Imagine three weeks where you will live and breathe the art of Florence, birthplace of the renaissance, and enjoy its lively social life, fashion and exquisite cuisine. Through this course, students experience first-hand the art and culture of Florence, not only through visits to cultural institutions such as museums and libraries, but as well through a program of total immersion in the life of Florence, a city where life and art are inseparable. The program begins with a walking architectural tour of Florence guided by Professor Caradonna, a recognized architect and designer and a specialist in Italian art and culture. The tour provides your first opportunity to explore and interact with the city. Perusing the daily schedule below, you will see at once the rich array of activities and visits we have planned for your educational enrichment and cultural journey. On Sunday evening, May 25, we will all meet for a class dinner - and so our journey begins.
Course Objectives: Students will:
Project Methodology -
a creative, interactive and organic process involving object selection, photographing objects, object and topic research and analysis. This process of "knowledge construction" will lead students to discover new ideas and perspectives which will be expressed in their project.
Project Description -
Each student is required to produce a course project. The project takes the form of an exhibition catalog for which the exhibit theme / topic is based on an aspect of Florentine art and culture and importantly, on individual experience and observation. Students should choose their theme by the end of the beginning of the second week by which time you will have had a chance to experience and interact in ways that will inspire and guide your topic selection. This process will motivate and propel your project. A key point is that your work moves from the specific to the general, that is, from selected objects to topic formation. From museum tours and lectures you will see the way in which museum curators think about and discuss art and how they describe and talk about works or art and bringing their individual perspectives placed social and cultural contexts.
Each student is required to produce a course project. The project takes the form of an exhibition catalog for which the exhibit theme or subject is based on some aspect of Florentine art and culture and importantly, on your individual experience and observation. Choose your theme by the end of the first week by which time you will have had a chance to experience and interact in ways that will inspire and guide your topic selection so that you connect with your topic. This will motivate and propel you project. A key point is that your work moves from the specific to the general, from selected objects to the topic.
the first week, students will begin to formulate a theme / topic for
their research project. Topics will evolve from visits to
libraries and monuments during which students will identify
sculpture, architecture and or other artifacts that speak to them ,
inspire them and are linked thematically to express a topic.
Once students have identified some of their
objects and related
theme, they will submit their topic to Professor Caradonna for
approval. This should be accomplished by the beginning of the
week. Some examples of themes in Florentine art might be:
aspects of the
female figure, Medici women, ceremony, conflict, design elements in
Submitting the Project.
Because there will not adequate time to do library research while you are in Florence, you will until the end of Summer I (June 25), to complete your project. For students attending the London Summer School, that timeline will be extended by 3 weeks.
Am Urban 10 am FREE 10 am Galleria
TOUR BNF Casalini Palatino FREE
eve 2-2:30pm Recap
Sun 08 Mon
09 Tue 10 Wed 11 Th 12 Fri 13 Sat 14
BNCF - Biblioteca
Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
FLORENCE - ONLINE RESOURCES
A general guide to Florence
Virtual Florence Tour
Professor Witcombe presents an extensive outline of the Italian Renaissance consisting of links to art works, cultural institutions, churches, artists, architects, sculptures, etc.
Florence libraries and museums.
Union Catalog of consortium of libraries in Florence
Virtual Uffizi - Complete Catalog of the Uffizi Gallery -
Architecture of Florence
Florentine Illuminated Manuscripts
The museums of Polo Museale - Florence
History of Italy - Primary Documents
Medici Archives Database - Archives houses at the Archivo di Stato in Florence
The Prince by Machiavelli - from Project Gutenberg
Florence Archives List
The Italians, by Luigi Barzini
- unique look at the people,
customs and unique features of
Short History of Italy from Classical Times to Present
Day, by H. Hearder & DP Waley - A good introduction to
Italian Villas and Palaces, by
Georgina Masson - The various
architectural designs of the Italian masters Brunelleschi,
Robbia, Vasari, Raphael, itc., are represented in the study of over 95
and villas in
Curriculum Perspectives - Professor Caradonna.
The encounter with the city, a place foreign and yet familiar, profound and contradictory, is intended to place Florentine design within a frame for documentation and collection and creative curation.
The program undertakes an intensive study of the city's architectural, artistic and cultural history, providing the student with experiential insight into the precedents that have had an enormous impact on the development of art, architecture and design in the western world.
Special field trips to
institutions and sites in
In the five years that the program has been offered, it has always been
intended that the contrast between
Emphasis is placed on Florentine design, and documentation, inventive and creative selection and collection and curation as a critical tool for analytical consideration of and as a condition of within the existing, historical and contemporary context.
The program also includes a three credit course in which places its emphasis on "seeing" Florentine Art & Design in a more intense way and developing critical visual abilities.
The course initially focuses on survey and analysis of historic models to reveal distinct design themes within heritage of Florentine design culture. First hand, on site study and documentation will allow students to explore a range of subjects in order to discover and construct thematic approaches to and the creative process of assembling a collection. Students will create a collection of ten art/design elements linked by a common theme. Studies will conclude with formal visual documentation and exhibition catalog/brief.
Guest lectures, site visits and workshops are an integral part of the program. Scheduled regularly and held on site in major monuments, state and private museums, archives and libraries, lecturers are selected from among important international historians, theoreticians, and librarians, and have included, in recent years Polomuseale, Itatti. encourage interaction between our students and the Florentine cultural community.
Digital camera is required to document your selection of art objects and places for your exhibition catalog.
Laptop computer - Notebooks & Sketchbooks - Whether you bring a laptop depends on how you wish to take notes and document your work.
Something to carry all necessary supplies including guidebook, maps, umbrella, hat, sunglasses, extra sweater or windbreaker & things purchased along the way.
Shoulder bags are convenient but vulnerable to "snatching". Backpacks are more secure but more difficult to access. Jackets with many pockets, like photographer's vests are useful yet have storage limitations. The minimalist approach would be to carry a foldable bag to carry items acquired along one's way. Belt packs are very convenient. Students should be aware of potential problems and make most appropriate choices.
& Milligan Meals
Avoid tourist packaged restaurants and shops. Consult Program coordinator for names and addresses of the fairest and highest quality
Clothing & Personal Items
In June is generally mild and pleasant but gets progressively hot and humid as mid June arrives. Students will be doing a lot of walking in 3 week program. A good pair of sturdy, padded-sole shoes is recommended. Jogging shoes are fine but not useful or appropriate in all situations. Desert or hiking boots are appropriate if broken in before departure.
Italian culture includes a heightened sense of individual appearance as a form of communication. Students should be aware of the "message(s)" interpreted misinterpreted by their form of dress. Clothing and actions should be well considered in this context. Such precautions tend to increase levels of respect and safety between Italian residents and visitors. Students should be aware of cultural differences and be respectful and careful, including Florentine and Italian gender politics. Dressy clothes are not necessary, neatness and cleanliness are guidelines for dining out and visits to institutions and especially churches. In churches, long pants and skirts and long sleeves are usually required. Simple sports-jackets, button-down shirts, tie or scarf are fine. Italian style is comfortable but distinguished. Sunglasses are recommended as well as sweaters, robes, thick & thin socks for damp/cool apartment interiors.
Personal items - Although many of these items are easily acquired in Italy, time & money may be saved in bringing personal items from the U.S:Battery powered alarm clock
Toothbrush, comb, brush, razors
Travel sized toiletries
Personal toiletries [hygiene products, allergy relief products]
Digital cameras & battery recharges
Electrical transformers & Current Converter [Italian current is 22OV] (try B&H or Radio Shack)
Plug adapter[available also in Florence] (try B&H or Radio Shack for these)
Hair dryer [w/ built-in converter]
Travel iron [w/built-in converter]
Laundry Kit/Shoe cleaning kit
ipod - CD player/earphones
Money, Currency & Communication
At the time of the writing of this document, the Euro is almost worth $1.50. US citizens are getting 75% value on their dollar. Budgeting travel, meals and lodging should be calculated this way. Moreover, summer season prices are higher from June to August than the rest of the year in major Italian cities.
Carrying an ATM debit card and removing cash directly from available machines in Euro may now be the most convenient and economical method of taking currency.
DO NOT CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF
CASH. It is
recommended that each student carry the
amount of cash necessary for the trip to
ATM or Bancomat machines are
the most readily accessible way
to extract funds from personal bank accounts based in the
No matter what ANYBODY says, it
is NOT POSSIBLE to open your
own bank account in
Wire transfers from bank to
bank should not take more than
three days, but sometimes they have taken longer.
If you wish to do this, banks in
DO NOT PLAN TO CASH: MONEY ORDERS / PERSONAL CHECKS / BANK CHECKS requiring signature identification.
Also an easy
to get cash is to use a Mastercard or a Visa card with the bank name on
Telephone Number :(7 or 8 digit number)
Your living accommodations may or may not include a telephone.
Public telephones accept plastic phone cards.
Students may also buy a
European cell phone for the duration
of the trip or longer in
T-Mobile phones are 3Lband or
GSM types that can be used
Function, iphones are the most up to date of technologies. Please consult these companies if you are interested in pursuing these options. The Institute, School and Program are not responsible for any information or errors in these areas.
Internet - Hotels
internet access, the convent does not.
Mail - Be aware that first class
letters between the
Federal Express is not the
prevailing carrier in
Post Offices are located:
Near Borgo Pinti (convent) and
Poste Italiane SPA is a semi
privately run government
agency. Offices are
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