The 2018 Visual and Performing Arts International Study Program: Art in Italy will offer approximately twenty undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the rich artistic traditions of Italy on-site in Rome and Florence. This program will consider how the development of art in Italy from prehistory to the present day reflects the broader social, political and religious history or the Italian peninsula and beyond. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own creative endeavors working both in the studio and on-site at some of ltaly’s most beautiful and historically significantly locations. The program will be hosted primarily by the Santa Reparata International School of Art, a leading school of art and design located in the heart of Florence.
ART 4381 Special Topics in Art: A Social History of Italian Art. This course surveys artistic developments from the ancient Etruscans, Romans, through the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque periods, and on to modem expressions. The evidence of art and architecture is an important source for knowledge and understanding of human history and culture. The course is not confined to a study of works of art but focuses on the historical, socio economic, cultural and political issues that affected the style, form and content of the art. It presents art in relation to the history and culture from which it emerged, and of which it is an expression and reflection. Instructor: Dr. Devon Stewart
ART 4378 New Concepts in Art: Drawing and Printmaking. This course allows students to explore the foundational principles of studio art, focusing on printmaking and drawing. Topics include the Italian landscape, Renaissance architecture, and first hand studies of Italian Master art works in the Academia, the Uffizi Gallery and other collections. Printmaking methods will focus on wood and linoleum relief techniques.
Prior to departure, the faculty directors will provide student participants with extensive background information on travel arrangements, transport, and schedules. They will be provided will a full list of contact information for faculty directors, lodgings in Rome, and SRISA in Florence. All travel arrangements will be made by the faculty directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that will provide medical, death and discount benefits . Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.
The program will be open to approximately 20 undergraduate students in good academic standing from any department or major, but especially those from Visual and Performing Arts, History, and related disciplines. The faculty directors will select participating students based on criteria such as academic standing and performance, demonstrated interest in the program, maturity and ability to work well in a group setting.
Participants in the program are subject to and are required to abide by all policies and provisions in the 2016-17 University Catalog, including the Student Life Regulations and Policies. Participants are also responsible for obeying the local and national laws of the country in which they are studying, as well as for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with local customs and decorum.
The basic cost of the program will be about $5,000 which will cover round-trip airfare, class excursion fees and travel, and accommodations. Students will also be responsible for tuition, fees, course materials, passport, travel insurance, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Local transportation, additional excursions and meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student.
|Tuition and Fees (based on 6 credit hours)||$1,760.70|
|Program Fee (airfare, transportation, lodging, excursions, some meals)||$5,000.00|
This program will be co-directed by Mr. Chris Stewart, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and by Dr. Devon Stewart, Assistant Professor of Art History. Professor Chris Stewart who has traveled to Italy numerous times and has worked at the Santa Reparata International School of Art before, as a visiting artist and later leading two separate groups of college students to Florence for month-long travel/study experiences in 2012 and 2014. Professor Stewart has 28 years of college and university teaching experience and is very familiar with the history, traditions, culture, and lay of the Italian region. Dr. Devon Stewart has previously assisted on summer art history programs in Rome, and has twice taught courses for the Volterra-Detroit Foundation/University of Detroit Mercy at their residential school in Volterra, Italy. Additionally, Dr. Stewart has traveled extensively in Italy for her research on Roman funerary art, and previously has served as a field excavator for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia.