International Study

“Italy”: Art, Culture, & Wood Fired Terracotta ” Castello Spannocchia in Tuscany, Italy.

This two-week studio course serves as a vehicle to experience the incredible cultural and artistic history of the region and conversely the surrounding Tuscan landscape, art, and architecture provide inspiration for the work done in the studio. Rapid hand building techniques will be used and the course will culminate with the firing of our pieces in the new Etruscan style kiln. In summer 2010 the new kiln based on ancient Etruscan design was built and successfully fired at Spannocchia.

Join us for a memorable experience in one of the most stimulating places on the planet. The course celebrates its 5th year at Castello Spannocchia, a cultural gem in the Tuscan countryside near Siena. Spannocchia is a self-sustaining agricultural estate dating from the 12th century that has become a center for international study. Spannocchia produces it’s own wine, olive oil, and most of the vegetables, fruit, and meat served at meals. The course fee includes lodging, all meals, 24-hour studio access, all materials and firing, Italian lessons, use of the pool, hiking trails, wine on the terrace every day at 7, course excursions to surrounding towns & cultural sites, and transport from the airport in Florence. Our group is housed in the Castello Fattoria, the delicious traditional Tuscan meals are prepared in Spannocchia’s kitchen, and the evening meal is always an event to remember, served in the outdoor dining area. Cooking classes, car rental, & travel advice are available. An extension in Italy is possible. Space is limited so don’t delay if interested.


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Open to all levels from beginner to professional. Non credit participants are welcome. Register through ETSU for college credit: ARTA 4117 STA & ARTA 5117 STA
Scholarships are available: Contact ETSU Office of International Programs Financial

SACI is a fully accredited art school located in the historic city center of Florence, Italy within walking distance of an amazing array of great art.The school offers well equipped studios in all media as well as restoration and Art History. SACI offers several scholarships including the Consortium scholarship which pays for a semester tuition in Florence. Contact: See: