Past Program

Ireland: Illustrating Irish Myths and Legends in the Burren

No one tells a story like the Irish, and Irish narrative tradition walks a fine line between fantasy and reality—between myth, folklore and history. This four-week course, based in the studios of the Burren College of Art in Western Ireland, will explore Irish myth and legend as fodder for illustrated work.

At-A-Glance

What
Summer Studies Travel Course
Where
  • Burren, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Aran Islands, Ireland
When
Summer 2018

Course Dates: Jun 16, 2018 — Jul 14, 2018

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students, non-RISD students
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Illustration
Course Numbers
  • ILLUS-1500
Cost
$6000

Includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Full Course Description

No one tells a story like the Irish, and Irish narrative tradition walks a fine line between fantasy and reality—between myth, folklore and history. This four-week course, based in the studios of the Burren College of Art in Western Ireland, will explore Irish myth and legend as fodder for illustrated work. Students will engage in studio practice through inspiration provided by the unique landscape of the Burren Mountains (an ancient limestone sea bed, long revealed and eroded by the elements and tectonic rumblings), the Irish countryside and wildlife, its charming people and their stories and artistic traditions. Independent exploration of the region alongside regional field trips to explore ruins and prehistoric sites will serve as bucolic inspiration for image making. A two-day trip to Dublin City and its National Museums, and a three-day trip to the striking, remote Aran Islands will provide dramatically different views of Irish culture. The class will provide many hours of time in the studio, and will conclude with an open studio reception at the Burren College of Art.

Program Details

Full requirements for eligibility

If you are a RISD student currently enrolled in any year/department and you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of registration, you are eligible for registration. Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.

If you are a college student currently enrolled in another art/design college or institution around the world, or a professional practicing in the field, you are also eligible to register for any RISD Global Summer Study.

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