These unique opportunities can enhance education by broadening learning through experiential travel.
Summer 2020 (7/19-7/26) ART 399/499/599, Experimental Sketchbooks: Time and Space to Create at Monson Arts has been converted to an Online-Live at-home Residency due to precautions for COVID-19.
Course meetings will be daily via Zoom at 9:00 am and again at 4:00 pm (see syllabus).
With attention to content and design, and some experimental techniques, each student will create a group of Artist’s Books or Drawings about their one-week studio intensive, actively responding to the visual world around them. Each student will work with several blank artist’s books, sketchbooks and rolls of paper that they have prepared for the journey into their At-Home-Residency. The drawings and artist’s books will be developed throughout the week. Students will work at home with daily morning Zoom meetings and 5 afternoon Zoom critiques. The last project will be an Artist’s Book or finished drawing made during the month of August.
Summer 2019 (5/31-6/10) ART 399/599, Harvesting the Image travel course to Tuscany engaged students in the act of experiencing the world around them by using a variety of drawing and book arts techniques to observe, collect, and record the sights and sensations of Spannocchia, the organic farm in Tuscany where students were in residence. The travel experience also included a day in Florence visiting museums and significant architecture, and a day trip to Siena and the Nikki de Saint Phalle Tarot Sculpture Garden. Each student traveled with several blank artist’s books or journals that they prepared for the journey. Upon returning to Maine each student was required to complete either a large drawing or an Artist’s Book about the eight days in Italy. Students were also required to produce and submit work done during the residency in Tuscany.
Images Above from Spannocchia and Florence, Italy
Spring Semester 2019 AED 299, Arts, Culture, and Education of Iceland, was an innovative collaboration between USM and SMCC, to build bridges between students from Maine and Iceland with a focus on the arts, culture, and educational systems of Iceland. Students traveled to Iceland over Spring Break (3/18-3/24), spending time in Reykjavik, and surroundings areas exploring the art, culture and educational systems of Iceland. Students were asked to: identify, describe, and analyze the cultural underpinnings of art and education in the North Atlantic; examine and understand the fundamental pillars of both Icelandic and American schools (Literacy, Sustainability, Democracy and Human Rights, Equality, Health and Welfare, and Creativity); and critique and develop global competencies, while directly investigating and applying these new understandings in Iceland.
Images Above from Iceland
Summer 2018 (6/14-6/21) ART 399/599, Art in Maine, was a nine-day intensive drawing class with seven days spent at Schoodic Institute, at Acadia National Park, in Winter Harbor, Maine. Students drew in nature, from nature, with natural materials, and with an assortment of media and materials not necessarily associated with traditional drawing. Trips to Bar Harbor and the Abbe Museum, a museum of history and culture of the Wabanaki people were included, as well as information provided about the history of landscape artists in the region. Students were required to do a final drawing for an exhibit hung in Kidder Gallery on the USM Gorham campus.
Images Above from Schoodic Peninsula, Maine
Spring semester 2017 ART 399/499, Artist's Books, included a 1-week residency in La Napoule, France, over spring break. With attention to content and design, each student was required to create a group of Artist’s Books about LaNapoule France and the nearby towns. In preparation for the travel week abroad, each student created several artist’s books inspired by their research on the history and culture of this region of France. Each student traveled with several blank artist’s books that they prepared for the journey, developing them during the week at Chateau LaNapoule and beside the Cote d’Azur. The last project was an Artist’s Book made after returning to Maine about the week in France beside the Mediterranean.
Images Above from LaNapoule, France