Kasteel Well Summer Programs

Kasteel Well Summer Program

In the Kasteel Well Summer Program, you see the paintings you study. (Filmed and edited by Emerson College students.)

This summer we'll be offering four different options to study at Kasteel Well:

  • The Role of the Portrait and Self Portrait - Session I
  • The Role of the Portrait and Self Portrait - Session II CANCELED for Summer 2016
  • Europe, the Environment, Writing and Literature CANCELED for Summer 2016
  • Berlin's Fate and Reconstruction in the Twentieth Century CANCELED for Summer 2016

Each course is a 5-week intensive program combining on-campus classroom lectures with off-campus museum visits and educational excursions in major European cities.  Enrollment is limited to 16 for each course.  Program participants are required to attend all mandatory travel excursions accompanied by faculty. 


THE ROLE OF THE PORTRAIT AND THE SELF PORTRAIT - Session I

May 20 - June 26
8 Credits
VM 368: Topics in Art History and Digital Photography
Cost: $7,390

Photo by Sam Crichton, '17

The goal of this 5-week summer program is to study and compare two different means of artistic expression made in two completely different time periods: The ‘pre-modern’, more artisinal style, method, technique, and the meaning and methods of interpretation of old master paintings of the Renaissance, will be compared and contrasted to the methods, meaning and modes of interpretation of modern means of image-making, in particular of digital photography. Students will travel to London, Florence, and Venice to examine the cultural and artistic exchange in Early Modern Europe, when international trade, migration and the process of cross-cultural awareness had just begun.


THE ROLE OF THE PORTRAIT AND THE SELF PORTRAIT - Session II

July 1 - August 7
8 Credits
VM 368: Topics in Art History and Digital Photography
Cost: $7,390

Photo by Brianna Arrighi, '17

The goal of this 5-week summer program is to study and compare two different means of artistic expression made in two completely different time periods: The ‘pre-modern’, more artisinal style, method, technique, and the meaning and methods of interpretation of old master paintings of the Renaissance, will be compared and contrasted to the methods, meaning and modes of interpretation of modern means of image-making, in particular of digital photography. Students will travel to London and various cities throughout the Netherlands to examine the cultural and artistic exchange in Early Modern Europe, when international trade, migration and the process of cross-cultural awareness had just begun.

This session has been cancelled for Summer 2016. 


EUROPE, THE ENVIRONMENT, WRITING AND LITERATURE

May 20 - June 26
8 Credits
LI 304: Topics in Literature: Europe, the Environment and Literature
WR 317: Topics in Creative Writing: Writing the Environment in Europe
Cost: $7,390

Val Sinestra, Switzerland

This 5-week class provides students with the opportunity to study and write literature that responds to European landscapes and the long history of reading and writing the environment in Europe. As readers, students will focus on translated texts that originate in languages including German and Dutch, and geographies including the Netherlands, the Swiss Alps, and Germany. Students will discover how a natural environment may constitute much more than just the backdrop against which a story takes place. As writers, participants will explore how attentive travel can inspire our writing as we create and refine short works of fiction and nonfiction. Students will ask themselves what it means to write where they aren't local, and how translating a place into words is similar to translating a text. Students will travel to Val Sinesta in the Swiss Alps and around the Netherlands, where they will explore environments from the urban to the wild.

This program has been cancelled for Summer 2016. 


BERLIN'S FATE AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

July 1 - July 31
8 Credits
IN 323: Global Cities: Berlin's Fate and Reconstruction in the Twentieth Century
HI 200: Contemporary World History
Cost: $7,900

The historical Berlin Reichstag
Photo by Ralph Trost

At first for two weeks the students will live and learn in Kasteel Well, the Netherlands, close to the German border. In classes they study about German history, learn about visual arts, literature and film in Germany. They will visit the city of Cologne with its famous cathedral and arts museums, and the city of Bonn, West-Germany's interim capital after the Second World War and home of Germany's composer Ludwig van Beethoven, with many history and art museums.

In the second half of the program the students will live and learn in Germany's capital Berlin. There they will discover the cultural diversity of a booming city in the middle of Europe, and learn about the changeful development of Berlin that saw different leaders and systems in the last centuries which characterized its contemporary look. Students will visit muse urns, sites and places where world history was written, like the German Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial of Sachsenhausen, the Berlin Wall, the new Jewish Museum and the Museum Island with its various world-famous art museums. In workshops and excursions they learn about arts and history in Germany and Berlin from the last 500 years.


This program has been cancelled for Summer 2016. 


Participants on all programs 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.

*As of 4/4/2016. Subject to change.