Summer Art in China 2011 Information
William Paterson University Study Abroad Program
May 15 - June 20, 2011
Registration begins 11/29/10 and ends 2/10/11
Program faculty: Prof. Zhiyuan Cong and Prof. Thomas Uhlein
The following courses will be offered:
The program cost is approximately $3,460 plus tuition
Students in the program who register for six credits at William Paterson Univeristy will be awarded $400 from the Margaret Lam and David Yen Fellowship
Sponsored by the Center for Chinese Art, Art Department, and Center for International Education at William Paterson University
This program made possible in part by the Margaret Lam and David Yen Fellowship.
The Margaret Lam and David Yen Fellowship
Students in the program who register for six credits in Summer 2011 will be awarded $400 from the Margaret Lam and David Yen Fellowship. The publication of the program’s 2011 book is also supported by a Margaret Lam and David Yen grant.
Summer Art in China, 2011, is a special study abroad program founded on the understanding and appreciation of Chinese art, which, over the course of the trip will present different lectures, demonstrations and workshops from instructors and master artists in China. The program will enable American students to view Asian culture from a new perspective and to absorb elements in a different cultural tradition from their own artistic articulation and elaboration. A secondary purpose is to encourage and prompt more frequent art exchanges between the East and West, as well as demonstrate the connection between ancient and modern traditions in the field of Chinese Art. There will also be special activities including visits to the studios of working Chinese artists, and to museums and institutes of traditional and modern art and architecture in Beijing, Datong, Wutai Mountain, North Mountain: Hen Shan, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Hukou, Huangdi Lin, Xianyan and Xi'an of China. It is a journey which investigates the resources from which Chinese culture and art are derived.
Faculty and Program Director
The Program Director will be Professor Zhiyuan Cong
This study abroad program offers over five weeks of intensive classes with faculty from William Paterson University of New Jersey, Shaanxi Provincial Government in Xian, Central Academy of Fine Arts and National History Museum of China in Beijing.
The program faculty will consist of Professor Zhiyuan Cong and Professor Thomas Uhlein
Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Program, has taught at William Paterson University as a professor of art since 1994. He was a professor at Nanjing Arts Institute from 1980 to 1988. He has had more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions in national and international exhibition spaces. A frequent visitor to China, Professor Cong has directed educational study aboard art programs for the Indianapolis Museum of Arts, Ohio State University, Indiana University, Bergen Museum and William Paterson University. In 2001, 2005 and 2008, he successfully led the Summer Art in China program with 81 graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from WPUNJ.
Professor Thomas Uhlein earned his undergraduate degree in art from Penn State University in 1996 and went on to earn his MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2002. Tom is currently an associate professor of art at William Paterson University where he has been teaching since 2003. His design work has received regional and national awards of excellence for page layout, poster design, and identity systems. His work has also been a part of national juried exhibitions and publications including: Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, the New Jersey Art Directors Club, the University & College Designers Association Exhibitions, and the books: LogoLounge 3 and LogoLounge Master Series.
This program is available to all university students within the United States. The following courses will be offered:
Printmaking: ARTS 230; ARTS 330; ARTS 430; ARTS 530
Program Cost: Travel in China, approximately $3,460, plus tuition*
Travel costs include:
All students in the program registered with William Paterson University should register for six credits in Summer Session I, 2011.
Students in the program who register for six credits in the Summer Art in China, 2011 program will be awarded $400 from the Margaret Lam and David Yen Fellowship.
A $375 non-refundable travel expense deposit is required for registration
* Travel fees are subject to change until ticketing and booking are final.
*Single rooms in hotel may be available for an additional fee.
The following items are NOT included in the cost: Tuition, Medical Insurance, Visa fee, and gratuities to local guides and drivers.
Important Note: Medical insurance is required for all participants and everyone must have a valid, current passport. Visas are required and will be arranged through the travel agent.
Registration begins November 29, 2010, and ends February 10, 2011
*Registration may end earlier if we have had more than 16 students sign up.
Contact the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University for more details or to schedule an appointment with Professor Cong.
Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts B-100
We will focus on Chinese History, Chinese Contemporary Art and Education, Chinese Religious Art and Chinese Culture for this program. Chinese scholars have said that if you want to see modern art in China, you need to visit Beijing. If you want to see ancient Chinese art on the ground you have to visit Shanxi. If you want to see ancient Chinese art under the ground, you must visit Shaanxi. This trip will focus on Beijing, Shanxi and Shaanxi, China. It is a journey which investigates the resources from which Chinese culture and art are derived.
1. Highlighted topics of the program
By exploring the most ancient roots of Chinese history, students will understand how building on tradition has become the most valuable resource for Chinese culture and art. To truly appreciate the foundation of China, students will visit many of the oldest and most culturally relevant sites, such as the most important ancient gravesite in China, the Huangdi Mausoleum, and begin to discern the raw materials from which present Chinese culture has been built. An understanding of China’s historical legacy will act as a guide through which to view the progress of Chinese art and its global influence.
B. Chinese contemporary art and art education
During the program we will investigate the fundamental role of Chinese contemporary art and art education. Students will learn how the re-discovery of China inspired the Impressionists and transformed Asian influences to more than mere chinoiserie decoration. A thorough exploration of universities, towns, and capitals in China will be made, and at each location students will analyze the relationship between ancient, modern, and contemporary Chinese art. Collaborating with Chinese National Academy of Arts, China National Academy of Painting, the National History Museum of China, and Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, our students will have opportunities to visit China’s best arts institutes and universities, to meet first level masters, and to see their works.
C. Chinese religious art
Students will tour sanctuaries, monasteries, temples, tombs, and sacred sites as well as visit ancient sculptures, mural paintings, and architecture to learn how Buddhist and Taoist art has shaped the cultural (and literal) landscape in China. We will visit Yungang Grottoes, one of three famous Buddhist art caves in China, the Five Terrace Mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism, and we will also visit the Northern Heng Shan, one of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism.
Throughout the course of the program Chinese culture will act as the back drop. By firsthand experience of the sights, sounds, and tastes of China, students will develop a unique relationship with, and respect for the art and history being studied. This intense investigation will enable them to put what they are learning into direct context, and appreciate how Chinese culture and art create a common thread of tradition which can be traced back to China’s earliest records. Our highlight sites will include The Great Wall, Hanging Monastery, The Terra-cotta Warriors Museum, The Great Hukou Waterfall, and more.
2. Highlight on historical sites
We plan to visit cities of specific historical relevance and travel with accompanying lecturers.
The Forbidden City
The Great Wall
Yingxian Wooden Pagoda
The "Hanging Monastery" at Heng Shan, Shanxi
Wu-Tai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain)
The Great Hukou Waterfall
The Terra-cotta Warriors Museum
Preliminary Program Schedule
Part I: May 15-May 22, 2011
Intensive orientation at William Paterson University on the study tour's (1) objectives, content, and requirements and (2) preparation for the trip to China.
Sunday, May 15: Power Art Center #144, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Tuesday, May 17: Power Art Center #144, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Wednesday, May 18: Power Art Center #144, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Lecture on Chinese culture and history: woodcut and Chinese ink painting;
May 19-22 Reading and preparation for the trip to China
SELECTED REFERENCES ON CHINESE PAINTING (Books on Reserve)
Wen FONG. Images of the Mind. Princeton, N. J., 1984. ND 1042. F66.
Jerome Silbergeld. Chinese Painting Style: Media, Method, and Principles of Form.
Cahill, James. Chinese Painting. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, ING,
Part II: Summer Art in China - May 23 - June 14, 2011
May 23 (Monday) Departure JFK Airport. Arrival date: 5/24/11, Beijing Airport.
May 24 (Tuesday) Arrive in Beijing and stay at Beijing’s Wanghujing Hotel. Get oriented and Visit Tian-an-meng Squire, the National Great Theatre and Wanghujing Street
May 25 (Wednesday) Beijing, Wanghujing Hotel
May 26 (Thursday) Beijing, Wanghujing Hotel
May 27 (Friday) Beijing, Wanghujing Hotel
May 28 (Saturday) Beijing, Wanghujing Hotel
May 29 (Sunday) Beijing, Wanghujing Hotel
May 30 (Monday) Datong Hotel
May 31 (Tuesday) Hunyuan Hotel
June 1 (Wednesday) Hunyuan Hotel
June 2 (Thursday) Hunyuan to Yingxian to Wu-Tai Shan, Taihua hotel
June 3 (Friday) Wu-Tai Shan Hotel
June 4 (Saturday) Wu-Tai Shan to Taiyuan city by bus
June 5 (Sunday) Taiyuan to Jin Ci to Qixian to Pingyao, Pingyao Hotel
June 6 (Monday) Pingyao Hotel
June 7 (Tuesday) Take bus from Pingyao to Hongdong to Jiexian, Hotel in Jexian
June 8 (Wednesday)
June 9 (Thursday) From Huangdi Mausoleum to Xian, Xian hotel
June 10 (Friday) Xi’an Hotel
June 11 (Saturday) Xi'an Hotel
June 12 (Sunday) Xi'an Hotel
June 13 (Monday) Xi’an Hotel
June 14 (Tuesday) Travel to airport for return flight to USA.
Part III: Field Projects and Program Book Design
Catalog files are due to Professor Thomas Uhlein and Professor Zhiyuan Cong by Monday, June 20, 2010.