A snapshot from Bagno Vignoni, during our 2-day field trip with artists from the Siena Art Institute and Siena School for Liberal Arts participants. And having a lot of fun exploring the local territory!
Visit to the Laboratorio Restauro del Fortepiano in Florence with our #sillumina young Italian artists, tutors Valeria D’Ambrosio and Irene Lupi, and a group of young international artists from Greece, Switzerland and the USA!
In this picture, in front of an instrument coming from #Amatrice, one of the towns that were deeply damaged by the central Italy #earthquake.
Gelato tasting at La Sorbettiera in Florence (or: the tastiest side if Italian traditional practices)!
The experience was part of the contemporary art project sponsored by #sillumina.
As a second phase of the project, Italian tutors Valeria D’Ambrosio and Irene Lupi, with the help of young Italian artists Beatrice Beneforti and Federica Murittu, led a group of young international artists on a Multisensory Materiality itinerary of Florence!
In this picture, young poet Katie Clark:
Inspired by the project “Tempo Zulu” with contemporary interventions within the streets of Siena’s historic center, our semester participants were asked to create their own projects as a response.
Our group critique of their work included artist Bernado Giorgi, co-creator of the Tempo Zulu project, as well as architect Annunziata Di Comite, curator Valeria D’Ambrosio, and Lisa Nonken (Art & Society course instructor &artist).
Snapshot from today’s Art & Society class meeting, presenting our participants’ first projects, the “Points of Entry” assignment, creating a response to one of the city gates in Siena! There was a great range of projects presented, and interesting discussion amongst the group.
We’re off to a great start!
As part of our initial activities of the Fall 2017 semester, we’ve had the chance to visit studios of local artisans, learning about their backgrounds, training, and crafts.
We had a great visit this week to the artisanal stained-glass studio in the historic center of Siena, Vetrate Artistiche Toscane with our students from the Siena Art Institute & Siena School for Liberal Arts, exploring the traditions and modern innovations of this fascinating craft.
During our trip to San Gimignano, we had the chance to visit Balducci Ceramica and learn about their artisanal pottery, and the lifetime of experience which goes into their handiwork.
We also visited the studio of master stone-carver Maestro Frati in Siena with our fall semester study-abroad students, discussing his work for the Tempo Zulu interventions in the paving stones of the historic center, his personal projects of inlaid stone, and his work restoring and conserving the stones of Siena’s cathedral pavement! He is truly living history!
As part of our Orientation activities, we had a chance to visit two exciting exhibitions of contemporary art at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano:
We are very happy to have our biggest ever group of students at the Siena Art Institute for the Fall 2017 semester. We’re currently in the midst of our Orientation and Intro Unit activities, together with students from our partner school, the Siena School for Liberal Arts, and we are very excited to see the projects that our students will create in the months ahead!