In Venice this summer, Pratt students are learning from the past to create practices for the future

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After Pratt in Venice was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, things will start again this summer. From June 8th to July 20th, undergraduate and postgraduate students will study art and its history in the famous Italian cultural destination. The program, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2019, is one of Pratt’s longest-running summer programs, encompassing study abroad in locations from Rome to Scandinavia.

Pratt in Venice courses, including Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Materials and Techniques of Venetian Art and Art History of Venice, engage students in art practice through the heritage of the region, from historical sites to the current Venice Biennale exhibition. For example, students in the Materials and Techniques of Venetian Art class, led by Diana Gisolfi, Professor of Art History and Design, visited the Basilica of SS. Maria e Donato on the island of Murano to learn how the non-profit organization Save Venice Inc supported the conservation campaign and even climbed scaffolding with restorers to examine the frescoes and mosaics up close.

Students in a painting class led by Michael Brennan, associate professor of fine arts at the CCE, experimented with studying color in response to light in the city and its canals, while Joseph Kopta, visiting professor for Pratt in Venice, introduced the students to the subject the Late Antique and Byzantine Monuments of Ravenna, where they discussed the influence of the ancient city on Venetian art.

Check out some of the photos from this year’s Pratt in Venice below, such as: B. the visit of Pratt President Frances Bronet to the locations of the program. These included the main location at the Università Internazionale dell’Arte and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica print workshop on the Grand Canal, where Fay Ku, visiting lecturer in fine arts, works with students on a variety of printing techniques. Follow @prattinvenice for ongoing updates on this summer’s programme.

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