Study Abroad/Off-Campus: Painting & Studio Practice in Umbria, Italy
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
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:
- I was incredibly motivated to make, talk about, and see paintings. The atmosphere, teachers, conversations, and other students contributed to the experience as a whole.
- The whole trip itself was very laidback and positive, but with the expectations that we have a good body of work by the end. The course was rigorous, but not intimidatingly so. Students are expected to learn and absorb and make, and the final critique reflects it.
- The teachers and visiting artists talked in depth about ideas, artists, paintings, history etc., as well as to each student on an individual level. Students were also encouraged to talk to each other about our work, and did so.
- I feel I've learned more from Dan Gustin about painting and drawing than any other teacher I've ever had combined. I connected with his approach to teaching, and feel that I think about my work differently in a constructive way.
- It was so nice to have Dan as our instructor during the trip. He helped us open another pathway towards the painting world that I might never experience if I wasn't on this trip. Even though I am not a painting student back at the school, I sure will consider take another course with Dan!
- You don't have to paint, in fact, you can get a lot out of the program making sculpture or film. Go for the studio space and the setting.