Study painting and sculpting in Florence, Italy

What better place to study painting and sculpture than in the birthplace of the Renaissance?

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and the Office of International programs are offering a four-week photography program in Florence, Italy, in the summer of 2014.

Students who attend this once-in-a-lifetime trip will have access to painting facilities, gallery space, classrooms, and the inspiration of a city brimming with artistic inspiration and a rich cultural history.

This is a mixed-level program that is open to all students and alumni with a degree in visual arts. Due to the diversity of the experience, this program encompasses students from the beginning to advanced levels.

While classes will be held four days per week, there will also be opportunities for inspirational tours of local museums and monuments.

There will also be daily field trips in and around the city. Longer trips will include travel to Pisa via train to visit the famous Leaning Tower and cathedral museum. A weekend trip will include a visit to Siena where students will visit la Piazza del Palio di Siena, Palazzo Pubblico, the cathedral, and the cathedral museum. Another voyage will be to Pietra Santa to visit the sculpture studios and marble quarries. Finally, students will embark on a two-day trip to Rome.


This program accommodates between 10 and 15 students. All students must be registered IU students with a minimum of sophomore credit status and in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

The program is designed primarily for IUSB Art students, but any student may register. Advanced painting and sculpture experience is not needed to enroll in this program, but pre-requisite courses are recommended (FINA-F101 Fundamental Studio 3-D and FINA-F102 Fundamental Studio 2-D).

Preference will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Fee

The total cost of this program will be $4,730.00 plus six tuition credits at IUSB. The fee includes airfare, instructional fees, housing, health insurance, travel in Italy, and a museum pass. This fee also includes a $250 housing deposit, which will be credited to your student account if your apartment is not damaged. Students will need to plan on additional funding for art supplies and food costs since they are not included in the estimate. Fees may vary slightly since airfare is not purchased and apartments vary on accommodations


Applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2014.  A deposit of $800 is due by Monday, March 3 with the balance paid in full (or by commitment from Financial Aid) by May 10.

The host school, SRISA, provides 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments in the heart of Florence that are within walking distance to the school, museums, and parks.

All loans, grants, and scholarships for which participants are eligible at Indiana University can also be used for the Painting & Sculpture in Florence program.

Application Information

Applications are available online and from the Office of International Programs. Any student desiring to participate in the program should contact:

Lisa Zwicker
Director of International Programs
DW 3269, (574) 520-4231

Dora Natella
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Fine Arts 110, (574) 520-4895

Ron Monsma
Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting
Fine Arts 110, (574) 520-4563