It truly has been a magical summer in Firenze. I can't imagine a more perfect place to learn, laugh, eat, or enjoy the summer sun. The students were a special group and the friendships formed will last long after the warm months have passed and this amazing trip seems like a distant memory. On behalf of the 2011 staff, we have so enjoyed getting to know these young adults and we thank you all for a wonderful summer. Thanks for reading, and one last time- saluti da Firenze!
Abbey Roaders pose in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Final stop of the day on our last weekend trip
Jamie gives Pisa two thumbs up!
Adam and Anthony enjoying our last weekend trip: beach day in Viareggio
Claudia sketches in the shade
Sam & Claire
Callie & Eden
Aria, Emma and Ilana loving the beach
Students in Daniele's art history elective completed a Tableau Vivant project as their final assignment. Each group had to choose and re-stage a well-known painting, using group members and basic materials to construct costumes/scenery. Check out their work below!
Judith and Holofernes by Gentileschi
Baptism of the Neophytes by Masaccio
Birth of Venus by Botticelli
Madonna Enthroned by Giotto
For our final residence night, Abbey Roaders got creative and participated in our annual "Project Runway" challenge! Each team was given 90 minutes to create a fabulous look using materials like garbage bags, newspaper, aluminum foil, wrapping paper, dishrags, fake flowers, rubber bands, plastic straws, and magazines. As you can see from the final products, everyone "made it work" and created some fashionable ensembles.
Bari and David pose before taking on the runway
Julia on the catwalk
Staff team model: Daniele!
All of our beautiful (and brave!) models
Staff team poses proudly with Daniele
As a culmination to a summer of truly impressive art-making, students in Digital Photography, Drawing, and Oil Painting had the chance to showcase their work in the final art show. The talent was absolutely incredible and it was exciting to see what the students had been working on for the past four weeks.
Altered books made by Digital Photography students
Drawing extraordinaires: William and Lindsay
Checking out the altered books
Danielle and Caterina consider the Old Masters copies
Final projects of Drawing students
Oil painting student Melissa poses with her self-portrait
Drawing teacher Lindsay poses with some of her students
Students enjoy an evening at Fortezza da Basso, an outdoor venue with live music, international cuisine, and clothing/jewelry vendors
Elizabeth and MacKenzie
Pa & Melissa
Caterina & Monica
Group photo at the entrance