June 20–Aug 12, 2011
The instructor, a professional mural painter, will develop with students a mural from start to finish through idea generation, digitally generated proposals and technical considerations. The students will review a wide range of mural styles and trends along with techniques. Using these resources, students will define and articulate a personal narrative in elaborating their own mural proposal at the end of the course. Working as a team, the class will create a permanent mural for the community. Participants will spend the first week in Mexico City developing a mural proposal to be painted locally. At the end of the week, one field trip will take participants to relevant museums. The second week participants will implement the mural project on a local wall. During this week, there will be a field trip to the more than 2000-year-old murals at the archeological site of Teotihuacan. The mural is expected to be completed at the end of the third week. Other field trips will include visits to the museums of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and David A. Siqueiros. Classes will include guest speakers and mural techniques demos. Evenings will be unscheduled.
The four credit, undergraduate course is designed for students interested in working on mural production and large scale painting. The purpose is to provide a historical background of the mural movement from its origins to the current community mural movements. The experience in Mexico City will offer a unique experience to understand the origins and the exploration of new techniques. The execution of a mural project will be the capstone of this program, in which the hosting institution (The National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Print Making, "La Esmeralda,") will provide crucial resources for its execution.
In addition, another mural proposal will be& developed for its further implementation in Oregon. The students will review a wide range of mural styles and trends along with techniques. Using these resources, students will define and articulate a personal narrative in elaborating their own mural proposal at the end of the course.
Study Abroad 2011