Three courses will be offered, with each course being worth 1 unit. Learn more about Transylvania University’s course unit system.
ART 1424 Introduction to Drawing
This introductory studio in drawing will primarily explore technical and conceptual issues in drawing from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will investigate the various properties of a wide range of drawing materials, techniques, and subject matter with an emphasis on direct observation and perception. Applied elemental concerns will focus specifically on line, shape, value, texture, color, and pictorial composition. As the student gains a sense of confidence and technical facility, the understanding, development, and expression of individual ideas will be explored through basic problem solving. The Irish people and landscape will serve as subjects and themes for inspiration, as students experience an integrated embrace of the Irish culture.
ENG 2294 Space, Place, and the Irish Literary Imagination
In this course, we will explore how Irish writers have been shaped by their environment and how they, in turn, shaped their readers’ perceptions of Ireland. Students will consider how both the physical “space” and the discursive constructions of “place” are reflected in a selection of literary texts including works by James Joyce, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Nuala Ni Dhomhanaill.
ART 2294 Special Topics in Studio Art
This course will allow intermediate level students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to design a focused course study in material, subject, and theme of interest as influenced by the Irish culture. While students will work independently, regular consultations will take place with faculty and resident artists to assure an in-depth address of project goals.
Summer 2019 Calendar
Friday, May 31—Jack Girard departs Lexington (see flight schedule)
Saturday, June 1—Arrive at Shannon Airport before 11 a.m. Bus to Ballyvaughan, move in to residence hall, afternoon orientation to College (BCA) Ballyvaughan
Sunday, June 2—Half-day bus tour of County Clare
Monday, June 3—First class
Tuesday, June 4—Class (guest speaker, i.e. resource management)
Wednesday, June 5—Class
Thursday, June 6—Class; evening with Eddie Lenahan
Friday, June 7—Class
Saturday, June 8—Coole Park; overnight Galway
Sunday, June 9—Return via Aran Islands and Doolin, to Ballyvaughan
Monday, June 10—Class
Tuesday, June 11—Class (site visit with guest speaker/poet/philosopher; featured site of Father Ted TV series)
Wednesday, June 12—Class
Thursday, June 13—Class, guest speaker
Friday, June 14—Depart for Dublin
Saturday, June 15—Dublin
Sunday, June 16—Return to Ballyvaughan from Dublin (evening set dancing at Vaughan's/Kilfenora
Monday, June 17—Class
Tuesday, June 18—Class (guest speaker)
Wednesday, June 19—Class
Thursday, June 20—Class
Friday, June 21—Class; packing and closure
Saturday, June 22—Depart BCA/Shannon Airport
Additional options: guest speakers, films, walking visit to Famine Village with historian, Aillwee Cave, Birds of Brey, journaling workshop, etc.
Liz Corsun, PhD
Liz Corsun is currently an associate professor of English at Transylvania University. She is a recipient of the Bingham Award for Teaching Excellence. She earned her Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. Her teaching and research focus on British literature, popular theater, genre fiction, and film studies. She has presented and published on a range of topics including women and theater, farce, and Charles Dickens. She has also co-taught a travel course to London titled “Dickens and the London Theatre Scene.”
Jack Girard, MFA
Jack Girard is Professor of Art and serves as the Program Director for this Transylvania in Ireland summer program. Prior to coming to Transylvania University, he taught at East Carolina University, Berea College, and Centre College, and has taught with both the Governor’s School for the Arts and the Kentucky Institute for International Studies summer programs. He is a recipient of the Bingham Award for Teaching Excellence. Over the last 15 years, he has team-taught travel courses in Ireland at the Burren College of Art, and continues to travel regularly with student groups to New York City. Apart from teaching multi-level drawing, painting and printmaking, he has co-authored articles on a variety of Spanish contemporary artist-poets. His exhibits nationally and internationally and has work included in many private, corporate, and institutional collections.