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

Saturday, March 9
or Saturday, March 16
Professor Anita Guerra

Students interpret a famous work of art using mixed media, including watercolor, oil pastels, charcoal, markers, cloth, cardboard, tape, and varied papers. They are encouraged to develop an individual approach while learning about composition, harmony, texture, and color. The instructor provides a hands-on demonstration of the project. Please bring a pair of scissors and a mat knife (taglierino). All other supplies are included.

Clay mask making

Mask Making 
Saturday, March 9
or Saturday, March 16
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

This five-hour workshop provides learners with a chance to explore the creation of clay half-head masks. After a brief introduction to the most relevant types of masks used in the past, a direct, hands-on sculpture activity will start, developing from a sketch, drawing or picture, first by marking and then carving out main planes, refining eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Each learner will create their own face/mask, modelled in clay. The study of facial expressions or caricatural exaggerations might lead to interesting artistic solutions.

Digital photography at Temple University Rome

Saturday, March 9
10:00 – 13:00
Professor Marina Buening

Discover micro worlds in photography! This is an experimental workshop where students will use different and unusual materials such as threads, ink in water and small figures placed in an external environment to take original  photos and discover a new way of seeing the world.

Students should bring their their own cameras or smartphone. 

various foods and herbs from Mediterranean diet laid out on table

Sunday, March 10
or Sunday March 17
(1-hour lunch break, students are advised to bring their own lunch)
14:00 - 16:00
(4-hour workshop)
Professor Barbara Parisi

This workshop reflects upon many food-related issues in order to answer questions such as: 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? 

Friday, March 15
Professor Giulio Pompei

In this workshop students will conduct simple scientific investigations to measure various environmental factors. Our focus will extend beyond the laboratory, incorporating real-world applications of science in addressing sustainability challenges. Through simple and safe chemical analyses, we will explore crucial concepts such as pH levels and the impact of acid rain on the environment. Moreover, we will contextualize our study within the historic city of Rome, exploring how climate change affects its iconic monuments. By combining practical experimentation with a broader understanding of environmental issues, this workshop aims to inspire a new generation of environmentally conscious individuals, fostering a sense of responsibility for our planet’s well-being.

Saturday, March 16
Professor Liana Miuccio

In this workshop students will learn how to use their smartphones to take professional photographs and short videos.  Students will learn how to take advantage of manual settings on their phones to take creative control over their images. The class will concentrate on understanding the basics of photography and composition,  light and simple editing techniques in post-production on a smartphone. Through this course students will learn how to use their phone cameras to create successful storytelling images.

Equipment required: Smartphone with a camera.