Tuscany: A Creative Journey | Summer 2009

18 Nov

Tuscany: A Creative Journey
University of Washington Exploration Seminar 2009

Dates of Instruction: August 27 to September 23, 2009

Over the centuries artists, writers, composers, philosophers and others have journeyed to and throughout Italy in order to draw on the history, art, and mythology of the cultures and locations they visited as a backdrop to their own travels, observations and creative works.

In the spirit of these creative individuals, seminar participants will live in Italy for one month and develop an understanding of the impact travel to this amazing region provides by encountering and immersing themselves in selected locations throughout Tuscany. While the program will begin and be primarily based in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, we will also visit some of the important nearby hill towns, archeological sites, significant gardens and cultural hubs in central Italy. Day trips from Florence can include: Siena, Fiesole and other exciting locations. The program will conclude in Venice, the jewel of the Adriatic. Entrances to most major museums and archeological sites and many group meals will be included.

This hands-on creative experience is designed for anyone interested in exploring a variety of inspiring settings, in developing a greater understanding of the history of Italy, and in documenting their travels through a diversity of media. In-country journaling will provide the field notes to guide a workup of a final travel journal that will take on an artistic format. Through demonstrations and presentations, students will learn to use a variety of creative methods to record their travels and express their ideas through digital media, drawing, watercolor, book making and collage. On-site lectures will provide an art historical context to enhance participants’ understanding of their own work.

Applicants should be energetic and adventurous students interested in developing skills as observers, listeners, writers, and visual artists. They should be ready for an ambitious travel schedule and be prepared to learn the best practice of respect for the people and environments they encounter. Credit to be awarded: ART 497 Study Abroad-Studio Individual Projects (VLPA) 5 credits or or CHID 471 Europe Study Abroad (I&S) . Participants should check with their advisors to determine how these credits can count towards departmental requirements.

To learn more, visit the Tuscany Program’s website: http://exploretuscany08.wordpress.com

No formal artistic experience or Italian language proficiency is required. In the interests of building a diverse travel team, all majors, including pre-majors are encouraged to apply.

Information Sessions: Tuesday, November 25th or Tuesday, January 13th at 1:00 p.m. in ART 211.

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One Response to “Tuscany: A Creative Journey | Summer 2009”

  1. Tuscany Villas webmaster February 6, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    Thanks for sharing.

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