• Creative Writing

    On-Site Creative Writing Course

    This course is centred around a creative study of a selection from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

    The students will read a few metamorphoses aloud in class and uncover what makes these tales timeless (in terms of effect as well as ideas). They will then embark upon personal projects to transform one of the tales into a contemporary piece (visual; theatrical; or narrative) seeking to recreate the feelings and thoughts of the original in contemporary terms. The aim of the course is for students to explore their creative talent; understand the mechanics of effective storytelling; and enjoy a classic by owning it.

  • 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 focuses on 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 History

    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 many major items of art historical interests, from Caravaggio’s paintings to the Sistine Chapel, what sets this course apart is the focus on 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.

    On our extensive field trips, students will explore all the sites that marked important events in the city’s history. Along with these visits, students will learn not only about Roman History but also about building techniques, materials, and tools involved in the “sculpting” of Rome. Readings of primary sources from Roman authors such as Livy, Tacitus, Vitruvius, Virgil, Pliny the Younger, and Suetonius will accompany field trips. Students will also dive into the Latin language and will learn to decipher various inscriptions and will discover the sounds, smells, and colors of ancient Roman life.

  • Drawing & Sketching 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 such as the Circus Maximus, The Baths of Caracalla, Cestia Pyramid, The Protestant Cemetery, and the Forum. Familiarizing students with these important sites through art will offer experiential learning. 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. 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.

St. Stephen's School Rome

Via Aventina 3, 00153 Rome, Italy

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Email: ststephens@sssrome.it

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