Oaxaca, National Geographic
2019

Teach Wintersession

Every January during Wintersession semester, RISD faculty offer multi-disciplinary off-campus global learning travel courses. Wintersession travel courses are 5 week-long courses led by RISD faculty to engage RISD students in the exploration of a wide spectrum of topics related to art, design and global thinking.

Supported by academic departments, Wintersession travel courses are central to RISD’s internationalization and global engagement; in the last years courses engaged with practices and traditions in such geographies as: Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, among others.

Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico 2019
Mexico: Material Propositions
Oaxaca, Mexico 2020

Recent Wintersession Travel Courses

Recent Wintersession travel courses have led students to particular sites in the world to study: biodiversity and design, sustainable materials for the built environment, and contemporary applications of traditional heritages of making in specific cultures and locations of the world. As such, these courses support RISD’s strategic vision to contribute to the creation of just societies, a sustainable planet, and new ways of making and knowing that equip humans to live in mutually enhancing ways with each other and with the earth.

  • Argentina: Hi/Low Tech - Paula Gaetano-Adi (Faculty, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies) + Alejandro Borsani (Faculty, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies)
  • Cuba: Print & History - Winifred Lambrecht (Faculty, RISD History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) + Henry Ferreira (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
  • Guyana: Art & Science - Lucy Spelman (Faculty, RISD History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences) + Nicole Merola (Faculty, RISD Literary Arts + Studies)
  • Italy:(In)visible Venice - Leslie Hirst (Faculty, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies) + Mark Sherman (Faculty, RISD Literary Arts + Studies)
  • Italy Shoe Design & Protoyping - Kathleen Grevers (Faculty, RISD Apparel Design)
  • Italy: WS Travel Rome - Elettra Bordonaro (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
  • Japan: Kyoto and Naoshima - Silvia Acosta (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
  • Japan: Paper, Temples, Prints - Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking) + Elena Varshavskaya (Faculty, RISD History of Art + Visual Culture)

Preparation + Research

Leading a Wintersession travel course is a wonderful and challenging experience, to begin to prepare and research this possibility, we encourage faculty to:

  • Meet with RISD Global to learn more about these opportunities.
  • Speak with faculty who have led recent Wintersession travel courses.
  • Consider applying for a Global Engagement for Curricular Development grant to support your research towards a course proposal.
  • Learn more about the course proposal process for Wintersession travel courses.

Learn how to propose a Wintersession travel course

All RISD faculty, upon department head approval and TU confirmation, can propose a WS travel course for the following academic year, and submit a course proposal by the established course table process and deadline.

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Grants

RISD Global and the Dean of Faculty collaborate each year to support RISD faculty (full- and part-time) to develop globally engaged curriculum for on- or off-campus programs and courses.

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Faculty Advising

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Explore: Wintersession Travel Course

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Adelaide, Australia

AUSTRALIA - Witness Tree Project: Memory, Place and Cultural Ecology

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture; History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Mexico City, Mexico

MEXICO - Pre-Columbian to Contemporary: Architecture & Crafts

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Theory and History of Art and Design; History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Paris, France

FRANCE - Photography in Paris

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO - Material Propositions: Oaxaca

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture
Tokyo, Japan

JAPAN - Papers, Temples & Print

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; Theory and History of Art and Design
Oaxaca, Mexico

MEXICO - Color, Mestizaje & Design Futures

Winter 2020
Wintersession Travel Course
Textiles
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Surama, Guyana; Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana: Exploring Art and Science of Bio Diversity in Guyana

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; Literary Arts & Studies
Tokyo, Japan; Tokushima, Japan

Japan: Papers, Temples and Print

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Printmaking; History of Art & Visual Culture
Lisbon, Portugal; Sines, Portugal; Évora, Portugal; Mértola, Portugal; Faro, Portugal

Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy

Italy: See Naples and Die: Panorama and the Poetics of City

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
Landscape Architecture; Literary Arts & Studies
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts

Winter 2019
Wintersession Travel Course
History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences; History of Art & Visual Culture
Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal: Material Practices

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture; Industrial Design; Literary Arts & Studies; Liberal Arts Elective
Paris, France

France: Photography in Paris

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Photography
Haida Gwaii, Canada; Vancouver, Canada

Canada: Haida Made

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Furniture
Venice, Italy; Perugia, Italy; Florence, Italy

Italy: Renaissance Painting Techniques/Perugia to Venice

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Illustration; History of Art & Visual Culture
Kyoto, Japan; Naoshima, Japan

Japan: Contemporary Works and Their Execution

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Architecture; Ceramics
Fez, Morocco

Morocco: Crafting the City

Winter 2018
Wintersession Travel Course
Interior Architecture; History of Art & Visual Culture; Ceramics
Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
Mexico City, Mexico 2019
Guyana: Exploring Art and Science of Bio Diversity in Guyana
Surama, Guyana 2019