Wintersession Travel Course participation is based on a selection process that includes application prior to registration. All RISD and Brown University students, undergrads and grads, who have a 2.5 minimum GPA and are in good standing in terms of conduct and finances at the time of application are eligible to apply.
Applications open in September. Before submitting your application you must first attend one of the course infosessions held on campus in September/early October. You may apply to one course only. Detailed instructions can be found on the “How to Register” page.
Accepted students will be notified no later than October 8th, after which the 2-week registration/payment period will start on October 9th. Being an earlier registration process, all students who aren't accepted for the Wintersession Travel Course of their choosing are still eligible to register for an on-campus Wintersession course.
Need-based scholarship will be available for RISD students, with additional application, and will be assigned before registration opens, in order to allow students who need funding the opportunity to plan accordingly.
RISD Wintersession Travel Courses 2020
All courses scheduled between January 3rd- February 6th, 2019
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019, 5.45pm
Additional faculty-led infosessions will be announced in September 2019. Attendance at an infosession is mandatory to apply.
Oaxaca’s rich contemporary art scene is rooted in the city's indigenous cultures, colonial history, and the current political/social climate. Home to an extensive network of cultural institutions and artisanal crafts, the place provides rich opportunities for material observation, experimentation, and making. This studio will weave together cultural and material research and full-scale construction to explore the resonance between traditional craft practices and contemporary design. READ MORE
AUSTRALIA: Witness Tree Project
Faculty: Dale Broholm (RISD Furniture Design) + Daniel Cavicchi (RISD History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences)
6 credits (FD-1732/HPSS-W732-01) | Adelaide, Australia
In this partnered studio with University of South Australia, RISD and UniSA students will work together to explore the meaning of Cultural Ecology in Australia, and how it is practiced by Aboriginal and White cultures. Using living Historic Trees as a focal point, the group will investigate how historic events shaped and influenced both societies. Students will create and exhibit objects made with local materials in response to their site visits and collaborative and independent research. READ MORE
MEXICO: Pre-Columbian Architecture and Traditional Crafts
Faculty: Winifred Lambrecht (RISD Theory & History of Art & Design/History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences) + Sean Nesselrode Moncada (RISD Theory & History of Art & Design)
6 credits (THAD-W135/HPSS-W235-01) | Mexico City-Puebla-Veracruz-Merida, Mexico
Through travel to and exploration of different regions of Mexico, students in this course will investigate colonial, modern, and contemporary Mexican artistic, architectural, and visual production. They will examine how indigenous pre-colonial techniques and traditions have been revived, reinvented, and synthesized with European, African, and Asian materials and practice. Students will select a topic within Mexican art, architecture, or visual culture to explore in depth, synthesizing their personal impressions, readings, and artworks/sites visited throughout the trip in written reflection. READ MORE
Through in-depth exploration of the Tokyo and historic Kansai region, students in this course will see and draw the most important Shinto, Buddhist and secular sites in Japan, and couple that visual exploration with 9 days of paper making at Awagami Paper Factory in rural Tokushima on Shikoku Island. Returning to Providence, students will spend an intensive week creating a final project using the paper they have made and reflecting on their experiences in Japan. READ MORE
Paris and its environs will be the catalyst for inspiring students to begin or continue to develop technical skills in photography in this 5-week studio course, designed to meet students with varying levels of photographic experience where they are. First using film and the 35mm camera, then moving on to DSLR, students will process film and print at Speos Photography Studies in France. Students will come to know well the magnificent city of Paris with its abundant museums, significant architecture, atmospheric parks and cafes, through their in-depth. READ MORE
In this course based in Oaxaca, students will see and respond to ways in which centuries of social inequities are being addressed, repaired, and reclaimed through mastery of artisanal expertise and activism of graphic arts. Via collaborative workshops at Oaxfornia, students will engage with local artists in traditional techniques and applications of color and create graphic arts projects developed within the context of Centro de Arte de San Agustín (CaSa), an arts center focused on local ecology and community. READ MORE
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All students are required to remain in good standing at RISD, in terms of finances, conduct, and academics, in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. Failure to remain in good standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course.
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.
Past 2019 Wintersession Travel Courses
Japan: Papers, Temples and Print
Daniel Heyman (RISD Printmaking) & Elena Varshavskaya (RISD History of Art & Visual Culture)
Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Eduardo Duarte (RISD Interior Architecture) & Nicole Merola (RISD Literary Arts & Studies)
Italy: See Naples and Die: Panorama & the Poetics of a city
Nick De Pace (RISD Landscape Architecture) & Mark Sherman (RISD Literary Arts & Studies)
Guyana: Exploring Art & Science of Biodiversity in Guyana
Thomas Doran (RISD Literary Arts & Studies) & Lucy Spelman (RISD History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences)
France: Photography in Paris
Thalassa Raasch (RISD Photography)
Mexico: History, Pre-colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Winifred Lambrecht (RISD History of Art & Visual Culture/History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences) & Sean Nesselrode Moncada (RISD History of Art & Visual Culture)