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*Channeling the Italian Masters: Drawing, Painting and Photography

Florence, Italy

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Note: The information provided here is from a past program. The International Center anticipates offering this program again in the future; however, specific details have not been finalized and may change.



The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Art. Professor Mark G. Langeneckert will lead this four-week program in Florence, Italy.

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, and 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 your 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 you in finding your 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 you get started. You will have the option of taking drawing, painting or photography for undergraduate or graduate credit.

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. You 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. You should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on your artwork.
  3. While there are no formal class meetings, you are expected to participate in the weekly critiques to discuss your progress.


You will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of four credits.

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

Academic credit

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

MU students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your 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 your home university. You must work with your home university 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 your Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Accommodations and meals

You will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in shared apartments in Florence. During overnight excursions to Venice and Rome, you will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in three-star hotels. For the most part, you will be responsible for your 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. During this program, you 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 you to develop and improve your own work.


You will travel with the group, but will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during your time abroad. Travel might include visits to:

  • Assissi
  • Bologna
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Siena

Tentative itinerary

  • June 1: Arrive in Florence
  • June 2: Orientation, walking tour of Florence, visit San Lorenzo
  • June 3: Visit Basilica of Santa Croce, Michelangelo Piazza and San Miniato al Monte
  • June 4: TBD
  • June 5: Visit Cappella Brancacci, Museo di Palazzo Vecchio
  • June 6: Day trip to Siena, visit Opera del Duomo, Pinocoteca
  • June 7-8: Free day
  • June 9: Visit Tour Medici Chapel, Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • June 10: Visit Uffizi museum, evening critique
  • June 11-13: Overnight excursion to Venice
  • June 14-15: Free day
  • June 16: Visit Accademia museum, evening critique
  • June 17: Day trip to Bologna, visit Giorgio Morandi museum, Museo Anatomiche
  • June 18: Visit Palazzo Strozzi, Casa Buonarroti Michelangelo
  • June 19: Visit Museo di San Marco
  • June 20: Tour Santa Maria Novella, Marino Marini museum
  • June 21–22: Free days
  • June 23: Day trip to Pisa, visit Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, leaning tower of Pisa
  • June 24: Visit Bargello museum, evening critique
  • June 25: Visit Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
  • June 26: Travel to Rome, visit Basilica of St. Peter, Coliseum, Roman Forum
  • June 27: Visit Villa Borghese, National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM)
  • June 28: Visit Vatican museums
  • June 29: Visit Capuchin Crypt, Pantheon
  • June 30: End of program

Faculty program director

University of Missouri faculty member Mark Langeneckert, 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 Program Start Program End

We anticipate this program will be offered again in the future.


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 listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  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.
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.

This program is not currently accepting applications.