Combined Painting and Drawing in Siena

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or Above
Location: Europe, Italy
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview
The rich culture and beauty of Siena will serve as the backdrop in which students will explore and develop their artistic skills and thinking through experimentation, discussion, and readings in this intensive studio art course. Designed to build on your previous experience and skills, and augmented by the rich culture of the Italian Renaissance, this course is open to students at all levels of drawing and painting. In addition to the studio component of this course, we will make visits to some of the most important cultural sites in Tuscany.
Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2023 2/15/23 3/15/23 7/3/23 8/10/23

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Academic Details

Designed for beginners to advanced students, half of this course will be devoted to drawing, half to painting. We will emphasize an exploration of two-dimensional space, the development of technical and material experience, as well as questions key to a critical understanding of artistic production. Siena, considered one of the most beautiful expressions of the Italian Renaissance will provide a backdrop for the course; which will be supplemented with visits to some of the most significant cultural heritage sites of Florence, Arezzo, and Bologna.

This course is open to beginning, intermediate, and advanced drawing and painting students, and may be recognized as studio art credit for art majors and minors by your home university. Check with your departmental advisor for more information.

Enroll in one course for 8 UO quarter credits or 6 semester credits 

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Application process

This program is less than 90 days. Students with a US passport will be traveling to Italy under the Schengen Visa waiver program and do not require a travel visa for this program, and GEO is unable to assist U.S. citizens in obtaining a visa. If you are not a U.S. Citizen: Notify your GEO Advisor. Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Italian consulate in their country of residence about visa requirements, no matter the duration of the program of study.

Faculty and Staff

Sylvan Lionni in an associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon. He received his MFA from Bard College, NY and BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Australia, including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA P.S. 1, and mumok in Vienna, Austria. His work is held in many private and public collections and has appeared, or been reviewed in ArtForum, Svenska Dagbladet, and Art in America among many others.

Housing Description

Experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other GEO and/or International/Italian students or students’ residence (small dorm) with other American, Italian or international students throughout the town of Siena. Some apartments are within walking distance of the GEO classroom within the old city walls, while others are in neighborhoods just outside and accessible by public transportation. No matter where you live, close by you can find small local grocers, restaurants, and cafés unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks and a kitchen table and chairs. You will share a bedroom with one or two other students, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). The kitchens are equipped with utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, an electronic oven and a gas stove. You will also receive two sets of linens and each apartment has access to a washing machine and drying rack.

Travel Advisories

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