Capturing the Light: The Rise of Modernist Painting in Provence

COURSE DATES: July 13 to August 3, 2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CLASS HAS PASSED. THIS CLASS IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS.

  • Live and paint in the South of France – discover impressionism, modernism, and abstraction by immersing yourself in the ideas, artworks, and the brilliant light and landscape that inspired artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso.
  • Study the historical development of painting from impressionism through early modernism in a region of the world where it originated.
  • Paint the brilliant light and color of the landscape of Provence and the French Riviera en plein air.
  • Develop experimental paintings in the studio that explore modernist ideas of pictorial space, color, and light.
  • Be inspired by the modern masters – visit some of the major museums and art foundations in Provence including: the Matisse Museum, the Matisse Chapel, the Picasso Museum, the homes and studios of Cezanne and Renoir, the Bonnard Museum, and the post-impressionist collection in St. Tropez.
  • Study the diverse range of ideas that fueled modernism and examine how these ideas can influence your own work and individual artistic vision.
  • Study in workshop settings with outstanding contemporary painters and teachers who will guide you through a series of painting exercises and sustained creative projects.
  • Immerse yourself in French culture and cuisine…and the light, oh, the light!

COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS
undergrad: ART 425/4 UNITS or 5 UNITS
graduate: ART 625/4 UNITS or 5 UNITS
Note that 5 units of credit requires additional coursework prior to the start of the class.

MATERIALS FEE
$150

WHO SHOULD APPLY
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and others who are interested in studying this fascinating era of art history and exploring modern ideas of art and design by making paintings in the field and the studio.

This course will examine advanced principles and ideas of art and requires a foundational competency in painting and drawing from life, a thorough understanding of the elements and principles of design, experience working with a variety of different media, a willingness to experiment with new ideas and artistic problems, and an ability to think independently and creatively. Students must be self-motivated and self-disciplined as there will be a significant amount of independent studio time assigned to develop work.

HOW TO APPLY
1) Submit a one-page letter of interest addressing how you meet the qualifications listed above in the “Who Should Apply” Section, along with 20 digital images representing the best examples of your artwork.
2) Upload the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form by March 25, 2016.

COURSE COORDINATOR
Professor Andy Dickson
adickson@fullerton.edu
657-278-3261

GUEST ARTISTS

Domenic Cretara
Domenic Cretara, Retired Professor of Art at California State University, Long Beach, works primarily in drawing and painting. He earned his BA and MFA degrees from Boston University School of Fine Arts, graduating with honors. Among other tributes, Domenic has been the recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to Florence, Italy, and fellowships to Padua, Italy, and Cassis, France. Domenic is a particularly active exhibiting artist with many solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Boston, including a retrospective at the Las Vegas Art Museum, and an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. His work has been included in more than twenty-five group shows in venues on both coasts and Europe. His works are in the collections of major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wigging Print and Drawing Collection of the Boston Public Library.

Additional guest artists to be named. Check back frequently!

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TRAVEL FOR CAPTURING THE LIGHT: THE RISE OF MODERNIST PAINTING IN PROVENCE

This course takes place in Nice, France.

CSU Summer Arts does NOT provide any group flights, arrange travel reservations, or make travel recommendations for Capturing the Light. It is up to each individual participant to make travel arrangements and pay for their own travel. However, Paula Arnold at Carmel Monterey Travel has been working with our program and can help plan your travel: paulaa@carmelmontereytravel.com.

ALL participants MUST arrive in Nice by July 13, 2016. The first class meeting will be at the École de Condé on Wednesday July 13, at 6:00 pm. (Note that the program housing begins on Tuesday, July 12 to give you a day to get acclimated. More information below.)

While you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements, you will need to provide CSU Summer Arts with your travel information.

LODGING FOR CAPTURING THE LIGHT: THE RISE OF MODERNIST PAINTING IN PROVENCE

We are offering one housing location through CSU Summer Arts. NOTE THAT HOUSING BOOKED THROUGH SUMMER ARTS BEGINS ON TUESDAY JULY 12 AND ENDS ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3 (22 NIGHTS TOTAL.)

The official Summer Arts housing is:

APPART’CITY NICE ACROPOLIS
http://www.appartcity.com/en/appart-hotel/nice-acropolis-a-nice.html
Single – $1610 total (per person)
 – Rate includes a single room with bed, kitchen, and bathroom.
 – Rate also includes cold buffet breakfast.
Double – $975 total (per person)
 – Rate includes a twin bed in a room with two beds, a kitchen, and a bathroom.
 – Rate also includes cold buffet breakfast.

To reserve your housing through Summer Arts, download and complete the Housing Reservation Form, and mail it with your deposit by April 8.

You may also make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in Nice. The school is located at 4 Rue Biscarra for your reference.

TIMELINES, DEADLINES, AND FEES FOR CAPTURING THE LIGHT

Note: Capturing the Light has an application process that differs from that of other Summer Arts workshops. Please read the following information carefully.

Submit complete application                                     DUE on Friday March 25, 2016

(DUE, not postmarked)

Students notified of status of application            Friday April 1, 2016

 

FEES

Enrollment Fee:
Undergraduate, California Resident$1609
Graduate, California Resident$1975
Undergraduate, Non-CA resident, 4 units$3097
Undergraduate, Non-CA resident, 5 units$3469
Graduate, Non-CA resident, 4 units$3463
Graduate, Non-CA resident, 5 units$3835
Insurance Fee:$100
Housing:Single Occupancy$1260
Cell Phone for Use Abroad Estimate:Either adding phone plan, purchasing Irish phone, or purchasing SIM card$100
Airfare Estimate:$1300
Additional Transportation Estimate:$100
Food/Spending Money Estimate:$1000

Payment deadlines – the following are DUE dates, not postmarked dates:

Housing reservation and deposit (if booked through Summer Arts)Due on Monday, April 24, 2017Check or money order PAYABLE TO TRUSTEES OF THE CSU$500
InsuranceDue on Monday, April 24, 2017Check or money order PAYABLE TO TRUSTEES OF THE CSU$100
*Note that the housing deposit and insurance can be one payment of $600.
Housing balance (if booked through Summer Arts)Due on Monday, May 8, 2017Check or money order PAYABLE TO TRUSTEES OF THE CSU$760
Enrollment feeDue on Tuesday, July 18, 2017Check, money order, or credit card, PAYABLE TO FRESNO STATE(varies)
 

CAPTURING THE LIGHT: THE RISE OF MODERNIST PAINTING IN PROVENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
80% of Summer Arts students receive some amount of scholarship assistance. Scholarship awards will range from $100 to $2000. Scholarship funds are not available for housing or travel costs.

To apply for scholarship assistance, please complete the Summer Arts Scholarship Application and send it WITH your financial backup AND your Registration Form to the Summer Arts registration office by March 25, 2016.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Students will need to bring:

Art Supplies:

Gouache paint in tubes – Windsor Newton Designers Gouache is a quality brand

Colors (required)
Permanent white (large tube 37ml)
Primary Yellow or Cad Yellow (14ml)
Marigold Yellow or Cad. Yellow Deep (14ml)
Cad. Red (14ml)
Alizarin Crimson (14ml)
Ultramarine Blue (14ml)
Pthalo Blue or Cerulean Blue (14ml)

Colors (optional)
Spectrum Violet (14ml)
Windsor green (14ml)

Watercolor blocks (Strathmore, Arches, Lanaquarelle or other brand)
Buy two blocks – one 11” x 14” (or larger) and one 9” x 12”(or smaller)– minimum of 30 sheets total (blocks normally contain 15-20 sheets each)
You can choose either hot pressed (smooth texture) or cold pressed (rough texture), 140lb per ream paper weight

Another good option are the Cottonwoodarts laminated cold press illustration pads and blocks – they come in a variety of formats and are good quality for outdoor painting   http://www.cottonwoodarts.com

Pocket sized sketchbook for notes and small sketches

Watercolor palette with sealable lid

Watercolor/Acrylic Brushes filbert size 8, flats: ½ in and 1 in., round size 6

Container for water and paper towels/rag (can purchase while there)

Drawing media –a variety of charcoal pencils and sticks (hard, medium and soft), pens, graphite pencils, kneaded eraser

Additional items:

  • Sunscreen!
  • A small folding stool or a pad to sit on for landscape work
  • A small, light portable easel
  • A sunhat
  • Sensible shoes for walking

 

Passport:
All participants will need a valid and current passport for travel to France. You will need to provide your passport number to CSU Summer Arts by May 27, 2016.

If you do not have a current passport, you are encouraged to apply for one immediately! Please check the Passport Office schedule before you apply and find out if you will need a rush order to obtain your passport in time. United States citizens do not need a visa to enter France, however, citizens of other countries may. Contact the Summer Arts office for more information about passports and visas.

 

Contact:
For additional information, or if you have any questions, contact Joanne Sharp at jsharp@calstate.edu, or 562-951-4065.