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Umbria: Painting and Drawing in an Italian Hill Town

May 26 - June 17, 2018

Priority Deadline for Scholarship Consideration: December 1, 2017

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2018

This is an incomparable opportunity to explore drawing, painting, and journal keeping while living and working in a traditional Umbrian hill town. This intensive three-week program focuses on interpreting the landscape of central Italy through various media while integrating its rich art and historical heritage into a meaningful experience. Students will experience the culture, the language and rhythm of everyday life here while working independently in various media under the guidance of MICA instructors. The full range of drawing and painting media are welcome-one can focus in watercolor, acrylic, oil, charcoal, colored pencil, markers, collage material or experiment with several. The faculty encourages creative stances investigating a sense of place. Materials workshops and field trips will complement working outdoors and in the studio.

Students and faculty all live, dine, and work together in the ancient, walled city of Monte Castello di Vibio in Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful regions. In this timeless environment participants find equilibrium between the old and the new; a balance between solitude and community in which focused, intensive work and dynamic interactions between students and faculty leads to greater proficiency and enhances creativity.

The program is housed in a complex of historic buildings within walls of this well-preserved Umbrian town

Fees include housing, a beautiful studio, three meals 6 days/week, all field trip transportation, and all museum admissions.

Cornel Rubino is winner of the Society of Publication Designers and Communication Arts Award among others. He is a longtime contributor to The New Yorker and his editorial clients include The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and other national magazines. His drawing installations cover topics as varied as Loneliness, Isolation, Cruelty, the Disabled, and the Homeless. A Foundation faculty member, he has taught Visual Thinking, Forum, Drawing, Painting, and Sculptural Forms. As a member of the Illustration faculty, he has taught illustration from first year to senior thesis at MICA over the past 12 years.

Leslie Shellow is a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner and 2017 Baker Artist Award finalist. She is best known for her large scale cut paper installations, but also works with oil painting on panel, ink drawing on paper, printmaking and bookmaking.She has been teaching Drawing at MICA since 2010.


  • $6,995 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Painting.


Contact program coordinator Cornel Rubino at crubino@mica.edu.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors--18 years or older with a valid passport--who have completed at least one year of college. For all programs, credits can be applied to Studio Elective. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact MICA Open Studies at openstudies@mica.edu or 410-225-2219.

This page was last updated on 10/12/2017.