Japan: Art & Design Workshops and Residency

Program Overview Dream and create with the local artists and community builders behind the resurgence of Ishinomaki–a coastal city in the midst of rebuilding itself in the wake of deindustrialization and the 2011 Great East Japan tsunami. In this course, we will study a variety of artistic forms (both traditional & modern), get to know […]

Program Overview

Dream and create with the local artists and community builders behind the resurgence of Ishinomaki–a coastal city in the midst of rebuilding itself in the wake of deindustrialization and the 2011 Great East Japan tsunami.

In this course, we will study a variety of artistic forms (both traditional & modern), get to know the artists who practice them, and reflect on how art functions in communities undergoing rapid demographic, social, and economic change. Along the way, we’ll take group excursions to appreciate Ishinomaki’s lush forests, scenic islands, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

What’s Included?

  • 14 days of homestay & hotel accommodations (based on group occupancy) *Rooms are shared with other guests unless you request and pay for a private room.

  • Airport Pickup and Drop-off for arrival and return flights. [Flight not included in price.]

  • Shared study & studio workspace

  • Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

  • Breakfast and 4 group dinners

  • International Health Insurance

  • Travel Guide & Interpreter

  • Course Credit if approved by your University.

Course / Residency Outline

A school administrator who revolutionized a traditional Japanese art form. A sushi chef turned master woodworker for a world-renowned furniture brand. A fifth-generation kimono seller. These are only a few of the fascinating makers whom students will learn from in Ishinomaki.

In this program, we will study traditional Japanese maker art under the tutelage of Tree Tree Ishinomaki (a local kokeshi doll maker). Over six workshops, students will not only learn how to make Ishinomaki-style kokeshi, but also harness the kokeshi as a canvas for their own self-expression. Students will:

  • Acquire woodturning carving skills

  • Learn traditional and modern kokeshi painting techniques

  • Experiment with kokeshi design

  • Produce their own innovative kokeshi pieces

Kokeshi-making workshops will be interspersed with tours, lectures, and workshops hosted by various artists, community builders, and small businesses around Ishinomaki. The program will also take thrilling excursions to the Tashirojima “Cat Island”; the scenic Oshika Peninsula; and the holy island Kinkasan (home to a shrine dating back to the 8th century). Throughout, students will reflect on how art functions in revitalizing communities through group discussions, free writes, presentations to community partners, and a cumulative portfolio.

Location / Site

Ishinomaki is a quiet regional city perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the major legacy cities of Japan’s northeastern “Tohoku” region. Given its proximity to the ocean and vast farmlands, the city is internationally-renowned for its fresh seafood and sake. Despite suffering immensely at the hands of deindustrialization, suburban flight, and the 2011 tsunami, Ishinomaki has emerged over the past several years as a haven for artists, makers, and builders of all stripes.

We will stay at a local hotel in downtown Ishinomaki, in walking distance of the train station, restaurants, grocery stores, and retail. Most workshops and our shared study/studio space are also within a 10 minute walk of the hotel. The banks of the Kitakami River, a park overlooking the Pacific coast, and countless coffee shops offer space for reflection and creativity throughout the day.

Duration of residency

2 weeks

Accommodation

Hotel, Shared accommodation

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

any discipline in art, design, music, performance

Studio / Workspace

shared studio

Fees and support

3900

Expectations towards the artist

participation


Application deadline
2020-01-20

Residency starts
MAY 11, 2020

Residency ends
MAY 24, 2020

Location
Japan/Japan

Link to more information
https://www.artistimmersionprogram.com/japan