In a few days Bill Darling, Linda Wooster and I – and twelve printmaking and drawing students – will depart for two weeks of drawing, printmaking and exploring in Florence Italy. This is the first time in ten years of making this trip to Italy that we have (with the help of Josh Seamon and through the hard work of Linda Wooster) used a blog to organize and share information. As soon as it was set up – with Linda’s beautiful choice of homepage picture – a concise but shape-able semi-public face for the trip began to emerge, and I saw the blog as not only a means for sharing information with students, parents and colleagues about this annual art pilgrimage, but a way to hone our own understanding of the meaning of what we do, through the posting of research, links to related sites, and other still-developing extensions of this idea of “Intaglio Society Florence Italy Trip”. While I have some experience with creating blogs and websites for myself, I see clearly now that it is in connection with an evolving collective effort such as this trip that the medium of the blog is really effective. If you are interested in visiting our Italy Trip blog, here is the address: intaglio.stjlabs.com
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