June 30-July 21, 2013
Recently on the world stage as the host of the 2012 Olympic Games, London has been home to history. From the Middle Ages to Shakespeare to punk rock and beyond-this large and diverse city is rich in architecture, parks and gardens, arts and entertainment and more. With so much to do and see, it is the perfect setting to explore the past, present, and future of illustration.
Students will capture their experiences by journaling and drawing in a dedicated sketchbook that will be the springboard for illustration assignments. Inspiration will come from visits to a number of attractions. To kick off the program, students will take an open bus tour of London which will be followed up by visits to the British Museum, the Royal Academy, the British Library, the Tate Modern, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Students will also visit illustration galleries and have studio visits with contemporary illustrators and artists working in London.
In addition to visiting museums and galleries, students will also discover the unique neighborhoods of London. Accommodations are in the centrally located cultural district of Bloomsbury which was once home to writers such as Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Students will also see the evolving East End area. Previously known as a gritty and poor, it is now a vibrant area with galleries and the Brick Lane market where emerging designers sell their wares. Students will see the world’s largest collection of living plants at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. Side trips to Hever Castle and to Brighton are also planned and fans of the Harry Potter series will be thrilled with the tour of the Warner Brothers studio in London.
This three week residency in London offers 3 studio credits in illustration, with an optional 3 credits in art history or humanistic studies–classes may be taken for undergraduate and graduate credit or audit. The program is open to undergraduate or graduate students (rising sophomores to second-year graduate students), and to lifelong learners at least 18 years of age who have completed at least one year of college study. All students must have a current, valid passport for travel.
This program is open to all majors.
Airfare is not included in the program fees below, which includes all accommodations, all ground transportation within London, and some meals.
• $ 5,700 includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in illustration
• $7,200 includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits + 3 undergraduate credits in art history (as an independent study by special arrangement with the MICA Department of Art History)
Graduate credit is available to qualified students with the approval of the Program Coordinator at an additional cost of $75 per credit. A limited number of merit and need-based scholarships are available. To inquire about scholarships or to request a detailed itinerary and additional information on this and other MICA programs, contact the MICA Summer Travel Intensives at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 410.225.2219.
Rebecca Bradley, program coordinator, was born and raised in South East England. She attended Maidstone College of Art and Chelsea College of Art. She came to the United States in 1999 to study for a MFA in Illustration at Savannah College of Art. Rebecca taught at the Art Institute of Boston for 5 years, before coming to MICA in 2005.
Sam Lacombe studied painting with David Aronson and Robert D’Arista at Boston University, where he received a BFA degree in painting in 1988, and an MFA in painting in 1990. He is a painter involved in the issues of form, light, space, design, and process, and for the past ten years his paintings have centered on urban Americana, particularly mid to late twentieth century signage.
He began teaching in 1994 at Boston University and the Art Institute of Boston. In 2006 he relocated to Baltimore. His work is in several private collections and has been exhibited in group and solo shows nationally and abroad. He was a semi finalist in the 2007 Bethesda Painting Award competition. His work is currently represented by Liberty Gallery in King’s Hill, England.
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You do not have to be a MICA student, or a student of illustration to attend.