A unique opportunity to earn a credit in Visual Arts-Cultural Studies while studying and exploring the beauty of Italy

Update: As of October 13, 2017 registration is full

Join us as we visit the beautiful landmarks of Italy and study the great masters of Italian art. The York Catholic District School Board is proud to offer a learning experience for students interested in earning an Ontario Visual Arts/Cultural Studies or a Grade 12 University English credit this July. Students will sketch, draw and paint while being inspired by the sites, food and culture of Italy. Excursions this summer will include: Venice, Verona, Florence, Assisi, Rome and San Gimignano. We will experience the breathtaking beauty of Siena, a medieval town famous for its art, museums, food and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.

Il Palio held in Siena

Obtain an Ontario Ministry of Education credit in Grade 11 or Grade 12 Visual Arts/Cultural Studies or Grade 12 University English

In class sessions will take place at St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS (number of classes to be determined)

Group departs July 7, 2018 and returns July 29, 2018.

English, Grade 12 – ENG4U (1 credit)

Colosseum RomeThis course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills. Students will analyze a range of literary texts from various periods with a focus on Italian and Canadian literature. Students will interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. This course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace .

Prerequisite: English, Grade 11, University Preparation

Visual Arts-Cultural/Historical Studies, AWU3M or AWU4M (1 credit)

La Pietà statueWhile in Rome you will visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and more historic highlights.

Florence will be our main stage: Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Porcellino market, Uffizi Gallery and l’Accademia delle Belle Arti. You will explore the city as no tourist has ever done. Time will be devoted to sketching and painting, but don’t worry if you are not a talented artist. Before you leave, we will teach you the skills you will need to create your own masterpieces! This exciting Art/Cultural Studies course will immerse students in the art, language, food, history and culture of Italy.

Prerequisite: Gr 11: AVI101 or AVI201 and Gr: 12 AVI301

Contact Information

416-221-5051 or 905-713-1211

  • Mary Battista, Superintendent of Education, ext. 13656
  • Wendy Cosentino, Administrative Assistant, ext. 13004