Learning Vacations in Tuscany for Alumnae and Friends

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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.”

  • These programs have been designed especially for alumnae to give the opportunity to live and learn in Sansepolcro, in Meredith College’s Italian campus, the Palazzo Alberti.
  • Friends and family members old enough to take the class are welcome.
  • See the real Italy as few tourists do, while enjoying local hospitality and culture. 
  • Participants will receive a comprehensive pre-departure packet providing helpful information about transportation, currency, packing, and a detailed itinerary.
  • Enjoy 1.5 days for independent travel during each class.
  • Margherita Tirabosco, Palazzo Alberti’s chef, will prepare delicious four-course gourmet meals for pranzo (lunch).

Apply today using this registration form

Fall 2014 Schedule

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.

  • Class supply and excursion fee: $400
  • Deadline for application and deposit: June 10, 2014
  • Enrollment Maximum: 12, Minimum: 7
  • Travel days: Depart USA Wednesday, September 10. Arrive in Rome, Thursday, September 11. Travel to Sansepolcro by chartered bus
  • Schedule: First day of class, Friday, September 12. Free days, Thursday, September 18 and a half day on Friday, September 19. Last day of class, Monday, September 22. Return to Rome Tuesday, September 23 for overnight in hotel. Fly to USA Wednesday morning, September 24, or extend.

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.

  • Class supply and excursion fee: $500
  • Deadline for application and deposit: June 10, 2014
  • Enrollment Maximum: 12, Minimum: 7
  • Travel days: Depart USA Thursday, September 25. Arrive in Rome, Friday, September 26. Travel to Sansepolcro by chartered bus
  • Schedule: First day of class, Saturday, September 27. Free days, Friday October 3 and Sunday, October 5. Last day of class, Tuesday, October 7. Return to Rome Wednesday, October 8 for overnight in hotel. Fly to USA Thursday morning, October 9, or extend.
  • Costs: $1,575 + Excursion/Supply fee + airfare and personal expenses (estimated total for most people is about $3,400). Each course includes an additional fee for supplies and/or excursions (listed above).
  • $1,575 + class fee includes class instruction, accommodations, all class excursions, entry fees, all breakfasts, pranzi (lunches) during weekdays, two dinners, transportation by chartered bus from Rome airport to Sansepolcro.
  • Space varies in the Palazzo Alberti depending on the number of semester students in residence. Priority will be given for accommodations in the Palazzo based on receipt of applications and deposits. Additional participants may stay in nearby hotels, B&Bs or homes whose owners are neighbors of the Palazzo Alberti and open their large homes with extra bedrooms.

Meredith reserves the right to make changes in the program itinerary, schedule, cost, etc., as necessary

Questions about the Tuscan Intensives? Contact Linda FitzSimons lindafitzsimons7@gmail.com or Maureen Banker bankerm@meredith.edu, Co-Coordinators.

Check our Facebook page for photos of other Tuscan Intensives. Click on “Photos” then click on “Albums”.

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