IRELAND: ILLUSTRATING IRISH MYTHS AND LEGENDS IN THE BURREN
Robert Brinkerhoff (Faculty, RISD Illustration, Dean of RISD Fine Arts division )
Ireland: The Burren, Dublin
4 weeks: June 16- July 14, 2018
3 studio credits (RISD Illustration)
No one tells a story like the Irish, and Irish narrative tradition walks a fine line between fantasy and reality—between myth, folklore and history. This four-week course, based in the studios of the Burren College of Art in Western Ireland, will explore Irish myth and legend as fodder for illustrated work. Students will engage in studio practice through inspiration provided by the unique landscape of the Burren Mountains (an ancient limestone sea bed, long revealed and eroded by the elements and tectonic rumblings), the Irish countryside and wildlife, its charming people and their stories and artistic traditions. Independent exploration of the region alongside regional field trips to explore ruins and prehistoric sites will serve as bucolic inspiration for image making. A two-day trip to Dublin City and its National Museums, and a three-day trip to the striking, remote Aran Islands will provide dramatically different views of Irish culture. The class will provide many hours of time in the studio, and will conclude with an open studio reception at the Burren College of Art.
Cost: $6,000 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).