Grand Tour 2017!
Once again the Grand Tour team is ready to take on Italy in May of 2017. Armed with our sketchbooks and pencils we will attempt to recreate the original experience of the Grand Tour of old with a modern twist. I’ve been leading this tour with High Point University students for a number of years and it is always a highlight of my academic year.
Professor Brown and I are looking forward to taking a great group of students in 2017.
We cover much of Italy on this trip and we spend time drawing, journaling and photographing a wide range of sites and places. As part of the academic focus we will study many of the historical sites and works of art that we will experience during the Spring semester.
Although our course has an studio focus no previous artistic experience is required to be successful in the course. Our goal is to get past the tourist mentality and try to find an authentic Italy and expand your knowledge about Italian art, history and culture.
From the canals of Venice to the ruins of Pompeii we visit many of the original sites that the original “Grand Tourists” from the 18th century would have visited. Our goal is to get to know these sites and appreciate their intrinsic artistic beauty and then translate those observations into works of art. The course is designed for all students (artistic or not) and we help you by starting with the basics.
We will see many sites along our journey. We cover a great number of sites. Even if you have been to Italy before this is a great experience and a good way to see Italy more thoroughly.
We visit many of the most inspiring places on the Italian Peninsula in 16 days. Yet we also try to stay long enough in each location to get a true sense of the place. We also have the added bonus of seeing one of the great art exhibitions on the planet, the Venice Biennale. This exhibition brings together artists from hundreds of countries all in one place. As part of our course we will compare and contrast the artists from these cultures.
New Friends and Places
We are covering a lot of ground and we are excited to introduce our students to many of the wonderful people who open their homes, hotels and hearts to us. Part of the experience is both the friendships that our students make with each other but also the people that we meet in Italy.
Food and Culture
Not only do we explore the art and architecture of Italy we also learn about the culture and experience the regional cuisines. For each geographic area we visit we have a group meal where you try the local, traditional dishes of the area. This is a great way to sample the varieties of flavors of Tuscany, the Veneto region and the Lazio area. And by all means we eat a lot of gelato!
We will be at all of the High Point University Study Abroad fairs and events to answer your questions. You can always contact Prof. Raynor as well through you HPU email if you have specific questions about the experience.
As part of the experience you will sign up for a course. The course will meet in the Spring semester and then head to Italy after graduation.
Also a big thanks to Tyler Petrich, Mark Brown, Brandon & Brittany Hubschman, and Anna Piperato for the use of their wonderful photos!