Egg Tempera Painting by Megan Brady
IL261: The Italian Way, Lesson from the Masters
FIT's Illustration Department program is designed to serve as a bridge introducing the young art student or professional to the European experience through a four weeks stay amid people, places and institutions which contributed so much to the culture of western civilization.
For generations, Italy has offered inspiration to artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers. Inheriting the great traditions of Greek art, the Italians went on to sustained eras of unparalleled creativity through the centuries we know as Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque. In recent years, that spirit has re-emerged in the worlds of contemporary design, fashion, interiors, illustration, graphics and a dazzling array of crafts.
It is for the young artist, in particular, that the opportunity to enter the world of the great master's has always been the most intriguing and ultimately the most rewarding. Historically the lure has been that city which has loomed so large in the unfolding of Italian creativity: FLORENCE.
This will be approached via drawing and painting on location in and around the heart of Florence, group visits to museums, galleries and churches. Students will keep a personal pictorial diary and produce one final project. The final project will be executed in egg tempera, this medium was a choice of many artists of the thirteen centuries in Florence
In perceiving the program as a "bridge", care has been taken to schedule free time as well as long weekends. Suggestions and information will be offered for trips to nearby points of interest as well as cities within easy traveling distance such as Siena, Rome and Venice. The distances are surprisingly short. Transportation is excellent. The natives are friendly, the rewards are memorable.