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Summer Arts Program
In partnership with Hendrix College and University of Rochester

The Accademia dell'Arte's Summer Arts Program is highly personalized. It gives students the rare opportunity to work in a community of artists with shared interests where exploring, sharing and reflecting provide the basis of personal development. By combining performing arts with liberal arts studies in a unique community this four-week summer course offers an intense artistic experience. Students will also embark on two different excursions to explore and deepen their understanding of the local history and culture. They’ll be exposed to the natural wonders of Tuscany, masters of the Renaissance and centuries old culture embedded inside the medieval walls.  



Summer Arts Program 2015

July 5 - August 1

Application Deadline: April 1

PLEASE NOTE: The dates above include arrival and departure. Do not plan to arrive before or stay after these dates.

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Please visit the Tuition & Fees page for complete details on all program costs.

*This program is offered in partnership with Hendrix College. If you are a Hendrix Student you will need to check with your study abroad office for detailed information on this program.



Students choose two of six courses:

Commedia dell'Arte: Acting I
Mask Making: The Masks of Commedia dell'Arte
Drawing in Tuscany - Gesture and Collaboration
Documentary Film: Theory and Production
Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History
Italian: Intermediate Level

Students receive six credit hours.

All students will take the Seminar "Place and Perspective"

Seminar: Place and Perspective
No Credit
All Instructors

The Seminar will thematically link the questions of Place and Perspective to each area of study as well as to the overall experience while in Arezzo.  All faculty will be involved in the Seminar and will offer their unique disciplinary “takes” on the importance of place and perspective in forming a sense of being.  All students will participate in the weekly seminar meetings.  

Commedia dell’Arte: Acting I

Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Michela Mocchiutti

From the sixteenth to the late eighteenth century the itinerant performers of the Commedia dell’arte developed a style of acting and performance that was to have a tremendous impact on the development of the European theatre. In the twentieth century this style was rediscovered and once again influenced such movements as the expressionist theatre, theatre of the absurd and the futurist’s experiments, as well as individual artists such as Meyerhold, Gordon Craig, Samuel Beckett, Lecoq, Mnouchkine and many others. A study of the traditional techniques developed by Commedia provides modern actors with a vastly expanded artistic repertoire from which to develop a personal style.

This acting class will develop the practical use of the masks of the stock characters of the Commedia dell’arte. Through work on gesture, voice and movement within a specific socio/historical context, students will explore the characteristics of Arlecchino, Zanni, Brighella, Pantalone, Colombina and others, with the intention of developing the student’s own personal version of the character.

The class format will be based on intensive studio work with daily exercises designed to develop the masked character. Students will work on improvisational techniques through work on various scenari and lazzi. Scene study in the form of short scenes, or canovacci, takes place in the final phase of the work.

Mask Making: The Masks of Commedia dell'Arte

Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Andrea Cavarra and Alessandra Faienza

This course focuses on the basics of creating leather masks specifically for use in commedia dell’arte improvisations. The students learn all the essential steps of mask making from original idea to final product. Through the lecture series, students will learn mask history as it is used in world cultures and in performance.

The purpose of the class is to give each student the ability to create a functional leather mask. Students will understand how to fully realize an artistic idea in a concrete form.

Drawing in Tuscany - Gesture and Collaboration
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Melissa Gill

This drawing course will focus on gesture drawing and collaborative projects. Students will use quick gesture as the primary method to interpret the human form, and the landscape, and then use extended gesture as a method of bringing their drawings to completion. Students will study how the masters constructed the human figure and the landscape on field trips and by sketching in local museums.
In addition to studying the masterworks, students will look at contemporary forms of artistic collaboration and the unique cultural history of Tuscany - the Commedia dell’Arte, and traditional Italian dance such as Tarantella. Informed by these and other cultural practices, students will participate in collaborative drawing projects with their classmates, as well as other Accademia students.
Documentary Film: Theory and Production
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Federico Siniscalco

Recognizing the reciprocity of theory and practice, this course combines study of existing canonical documentary films with the creative exercise of the student's own film production. Through the study of film history from mid-century French cinéma vérité and American direct cinema to the interactive and essayistic modes of self-reflexive documentaries and the experimental forms that combine these approaches to filming and editing the world, the course will sensitize students to stylistic choice in the production of thier own short films. This course encourages the student to be mindful of how each stylistic choice—framing, shot duration, shot scale, interview questions, camera angle, editing, lighting—bears a history of and a responsibility to both politics and art. 
The course culminates in a film screening of students’ final projects for the broader ADA audience.

Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Rod Miller

As is widely known, western art and culture underwent profound changes starting around the year 1200 and centered in Tuscany. Those shifts concerned different understandings of reality and humanity’s place in it. The works made during the Renaissance and Baroque periods reflect these options art, and life. Artists and architects will be examined, their works placed into context, and qualitative questions will be explored. Special emphasis will be upon Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini. Students will have opportunity to visit some of those works in Arezzo and Florence.

Intermediate Italian - Italian Conversation and Culture*
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Accademia Brittanica Faculty

This course is designed to explore and develop understanding of contemporary society, cultural background, literature and heritage of Italy. It also focuses on consolidating the student’s ability to use Italian effectively. Emphasis is given to grammar review and vocabulary expansion so students can communicate confidently and clearly through both the spoken and written word, using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language. 

The class will be conducted solely in Italian.

*Pre-requisite: In order to study the subject at intermediate level, students should normally have taken at least two semesters of Italian. 

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