In an attempt to get out the door and over to the Uffizi to be in the first in line, breakfast was a rushed affair as we booked it over to the most visited museum in the world. Perhaps it was the warm temperatures that inspired other early-morning risers, but when we arrived, we found ourselves behind at least 100 other people. Fortunately, we were in the museum by 9:00.

For many of the students’ research projects, the works of art that they focused on are located here. This extensive collection, only a portion of which is on display, includes works not only by Florentine artists but also those from Siena, Venice and Rome.

We reconvened in the studio in the afternoon for an introduction to water color in preparation for our visit to the Cinque Terre tomorrow. The assignment: create two water colors on site (or, make a light sketch to water color later) and to make a postcard.

The postcard assignment has each student creating two postcards every week. The directors will keep one postcard from each student for every week of the program. Upon return to the US, the postcards will become part of an exhibition in Parnassus, a coffee shop in the UW’s School of Art.

Dinner was a tavola fresca in the classroom: salad, cheese and two types of bread, fruit, olives and a variety of chacuterie.

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