Castle Summer Program

The Kasteel Well Summer Program is a 5-week intensive program combining on-campus classroom lectures with off-campus museum and gallery visits in major European cities. Enrollment is limited to 16. Program participants are required to attend two mandatory travel excursions accompanied by faculty. The excursion cities change each summer semester.

The goal of this summer program is to study and compare two different means of artistic expression made in two completely different time periods: The 'pre-modern,' more artisanal style, method, technique of old master paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque will be compared and contrasted to the methods, meaning and modes of interpretation of modern means of image-making, in particular of digital photography. The particular focus of the summer program will be on the Netherlandish (Dutch ànd Flemish) portrait and self-portrait.

The digital photography part of the program will reflect upon and critically analyze the medium of photography in general, and of digital photography in particular, both from an ethical and an aesthetical point of view. Students will examine visual experience and representation in our modern visual culture, with  a particular emphasis on the representation, the fashioning and the shaping of the inner and outer self. The subsequent Internet revolution enables people to present themselves instantly before an audience of millions. This implies that we can become the photographer, the sitter, the editor, the publisher and the spectator ourselves.

KW Students study painting at museum in Brugges

Program participants are required to attend two mandatory travel excursions accompanied by faculty. The summer 2014 class will travel to Bruges, Ghent, Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and London.

The group travel excursions help students connect class lecture to gallery/museum visits and facilitates students' ability to visualize, experience, and understand the origin, development, and spread of Renaissance and Baroque art in the Netherlands and Europe. During the excursions, students will work on special photo assignments.

Participants will reside at Emerson College’s Kasteel Well, a medieval, double-moated castle situated in the heart of Holland’s Limburg region. The castle is located in the village of Well in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. Well is five minutes from Germany, approximately two hours from the French-speaking region of Belgium, is easily accessible by mass transit and has a regional airport, Airport Weeze, in its direct vicinity that offers access to many European destinations.