CIAO! From LQAF Scholarship Recipient Sarah Murphy – Studying Abroad in Italy
LQAF Visual Art Scholarship recipient Sarah Murphy is attending Henry Radford School of Fine Arts at Indiana University with of goal of earning a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in studio art. As part of this program Sarah departed at the end of January 2013 to study in Florence, Italy. Her heartfelt excitement can be felt in the following correspondence and photo journal:
I just wanted to keep you updated on my stay here in Florence, Italy. It’s been a crazy whirlwind month so far! Being surrounded by the art around the city has been an experience I hope to never take for granted. I am taking a painting class that is 6 hours long each week where we explore a range of different painting techniques as well as stretching our own canvases. We went on field trip into the country side where we meet up with a local artist in his studio and used watercolors to paint fresh seafood, which is what he specializes in. He also cooked us an authentic Italian meal with fresh olive oil and wine from his vineyard.
I am also taking a contemporary art class that has me running around the city each week visiting museums, I’m happy to be a part of a program that leads me outside of the classroom and immerses us in the culture of the city. The architecture in Florence is definitely something to marvel at, I live in a centrally located apartment not far from the medieval piazzas which I’ve been learning a lot more about in my Palaces of Florence class.
Though I’ve only been here a month I’ve been to Pisa, Sienna, Viareggio, Switzerland and Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I visited the largest Picasso museum as well as the Van Gogh museum. Though I’m here for an entire semester, I already feel short for time in order to see everything I want to see here.
The La Quinta Arts Foundation Scholarship Committee will convene later this month to review the applications received for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. To date, LQAF has awarded $1,040,000 in scholarship awards to local Coachella Valley art majors.