Studio Art College International, Spring 2018
Florence is an amazing city for an art student to study abroad. The sheer amount of art that saturates this city is astounding. And it isn’t surprising; Florence has been a haven for artists for centuries—Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli. In a country known for the arts, Florence is its highlight.
For an art student, it is important to go to galleries and museums to view artwork in person. It’s a major component of our education—to know and draw from our history. Being able to visit the artwork that we learn about is incredible, because we’re able to take in detail and color that is lost in photographs. There is nothing like standing in front of a painting or a sculpture and just being overwhelmed.
The university I’m studying at in Florence prioritizes getting students out of the classroom to learn onsite. We spend class periods having lectures in the art galleries and museums, exploring cathedrals and monasteries, or working with local art collectives. Most weekends they organize field trips to different cities in Italy so that we can see the art scenes in Rome, Pisa, Bologna. This weekend I’m going to Mantua with my art history class to continue our studies on Isabella d’Este.
Back in Kalamazoo, it takes a few hours to drive to Detroit or Chicago to go to an art museum. In Florence, there are four different art museums and three cathedrals full of art within a five-minute walk from my apartment. The Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s David, is a block away from me. This city is heaven for anyone who loves art.