A Quick Guide to Music, Art, Architecture, and Nature in Sydney

Oct 3, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn creates a quick guide based on his exploration of Sydney's art and culture so far and shares several go-to spots for music, art, architecture and nature in the city.

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For today's post, I wanted to talk a bit about some of the art (whether painted or sung) that you can generally find around the CAPA Sydney center and in the city. I haven’t managed to hit all of the cultural touchstones of Sydney yet, but here are a few highlights of what I’ve seen so far. Small note to take—I know very little about plants, architecture, and art so those sections may be lacking in any expert evaluation.

Music

Foundry 616 Hosting The Baker Boys Jazz GroupFoundry 616 hosts a wide range of jazz acts including The Baker Boys.

Five minutes down the street from the CAPA Sydney center sits the small jazz lounge, Foundry 616. Despite the sign outside (which is never lit up and very easy to glaze over), Foundry 616 is hard to spot—being just one of three doors at the entrance to a large business building. Enter and you’ll find a dimly lit lounge that provides a small stage for performances and smaller concerts, as well as the option to dine in. The lounge offers free admission on Tuesdays, and hosts “The Baker Boys” which is a jazz collective that allows musicians from every avenue from Sydney to showcase their talents for prospective bookings. I’m a sucker for jazz and jazz renditions of non-jazz songs, so I really enjoyed their performance- I’m not getting married anytime soon so I’m not going end up giving any of them jobs, but they did put on a good show! I would say if you have a spare hour on a Tuesday it wouldn’t hurt to check out Foundry 616.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Tips, Art Abroad, Music, Nature, Local Culture

Bridging the Gap: Theatrical Arts, Prisoners, and the Outside World

Oct 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

London ImageVideo by Natasha Wright, a BFA Acting major from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and CAPA London alum.

Natasha talks about her research project focusing on Synergy Theatre Project and their work with prisoners and former prisoners in the theater and arts space.

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Thanks, Natasha!

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Human Rights, Theater, Art Abroad, Personal Learning, Reflection

Exploring Dublin's Irish Museum of Modern Art

Oct 2, 2018 8:01:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey, a lover of art, uses her free student access to get her art fix and explores the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She discusses some of the exhibits she visited and her favorite pieces from each.

There’s something about art that has always made me all warm inside, so this week I made my way to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was free since I was a student, which made it even better. I’m still figuring out the bus system, so I decided to get some exercise in and walk. It’s about a 40-minute walk, but lucky for me it was a beautiful day and there wasn’t a drop of rain, just a bit windy. By the time I got there I was ready to dive into gorgeous art, so I grabbed my student ticket and some programs and was off. There were three exhibits open at the time due to renovations going on elsewhere in the museum. 

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Photography, Art Abroad, Must Do, Local Culture

Taking Art Classes in Florence is a Dream Come True

Jul 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Studio Arts major at University of Colorado - Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Allyson writes about fulfilling her passion and practice of art in a prominent and historic art city like Florence.

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My favorite class here in Florence this summer by far has been my drawing class. I love art, which is why I picked it up as another major. I am so passionate about my art and so getting to practice my art in the art capital of the world was just a dream come true.

Ponte Vecchio ArtworkTrying pen and ink drawings of the Ponte Vecchio.

In the class we got to not only explore art practices in the classroom and studio, but we also took outings all around the city to explore and find sculptures to base our drawing on. It was a great way to practice our techniques and also a way for us explore the wonderful city that we are in. Jaime was our professor and she did a wonderful job. She was so passionate about everything, including whatever she taught us, that it always made us more interested in the topics. She was always someone I enjoyed listening to.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Art Abroad, Academics Abroad

What My Summer Art Classes Are Like in Florence

Jun 28, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah shares about her art classes in Florence and the wonder of learning and seeing the city's artwork and architecture in the flesh.

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While it seems to me that I have been spending copious amounts of time pleasure reading, journaling, and traveling, I sometimes remind myself that I am also in Florence to…study! The classes I enrolled in—drawing and renaissance art history—started the week after I arrived, and I have class 3 days per week, per class. The learning environment is quite unique for each class, and I have enjoyed studying with the expat professors at CAPA, who decided the grass was greener across the pond, and who enthusiastically share their passion for Florentine culture and art with students each semester.

Looking up into the Duomo from below.

At first, I was surprised to hear that my teachers were not in fact of Italian descent, or grew up in the country. Their perspectives of the city are part of what makes the learning environment so unique. Our drawing professor prefers whimsical assignment changes that best fit the group’s interests, and our art history professor is a walking encyclopedia, who I’m sure would know when and where each Medici family member lived and breathed his or her last breath if you were to ask her. Both of my classes have been extraordinarily unique.

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God’s Own Junkyard: One of London’s Hidden Gems

May 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly discovers God's Own Junkyard and takes a look inside this neon sign heaven.

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About a 15-minute walk off of the Victoria line’s Walthamstow Central Tube Station, a wonderland filled with neon sign exists. Unless you're looking for it, you won’t find it. A sign leading to it fittingly reads: “Heavenly junk in a hell of a location.” And it’s true. It’s an incredible treasure of a spot in a completely random location.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Outside God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard is like a gallery. It’s where old neon signs are given new life. The man behind the magic is Chris Bracey, the “Neon Man.” For 37 years, he’s been creating neon art pieces for photographers and artists including David LaChappelle and Martin Creed. He has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind the likes of Tom Cruise in “Eyes Wide Shut” and Johnny Depp in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” When a film is finished and neon signs are discarded like yesterday’s leftovers, the Neon Man collects them and never lets them die.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Activities Abroad

Shoreditch: Discovering Street Art and Beyond

Apr 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly ventures out to Shoreditch to see how art plays a big part in the area's appeal and vibrant culture.

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All throughout London, art graces the walls of buildings, fences, and even exists beneath people’s feet as they make their way through the city each day. In East London’s trendsetting Shoreditch neighborhood, there’s no shortage of it. From Banksy’s work to the work of a man who creates tiny masterpieces on people’s hardened gum, art truly remains all over.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Street Art in Shoreditch_4Street art in Shoreditch.

For my Post War British Pop Culture class, we ventured out to Shoreditch to take in all of the art it has to offer. In class, we learned about the area’s street art. We also learned about how the area is transforming with gentrification. As more hipsters move into the area and bring instagrammable coffee shops with them, the area has become more desirable. Rent hikes have forced immigrants who have lived there for years to leave.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Street Art

Seeing More of Italy with a Weekend in Rome

Mar 14, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Michaella spends a weekend in Rome and gets to know another Italian city better through its art, history, and architecture.

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Thanks Michaella!

Michaella's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Travel, Art Abroad

Encountering Art at Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Feb 27, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Michaella visits the Uffizi Gallery with her friends for free and views several stunning art pieces.

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Thanks Michaella!

Michaella's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Art Abroad, Activities Abroad

Music Culture in Dublin

Jun 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MadelineMessina_Dublin_Headshot.pngMadeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Madeline discusses the deep-rooted history of music in Irish culture, and how it has changed throughout the years.

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Music has a close relationship with Dublin. It’s difficult to walk down a busy street in the city without hearing music. Whether it’s the buskers on Mary or Grafton street during the day or Irish trad pouring out of the pubs at night, the pulse of the music mirrors Dublin’s heartbeat.  It’s easy to see that Dubliners are very passionate about music. Plenty of the troubadours sat in the streets don’t have cups out to accept money, they do it for the love of it. Traditional musicians in pubs sit in booths playing their instruments over the tables while the sound reverberates through the crowd; they are on the same level as everyone else. It is very symbolic, in a way, because musicians aren’t idolized here, music is free to be enjoyed by the every-man.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Summer2017_From Madeline Messina Music 1.jpg

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Art Abroad, Music

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