Tuscan Intensives in Sansepolcro, Italy, sponsored by International Programs at Meredith College, are mini-courses enriched by daily excursions as well as experiences in Sansepolcro and in venues further afield in Tuscany and Umbria. Italy is the classroom! NOW RECRUITING FOR FALL 2014
Past participants recommend the Tuscan Intensives experience. “I loved the time here and would highly recommend. It was so much more than I expected, and each day was an incredible adventure in learning and fun,” said Teresa Carter Kline, ’78. Retired art faculty member Georgia Springer said, “I loved the mix of art history, Sansepolcro history, drawing lessons/teaching, actual drawing, the deadlines to complete, the show of our own work, the day off, the excursions, the assignments before the class, and mixing with the traditional-age students.”
Drawing Under the Tuscan Sun Revisited: Visual Journaling
September 10–24 (includes travel days) Instructor: Linda FitzSimons
Following a very successful and enjoyable on-site drawing class in September 2012, Linda FitzSimons will repeat this Tuscan Intensive with review and practice of all the basic techniques of drawing on-site, but this time with more emphasis on composition, which was not addressed in the 2012 class. We will revisit some favorite places, but there will be new excursions and different drawing sites in the mountains surrounding Sansepolcro. For those with limited drawing experience, never fear! Nearly half the 2012 class had little or no drawing experience, and their drawings after a few lessons were very good. Explore the basics of how to record your reflections of the environment and your experiences in Italy through both field drawings and journaling. Start in the classroom with practice pencil drawings and example worksheets, working from printed images. Draw in a variety of beautiful Tuscan settings, either in Sansepolcro or nearby towns. The goal is not to create drawing masterpieces but to take the time to sit, visually explore and really see the environment. Drawing experience is not necessary, but for those with previous drawing experience, you will have a wonderful opportunity to practice and further develop your skills with these plein air studies. During your time in Sansepolcro, we will visit artists’ studios, travel to the hill towns of Perugia, Siena, Anghiari and Bologna, and meet many of the locals and experience events that coincide with your September stay.
Exploring the History and Culture of the Tuscan and Umbrian Hill Towns
September 25–October 9 (includes travel days)
Instructor: Valeria Nardi, assisted by Angela Weisskopf
In the heart of Italy, between Tuscany and Umbria, wandering on the right and left of the Tiber riverbanks, almost three millennia of history unfold. Follow us in narrating and exploring the hill towns of Arezzo, Perugia, Cortona, Orvieto, Gubbio, and Anghiari. Beginning with the Etruscan civilization, examine not the military successes of the Romans, but their cultural development; visit several lesser-known structures, from one of the early Christian treasures, to the medieval abbeys, churches, and narrow streets, taking the last turn to gaze at the measured perfection of a Renaissance façade. Each one of these towns is the birthplace of a famous person, whether an artist, a literate, a saint, a knight, or even a scientist, whose work intertwined with the historic events of this land. Discuss their impact on historical events of the Tiber Valley. These towns are very much alive today and bear their remarkable past with levity. While locals complain about the lack of parking places, about the shortness of breath walking up and down the city hills, they agree with Dostoevsky’s quote “only beauty will save the world.” Come experience those feelings, along with all the populations that through the centuries have enjoyed the subtle charm of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, overlooking it from their hills.
Meredith reserves the right to make changes in the program itinerary, schedule, cost, etc., as necessary
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