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.

Please note that to comply with Covid-19 safety measures, all participants are required to wear a mask and respect social distancing at all times.

Full Workshop Descriptions


Mask Making Workshop
Sunday, October 30 | 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00


Sunday, November 6 | 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Professor Roberto Mannino

This five-hour workshop provides the chance to explore creation of clay masks. Following practical discussion of what makes a good mask, each learner makes their own mask by modeling and sculpting clay, focusing on facial expressions and caricatural exaggeration. 

two camera lens surrounded by photographs

Drawing with Light Workshop: A Brief History of Photography WORKSHOP FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Saturday, November 5 | 9:00-15:00


Saturday, November 12 | 9:00-15:00
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.  

scrap paper

Recycle It! 
Sunday, November 20 | 13:00-17:00

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.