Location Studies in Art and Biology


Art 100:  Search in Art:  Ireland, England, and Wales, 3 credits
Art 494:  Location Studies in Art:  Ireland, England, and Wales, 3 credits
Art 494:  Location Studies in Art:  Ireland: England, and Wales, 6 credits
Biology 171:  Introductory International Field Studies in Biology:  Ireland, England, and Wales , 1-4 credits
Biology 471:  International Field Studies in Biology:  Ireland, England, and Wales, 1-4 credits
Biology 571:  Advanced Field Studies in Biology:  Ireland, England, and Wales, 1-4 credits


For all courses:  Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $1,000 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least three credits of academic courses associated with this program.  Scholarships for students enrolled in fewer credits will be prorated.

In this Location Study Abroad, students in Art courses will learn to make artistic renderings of the natural environment, and students in Biology courses will learn to conduct field studies of biological aspects of the natural environment, in unique and beautiful areas on the west coast of Ireland, in England’s Lake District, and in Pembrokeshire National Park in Wales. This program provides a time period in which students will be able to work uninterrupted on a daily basis to complete major projects.  This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in art and biology in the rich biological settings and spectacular landscapes of coastal Ireland, the Lake District National Park in England, and Pembrokeshire National Park in Wales.  

The Burren area of western Ireland is a wonderful natural rocky coastal setting with distinctive flowers, fossils, and birds.  Small purple orchids grow in the cracks of extensive rock pavements, along with ferns and primroses.  On ledges above the sea, fossils of extinct marine invertebrates are scattered through the rocks.  In other areas, high cliffs overlook dramatic waves, and lush lichens grow along rock walls bordering green pastures, making ideal studies for landscapes.
Doolin, the town where students will be staying, has a rich culture of traditional music, with nightly performances in multiple venues.  Farmed fields and pastureland surround the town itself, and provide a pastoral landscape and many opportunities to study ecological interactions between plants and animals.

Students will take a ferry from Doolin to the nearby Aran Islands, where Gaelic is still the main language spoken and the traditional culture is strong.  To allow the development of agriculture on the islands, soil was built up over centuries by layering seaweed on the bare rocks, and rain-fed watering troughs are still used for livestock.  The Iron Age fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor provides a commanding view of the surrounding island and sea below the high cliff on which the fort is constructed.  

Students will also visit the vibrant street market in Galway, a university town on the bay, with local products for sale and street performers providing additional entertainment.

From Ireland, students will travel to the Lake District of England, England’s largest National Park and a premier hiking area. This is a landscape of low mountains, pasturelands, and lakes and streams which we will explore on many hikes.  Students will stay at Glenthorne, a guest house based at the foot of a mountain, with sheep and cows grazing in the pastures just over the guest house fence.  

Famous residents of the Lake District include Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.  Students will visit Beatrix Potter’s home, where rabbits that look just like the famous Peter Rabbit can be found in the gardens and fields.  They will also visit John Ruskin's home and studio to see his paintings of the local landscape, and his botanical illustrations of plant growth forms.  

Students will visit Kendal’s Abbot Hall art museum to see how many famous landscape painters, including Constable and Turner, have depicted the Lake District; and to view their collection of rich portraits by George Romney and Lucian Freud.

Students will also spend six days in Pembrokeshire National Park, Wales, where puffins and gannets live on rocky islands visible from the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path that extends along the shore and around its peninsulas.  The beach below our hostel has impressively tall triangles of black layered rock protruding from the sand’s surface at low tide, are covered almost to the tips when the tide is high.  Students will also visit the town of St. David’s, with an ornate twelfth century cathedral and ruins.   

Students in Art will render the special sense of place in these striking and sometimes harsh environments.  Biology students will develop their skills in designing, conducting, and interpreting biological studies in diverse natural ecosystems.  All students will work on developing skills of perception and technical abilities in the study area and media they choose, and integration of practice and theory in their chosen field.  Project and media choices will be made on an individual basis.  In past programs, for example, art students have drawn broad landscapes, painted detailed watercolors, and studied juxtapositions of forms and colors in natural environments.  Biology students have studied multiple aspects of animal behavior, the functional significance of plant growth forms, and ecological interrelationships.  At the end of our time in each location, combined art critiques and biology presentation sessions will provide a forum for students to discuss their work and receive suggestions and ideas to develop their work.

This program is intended for those who enjoy walking, hiking, and being outdoors every day  Accommodations will be basic and participants should be prepared for being outdoors in cool and sometimes rainy and windy weather.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, meals for approximately 8 days, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form


$4,195 per person, based on multiple occupancy and exclusive of course fees

Registration Deadline:

Extended to April 1, 2014


A limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

Travel Dates

June 5 - July 1, 2014

Faculty Directors

Prof.  Sylvia Halkin
Biology Department
(860) 832-2651

Prof. Muriel Miller
Art Department
(860) 455-9918

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