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*Channeling the Italian Masters: Drawing, Painting and Photography

Italy: Florence

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Note: the information provided here is from a past program. We anticipate offering this program again in Summer 2015, however specific details have not been finalized and may change.


The MU International Center and the Department of Art sponsor this summer, faculty-led study abroad program, hosted by the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Professor Mark G. Langeneckert will lead a four-week program that is open to all MU and non-MU undergraduate and graduate students and offers MU credit.

In Florence, students who choose to study drawing, painting or photography will be provided with individual instruction, demonstrations and group critiques. Explore the beauty and history of the Renaissance under the unique blue of the Florentine sky -- painting, sketching, taking photographs or creating designs inspired by the magnificent surroundings. Picture yourself immersed in the splendor and culture of Florence visiting museums housing some of the greatest artworks of Western Civilization, lingering in splendid Renaissance and Baroque churches, villas and palazzos, venturing out to other beautiful sites and cities such as Siena, Assisi, Bologna, Venice and Rome.


The main focus of study for this program is the development of one's conceptual skills in regards to art-making. What does it mean to make art in a city of such rich cultural and historical importance? It is the job of the instructor to address this question and assist each student in finding his/her own "voice." The expectations of the instructor will vary according to the level of experience and skill of each student. The instructor will provide individual and group demonstrations of various drawing, painting and photography techniques in order to help the students get started. Students will have the option of taking drawing, painting or photography for undergraduate or graduate credits.

Course objectives

  1. To develop an understanding and appreciation for the rich history of the Italian renaissance.
  2. To develop conceptual skills leading to a personal point of view.
  3. To create a small body of work based on your experiences and skill level.

Course requirements

  1. Students are expected to attend all the group events and tours of the museums and churches in order to receive the three hours of undergraduate or graduate credit.
  2. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on their drawings or paintings.
  3. While there are no formal class meetings, students are expected to participate in the weekly critiques to discuss their progress.


All students who join the program will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of four credits.

  • Art 2020: Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent.
  • Art 3020: For art majors. Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: Art 2200, Art 2600, Art 2500 or Art 2510 and instructor's consent.
  • Art 7020: Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.
  • Art 8020: Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.

Academic credit

All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Faculty Program Director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue ONE transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Host program

The MU International Center and the Department of Art sponsor this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in conjunction with the Florence Academy of Art.

The Florence Academy of Art is an internationally recognized art academy. Founded in 1991, the Academy provides quality instruction in painting, sculpture and drawing. The Florence Academy of Art will arrange all student accommodations and land travel for the duration of the program.

Accommodations and meals

Students will stay in apartments in Florence that are equipped with kitchens and laundry facilities. Generally, there will be two people for each bedroom and about three bedrooms per apartment. For the most part, students will be responsible for their own meals.

Host city and surrounding areas

There are few places more suited to studying art than in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy. Florence remains an important place for the creation of all types of art today. Artists from all over the world come to Florence to study and find inspiration for their work. Students participating in the program will also be able to visit Rome and Venice along with other artistic hubs while attending lectures and tours. Italy's artistic, culinary and cultural reputation will impress and inspire students to develop and improve their own work.


Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad. Travel might include visits to:

  • Assissi
  • Bologna
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Siena

Tentative itinerary

  • June 3: Arrive in Florence
  • June 4: Walking tour of Florence
  • June 5: Tour Santa Croce
  • June 6: Tour Opera del Duomo
  • June 7: Tour Brancacci Chapel
  • June 8: Siena
  • June 9: Free day
  • June 10: Free day; evening critique
  • June 11: Tour Medici Chapel, Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • June 12: Tour Uffizi
  • June 13-15: Venice
  • June 16: Free day
  • June 17: Free day; evening critique
  • June 18: Tour Accademia
  • June 19: Bologna
  • June 20: Tour Palazzo Strozzi, Museo di Storia della Scienza
  • June 21: Tour Santa Maria Novella, Casa Buonarroti Michelangelo
  • June 22: Assisi
  • June 23: Free day
  • June 24: Free day; evening critique
  • June 25: Tour Museo di San Marco
  • June 26: Tour Bargello Sculpture Museum
  • June 27: Tour Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
  • June 28-July 1: Rome
  • July 2: End of program

Faculty program director

University of Missouri faculty member Mark Langeneckert, MU Department of Art, will accompany the students to Florence. Professor Langeneckert has experience leading MU summer programs in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, and will be a great asset to the program.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Mark Langeneckert

Mark Langeneckert

Mark Langeneckert earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1980. He later worked as a freelance illustrator in New York before joining the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2004, he joined the faculty at MU as director of drawing and the Florence study abroad program.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End

We anticipate this program will be offered again in Summer 2015.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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