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 chiara.vea@temple.edu.

Full Workshop Descriptions

two camera lens surrounded by photographs

Drawing with Light Workshop: A Brief History of Photography, Part II 
Saturday, February 4 | 10:00-16:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)


Saturday, February 11 | 10:00-16:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Includes a 30-minute lunch break (bring your own lunch)
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 workshop focuses on the operation and use of the analog 35 mm film camera through science and art. Students will learn about film exposure by taking photographs, processing negatives, and printing images in the darkroom. We will 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 35 mm film camera if they wish. 

scrap paper

Recycle It! 

Sunday, February 12 | 10:00-16:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)


Saturday, February 18 | 10:00-16:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Professor Roberto Mannino

In this workshop students learn how to choose, treat, and reuse papers from various sources, such as books, 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. Accurate selection of discarded papers reinforced with new virgin cotton fibers will lead to an exciting color menu that will support your experimental artistic compositions.

various foods and herbs from Mediterranean diet laid out on table

Food for Thought
Sunday, February 12 | 11:00-16:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Includes a one-hour lunch break (bring your own lunch) 

Professor Barbara Parisi

In this workshop students will learn the relationship between food, environment, health, and explore sustainable production and food systems. Students will be introduced to the basics of the nutrition science, and compare different diets and lifestyles in different cultures, introducing the politics of food. The workshop also analyzes theories and explanations of social phenomena in the western world, like eating disorders and food waste, while in other parts of the world there's too little food and global hunger. What has been done, what can be done, can we make alternative food choices and support food-oriented social changes that help create a more equitable, sustainable, healthy and delicious world?

blank sketchbook with watercolors and brushes in upper left corner

Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, February 18 | 10:00-14:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Saturday, February 18 | 15:00-19:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

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 banks of the Tiber River, provides 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.

Camera and other film materials on a table

Darkroom Photographic Workshop: Camera-less Black and White Images

Saturday, February 18 | 10:00-14:00 (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Professor Lucy Clink

Students will make a series of black and white camera less images in the darkroom by learning the various techniques and methods for Photograms.

Students should bring with them small to medium sized materials and objects that are transparent, translucent and printed matter as well. Here are some examples: cloth, lace, jewelry, feathers, flowers/ leaves (real or silk) photographs, illustrations. It can be anything that fits on an A4 paper.

All other materials will be provided by the workshop.