Art on the Move: Athens, Greece

Video and Photos

Our student-made stone mandala, Spetses, Greece
The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece
Visiting the Acropolis, Athens
Steps of the Acropolis
Stone Media Design
Stone Media Design
Drawing on the Beach
Drawing on the Beach
Icarus street art
Icarus street art
A student watercolors outside during class
A student watercolors outside during class

About

The studio arts are at the center of this three-week course centered in Athens and the surrounding Greek islands. Coursework will include lectures, fieldwork, and excursions to museums, galleries and archaeological sites and the media will range widely, including visual, text, performance, video and more. There will be a daily practice of creating art, but also engaging artists and locations that influence it. A central mission of the course will be to consider artifacts from the cultural past not only in regard to their influence but also in terms of their contemporary relevance.

Students in this program will earn 6 quarter or 4 semester credits and will be housed with other students on the program within walking distance of the location where class will be held.

Highlights
  • Create and study art in a variety of media and contexts in Athens, Greece

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 3 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 10
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Hannah
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun in Greece!!

This program was very fun and there was a lot of time to do other activities like explore the city, eat at various restaurants, shop, etc.. I would say this program is very low stress as there aren't any huge parameters regarding the work you need to do. As long as you create some artwork during the trip you will be fine! I would recommend bringing sunscreen and bug spray! You will need it! It's crazy hot and there are a ton of mosquitos. My favorite place we visited was the island of Spetses. It was beautiful and the sea was fun to swim in everyday! This program changed my perspective on myself and it definitely brought me out of my comfort zone! If you're a shy person like myself I would highly recommend studying abroad and taking this program!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve this program by allowing the participants to meet each other a bit prior to actually going on the trip just so everyone can get to know each other. Also I would maybe structure the class a bit better like make it more organized just so everyone has a good guess of what they're actually going to do. Maybe show previous student work so new students understand the extent of what they should be making abroad.
Sonya
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Greece and Art is the Perfect Start

Our group of 14 students spent 3 wonderful weeks in Greece. Our first week was spent on the mainland, in little apartments in Athens with a balcony blocks away from a square where we could enjoy authentic Greek food until late hours of the night. Those first seven days were packed with excursions that almost wore us too thinly. It was inspiring and incredible to witness thousand year old temples and monuments, but we almost had to see too many things in too short of a period of time. Many of us wishes to have had more time to explore while visiting each place, but nonetheless, they were a wonderful experience that tough us many things about history and ancient practices.
The second week we spent on the little island of Spetses. It was good timing, seeing as we were all a bit warn out from everything we'd seen. We were given that week to relax and unleash our bent-up creativity. The island was the perfect location to take some time to create and observe. We were open to explore on our own and find the nooks and crannies we left most comfortable in. However busy the first week was, it in combination with the second week of peace made for some good material.
Our last week was spent back in Athens, trying to prepare our projects. Athens is an incredible city to throw yourself into. It is full of cultural fascinations, positive energy, hope, and delicious food. As an artist, not only do you get to witness a plethora of ancient and modern art, but get to experience a somewhat conceptual atmosphere of mixing cultural values. Greece is a wonderful place to study art. Our program itself had its ups and downs, being the first of its kind, but it overall brought all 14 students closer together and made for an unforgettable experience. Plus, how could it not be great with such a wonderful, inspirational, intelligent professor?

What would you improve about this program?
My only thought for improvement would be the overall scheduling of the program. I was absolutely, positively incredible to see so many ancient parts of Greece, but it was a bit difficult on everyone to try to see so many in one week. They were all valuable, but I feel as though they would be better enjoyed spread out where time could actually be taken to explore and learn about each place. I've almost been toying with the idea of the trip being a full month instead of three weeks–it could allow for time to explore all the wonders of Greece, bask in the glory and inspiration of the island, and still have time to come together to create final projects without feeling to warn out.
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Brittney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Remember to Pause

Greece was absolutely amazing and I already want to return. One thing I'd recommend to all travelers is to remember to pause and take it all in. Especially with us art students their are so many things to photograph. I was averaging three hundred pictures a day and my pictures are wonderful, but my memories are most vivid from when I took a moment for myself to just take it all in. While visiting the monuments and museums it doesn't feel real at times because you are viewing things you have only seen in books. Not to mention the size of these monuments are mind blowing to think they were built so long ago. In addition, the history we learn was so vivid and alive. So give yourself some time to think about whose foot steps you might be walking in.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have made this program longer!