This mini-term takes students to the heart of Paris, the Louvre Museum. A former fortress and royal palace, the Louvre is breathtaking in size, in character and for its collections. This, the most visited museum in the world, is home to pieces of artwork representative of nearly every civilization, including such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
Course of Study
This course, which fulfills one credit, will focus on drawing and dry point technique as students spend their days inside and outside the Louvre sketching the sculpture, architecture, and wonderful spaces that adjoin the Louvre Museum in Paris. Dry point technique, a printmaking process that involves scratching an image on a metal plate, is the most immediate etching technique. We will print our plates at L’atelier de l’Orme, a cooperative print shop in Paris. Special emphasis will be on visiting a professional etching shop, various print exhibits in Paris, and investigating French papers and ink.
- Successful completion before the mini-term of one of the following: Drawing I (AVA110) or Printmaking–Relief (AVA150) or Printmaking–Etching (AVA151).
- Successful completion before the mini-term of one art history class (AVA 101, 102, 103, 104, or 105).
Some experience with French language study is also highly desirable, though not required. Priority for the mini-term will be given to students who are majors and minors in either the Department of Visual Arts or French Studies.
Accommodations for students in Paris are variable.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
- May: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Fall term: Orientation meetings
- Late November: Mini-term begins
- Mid-December: Program ends