Studio art classes are a great choice while you are studying abroad. With a wealth of inspiration all around you, Rome is the perfect setting to study art. Whether you are interested in photography, drawing, or painting, you can take advantage of specialized facilities and opportunities to use the city itself as your classroom. You can see the impact of John Cabot University students on local artwork by visiting William Kentridge’s Triumphs and Laments along the Tiber River. Some students from JCU contributed to the piece by creating a database of images for Kentridge to reference. Read on for classes where you can show your artistic side in Rome!
Work on your Photography Skills while you Study Abroad
Photography is likely to already be a part of your everyday activities while you’re soaking up the sights you see and memories you make in Italy. Why not learn more about using light and taking great shots while you’re at it?
Instagram aficionados will be interested in Smartphone Photography, a course that provides theory and training using your own smartphone. Mastering artistic photos using the camera that’s always in your pocket will spill over into your life and let you capture moments as beautifully as they appear in person.
Pinhole Photography is another, much older genre you can study at your American University in Italy – fitting, as one of da Vinci’s notebooks featured a description of the camera obscura (an early, medium-less pinhole camera invented by Arab mathematician Alhazen) in 1502. The method uses a light-tight box with a small hole for lens-free photography.
Grab a Paintbrush and Follow in the Steps of Michelangelo
Rome gives you access to a rich supply of inspiration for painting projects – you can even choose to dive into the art of Italian Fresco Painting and channel your inner Raphael, da Vinci, and Michelangelo. After visiting the breathtaking Sistine Chapel ceiling, you can learn to create a fresh plaster ground and decorate it in a studio specially designated for fresco painting.
Of course, an art education in Italy is sure to touch on Landscape Painting, with focus on landscapes and cityscapes of Rome and its surroundings. Painting with Water-Based Media can provide you with a wider range of materials to compose beautiful landscapes with.
Study Abroad Students are in the Perfect Place to Learn about Drawing
As a study abroad student, you can choose to use the beauty that surrounds you in Rome to take a drawing course in an unusual setting. Drawing – Rome Sketchbook is a course that meets at inspiring places around the city, sketchbooks in hands. This course teaches visual note taking, a technique that requires practice and thoughtful analysis of form, space, and light. This is a great way to see more of Rome, while using sketching to examine details and notice more.
Figure Drawing is also offered as a studio class. This deals with drawing the complexity of the human body and is an important part of a studio art education. It provides an education in many different techniques and aspects of art such as shading, movement, and lines.
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