AAU Enjoying Montepulciano

The Academy of Art University professors sure know how to have a good time in Italy. They are hosting their program at SRISA again this summer. From Painting and Illustration on-site, to Renaissance Art History and Architecture, their students are exposed to many facets of art and culture around Florence and beyond. Check out the AAU team…

On-Site Painting and Drawing in Florence

This summer students from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco are taking courses in Illustration, Painting, and Photography at SRISA. The illustration and painting students are led by AAU Professors Pyle and Meyer. Throughout the summer, the students have ample opportunity to go on location in and around the city. From Fort Belvedere to the Ponte Vecchio,…

Summer Welcome Party

Welcome to SRISA! The summer terms have kicked off with a beautiful welcome reception in the heart of Florence. The SRISA summer garden party is set in the courtyard of a spectacular Italian villa. Complete with fresh lemon trees, a beautiful fountain, and historic architecture, it is a sight to see! This catered event features…

A Beautiful Day in Chianti

This summer students enjoyed a wonderful day learning about regional food and wine by traveling to the famous Chianti wine region. Chianti is known around the world for its high level of production, rich traditions and quality of its wines. Our students and visiting faculty toured the Castello di Verrazzano where they had an opportunity to see great vintages…

Profile on Christopher Caldwell

Christopher is with us this summer through his faculty-led program at the University of Colorado. He is the young man behind the lens, capturing the fun moments of our students around il Bel Paese! Tell us why you chose Photography as your preferred art form. The greatest thing about photography as an art form is…

Top 5 Must Eats in Florence

It’s not hard to find a mouth watering restaurant in Florence, Italy. There is no limit to the amount of traditional Italian and contemporary Italian restaurants you can find in and around the city center. Florence also offers much more than that, from Japanese to Mexican to fusion. We asked student Remi Bader to give us her…

Weekend Outings: Montepulciano and Pienza

Towards the end of November, the school had a field trip to the small towns of Montepulciano and Pienza. A small handful of us attended, around 15. It was an intimate group of people in a welcoming town. Montepulciano is located in the Province of Siena. It’s about an hour and a half south of Florence. This…

Weekend Outings: Vienna, Austria

Previously, I had expressed that the idea of traveling alone is a scary idea to some. Facing the unknown, the independence required, and a very direct sense of personal responsibility. Even with the most planned of trips, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was time; we were given a fall break, and I had ambitiously…

Shelby Rider Fashion Shoot at Villa Bardini

Shelby Rider is a fashion designer with a strong background in graphic design and illustration. She uses her knowledge of various art fields to create garments with unique textures, shapes, textiles, and prints. Shelby is getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and is spending the Fall semester of 2015…

Milan Fashion Week

Enrica Guidato, the fashion professor at SRISA, took ten students from the fashion classes for a weekend of fashion-related events in Milan during Fashion Week. Enrica was able to get us invites to two important shows–Uma Wang and Leitmotiv–which is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience because invites are hard to come by, especially if you’re a student or…

Weekend Outings: Portovenere, Italy

One of the first weekends here in Florence, some classmates and I took a day trip to Portovenere, an old town on the Ligurian coast of Italy. We figured we had to take a trip to the sea while the weather was still nice, and Alessia (a SRISA staff member) had informed us that Portovenere was a…

Spotlight on Kylie Hernandez

Kylie is currently a college senior, excited to be spending her last semester of college studying abroad at SRISA. She is a double major studying communication arts and graphic design, and hopes to find a job in the creative world of advertising once she graduates in December. Kylie is a SRISA merit scholarship recipient. We interviewed her…