ANTH 366 Topics: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Italy (3 hours)
This course will provide students with a survey of the major monuments of ancient Italy. Students will learn about the design and function of Etruscan and ancient Roman built spaces and the decorative and functional arts associated with them. From houses to cemeteries, temples to civic spaces, aqueducts to entertainment venues, students will consider the ways in which the constructed environment of ancient Italy conveyed messages of political propaganda and imperial consolidation. Students will also reflect on the ways in which later Europeans--including the Medici family of Florence--embraced these same monuments as foundations for their own ideas and cultures. Taught in Italy by Prof. Kathleen Quinn .
ART 491 Topics: Italian Decorative Art and Design (3 hours)
Like magicians with art materials, artists & designers have long used visual tricks to fool the viewer's eye. Solid stone statues appear to breathe air and capture the essence of energetic movement. Flat paintings seem like they open into another dimension or are rendered so realistically that they tempt the senses. For this course students will examine the history, purpose, and application of illusionistic deception in Italian art and design through countless visits to museums, churches, galleries and historic sites. We will investigate, emulate and photograph images as they are displayed in excursion sites. Assignments will consist of creating a research photo-archive, as well as attempting to recreate images using basic art techniques. A digital camera is required (some camera phones will work fine) and students must purchase art materials either prior to departure or upon arrival in Italy. This art course is open to all majors and there are no prerequisites in order to enroll. Taught in Italy by Prof. Ian Hagarty.
CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry: Chemistry and Art in Italy (3 hours)
This course is designed for non-science and science majors, though welcomes students of science. We will introduce students to some basic chemistry related with art. Daily activities will consist of field trips to art galleries, museums and a restoration laboratory, geographical features, and a "hand on" experience painting a fresco. Our attention centers on Florence and Rome, in coordination with the program itinerary. In lectures and discussions we will examine some basic principles of light, color, and chemistry. These principles will be used to investigate artists' materials including pigments, dyes, solvents, and native metals used during the Italian Renaissance. Following this introduction, causes of deterioration will be explored. Scientific methods to analyze works of art including microscopic analysis and techniques using X-rays, ultraviolet, and infrared light will be introduced. Finally, conservation and restoration topics will be addressed with particular focus on paintings in Rome. Required readings include art restoration and primary Renaissance sources. Through discussions and written assignments, students will develop critical thinking skills.
Taught in Italy by Dr. Rosalynn Quinones.
ENG 396 Mythology / RELS 399 Topics: Ancient Myth in Context (3 hours)
Myth: Much like modern America, Rome was a melting pot of cultural influences: they had native gods and myths of their own, they adopted Greek gods and mythology more or less wholesale, and they even imported gods and myths from the peoples they conquered. This course will survey many of the gods and myths that filled the ancient Roman mental landscape while introducing students to the history and culture of ancient Rome and Italy. Especially in Florence, it will also show the lasting influence of Greek and Roman mythology on the great works of Renaissance art. Taught in Italy by Dr. Richard King.
HIST 490 Topics: Classical and Medieval Urban Planning in Italy (3 hours)
This course will concentrate on the development of the urban environment from the Roman Republic to the Florentine Republic, with particular attention to how the shaping of public space contributed to the formation of civic identity. Guided site visits will allow students to reconstruct an informed (if approximate) experience; these will be supplemented by primary source readings (e.g., quasi-theoretical texts like Vitruvius and Frontinus, passages from contemporaries describing environs and buildings, and inscriptions).
Taught in Italy by Dr. Frank Russell.
HIST 490 Topics: Day to Day in Ancient Italy (3 hours)
What did the ancients wear? eat? hate? love? How did they spend their days and nights? How did they survive without the car, movies, texting? How did they make their money? What did they think about the good life, death, politics, sex? Why do we care? This course explores the ordinary lives of ancient Romans- and of the Italians, Greeks, Jews, and Christians who lived near them- as we wander their towns and poke our noses into what remains of their homes, temples, stores, streets. Taught in Italy by Dr. Christine Shea.
Please note: All courses are taught in English. Each student may enroll in one three-credit course. All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grades to your home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.
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