting

Art & Recreation

What our guests say...

Franzi from Stuttgart writes...

I had a marvellous magical week at and around Campo! (July 2019)


Helga Franz' Course INTENSIVE DRAWING (2017) writes ...

Ingri from Norway:

I will tell you – you gave me the inspiration I needed! I liked the way you talked about drawing – to SEE! And I really got a kick on trying to hold the pensil in a less controlled way, sort of letting the eyes leed the hand in a free way.

Inken from Germany:

The course was very good for me in many ways. I can feel the power when I staple woods for the winter. A great time - and intensive. When I now look at the pictures, the drawings, I marel the results.

Shanni from Wales:

The course with Helga truly opened another door into a new journey of creativity, for me. I learnt to really ‚see‘ things again, exploring contours, depth and form. I think about that magical week like a dream.It was such a treat to draw and draw and draw. And thank you again for the way you tutored us. I loved it.

Barbara from Munich:

... and do you already know if you'll hold a course next year in Azzano again? We really liked it a lot there and for us from Munich Italy is just as close as Berlin ...

Jessica from London:

Thanks again for a fantastic week, I learnt a lot and I‘ve enjoyed drawing in a looser, more observant way since.

All photos copyright Helga Franz

Herbert from Switzerland writes ...

Dear Sabine,

Thank you very much for your friendly lines and the much expected address list of all those nice participants of our marvellous course week at beautiful Campo Altissimo in Azzano with Barbara Schnetzler. She was so competent and likable! I very much enjoyed this happy week with you! After a long train journey with my extremely heavy stone (23 kg) in trolley case I reached home all right.

By now my marble germ has a stable foundation and found its place at the best spot in our living room. We admire it every day anew in a different light. And my wife actually likes it a lot, although there are some spots which could still be elaborated - something she saw immediately. We will see... (June 2017)

Gaby from Munich writes...

Dear Campo team,  

Of course, I want to send you a little hymn of praise...

Shortly: It was just great with you! The longer version: Somehow, you return altered compared to when you arrived and that is definitely the merrit of each of you. First of all the founders and their idea. But that is never enough! It is always combined with a lot of work and stamina, to remain faithful to the idea and you succeeded in this. One feels welcome, first everything feels unaccostumed for a "new" one, but soon everything feels familiar and genuine. There is room for the most different characters who meet for the first time and could start to quarrel?! Always exciting to see if people get along. But everybody finds space to develop, for me this has to be credited to Ulf, who managed to establish a balance between group and content with his ability to bring matters to the point with calmness and empathy. An experiment, the entire Campo team managed brilliantly, respect!

I wish everybody involved stamina for the future and I hope that dreams and concepts come true and at the same time ensure a sound means of existance.

Kind regards from Munich,

Gaby (August 2016)

Mirjam from Colon writes ...

The time in Azzano at Campo seems to be timeless, just wonderfull. The surrounding, the team, and the own creative process including the reflection on it, just great! Ulf with his boundless appraisal and most competent way as a painter, artist and teacher knows how to carry all painters to their limit, which turns the time in the studio to an outstanding experience. This limit naturally appears when you want to try something new and don't know how to continue, but it also appears where there's the danger of repeating what you already know... To paint in the studio always means to break new ground - and what could be more exciting for your own artistic creation? Thank you...!(August 2016)

Peter from UK writes

I really enjoyed my course in Azzano it was great fun, wonderful tuition and people. I am keen to continue with my sculpture and hopefully I will be able to come to Azzano again. (July 2016)

Yvonne from Schwitzerland writes

Peter, I thank you for your confidence to let me wirk with machine. It was a great experience. Also thank you for your always encouraging, helpful, professional and to the point remarks and advises, but also for your high spirit and friendlyness as wel as the good groove.

Yes, sculpting does good, it sets limits (stone breaks or the form - 3rd day;-) - isn't correct or other), it releases: time and all everyday trouble are forgotten - just genial.

I want to thank all of you for these two wonderful weeks, the exciting excursions! Also for all the contact and the many interesting conversations with all the participants. I miss it very much!!

Many warm regards and I hope to see you next year! (June 2016)

Jutta from Germany writes ...

Hello to all of you,

Many greetings from Lower Franconia!!!

I had a great time at your place!

Will definitely come back.

Warm regards,


(June 2016)

Hans from Uithoorn (The Netherlands)

I found out about the Campo on the internet. The website, which was also in flawless Dutch, told me what to expect of the courses, of the stay in Azzano and I learned more about the people behind the Campo. It seemed to be the right place for me, for I was longing for a new challenge, complementary to the skills I professionally have in drawing and painting.

And a perfect place it was, from the very first moment! As always I enjoyed the Italian landscape and culture, but this time I particularly savoured the great hospitality and the fine atmosphere generated by both the Campo team and my fellow participants. I felt very comfortable and it appeared to be very nice to work (hard) under the guidance of Peter and Claudia. They knew how to stimulate, to direct and to make you reflect on the process of shaping your own sculpture. 

The lot and the building site of the Campo itself, the beautiful weather and not to forget the great lunches we had every day made it even better!

So the whole concept works very well, at least for me, and I hope to return to the Campo in Azzano someday.

Andreas from Jena, Germany, writes

Dear Katrin, dear Peter,

Thank you for your wonderful support in Azzano. Keep it up!

Andreas (April 26, 2015)

Elke from Bremen, Germany, writes

Although back home for some time already, I still live on the wonderful time in Azzano. Here, everything was right: From the first friendly email contact with Marianne in Berlin and the warm-hearted welcome from Peter, Jan and Neels at the Campo all the way to the festive presentation of the final works the last evening, I always felt completely comfortable. Inbetween: lots of intensive but relaxed work at the stone as well as intensive cheerful encounters with all sorts of  people, helpful and emphatic assistance from Peter and Neels when I didn't know how to continue, sharing Enrico's great dishes, relaxing in the hammock ... I will definitely come back (Sept. 11, 2014)

Inma from Spain writes

Thank you for that fantastic week sharing intensive classes, nice company, good food and a wonderful landscape! (Sept. 6, 2014)

Elke from Darmstadt, Germany, writes

For me it was a very intensive time in Azzano, I often think about the open minded people from different parts of the world and the creative and funny moments at Campo ... and the good italien food, best wishes to all lovely people at Campo. (July 22, 2014)

Alexandra from Munich, Germany, writes

That was a wonderful time with you, thank you so much! Especially for that great course with Annette. (15 July, 2014)

David from Switzerland writes

Thank you for your message - this is (apart from many other things) why I so much appreciate Peter Rosenzweigs summer academy: One always gets all information very fast and feels appreciated and welcome. (June 11, 2014)

Friedhelm from Hesse writes

Hello Katrin, Peter, Neels, Enrico and the dog whose name I don't know, I had a great time with you and I (we) felt very much at home. Here you find the fotos plus some from Lake Garda. I hope you enjoy them. Many heartfelt greetings from Hesse. Click here to view Azzano (April 30, 2014)

Grit from Denmark writes

Thank you very much indeed for the wonderful weeks: good instructions, good food, good company ... I correct: everything was VERY good. And the surrounding! Azzano is one of the most wonderful places I know. (April 27, 2014)

Gabrielle from Basel writes

Thank you for the wonderful time and valuable experience!
I will come back next year... (April 25, 2014)