The program is open to all over the age of 18, including those who wish to enroll in a noncredit capacity. No prior related course work is required. Students should bring with them a camera and multipurpose sketchbook and travel watercolor set. Other studio materials will be provided. Students may want to bring a laptop or tablet for personal use and entertainment.
Under the direction of Professor and artist Candice Smith Corby, Professor and Stonehill Farm Director Bridget Meigs, and Professor and artist William Pettit, participants will expand their skills in Art and Environmental Science in a 4-credit Interdisciplinary course: IND: The Mindful Palette: Food, Art and Sustainability.
Held at The Spannocchia Foundation, a historical agriturismo near Siena, the course will offer on-location activities and site visits pertaining to shared issues within each discipline. Professors will lead a combination of on-site lectures, studio art workshops, and discussions designed to engage participants in the exploration of the combination of art-making, Italian culture, and sustainable food politics. Engaging participants on multiple levels of the food and art production process by offering experiences in which they will directly be sourcing, making, and using materials that are located within Spannocchia’s domain, activities will include oil painting, drawing, alternative printmaking and photography, interactive farm work, site visits to churches, museums, and Slow Food Presidias, and communal meal preparations. All lectures will be in English or with an English translator.