Location: Italy

Semester: Summer

“Visual Art in Italy” offers an exciting opportunity for students to draw and paint in response to historic and contemporary art, architecture, and culture. Leaving studio walls behind, students make art in the cities and landscape of Italy. Traditional and contemporary approaches to art-making are explored. The program is centered in Venice with a three-night excursion to Florence and day trip to Padua. Classes are conducted in new locations daily, viewing and working from the diverse scenery and artwork in and around each city. Excursions and accommodations are arranged by MSU faculty.

Students tour numerous historical schools, museums, monasteries, and churches containing the best of Renaissance art. Venice entries include the Accademia, Scuola San Rocco, and the internationally celebrated Venice Biennale–one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world. We will travel to Florence and Padua where students will see how diverse artistic and cultural differences between cities across time affected the variety of visual language and expression in Italian art. In Florence, students visit the impressive Uffizi Museum, a collection of acclaimed Renaissance and classical art.  Students will have a month-long vaporetto (boat bus) pass providing access to islands in Venice accessible only by boat such as Lido, Giudecca, Burano, and Murano.

No previous knowledge of or experience with art or Italian language is required.