As I have previously mentioned, I shall be studying abroad this summer! (And if my frequency in posts regarding this has failed to imply, I am super excited for this!)
It may still be too early for a lot of y’all out there to fathom the idea of leaving university and, essentially, your country for an extended period of time. However, for those of you that are interested in exploring the world/having a change of pace/studying something site specific, keep reading.
I will be studying at the Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy for the summer 2012 term; this basically means that I am taking an entire month out of my summer break and trekking to Italy, where I know no one and don’t speak Italian. Yet, while this does seem as if I have put myself on a failing trajectory, fear not: I have been abroad three times, visited Florence twice, and am so in love with art history that I doubt I will notice that big blue ocean separating me from everything I have ever known. Also, the fact that I am receiving course credit for this adventure eases any anxiety I might otherwise have.
Now, what exactly will I be doing abroad? I have enrolled in two courses for a total of six credit hours at SACI: Renaissance Art History Survey and Beginning Painting Conservation 1. The first class familiarizes students with significant monuments and works of art during the Renaissance period in Florence and its surrounding area. I am most thrilled about the fact that all teaching is conducted on-site; at Rice, the majority of art history classes depend upon projecting slides which is effective, but can sometimes skew the proportions and coloring of the images. To finally be able to see the pieces in person will be such an improvement. The second course that I am enrolled in is an art conservation class; specifically, I will be introduced to the practice of inpainting procedures in order to repair a work damaged by loss of color and will also be given the opportunity to work on actual cathedrals (talk about once in a lifetime!).
I am attempting to avoid writing a terribly long blog post (for maybe the first time ever) and therefore will hold off on explaining the application process until next week. Hopefully this sparked your interest in study abroad programs and you will have a clearer idea on what you may want to pursue during your college career.