This video was created by Sarah Peters, who participated in the winter 2013 European Outsider Art trip, which included a visit to Austria. This summer's trip will be traveling to Belgium instead. 

Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium

Tentative Dates:
May 14 (depart the United States on May 13)–May 26, 2014 

Since the beginning of the 20th century there has been a fascination with art produced by people with mental illness and disabilities as well as other artists working outside the cultural mainstream. Terms such as art brut, outsider, naïve, self-taught, and visionary are all imperfect attempts at categorizing this vigorous and elusive genre. From the Prinzhorn Collection to Dubuffet’s Collection de l’Art Brut to contemporary studio programs such as Créahm in Liege, Belgium, there has been a continuous European tradition around the production, admiration, and collection of this work. This course will examine the historical and current practices within this genre with a particular focus on its relevance to art therapy, art education, art history, psychology, and studio fine art. Visits to important sites in Heidelberg Germany, Bern and Lausanne Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, and other locations will form the core of this trip in addition to reading, lecture, and discussion.

This course offers students the opportunity to discover connections between historic and contemporary outsider art sites and their art education, art therapy, and studio practices. Visually and conceptually rich, this experiences challenges participants' perceptions of both art and artists.

Historically, this course has attracted students from a variety of departments and backgrounds, from Art Therapy and Art Education to Arts Administration and Studio Artists. All are welcome!

Triumphal arch, BrusselsBrusselsArt Nouveau architecture in BrusselsArtist installation in LiègeAnny Servais, LiègeArtwork in Liège studioOld bridge in HeidelbergMuseum Dr. Guislain, GhentWillem van Genk, Museum dr. GuislainPsychiatrie-Museum BerneMusée d'Art SpontanéMusée d'Art SpontanéJacket by Agnes Richter

Credits: 6 credits max: 3 credits ARTTHERAPY or ARTED and/or 3 credits STUDIO

Randy Vick: Art Therapy
Jerry Stefl: Art Education

Program fee: Approx. $2,900
Includes accommodation in shared rooms, admissions, ground transport, and some group meals. Does not include airfare.

Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

PLUS tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour

Online registration begins: March 12, 2014

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, February 12, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 816

Wednesday, March 5, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 315