Programs : Brochure
Art History Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Belgium (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium
- Program Terms: Summer Quarter
- Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
|Location||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Academic Term||Summer Quarter (Full Term) 2018|
|June 18 - August 17, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$7,850|
|Credits||15 UW credits|
|Program Directors||Marek K. Wieczorek; Laura Stowell|
|Program Manager||Darielle Horsey | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31, 2018|
|Extended Application Deadline||February 15, 2018|
|Information Sessions||Tuesday, January 16, 12-1, Art 120
Tuesday, January 23, 2-3, Art 120
|Visas||This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.|
Few countries boast an art tradition as rich as the Netherlands, represented by such famous artists as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Vincent van Gogh. This 9-week study abroad opportunity will offer the study of Dutch art on-site within its cultural and historical context. While the program’s primary focus is art history in the Netherlands—with special attention to Dutch Modernism and the seventeenth-century “Golden Age”—other topics will include the contemporary art scene in Amsterdam, discussions with museum professionals, architecture, urban planning, design, and issues of Dutch identity. The program will be based in Amsterdam, where participants will live as locals in student housing. We will frequently branch out to various cities in the country, such as The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem, and complement our stay in the Netherlands with a week-long visit to Belgium to study early Netherlandish and modern Flemish art and in Antwerp, Brussels, and Ghent. We will end in Berlin to study the impact of Dutch Golden Age-, modern- and contemporary art in international context. We are recruiting students from a variety of disciplines and levels who wish to see the art and culture of the Netherlands come to life by experiencing it firsthand.
The program will make two extended excursions: to Belgium to visit the rich collections in museums in Antwerp, Brussels, and Ghent, and to Berlin, Germany, where we will visit various collections and end the program.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Students will be housed for two months in shared student dorms affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, and located in a well-connected area of the city.
There will be a good amount of walking, and students are expected to be able to walk and stand comfortably for upwards of three hours in warm or rainy conditions in busy urban settings and in crowded museums. Also, because of the bike-friendly nature of the Netherlands, we intend to experience some of the architecture and urbanism excursions by bicycle. Students should also be able to carry their own luggage on our extended final trip to Berlin, lifting it on and off of trains, and likely carrying up or down stairways.
15 UW Credits
This course explores the revolutionary and influential developments in the conception and production of art in the Low Countries (present-day Belgium and the Netherlands) from the early fifteenth- to late seventeenth-centuries. We will study first-hand the dynamic visual language developed by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer during the Golden Age of Dutch painting in the seventeenth-century while in the Netherlands, as well as the art of Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Peter Paul Rubens and many other figures who shaped the art of the low countries between about 1400 and 1700. Particular attention will be paid to the collections of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which will be our primary classroom. Visits to other museums in Belgium and the Netherlands will supplement our discussion.
Learning goals include:
• Engaged and curious discussions will be carried on-site to introduce students to the major themes of Dutch and Flemish early modern art. • Independent site visit reports will permit students to develop a greater understanding of important historical sites in Amsterdam at their own pace. • Frequent short writing assignments will introduce students to major works of art that will be discussed more fully as a group.
Through lectures, site and museum visits, Dutch modernism in International Context examines individuals, trends, and movements that developed in the Netherlands and Belgium from the 1880s through the late twentieth century, in painting, sculpture, photography, design, architecture, and urban planning. Beginning with the Hague School, Amsterdam Impressionism, Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, James Ensor, Jan Toorop and other post-Impressionists, the course will trace innovative tendencies and avant-garde impulses in Amsterdam Luminism, De Stijl, COBRA, the Situationist International, all the way up to Rem Koolhaas and new developments in contemporary art within the vibrant, international context that cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp provide.
Learning goals include:
• Engaged and curious discussions will be carried on-site to introduce students to the major themes of Dutch and Flemish modern art. • Independent site visit reports will permit students to develop a greater understanding of important sites in Amsterdam and other major Dutch cities. • Two writing assignments will introduce students to major works of art. They will engage in writing a research paper on a topic of their own choosing related to the course, and design an imaginary exhibition as curators, a process during which they motivate their picking of works they have seen in person.
This course primarily focuses on contemporary Dutch and Belgian art through visits to museums, galleries, and installations throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. Through art, students will engage with the current political, social, and cultural climate of the Netherlands and Belgium and gain deeper understanding of art of the present and recent past. As a reflection of the global nature of contemporary art, there will also be site visits to exhibitions of international contemporary art in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Berlin, allowing students to experience the impact of Dutch and Belgian art on international artistic production. Additionally, throughout the course students will work on independent and group projects that aim to foster curiosity, independence, personal growth and reflection.
Learning goals include:
•Students are expected to participate and engage in site visits with the program directors and guest lecturers that complement the program’s cultural foundations. •Written reports on site visits, including museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Berlin. Visiting these exhibitions will also introduce students to concepts that they can interact with on a personal level and on their own terms as a learning tool. •Collaborative assignments, including a program blog on these site visits, will foster teamwork and act as a means of peer review regarding the program’s overarching themes. •Students will have the opportunity to document and share their cultural experience through photographs to explore other points of view.
Included in the program fee:
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