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09.25.19

Painting Students Featured in International Exhibition

EMU Painting students featured in an exhibition in collaboration with VCUarts Qatar students in Doha, Qatar, titled "Visible Cities: VCUarts Qatar and Eastern Michigan University." 

Working collaboratively across the globe, painting students from EMU were partnered with painting students from VCUarts Qatar in Doha, Qatar. After reading passages from Italo Calvino's classic "Invisible Cities," students were asked to contemplate the idea of "place," and share photos of their chosen place via Instagram with their partners from half a world away. Students then created several painting sketches from the shared photos, exploring the concept of different "visual languages." Lastly, students each created one final painting that explored the use of multiple visual languages in one painting while simultaneously capturing the feeling of both places.

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