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 or to register for a workshop, please write to jocelyn.cortese@temple.edu.

Full Workshop Descriptions

two camera lens surrounded by photographs

Pinhole Photography
Friday, November 3 | 15:00-19:00
(3-hour workshop)

Professor Bill Pettit

After an introduction to the Camera Obscura, students will make their own cameras from found materials and create photographic images with them. We explore analog photography and Lomography hands-on, to gain a better understanding of how images were made and are made today.  The workshop includes aspects of arts and crafts and science, and basic darkroom printing. Students will bring home negative and positive photographic prints on paper.

Digital Photo
Saturday, November 4 | 10:00 – 13:00
(3-hour workshop)

Professor Marina Buening

We discover in Photography little micro worlds, experimenting with different materials to do unusual photos. Playing around with different materials like threads, ink in water and small figures.  It is an experimental workshop where, with the use of different unusual materials which will be put in the environment like in the grass, on a tree, or something like what we find around the university, students create original photos and discover a new way of seeing the world.  Students bring their own cameras, or we work with the smartphone of the students. I bring my collection of little plastic animals, threads, and ink for glasses.

various foods and herbs from Mediterranean diet laid out on table

Food for Thought
Sunday, November 5 | 
11:00 - 13:00
(1-hour lunch break, students are advised to bring their own lunch)
14:00 - 16:00
(4-hour workshop)


Sunday November 19 |
11:00 - 13:00
(1-hour lunch break, students are advised to bring their own lunch)
14:00 - 16:00
(4-hour workshop)

Professor Barbara Parisi

How have our choices about what (and how much) to eat been shaped by society, and by our social and cultural identities? How and why are our culinary choices associated with social pleasures, social anxieties, negative public health outcomes, and the changing environment? Can we make alternative food choices and support food-oriented social change that help create a more equitable, sustainable, healthy, and delicious world?

scrap paper

Recycle It! 
Saturday, November 18 | 
10:00 to 13:00
(1-hour lunch break, students are advised to bring their own lunch)
14:00 to 16:00 
(5-hour workshop)

Professor Roberto Mannino

In this workshop students learn how to choose, treat, and reuse papers from various sources, such as books, comics, printed matter, magazines and packaging. Participants will create their own handmade sheets of paper from such recycled material, which could be further personalized by inclusions of photographs, writings and drawings. A selection of discarded papers reinforced with new virgin cotton fibers will lead to an exciting color menu that will support your experimental artistic compositions. Students can bring their own paper material to be recycled, sorted following instructions that will be previously sent to them.

Clay mask making

Mask Making 
Sunday, November 19 | 
10:00 to 13:00 
(1-hour lunch break, students are advised to bring their own lunch)
14:00pm to 16:00 
(5-hour workshop)

Professor Roberto Mannino

This workshop provides learners with a chance to explore the creation of clay masks. Following an introduction based on visual samples of historical head masks and considerations on head and facial proportions, each learner creates their own mask by direct modeling and sculpting clay, focusing on rendering facial expressions and caricatural exaggeration.  

blank sketchbook with watercolors and brushes in upper left corner

Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, November 18 | 10:00-14:00 
(4-hour workshop)

Professor Anita Guerra

Conducted in both Italian and English

In this condensed watercolor course, participants learn the basic techniques of this versatile, eco-friendly medium. With sample work, demonstrations, tips, and applications of traditional and innovative processes, students can immediately apply their skills to a painting they do on-site or in the art studio. The Tiber River's banks provide inspiration with its reflections, bridges, and wildlife, a few steps from the Temple Rome campus. Another favorite option is the Lake at Villa Borghese. In case of rain, we stay in the studio and paint from a still life based on a selection of artists including Giorgio De Chirico, Wayne Thiebaud, Janet Fish, or after the founder of Temple Rome and master watercolorist, Charles Le Claire.