A TRAVEL RENAISSANCE:
UNCP Art Department Offers Two Tours Abroad
Boxes labeled Germany,
England, Denmark, Syria, Morocco, Bulgaria, Singapore and other destinations
line the bookshelves of UNCP Art Department Chair
this morning, Professor Hopper is looking for slides of Florence, Italy,
her next travel destination. The well-traveled artist will lead a group
from UNC Pembroke to study, sketch and paint for six weeks this summer
in the midst of the finest art and architecture that Renaissance Italy
has to offer.
In a land far away
in another time in history, UNCP art Prof. John Labadie will lead a
group into the mountains of Guatemala for a 15-day visit to the ancient
Mayan cities of Tikal, Quirigua and others. Dr. Labadie has traveled
many times to these remote sites to sketch and document recovered archaeological
Florence and Tikal
are centers of artistic, cultural and historical activities, although
separated by thousands of miles and hundreds of years. Profs. Hopper
and Labadie are eager to return and to share their treasures.
These are the Art
Department's first sponsored tours abroad. Both tours are open to students
and art lovers willing to enroll for one or more hours of credit.
The Mayan Tour is
June 3-18, open to 14 or more travelers at a base cost of $2,299.
Florence and affiliated with a tour company that specializes in higher
education, The Florence tour is May 26-June 24. The base cost is $3,795.
(A per credit-hour cost and some other fees are additional.)
minimum of one hour of academic credit is earned on both tours, and,
on the Renaissance tour, a maximum of six hours may be earned in art
history, drawing and painting. Lectures, guided tours and instruction
are part of both tours.
Dr. Labadie's group
will tour various archeological ruins and hear lectures at the University
of Guatemala Del Valle and in museums and cultural centers of Guatemala
City and other locations throughout the nation. Participants are promised
rare glimpses into he lives of the indigenous people of Guatemala and
exposure to the modern Mayan culture, art and food.
group will make trips to from their base in Florence to Rome, Venice,
Pisa, Siena and other cities for tours, lectures and creating art.
The travel program
fits nicely into UNC Pembroke's larger goal of "internationalizing"
its campus, but for artists, there is more at stake.
be the trip of a lifetime for us," said Hopper. "To view art
and architecture that you have studied and seen in books is an essential
part of the artist's learning experience."
Or, as Dr. Labadie
said, "There is nothing like being on site where fascinating cultural
activities unfold each day. Walking through spectacular Mayan ruins
with their ancient ballcourts and huge temples or experiencing the wonders
of market day in the highlands will forever be etched in the memories
of UNCP travelers."
Their mission is
to get their protégés into the game.
better place to start a program than in Italy and Central American,
the birthplace of modern art and the pinnacle of art in the ancient
world of the Americas," Dr. Labadie said.
"It's an exciting
to have actual experiential learning as part of our curriculum,"
Hopper said. "By doing this, we are able to better prepare our
students for their own future in art."
The welcome mat
welcome to join us whether you are a student pursuing a degree, or you
would like a guided tour of the greatest art produced by two very different
civilizations," she said.
For complete information
about the two tours: call 910.521.6216 or email email@example.com
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