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“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusion, and the city of yearning”
Giotto di Bondone


Rome has been a Mecca for painters and sculptors since the seventeenth century, and continues to serve as muse and subject for beginning and established artists.

Rome Art Program students will become part of the fabric of the city as they paint and draw directly from millennia-old landmarks, and in the parks and streets of lesser-known areas of Rome where locals live and work.

Accomplished art historians will lead regular on-site discourses and field trips. The curriculum will be complemented by evening lectures and receptions at the American and British Academies and visits to the city’s diverse contemporary art galleries.

  • Daily plein–air painting in watercolor, gouache and acrylic
  • Daily drawing, plein–air or transcribing masterworks in churches and museums
  • Weekly on–site seminars with our art historian
  • Weekly in-depth group critiques and Visiting Artist critiques
  • Daily individual on-site critiques and one to one support

A rich and varied activity schedule complements the main program:

  • Opportunities to visit Siena, Tivoli and Arezzo
  • Field trips to Pompeii and Florence with our art historian

Student housing in central Rome is included, as is entrance to Rome museums for class visits.  Museum and site visits are also included on class field trips outside Rome.  For program dates and fees please click here.