LocationThe International Centre for the Arts, Monte Castello di Vibio

July 9–30, 2017 (depart July 8 if flying directly from the US)*
*Note: Dates subject to change

For centuries, artists have been inspired by the rare light and color of the Umbrian countryside as well as its regional culture, rich in great art and complex history. From the Early Renaissance to the 21st century, this unique environment has served as backdrop and catalyst for artistic investigation and experimentation. We invite you to come find out why!

In this intensive 3-week studio class you will live and make art in a small and remarkably well-preserved (non-touristy) medieval village that is safe, friendly and very conducive to work. The Umbrian hill-top town yields unique insights into Italian culture, while its central location provides easy access to monuments and urban centers. Monte Castello is extremely picturesque and is surrounded by incredible panoramas on all sides giving SAIC students an opportunity to live and work in a beautiful location and and to immerse themselves in its culture and art on a daily basis.

Participants are provided with large studios with 24-hour access in a converted 16th century convent where they are free and encouraged to pursue the work of their choosing. Dan Gustin and Frank Piatek from SAIC's Painting and Drawing Department together with resident faculty teach through individual and group critiques; students also meet with select visiting artists, art historians, lecturers and a supporting local community of artists. All contribute to an intensive and challenging program that will expand your work in exciting and unexpected ways.

Included in the itinerary are two day trips visiting museums in Rome and Florence.

The program fee includes accommodation in shared rooms with studio spaces and all meals at the International Centre for the Arts. Also included is round trip bus transfer from Rome's Fiumicino (FCO) airport for those students who arrive in the morning of the program's start date and who depart in the afternoon of end date.

Credits: 3 or 6 credits STUDIO (3000-level)

Dan Gustin, Painting and Drawing
Frank Piatek, Painting and Drawing

Program fee: Approx. $3,425 (Includes all meals and accommodation at the Centre, transport on field trips, and studio space. Does not include airfare or optional field trip museum admissions).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,497 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,580 per credit hour

Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: March 15, 2017

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Friday, February 10, 4:15 p.m.
Columbus Drive Building, suite CO 317

Friday, March 3, 4:15 p.m.
Columbus Drive Building, suite CO 317

From last summer's course evaluations: