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Drawing and Painting in Florence, Italy

Dates​

6/18/2024 - 7/9/2024

Location

Florence, Italy

Discipline

Visual Art & Design

Description

Immerse yourself in the art of the Italian Renaissance as you study drawing and painting in Florence under the instruction of experienced artists and teachers. Discover the artistic principles and practices developed during the Renaissance that laid a foundation for representational art. Fill your sketchbooks daily as you visit major churches, museums and historic sites and paint landscape on location in the countryside. Draw from the human figure and develop your own creative work in the studio, and participate in a student art exhibition.

Who Should Take This Class

Students should possess a basic ability in observational drawing (proportion and perspective). Students are required to have taken at least one beginning drawing class and it is preferred that students also have had a beginning painting and a figure drawing course to provide adequate preparation. Advanced students are also welcome.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • ​Personal statement: Address the following questions (one page): What interests you about studying art in Florence, Italy and how do you believe this experience might benefit you both personally and as an artist? What specific skills or new knowledge do you hope to gain through this experience? In what ways could you contribute to an overall positive study/travel experience with your peers in this setting? 
  • Portfolio: Ten images including five drawings or paintings that show an observational and naturalistic approach. Compile into a single PDF with each image labeled according to media and size.

Course Coordinator

Andy Dickson (Fullerton) is a painter and printmaker from Long Beach, California. Much of his artwork can be characterized by its focus on ordinary and unconventional locations and by a naturalistic, observational approach to painting and drawing. In 2018/19 he was the Resident Director of California State University’s International Program in Florence, Italy and he has coordinated multiple CSU Summer Arts courses in Italy and France.

IMPO​RTANT COURSE INFORMATION

Students will need to Bring

All materials will be presented to students in detail at the orientation meeting. Different options will be discussed, as well as ways of reducing cost with alternative materials. It is advised that students wait for the meeting before purchasing supplies or consult with the course coordinator via e-mail regarding specific questions.​

     D​​​​​rawing

  • ​​Two sketchbooks -one medium size, approx. 8” x 11” and one smaller, approx. 6” x 6” or 7” x 7”
  • Graphite Pencils (HB, 2B, 4B)
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Two charcoal pencils (soft and medium)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Small artist type utility knife for sharpening (do not carry on plane – pack in luggage)
  • Sanding block​
  • Two Micron pens or other technical drawing pens.
  • Any additional drawing tools desired (colored pencils, pastel pencils etc..) 

  • ​Painting

  • ​​​Set of Gouache paints in the following colors:
  • ​​• ​Permanent white
    • Cadmium yellow lemon or lemon yellow
    ​• Cadmium yellow medium, deep or marigold yellow
    • Cadmium red light
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue ​
    • Black ​

    (other colors are acceptable to add to this if desired)

  • A small portable set of watercolor type brushes
  • Portable, covered acrylic/water media palette​

  • ​Support options:

  • ​​​​​​​​​ ​​Crescent cold press illustration board (a large sheet you will have to cut into smaller pieces)
  • Or Canson Illustration board pads – sometimes called multi-media boards
  • Or Cold presses watercolor blocks – small to medium size 7” x 10” or 11” x 14” approx.

  • Additional Painting Items:

  • A spray bottle (small size for water)
  • Two small water containers
  • Paper towel or rag (optional)
  • Gouache storage palette
  • Portable easel for gouache painting
  • Small portable folding chair ​
  • Sunhat 
  • ​Sunscreen

PASSPORT/VISA

  • ​​All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Italy.
  • You must provide your passport number to Summer Arts by May 31. If you do not have a current passport, you should apply for one immediately.
  • United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy. However, citizens of other countries may.

TRAVEL/ARRIVAL DATE

  • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Summer Arts does not provide any group flights or reservations for this course.
  • We recommend flying into Florence (FLR).
  • You will need to provide Summer Arts with your travel information.
  • Students must arrive in Florence by June 17.
  • Class will start on Tuesday, June 18 at a time to be determined.

LODGING

Summer Arts will offer group lodging arrangements from June 17 to July 9 (22 nights). Housing is provided at Casa per Ferie Madonna del Rosario and includes breakfast. Rooms are single or double. Costs are:

  • Single room: $1,105
  • Double: $925

When you are notified of your acceptance to the class you will receive information on how to book your lodging.

You may also make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in Florence. Please be sure you are located within a convenient distance of the course location.

COMMON EXPENSES

The following information is for estimates only. Your individual expenses may differ.

  • Airfare (from LAX or SFO to FLR): $1,400-1,800
  • Other transportation: $300
  • Lodging (if booked through Summer Arts): $925-1,105
  • Insurance: $75​
  • Cell phone: $100
  • Food/spending money: $1,000

Click here for course fees

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2,000 and about 80% of students receive scholarship assistance. Scholarship funds are only available towards tuition costs.
To apply for aid, complete the application when you apply online for admission to the course. Click here for more information.

DEADLINES​

  • Application: April 15, 2024
  • Acceptance notification: Rolling, or by April 22, 2024
  • Housing reservation and payment (if reserving housing through Summer Arts): April 15, 2024
  • Insurance payment: May 3, 2024
  • Course fees: June 3, 2024

For additional information about the course, passports and visas, or any other questions, contact summerarts@calstate.edu.


Guest Artists

Jimmy Cuellar

Jimmy “El Pollo” Cuéllar is a three-time Grammy Award nominated and three-time Grammy Award winning composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. He began his mariachi career as a teenager alongside his father, Jaime Cuéllar, and was a founding member of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. Driven by the love of his craft, Cuéllar fine-tuned his violin, guitarron, vihuela, guitar and guitarra de golpe skills.

Gustavo Hernandez

Gustavo Hernández is a tenor and member of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. He has sung many leading roles including Carmen and La Traviata, as well as lead tenor in concert works such as The Messiah, The Mozart Requiem, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Cynthya Contreras-Castillo

Cynthya Contreras-Castillo has been dancing Mexican Folklorico for ten years and a part of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles for eight years. She enjoys sharing traditions and culture with her students and finds it rewarding to be able to guide them into becoming the dancers they want to be.

Donald Henriques

Dr. Donald Henriques is professor of Ethnomusicology at Fresno State and is director of Mariachi Orgullo de Fresno State. He has authored a number of works on mariachi that have been published by Oxford University Press and has also presented at national and international music conferences.

Kareli Montoya

Kareli Montoya is known for her extensive work as choreographer for Disney Studios’ Coco. In 2017, she choreographed the magical closing performance for the Pixar presentations at the D23 Expo involving over 100 Folklorico dancers. In 2018, Montoya was assistant choreographer to Mandy Moore at the 90th Academy Awards, where she performed to the award-winning song “Remember Me.”

Dr. Victor M. Torres

Dr. Victor Torres is a full professor in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies at Fresno State and has directed its Los Danzantes de Aztlán (LDA) Mexican dance program for 25 years. Under his direction, LDA has earned top awards in binational (US-Mexico) and national competitions.