European/Southwest Art Classroom continues to immerse themselves in both the practical and theoretical study of art as they live and learn in the American Southwest this winter. Eight students, two faculty, a van, easels, and paint exploring the countryside, the urban landscapes, and investing their whole selves into this once in a lifetime experience of living in community. Read more from Euro/Southwest Classroom below!
During the past week, us Southwesterners focused more on the academic side of our experience and less on the adventurous side. On Wednesday, we had a graded art assignment where we were to paint an olive branch. Throughout the week, all eight of us worked on our second set of presentations on artists that we chose the week prior.
Saturday, we hit the road at 9:30 am to head to Scottsdale, Arizona to visit the Western Spirit Museum.
There, we got to see the unique work of artist Maynard Dixon, and many other artists that focused on southwestern and Native American culture.
After a quick lunch outside of a cozy Mexican food-styled restaurant, we were en route once again, this time to Phoenix, Arizona where we all experienced the Phoenix Art Museum for the first time. There, we saw incredible works done by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many, many more.
Illustrations of Chief Joseph and Armstrong by Paul Calle
Photograph of "Chief" by Edward S. Curtis.
Anna and Brigit stand in front of a Toulouse-Lautrec.
Pencil sketch of a grandmother by Dixon when he was 15.
We're heading to Sonoita and from there we will operate a base camp and visit Bisbee, Douglas and the border wall, Tombstone and the O.K. Corral, and Sauguaro National Park East. Keep following our journey on Instagram!