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ART 297E Topic: New York: Cultural Immersion

Course Description: New York City is alive with cultural events and rich with museums, especially during the summer. This course takes advantage of all that the city has to offer culturally and uses it as inspiration for creating works of art. Excursions include visits to ethnically distinct neighborhoods such as Astoria, Queens, or Green point, Brooklyn; movies and concerts in Central Park; street fairs; and visits to the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History. We may also take a trip to Coney Island, popular graffiti sites, the Fulton Piers, the United Nations, The Cloisters, the Bronx Zoo, or ride on the Staten Island Ferry to the Snug Harbor Museum. Students will sample authentic foods in diverse neighborhoods, visit a professional working artist in his or her studio, and view contemporary art in the galleries in Chelsea or Williamsburg.

The strategy of the course is to explore for one day and work in the studio for the next class day, working from what we have documented and collected on our trip. We will work in various mediums, such as drawing, and collage, on canvasette or paper. A digital camera and a sketchbook are recommended to assist in recording events. At least one drawing studio class will be held outside in the local park in Chinatown or City Hall. Students are individually responsible for purchasing most art supplies, and covering costs for public transportation, museum and other entry fees, and food.


3 credits