Venice Summer School
ARTH 245 (Art and Architecture in Venice) - 6.0 credits
Art History and Art Conservation is pleased to offer an annual Queen’s Summer School in Venice, which is held during the month of May. The 45th Venice Summer school will run from 1 May 2016 - 27 May 2016. This course examines the art and architecture of Venice and its region with a focus on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. There is no classroom for this course: lectures take place exclusively in the field, as do many of the unique class assignments. There are morning study tours of churches, palaces, public buildings, and museums, plus full day-trips to sites in the lagoon and on the mainland. Most afternoons and all weekends are yours to explore the island, or to even venture beyond the confines of the lagoon. Take advantage of experiencing architecture, sculpture, mosaic, and painting in their original settings in order to study how the structure of Venice as a city built on the water affects its art, the subtleties of colour, and the rich varieties of materials and techniques. By exploring the complex workings of this incomparable Renaissance city, which survives largely intact, we also examine the political, religious, and social contexts for art. In particular, we study the works of the Bellini, the Lombardi, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Palladio, among others.
ARTH 380 (Venice and Its Biennale) - 6.0 credits
In June 2015 Art History and Art Conservation launched a brand new study abroad experience in Venice focused on the international contemporary art fair held in this city every two years since 1895. This program will run again in June of 2017, immediately following ARTH 245. Instruction in Venice will be based on daily study visits to the Venice Biennale and sites of display for modern and contemporary art, such as the Peggy Guggenheim and Francois Pinault collections. This course includes a lecture and seminar component, as well as a practicum experience at one of the Biennale's international pavilion. Students will leave with an appreciation for Venice’s rich historical past and vibrant present, knowledge of the global politics of art, the phenomenon of the art biennial, the dynamics and challenges of display, as well as a critical understanding of the pros and cons of cultural tourism. They will achieve an understanding of Canada’s relationship to this event and the history of its participation in it, as well as a sense of why its participation is important, and how issues of nationhood and identity manifest themselves in the context of the Canadian pavilion, and the broader context of the Biennale in general.
ARTH 245 and ARTH 380 are part of the Continuing & Distance Studies (Spring/Summer) Calendar and can be used as a full course credit toward any degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Students may not take any other course for credit concurrently with ARTH-245 or ARTH 380 .
Details of the application procedure and fee structure are posted in the form of downloadable pdf documents below.
Registration for the both ARTH 245 and ARTH 380 begins in September 2015 and will run on a first come, first served basis until the courses are full. Please contact Dr. Allison Sherman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.