Temple University Rome is pleased to offer FREE Pre-College Workshops to local high school students. All students currently enrolled in a Roman high school, public or private, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Temple Rome can offer an Attestati di Partecipazione to those who complete a workshop.

All courses are taught in English by bilingual instructors and hosted on-site at Temple University Rome. For additional information, please write to vania.lorenzo@temple.edu.

Please note that to comply with Covid-19 safety measures, all participants must present their Green Card upon arriving on campus. Everyone is required to wear a mask and respect social distancing at all times.

Full Workshop Descriptions

handmade book

Japanese Stab-Stitch Bookbinding Workshop (WORKSHOP FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Sunday, February 27 | 14:00-17:00
Professor Devin Kovach

In this workshop, learners will be introduced to the world of sewn books through the beautiful and versatile techniques of Japanese stab-stitch binding.  While commonly referred to as the Japanese style, these bindings are in fact prevalent in many cultures including Chinese and Korean binding traditions.  The common trait is that single sheets of paper are stacked and bound along the spine.  They are perfect techniques for hand-made journals and sketchbooks, but also photo albums and decorative forms.  During this one-day workshop, learners will be introduced to three traditional stitch patterns.  Once they gain comfortability with these fundamental techniques, they will produce their very own Japanese style stab-bound album.

All materials are provided.


Sunday, March 13 | 13:00-17:00
Professor Roberto Mannino

This half day workshop provides learners with a chance to explore creation of clay masks. Following practical discussion of what makes a good mask, each learner makes their own mask by sculpting clay, focusing on facial expressions and caricatural exaggeration. 

table with laptop and drawing materials, laptop has image of digital drawing of a portrait

Digital Drawing Workshop
Thursdays, March 17, 24, and 31 | 16:30-18:30
Professor Roberto Caracciolo

Learn to draw on a cell phone or tablet, with apps that offer a wide variety of features, using the tip of one’s finger or a digital pencil. Students begin with simple, linear drawing and later practice drawing with color, both opaque and transparent. The workshop concludes with the addition of photography as an integral part of the drawing process.

Participants must bring their own touch screen device (phone, tablet, or portable computer).

two camera lens surrounded by photographs

PART I: Drawing with Light Workshop: A Brief History of Photography (WORKSHOP FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Saturday, March 19 | 12:00-18:00
Professor Bill Pettit

Images fill our world. This workshop is an invitation to understand the origins of photographic images by exploring techniques and intentions-- HOW and WHY images have been made throughout history, and what they mean today.  

This intensive hands-on workshop is an introduction to early photographic techniques. We explore the story of “drawing with light” through cyanotypes, photograms, and pinhole cameras that we will make ourselves. We talk about early applications of the medium through botanical studies and portraits, and participants take home a group of images and their homemade camera. There is a brief introduction to analog cameras and printing black and white images from negatives in TUR’s darkroom. Students receive a certificate of completion and an invitation to join us for Part 2, dedicated to darkroom photography later this year.  

PART II: Drawing with Light Workshop: A Brief History of Photography
Saturday, April 23 | 12:00-18:00 

This workshop focuses on the operation and use of the analog 35 mm film camera through science and art. Students learn about film exposure by taking photographs, processing negatives, and printing images in the darkroom. We discuss what makes a good image in terms of both form and content and work together on a common language to discuss these. Students are encouraged to bring their own film camera if possible.