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Discovering the Fine Arts In Great Britain 2016 Summer Courses

May 7 - June 1, 2016

Our course options include Tier II, Tier III and Junior Writing classes in Art History, Art Studio or Theater

Students outside the College of Fine Arts as well as all Fine and Performing Arts majors are welcome and encouraged to attend our program. Over half the participating students are outside of the School of Art and College of Fine Arts. While most of you will take the School of Art courses listed below, you are free to work out projects to complete in the U.K. with your own department's professors. Please talk with us about this possibility if this interests you.
Our program offers you a wide variety of courses to meet your specific needs and interests. Keep in mind that all students MUST be enrolled as a full time student. Undergrads must take a minimum of 12 credit hours (the maximum is 20 credit hours); graduate students must enroll for a minimum of 9 hours (18 credit hours maximum). This equates to 3-4 classes. Students who wish more than the minimum hours often sign up for independent study hours. Most students sign up for no more than 4 courses, as additional courses will mean that you have classes each morning and afternoon 5 days weekly, and you won't have much spare time to explore London and elsewhere.

Teaching at Tate Britain.


AH 4900/AH 5900: 19th Century Art in London & Edinburgh
ART 1100: Seeing and Knowing the Visual Arts (TIER II CLASS)­­
Both are 3 Credit Hour Classes ­taught by Jody Lamb
This course focuses on ways that 19th century art and architecture explore the cultural social, political and artistic issues of that period. Gender and class stereotypes, relationships between history and current events, the impact of the rise of vast modern cities, the new status enjoyed by the visual arts, art school training, art as business, and relationships between artistic styles and subject matter will be explored. ­

This course is taught solely on site at some of the world's finest museums and galleries. Students find that they learn much faster and retain their knowledge much longer when studying art first hand rather than from slides and books. Experience some of the world's most famous artwork, including French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art such as Edouard Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. You will discover some of the unique joys of British art, including Victorian art and Leighton House, the former residence of a wealthy Victorian painter. We will visit the private gallery of a well known art dealer, Rupert Maas, who regularly appears on CNN and Antiques Road Show; he will discuss the unique nature of his profession and take us to a Sotheby's or Christie's auction preview. ­

AH 4900/5900 (Selected Topics) or Tier III (T3 4600: Visual Culture Studies): ­
Modern British Landscape Painting
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3 Credit Hours ­taught by Dr. Anthony Gully
The British, more than their continental peers, have for many centuries expressed a deep regard­for­nature both in painting­and poetry. This course examines the varied interpretations of the­natural world through landscape painting­from ca. 1750 to the present. London and Edinburgh museums are uniquely rich in their collections of landscape paintings and­drawings. This class will­focus on major artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and David Hockney. Each student decides whether to enroll in this for art history credit or Tier III credit.


  • AH 4930 1-4 cr. hr. Indep. Study – Projects Lamb
  • AH 4930 1-4 cr. hr. Indep. Study- Projects Gully


  • AH 5930 1-4 cr. hr. Indep. Study-Projects/Readings Lamb
  • AH 5930 1-4 cr. hr. Indep. Study-Projects/Readings Gully

Class in Edenburgh­



3 Credit Hours taught by Melissa Haviland.
Students will attend museums, galleries, and archives throughout London and write abotu the artwork they experience. This is open to all undergraduate students. 

This is open to all undergraduate students. ­


ART STUDIO COURSES (taught by Duane McDiarmid & Melissa Haviland)
Because thestudio students all meet together and are taught by the same instructor, you are generally allowed to take just one studio course. Exceptions are occasionally made, but you MUST meet with your studio professor before signing up for courses to get their permission to take 2 studio classes.

Contemporary Art
Art installation by: Rafael Gomezbarros

STUDIO ART TOPICS COURSES (all taught by Duane McDiarmid)
ART 2900 ­4 credit hours
ART 3900 ­4 credit hours
ART 4900 ­4 credit hours
ART 5900 ­4 credit hours

PAINTING OPTIONS (all taught by Duane McDiarmid)
ART 5710: Painting ­3 to 5 credit hours
ART 5720: Painting ­2 to 5 credit hours
ART 6710: Painting ­2 to 5 credit hours

STUDIO COURSES (all taught by Melissa Haviland)
ART 3410 - Advance Prints credit Hours: 4.0
ART 3900 - Studio Art Topics credit Hours: 4.0
ART 3900 - Studio Art Topics credit hours 4.0
ART 4960 - BA Studio Art Practicum credit hours 3.0

Art 2900 Studio Art Topics: Collage as a Visual Diary
4 credit hours ­taught by Duane McDiarmid or Melissa Haviland
In this topics course students are encouraged to create a collage series in a diary format. Field trips to various locations in London and Edinburgh are scheduled to provide students with unique experiences and opportunities to collect collage materials and/or sketch on sites.


THEATER (taught by David Russell)

THAR 1390 Design Principles for the Stage
An introduction to Theaterical Design

THAR 3399 / 5900 Sccenography 
Design for Theater, Application of principles of designing costumes and scenery, with emphasis on conceptualization, analysis and sketching. 

THAR 3396 / 5396 Design History, Period Styles
A survey of reserach techniques in history, the arts, and period style with a focus on the Elizabethan Period using: the Victoria and Albert historical collection, the Globe Theater Museum, Hampton Court, and the Tower of London.

THAR 4900 / 5900 Special Topics, The London Theater Experience
Viewing and analyzing theatercial performances and design using a vareity of theatrical events and historical sites. 

THAR 4993/5993 Independent Studies

Collage is the most accessible art form known to date. Therefore, this course is structured to accommodate a broad base of both art and non-art majors. This course will provide immediate and rewarding access to an art experience for students within and outside the School of Art. Many students who have never taken an art class previously have greatly enjoyed this course. ­

Art 3900/5900 Studio Art Topics - Special Topics in Art
4 credit hours ­taught by Melissa Haviland

Art 5710, Art 5720 & Art 6710: Painting and Drawing
2 to 5 credit hours ­All Taught by Duane McDiarmid
Fundamental to this course is the notion that paintings and drawings are often the most intimate, direct and experimental states of an artist's creative process. This course emphasizes the development of personal concepts through painting and drawing while the student is exposed to British culture. Both the spirit and logistics of the painting and drawing course are directed at affording each person with intensive, careful feedback on mature graduate level works. ­­These classes are taught as a combined section with individual critiques. Graduate students sign up for one of these classes only.

ART 6000: Interdisciplinary Seminar 
3 credit hours Taught by Hibbitt

INDEPENDENT STUDY (taught by Melissa Haviland or Duane McDiarmid)

  • ART 4930 1 to 4 cr. hr. Independent Study-Projects
  • Graduate Level Indep. Study 1-5 cr. hr. Independent Study-Projects

For non-majors who wish to explore a topic related to their own area of expertise
1-4 credit hours possible

Each year at least half the students participating will be from majors outside the SOA. Some of these students sign up for an independent study project with a professor in their own major before we leave for Britain. This usually means you must do much work independently each day you are in Britain, and then complete the project after returning to Athens. If interested, begin by visiting a favorite professor and asking her/him if this is possible. In the past, majors in Education, Biology, Journalism, Theatre, Film, and Dance and other areas have pursued fascinating projects.

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