a drawing class will be offered by the Travel Learning Network in Italy
pottery class
The History of Art in 13 Paintings will examine paintings that number among the most important in the history of art: cave paintings
from Chauvet, Ritual Offering, a Roman fresco from Pompeii, Christ (Andrey Rublev), The Ghent Altarpiece Jan van Eyck, the Sistine
Chapel ceiling (Michelangelo), Calling of Saint Matthew (Caravaggio), Las Meninas (Velazquez), Oath of the Horatii (David), Rain,
Steam, Speed (Turner), Guernica (Picasso), White-on-White ( Malevich) and Son of Man (Magritte). Each painting illuminates a period
or cruciual turning point in art history.  Through the in-depth stories of these paintings, we will introduce the history of Western art in an
entertaining, approachable, memorable way.
Instructor: Art historian Noah Charney is Professor of Art History the American University of Rome, author of Art & Crime (Praeger
2009) and founder of
ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art.

Mystery Paintings. Some art masks secrets not obvious to the naked eye. When knowledge redisovered in ancient texts during the
Renaissance contradicted Church dogma, one solution was to transpose “hertical” ideas into works of art that could be understood by
friends but not foes. We’ll focus on Caravaggio’s Saint Matthew Cycle, Velazquez’ Las Meninas, Bronzino’s Allegory of Love and Lust,
and van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece, all of which contain arcane symbols, hidden heresies, allegories and disguised meanings intended
as riddles and disguised messages for the viewer to “solve”. By learning about the overt and covert mysteries in art you’ll come to
understsand why such mysteries are needed and what this tells us about ourselves.
Instructor: Art historian Noah Charney is Professor of Art History the American University of Rome, author of Art & Crime (Praeger
2009) and founder of
ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art.t

The Renaissance Art of Rome

                                                                                        Studio Art Classes

Landscape painting: Start from where you are. This is a painting class for art students of all levels, from beginner on up. The aims of
the class are to help you to begin seeing the world like a painter and to discover some of your hidden creative abilities.  As this
happens you will gain new artistic confidence and competence. More specifically, the class will introduce you to color and color theory,
brush techniques and composition in a step-by- step fashion, building on whatever existing skills you already possess. You’ll draw
inspiration from the lush Italian countryside around you. During the 12 hours of the class (plus additional time for working alone), you’ll
produce at least two finished paintings with a number of preliminary studies in brush technique, color theory, and composition. In
subsequent classes of this series (which includes architectural rendering and figurative painting) you can choose to develop more
complex imagery and color combinations.
Instructor: Tanya Tewell, MFA is Professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught art at the college level in
American universities for 25 years and widely exhibited her
own work.
Ideas for other classes in this category? Please write to:
teach@travlearning.net
Bernini, the Ecstasy of St. Theresa
Caravaggio used the model Fillide Melandroni in his painting entitled Judith Beheading Holofernes
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Art restoration techniques in Italy. Great art is timeless, but the physical condition of individual art objects
may deteriorate over time as the result of exposure to the elements (e.g., the accumulation of dirt, smoke and
mold), change in the chemical composition of the materials used, sloppy and/or inappropriate work done by
earlier restorers and even willful damage. This class will examine the tools and techniques used in Italy in the
restoration of two and three-dimensional works art, including use of infrared reflectography and UV imaging to
see beneath surface layers. It will also consider the ethical and finanncial dimensions that shape decisions
by patrons and art restorers regarding best practices as well as decisions regarding what to avoid doing.

Baroque Art in Rome will focus on the Baroque style of art in Italy as it developed in 17th Century Rome under
the patronage of Jesuits, cardinals and popes such as Alexander VII. The motivation of Popes for financially
backing art in this period were varied, and included ambition for power and social recognition, a desire to
demonstrate the moral authority of the Church and the superiority of Catholic doctrine over Protestant
‘heresies”. The class will focus on the tensions that existed between the newly popular Baroque style and the
newly invigorated “classicism” of the Carracci, and will consider in detail well known artists such as Bernini,
Caravaggio and Borromini as well as lesser known geniuses such as Pietro da Cortona, Andrea Pozzo, and
Alessandro Algardi.
The History of Art in 20 Sculptures examines 20 exemplary works to define the trajectory of plastic art: Kourous, Diskobolos, Apollo
Belvedere, Seated Boxer, Laocoon, Equestrian Marucus Aurelius, St. George (Donatello, Verrocchio and Michelangelo, Rape of the
Sabine (Giambologna), the Ecsstasy of Saint Theresa and Apollo and Daphne (Bernini), The Kiss (Rodin), Bird in Space (Brancusi),
Matter of Time (Richard Serra), The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of a Living Person (Damien Hirst). An in-depth study of
these carefully-selected statues will introduce you to both the history of sculpture and Western art in an entertaining, approachable and
memorable way.
Instructor: Art historian Noah Charney is Professor of Art History the American University of Rome, author of Art & Crime (Praeger
2009) and founder of
ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art.
This category includes both history of art and studio art
classes. The actual classes in this category will of course vary
across our Study Centers to create the opportunity benefit
from local artistic traditions. Some of the classes here are of
universal interest, but others will appeal especially to adult
seeking a unique educational travel opportunity in Italy

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