Marchutz Core Art Program
"What we need is a school of vision."
- Léo Marchutz
In recognizing a need for a “school of vision” Léo Marchutz had in mind an affirmative eye-opening educational experience for students. Encouraging them to open their eyes to what Oskar Kokoschka called “the miracle of the visible world”. The open eye is the foundation; it is a principle, or better still, a habit, related to the belief that the artist’s task is to make us feel, to make us see. Especially for the painter, art begins with the open eye.
A unique art program for all majors
Discover art in the south of France!
The mission of the Marchutz Core Art Program is, above all, to develop the student's capacity to see. The program helps students sharpen their visual perceptions of the world around them, decipher their emotional responses to these perceptions, and through a holistic (studio, historical, and critical) discipline, relate their discoveries to an intensive investigation of the nature and aim of art. Students will learn from a myriad of available resources including masterworks, architecture, figure and portrait work, and landscape. The human imagination, memory, perception, and craft are interwoven throughout the curriculum. These resources and programmatic themes help students look around their environment as well as within themselves until their artistic expression springs from a union of sight and insight – one of the major learning outcomes for all students.
An interdisciplinary and holistic approach that unifies:
the studio art discipline
liberal arts coursework
intensive critical dialogue and aesthetics seminars
spontaneous perceptual painting and drawing
- a community of students and artists at all levels
extensive museum study
painting field studies and excursions
- Multiple-day museum study in Paris, France (Fall)
- Multiple-day painting excursion to the Lac d'Annecy, France (Fall)
- Multiple-day painting excursion to Venice, Italy (Spring)
- Day-trips to the surrounding countryside of Aix-en-Provence and the Vaucluse (Fall & Spring)
The program requires 15 credits
- Drawing (3)
- Painting (3)
- Art Criticism Seminar (Fridays 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) (3)
- Art History or Museum Studies (3)
- Language and Culture (3)
"Every painting we looked at filled me with wonder. I could not have been any happier than I was looking at and discussing those paintings." - Julia, Newport University
Reflections of a Marchutz Progam Student