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Architecture & Design - Nadya Kozinets

DSGN 471 (G) – Renaissance Villas & Gardens Looking At/Being In/Looking From

Villas and gardens of Florence and Rome are among the most beautiful gardens in the world. They are also great examples of a well-defined public space that captures a sculptural quality of space with plants, light, order and organization. Get inspired by magnificent classical Italian villas and gardens and learn elements and principles of design through a close examination and sketching of villas interiors and exteriors.

DSGN 474 (G) – Makings of Renaissance Villas & Gardens

In Italy, historically, power, wealth and learning were expressed in the garden design that was an essential part of an Italian villa. Gardens displayed influence and showed a profound artistic expression. Explore the history of Renaissance associated with makings of iconic Italian villas and its magnificent gardens that 500 years later still have a powerful resonance with us. The projected sites might include: in Rome - Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este, and Villa Borgese; in Florence – Boboli gardens and Pitti Palace.

Hospitality Management - Becky Dubois

HMGT 416/MGMT 460 - Italian Food Tourism

Immerse yourself in the Italian food culture and explore the culinary regions each with their own distinct characteristics. Visit historical food markets like the Marcato Centrale and the Sant’ Ambrogio Market where hundreds of producers market their fresh foods and wines. Explore the Italian food industry from growers, manufacturers, suppliers and restauranteurs that supply fresh high quality ingredients.

HMGT 452/MGMT 460 - Italian Beverage Management

Explore the rich and diverse Italian wine heritage dating back to 800 B.C. The ancient Greeks called the land “Onotria” translating to the “land of wine”, because of its superior terroir. Discover Italian viticulture in the 20 wine producing regions. The Denomisazione di Origne Controllate (DOC) has controlled the quality of Italian wine produced by maintaining high quality standards throughout Italy. Learn about Italian wine history, terroir, grape varieties, viticulture, labeling, and production. Compare American and Italian wines and meet with wine makers. We will also cover topics like Italian coffee culture and cafés.

Visual Arts - Brian Kelly

VIAR 321/HUMN 300/HONR 365 - Gouged & Pressed From Mantegna to Durer: Connecting the Renaissance to the Hand Pulled Print

Printmaking is both a tool and artistic practice that brings images to the public through illustrated books, newspapers, and through the production of artistic prints. The invention of the Gutenberg press helped transform Italy during the Renaissance period and during the 15th century prints were mass produced and created for the middle and lower classes providing access to reproductions of artworks produced by artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian. While in Florence and its surrounding regions, students will explore the influence of the print on both art and society and will also visit the Uffizi Gallery, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Museo degli Argenti Bargello Museum, Boboli Gardens, Academia, the Fondazione Bisonte, and the Armadillo Atelier to study prints, drawings, and paintings first hand. We’ll complement your study with visits to Italian printmaking workshops providing technical understanding of how different types of prints are made.

VIAR 309/HUMN 300/HONR 365 - Special Topics in Art Florence: Observed, Marked & Pressed

The Renaissance has long been fascinated by many themes including religion and ritual, archaeology, art and civilian, the natural world to tales of the monstrous and murder through tales and images of terrible things. Florence has been the home and has served as a source of inspiration for artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Giotto, the poet Dante, among others. Like Florence’s great artists of the past, students will be guided by their individual interests and artistic medium while examining and using Florence’s landscape, museums and culture as sources for creative exploration and research. You will visit in Florence, some of the most important museums, which will serve as our classroom including the Uffizi Gallery, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Museo degli Argenti Bargello Museum, Boboli Gardens, Academia, the Fondazione Bisonte, and the Armadillo Atelier to study prints, drawings, and paintings first hand. These locations will serve as sources of inspiration allowing you to develop a greater awareness of the role of drawing as an investigative process in the development of creative work and it’s use as an expressive means of communication. We’ll complement your study with a series of drawing workshops and drawing sessions to provide a technical understanding of how different types of mediums such as acrylic paint, water color, printmaking, oil pastel, charcoal, conté, and graphite can be incorporated into a drawing. Additionally, you will participate in structured drawing sessions to help develop ideas related to the work the student intends to make on site in Italy, as well as watch lectures on artists that we will study while in Florence.


Mandated for ALL Participants
Humanities 300: Italian Language & Culture

This course provides an introduction to conversational Italian language and will expose students to various aspects of the Italian culture.  The language component is held three (3) hours per week.  The additional components are held at various times (day and evenings) throughout the six-week period. This course will include:

Pre-Departure Orientation – Preparation for travel and life in Italy

Italian Language – Conversational Italian taught by local language school

Cooking Italian – Hands-on cooking experience preparing authentic Italian cuisine       

Wine Tasting – Seminar on Italian wine and proper tasting techniques

Culture – Guided tours and visits to cultural sites and activities

All course meetings (except the orientation) are led by certified and qualified Italian-based teachers or guides and are arranged by the American Institute of Foreign Studies (AIFS).  There is no need to list this course as an option because ALL participants will automatically be scheduled to take this course.