Sharing ideas for the Inspirata Senese/Tuscano assignment.

Students share ideas for a painting assignment that responds to the art and architecture of Siena and Tuscany. They have seen so many extraordinary things and are excited to begin to  to process them into their paintings and to experiment with new  (old!) techniques.

Sharing sketches and ideas with the class.
Gold leaf application demo.

Hard at work…

…painting away.



Setting up the painting studios

In the 18thc palazzo where GEO is located, we converted three light-filled rooms into beautiful painting studios;  first covering the beautiful original tile floors with brown paper.

Preparing surfaces to paint on.

Students arrived, September 26, tired but happy to be in Siena.

Fifteen students from  Alaska State University, Portland State University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon joined OSU Professor of Art, Shelley Jordon, in Siena, Italy, fall  quarter, 2017, to participate in a Tuscan Experience: Studio Art in Siena administered by GEO. In addition to Jordon’s the Tuscan Journal (a travel journal class) and Painting Concepts: learning from the Italian masters, students are studying Italian language, Cross Culture and optional  Art History and Wine and Culture classes.