Sketches from Abroad #8

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | No Comments

Our group made it back home to the U.S. last Monday, June 30. We had an incredible seven weeks in England, France and Italy. It was tiring, but full of culture, creativity and, most importantly, cuisine. I recognize that we are extremely privileged to participate in such a trip and I am very thankful for ...

Sketches from Abroad #7

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | No Comments

We made it back to Scandicci from Rome on Friday evening. Rosa, the incredible cook at Avanti (where we are staying), spent the better part of the afternoon hand-making tre colori (three color) pasta for us to devour upon our arrival. It was so good. The dining room was silent except for the clinking of ...

Sketches from Abroad #6

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | No Comments

Our group arrived in Rome on Sunday around noon and we’ll be here until Friday afternoon. We are staying at Casa di Santa Francesca Romana, which is a great hotel located right in the center of “historic” Rome. (Historic Rome – talk about redundancy.) It’s the first time on this trip where Rowan and I ...

Sketches from Abroad #5

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | No Comments

Tomorrow, Friday, June 13, will mark the end of our second week in Italy. We are moving right along, keeping everyone busy and, subsequently, very tired. This week we’ve taken a coach tour of Tuscany (Siena, Volterra and San Gimignano), visited the Accademia Gallery (home of Michelangelo’s David among other masterpieces), San Marco Museum (il ...

Sketches from Abroad #4

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | No Comments

Today, Friday, June 6 marks the end of week one in Italy. We had a short, but full, week in class with daily afternoon trips to Florence. Yesterday was the beginning of a four-day weekend for everyone, so many of the students have wandered off hither and yon. (Am I using that correctly?) Rowan and ...

Sketches from Abroad #3

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | No Comments

Our group made it to Scandicci, Italy (a suburb of Florence) late Friday night. After a long day of travel, we enjoyed a great meal at a Nuovo Mexico. There was no Mexican food to be found anywhere on the menu, but there was plenty of authentic Italian. So good. We spent the weekend getting ...

Sketches from Abroad #2

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | One Comment

Today we made our last group outing to London. The Tate Modern, St. Paul’s & the British Museum were on the agenda, so I had a couple of opportunities to see great art and artifacts and sketch. The first sketch was when Rowan was busy eating a hot dog outside the British Museum. I told ...

Sketches from Abroad #1

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Sketches, Travel | One Comment

I’m currently in Oxford, England with: my son Rowan, another faculty member and his wife, and a group of 21 Art & Design students from ACU. This is the beginning of week three and we’ve already taken a four day trip to Paris, spent a day in London, took a tour of the Cotswold, visited ...