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Greece: Painting & Drawing

May 19 - June 11, 2014
Athens, Skopelos and Thessaloniki - Greece

Experience Greek culture! Explore a modern Byzantine city! Live the peaceful daily life on a Greek Island.

This 6 credit 3-week program is hosted by the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit visual arts center specializing in ceramics, painting, sculptures and screen-printing located on the beautiful island of Skopelos.

Open to ALL Marymount Students. You DO NOT need to be an Art or Design major!

Course Options (select two of the following):

FA 105 Drawing
A course designed to introduce basic fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on the perceptive and technical skills used in rendering accurate form. The recognized elements and principles of art will be explored as they relate to unified composition. Critiques will be used to expand visual analysis and vocabulary. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: FNA. (3)

FA 213 Painting I
A beginning studio course where students explore the expression of ideas using painting media and techniques, with an emphasis on color, composition, and self‐expression. Prerequisite: FA 104 or permission of instructor. (3)

FA 421 Project
Continuing investigation of a particular artistic medium within the student’s Concentration and under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project will be conducted within a studio shared with an advanced course in the same medium and taught by the faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Application and approval of the department chair. (3)

GD 421 Project
An investigation of a selected topic in the major under the direction of a faculty advisor. This project is intended to demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research and present the results as a graphic communication project. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and the dean of Arts and Sciences. (3)

Faculty: Bridget Murphy and Thomas Xenakis

Professor Bridget Murphy’s expertise in graphic design includes integrated marketing campaigns, print publications, poster design, logo design, business-to-business graphic design, and environmental graphics. She has worked in the design industry for more than 25 years and continues to be involved in visual communications as an art director and project manager for select clients and nonprofits. She has made several presentations at conferences on topics such as “Global Teamwork Between Two Design Professions,” “Environmental Design Project: A Point of Inspiration” and “Practice Driven Teaching: A Collaboration Model for the Interior Design and Graphic Design Studio." Her environmental design project won a Graphic Design USA 2009 American Inhouse Design Award. She has had mixed media artwork selected for the Virginia Artists 2011 Exhibit in Hampton, Virginia. Murphy also serves as chair of the Graphic Design and Fine Arts Department and continues to explore the relationship between the professional visual communicator, studio artist, and professor. She is active in community service and brings real-world projects to the classroom. She has been part of Marymount’s faculty since 2001. She is faculty advisor to the award-winning blueInk, Marymount’s literary arts magazine, and an advisor to MU’s Graphic Design Club and student research projects. Bridget Murphy is a member of AIGA.

Thomas Xenakis was awarded two Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Greece in 1994 1995 and 2000-2001. In 1996 he became artist in residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary, Center for the Arts and Religion, Washington, DC. He continued his work with the sacred icon and its contemporary applications in media and subject. Thomas completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore, Maryland under the guidance of the late Grace Hartigan, abstract expressionist. Mr. Xenakis is continually working and actively exhibiting in the Washington DC area. Since 2003 he is working on sculpted and painted gilded panels with a variety of precious metals. These works are titled XPYSO (GOLD). Thomas teaches painting, drawing, and design at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Additionally he teaches at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He is represented in collections throughout the United States, Greece, France and Germany.

Tentative Schedule
May 19 - 22 Classes on MU’s main campus (Time/Dates: TBD)
May 23 Leave for Athens
May 24 Arrive Athens; walking tour; welcome dinner
May 25 Athens Museums
May 26 Walking Tour: Acropolis
May 27 Travel to Skopelos
May 28 - June 4 Studio classes
June 5 Travel to Thessaloniki
June 6 Thessaloniki museums and sites; sketching & drawing
June 7 Day tour to Vergina (Tomb of Philip of Macedonia) and Pella (birthplace of Alexander the Great)
June 8 - 9 Thessaloniki museums and sites; sketching & drawing
June 10 Travel to Athens
June 11 Return to USA
June 13 - 23 Classes on MU’s main campus (Time/Dates: TBD)

Program Cost:
Tuition: $5100 (six credits)

Program Fee: $1000

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Local Transportation
  • Guided tours related to the course
  • Daily breakfast, Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Medical and Emergency Travel Insurance

(The program fee does not including art supplies, textbooks and personal expenses and daily lunches and dinners)

*MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. Students are responsible for making all timely payments to Marymount University.

You must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and not be on disciplinary probation in order to apply for any study abroad program. Approval of your academic advisor is required for registration. Students must also interview with the faculty directors as part of the application process.

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013

Learn more about the application process.