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Imagining Venice

  • May 14 - May 30, 2018
  • Art/Comm 285
  • Dr. Pagliassotti and Professor Spehar-Fahey
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Students will acquire a background knowledge of Venetian history, geography, demography, culture, and politics with special attention to how Venice has operated as a significant symbol - of an untouchable republic, of a militant mercantile nation, of a corrupt political system, of a decadently sexual culture, and of a dying empire - within various cultural media and artifacts of the Western world.

This course will satisfy the Core 21 requirement for participatory visual & performing arts for students.

The application for Imagining Venice is now closed.



(Subject to change)

Day 1
Depart the USA

Day 2
Arrive in Venice. 

Day 3
Morning Mission: Basilica di San Marco & Palazzo Ducale. Use Musei di Civici card.
Afternoon Art: Lunch together. Group gondola ride.
Evening Event: Regroup & discuss. Dinner together.

Day 4
Morning Mission: Walking tour of the Venetian Ghetto in Cannaregio.Visit Rialto and Chiesa di San Salvador.
Afternoon Art: Regroup at the Zattere vaporetto stop with painting gear for our first painting.
Evening Event: Explore in Guidecca, a little-visited part of Venice. Return to Redentore and paint the view across the canal of Santa Maria del Rosario [aka Gesuati] or paint Redentore from below.

Day 5
Morning Mission: Vaporetto together from Fondamente Nuove to San Michele, the cemetery island. Wander on your own: journal, paint, and/or sketch.
Afternoon Art: Regroup at Accademia Museum.

Day 6
All-Day Island Tour: Vaporetto to Murano, Burano & Torcello — bring your art supplies. Lunch together on Burano.

Day 7
Morning Mission: Visit the Rialto market
Afternoon Art: Regroup at palazzo. Visit Santa Maria dei Miracoli together. Walk to Basilica di San Pietro di Castello to paint. Walk to Giardini Pubblici together.

Day 8
Morning Mission: Paint Piazza San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore or San Giorgio Maggiore from Piazza San Marco.
Afternoon Art: Explore and make art!
Evening Event: Regroup and share the day’s art and explorations. Take photos of artwork and post on blog.

Day 9
Morning Mission: Visit Ca’Rezzonica to learn about 18th century Venice
Afternoon Art: Visit the 16th-century San Sebastiano church to see the Veronese paintings. Lunch together at Pane e Vino. Watercolor architectural details of La Salute, Dogana, or San Giorgio Maggiore in the style of Sargent. 

Day 10
Morning Mission: Leave on vaporetto to Lido
Afternoon Art:  Make art on Lido
Evening Event: Free 

Day 11
Morning Mission: Do some final painting.
Evening Event: Regroup for final restaurant dinner together.

Day 12
Morning Mission: Take train to Verona.
Afternoon Art: Walk and see Roman sites: Forum, Teatro Romana Verona and the Museo Archeologico del Teatro.
Evening Event: Dinner together. Visit the Casa di Giulietta.

Day 13
Morning Mission: Go to Sirmione by Lake Garda.
Afternoon Art: Visit the Scagliar Castle. Sketch and take photos.
Evening Event: Return to Verona together. 

Day 14
Morning Mission:Train to Florence. Tour Piazza del Duomo to see the duomo, campanile, and baptistry.
Afternoon Art: Uffizi Gallery.                                  

Day 15
Morning Mission: Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michaelangelo’s David.
Afternoon Art: Lunch together. Palazzo Pitti’s Boboli Gardens and Silver Museum. Take photos for paintings in the style of Sargent.

Day 16
Morning Mission: Visit the Bargello to see Donatello’s David.           
Afternoon Art: Lunch together.
Evening Event: Walk toPiazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of the city at sunset.

Day 17
Depart Italy

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

To learn more about the Imagining Venice Seminar, you can attend an information session and hear about the course from the faculty leader.  We will be discussing the course in more detail, in-country itinerary, as well as approximate cost.  Applications will also be available at this time.

Dates are as follows:

Tuesday, September 26th
WRAC 103

Wednesday, October 11th 
WRAC 103