Kelly Murphy is an award winning illustrator and co-teacher of the course in 2011 and 2014. She's a professor of Illustration at Montserrat College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design (her alma mater).
In this course, students develop images both in sketchbooks, and as individual works based directly on their experiences living and traveling in Italy. Students closely observe, document, and comment on their investigations of various aspects of Italian life and culture. On-site drawing is a major focus of the course, as is the use of drawing as a communication tool. Students examine and consider the work of journalistic illustrators as well as artists relevant to the classes’ focus.