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Learn about mural painting from its roots in Mexico to WPA murals to the present day.

ChLa 410 "Mexican and Chicano Muralism Workshop"

APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 22nd, 2011.

June 20-Aug 12, 2011
International Component: June 26-July 16, 2011
Instructor: Hector H. Hernandez

Applications & information available on-line at:
http://oia.pdx.edu/ea/
E-mail: hector2@pdx.edu or edabroad@pdx.edu

 

The instructor, a professional mural painter, will also show how to develop a mural from start to finish through idea generation, digital 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 a couple of relevant museums. The second week participants will implement the mural project on a local wall. During this week a field trip to the more than 2000-year-old murals at the archeological site of Teotihuacan. The mural is expected to be accomplished at the end of the third week and before the end of this week, a final field trip 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.

Course Description:

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.

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