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London + Amsterdam Art Scene Past and Present

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Exploration Seminar, London; photo by Judith Clark
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2020 Information Sessions

Art Building, Room 212 
Wednesday, January 15 at 5:30pm   
Thursday, January 23 at 5:30pm   

About the Program

2020 Program Dates: August 24 - September 18

Application deadline: February 15, 2020
Decision date: February 27, 2020

This seminar will begin by following in the path of artists and travelers before us, living and learning in London - a city whose contemporary arts are cutting edge, where women and emerging artists from around the globe have a significant presence in the art scene and a high profile on the city exhibition calendars.

These investigations will take us from London to Amsterdam where the visual arts also play a significant role in the historical development and contemporary culture of the city. In a sense, this trip is an artistic tale of two cities. London and Amsterdam share a position in the world as major centers of art and culture. At the same time, each city defines and perpetuates their global standing in the world of the visual arts in dramatically different ways.

In both cities we will study and compare a wide range of arts including architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, street art, printmaking, outsider art, and design. Students will have the chance to make comparisons between similar landmarks, galleries, and artistic experiences offered in both cities.

Students will study and record their experiences in journals and sketchbooks. Drawing from observation will be used as a research tool and point of departure for discussion and critic. (No prior drawing or art experience is required for this course.) We will have group critiques based on the work created in both cities along with discussions of issues explored in a required reading list.

This class offers art majors 5 credits toward their degree and satisfies VLPA general education requirements for non-art majors. At each site, local curators, guides, and education coordinators will provide both introductions to their specific institutions as well as additional presentations tailored to the subject of this seminar.

Art History
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Exploration Seminars
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