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2015 Bohemian Workshops

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June 19-23, 2015   


Bohemian Workshops, a 4 day immersion course this year with Suffolk University (Boston), focuses on creativity, exploring the diverse intersection of art, sustainability, and civil society.  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 artist and social scientist mentors to develop critical perspectives about their chosen subject while gaining awareness of the contemporary culture of Czech Republic. All college level students may apply directly through ArtMill. 


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.


Located 2.5 hours south in the forested countryside bordering Sumava National Park (one of the largest greenbelts remaining in Europe) and 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 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 and/or group studios (student choice) mentored by Czech and international arts and science professionals which may include political scientists, painters, sociologists, sculptors, environmentalists, photographers, designers, jewelers, musicians, dancers and architects depending on the group.  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. Lecture and film rooms are in the old granary and out-of-doors at the barn. 


All instructors, including ArtMill Director  Barbara Benish and Program Director Carolanne Patterson, will participate in assisting students each day with the development of artistic and theoretical concepts, design/construction and final presentation of work. Special visitors will be announced as programming schedules develop.

Extensive art reference library on premises (most books in English).


This Workshop experience is appropriate for anyone interested in creativity, political theory and civil society, and sustainability in the broadest sense.  Arts Administration and Visual Culture students are also encouraged to apply. 


 Program fee includes:

*Housing at ArtMill

*All meals at ArtMill and hotel (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

*WiFi access


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The requested application essay information is required solely for the benefit of incoming students. We design each program specifically for the group, paying close attention to the student’s backgrounds, interests, and plans.  We also schedule our excursions based on group interests, and need to know what supplies to have at ArtMill to accommodate the needs of each artist. Please be as specific as possible in your essay answers so that we can prepare and assist you in making the most of your time during Bohemian Workshops. The essay portion is not a deciding factor in acceptance, as we use the information only for planning purposes. 

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