Past Program

Berlin and Utrecht: Paper; Print; Sumi Drawing

This class concentrated on the role of the artist using traditional tools - ink drawings, paper formation and printmaking - through which students recorded their observations and began to think about global issues in visual terms.


Wintersession Travel Course
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Leipzig, Germany
  • Utrecht, Netherlands
Winter 2023

Estimated dates—final dates to be announced.

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2023 — Jan 23, 2023

Open to RISD students, Brown University students

Minimum 2.5 GPA required. First year students are not eligible for this course.

  • Printmaking
  • Papermaking
Academic Credits
  • Printmaking

Estimated cost—final cost to be announced.

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance. Airfare is not included.

About this travel course

Course Description

This class concentrated on the role of the artist using traditional tools - ink drawings, paper formation and printmaking - through which students recorded their observations and began to think about global issues in visual terms. Through participation in 3 independent intensive workshops, students made sumi ink drawings in Utrecht in preparation for two workshops in Berlin making paper, and then made prints on that paper using the sumi drawings as the start of their design. Students visited museums in Amsterdam, Leipzig and Berlin pertaining to both art and war, as well as three of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary woodblock artists, Christiane Baumgartner, in Leipzig and Thomas Kilpper and Eva Pietzcker in Berlin. In addition, by traveling to The Netherlands and Germany, students gained important perspectives on the international art world by visiting local and unique historic and contemporary collections, galleries and artist studios. These workshops gave RISD students direct experience working in one of the world’s historic fulcrums for both art and conflict where they gained perspectives on both experiences not available on campus.

RISD Students Investigate Traditional Printmaking Techniques in Europe

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RISD Students

Unless otherwise noted on the course page, all Wintersession Travel Courses are open to students in any year of study. Please check the course pages on this website carefully to learn about any restrictions specific to your chosen travel course.

GPA Requirement: Exception to Academic Policy

If your current cumulative GPA is 2.5 or above, you are eligible for registration. RISD students seeking an exception to the GPA requirement academic policy should follow the instructions set by the Registrars’ Office.

Brown University Students

If you are a Brown University student with a GPA of 2.5 and up, you are eligible to apply. Admission for Wintersession Travel Courses is highly selective and preference will be given to RISD students. Please read carefully through the application materials and steps above to make sure you are preparing your application to the best of your ability.

As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession Travel Courses until the travel is confirmed, which happens no later than one week after the final Wintersession Travel Course payment period.

In cases where Wintersession Travel Courses do not reach minimum capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession Travel Course registration period. In case of cancellation, all payments will be refunded in full. Any cost incurred for travel reservations in such situations is the participant’s sole responsibility.

It is not possible for a student to drop a Wintersession Travel Course via the standard Add/Drop process after it has commenced. In the case of unforeseen and extenuating circumstances (and only after students have spoken with the faculty lead and RISD Global for approval to withdraw from the program), students should be aware that no refund will be issued.

RISD Wintersession Travel Courses follow the RISD withdrawal policy for off-campus global learning programs

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