Castles and Cathedrals in London and Dublin

Faculty:
Dr. Katherine Brown (More Info)

Course:
Castles and Cathedrals in London and Dublin

Program Dates:
December 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020

Honors Credit:
Available

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
Art and Design , Museum Studies , Architecture , Medieval Studies

Course Description:
Compare English and Irish styles of art and architecture by visiting pairs of sites with a balance of civic and sacred purposes. Students will view and write about castles at Dover and Dublin; Canterbury and St. Patrick’s cathedrals; Houses of Parliament and Dublin’s City Hall; manuscripts from the British Library vs Book of Kells at Trinity College; plus urban design, formal gardens, and paintings in museums in both capitals. But can anything compare to Buckingham Palace or the Leprechaun Museum of Celtic mythology? Some places are uniquely English or Irish! Come discover the beauty of each culture's rich artistic heritage.

Prerequisites:
None

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
Visit and view the art and architecture of London and Dublin through site visits and experiential learning in both capitals. Students will write comparative essays that they complement with visual material (photographs, maps, aerial views, floor plans, drawings, etc.) and host in a digital format (Wix, WordPress, as examples). Compare castles at Dover and Dublin in terms of their architectural forms, purposes, and sites Compare the Houses of Parliament in London with City Hall in Dublin as examples of civic architecture Compare Westminster Abbey with Saint Patrick's Cathedral as religious centers Compare Anglo-Saxon manuscripts from the British Library with the Hiberno-Saxon Book of Kells at Trinity College Compare urban design, formal gardens, cemeteries, and works of art from the National Galleries in each capital But can anything compare to Buckingham Palace or the Leprechaun Museum of Celtic Mythology? Students will also find a site in each capital that is "Beyond Compare" and unique to each locale. The course can be used as a General Education Fine Arts credit or applicable to majors in Art History, Studio Art, Architecture, or Humanities.