Rome: The Artist and the City
3 credits (DRAW-1537)
Mar. 22 - 30: Rome
Faculty: Deborah Zlotsky (RISD Experimental & Foundation Studies)
The Artist in the City: Drawing in Providence and Rome, a 2018 spring semester course with a Rome travel component over March break, focuses on exploring ways to observe, document and respond to your environment. Throughout the semester, you are encouraged to appreciate the flexibility and richness of drawing and develop your understanding of drawing as a means to find your distinctive point of view as an artist in the city. In the first six weeks of class, you’ll gain a variety of observational and experimental drawing experiences, from perceptual drawing during class time to outside assignments in response to a range of perspectives: as a viewer, as a flâneur, as a collector and as a sociologist. In the weeks before travel, the outside work will be more conceptual and experimental, and the in-class work will be more direct and familiar to help you develop fluency in a variety of languages and to expand your relationship to Providence. Class also includes short readings, PowerPoints and discussions. In Rome, a full daily schedule of on-site drawing is aimed to help you notice your relationship to and between the two cities. Experiencing the city as a resident and as a visitor through drawing is a unique opportunity to dig deeper and discover the peculiarities of your relationship to the space and history of the cities. Once you return to Providence, you’ll pursue a substantial and focused final project that will require a more processed and personal approach.
Instructor permission required. Applying involves a short application process +
a recommendation by professor you’ve worked with during the last 2 semesters.
This course can count as a studio elective and/or toward a Drawing Concentration.
Travel cost is approximately $2400 and is almost all-inclusive: round-trip airfare, all hotels and transfers between Providence and Rome, most meals, and admission fees to museums and sites.