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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Area of Study: Arts, Humanities
Program Description:
Studio Art in Siena

Program Overview

Italy has a long history of fostering creativity and innovative art forms that build on the past but look towards the future. This history, as well as the rich culture and physical beauty of Siena and broader Italy, will serve as the context in which students will explore and develop their artistic skills through experimentation with a variety of painting techniques in the studio art course and the creation of personal journals. The Italian masters will provide examples in painting, and students will record their experiences and personal growth through both sketches and writing in their personal travel journals in the journaling course. The highlight of the program will be a trip to Venice to visit the Biennale, the renowned international art exhibition held every two years to showcase contemporary artists from around the world.

Academic Details

In addition to the Tuscan Travel Journal and Painting and Drawing Concepts courses, you will enroll in at least two other courses offered at the GEO Siena center. Required courses include an Italian language course and the Intercultural Communications course.  You may also enroll in additional courses offered at the GEO Siena center. All courses offered in Siena are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

In the Painting and Drawing Concepts course, you will learn a variety of  painting and mixed-media techniques in a studio setting as well as drawing on-site at locations around Siena and elsewhere that will culminate in a group exhibition at a professional art gallery near the famous Duomo, and the possibility of inclusion in an exhibition at the Palazzo Publico (City Hall) in the heart of  downtown Siena. You will see masterworks of painting firsthand in Florence and Rome as examples of techniques you will be learning in the course, and sketch on location there as well. A highlight of the program is a trip to the Venice Biennale, a major international contemporary arts exhibition held every other year in Venice, which will influence and inform your artwork. 

You may enroll in this course in either the introductory or advanced level. Students enrolling in the advanced level must have already had a foundational art class or instructor approval. This course may be recognized as studio art credit for art majors and minors by your home university. Check with your departmental advisor for more information. 
In the Tuscan Travel Journal course, you will document your time in Italy through reflection, sketching and mixed media, concentrating on developing your drawing, writing and self-expression skills.


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