Building on the tradition of our renowned study abroad programs, mica offers high school students a college-level experience in the heart of Tuscany. Located in Italy’s Grosseto province, the Monte Amiata region of Tuscany is a visually stunning location, boasting a beautifully diverse landscape of valleys and foothills dotted with medieval hamlets. The Monte Amiata region also provides easy access to Pisa, Siena, and Florence.
The Pre-College Studio Residency curriculum in Tuscany is an intensive course centered in Drawing and Painting the Tuscan Landscape. Students gain a stronger understanding of both the landscape and their own creative vision through this college-level experience with other talented students from the U.S. and around the world.
Students may work with a variety of materials, but emphasis is on acrylic painting. Instruction focuses on a student’s personal voice, with painting styles ranging from traditional naturalism to abstraction. Students are also immersed in the culture of the region through several off-site excursions including: Siena, Argentario, the Mediterranean Sea, Saturnia, Roselle, and Florence.