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London – Art & Chemistry

AFA 203 or CHE 103  – Exploring London through the World of Art and Chemistry

(1 unit – 4 credits, AFA 203 = Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts plus Global; CHE 103 = Liberal Learning Elective in Natural Science (non-laboratory) plus Global)

For Information, please attend an information session: TDB

Alternately, you contact one of us to set up a personal meeting to
discuss the program: Professor Lynn Bradley,  Professor Elizabeth Mackie or Marketing Assistant, Chloe Fama

Program Directors: Professor Elizabeth Mackie, Professor of Art and Dr. Lynn Bradley, Professor of Chemistry

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

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Welcome to London!  The TCNJ Summer in London program this year focuses upon a fascinating exploration of art history, art practice, and the basic principles of chemistry in a variety of London museums, galleries, and public gardens.  Students will look at current and past practices in art and explore how the two relate. Field trips to museums, galleries, sculpture gardens, public parks, and other venues to view art will complement classroom presentations explaining chemical concepts will also be integrated into the course, and hands-on project work will allow students to get their hands dirty and appreciate how science plays a role in creating art and how art may inspire scientific discovery…all in the shadow of Buckingham Palace!

London serves as the learning laboratory for this program – the Spitalsfield market (a great place to shop on Saturdays!), the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Kensington Gardens feature prominently in the course syllabus.  Students will have weekends free to delve into those parts of the city that they may have encountered as part of the class, or they might take independent excursions to surroundings cities and towns in England.

Students will have both written assignments and art projects to complete, including a final collaborative project focusing on the mapping of London.  Sightseeing jaunts will factor prominently into those maps – students will learn a great deal while having a great summer adventure!

2014 Program Cost:

  • In-State and Out-of-State: $5,132

Program Cost Includes:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Bed and Breakfasts in London
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Land Transportation (including a pass on the London Underground (valid for subways and busses)
  • Entrance fees for most sites
  • Travel insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include: 

  • Airfare
  • Most Lunches and Dinners
  • Class Supplies
  • Personal Expenses

Students have two payment options – they may enroll in the Sallie Mae Payment Plan (follow this link, scroll to “Summer Faculty-Led Program,” and follow enrollment instructions) to pay in installments or pay-in-full for the program fee (travel-related expenses, not including airfare) by February 21, 2014.   Tuition and fee charges ($1,631.97 for in-state and out-of-state students) would be applied to your account in the regular summer school cycle, payable by April 21, 2014.   The $500 fee charged to students upon program acceptance is applied toward the program fee and is not an additional charge.  Please contact the CGE for more information.

Withdrawal from Program – There may be financial penalties for students who withdraw from a faculty-led program after acceptance and payment of the $500 confirmation fee.  Please review our withdrawal policy and contact the CGE if you have any questions.

Questions? Contact the Center for Global Engagement at

Here is the 2013 course schedule

Pre-departure Meeting TCNJ: London Course Orientation
Pre-departure meeting(9am-4:30pm, 2-3 weeks before departure) 9:00-10:30 Introduction and program overview10:30-12:00 Chemistry lecture #1-Basic Chemical Concepts12:00-1:00 Lunch1:00-2:30   Chemistry lecture #2-Atomic History and Bonding2:30-3:30   Review course requirements and pre-departure preparations3:30-4:30   Overview of artistic materials, map design and techniques, with examples provided
London-Week 1 Sculpture: Artists, Materials and Durability
July 8-Monday Leave for London
July 9-Tuesday -Arrival-Move into living accommodations-Evening welcome and social event
July 10-Wednesday -London Lecture #1 Metals and their Properties-Overview of Field Sites, Map Options and Art Projects-Walking tour of London
July 11-Thursday -Anish Kapoor, Olympic Sculpture, Olympic Park-The Gherkin-Architecture-Science Museum, Art Project GalleryStudent Presentations #1, #2, and #3-Theater Performance in the Evening
July 12-Friday -London Lecture #2 Chemical Bonding of Metals and Sculpture Materials; Contemporary Sculpture, Fashion Design and Fiber Arts-Old Spitalfields Market and Contemporary Sculpture-Spitalfields Public Art and the young fiber artists and designers exhibition-Evening of art openings and music
July 13/14-Sat/Sun -Saturday Morning-Art Project #1-Dyeing Project-part 1-Free time to explore London, the surrounding area and to work on Map Project and Dyeing Project-part 2-Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens (optional)
London-Week 2 Sculpture Field Trip – Textiles, Dyes and Photography 
July 15-Monday Out of the city fieldtrip: (full day)-Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussexn  Contemporary Sculptors, Materials and MethodsStudent Presentations #4, #5, and #6-Complete sculpture and materials exploration, working in groups of 2 or 3 people. A sheet will be provided outlining the requirements. Record findings in the journal.-Group discussion: British artists (comparison to US and world artists), selected sculptures and the materials used-Chichester, small cathedral city with Roman wall.-Tour the city
July 16-Tuesday -London Lecture #3 Chemistry of Dyes and Textiles-Lesley Craze Jewelry and Textile Galleryn Textile Techniques and MaterialsStudent Presentations #7 and #8-Fashion and Textile Museum-Contemporary and Historical Textile and FashionStudent Presentations #9 and #10
July 17-Wednesday -Dyeing Project critique-London Lecture #4 Chemistry and History of Photography; The History of Photograms and Current Artistic Practices Expression and Artist working in Photographic Series-The Photographers’ Gallery and Victoria and Albert MuseumContemporary PhotographyStudent Presentations #11, #12, and #13
July 18-Thursday Out of the city fieldtrip: (full day)-Lacock Village (to see the Talbot exhibition), near Chippenham, Wiltshiren Talbot’s Photographic Discoveries-Cyanotype
July 19-Friday -Cyanotype critique-Somerset House, Marlborough Fine Art, White Cube, Gagosian GalleryStudent Presentations #14 and #15-Contemporary Art: Art galleries and openings, Art events(schedules are not available at this time but locations will include galleries listed below under Contemporary Art) **
July 20/21-Sat/Sun -City of London Festival (Art, Music, Film and Theater)-Free time to explore London and surrounding area and to work on map project.
London-Week 3 Papermaking, Paints, Pigments, Drawing Materials, and Glass
July 22-Monday -London Lecture #5 Chemistry of Paper; Book Art Design and Techniques Workshop-London Lecture #6 Chemistry of Paints, Pigments and Drawing Materials-University of the Arts London-Book Arts Collection-Tea at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon
July 23-Tuesday Out of the city fieldtrip: (full day)Frogmore Mill (papermaking), Hempstead

  • Tour of the mills and papermaking history in Britain

Students learn how to make handmade paper and participate in the papermaking process

-Art Project #3-Handmade Paper and Artist Books


July 24-Wednesday -London Lecture #5 Paints, Pigments and Drawing Materials; Artists working in Painting, Printmaking, and Drawing-Tate ModernStudent Presentations #16, #17, and #18-Book Artist Book Shop-Camden Arts Centre, late opening (until 9pm), talks, film screenings, live performances, and late opening in the café and bookshop.
July 25-Thursday Out of the city fieldtrip: (full day)Oxford-Visit Museum: Modern Art OxfordStudent Presentations #19, #20, and #21-Tour of the city-Free time to explore the city and have dinner
July 26-Friday -London Lecture #6 Chemistry of Glass and Stained Glass-Artist Book Workshop-Studio Glass Gallery and London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery-Churches of London, Stained GlassStudent Presentations #22, #23, and #24-Contemporary Art: Art galleries and openings, Art events(schedules are not available at this time but locations will include galleries listed below under Contemporary Art) **
July 27/28-Sat/Sun -Use this final weekend to complete the map project and artist book-Handmade Paper and Artist Books critique-Sunday Evening Farewell Event
July 29-Monday -Transfer to airport-Return home or leave for independent travel
Post-Program Meeting to be scheduled two weeks after the end of the course at TCNJ Map Project critiqueSharing photographs and personal experiences
**Contemporary Art Galleries and events will be scheduled when the Summer 2013 calendar is available. Contemporary Art Galleries:

Weekends and free time (a sheet will be provided with more information of sites, activities and additional options).