June 11-22, 2018
This unique course is a collaboration between the Ceramics, Drawing, Painting and Photography Departments. You will travel to Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan for 12 days. Japan’s distinct culture, cuisine, futuristic cities and striking natural landscapes make it one of the most rewarding destinations. You will visit local gardens, temples, museum, galleries, artist studios, and local establishments. You will experience the culture of historical and contemporary Japan. During the trip, professors will provide time to make art. The course credits will go towards your ACC A.A. in Studio Art and as an elective in the Commercial Photography A.A.S. program.
The trip will begin with 5 days in Kyoto. Here, you will be immersed in the traditions of authentic and historical Japan. On day 6, you will transfer via the bullet train to Tokyo. This large and fast passed city will provide a unique contrast with its contemporary and modern architecture, culture and economy. Included will be a traditional tea ceremony, a performance at the National Noh Theatre and a cruise to view Tokyo by boat.
Excursion and day trips will include Nara and Kamakura. These locations will provide coastal views and an opportunity to walk the streets of small local towns.
Fall 2018 – Fall 2019 students will exhibit their art at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, ACC Administration Gallery, Littleton Hospital Healing Arts Gallery, Denver Colorado Community Union Bank Gallery, Colorado Community College System Administration and Conference Center and additional local galleries.
Group Leader & Study Abroad Coordinator – Trish Sangelo
Ceramics – Katie Caron
Drawing & Painting – Nathan Ables
Photography – Angela Faris Belt and Trish Sangelo
ACC Study Abroad Class Registration
Students will register for one of the ACC summer classes listed below (required)
Registration begins March 2018 (you will receive an email to register)
- ART 142 Landscape Photography, 3 credits
- ART 152 Landscape Painting, 3 credits
- ART 263 Ceramics IV, 3 credits
(dates and locations subject to change based on travel availability)
- May - Summer semester starts –orientation and class begin, students review travel information, safety, course requirements, grades, and exhibitions details
- June 11 (Day 1) - Travel from Denver to Kyoto
- June 12 (Day 2) - Arrive in Kyoto and take a guided walking tour. Group dinner provided this night.
- June 13 (Day 3) - Guided sightseeing of Kyoto, visit Kinkak-ji the golden temple, Nijo Castle Heian Shrine, and Kyoto handcraft center. Free afternoon for instructors to guide art making and visits to Kiymizu, Koyoto National Museum and canal lines streets.
- June 14 (Day 4) - Day trip to Nara. Visit Nara deer park, the Nishiki market, Todai-ji temple, the Great Buddha, and Daibutsu. Afternoon for Instructors to focus on art making.
- June 15 (Day 5) - Instructor lead trips to locations specific to their media, provide lectures and time to make art. Day visit to Nanzen Temple and Ryoan-ji Kyoto Rock Garden.
- June 16 (Day 6) - Transfer to Tokyo via the bullet train. Group Tempura dinner provided this night
- June 17 (Day 7) - Guided sightseeing of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, Toyko Tower, Harajuku district, and Kakamise-dori district. Free time in Uneo Park. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
- June 18 (Day 8) - Day trip to Kamakura. See the Great Buddha and Hachimagu Shrine. Afternoon for Instructors to focus on art making.
- June 19 (Day 9) - Instructor lead trips to museums, art studios and locations specific to their media, provide lectures and time to make art. Some visits will include Ghibli Museum, Sekaido Art Shop, Fuji Film Center, Mori Tower & Arts Center. Evening – attend a performance at the National Noh Theatre
- June 20 (Day 10) - Instructor lead trips to museums, art studios and locations specific to their media, provide lectures and time to make art. Some visits will include to Tsukiji Fish Market, Shibuya, Yanaka and Imperial Palace. Take a cruise – explore Tokyo by boat
- June 21 (Day 11) - Instructor lead trips to museums, art studios and locations specific to their media, provide lectures and time to make art. Farewell group dinner provided this night.
- June 22 (Day 12) - Depart Tokyo to Denver
- June 23 – August 6 - Student will continue with their regular class schedule, critiques, assignments, final portfolio review and preparation for exhibitions.
- August 6 - Summer semester ends
- Fall 2018-Fall 2019 - Dates TBA - Exhibitions at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, ACC Administration Gallery, ACC Church Street Gallery, Littleton Hospital Healing Arts Gallery, Denver Colorado Community Union Bank Gallery, Colorado Community College System Administration and Conference Center and additional local galleries
Fundraising opportunities with the ACC Foundation
Students may volunteer at these events to raise funds for their trip. Talk with the Study Abroad Coordinator for details and to sign up.
- Affordable Arts Fair – Aug 26-27, 2017
- Grapes for Grads – March 8, 2018
- ACC Scholarship Luncheon – March 2018, date TBA
Orientation & Classes
- Spring 2018 we will provide a few classes prior to our departure to cover trip information, expectations, travel tips, packing, syllabus, technical information, etc.
- After we return we will plan a few classes, critiques and prepare for our exhibitions.
Schedule Your Orientation Meeting
Please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for an orientation meeting to complete travel / medical forms, discuss financial aid, grants, scholarships, fundraising and general information. Trish Sangelo, 303-797-5212 or trish.sangelo [at] arapahoe.edu
Thank you to our sponsors:
- ACC Foundation
- The Healing Arts Program
- Heritage Fine Art Guild
- Denver Community Credit Union
- Denver Digital Imaging Center
- Englewood Camera