A 5-week travel abroad in Italy, based in Orvieto studying architecture, place, and experience through drawing and travel documentation.
Program Type: UA Faculty-led
Credit Type: UA Direct Credit
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate
Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students
Language of Instruction: English
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The teaching program will be taught through two courses (totaling 6 UA credits) that explore our observation and experience of place through drawing and journaling, using a variety of media and processes.
Drawing as Seeing: exploration in mindful observation
ARC 496a/596a Special Projects in Architecture (3 credits)
The course will be conducted as a laboratory in and around the city of Orvieto.Students will practice various modes of drawing to catalyze different ways of observing. In addition to the development of technical drawing and representation skills, students will experiment with various techniques and mediums to direct their observation of various aspects of our environment – spatial relationships, form, materiality, tactility, construction methodology, and the essential nature of
“I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen.”
“Drawing encourages us to pay attention and to experience the full range of visual phenomena and appreciate the uniqueness of the most ordinary things.”
-Francis D.K. Ching
Documenting the travel journey: reflection on the spaces between
ARC 497b/597b Special Projects in Architecture (3 credits)
This course will develop skills of observation and documentation of the people, places, and experiences along the travel journey – the tapestry of small moments between the monumental ones. This will include urban spaces, cuisine, cultural traditions, verbal expressions and interactions, transportation, pace of life, and details of daily life in Italy.
Students are provoked to seek out a richer travel experience through journal and/or blog that assembles and composes artifacts, reflection, images, and interviews.
“There is no destination. The journey is all that there is, and it can be very, very joyful.”
“We travel abroad to discover in distant lands something whose presence at home has become unrecognisable.”
-Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
The town of Orvieto is located in central Italy, in Umbria, the region known as "the green heart of Italy". It stands high on a tufa plateau with cliff walls falling sheer to the valley below.
Considered by many travelers to be one of the world's most beautiful towns, Orvieto combines Italian small-town friendliness and atmosphere with the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. It is also one of the great centers for Italian art and archaeology. Surrounded by treasures from the Etruscan period, Gothic era, the Renaissance and the 19th century, the student has the entire town as a living classroom.
Teresa Rosano (firstname.lastname@example.org), AIA LEED AP, Assistant Professor of Practice joined CAPLA’s School of Architecture faculty in 2011. She is also currently a student in the University of Arizona’s Graduate Certificate in College Teaching Program.
She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1994. Upon attaining licensure in 1998, Teresa co-founded Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, which has earned national recognition as one of Arizona’s top design firms for its modern desert architecture.
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