Carl Spartz, a senior in drawing and painting from Odessa, TX, spent last spring semester studying in Florence. Studying abroad can be a great experience; in his words, here’s his experience.
I spent the Spring 2010 semester on a study abroad program with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. I lived with three other American students from different locations across America. The program lasted four months and there I met some of the most interesting and unforgettable people I ever have. I appreciate very much Lorenzo Pezzatini , my painting professor as well as renowned painter, installation and public performance artist; he is one of my favorite people in this world. I also credit my drawing instructors, Gary Lissa and Tina Fallani, for always instigating creative discussion and helping me develop as an artist. Lastly, Mario Passavanti for the entertaining stories in fresco class.
I feel my conceptual and technical skills in both drawing and painting improved from being in an environment opposite from my own and allowing me to reflect on my own home and history. The school was extremely helpful and encouraging. The city became my home and my roommates family as I traveled to many other countries and explored other cultures.
Highlights of my travels included: carnival in the coast town of Viareggio, ART FIRST 2010 in Bologna, the Swiss Alps, meeting family in Germany, visiting a brewery in Brussels, the church concert in Prague, riding broken bicycles in the rain around the Duomo, bolitos at the street stand outside the Central Market, swimming in the hot springs of Saturnia, camping in an Etruscan necropolis, the abandoned factory at Orbetello, and the donkey ride in the Cyclades of Greece.