an invaluable experience
The latest issue of the Gazette, with its feature article on
Harlow, reminded me of my intention to write to you following
my own experience in the Visual Arts program at that campus.
I had the privilege of participating in Grenfells VA program
at Harlow in the spring and summer of 2000, and I cannot overemphasize
the benefits these courses offer to the visual arts students,
especially those studying in Newfoundland. Our province does
not provide the gallery and museum opportunities available to
art students in larger centres, and being able to view works
in some of Europes finest galleries, accompanied by Dr.
Gerard Curtis knowledgeable lectures, is an invaluable
experience. All of this, combined with the cultural experience,
the possibility for some extended travels in Europe, as well
as group co-operative living, makes for an extremely important
addition to the Visual Arts program.
I am a mature student, and have had several visits
to London and other European centres in the years since the mid-60s.
But a year of art history study, along with the Harlow lectures
and field trips, have given me a whole new appreciation for the
art work I revisited and introduced me to works and artists that
were new to me. I also enjoyed the English architecture with
a new appreciation, and reveled in the English countryside. I
can only imagine the impact of this adventure on a young student.
I hope this program will continue, if not expand. It would be
wonderful if the Harlow component could be a mandatory part of
the VA program, as it is for the Theatre Arts. I do believe the
experience is invaluable and extraordinary.