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Summer Arts Program
July 6 - August 2, 2014
In partnership with Hendrix College


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 within a context of social engagement. 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 three 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.  

  

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PROGRAM DATES


Summer Arts Program 2014

July 6 - August 2

Application Deadline: April 1
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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.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Students choose two of five courses:

Commedia dell'Arte: Acting I
Mask Making: The Masks of Commedia dell'Arte
Painting in Arezzo
Documentary Film: Theory and Production
Creative Writing: Writing Place

Students receive six credit hours.

All students will take Seminar and Basic Italian.  

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Basic Italian*
No Credit
Instructor: Monica Capacci
 
In the first week of the program Basic Italian will help students navigate Italian life during their study abroad experience including but not limited to ordering at a restaurant, asking for directions, reading important signs, basic conversation and other traveler needs. 

*for beginners only

see Monica's bio under staff

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.

See Michela's bio under physical theatre faculty.


Mask Making: The Masks of Commedia dell'Arte

Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Andrea Cavarra

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.

See Andrea's bio under summer faculty.

Painting in Arezzo - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Painting
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Matthew Lopas

For centuries artists have made a pilgrimage to Italy to study the great visual art of Italian masters, to paint the stunning beauty of the varied Italian landscapes, and to sample the food, wine, and lifestyle of the Italian people. In this course, students will paint from their perception in the town of Arezzo - both inside its Duomo, and directly in front of some of  Italy's renowned masterpieces. The students will imbibe the atmosphere that has produced some of the world’s greatest art while exploring the aesthetic sensibility of Tuscan life.

See Matthew's bio under summer faculty
 
 
Digi-Realism - Documentary Film: Theory and Production
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Federico Siniscalco
*This course is offered in partnership with University of Rochester 


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.

See Federico's bio under summer faculty


Creative Writing Special Topics: Writing Place
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Tyrone Jaeger


This is an introductory course in the writing of brief prose with a focus on place-based writing and travel writing. Writers will study the aesthetics of flash fiction, micro-essays, and prose poems, in an attempt to understand and utilize cross-pollination between genres. Students will explore basic craft issues (e.g., plot, character, language, setting, point of view, dialogue, voice), and write from their Italian experiences and travels. In addition, students will explore storyboarding and scriptwriting to create short films that reflect upon their learning experiences at the Accademia dell’Arte. 

See Tyrone's bio under summer faculty

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