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Summer Arts Program
In partnership with Hendrix College

The Accademia dell'Arte 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, this unique four-week summer course offers an intense artistic experience. Also, students will 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 cultures embedded inside the medieval walls.   LEARN MORE


Summer Arts July 10 - August 6, 2016 
Application Deadline:  April 1

Students choose two of five courses:
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Acting I
  • Mask Making: The Masks of Commedia dell'Arte 
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Production
  • Anthropology: Exploring, Understanding and Documenting Culture in Tuscany 
  • Survey of Italian Opera  
  • All students will take the Seminar "Place and Perspective" 
Students receive six credit hours. Visit the Tuition & Fees page for information about program costs.

PLEASE NOTE: The above includes arrival and departure dates. Students should not plan to arrive before or stay after These dates.

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

*For those who'd like to participate in more than one summer program, enjoy the Stay A Little Longer discount. Take 10% off the combined cost of any two summer programs or 15% off the combined cost of all three summer programs! 

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: The Acting

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 theater. In the twentieth century this style was rediscovered and once again influenced such movements as the expressionist theater, theater 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 comedy 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 social / historical context, students will explore the characteristics of Arlechino, Zanni, Brighella, Pantalone, Columbina 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 scenarios and jokes. Scene study in the form of short scenes 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 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 the history of mask 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.

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 direct cinema to the American essayistic and interactive modes of self-reflexive documentaries and the experimental forms. With combined approaches to filming and editing, 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 scales, 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 Accademia's broader audience.

Anthropology: Exploring, Understanding and Documenting Culture in Tuscany 
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Anne J. Goldberg

People have been drawn to Tuscany from around the world for two centuries to the beauty of the region, but it is the cultural traditions that continued to lure students and artists. In this course, we will learn to use the techniques of participant observation, creating fieldnotes - both written and image-based, and in-depth interviewing, all with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of this distinctive place. Students will produce visual anthropology using ethnographic methods, focusing on the local place of Arezzo and the surrounding countryside. Using photography, film and other visual representations, students will come to understand and represent cultural behaviors in ways that can be translated to other creative endeavors. 

Survey of Italian Opera
Credit Hours: 3 
Instructor: John Krebs

Arezzo is an advantageous site for the survey of Italian opera.
Opera is Tuscan in origin, with the first examples coming from Florence around 1600. Some of the early performances were given in the Pitti Palace, which still stands today. This course will introduce students to the major works of the Italian opera tradition. Examination of these operas will then serve as a springboard for discussion of social, cultural and literary history as well as gender issues.

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