The Venice Summer School was a truly once in a lifetime experience! The interactive small class environment, the incredible professors and the opportunity to meet students from Queen's and around the world, all while getting to live in one of the most spectacular cities in the world make this a life changing experience! I highly recommend it to lovers of art, travel and adventure!!
Claire Pierce, Second-year Art History Major
Art History 245 - Art and Architecture in Venice
Art History and Art Conservation is pleased to offer an annual Queen’s Summer School in Venice, which is normally held during the month of May. This course examines the art and architecture of Venice and its region with a focus on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. All instruction is onsite. 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. 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.
I was so inspired and learned not only about art history, but about Venice itself. It was an experience that I will never forget and has changed the way I look at art, as well as the way I approach my own art.
Felicia Yong, BFA student, University of Western Ontario
Photocredit: Allison Sherman, Left: Students visit Villa Rotonda at Vicenza; Right - Students visit the Island of San Giorgio Maggio overlooking Piazza San Marco
Between the instructors, location and fellow students, it's nearly impossible to not have an amazing, once in a lifetime experience in Venice.
Kyle Penfound, Second-year Philosophy Major
The course ARTH-245 is 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. The prerequisite is an introductory course in art
history at the university level or permission of the Department of Art.
Details of the application procedure and fee structure are posted below, the deadline for application will be in January 2013 for the May 2013 offering.