What a week! Our group had its final presentation on the Church of Saint Stephen, we had our final art show and now it’s time to pack. Yesterday I got to watch the sunrise at Santa Chiara after working through the night in the art studio with Pricilla, Thomas and Phillip. I was sleepy and needed a shower, but seeing the orangey pink above the mountains in the chilly courtyard was a very sweet moment to come right at the end of our trip.
For our final studio project, we were asked to produce a 2’x3’ piece of art. I decided to make a small paper card for each of the 42 days we spent in Learning Tuscany and paint a memory from each day on the cards. Thinking back to the events of each day was a lot of fun. I painted little scenes of my new friends and I having dinner, views of cities and countrysides, and moments like a bug falling from the ceiling onto my computer during another late studio night. For the final show, my 2’x3’ was all of the cards in chronological order in a calendar formation on the wall. It was awesome to hear people say they remembered seeing something that I had drawn and to compare when different events had happened by seeing them all at once. Learning, painting and drawing in Tuscany gave me something I couldn’t have found any other way. I can see how my own art has changed thanks to experiencing new perspectives and influences in Italy and I’m looking forward to taking it all home with me.