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Umbria: Painting and Drawing in an Italian Hill Town

June 17 - July 9, 2017

Priority Deadline for Scholarship Consideration: December 1, 2016

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2017

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.


Ellen Burchenal is an artist who works in painting, drawing, and installation. A faculty member in MICA General Fine Arts department, she currently teaches in the Senior Thesis Program for GFA, Painting, and Drawing. She has coordinated the MICA Italy program for 20 years.

Howie Lee Weiss has been on MICA's faculty for 36 years. He has taught a variety of courses at all levels within MICA, and for many years has been Head of MICA's Senior Thesis Program for Fine Arts, Painting & Drawing. He was Senior Faculty for the MICA Sorrento Summer Program in Italy for 14 years.

Barry Nemett has received awards including The Hugh Fraser Foundation, ITT International Travel Fellowship/Fulbright Hays Grant, and Ely Harwood Schless Award for Excellence in Drawing and Painting at Yale University. He has taught for years at the International Center for the Arts in Umbria.


  • $6,695 (does not include international airfare) Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Painting.
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the base fee (contact program coordinator).


Contact program coordinator Ellen Burchenal at

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 or 410-225-2219.

This page was last updated on 10/18/2016.