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Florence, Italy site of new study abroad program for painting and sculpture students

Florence Italy

Application deadline extended!!! Students interested in applying to the Painting and Sculpture in Florence Program have until Monday, March 26, to submit your applications. 

The Ernestine E. Raclin School of the Arts and the Office of International Programs are sponsoring a unique opportunity for students to spend four weeks (July 5 through August 4, 2012) in Florence, Italy through the Painting and Sculpture in Florence Program. Students will paint, sketch, and experiment with sculptural concepts in a city rich with history and culture. Dora Natella, Assoc. Professor of Visual Arts, and Ron Monsma, Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting will be teaching this course. All completed works by students will be compiled in order to house an exhibition at the Santa Reparata International School of Art (for more information, visit on August 3 and final portfolios exhibited at our campus in October 2012. 

Total cost of the program is $4,485 plus six tuition credits at IU South Bend. This amount covers instructional fees, airfare, housing, health insurance, travel, and museum pass. 

Please note that IU South Bend is offering a 25% break on summer tuition this year. Additionally, several types of financial aid, including loans, grants, and scholarships for which students are eligible may be used for the program. 

A deposit of $800 is due by Friday, March 30. For more information, visit, or download the program brochure and poster.

Painting and sculpture students and alumni will travel to Florence, Italy, in July and August for four weeks of sketching, painting, and experimenting with sculptural concepts in a city rich with history and culture.  While studying in Florence, students will have access to painting facilities, classrooms, and gallery space to further develop their creative ideas into projects. The program will be conducted in cooperation with Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA).

Students will explore Florence and its surroundings as well as participate in daily fieldtrips in and around the city. In addition, the group will travel to Pisa by train to visit the infamous Leaning Tower and cathedral museum, and enjoy a weekend trip to Siena where they will visit la Piazza del Palio di Siena, Palazzo Pubblico, the cathedral and the cathedral museum.  They will also visit Pietra Santa to visit the sculpture studios and marble quarries. Finally, students will embark on a two-day trip to Rome.

Students will take classes four days a week during the trip, and are required to enroll in three credits of drawing and painting and three credits of sculpture. The courses will be taught in English by IU South Bend professors Ron Monsma and Dora Natella.  The program is designed primarily for IU South Bend art students, but any student may register.  Advanced painting and sculpture experience is not required to enroll. Student work will be displayed at an exhibition at SIRISA on Friday, August 3, and again at IU South Bend in October. 

For more information about Painting and Sculpture in Florence, contact the Office of International Programs, (574)520-4289; Associate Professor Dora Natella, (574)520-4895; or Assistant Professor Ron Monsma, (574)520-4563.