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Exploring History through Photography and Mixed Media

What is the work that historians do? Do they simply present the dates and facts of events, or is there more to the story? While historians strive to represent history accurately, their work is more complicated – and more creative – than you may think! Investigate the intersection of history, art and design while you explore Duke University’s campus past and present!  

Sharpen your historical lens while immersing in visual art forms and techniques through the principles of art and design. Create a portfolio of the architecture and landscape of Duke University’s West Campus using lens-based media (film, video, photography and more). Learn about Julian Abele, a prominent African-American architect who designed more than 30 buildings on Duke University’s main quadrangle – Abele Quad. Visit the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University with your like-minded peers to gain even more insight into the significance of art and design!

The class will culminate in your creation of a non-traditional self-portrait using multiple mediums and techniques including collage, print-making, drawing and painting. Incorporate natural elements and a variety of color combinations to represent your unique identity as an artist and designer. Gain the knowledge and techniques to see history and yourself from a different perspective! 

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