• Creative Writing

    On-Site Creative Writing Course

    We will walk through some of Rome's most suggestive and secret corners and try to steal some of their mystery by capturing and then re-telling their stories.

    We will also read stories on-site and learn to draw inspiration from the work of others or the many legends that inhabit the recesses of the eternal city. Students will be encouraged to explore their voice by experimenting with different genres, working in small groups and sharing their ideas, and word-smithing their pieces until they are fully developed. At the end of the course, the students will publish a short illustrated collection of their work for the program and their families.

  • Italian Conversation

    Understand Rome and Italy

    To really experience Italy you need to feel the color and rhythm of the Italian language.

    This course aims to help students experience Italian in everyday contexts, so that they can use it in their wanderings around Rome. In the classroom, students will learn by doing, and they will be involved in all sorts of team projects, musical games, and creative thinking activities. Students will also study cultural topics, which will enable them to better understand Rome and Italy.

  • Latin in Rome

    Latin Grammar and Vocabulary

    This course is an introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the Latin language. 

    Understanding Latin grammar and knowing Latin vocabulary offers insight into Romance languages such as Italian, French, and Spanish, and enriches knowledge of English. Daily lessons will consist of the presentation of new grammar, as well as drill exercises in which the learned grammar and vocabulary are consolidated. Through the stories we read, students will become familiar with Roman society, history, and mythology, and will gain, as well, a clearer perception of Western civilization.

  • Roman Art & Architecture:

    Renaissance through the Baroque

    This course will provide an in-depth, insider investigation of the architectural and artistic wonders of the city of Rome, from the Renaissance through the Baroque.

    While the course will cover the major items of art historical interests, from the Caravaggio’s paintings to the Sistine Chapel, what sets this course apart is the focus on the important, but little-seen jewels of the Eternal City. The result is an insider’s study of the art and architecture of what is arguably the most important city in the history of the civilized world.

  • Roman Topography

    How Rome has Changed Over Time

    This course is a detailed overview of the development of Ancient Rome, from the days of Romulus and Remus, to the changes brought in by Emperor Constantine and the advent of Christianity.

    Students will explore all the sites that marked important events of the city on daily trips. Along with the visits the students will learn not only about Roman history, but also about building techniques, materials and tools involved in the “sculpting” of Rome. Many of the visits will be accompanied with readings of primary sources, from Roman authors such as Livy, Tacitus, Vitruvius, Virgil, Pliny the Younger and Suetonius. When possible the students will also dive into Latin language and will learn to decipher various inscriptions that they will encounter on the field trips. Thanks to the visits and the primary sources the students will discover the sounds, smells and colors of the ancient life.

  • Drawing Rome

    The historic center of Rome

    This course will take full advantage of the St. Stephen’s School location in the historic center of Rome.

    The Aventine hill is accessible to a variety of important sites to name only a few, such as the Circus Maximus, The Baths of Caracalla, Pyramide Cestia, The Protestant Cemetery, and the Forum. Familiarizing students with these important sites through art will complement their academic experience of history with firsthand experience. Students will work to record their observations in sketchbook form. In-class demonstrations will complement fieldwork. Instruction will be given on various methods of working in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, contè crayon and ink wash. Experiments with a variety of mediums will be encouraged. The focus of the course is on fluency, quality and the development of an individual style with personalized interpretations of the assignments and sites visited. Verbal communications will be fostered through class discussions. Students will have the unique opportunity of experiencing a twenty-first century version of the “Grand Tour” while expanding their conceptual and technical abilities and experiencing the beauty of Rome firsthand.

St. Stephen's School Rome

Via Aventina 3, 00153 Rome, Italy

Tel: +39 065750605

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Email: ststephens@sssrome.it

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