May 18 – June 18, 2020
Venice is the perfect laboratory for artistic research and exploration. Students will learn basic printmaking techniques in this center of print and book arts history and we will use the exhibitions of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale, Punta Della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, and Peggy Guggenheim Collection as a starting point for in-depth discussions of contemporary art and design.
Students will be in residence at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy with professors Kathy Puzey and Amanda Lee. Founded in 1969, the Scuola is the premier international studio in Venice for practicing and professional artists and designers. Students will have access to the Scuola’s studios for painting (non-oil media), etching, relief printmaking, drawing, and book arts and have the opportunity to work side by side with international artists and students.
As a group we will be visiting sites in Venice that add to our understanding of contemporary art and design. For example, the Biennale Architettura, unique among major contemporary art events, is not a commercial art fair but rather a massive multinational exhibition. In addition to the Biennale we will be visiting related satellite exhibitions and venerated organizations in Venice.
This course has the dual intent of acting as a guided international artist’s residency and as a workshop that will deepen students’ knowledge and comprehension of print media, and current topics in contemporary art practice. Classes will consist of a combination of site visits, field work, technical demonstration, discussions and critiques.
Academics/Credit: Students will take ART 4920: Independent Projects — Printmaking (tentative), for 6 credits.
Requirements: The program requires sitting for a long period of time, including flight time. Students will be walking approximately 3 miles a day. The program requires walking up and down steps, and walking for long periods of time on stone pavers. Students will be asked to stand for a long period of time in museums and ride on boats that are sometimes very crowded. Classes include using small tools, grasping, holding. If you need accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptance to the program is subject to program leader approval.
Orientation: A Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation and corresponding Canvas course (a prerequisite for the study abroad program) will be held in spring 2020. Other program specific meetings will be arranged by the program leader.