Term: Summer 2014
Travel Dates: September 3rd – 17th, 2014
Faculty: Una Kim
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 seven thousand years 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. Students have the opportunity to experience authentic temple life. It is important to note that living conditions are rustic and minimal; additionally, this program requires a great deal of walking and ability to carry one’s own luggage through remote areas.
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.
Course & Section Information:
- ART 410/510: Art Korea 8 cr.
This course can be applied as Upper Division electives, or
- ART 281 – Intro to Painting I
- ART 230 – Drawing Concepts I
- ART 391 – Drawing Concepts II
- ART 392 – Intermediate Painting
- ART 493 – Advanced Drawing/Mixed Media.
With the approval of an advisor it can fulfill one of the following:
- ART 492/592 – Contemporary Studio Practice or, Graduate credits in the MFA Program
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Participants will attend 2 one hour lectures at PSU prior to the departure (one at the end of Spring term and the second in the last weeks of June). 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.
- International Component: September 3 – September 17, 2014
We will stay together as a group during the duration of the program. It is important that students are flexible and acknowledge that living conditions are rustic. For eight days, we will stay in Ulsan. For remaining days, we will be in Gwangju and Seoul. Rooms can be shared. While in Korea we will travel by a car and public transportation. There are many options for food in all price ranges and a wide variety of reasonably priced restaurants.
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 2015. Students will also be required to attend one post trip meeting.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
- Art majors only
- Sophomore standing at the time of application
- GPA: 2.75 and above
Language Skill: None