Cuba: History, Culture, and Printmaking
3 credits (PRINT-1500-01)
Jan. 6-24: Havanna, Cuba
Jan. 25-Feb. 7: RISD
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. There will be a day trip to Vinales to experience life outside the capital city with visits to tobacco farms and cane sugar plantations. Studio work will take place at Cuba’s most established Arts Academy, the “Instituto Superior de Arte” (ISA). Once a country club located in the Cubanacán neighborhood, ISA is considered one of the most unique universities and architectural achievements following the Cuban Revolution.
The studio component of this course will explore the fundamentals of western style woodblock printing techniques: single color printing, chiaroscuro, reduction printing, and multi-color printing. The ISA campus will provide access to their printmaking facilities and opportunities to meet and work with Cuban art students.
Knowledge of Spanish not required but helpful!
Permission of Instructor required. Open to sophomore and above; course is not open to first year students.
Estimated Travel Cost: $4,000.00 – airfare included as well as accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.