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China Travel Study

IMAGE: China travel study, Beijing and Xian

China Travel Study Spring 2014

ART 40092/50092 FIELD EXPERIENCES: TRAVEL-STUDY IN ART
Experience the Arts and Culture of China
Instructor: Dr. Koon Hwee Kan,1-3 credit hours

ARTF 44092/54092 Field Experiences: Travel-Study in Fine Arts
Painting in China
Instructor: Jack McWhorter at Stark campus, 3 credit hours

Class meeting schedule for both courses during Spring 2014 semester on Wednesdays 6-7 PM, 317 Moulton Hall, Kent campus.

Both courses comprise three components:

  • Two pretravel videoconferences to prepare participants and help them develop a mindset for global collaboration, partnership, and intercultural communication;
  • A 12-day study-travel component  (16/05 – 27/05) to expand participants’ horizons and enrich their understanding of the dynamics of Chinese cultural landscape through examination of historical relics, exposure to cultural artifacts at heritage sites, and collaboration with local college students to develop in-situ research or plan for an art installation;
  • A post-travel exhibition (20/08 – 14/09) to showcase how participants anchored meanings and embodied the complexity of their study-abroad experience through visual narratives and artistic representation and to demonstrate a contextualized understanding of Chinese art forms, cultural symbols, and architectural and communal spaces.

Qualified students can enroll in both courses and earn up to a total of 6 credits with the single trip to China (Beijing and Xi’an) but will need to fulfill separate requirements of both courses.  A learning contract will be signed for ART 40092/50092.

Selection criteria: Merits of project assignments in both courses.
Eligibility/Procedure:
1.    Sign up for both courses before February 1, 2014
2.    Discuss and confirm project ideas with both instructors during winter break
3.    Begin research and prep in consultation with both instructors during 2014 Spring
4.    Make presentations and excel at the videoconference rehearsal February 26
5.    Show improvement when presenting again during the videoconference March 05

For specific information on spring 2014 schedule and requirements by date, link here.

The next China trip is scheduled for Spring 2016. More information to come.

Associate Professor
kkan@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-9508
Associate Professor
jmcwhort@kent.edu
Phone: 330-244-3356
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