Art History and Drawing in Italy

What better place to study Art History than Italy where students can gain first-hand experience of art and architecture from the Ancient world through Modern times? For the first two weeks, we will live in the historic center of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, immersed in its art, culture, and history. We will explore architectural sites and study paintings and sculptures in their original locations. Museum field trips allow close-up examination of original masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and many others. We will also enjoy a daytrip to picturesque Siena, a nearby Tuscan city with one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world.

The program includes five nights in Venice and eight in Rome. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Venice is itself a living museum with stunning examples of Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture and art. It is also a renowned center for Modern and Contemporary art with important private collections and exhibitions of cutting-edge art. In Rome, we will explore Ancient ruins, tour the Vatican, and visit Modern and Contemporary art venues. Highlights include the Pantheon, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's basilica, Raphael's frescos, Baroque illusionistic ceilings, and the intimate Borghese Gallery with exquisite works by Bernini and Caravaggio.

By the end of the program, students will have a rich understanding and appreciation for the interconnection of art, culture, and history. Studying abroad is a transformative experience. Students gain new perspective of the world, confidence, and self-reliance. Most importantly, memorable experiences and close friendships will continue to impact participants' lives. Join us for this exciting journey! Click the following links to see more information about Art History and Drawing in Italy: Art History (PDF) | Drawing (PDF)

Ceramics in Costa Rica

This arts program takes place primarily in three locations: San Jose, Monteverde, and San Vicente. San Jose is the largest city in Costa Rica where students can learn about its rich culture and history through various museum visits. Monteverde is known as “the jungle in the clouds.” It is in this lush, tropical environment where ceramics studies continue under the instruction of Ishmael Soto. In San Vicente, students work alongside local artisans, learning the ceramic traditions of their ancestors, the Choretega Indians.