WINTERSESSION 2013 TRAVEL COURSES If you have specifics questions on these courses, please plan to attend information session. Please note: Wintersession classes are available to RISD students only, sophomores to graduate students. Registration and payments happen simultaneously between Oct 10th and Oct 31st at RISD Registrar/Student Accounts, using signed Add/Drop form. Credit cards or bank checks accepted. No personal checks please.
COSTA RICA- DESIGN/BUILD STUDIO IN LA FLOR- Landscape Architecture The Rhode Island School of Design has been engaged, since 2007, in collaborative studios with Earth University, the world’s foremost school of sustainable agriculture. The Wintersession 2013 studio will be the culmination of a year of research and design study on the development of a prototype classroom – off the grid, hi-tech/low-tech – for rural schools in the dry tropical region of Costa Rica. In the field, RISD students and faculty, along with members of the Earth University community, will finalize a selected design from this Fall’s RISD Innovation Studio. They will build the learning environment at the La Flor Campus of Earth University. The goal of the course is to design and build a classroom prototype that exhibits sustainable building practices in the dry tropics.
Dates of Travel: January 8th to February 6th Instructor: Prof. Colgate Searle (Landscape Architecture) firstname.lastname@example.org Credits and Fees: 6 studio credits, $2,765
FRANCE- PHOTOGRAPHY IN PARIS - Photography Over a period of five weeks, students will come to know well the magnificent city of Paris with its abundant museums, significant architecture, atmospheric parks and intimate cafés. Paris and its environs will be the catalyst for inspiring students of all levels of photography to begin or to continue to develop technical skills and to explore personal visions. In discussions on the work of past and contemporary photographers, in group critiques which investigate learning how to see and how to create good photographs, and in individual meetings, students are encouraged to respond in unique ways to photographic problems. Using black and white film and the 35mm camera as the primary tools for employing the visual language of art, students will process film and print in the well-appointed and maintained facility of the Photography Studies in France. The PSF building is located in the 11th arrondisement of Paris near the Bastille. In addition, field trips outside the city will introduce students to the countryside, as well as afford further photographic opportunities. Independent study in photography in Paris is sure to impact on the creative life of a student at any level of photography in immeasurable ways!
Dates of Travel: January 6th to February 4th Instructor: Senior Critic Anna Strickland (Photo), email@example.com Credits and Fee: 6 studio credits, $5,152
GERMANY - ADAPTIVE ARCHITECTURE - CASA MAXIMA/MINIMA - Architecture Throughout the 5-week course, we will explore the idea of the performative house - maximum flexibility of space and minimum consumption of energy. We will use a series of analogical exercises to examine the relationship of interior to exterior, to construct a program, and to explore environmental concerns. At the same time, we will research methods of fabrication and assembly processes in the hopes of appropriating and deploying key strategies in new ways. We will look at the subject of detailing, not from the standpoint of problem solving, but rather with a critical eye, from the standpoint of exploration and experimentation. We will test our work by attempting to simulate a larger scale in order to experience the significance of multiples and the intricacies of assembly. This advanced studio will include an exchange with faculty and students at the University of Applied Sciences (FHE) in Erfurt, Germany. The University of Applied Sciences is the only German university certified to teach the principles of the Passive House (Passivhaus) building standard. Passive houses dramatically reduce energy demand through super-insulated building envelopes and passive solar gain for heating. FHE’s specialization in passive solar design and their familiarity with technology available in Europe will enhance the viability of the studio’s research.
Dates of Travel: January 7th to January 28th Instructors: Professor Jonathan Knowles (Arch), firstname.lastname@example.org and Critic Laura Briggs (Arch) email@example.com Credits and Fee: 6 studio credits, $271 (sponsorship obtained)
INDIA- VRNDAVANA: CREATING AN ARCHIVE - Photography This course, having previously been taught in 2009, 2011, 2012 will take place partially on the RISD campus and partially in Vrndavana, India, along with trips to Nathdwar, Puskar, Jaipur, Udaipur, New Delhi and Varkala. Students will learn the art of creating a photographic archive to document place. They will also spend time going through the theoretical and political ramifications of photographing another culture other than their own. Special attention will be given to the western eye on the east. We will discuss various readings that deal with the politics between tourism, travel, and photography. We will discuss the unique relationship Western photography has historically played with the East, exoticism, Orientalism, etc. We will also look at examples and discuss the strategies of artists who have successfully done projects on other cultures. We will then discuss our own strategy of picture making through the archiving process. The class will be divided up into small groups and be given responsibilities for different subjects.
Dates of Travel: January 6th to February 2nd Instructors: Critic Michael Buhler Rose firstname.lastname@example.org, Critic Kent Rogowski email@example.com (Photo) Credits and Fee: 6 studio credits, $3,532
ITALY - SHOE DESIGN PERCEPTION, HISTORY & PROTOTYPING - ID, Apparel Students of each discipline will travel to galleries, studios and factories in Turin, Milan, and Florence, learning traditional and hi-tech design processes that apply to Shoe Design. The goal of the course is for students to practice techniques of shoe design as a product that exists midway between the realms of Apparel and Industrial Design. They will also experience the intersection of creative perspectives and approaches from each discipline. The rich design culture of Italy, and Da Vinci's seven principles of creativity, will serve as inspiration and guide. Each student will actively explore their observations and nurture their evolving design process through journaling and interactive dialogue. Students work will be professionally photographed, and the course will conclude at RISD with a final Exhibition/Crit. Note: The course will spend the first and last weeks of RISD, with 3 weeks spent throughout Northern Italy.
Dates of Travel: January 8th to January 27th Instructors: Professor Khipra Nichols (ID) firstname.lastname@example.org, Critic Kathleen Grevers (Apparel) email@example.com Credits and Fees: 6 credits, $3,974 and estimated material cost: $100
ITALY- TECHNIQUES OF RENAISSANCE PAINTING - Illustration This course will teach the painting techniques of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The techniques will include gilding, pure egg-yolk tempera, combined methods of oil and tempera and painting with oil glazes. For the first three weeks of Wintersession, students will work in Providence, to be followed by a twelve-day trip to Florence, Italy, during which time students will be able to examine first-hand relevant art and consider art historical issues related to growth and development of these techniques. This trip will include three days in Rome and visits to Assisi and Siena.
Dates of Travel: last two weeks of WS Instructor: Professor William Drew (Illus) firstname.lastname@example.org Credits and Fee: 6 studio credits, $3,612
JAPAN- PAPERS, TEMPLES, PRINTS- Printmaking & Liberal Arts Printmakers as well as many other artists use paper as one of their main materials, yet have little opportunity to learn much about this material -- its history, how it is made, and the materials that go into its production. In their sophomore year as print majors, RISD students study Japanese woodblock printing techniques in depth, a technology dependent on Japanese papers and their specific qualities. Other artists and designers habitually use fine quality Japanese washi for a wide variety of applications. This course will introduce RISD students not only to the traditions and history of Japanese paper and the corresponding tradition of printmaking, but also to paper fabrication through a two week workshop at a traditional paper manufacturer. The class will then proceed to Kyoto for a three week stay to study in depth the historical sites and artistic collections of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, with an overnight trip to study the art and architecture of the mountain monastery village of Koya San for an in depth appreciation of the continuing importance of Japanese art and culture.
Dates of Travel: January 5th to January 28th Instructors: Critic Daniel Heyman (Print) email@example.com, Lecturer Elena Varshavskaya (LA) firstname.lastname@example.org Credits and Fee: 6 studio credits, $3,596
MEXICO - PROPOSITIONS IN OAXACA - Architecture Advanced studios in the architectures, required of and restricted to second year transfers and graduate students required to take an additional studio. Register through the Division of Architecture & Design.
Dates of travel: January 7th to February 8th Instructor:Professor Silvia Acosta (Arch) email@example.com Credits and Fee: 6 studio credits, $1,219
NETHERLANDS - FROM RISD TO ROTTERDAM - Jewelry and Metalsmithing This travel course is designed around the participation in the OBJECT Rotterdam fair held during Art Rotterdam, in Holland. OBJECT Rotterdam represents the most current developments in Dutch and international design from established and emerging designers working in the various disciplines of crafts, design, fashion, architecture, furniture, and art. The first four weeks of this course will take place in studio on the RISD campus followed by two weeks of travel in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. At RISD, students will develop and create a high-quality limited production line of work centric to their own practice. Through individual and collaborative efforts, students will identify the exhibition theme, design the exhibition display, produce promotional materials, install and manage the booth during the Rotterdam fair.
Dates of travel: January 27th to February 12th Instructor: Professor Tracy Steepy (J&M) firstname.lastname@example.org Credits and Fee: 3 studio credits, $2,545
Forms to be filled by students if going on Wintersession travel course: