Hello, my name is Lizz Glaus. I’m a senior Art major, Anthropology/Sociology minor. I’ve been lucky enough to study abroad twice in the last couple of years – I spent the summer of 2010 at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France and the Spring 2011 semester in Scotland at the Glasgow School of Art. These were very different experiences, but they are two of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
In Pont-Aven, I stayed with a host family (who only spoke French) and spent four weeks in a really intense studio environment – basically all day every day, minus a couple of excursions to Paris, Mont St. Michel, and some nearby towns. I made a whole bunch of paintings and drawings, and got great advice from Brown & RISD professors, which helped prepare me to hit the ground running when I got back to Rhodes.
My experience in Glasgow was much less structured – I took trips with IFSA-Butler to the lake district, Argyll Forest, Isle of Skye, and all around the highlands, and met a few other American students through IFSA, but was otherwise on my own, living and working with GSA students from all disciplines (architecture, product design, illustration, sculpture, painting, fashion…) and all over the world. I still made a fair amount of work, but I spent much less time in the studio than out in the city, which I absolutely loved. Instead of isolating myself in the studio, I chose to focus on learning as much as I could from the incredible friends I made in Glasgow and through traveling to Barcelona, Salzburg, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, and Edinburgh when I had some time off from school. Those relationships and conversations are a big part of what drives my work in the studio now, so I’ll always be grateful for them.
The best advice I can give to you if you are even thinking about studying abroad is to DO IT. Do it with an open mind and make the most of it. I’d love to talk to you about making those plans any time!
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