ART in Korea
Travel Dates: September 7 – 21, 2012
Participants will attend 3 one hour lectures at PSU prior to the departure. The lectures will be about the history of Korea, contemporary Korea, and the current art scene. The lectures will be full of Q & A sessions to encourage participants’ full experience while visiting the country. Lectures will function as an orientation for the program.
In this course students will explore the captivating art and culture of South Korea—one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. For two weeks, students will experience a traditional society that reaches back over five thousand years and a vibrant modern culture that hosts two international biennials, and has many world-class museums, and noted art galleries. The program will be filled by exciting lectures, memorable fieldtrips to historical sites, and interaction with the people and students of South Korea. Students will document their journey in photos, videos, and sketches.
One of the highlights is a forum where PSU students will interact with students of the University of Ulsan, a sister school and a long-time partner of Portland State University. No language proficiency in Korean will be needed for any of the activities.
Another main feature of the program is the temple stay and the three international biennial art exhibitions in Gwangju, Busan and Seoul. These Biennials have reached an all-time high in participation of artists and attendees, adding to the growing number of Biennials around the world not to mention gaining prominence. The importance of these large scale international biennials is its impact on students. We emphasize on the scope, breadth, and depth of contemporary art in these exhibitions. It is invaluable to young aspiring art students. Students finally can view contemporary art through a global lens which is absolutely essential in their studies and research.
Through the program, students are expected to: – Translate direct international experience into artistic, production, researching and career development. – Research and witness first hand, some of the most interesting historical and challenging artistic achievements in the world; collect relevant material for future projects; produce work for an exhibition. – Cultivate broader cultural perspectives
Once students return to PSU, they will have three months to document what they see in sketches, photographs, writings, or video and exhibit these at a show sponsored by PSU Art department in January of 2012.
Program Course: ART 410/510: Art Korea 8 cr.
This course can be applied as Upper Division electives or
ART 281 Intro to Painting I, or
ART 230 Drawing Concepts I, or
ART 391 Drawing Concepts II, or
ART 392 Intermediate Painting, or
ART 493 Advanced Drawing/Mixed Media, or
with the approval of an adviser can fulfill one of the following:
ART 492/592 Contemporary Studio Practice, or
Graduate credits in the MFA Program.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
• Art majors only
• Sophomore standing at the time of application
• GPA: 2.75 and above
Language Skill: None