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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Program Overview

The unique landscape of the Greek islands and the multilayered city of Athens provide the setting for this intensive three-week studio art course. Through a series of lectures, studio work, daily excursions to archaeological sites and museums, contemporary galleries and engagement with land and sea, students will have the opportunity to weave global history and theory into the practice of making art. Our methods will be interdisciplinary and open to various modes of expression, which might include but are not limited to, drawing and painting, performance, installation, photography and video.  

A central mission of the course will be to consider artifacts from the cultural past not only in regard to their influence but also in terms of their contemporary relevance. In what ways has the image of the siren of classical mythology been reinterpreted in contemporary thinking?  Where might we locate various manifestations of the Greek urn in contemporary art? A primary focus of the course will be a study of how artists from Picasso to Ann Hamilton have translated historical artifacts into art to tell the story of human experience. First hand observation of cultural and historical artifacts from vessels to street art will provide a forum for students to situate themselves within this living continuum of western art.

The proximity of notable historical sites, alternative contemporary artist hubs and the stark beauty of Greece will function as a laboratory for students to experiment with a variety art making strategies. Instruction will be offered in methods of documentation, the interpretation of found materials, digital archiving, the use of sequencing and layering, and the fusion of text and image to create a visual narrative.

In addition to gaining a basic understanding of Greek history, culture and art, students will be exposed to all facets of contemporary art in Athens, from commercial galleries and design studios to alternative creative hubs and political street art.

Open to all disciplines, this course immerses students in our rich cultural history and exposes them to cutting edge artistic aspirations. Students will be challenged to not only record their impressions, but to use their experience to initiate a new way of thinking about the creation of art and its value to society.

Academic Details

As this is a studio art course, the focus is creative production. Students are expected to keep some form of a journal with them at all times to record their daily observations using their desired combination of media; sketching, photographic documentation, the collection of ephemera and text. Each day there will be an assigned observation relevant to readings, slide lectures and excursions. Assessment will be based on creative exercises and other assignments, discussion of reading material, class participation and a final project and presentation.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.