May 17 - June 20, 2015 (May 23 - June 14, 2015 in China)Sponsored by Center for Chinese Art, Art Department, College of the Arts and Communication, and Center for International Education at William Paterson University
Summer Art in China 2015 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. It is a journey that investigates the resources from which Chinese culture and art are derived.
Registration begins December 4, 2015, and ends February 20, 2015.
Program faculty: Prof. Zhiyuan Cong and Prof. Lauren Razzore
Printmaking: ARTS 2300; ARTS 3300; ARTS 4300; ARTS 5300Chinese Ink Painting: ARTS 3230; ARTS 4230; ARTS 5230Special Topic: Global Web Design: ARTS 3990; ARTS 5990
The program cost is approximately $4,500 plus tuition*Students in the program who register for six credits in the Summer Art in China, 2015 program will be awarded $500 from the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Fellowship.
The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Fellowship
Students in the program who register for six credits in Summer 2015 will be awarded $500 from The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Fellowship. The publication of the program’s 2015 book is also supported by The Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Fellowship.
Summer Art in China, 2015, 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, Shanghai Artist Association, Guizhou Minzu University and National Museum of China.
The program faculty from WPUNJ will consist of Professor Zhiyuan Cong and Professor Lauren Razzore.
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.
This program is available to all university students within the United States. All students in the program registered with William Paterson University should register for six credits. The following courses will be offered:
Travel in China - $4,500 plus tuition*Students in the program who register for six credits in the Summer Art in China, 2015 program will be awarded $500 from the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Fellowship.
A $400 non-refundable travel expense deposit is required for registration.
Travel costs include:• Round-trip airfare: New York JFK to Shanghai, Guiyang, Chengdu, Beijing, and to JFK.• 23 days of meals (3 meals per day), hotels and dormitories (double occupancy)• All airport transfers• All transportation costs while in China (Shanghai- Guiyang- Chengdu-Beijing)• Intermediate transfers and transportation fees during field trips• Administrative fees, including those for tour site tickets, assistants and guest lecturers.
The following items are NOT included in cost: Tuition, Medical Insurance, Visa fee, and Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
*Single rooms in hotel may be available for an additional fee.
Tuition will be paid directly to the Bursars Office, as per the summer sessions calendar. Students participating must be registered and paid prior to departure.
*Travel fees are subject to change until ticketing and booking are final.
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 December 4, 2015, and ends February 20, 2015.(Earlier close if more than 16 students have registered)
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.
CONTACTContact the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University for more details or to schedule an appointment with Professor CongFor more information, or to schedule an appointment for registration, contact the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University in the Ben Shahn Visual Art Center, Room 100, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 973.720.2799 or log on to: www.wpunj.edu/ccart/summerart2015info.html.
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.
The Bund of ShanghaiThe Bund is a symbol of Shanghai. The Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that oncehoused numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, etc. The buildings are harmonious in color and style, thus gaining the name of "Gallery of World Architecture". When night falls and the lights are on, all the buildings are lit with colorful lights, glistening and dazzling to the eye.
Yuyuan GardenWith a long history of more than 400 years, the Yuyuan Garden, also known as the Yu Garden, is the most celebrated classical Chinese garden in Shanghai. The garden is located to the northeast of the old town, not far from the Bund. The garden is typical of the gardening art south of the Yangtze River and is famed as "an architectural miracle in South China".
GuizhouLocated in southwest China. It is a picturesque place with abundant natural and cultural scenic spots. Many Chineseethnic minorities have been living on this land for centuries. You can not only appreciate various attractions, but alsodiscover the rich and distinctive folk customs and cultures of the different ethnic groups.
Basha Miao VillageLying on the southern border Guizhou, Basha village is famed for being China 's last tribe of gunmen. This primitiveMiao village is hidden away in a forest and filled with stilted wooden houses by the river. The villagers lead a self sufficient life in the hilly areas and retain the dressing and living customs hundreds of years ago.
Zhenyuan Ancient TownLocated on eastern part of Guizhou Province, Zhenyuan has long been an ancient town of the Miao people. Its longhistory endows the town with many rich and generous cultural relics, making it much like a historic garden. The town covers only an area of 1.2 square miles, but greets you with more than 160 scenic spots including caves, palaces, pavilions, temples and rivers with their unique architecture, exquisite engravings and marvelous natural landscape.
Historical Wonders of Three-Star Piles (Sanxingdui)The site of Sanxingdui, located in the city of Guanghan, 40 km from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is recognized as oneof the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents.
Leshan Giant BuddhaThe Leshan Giant Buddha is a 233 ft tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face thatlies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.
Mount EmeiMount Emei is a mountain in Sichuan province, China. At 10,167 ft, Mt. Emei is the highest of the Four SacredBuddhist Mountains of China. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Giant Panda Breeding Research BaseLocated just 10km (6miles) away from downtown Chengdu, the Panda Breeding Research Center has been created and imitated the pandas' natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing andbreeding.
The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. It is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
The Great WallIn c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defencesystem against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by itsarchitectural significance.
Part I: Intensive Orientation (May 17 - 22, 2015)
Sunday, May 17: Power Art Center #144, 6:00 pm -10:00 pmIntroduction to the course, requirements, supplies
Tuesday, May 19: Power Art Center #144, 6:00 pm -10:00 pmLecture: Modern Art: East and West Modern Art in China; the Portfolio talk.
Wednesday, May 20: Power Art Center #144, 6:00 pm -10:00 pmIntensive orientation on the study tourGuest Lecturers: Preparation for the trip to China
May 21-22 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.Seattle and London, 1982. ND 1040. S57.Cahill, James. Chinese Painting. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, ING,1977. ND 1043. C28
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