WS travel courses are designed to give art and design students the opportunity to embed themselves in a new cultural context, to learn from artists and designers in that country and region, and to develop their practice in an environment outside of RISD’s Providence campus.
2018 Wintersession Travel Courses
6 credits (ARCH-1505/CER-1505-01)
Silvia Acosta (Faculty, RISD Architecture) & Yoko Inoue (Faculty, RISD Ceramics)
Temples and shrines, tranquil gardens, traditional crafts, and music—these are all things that should not be missed when visiting the city of Kyoto and the island of Naoshima in Japan. READ MORE
6 credits (ARCH/IDISC-1584-01 & LAEL-1584-01)
Laura Briggs (Faculty, RISD Architecture) & Nicole Merola (Faculty, RISD LAS)
Although separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Providence and surrounding New England towns have deep ties to Portugal. An influx of immigrants from Portugal, who settled in New England in the late-18th century, links the two regions. READ MORE
3 credits (FURN-1543-01)
Patricia Johnson (Faculty, RISD Furniture Design)
This course offers students an opportunity to study and explore the traditional knowledge and practices of the Haida in the Pacific Northwest of Canada. The Haida are a Native community particularly rich in creative culture and history. READ MORE
6 credits (ILLUS-1501/HAVC-1501-01)
Richard Gann (Faculty, RISD Illustration) & Pascale Rihouet (Faculty, RISD History of Art and Visual Culture)
Late Medieval and in particular the painting of the Italian High Renaissance represents what might be considered the largest, most coherent, and instructive body of representational and narrative painting. READ MORE
3 credits (INTAR-1511/HAVC-1511-01)
Eduardo Duarte (Faculty, RISD Interior Architecture) & TBA (Faculty, RISD History of Art and Visual Culture)
In this studio course RISD students will engage with the reciprocity between craftsmanship and the adaptation of the built environment in the context of artisan economies. READ MORE
3 credits (PHOTO-W651-01)
Anna Strickland (Faculty, RISD Photography) & Thalassa Raasch (Faculty, RISD 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 cafes. READ MORE
3 credits (PRINT-1500-01)
Megan Foster (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
This travel course is designed to familiarize students with Cuban history, culture and art. Visits to museums, artists’ studios, printshops and cultural centers in and around Havana will complement studio work. READ MORE
All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.
Estimated travel costs include tuition, accommodation, some meals, field trips, museum entrances and health and travel insurance. Unless otherwise specified, airfare costs are not included.
Limited, need-based scholarships available. Deadline for financial aid applications will be announced. For more informations and to apply, please contact Anthony Gallonio, RISD Student Financial Services, at: firstname.lastname@example.org 401 - 454 6661
2017 Wintersession Travel Courses
APPAR-3052-01: ITALY SHOE DESIGN & PROTOTYPING
Instructor: Kathleen Grevers, Senior Critic, Apparel Design, RISD.
ARCH-2050-01: ITALY: WS TRAVEL ROME
Instructor: Elettra Bordonaro, Architecture, RISD.
ARCH-W220-01: JAPAN: KYOTO AND NAOSHIMA
Instructor: Silvia Acosta, Professor, Architecture, RISD.
NMSE-0723-01: ITALY:(IN)VISIBLE VENICE
Instructor: Leslie Hirst, Associate Professor, EFS & Mark Sherman, Professor, LAS
PRINT-4412-01 & HAVC-C412-01/HPSS-C412-01: CUBA: PRINT & HISTORY
Instructor: Winifred Lambrecht, Senior Lecturer, HPSS, RISD & Henry Ferreira, Associate Professor & Department Head, Printmaking, RISD.
PRINT-4525-01 & HAVC-H525-01: JAPAN: PAPER, TEMPLES, PRINTS
Instructor: Elena Varshavskaya, Senior Lecturer, HAVC, RISD & Daniel Heyman, Senior Critic, Printmaking, RISD.
IDISC-1513-01: ARGENTINA: HI/LOW TECH
Instructor: Paula Gaetano-Adi, Assistant Professor, EFS, RISD & Alejandro Borsani, Assistant Professor, EFS, RISD.
LAEL-LE97-01 & LAS-E717-01: GUYANA: ART & SCIENCE
Instructors: Lucy Spelman, Lecturer, HPSS & Nicole Merola, Associate Professor and Department Head, LAS, RISD.
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