In this course we will visit many of the great sights in The Eternal City. In each location we will discuss and sketch architecture, monuments, and urban spaces. This course will also serve as a primer to explore and create drawn, and constructed designs, based on the contemporary Italian model. Design projects will encompass architecture and urban space, graphic design, fashion and/or furniture. One assignment will include research, documentation, and a project proposal based on contemporary fine art practice in Italy. The focus will be split between the ancient and the modern, establishing aesthetic connections while allowing students ultimately to focus on an area of their choice. Students will work individually and in groups to explore, research, and produce projects.
Taught by Professor Baldwin (.5 Units)
In this intermediate level painting course, we will study some of the great Italian painters of the 20th century, using those artists as a model for learning the essentials of, and mastering, oil painting. De Chirico, Modigliani, and Morandi will be the aesthetic points of departure for three of the class assignments centered on the urban landscape, the figure, and the still-life. There will be slide presentations about The Metaphysical painters, the Futurists, Art Povera, and more. The course will conclude with a self-generated project born from the new knowledge you will have of contemporary Italian art. Work will be scaled to ship home at the end of the program.
Pre-requisite: One ARTS 101-108 course or equivalent is highly recommended but not required.
Taught by Professor MacLeod (.5 Units)
The first rule of travel writing is: show don’t tell. Using a cinematic approach to narrative, students will explore Italy by writing essays with a wide lens for setting and landscape, a medium lens for context, and a zoom lens for detail. Good travel writing is the story of the writer’s encounter with a new place and asks the following questions: What did you expect to find? What did you find instead? While a creative writing course, in which the students will be given a series of imaginative prompts, students will also be reading and discussing selections from the Best American Travel Writing anthologies and focusing in on great writers writing about Italy. The readings will include some of the following: Henry James, Italian Hours; Charles Dickens, Pictures from Italy; Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome; James Fenimore Cooper, Gleanings in Europe: Italy; D. H. Lawrence, Twilight in Italy; Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence; and Tobias Smollet, Travels Through France and Italy.