The Arts in Ireland course is a twenty-one-day intensive creative experience that weaves together the shared creative aspects of visual art and music. Led this summer from June 9th through July 1st by Profs. Matthew Allen and Kelly Goff from Music and Studio Art, sixteen passionate artists and musicians are preparing for an incredible experience!
Much like a professional artist residency, students’ full attention in the course will be directed towards the generation of new works of art or pieces of music. Residing in the village of Ballyvaughan on the coast of Ireland, the students will work in studios on the campus of the Burren College of Art. The music studios are in a castle!
Students will also spend time conducting research that will fuel their work via field trips to archaeological, cultural, and natural sites in the vicinity. The group will explore the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Kilfenora Abbey, and visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.
During the process of the course, there will be several studio critiques which give students the opportunity to present work in progress and to have the benefit of discussion and critique with the faculty and student peers. The final assignment will be the completion of a portfolio of creative work and participation in an evening exhibition at the Burren College, to which the residents of Ballyvaughan are invited. A second, separate exhibition and reception will take place at Wheaton College in September 2018, in which the Arts in Ireland students will show and discuss their work for the Wheaton community.
We’ll do our best to post images and writing throughout the program to give you a sense of our activities.
– Profs. Goff and Allen