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2012 Bohemian Workshops


May 19-June 9     

Bohemian Workshops is a 3-week immersion program that explores the diverse intersection of art and sustainability.  Based on the guild models of the Renaissance, this unique educational opportunity is presented as an alternative to the conventional classroom or studio experience. Participants work closely with mentors to develop critical perspectives about their chosen subject while gaining awareness of the contemporary culture of Czech Republic and issues of sustainability as related to creativity and the environment.
The program begins in Prague with a cultural survey of the Czech capital, and continues at ArtMill Center for Sustainable Creativity, located in a rural farming community in Southern Bohemia. The program concludes with a professional exhibition of participant work held at Galerie Califia, known in the region for its program of promoting and exhibiting contemporary art.
While in Prague, students will attend lectures and visit artist studios, museums, and independent galleries.  Since 1989 and the fall of communism, Prague has become a destination for superior international exhibitions. We will visit well-known nationally funded museums as well as several ‘not in the guidebooks’ alternative spaces. Prague is a labyrinthine city, and the session begins with a walking tour led by Jana Ticha, an esteemed architecture critic. Accommodations in Prague are centrally located and within walking distance of all major public transportation.
From Prague the group will travel to ArtMill, located 2.5 hours south in the forested countryside bordering Sumava National Park (one of the oldest and largest greenbelts in Europe). Positioned on a beautiful lake, ArtMill is the ideal place to study, collaborate and create. Anchored by Cerveny Mlyn (the Red Mill), a renovated flour mill and granary from the 17th century, the rural property consists of director/staff living quarters in addition to several renovated studio structures, barns,  and outdoor work spaces. Organic gardens offer fresh food for lunch and an opportunity for students to participate in the harvest.
Each day at Artmill involves work in individual studios, mentored by Czech and International arts professionals which may include painters, sculptors, photographers, installation and multi-media artists, designers, jewelers, musicians and architects, depending on the group. This year's mentors include Stepanka Simlova, Anders Gronlien,and  Tomas Hruza. Scenographer Jana Prekova will present students with the opportunity to visit her most recent theatre production in Plzen, Franz Kafka's "The Penal Colony". We will be able to go backstage and see first hand the making of Czech live theatre. Studio facilities include photography labs (digital and wet), and workshops for metal and wood sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry/light metal-smithing and music/performance.


All instructors, including ArtMill Director  Barbara Benish,, will participate in assisting students each day with the development of artistic concepts, design/construction, and presentation of work for the exhibition. Special instructor Leslie Moyers of the 5Gyres Institute will lead a project on building a raft of recycled plastic, which will float on the River Vltava in Prague as part of the Respect Festival in June, working with the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign. The raft will sail from an Electronic Waste Recycling Center Sculpture at Muzeum Kampa, down to the World Music Festival on Štvanice Island.  Educating people about the dangers of hazardous wastes & chemicals, particularly e-waste, is the project's public awareness goal.





Extensive art reference library on premises (most books in English). Recommended reading:"The Penal Colony" (1919), by Kafka. český:

This Workshop experience is appropriate for anyone interested in creativity and sustainability in the broadest sense:  artists, thinkers, writers, scientists, environmentalists, musicians, theorists, educators and creative practitioners.  Arts Administration and Visual Culture students are also encouraged to apply. Credits are available through our affiliation with Anglo-American University in Prague.
 The program fee includes:

*Academic Credits (3-6)
*Housing in Prague and at ArtMill
*2 meals in Prague (lunch, dinner)
*Museum, tour and excursion fees
*All meals at ArtMill (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
*Transportation costs within the Czech Republic (travel to and from CR not included)
*Use of complete studio facilities including a large assortment of art materials, photo printing: digital and wet/dry, sculpture materials, paint, paper, inks, etc. (within budget)
*Spacious individual studio spaces
*Access to bikes, lakes, gardens, forest hiking, outdoor classrooms, extensive library, etc.
*WiFi access



FEE: 2000 Euro (3 Credits)

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