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GERMANY STUDY ABROAD – SUMMER 2019 – Art 3 History of Western Art (College of Alameda)

August 4 - August 11

1) REGISTRATION/$500 DEPOSIT DEADLINE (Deadline April 30, 2019):
Please select: GERMANY (August 4-11, 2019) – College of Alameda Art History – Maria Guzman (mguzman@peralta.edu)

Deposit and Recurring Payments made by check to “Linden Travel”, subject “Germany Study Abroad”, and turned in person or mailed to:

Peralta Community College District
Office of International Education
333 East 8th Street
Oakland, CA
c/o Drew Gephart

Please include copy of passport with deposit payment.

COUNTRY: Germany

COLLEGE/CLASS: College of Alameda – Art 3 History of Western Art (3 Units) – Summer 2019 – Course #31839

DATES: August 4-11, 2019 (7 days in Germany). Required: 6 weeks online course work from June 17-July 26, 2019

COST: $2,900 ($450 extra for single room option)

$500 deposit due April 30th
$1,500 due May 15th
$900 due June 14th

*Please note: Deposit payment is non-refundable

Itinerary Highlights


  • Berlin Wall “East Side Gallery” Bike TourThis tour focuses on the Berlin Wall, which surrounded West Berlin with a length of 155 km between 1961 and 1989. During the tour, you will discover existing pieces of the wall, among others the most popular one: the “East Side Gallery”, a 1.3 km-long section of the wall near the center of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artist from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open air gallery in the world. Furthermore, the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse where the original layout of the wall including the no-man’s land can be visited along with the well-known Checkpoint Charlie.
  • Berlin Live Music TourWhen it comes to Berlin night life and the vibrant music scene, the Berlin Live Music Tour is your key to experience the hard to find music that you would expect of Berlin. Perfect for visitors looking for something a little different, let your musically inclined guide take you on a tour of the underground music scene and even get involved on an open stage. Featuring punk and metal gigs, underground jazz clubs, open jam sessions, swing nights, oriental music, acoustic, folk, singer/songwriter stages and even music nights in one of Berlin’s famous squats. This tour visits the best hidden venues all over town, not just the ones that are geographically convenient and changes depending on the events of the night.
  • Street Art Workshop and  Tour: Discover the works of some of the world’s most famous graffiti and street artists! Tour Berlin’s thriving underground urban art scene. Learn with local artists and experts about this scene’s history and codes. Learn how these urban artists express themselves through various techniques and styles—such as stencil art , throw ups, mural art, hall of fame´s, paste ups, tagging, ad busting, heaven spots, burners and installations. Maybe even catch an artist working on a new piece. Afterwards, take all this knowledge and apply it to your own artwork in a custom workshop, in which you will learn various street art & graffiti techniques from both local and international artists. You’ll even create your own piece to take!
  • C/O Berlin: This exhibition venue for photography and visual media shows works by renowned artists, promotes emerging talent and accompanies children, youths and adults on their journeys of discovery through our visual culture. Each year C/O Berlin shows as many as twenty solo and group exhibitions of internationally distinguished photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh, Sebastião Salgado, and Stephen Shore. Artist talks, lectures and guided tours intensify and expand on selected exhibition content and artistic approaches of the exhibitions, which have been curated and compiled in collaboration with museums, art collections, archives, and galleries worldwide.

Benefits of the Course

  • As part of your program, you will learn how to utilize social media for educational purposes. Another innovative part of technology is how it influences the creation, expression, and impact of art across a digital medium. Please reference this linked article to learn more about the emerging intersection of Art Therapy & Digital Technology: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201712/art-therapy-and-digital-technology-digital-art-therapy
  • Digital art therapy is a relative newcomer to art therapy methods and materials that can be defined as “all forms of technology-based media, including digital collage, illustrations, films, and photography that are used by therapists to assist clients in creating art as part of the process of therapy” (Malchiodi, 2011, p. 33). You will learn more about Digital Art Therapy in the course and will your travel to Berlin! In order to financially assist you, there are scholarships and funding available.

 Digital Media and Networking in relation to the viewing of art:

  • “…it is now difficult for any practitioner to ignore that increasing numbers of art therapy clients are influenced and involved on a daily basis with digital media and networking. In other words, it is impossible to compartmentalize just how digital media and networking contribute to psychosocial experiences and the role of technology in individuals’ world views.” – per Psychology Today
  • How viewing art can be a meditation practice:
    • Just as witnessing the breath in meditation connects us to the here and now, the process of observing artwork is a doorway to the present moment. Yogis know time spent in the present creates a sense of contentment, inner spaciousness, and mental clarity. When we sift through the layers of brain fuzz … –  per Yoga Journal
  • Mindfulness—the practice of focusing on the present moment while calmly observing your thoughts and feelings—can reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and deepen empathy with others.
    • Art as Meditation: a lesson in mindfulness  – per the Rubin Museum

Maria Guzman received her M.A. in Art History from Ohio University. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Washburn University, in Fine Arts/Painting and Art History. A chapter of her graduate thesis was published in an anthology about identity politics, Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture. She has been involved in various creative communities since moving to California. This includes a Board of Directors membership at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (2010-2012), studying with local and internationally recognized artists, and writing for two international online organizations that focus on women & art, Gender Across Borders and the International Museum of Women. Currently, she teaches at the College of Alameda, where she has developed several Art History courses, and recently contributed to the successful application for a grant to support the Peralta Open Education Resources (OER) Institute’s textbook-free initiative. Alternate email contact: mariaguzman@gmail.com

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