Graphic Design Major
Book Arts in Venice, Italy
Summer I short-term, faculty-led course
After spending sixteen hours in an airport, the beautiful streets and canals of Venice were certainly a sight for sore eyes. To get to our apartment, we had to haul suitcases
over rialtos (bridges), in and out tiny streets, and up a cramped, spiraling staircase. Travelling through the streets of Venice is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The city has dozens of open squares that branch off to another dozen streets that look like sketchy back alleyways. Between the thousands of tourists, maze-like roads, and indistinguishable canals, it wasn’t too hard to get lost.
Throughout our trip, we went to several art museums. We got to see Michelangelo’s David, Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, and one of Rembrandt’s self-portraits. While these were amazing pieces of art to see, I was personally drawn to the stunning gothic churches planted all around the city. The obvious time and passion that went into creating these buildings was apparent in their giant pointed arches, Corinthian columns, and amazing paintings and marble sculptures. Seeing this kind of detail and precision in art was really inspiring for me to work on my own art and to make it the best it can be.
Of course, one of the best parts of travelling to Italy was the food! The Italian restaurants had a lot of seafood, pizza, and of course, pasta! Spaghetti with cuttlefish ink sauce, pizza with whole shrimp (eyes and all), and ten-year-old balsamic vinaigrette were among some of the new things I tried while there. I also had gelato almost every day I was there, as well as tiramisu every other day.