Pratt in Venice was like a backstage pass to some wonderful places in Venice and the surrounding area. From the mosaic workshop at the basilica of San Marco to the restoration lab at UIA, we were able to access work spaces and watch conservators handle delicate works of art.
Pratt in Venice proved to be a refreshing experience that kept me engaged with Venetian culture and with my own art practice. The trips and tours are stripped of the fluff and filled to the brim with interesting insights. There is so much to see; the canals, the streets, the churches and the surrounding countryside all provided a stunning view and a moment of pause.
I definitely felt like I was not only challenged by my professors, but also by my fellow students. The group as a whole was definitely invested in our studies and I think that pushed me farther in my work.
After graduating from Pratt’s Creative Arts Therapy program, I was thrilled for the opportunity to immerse myself in art-making, history, and culture in Venice, Italy. I could have guessed that my experience would be a nurturing and amazing one from the moment of arrival.
From the on-site class sessions throughout Venice and study trips to nearby towns and villas, to the excitement of studying a real Venetian manuscript in person for my own research, to the ebb and flow of daily Venetian life – it was a life-changing experience.
Painting in Venice was a surreal experience. With UIA's ideal location at the water's edge, its impressively beautiful building, a travel catalogue view from the studio, and the most amazing and accommodating caretaker, Massimo, my experience as a graduate painting student and assistant was beyond incredible.
From the moment we arrived in Venice, we never had a dull moment. Just walking or taking the vaporetto around the city felt like an adventure in itself, and I found my head swiveling eagerly in every direction on the vaporetto ride from the train station.
I look back on my time in the Pratt in Venice program as being an influential point in my life, not only a pleasant experience or an escape from my quotidian occupations but a chance to learn a great deal more about the world and my art than I could have otherwise.