Documentary Drawing in Italy
The program’s purpose is to provide students with a complete immersion into Italian culture. Through the means of drawing, journaling, photography and video, students will be exposed to a diverse spectrum of experiences while visiting the cities of Rome, Siena, Florence and Venice. Such experiences will juxtapose the surprising and ever-evolving contemporary Italian street culture to the quintessential Italian culture of art, design and architecture. Program participants will visit historical sites and contemporary art collections and will take advantage of current exhibitions in each city.
Students will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the outdoor market at Campo de’Fiori and the Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Colosseum, among other sites. While visiting these quintessential historic places, students will also observe contemporary culture and life that exists beyond and in between these infamous spaces and places. Off-the-beaten-path walking tours and excursions will enable students to see and understand the diversity and complexity of Italy in the 21st century.
Siena (4 days)
Siena, which was founded by the Etruscans, is a magnificent city known for its medieval and gothic architecture and early Renaissance art. The city is located in the heart of Tuscany, approximately forty-five minutes south of Florence by train. For two hundred years, during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Siena was one of the major cities of Europe. A walled medieval city, it is considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy and in Europe and is unusually rich in art, architecture and cultural traditions for a city its size. In Siena, participants will research and document the symbols and applications found in 16 neighborhoods.
Florence (4 days)
Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, today Florence is home to an amazing collection of Renaissance art and architecture. Among the many sites we will visit, students will see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, The Basilica of San Miniato, and the Uffizi Gallery.
Venice (5 days)
Students will visit modern & contemporary art collections at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Pinault collection at the Punta della Dogana, which was renovated by the Japanese architect, Tadao Ando. Visits in Venice will include the Grand Canal, the Piazza, Basilica and museum of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, San Giorgio Maggiore, site of the last painting by Tintoretto, and the Baroque church of Santa Maria delle Salute. The group will also visit a variety of artisan craft workshops, and visit the colorful fishing village of Burano.
ADS 532 Study Abroad: Documentary Drawing in Italy - (3 credit hours)
Students will meet prior to the trip for an overview of the course objectives, projects and expectations. All drawings will be completed on location in a dedicated sketchbook. We will visit cathedrals, churches, museums, galleries, and historically significant public spaces in Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice.
ADS 533 Study Abroad Documentation (3 credit hours)
Students will complete a post-trip project consisting of multiple images that conceptually and aesthetically develop, refine and expand on the work generated on the trip. Mandatory attendance for all scheduled meetings after the trip will be required.
Funding your Study Abroad Program
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
For additional scholarship opportunities visit: www.studyabroad.ku.edu/other-scholarship-opportunities
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