One of the most unique opportunities for those interested in an Art History minor is the Spring Break Away. During the Spring semester, students take an Art History course here at the main campus. Then, depending on the course, those students travel to Italy or France during Spring Break and spend the week fully immersed in the culture of the nation while still engaging in a scholarly way. Students have raved about the experience and many express their desire to return to those cities as soon as possible.
Our Spring Break Away courses offered are:
FLORENCE AND ROME, ITALY
ARHY 264 - Following Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello & Raphael through Florence and Rome
Study the art of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance where they lived and worked.
View landmarks of the Florentine Renaissance such as the Medici Palace, the iconic Florentine Cathedral, and view celebrated works in place, such as Michelangelo's colossal David.
Rome offers masterpieces of the High Renaissance, including Michelangelo's dome for the new St. Peter's, his famed Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes and Raphael's cycle of paintings for the Papal Apartments in the Vatican. Throughout the two weeks, students expand their global horizon by meeting local residents as well as foreign visitors, deepening their worldview, in philosophy, religion, and politics, all within the ambiance of Italian culture.
ARHY 326W - The Grand Tour
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, artists, scholars, and socialites alike embarked in a practice called "the Grand Tour," as a crucial stage, and often the final, stage in their educations. Travelling through Continental Europe (and for American artists, also the voyage to the United Kingdom) allowed individuals to see significant sites and works of art, as well as to participate in vibrant communities of like-minded individuals. This course will consider the cultural, artistic, historical, literary, and museological phenomenon that was the "Grand Tour."
ARHY 331W - Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
An assessment of the major movements of the nineteenth century in Europe and America with special emphasis on the social political and economic aspects that determined Modernism in Europe from 1789 to 1890. The course also addresses the changing role of the avant-garde artist and the formation of the new patronage, the art market, museum institutions, and exhibitions.This course will participate in the Spring Break Away program. Students will spend Spring Break in Paris, France.
ARHY 379 - Origins of Renaissance Art
This course will focus on the art of Tuscany at the beginning of the stylistic period known as the Renaissance. Through an examination of the works of Trecento (1300's) and early Quattrocento (1400's) artists, students will learn about the new ideas, intentions and conventions that formed what we call the "Renaissance style." Particular attention will be paid to the three great innovators of the early Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio. The course will explore the ways in which artists in the early 1400's in Florence responded to the influences of both classical antiquity and the middle ages, to the role of patrons in forming and supporting the new style, and to the intellectual and cultural milieu that gave rise to the new illusionism, innovation and naturalism that identify the Renaissance. When offered as a part of the Spring Break Away program, an integral part of the course will be a one-week site visit to Florence.