Students Travel to Italy to Study Art from the Masters

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Art students in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 28, 2013 – It is home to some of the greatest works by the masters like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci; buildings that are pieces of art themselves like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum; and inspiring landmarks including the Spanish steps and Pompeii. This summer, High Point University students studied art in one of the best places for it – Italy.

David Vidri sketches the House of the Faun in Pompeii.

David Vidri sketches the House of the Faun in Pompeii.

Eighteen students traveled through Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, Venice, Milan and other cities across Italy during “The Grand Tour: Drawing on the Masters” Maymester program. Over the course of three weeks, the students viewed, studied and sketched some of the best art and architecture in the world.

They’ve also had the chance to meet and talk with working artists in Italy like Stacy Gibboni, who talked to the students about her life and her art.

“Stacy walked us around Venice and then we had an assignment to find one thing to draw or write about,” says sophomore Katie Bonura. “This course has reignited my love for drawing letters and graphic design type art, so I found a sign and replicated some of the letters; I liked that we had a lot of freedom with this assignment.”

“The students’ drawing skills have improved dramatically since the beginning

Katie Bonura sketches in Venice.

Katie Bonura sketches in Venice.

of the program,” says Dr. Anna Piperato, art historian who is accompanying students on the trip along with Scott Raynor, assistant professor of art.

The trip was one of 10 Global Experience courses that give students and faculty the opportunity to be immersed in cultures unlike their own. Other groups of students traveled to Southern Africa, Spain, England, France, Germany and Ireland.

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