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The International Summer Academy for Fine Arts and Media in Venice is a combination of academic studies and an open academy. The courses are offered for students of universities as well as for applicants without training in art. 15th of June - 12th of Jul
Venice, Italy
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Our interdisciplinary approach welcomes students of all skill levels and backgrounds to our idyllic location in Venice, where the school was founded in 2003. The school partners with the Venice Biennale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Francois Pinault’s collection at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. Students enrolled in our summer art classes will find a global teaching staff, peers from more than 15 nations, and classes geared toward everyone from the complete beginner to the advanced career artist. The courses are scheduled weekly, allowing students to immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary and creative environment. The master classes start on Moday and end on Friday. Saturday evening is the exhibition of the work of the students curated by the teaching professors.

The International Summer Academy for Fine Arts and Media in Venice is a combination of academic studies and an open academy. The courses are offered for students of universities as well as for applicants without training in art. 15th of June - 12th of July 2014. In this way, it combines advanced level with open accessibility. Courses take place parallel to the Venice Biennales, which also influence the program. All courses include a training module for beginners providing techniques and skills with most recent didactic methods. The fact that the art studios, the accommodation and the meals are all located in the same building or nearby, contributes to a unique working environment at the Summer Academy. Most courses are offered in English and German language.

Concept of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts and Media | Venice The Venice Summer Academy follows the tradition of American summer academies in the 1940s[1] as well as the interdisciplinary concept of the Black Mountain College and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center[2]. The following subjects are key: Beginner and advanced levels Art classes are offered for advanced students and for absolute beginners together. Classes are mixed, with some students contributing their experience and others bringing an unbiased approach to the table. All courses offer a separate training module for beginners where students will be taught comprehensive basic skills according to the latest didactic methods within a short time period. Due to the small size of the classes, individual attention will be paid to each student’s specific interests. Classes will be made up of participants of different age groups. Scholarships for young students facilitate participation. Taking a global view Not only the teachers but also the participants represent all continents of the world. This means that we are no longer focused on the European perspective but are able to connect the arts of various regions of the world. This approach is supported by Networking Tours, which you can book separately. They will take you to centres of art around the world. Such contacts are not only valuable for the attending students but eventually lead to the invitation of teachers from those continents.[3] The Summer Academy is a hub where different cultures come together. Interdisciplinary The small number of participants per class and class proximity allow lively interaction between the individual art classes. Courses can be booked by the week, i.e. participants may choose to immerse themselves into one class or to select different successive ones. Moreover, the establishment of “Cross Media Projects” provides the opportunity for students of different classes to co-operate in joint projects. The final presentations of works made in class as well as of the interdisciplinary projects each Saturday night provide an outside view on the students' works. Diversity of approaches The flexible concept of the Summer Academy allows us to offer more than one class in certain areas and to invite teachers representing different philosophies and approaches on an alternating basis. A lot of skills rejected by new and fast approaches today can in fact be valuable skills from which important innovations for the future may evolve. It is one of our key objectives to maintain this diversity. New media and a transformed definition of art Due to new media, smartphones, tablet PCs, the Internet and both the active and the passive use of it provided by Facebook, Twitter and various apps, the boundaries between the original artist and the anonymous public are being re-defined. As a consequence, new interfaces between the various art forms and new ways of dealing with art are emerging – a development that is just in its infancy and on which special emphasis is placed in courses at the Venice Summer Academy. An artist’s career It would be irresponsible for an art-teaching institution not to care about the artists’ careers and their future in economic terms. Development prospects, the networks they can establish and how to find ways to be successful in the business are crucial aspects for artists who want to live on their art. There will not only be presentations given by international gallerists, curators and artists but also a separate class on this topic. Venice Last but not least, Venice as the location of the Academy also plays an important role. Venice is a universe in itself and the Academy integrates the most prominent exhibitions, performances and Biennales taking place in Venice in its practical work. The controversial analysis of individual Biennale projects or notable exhibitions allows students to get an outside view and also to reflect on their own works.
Setting Description:
Palazzo Zenobio The Palazzo Zenobio is an old palazzo and offers large and inspiring rooms as well as a big park in the courtyard. The palazzo is situated at a canal and the rooms face either the canal or the private park. The courses and workshops take place in the large rooms of the palazzo, in the private park and the city of Venice as well as in the lagoon.
Fees: The total fees include a sign up fee of € 150.- and a course fee per week of € 400.- Early Bird Price: When you enroll before March 1st the course fee amounts to € 300.- Students are granted a 40% reduction of the course fees. After transferring the down payment of € 150,- you will receive a confirmation by email to participate in the chosen master class/es. We recommend doing the registration as soon as possible, as some classes reach the maximum number of participants soon. After Ma

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