Upon arriving to Havana, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos imagined new Schools of Art while playing golf at the most elitist country club from before the revolution. Their instruction to build the “most beautiful academy of the arts in the whole world… in one of the most beautiful residential developments” was clearly aligned with the ideals of the revolution and was undertaken immediately and fervently.
This course will revolve mostly around studying Cuba’s National Schools of Art by Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garrati and Roberto Gottardi. With historical, documentary and on site studies of the Schools- focusing on Plastic Arts, Ballet and Drama respectively- the course will include explorations and exercises with brick Catalan vault and Guastavino dome systems. Working with analog and digital representations of the schools, students will be able to pair their personal study of what is revolutionary with hand sketched drawings of the buildings.
This course has a traveling component to Havana, Cuba for ten days, from March 10 to the 20, 2017, during the BAC’s academic spring break. This ten day trip will cost no more than $2,900 per student. This figure includes airfare, lodging, some breakfasts and insurance as well as extended access into most of the works being studied. Financial aid will be available. Students should be ready to cover a deposit of $1,000 by November 15 to begin the reservation process. The final cost of the trip will be defined once this process begins and the remaining balance will be due December 15.