Ireland, England, & Wales Location Studies in Art and Biology

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Ireland, England, & Wales: Location Studies in Art and Biology
June 5 – July 1, 2014

$4,195 for 28 days, all lodging flights and food in UK.
Applications due April 1, 2014
(WE NEED FOUR MORE STUDENTS!!)
Information email Muriel Miller at Millermu@easternct.edu

Courses:
Art 100: Search in Art: Ireland, England, and Wales; 3 credits
Art 494: Location Studies in Art: Ireland, England, and Wales; 3 credits
Art 494: Location Studies in Art: Ireland, England, and Wales; 6 credits
Biology 171: Introductory International Field Studies in Biology: Ireland, England, and Wales; 1-4 credits
Biology 471: International Field Studies in Biology: Ireland, England, and Wales; 1-4 credits
Biology 571: Advanced Field Studies in Biology: Ireland, England, and Wales; 1-4 credits

Prerequisite: For all courses: Permission of Instructor

Website: www.ccsu.edu/UK

Cost and CIE Scholarships:
Consult the program website on or after December 1, 2013

Faculty Directors:
Prof. Sylvia Halkin, Biological Sciences Department (860) 832-2651; halkins@ccsu.edu
Prof. Muriel Miller, Art Department  (860) 455-9918; millermu@easternct.edu

This Study Abroad Program will provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in art and biology in the rich biological settings and landscapes of coastal Ireland, the Lake District National Park, and Pembrokeshire National Park.

The Burren area of western Ireland is a wonderful natural rocky coastal setting with distinctive flowers, fossils, and birds. The cliffs and sea make ideal studies for landscapes. Students will take a ferry to the nearby Aran Islands, where Gaelic is still the main language spoken and the traditional culture is strong. Students will travel to Grasmere, Cumbria, England where they will be based in the Lake District, England’s largest National Park and a premier hiking area. This is a landscape of low mountains, pasturelands, lakes, and streams. Students will visit John Ruskin’s home to see his paintings of the local landscape. Students will also spend six full days in Pembrokeshire National Park, Wales, where puffins and gannets live on rocky islands visible from the famous coastal trail. Students in this program will have a unique opportunity to make art and study biology all day and evening in the beautiful landscapes of Ireland, England, and Wales.

Students in Art courses will render the special sense of the place in these striking and sometimes harsh environments. Students in Biology courses will develop their skills in designing, conducting, and interpreting biological studies in diverse natural ecosystems. All students will work on developing skills of perception and technical abilities in the study area and media they choose, and integrations of practice and theory in their chosen field. Project and media choices will be made on an individual basis. In past programs, for example, students in Art courses have drawn broad landscapes, painted detailed watercolors, and studied juxtapositions of forms and colors in natural environments, while students in Biology courses have studied multiple aspects of animal behavior, the functional significance of plant growth forms, and ecological interrelationships. Combines art critiques and biological presentation sessions will provide a forum for students to discuss their work and receive suggestions and ideas to develop their work.

This program is intended for those who enjoy walking, hiking, and being outdoors, every day. Accommodations will be basic and participants should be prepared for cool and sometimes rainy and windy weather.

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