Today’s Christian art students face unique challenges. Often, they feel caught between the need to speak into the secular professional art world and yet also fear being labeled a “religious artist”. This experience invites art students to immerse themselves in the art world of Philadelphia and then process that experience in a group while camping in Michaux State Forest or the Catskill Mountains.
Destination: Philadelphia, PA and Michaux State Forest or the Catskill Mountains
Activities: Backpacking, hiking, touring
Cost: $ or $$
Day 1: Arrive at a guest house in Philadelphia and take the rest of the day to visit the historic Church of the Advocate to explore the role of communal art through 14 “impressive and often contentious” murals.
Day 2: Learn about Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and how they turn graffiti vandals into artists who help tell a city’s story.
Day 3: Travel to Michaux State Forest or the Catskill Mountains for two days of backpacking.
Days 3-4: Play, explore and rest from city life and/or observe the need for interdependence and the power of life together in the woods. Create an artistic response to these observations.
Days 4-5: Return home.