Visit to the University of Siena’s FabLab

A great resource to have here in Siena: Touring the work spaces and seeing projects underway at the University of Siena’s Santa Chiara Fab Lab, with whom we are collaborating for the regional project of Tuscany “Take Part.”  For more information about the FabLab, you can check out their their class blog:
For more general info about their programs and activities,visit

Presentation with Dennis McFarland, writer-in-residence


This week marks the start of our Mid-Term unit of the Art & Society course, and also the start of our weekly series of talks at the Siena Art Institute, stARTers: assaggi d’arte.” Our first presenter was Dennis McFarland, American writer and February Resident at the Siena Art Institute, presenting his recent short story “Handsome Boy” and discussing the representational, imagistic, and dramatic nature of fiction and the impulse to make art out of experience.
For the complete Spring 2017 calendar of our weekly series “stARTers: assaggi d’arte” visit:à/StARTers/stagione:2/anno:2017/

Dennis McFarland is the bestselling author of seven novels: Nostalgia, Letter from Point Clear, Prince Edward, Singing Boy, A Face at the Window, School for the Blind, and The Music Room. His short fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, The New Yorker, Prize Stories: The O’Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from Stanford University, where he has also taught creative writing. His novel Nostalgia won the Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil Ward Fiction. He lives in rural Vermont with his wife, writer and poet, Michelle Blake.
For more info, visit Dennis McFarland’s residency profile:

Mapping Intro Unit “Points of Entry” Projects

To facilitate our brain-storming for our intro unit projects, we’ve mapped the locations of our Intro Unit “Points of Entry” projects, and key words related to each project response:


You can find information on the students’ ongoing projects on their individual profile pages: