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China: Painting
Nanjing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Summer
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Academic College: College of Creative Arts Best Fit Majors: Art and Design
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Naijun Zhang
Program Description:


Painting in China
chinaThe School of Art and Design at West Virginia University is pleased to offer its international painting study in China. This program will provide an opportunity for students to study landscape painting in Chinese ink style in Nanjing with extensive traveling to major historical and cultural sites throughout China.

A short stay in Shanghai will enable you to experience one of China’s most important collections housed in her fabulous new museum. This magnificent collection of painting, calligraphy, ceramics, bronze, jade, furniture and much more will be a breathtaking introduction to this unique cultural experience. Trips to the famed European section, “the Bund” and Yu Yuan Garden will also highlight our stay. Next we will travel to Nanjing, China’s ancient southern capital and famous for its exquisite silk production. Nanjing Arts Institute is one of the oldest art schools in China. With modern studios and facilities, and western style dormitories, it is the perfect host site for an intensive workshop studio experience.The city of Nanjing is a vibrant, dynamic, modern city with ancient roots, sure to stimulate your eyes, mind and heart to create new possibilities of art making. Extensive studio time will be dedicated to developing technical skills and artistic vision. Participants in the program will be directed in discovering personal connections with the rich artistic, cultural, scientific and architectural traditions of China and establishing relationships to their own contemporary art making practices. Members of the Nanjing Art College faculty will lecture and demonstrate their skills and ideas, introducing students to traditional Chinese painting. Studio time is designed to allow students the opportunity to incorporate these Chinese techniques, materials and conceHuangshan). As the most revered mountains in China, artists, poets and musicians have immortalized them for centuries. In addition, we will travel to Xidi, Hongchun, Suzhou, the “eastern Venice”, and Yangzhou renown for their picturesque beauty and excellent cuisine. Many activities and special field trips are scheduled including Ming Tombs, regional museums, local antique and food markets.

Next we will travel to Xian, China’s ancient capital, once served as the powerful center of the Tang dynasty silk trade. Rich in culture and art history, this area is a pivotal site connected to the origins of Chinese civilization. Xian is home to Emperor Qin’s terra-cotta Army, one of the major wonders of the world, Forest of Steles, Shanxi Museum, and much more.

From Xian we will travel to Beijing for the final segment of the trip. Once there, we will stay at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and visit the Great Wall, Tainanmen Square, Forbidden City, 798 Art Distict, and more.

Program cost $5,900.00 includes international airfare, in-country travel, all lodging, food, health insurance, class materials, and 6  transferable credits from West Virginia University.


City: Najing

Country: China

Population: 3.624 million

Information: Nanjing, capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province, is roughly 300 km up the Yangtze River from Shanghai. It was the national capital during part of the Ming dynasty and, in the 20th century, the Republic of China. Many monuments and landmarks remain, including Zhonghuamen (Gate of China), a preserved 14th-century section of the massive wall that contained the old city’s southern entrance.

Places of Interest:
Presidential Palace

City: Shanghai

Country: China

Population: 14.35 million

Information: Enormous Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises Pudong’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yuyuan Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.

Places of Interest:

Yu Garden

City: Xian

Country: China

Population: 4.482 million

Information: Xi’an is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties' ruling houses. In Xi’an’s surrounding plains are the famed Bingmayong (Terracotta Warriors), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

Places of Interest:

Terracotta Army


Course associated with this program:
ART 493J Painting in China (6 credits)

For more information please contact Dr. Naijun Zhang at


Dr Naijun Zhang


Program Fee $ 5,900
WVU Course Credit
Round Trip Airfare
Programmatic Academic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 06/19/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.