We had a general orientation today about living in – and getting around – Rome, as well as basic how-t0, and what-to-do as well as what-not-to-do sorts of things; useful information indeed. Students are pretty excited about seeing some Italian soccer – the jury’s out on whether allegiances will fall on the side of A.S. Roma or S.S. Lazio. We’ll have to see what club colors they wind up sporting over the course of our time in Rome. Part of the orientation covered cultural activities available to the students – two of which we hope to take advantage of in the next little while – one is an exhibit of Corbusier’s drawings at Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI (L’Italia de Le Corbusier) and another at the Collegio Romano “The Three Ages – Masaccio, Carravaggio and Tiepolo in the drawings of Giancarlo Micheli” – both of which look pretty great.
After the orientation, we went on a short walk through the Centro Storico – stopping to sketch at Bramante’s Chiostro, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Students spent the afternoon on an intense sketching charette to help set up their groupings for the course project – a contemporary mapping of Rome. We re-convened in the late afternoon for the day’s wrap up in Piazza dell’Orologio and finished up with a walk across the Ponte Sant’Angelo for a view of San Pietro at night from the Via della Concilazione. Tomorrow we meet for the issue of the course project, then a walking tour with a great historian – Antonella di Michelis, on the “City as Palimpsest,” which will take us from the Palazzo Banco Santo Spirito to the Fontana di Trevi. I imagine there might be some coin-throwing images tomorrow. [Images – Above: Steevie sketching at Chiosto Del Bramante // Below: Sarah, Nick, Juan, Sara and Andrea on the upper Balcony at the Chiostro // Piazza Navona pre-lunch rush // Light at the Pantheon]