Taylor in Italy

Taylor is a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar and New Century Scholar who is participating in SMU-in-Italy: Arts and Culture during summer 2012. She looks forward to gaining knowledge about many works, paintings and buildings that have contributed to the current interpretation of art in Italy and throughout the world.

Creating art; studying art

YOLIO - You Only Live in Italy Once. That sure has been our motto for this trip! After planes, trains, and automobiles, we feel that we have truly conquered Italy within a period of four weeks. Last week as a class we traveled to Rome to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican. As part of the SMU study abroad program, we were able to have a private tour of the museum as well as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.  The guards even let us admire the ceiling of the chapel while lying down! In addition, I loved viewing Raphael’s School of Athens within the museum. It is amazing how grand this painting is! As for drawing class, we spent several days drawing [...]

2012-07-09T22:20:21+00:00 July 9th, 2012|Taylor in Italy|

Soaking up Italy

It sure has been busy and fun these past few days! In a matter of one week we have traveled to Siena, Florence, experienced our first drawing critique midterm and art history midterm, traveled to Cinque Terra for our free days, and just went to Rome again today. Oh my, have we conquered Italy or what! As a class we first traveled to Siena to visit the famous Gothic-style Cathedral, the Campo, and the Town Hall. Within the Town Hall we were able to see famous frescoes including Duccio’s Maestà and Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government. Personally, I enjoyed our time in this city because of the rich history and fabulous shopping as well! Next we went to Florence and [...]

2012-06-25T22:51:32+00:00 June 23rd, 2012|Taylor in Italy|

Italian cooking class – in Italy!

Craving pizza, pasta, focaccia, chocolate cake, gnocchi, or pork tenderloin? We definitely solved that problem as we decided to take a cooking class here in Orvieto today to begin our free days! A few friends (Taylor, Ashleigh, Jilian, Faran, Daniel) and I took this challenge and learned how to cook these famous dishes. As we walked into the restaurant where the class was held, we were greeted by Chef Lorenzo with a cup of cappuccino, a few pastries, and an apron. Then we began to follow our menu of the day, creating multiple Italian dishes and learning new tricks for cooking. After we made our items we sat outside the restaurant and were able to sample all of our creations. [...]

2012-06-14T19:41:32+00:00 June 14th, 2012|Taylor in Italy|

Greetings and Ciao from Orvieto!

Taylor is a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar and New Century Scholar who is participating in SMU-in-Italy: Arts and Culture during summer 2012. She looks forward to gaining knowledge about many works, paintings and buildings that have contributed to the current interpretation of art in Italy and throughout the world.

2012-06-14T19:32:35+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Taylor in Italy|