Location: Siena, Italy
Program: Art / Design Lab & Residency
Dates: July 31 - August 14, 2020
AIP Italy is set on a large and beautiful villa right outside of Siena. The day you arrive, we gather for an aperitif, followed by a celebration dinner with Tuscan food and wine. The villa has a bar and restaurant and numerous indoor and outdoor spaces for exploring. The villa serves gorgeous breakfasts on a large loggia terrace overlooking an expansive garden. Our studio space at the villa is where we gather to learn more about each other, make presentations and work. The entire villa is an exhibition space and workspace. Two large cloisters offer green space with corridors and numerous large rooms where participants can work and relax each day.
Our lunches and dinners are shared dining experiences set in a beautiful outdoor space overlooking the cloister. Multi-course meals encourage you to relax and take time to enjoy each moment of the day.
Classes are three hours a day, and participants work in the afternoon, take walks, and can ride a bus into Siena which picks you up at reception. We have a mid-program and final exposition to showcase work to the entire group. Along the way, faculty and program leaders make presentations on work and their course topics, to inspire and give a greater cultural context to Italy. Each day is full of creative conversation, encouraging you to relax and energize your creative pursuits.
Italy is the perfect spot to not only study art but to experience an artistic lifestyle. Tuscany is a haven for some of the most beautiful landscapes and cities in the world. Our villa is located 9 km from Siena Italy. In the Renaissance, masters combined disciplines into large scale artworks. Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi, and other individuals integrated art, design, architecture, and engineering into culturally impactful works of art. Disciplines overlapped, various perspectives were encouraged.
The villa, nature and the making of art are intertwined in perfect balance. Our experience offers time to create, travel to historic cities and multi-course dinners filled with creative conversation. We create a community of artists supporting each other while continuing to learn. The environment is a sanctuary for art-making and focus. We study the art, food, architecture, design, and culture of Italy with a holistic experience for all participants.
Visit Florence, Siena and other areas on this incredible journey. See the best of what these cities have to offer while living in Tuscany.
Our Villa is located ten minutes away from Siena, 1 hour from Florence airport and 2 hours and 45 minutes from the Rome airport.
Wake up to a lovely breakfast at the hotel, have class or head to the studio workspace. Our lunches and dinners are shared dining experiences set at the hotel and in local restaurants. Multi-course meals encourage you to relax and take time to enjoy each moment of the day. We have day trips into Seville, known for opera and incredible architecture, along with Cordoba, famous for its mosque cathedral and charming labyrinthian neighborhoods.
Classes are three hours a day, and participants relax and work the rest of the day. A bus, cab or uber can get you to Seville in around thirty minutes. We have a mid-program and final exposition to showcase work to the entire group. Along the way, faculty and program leaders make presentations on work and their course topics, to inspire and give a greater cultural context to Spain. Each day is full of creative conversation, encouraging you to relax and energize your creative pursuits.
The town of Carmona is excited for our group to be visiting each summer! We work in partnership with the town of Carmona, using the town hall as exhibition space and cultural arts center as studio space. We engage with the community and local makers and artists, inviting locals to dine with us and work with local artists to do our final exhibition and showcase.
Southern Spain is full of whitewashed villages, olive groves, lemon trees, and stunning colors. The spirit of Andalusia is one you can’t find anywhere else. There are beautiful courtyards, fountains, smells of orange blossoms and echoes of flamenco. Carmona is a charming little town located in Sevilla, in southern Spain. The town is lined with cobbled streets lined with churches and mansions. The architectural style in Carmona is Mudejar. A market takes place weekly selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. When the moors occupied Carmona, they built walls around it and fountains and palaces within it, all of which are still visible today.
Our trip is stationed in the town of Carmona at a grand property on the edge of the town, overlooking the Spanish countryside. The hotel is complete with interior patios, halls decorated with frescoes and Moorish gardens. There is a lovely pool to enjoy during your stay.
AIP Spain is located 25 minutes from the Seville Airport.
The AIP Experience
Deadlines & Fees
Gorgeous Villa with shared accommodation (Private rooms are available upon request for an extra fee based on availability)
Studio and exhibition space
AIP trip leaders to guide your entire experience
Private airport transfers and all ground transportation * Flight not included in price
All Villa meals included (except on trip days)
Luxury farm to table multi-course dinners with Tuscan wine
Access to the entire Villa including Studio and Exhibition Space
Expertly guided travel by AIP group leaders
Day trips to Florence and Siena
Insider Tour of Florence
Arrival and Final Celebration Dinners
Creative Presentations, Lectures, Critiques, and Workshops by AIP leaders and teachers
Classes: Three hours of one on one instruction each day. Our classes are small and you will spend a lot of time with your teacher learning with a hands-on approach.*
Final Celebration Dinner
Artistic Travel Guide to Italy
International Health Insurance
Creative Residencies: Workspace and access to wifi and creative conversations with students and professors
University Students: Course Credit if approved by your University
*Participants sign up for one course, although collaboration with other courses is encouraged. All art and design supplies are purchased by participants before the trip. Some courses may have a lab fee for shared materials and equipment which you will pay on or before the program.