Let world-class museums and historic buildings be your classroom! This three-week class has two interwoven threads. The first is an exploration of fine art--painting, sculpture, performance. Why do artists do what they do? How do viewers participate in constructing the meaning of an artwork? The second thread is the history of modern architecture. Chicago has been on the cutting edge of architecture from the birth of the skyscraper. Students will explore buildings and spaces from inside and out, in walking tours and boat tours. All this happens in the dynamic urban environment that is Chicago. We will go to the beach, the theatre, a concert, and the top of skyscrapers. Students write reflections, essays, and final paper due after the trip.
NOTE: This May term trip can be substituted for a Jan term course on campus.
The France Study Program: the first and longest-standing international study program. The France Study Program – the longest-running study abroad program in Whitworth’s history -- takes you all over France. You will travel from Toulouse to the Normandy beaches and the great abbey of Mont St Michel, from the monuments and museums of Paris to the cathedral of Chartres; from the Alsatian border with Germany to Nice and the French Riviera. You will learn France’s rich language, history, and art in company with your peers and your professors.
Program will include 8 credits of French language, 4 credits of French history, and 4 credits of a Fine Arts course.
Why should anyone care about Art? Is it worth valuing and supporting, or is it just an expensive luxury for the wealthy? In “The Power and Politics of Art”, you will wrestle with the big questions of Art’s purpose in and value to a culture – including our own. You will experience the history of western art, from Ancient Greece to the 21st century, and examine its relationship to culture and worldview. Through on-site visits to artistic, historic and cultural sites in Rome, Florence, Vienna and Berlin, you will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and many of the facets of the interaction between art, community, and political power. In addition through the experience of living in major European metropolitan centers, you will become aware of the various cultural resources located in major cities, and develop confidence in accessing them, and also in using basic cross-cultural skills, such as using public transportation and functioning in places where English is not the dominant language.
Fulfills Global Perspectives OR Fine Arts Requirement
The Arts in Christian Worship explores the ways that the music, art, and architecture have shaped and been shaped by Christian worship practice from the early church to the present. Through on-site visits in Rome, Florence, Geneva, Paris, and London, students will become more familiar with the various artistic styles and study many facets of the role of the arts in Christian worship. The week spent at the Taize community in France will allow students to experience a unique Christian worship practice in community with young people from around the world. Highlights of the trip include:
• Exploring four of the world’s top art museums (Louvre, Vatican, Uffizi, National Gallery)
• Living, worshiping, and serving together with young people from around the globe at Taize
• Climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Florence Duomo for the best view of the city
• Exploring ancient Rome (Forum and Coliseum), as well as Christian churches spanning over 1500 years
• Attending a live performance of “Les Miserables” and a concert of the BBC Symphony in London
• Great pasta and pizza, gelato, croissants, bangers and mash!
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for a complete listing of off-campus programs that are available to Whitworth students.