Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Venice Summer School

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

ARTH 245 (Art and Architecture in Venice) - 6.0 credits

*** Please note: ARTH 245 will not be offered in 2018 ***

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. 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

Art History and Art Conservation is pleased to offer a study abroad experience in Venice focused on the Venice Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art that takes place every other year. This program will run again from May 5-June 3, 2019. Instruction in Venice will be based on daily study visits to the Biennale and other sites of display for modern and contemporary art, such as the Peggy Guggenheim and Francois Pinault collections, the Prada Foundation, and Ca’Pesaro Museum of Modern Art. This course includes lecture and seminar components, as well as an internship at the Biennale. 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 art and architecture biennials, 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 Canada pavilion, and the broader context of the Biennale in general.

ARTH 380 was an influential point for me in my undergraduate studies in Art History. Through real life experience interning at the Biennale, I fell more in love with the field that I soon hope to be a part of. The people that I met in this vibrant and exciting environment were just as influential as the experience itself, opening my eyes to the endless global opportunities that the field encompasses.

Maddy Huber, Fourth-year Art History major

Venice Summer School group in Venice near canal Venice Summer School Group Photo at the Canadian Pavilion at the venice biennale

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  .


The department is not offering ARTH 245 or ARTH 380 in the spring of 2020. Please check back in the fall term for any planned course offerings abroad in May and June 2021.

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


Students in church in venice
Students in venice posing for a group image

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