Drawing and Painting in Florence

Course Dates: June 12 to July 2, 2014

Expand your artistic vision by immersing yourself in the art and culture of Italy studying drawing and painting for three weeks in Florence. Learn in this amazing Renaissance setting under the guidance of master artists.

  • Guided lectures of all major museums, churches, and architectural monuments will occur on a daily basis.
  • Create landscape paintings on location in the beautiful Italian countryside.
  • Sketch in the streets, piazzas, and museums of Florence with an artist who has lived in Florence for thirty years and knows every aspect of the city intimately.
  • Create a series of drawings of some of the world’s greatest examples of Classical, Renaissance, and Baroque figurative sculpture.
  • Sharpen your understanding of the human form by drawing and painting from the life model under the guidance of accomplished instructors.
  • Use your on-site studies in the studio as a basis for creating new work.
  • Discover the rich, fascinating lifestyle and food of contemporary Florence, the cultural epicenter of Italy.
  • Take part in a public exhibition of student work created during the course.

Undergraduate: ART 420, 4 units
Graduate: ART 620, 4 units


Artists, art students, and art historians who are interested in studying and learning how to draw and paint from direct observation of the figure, still life, and landscape are encouraged to apply. Typically there is a mix of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in this course.

1)      Submit ten (10) images of your work (either on a CD or via a website). Examples of drawing and/or painting in any medium are acceptable. Also submit an essay that describes your experience in the visual arts (types of media you’re worked with, proficiency, education, specific areas in which you would like to explore or grow) and explains how these experiences have prepared you for this course. Your essay should also answer the following questions: 1. Why do you want to take this course and what do you hope to gain from it? 2. What will you contribute to the course, and how will other participants benefit from your participation?
2)      Send the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form to the Summer Arts office by March 10, 2014.

Professor Andrew Dickson


Domenic Cretara www.cretaraart.com
Domenic Cretara, Professor of Art at California State University, Long Beach, works primarily in drawing and painting. He earned his bachelor and master of fine arts degrees from Boston University School of Fine Arts, graduating with honors. Among other tributes, Domenic has been the recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to Florence, Italy, and fellowships to Padua, Italy, and Cassis, France. Domenic is a particularly active exhibiting artist with many solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Las Vegas, Seattle, and Boston, including a retrospective at the Las Vegas Art Museum, and an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. His work has been included in more than twenty-five group shows in venues on both coasts and Europe. His works are in the collections of major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wigging Print and Drawing Collection of the Boston Public Library.

Marsha Steinbergwww.marshasteinberg.com
A painter and printmaker, Marsha Steinberg is a graduate of CSU Northridge and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. She is presently Coordinator of the Studio Art Program at CSU International Programs in Florence and is a teacher at the Lorenzo di’ Medici School of Arts and Sciences in Florence. Marsha has exhibited her work in Italy, the United States, and throughout Europe.

Eugenio Cecioni
Eugenio Cecioni was born in Florence in 1951 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He is a painter and printmaker, a recognized expert on painting techniques and intaglio, with extensive experience in the illustration, graphic design and advertising . Eugenio has participated in numerous exhibitions. His works are in public and private collections in Italy and abroad. Since 1980 he has taught at the Italian Academy of Fine Arts. In the winter of 2008 at the request of the Ministry of Culture of the DPRK (North Korea ) with the financing of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Cecioni taught advanced courses in oil painting in  the capital city of Pyongyang. He is probably the first and only Western artist to have taught in the country. From 2000 to 2009 he was the director of the Center exhibition Villa Pacchiani of the City of Santa Croce (Pisa), for which he oversaw the planning, preparation and catalogs of more than fifty national and international exhibitions.



CSU Summer Arts does NOT provide a group flight, arrange travel reservations, or make travel recommendations for Drawing and Painting in Florence. It is up to each individual participant to make travel arrangements and pay for their own travel.

ALL participants MUST arrive in Florence by June 12, 2014. The first class meeting will be at the CSU International Programs facility on Thursday, June 12, at 6:00 pm. (Note that the program housing begins on Wednesday, July 11 to give you a day to get acclimated. More information below.)

While you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements, you will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.


Please download the Drawing and Painting in Florence Housing Reservation Form HERE.

CSU Summer Arts has reserved lodging for our participants at the Madonna del Rosario (a former convent – it’s really cool: www.madonnadelrosario.it/Homepage.htm). Note that if you chose to reserve and pay for lodging at the Madonna del Rosario through CSU Summer Arts, your housing will begin on Wednesday, June 11 and end on Thursday, July 3. This will allow you to arrive a day early and get acclimated before the first class meeting on the evening of the 12th.

Please note that the Madonna del Rosario has a curfew of 12:00 midnight. If you think you’d like to be able to stay out later than midnight, we suggest you chose one of the other options listed below.

The rate for a bed in a two-person room reserved through Summer Arts at the Madonna del Rosario is $1050.

The Madonna del Rosario also has a limited number of single rooms available at a cost of $1365.

The Madonna del Rosario is a 5 minute walk from the International Programs facility.

Continental breakfast is included in the rate fore the Madonna del Rosario.

To reserve a room at the Madonna del Rosario through Summer Arts, please complete the Drawing and Painting in Florence Housing Reservation Form.

There are two housing options available for Drawing and Painting in Florence:
1)      Make your reservation and pay for your lodging through CSU Summer Arts for a single or double occupancy room at the Madonna del Rosario. Note that if you choose to reserve and pay for lodging at the Madonna del Rosario through CSU Summer Arts, your housing will begin on Wednesday, June 11 and end on Thursday, July 3 (22 nights total).
2)      Make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in Florence. [We recommend the Plus Florence Hostel (www.plusflorence.com), the Hotel Meridiana (www.meridiana-hotel.it/), the Hotel Ariston (www.hotelaristonfirenze.it/), or the Hotel Rita Major (http://www.hotelritamajor.com/).]

Note: Drawing and Painting in Florence has an application process that differs from that of other Summer Arts workshops. Please read the following information carefully.

Submit complete application                                     DUE on Monday, March 10, 2014
(DUE, not postmarked)

Students notified of status of application                 Monday, March 17, 2014



Enrollment Fee:
Undergraduate, California Resident$1609
Graduate, California Resident$1975
Undergraduate, Non-California Resident (4 units)$3097
Graduate, Non-California Resident (4 units)$3461
Undergraduate, Non-California Resident (5 units)$3469
Graduate, Non-California Resident (5 units)$3835
Insurance Fee:$100
Housing (if booked through Summer Arts):single room in an apartment with two bedrooms (3 persons in apartment total)$572
double room in an apartment with one bedroom (2 persons in apartment total)$506
double room in an apartment with two bedrooms (3 persons in apartment total)$418
double room in an apartment with two bedrooms (5 persons in apartment total)$374
triple room in an apartment with two bedrooms (5 persons in apartment total)$330
Cell Phone for Use Abroad Estimate:Either adding plan, purchasing Spanish phone, or purchasing SIM card$100
Airfare Estimate:$1850
Additional Transportation Estimate$100
Food/Spending Money Estimate: $800


70% of Summer Arts students receive some amount of scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards will range from $100 to $1500. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs.

To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the Summer Arts Scholarship Application and send it WITH your financial backup AND your Registration Form to the Summer Arts registration office by March 10, 2014.


PAYMENT DEADLINES – the following are DUE dates, not postmarked dates:

Housing reservation and full payment if using CSU housingDue on Monday, May 1, 2017Check or money order PAYABLE TO TRUSTEES OF THE CSU(varies)
InsuranceDue on Monday, May 1, 2017Check or money order PAYABLE TRUSTEES OF THE CSU$100
*Note that the housing deposit and insurance can be one payment of the housing cost plus $100.
Enrollment feeDue on Wednesday, July 26, 2017Check, money order, or credit card, PAYABLE TO FRESNO STATE(varies)
*Note that the housing/insurance and enrollment fee must be two separate payments.



Students will need to bring:
While Summer Arts will provide some materials, students will be expected to bring many of their own art supplies. Details about the brand choices, sizes, and amounts of each material will be announced at a later time.

Suggested additional items:

  • A small folding stool or a pad to sit on for landscape work
  • A small, light portable easel
  • A sunhat
  • Sensible shoes for walking

All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to Italy. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by May 27, 2014.

If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately and to do a rush order. Because of demand and backlogs you may not get your passport in time if you choose regular processing. United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy, however, citizens of other countries may. Contact the Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.

For additional information, or if you have any questions, contact Joanne Sharp at jsharp@calstate.edu, or 562-951-4065.