Art Imitates Life For London Group

Lauren Breitenother

This spring, the Art History department will be adding a London study group to Colgate’s 23 off campus study options. Participants in this program will be in London with Colgate’s English and History London programs. Students will have the opportunity to study Art History first hand in London with a series of British guest lecturers. The study group will also include two field trips to Cambridge and Bath. In addition, members of the group will travel to various cities on their own for a class project.Associate Professor of Art History Professor Padma Kaimal will lead the group and teach two art history classes, The City: Urban Form and Meaning and Museums in Theory, Ideology, and Practice. Members of the Art History London Study Group will also take a studio art class with an instructor from the prestigious Chelsea School of Art. Students will also take both a history and an English class taught by visiting British faculty members.In the past, Art History majors and minors have chosen to spend their time abroad studying Art History through other Universities or Colgate’s Venice Study Group. The Venice study group offers only one Art History class, as well as a class in Italian, another in Music and one in History.”It is a good idea to have an alternative to the Venice Art History study abroad program, especially because the group in Venice is so small and isolated from other students,” senior Art History major Kim Peyser said. Peyser chose to study art history and languages in Florence through Center for Education Abroad instead of taking a Colgate study group.Students who will have already taken at least three Art History courses before the fall of 2005 are welcome to apply for the London Art History Study Group.