Class Overview

ART - POLI Educational Travel - Continuing Education Classes

Spend two weeks in the birthplace of the Renaissance!

In collaboration with ART – POLI ©, we offer this educational travel opportunity for artists, encouraging you to immerse yourself in the culture and art history of Florence, Italy.

This program includes the following:

  • 18 hours of instruction while in Seattle, during a series of pre-trip workshops that will be held at Seattle Central College during the quarter before your ART – POLI © trip. These workshops will prepare you with the art and art history foundations you’ll need in order to get the most out of your trip
  • 5 hours of expert instruction each day while in Florence, which will include tours of famous museums, sites, churches, and picturesque sites of classical Italy.
  • Time each day to create artwork — painting, drawing, photographs — of the places you’ll visit, both on site and in studio; this will result in an impressive portfolio of the work you created during the trip
  • Time to capture your experiences in a travel journal
  • The opportunity to exhibit your work in an art show either in Europe or in Seattle (the location varies)

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance
  • Learn about Italian art history
  • Work with a professional artist as you draw and paint in real-world settings

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Students, professionals, artists
  • Beginners to advanced

Pre-Trip Information Sessions

Prior to registering for this trip, please attend one of our information sessions.

This gives you the opportunity to learn more about the trip, and to meet with the program’s guide and instructor, Georgetta Gancarz.

Upcoming Sessions


  • Dates: 4/20, 5/11, 5/25, 6/8, 6/22
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Location: Fine Arts Building – Room 405

Pre-Trip Workshops

Your trip to Florence includes 18 hours of instruction here in Seattle, which will prepare you with the art and art history foundations you’ll need in order to get the most out of your trip.

These workshops will be held at Seattle Central during the quarter before your trip.

2017 Pre-Trip Workshop Schedule


  • Dates: June 8th, 15th and 22nd
    • Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
    • Location: Fine Arts Bldg – Room 405


  • Date: June 10th
    • Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
    • Location: Fine Arts Bldg – Room 405
  • Dates: June 17th & 24th
    • Time: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
    • Location: Outdoors — Plein Air classes

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6435
  • Instructor: Georgetta Gancarz
  • When: 8/17/17 - 9/3/17
  • Where: On location in Florence, Italy
  • Fee: $310
  • Additional Notes: Airfare & accommodation additional. Tuition includes: 18 hour pre-trip workshop over six weeks prior to the trip as well as five hours of instruction each day while in Florence. For more information, please visit the ART - POLI© website.