Past Program

Japan: Mindful Making in Japan

Japan offers a unique laboratory to study both by observation and hands-on experience the influence of culture, geography, and geology on the growth and development of material art. The focus will be ceramics.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Nara Prefecturem, Japan
When
Winter 2014

Course Dates: Jan 6, 2014 — Feb 7, 2014

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Ceramics
Course Numbers
  • CER-4109
Cost
$3491

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

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Full Course Description

Japan offers a unique laboratory to study both by observation and hands-on experience the influence of culture, geography, and geology on the growth and development of material art. The focus will be ceramics. The five-week experience is essentially divided into two distinctly different but related parts, each of which provides a structured learning environment with very particular outcomes: The first part of the course will essentially concentrate on the development of a personal sketchbook / journal through a temple stay and visits to contemporary and historical sites of production and studios in central Japan. Important architectural sites, both old and new, from Okayama to Kyoto and Nara will be visited. An interim review of the sketchbooks will concentrate on the interpretation of the accumulated drawings from each student into a spatial object or objects to be fired in the kilns of the Kuramaki Studio in central Nara Prefecture. Although this process will be the focus of the latter part of the Wintersession there will be ample opportunity for further visits in the historically significant region surrounding the studio. The course will culminate with a documented exhibition of the "Clay in Japan", in Japan

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@risd.edu with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

Permission of instructor required. Registration will be held in October at a time to be announced.

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