Adjunct instructor Frank Goryl led a group of four Keystone art students to Italy for ART 305A Experiencing the Arts in Italy. Following a couple days of sightseeing, including a visit to the Vatican, the class traveled by train to La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany.
The group enjoyed four productive studio days at a beautiful Tuscan farmhouse and pottery studio with fabulous lunches prepared by an Italian chef. Afternoons were spent sightseeing the 13th century town of San Gimangiano and visiting the studio of master whistle maker Alberto Giovanni of Certaldo. The group also enjoyed a couple of days of rest and relaxation in Cinque Terre, a coastal area that marks the beginning of the Italian Rivera and is noted for small towns that cling to the rugged mountainside and connect only by boat or train.
Instructor Goryl and the class also visited Umbria and the town of Deruta known as the “majolica (Italian pottery) capital of the world” for a few days of study with master majolica artist Romano Ranieri. Although the 70-plus year old “living legend” does not speak English, contemporary artist Nicola Boccini and director of the La Meridiana International School of Ceramics helped with any necessary translation.
During their two-week stay the group had the opportunity to visit assist and witness High Mass in St. Francis Cathedral, surrounded by the magnificent fresco paintings of Giotto, and also visit to the Coliseum and St. Peters in Rome before the return flight home. Bellissimo!