Students enroll in an art history course and a studio art course taught by faculty from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. These courses focus on art and experience. How do we as contemporary viewers experience art of the past? How can daily observations, whether through drawing, print, painting, photography or sculpture, help inform and enrich this experience? Group discussions and visits to other cities, such as Florence and Rome, serve to frame student experiences within a broader view of Italy. The integrated approach of the program balances carefully designed trips with individual and small-group projects in order to explore the forces that shaped Italian cities and landscapes.
Students explore myriad ways of seeing the significance of Tuscany through careful collaborations by two University of Texas at Austin faculty members who focus on the art and art history of the region of Tuscany.
Program Faculty and Courses
Photography and Tourism: Observing Travel and Culture in Italy
ART 319T / 352J * / 379T *
The concept of pilgrimage has been central to photography since the medium's invention. In the mid-nineteenth century, demand exploded for daguerreotypes (an early type of photograph) depicting the most important wonders of the world, from the pyramids of Egypt to the Pantheon in Rome. Suddenly, anyone could see treasures of antiquity that few people would ever be able to see in person. This marked the beginning of the photographic pilgrimage. With the advancement of technology and the democratization of travel, people all over the world were traveling to society's most cherished monuments not only see them for themselves, but to photograph them and share them—to use photographic representation to transform that place into a commodity.
In this course, we will learn and use the fundamentals of digital photography to explore the modern pilgrimage in contemporary Italy. Instead of simply reproducing the same images that we've seen countless times, students will be encouraged to think critically about how today's global world thinks about and interacts with historical western spaces.
* Studio Art and Art Education majors will register for ART 379T. Art History and all other majors will register for ART 352J. Studio Art and Art Education majors should be aware that ART 379T counts towards upper-division ART requirements, but does not provide the pre-requisite for any in-residence ART courses.
Are you a student in the Department of Art and Art History (major/minor in Art Education, Art History, or Studio Art) and considering Learning Tuscany? Department scholarships are available for participation in the summer 2024 program. See below for scholarship details and how to apply.
December 1, 2023
Dr. Ann Johns — Art History professor / Program Director
Will answer these kinds of questions: specifics and suggestions about travel, specific information about Rome and Siena, anything about the art, history and culture of Italy, packing suggestions, general questions about most aspects of the program, deadlines, departmental scholarships
Eli Durst — Studio Art (Photography) professor
Will answer these kinds of questions: all questions about supplies and classes, general questions about travel and travel in Italy, Studio Art scholarships, anything photography related
Cat McGovern — Program Coordinator, Texas Global
Will answer these kinds of questions: all questions about non-departmental scholarships, forms (medical and otherwise), deadlines, other program details