Program Details

In this class students connect to the visual arts tradition by visually internalizing it through drawing. Drawing forces one to slowly observe each aspect of the master picture: underlying narrative, the formal organization, and structure of the image.
Location:
Venice, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This introductory level Fine Arts Studio course will introduce students to the process, materials, and issues addressed in exploration of the basic principles and concepts of making visual artworks. The class assignments will examine historical approaches, concepts, techniques and skills involved through drawing assignments. Drawing is a crucial companion to seeing, an opportunity for the student to train their vision, and is the fundamental skill, the beginning of an understanding of the language of visual art. Classes will introduce basic drawing skills and then we will apply them by drawing from masterworks. The course emphasis therefore is two fold: first, the command of basic formal concepts and skills: the page, how mark, shape, value, scale, and composition interact to become a visual language, and secondly, an introduction to the great masterworks of Venice. The goal of this class is to connect to that tradition by synthesizing, visual language, images that one would want to contemplate and retain. Much of the class time will be spent visiting museums and churches to view and draw from the great works. Some class time will be spent viewing introductory slide lectures, critiquing works completed during the previous week or done as homework, and enlarging on-site sketches into larger more finished drawing. The class will challenge the students to absorb and understand the visual cultural of Venice; it's traditions and achievements.

In this class students connect to the visual arts tradition by visually internalizing it through drawing. Drawing forces one to slowly observe each aspect of the master picture: underlying narrative, the formal organization, and structure of the image. Each drawing is a problem to solve. Students will strive to ensnare a sense of the whole picture with a few lines, or simplified forms, to distill the organization of a masterwork into a small sketch. The course emphasis therefore is two fold: first, the command of basic formal concepts and skills: the page, how mark, shape, value, scale, and composition interact to become a visual language, and secondly, an introduction to the great masterworks of Venice. The class will challenge the students to absorb and understand the visual cultural of Venice; its traditions and achievements.

This is an introductory-level studio art course that examines the process, materials, and issues addressed in exploration of the basic principles and concepts of making visual artwork through drawing. The goal of this class is to connect to that tradition by synthesizing visual language, images that one would want to contemplate and retain. The first few days will be spent learning drawing skills through daily class assignments. After a few introductory drawing classes at the school, most of the classes will be spent visiting museums and churches to view and draw from the great works. You will draw workings by Giovanni Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio, Titian Vecello, Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and others. The readings from Painting in Renaissance Venice, by Peter Humfrey, will introduce students to the history of Venetian Renaissance Painting. The class will challenge the students to absorb and understand the visual culture of Venice, its traditions and achievements.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed in residence halls at Venice International University with either two or three other students. All students will receive meal vouchers for breakfast and one other meal per day. Students should budget for additional food costs. Cultural Activities: The class will make multiple visits to the Gallerie Dell’ Accademia. The development of Venetian art is represented in the Accademia collection. The class will also visit the paintings housed in their original sites at: The Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa Die Frari, The Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute, Church of the Gesuiti, The Scoula Grande di San Rocco, and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and other sites. Further cultural activities included in the program are: Trip to Padua Visits to regional churches such as Saint Giovanni in Bragora and Saint Zaccaria Visit to The Scuola di Saint Giorgio degli Schiavoni Visit to museums such as the Ca’ Rezzonico and Guggenheim Museums Trip to Palladia
Cost:
$4,732 (estimated cost)

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