May 12, 2003

Summer Arts Experience still taking students

By Rita Perakis

Space is still available for the Emory Summer Arts Experience, an educational arts program for teens, students and adults scheduled for May 27–June 1. Departments from creative writing to visual arts will offer six-day courses, which may be taken for credit or on a non-credit basis.

“The Emory Summer Arts Experience will challenge students to discover, indulge and extend their creativity by participating in disciplines ranging from fiction writing and music making to pinhole photography and the European tradition of clowning,” said Sally Wolff King, associate dean of Emory College and director of summer school courses.

In addition to daytime courses, participants will have opportunities for social and artistic interaction across disciplines. Among these opportunities are a public conversation and reading with award-winning author Amy Bloom, May 28 at 7 p.m. in White Hall 207, and public readings by fiction-writing students enrolled in the program, May 29 from 6–8 p.m.

The following courses will be offered:

Theater: The department of theater studies offers a week of clown training with Vince Tortorici, ’90C, an Atlanta-based clown in the classical European tradition, who was a participant in Theater Emory’s warmly received “Fool’s Fest to Welcome the New Millennium” in 1999 and a guest instructor last year. The course will be based on exercises and structured improvisation, and will be accessible to newcomers as well as experienced performers. Classes will be from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. daily.

Art history/visual arts: The visual arts program at Emory will offer a hands-on, intensive workshop in pinhole photography with Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer, co-directors of the Pinhole Resource ( in San Lorenzo, N.M. Renner and Spencer are experts in pinhole photography, having dedicated their lives to teaching, researching and archiving the art form. Some darkroom or art studio experience is necessary. Classes will be 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

Music: The music department presents “Introduction to Musical Cultures of the World,” taught by faculty member Tong Soon Lee. This course offers a study of the diverse musical soundscapes that constitute the modern world. Through seminars, performances, workshops and lecture-demonstrations, course participants will explore traditional and contemporary music of Latin America, Africa and Asia. Participants will learn how to play the Javanese gamelan, culminating in a public concert with Emory faculty, guest artists and Atlanta professionals. Classes will be 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

Creative writing: The creative writing program will offer a workshop titled “Fiction: Break It Down and Build It Up.” Bloom, author of Love Invents Us and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, will work with students on topics such as how to understand the mechanics and mysteries of word choice and “how to write from the heart without losing it on the page.” Classes will be 10 a.m.–2 p.m. daily.

Art history/Carlos Museum: The Carlos Museum offers a five-day course titled “Mapping the Sacred with Atlanta Artist Gregor Turk.” Participants will examine and discuss the human desire to demarcate place and create monuments for purposes of identity, commemoration and memorialization. They will explore works of art and landmarks from the ancient world and contemporary Atlanta, and will have an opportunity to create both two- and three-dimensional works that explore themes of individual and collective mapping and marking. Classes will be 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (This course will be held May 27–31.)

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must submit a visiting student summer application with a $40 application fee. Program fees are $831 if taken for credit, $390 for non-credit. The on-campus housing rate is $22.40 per day or $156.80 for the week (without meals). Meal cards for on-campus dining will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 404-727-0671 or visit