Arts in Ireland
ARTS 316 | MUSC 298
Arts In Ireland is a three week full credit class for studio art students and music students, based at a small arts college just outside the village of Ballyvaughan
(pop. 258) on Galway Bay in County Clare, Ireland. The Burren College of Art is fully accredited and offers undergraduate, MFA, and PhD degrees in studio art through
the National University of Ireland, Galway. The primary focus of the course is development of musical and artistic mastery through the pursuit of individual
programs of artistic creation. An affiliated goal is to become familiar with artistic practice in Ireland. Visual art students will each have their own studio at the College,
while music students will share the renovated 16th century Newtown Castle on the property. The course offers students the opportunity to interact with local artists
and musicians, and to explore the rich historic landscape of Clare and Galway. Class field trips will include guided tours of the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Kilfenora
Abbey and other archaeological and geological sites. There will be an overnight trip to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. There will also be opportunities
for students to visit and work in some of the local micro-environments, drawing inspiration from the nearby coastline, hills, unique rock outcroppings, farms, and
pre-Christian sites. The class will conclude in Ireland with an exhibition of artistic and musical works created by the students, and a parallel exhibition will take place
at Wheaton during the fall semester after the students’ return.
The overall goal of the course is to provide a very rigorous art making experience based on the culture of our host country. Students are expected to produce a significant body of work that is inspired by the geography, people, music, history, myth, climate or any other factors that may serve as a conceptual base for their project. The project is chosen and designed by each student and vetted and discussed by faculty and other students.
This twenty-one day intensive creative experience will weave together the shared creative aspects of the creation of visual art and the writing of original music
as well as the performance aspects of the process, including regular critiques and leading to exhibition and recital. Participating art and music students are welcome
to develop creative projects which are solo works or collaborative works, and artistic dialogues between visual artists and musicians will be enthusiastically
encouraged. While students will be making new works in Ireland, we aren’t asking or expecting them to make Irish art or Irish music per se; rather, the course will support individuals’ personal work while exposing them to a rich and supportive cultural and physical context which can provide them many perspectives.
William Mason (Music) and Kelly Goff (Studio Art)
Estimated Program cost:
~ $4,200 - $4,500
Need based financial aid is available. Merit scholarship recipients who are eligible to use their stipends may use them towards this program.
late May - mid June, 2022 (3 weeks - exact dates TBD)
Photos by Prof. Andrew Howard