The home base for the class will be Santa Reparata School of Art (SRISA), a non-profit American art school located in the center of Florence. Founded in 1970, SRISA is located in the center of Florence. SRISA has extensive printmaking, photography, and painting areas, painting and drawing studios in addition to three independent galleries with visibility from the street.
THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS IN ANY MAJOR. Students will receive credit in Art 491 -Foreign Study OR UNHO 491. The course is designed to introduce students to the basics of drawing and watercolor painting from observation. We will use the the beautiful and historical city of Florence as our classroom. The course will focus on exposing students to historical works of art and architecture through visits to museums. It will also focus on techniques of using graphite, charcoal, and watercolor, along with drawing and painting issues such as composition, mark-making, and color. No prior knowledge of drawing and painting is required. The demos and readings are intended to provide historical background to the artworks drawing students will witness first hand in this exciting, artistically rich city.
General topics to be covered:
History of drawing and painting in Florence
The art of keeping a sketchbook
Drawing and painting from observation
Developing and executing an independent series of artworks
Students will be housed in apartments or apartment-hotels in the heart of Florence. All apartments are within walking distance to the studio, are furnished, and have a kitchen and bath.
Karla Wozniak, School of Art