Tuesday, October 21
In addition to leading our regular drawing class, Dana had organized smaller, informal lessons for those interested in water color and egg tempera techniques. While I originally had signed up for the water color class, I ended up bailing on it in order to -- yes -- have more time to work on my own projects. I'm sure she and Layne would think that to be just fine.
At the American Academy we were given a chance to see the life of an Artist in Residence by visiting studios to see work in progress and hearing stories of life in transition similar to our own -- our Liminal States assignment, and the accompanying response, as applied to others. Through a variety of opportunities, from a few weeks as a Visiting Artist to nearly a year as a Rome Prize winner, the Academy offers several ways for artists and scholars to work and live in Rome as a means of expanding and refining their professional and personal path.
On the advice of some of the resident artists, before leaving many of us picked up tickets for the Academy's upcoming annual Halloween party. Having spent one fine Halloween in London a few years back, I know that Europeans just don't do this 'holiday' the same way Americans do, but both the Europeans and Americans seem to enjoy their role as unfamiliar host and surprising guest. Plus, we're college students after all, so having one more party would be as natural as eating more pizza and drinking more coffee.
I must now, in fairness, take this opportunity to tell you about underwhelming art amidst the overwhelming. The Lamest Fountain In All Of Rome is situated along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the main road between central Rome and the Vatican.
This evening's home entertainment system consisted of Steve's "All You Can Eat" challenge,
He ate only 17 of the cookies.
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