Autumn Semester

in ITALY AND Greece 



The marble column and clear proportions have been paramount in the cultures of Greece and Italy. Artists and art historians so often yoke together Italy and Greece, that it is surprising no educational program has done so. We at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts are proud to offering our Italy-Greece program for the 28th year, a program specifically designed to expose artists and students of the arts to both the contemporary life and the history of these centers of civilization. Students develop their painting, drawing, photographic, and writing skills while simultaneously experiencing Ancient Greece, the Italian Renaissance and contemporary Mediterranean life and light.

The Autumn Session begins in the Tuscan city of Pistoia, Italy, 30 km west of Florence and concludes at our permanent facility on the Greek island of Paros. During our days in Pistoia we make many excursions to museums, sites and other important cities and towns including Venice, Pisa, Florence, Siena and Rome. Our time in Italy concludes with a three-day stay in Rome before departing for a three-day stay in Athens on our way back to Paros. The schedule allows participants to study and base work on the two most important inter-related Mediterranean traditions of art in a single program. Once on Paros courses continue in earnest and students begin work in the studios and labs.          

In Italy we stay at our lovely 16th century Villa Rospigliosi just outside the Tuscan city of Pistoia nestled in the foothills of the Apennines. Accommodations at the Villa are double occupancy. While at the Villa we share beautiful meals together in the evening as well as lovely Italian buffet lunches when not touring and always a typical continental breakfast in the mornings. Once back in Greece on Paros students have single studio apartments.

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Perspective drawings at our villa

Perspective drawings at our villa

Students in Florence

Sketching in the Villa garden