In-person registration is going on now.

Interested students should contact Randy Chavez ( right away to start the approval process for registration.

Prime showcases for the narrative painting tradition, London and Paris provide not only majestic backdrops for the lectures in this course, but also become active participants.

What a luxury to discuss Arthur Rackham, then turn around and view his illustrations at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

History of Illustrative Art

Instructor: Randy Chavez
SF campus: Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
London/Paris: June 7-22, 2014

From Across the Pond


Eight days and nights in London, followed by eight days and nights in Paris, offer a diverse array of experiences: walking tours; studio, gallery, and museum visits to supplement class lectures.

The course begins with a discussion of illustrative art through the ages then quickly moves into a decade-by-decade survey from the mid-1900s to the present, examining the lives and the techniques of the significant artists of the time.

In London, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Prints & Drawings Room provides access to 750,000 objects, watercolors, old master drawings, commercial graphics, and posters. The class studies the Arts and Crafts movement at the British Museum and sees firsthand the impact that 19th century Japanese woodblock prints had on Art Nouveau.


Taking the train to Paris through the Chunnel, students witness the splendor of Mucha’s Art Nouveau at the Canavalet Museum and Daumier’s playful clay caricatures at the Musée d’Orsay. With afternoons in the Louvre and lunch along the Seine, Paris is breathtaking night and day. (Students' sketchbooks are likely to fill before their camera flash cards!)

The Franco-Belgium style of comics (bande dessinée) offers new frames of reference for the aspiring graphic novelist. After browsing in comics and graphic emporiums and bookstores filled with titles not available in the United States, students meet some of the artists behind the products on the shelves.

Students Gain Perspective

Tracking the old and the new through the streets of London and Paris, participants gain insight into how art has evolved over time. This inspirational environment also serves to cultivate and enliven their artistic palette and broaden and clarify their personal vision.

With its emphasis on the approaches and techniques of individual artists, this course offers a valuable experience to students from all disciplines: fine artists, illustrators, or anyone in the arts.

Students reside in centrally located university housing at the University of London and the Sorbonne in Paris.

About the Instructor

Randy Chavez credits his first visit abroad as “the adventure that changed my life forever. It was on those cobblestone streets that this student discovered he was an artist. My fondest ambition would be to provide the opportunity for others to share that epiphany.”

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Undergraduates: Completion of at least sophomore level by summer 2014 and instructor approval
Graduates: Instructor approval

In addition, all students must be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing for the 2013–14 academic year.

Course Satisfies

For undergraduates, this course satisfies the History of Illustration requirement for Illustration majors, a Visual Studies Elective (200 or 300 level), or a Studio Elective.

Note: Students who have already taken History of Illustration may still enroll in this course for credit.

For graduates, this course satisfies a gradwide elective.

Program Fee

$4,700 + $50 registration fee

Included in program fee:
3 units, housing, local transportation, guest artists, field trips, entrance fees, and travel/health insurance

Not included in program fee:
Airfare or meals

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In-person registration is going on now for all summer study abroad courses. Students may still register as long as spots are available in the class and accommodations have not been finalized.

All CCA summer study-abroad courses (including the New York Studio and Marfa Fieldwork Project) are coordinated by the Office of Special Programs.


Office of Special Programs
Oakland campus, Ralls 201

Nina Sadek
Dean of Special Programs

Carol Pitts
Operations Manager, Special Programs