Study Abroad in Venice: Summer 2013
Fall 2012 Annual Pratt in Venice Exhibition - October 15. 2012
June 12-July 24, 2013
Venice has been chosen as the site for Pratt's summer program in fine arts and art history because of its artistic importance, its extraordinary visual richness, its sea breezes and its serene character. Whether you are admiring Tintoretto's paintings at the Scuola San Rocco, evaluating Giorgione's Tempest at the Accademia or simply exploring alleys and archways, Venice provides a unique atmosphere conducive to learning.
Pratt Institute holds its 29th summer program in Venice from June 12 to July 24; in collaboration with the Università Internazionale dell'Arte and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. It is open to undergraduates who have completed two full years of study, graduate students, and other qualified individuals. The courses in painting, drawing and printmaking, materials and techniques, and art history inform each other and may be taken in various combinations that total six to eight credits.
The program is fully accredited and is intended for the serious student. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. Four or five Pratt faculty members participate, ensuring careful attention to the development of each student. The faculty work closely together, committed to the idea that the practice and the history of art inform each other.
Pratt in Venice is a six-week summer program that takes place in June and July. Graduate and undergraduate students enroll for six to eight credits. Students study painting, drawing/printmaking, art history, and/or materials and techniques of Venetian art on site in Venice. The program integrates studio art with art history and welcomes the interaction of the disciplines. Pratt collaborates with Università Internazionale dell'Arte and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Group visits to Padua and Bassano/Maser are included. Students from any department at Pratt may apply; outside applications are also considered.
Students are expected to make travel arrangements, but we are glad to offer assistance. Many economical fares are available to students through organizations such as CIEE and STA. Round-trip tickets from New York to Venice start at around $1200 (taxes included).
At orientation sessions held at Pratt in March and April, students have the opportunity to meet each other and can plan to travel together. Minutes from these sessions as well as a list of student telephone numbers and addresses are mailed to all participants. A student handbook that contains detailed information will be distributed prior to departure. The book will serve as a survival guide and will contain details ranging from what to pack, to how to get from the airport to Venice. Students should feel free to call Pratt's Art History Department at (718) 636-3598 with any inquiries, or they can contact the director Diana Gisolfi directly at (718) 636-3600 x 2300 or via email at email@example.com.
When students are not busy with research or working in the studio, they will have opportunities to take weekend trips to Florence and Rome, three and five hours away by train. Students often plan day trips to cities in the Veneto, such as Verona and Vicenza, or even a bit further to Parma or Ravenna.
Dates to Remember
- February 8: Initial Application Deadline & Scholarship Application Due
- March 8: $500 Deposit Due
- April 12: Balance Due
- June 12: Arrival date
- June 13-14: Orientation
- July 20-21: Feast of the Redeemer
- July 24: Program Concludes, check out
Credits and Costs for Summer 2013
- 7 undergraduate credits - $8,869
- 6 undergraduate credits - $7,602
- 7 graduate credits - $9,814
- 6 graduate credits - $8,412
- Study Abroad fee - $400
- Housing (+50 euro deposit) - $1,790 (Subject to Change)
Painting in Venice: Chris Wright
Art 590 I (sec 1) Undergraduate Art 590 I (sec 2) Graduate
This course will involve studio work (outdoors as well as in), lectures, special projects, individual critiques and instruction, with particular emphasis on the interaction of light and color. Sketchbooks and journals will be required.There will be portfolio reviews in Venice, and work submitted for the Pratt in Venice Show will also be reviewed. The course will be supported by and integrated with courses in drawing/printmaking, art history, special studies and materials and techniques.
2 or 3 credits, Tues 9 AM–1 PM, Thurs 2 PM–6 PM
Drawing and Printmaking in Venice: Jennifer Melby
Art 591 I (sec 1) Undergraduate Art 591 I (sec 2) Graduate
This course will consist of studio and site work, independent projects, field trips to use landscape as subject and group and individual critiques. At least six sessions will be devoted to expanding drawing concepts through printmaking using drypoint, collagraph, monotype and relief print techniques. The world class print workshop of the Scuola Internazionale della Grafica near the Grand Canal is the location for this work. Individual development is stressed and a body of work comprised of drawings, prints and notations including a journal is required and will be submitted for the Pratt in Venice Show in Brooklyn in October.
2 or 3 credits, Wed 2 PM–6 PM, Fri 9 AM–1 PM
Art History of Venice: Dorothy Shepard and Diana Gisolfi
HA 590 I (sec 1) Undergraduate HA 590 I (sec 2) Graduate
On site study of mosaics, painting, architecture, and sculpture of Venice is the prime purpose of this course. Classes held on site will alternate with lectures and discussions that place material in its art historical context. Study of Ancient, Byzantine, and Gothic art in Venice will precede discussion of Renaissance art with its rich crosscurrents of influence from Byzantium, Northern Europe, and Central Italy. Technical innovations of Venetian Renaissance Artists and later developments in the Baroque will be considered. Undergraduate students will carry out visually based assignments including papers that analyze and compare art works in Venice. The Marciana Library will serve as resource. Graduate students will be expected to carry out research on one aspect of Venetian art for a report to fellow students in Venice and a written version that may be submitted upon return. In addition to the Marciana Library, graduate student s will have access to the Library of the Cini Foundation.
3 credits, Wed 9 AM–1 PM, Tues 2 PM–6 PM
Materials and Techniques of Venetian Art: Diana Gisolfi
HA 600 (sec 1) Graduate
This graduate course will explore in historical and practical terms the materials and techniques of Venetian art. Through our association with the Università Internazionale dell'Arte, participants will be able to visit restoration laboratories in Venice and learn from experts about old master techniques. The Cini Foundation Library with its full repertoire of periodicals in this field will be another important resource. Each student will choose a particular example to study and may experiment with the relevant materials or techniques in his/her own style under the direction of studio faculty. A research paper will be submitted shortly after the return from Venice. The experimental works and visual displays of research will be submitted for the Pratt in Venice Show held in October.
3 credits, Mon 9 AM and Fri 2 PM