Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Study Abroad in Florence: Courses

Florence Courses

Classes are taught Monday through Friday for a total of 45 hours.

Painting in Florence

The painting in Florence course is a unique opportunity to explore and express your personal creativity surrounded by the stimulating artistic greatness of the city of Florence. Three levels are available from beginner to advanced. Students receive individual attention and work mainly with acrylics employing various techniques. Painting courses consist of 45 instruction hours plus 15 hours minimum of studio work. Students should budget approximately 60 euros for painting supplies.

ADM 215 (3 credits) | Painting in Florence I

This course includes inside assignments and outside painting with locations including the Boboli gardens and the hills around Florence. The inside assignments are related to the city of Florence and students work with (their own) photographic material. Students are assisted in developing knowledge of color and a sense of structure and composition and experiment with different ways of applying the paint imitating some important painters (Caravaggio, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso). Work begins inside on still-life and landscape (using photographs) and continues “en plein air” with Florentine monuments and the Tuscan landscape, students learn through instruction and through doing the basics of painting. The course is first and foremost an introduction to the medium and its application. There is strong emphasis on color and its function and developing an understanding of “image making” through painting techniques following methods of painting used through the ages. Cityscape, landscape and the figure (sculpture, self-portrait) are studied as vehicles for developing the ability to distinguish the essential qualities of natural form in order to produce the illusion of volume, space and movement on a two-dimensional surface.

ADM 311 (3 credits) | Painting in Florence II

Students build on the foundations laid in ADM 215. This course includes open air painting and work in the studio. Particular problems associated with tone and light are studied including side lighting, candle lighting and artificial lighting. This class combines studio practice with discussion, critique and demonstration. Students are encouraged to talk about their work with the instructor and fellow students to clarify their objectives and problems. Prerequisites: minimum one studio art course on college level.

ADM 312 (3 credits) | Painting in Florence III

This course is an extension of ADM 311 and includes outside painting and work in the studio. The course is structured around specific painting projects to develop the range and technical competence of the student. Professional painting techniques are demonstrated and experimented. There are discussions of topics such as style, color, form, composition and subject matter. Prerequisites: minimum one/two studio art course on college level.

ARH 317 (3 credits) | Italian Fashion

Study the birth, evolution, decline, revival and most recent developments in Italian fashion from the late Gothic period to current “made in Italy” design. Italian fashion styles are explored in relation to art history in an international, social and economic context. Fashion and its relation to culture, subculture, gender, and communication is emphasized. To illustrate Florence’s dominant role in fashion, on-site visits are made to locations such as the Gucci Museum, Ferragamo Museum, a brand name factory (Cavalli or Schervino or Gucci), Costume Gallery at Pitti Palace, a textile museum in Prato, a leather factory and artisans’ workshops.

ARH 352 (3 credits) | Art in Context

Study the concepts underlying Italy’s Renaissance art - visual representa- tion of space in painting, sculpture and portraiture, harmony and space in architecture, disguised symbolism in Christian art and the language of allegories. Students visit churches, galleries and museums. Visits may include Santa Croce Church and museum, Medici Riccardi Palace, Brancacci Chapel, San Lorenzo Church, Santa Maria Novella Church, the Uffizi Museum, Accademia Gallery (location of Michelangelo’s David), Medici Chapels and Pitti Palace.