Faculty-led travel programs

Each summer and winter intersession, KCAI offers students the opportunity to earn 3 to 6 credits studying off-campus with KCAI faculty.  

When you participate in a faculty-led travel program, you will study and travel with a group of fellow KCAI students in a unique program designed by the faculty members who are leading your program.  Previous destinations have included: Santa Fe, N.M.; New York; Florence, Italy; Hungary; Paris; and Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
For more information about faculty-led travel programs, contact Bambi Burgard, vice president for academic affairs (816-802-3455) or Nancy Noble (816-802-3438) in the academic affairs office.

Program requirements:
In order for your application for participation in an FLTP to be considered you must:
  • Be over age18
  • Have completed at least one semester of study at KCAI
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Be a student in good academic and financial standing 
Faculty-led travel programs vary from year to year in order to provide students with a wide range of options and experiences.  Application deadlines vary from program to program, so please be sure to read thoroughly all of the information associated with a trip in which you may be interested in participating.  The deadlines listed in the information and application for each program are firm: Deadlines listed are the last possible moment when you can submit your application, program payments, etc. 

Summer 2014 - Hungary and Paris




May 19 - June 22, 2014

This study abroad experience offers students the chance to experience living and working in Eastern Europe. Our home base for the trip is the International Ceramics Studio, a center that features comfortable lodgings and excellent studios: ample workspaces, numerous kilns and a mold-making facility. A special translucent porcelain clay is available for use. The studio museum houses an extensive international collection of contemporary works in clay, providing an excellent on-site study resource.
Hungary has a long tradition of ceramics from folk art wares to the exquisite art nouveau luxury wares of Zsolnay and the Herend Porcelain Factory, as well as examples of historic and architectural ceramics in Kecskemet, Budapest, Pecs. This is an amazing, month-long adventure!
Cost includes tuition, single room lodging, studio and materials fees, visiting artists' demo fees, museum fees, day trips to Budapest, Herend, Pecs and Tihany, a four-day trip to northeastern Hungary and Austria and transportation to and from the Budapest airport. Neither airfare nor meals are included in the price of the trip. Students will purchase airline tickets to Budapest, where they will meet the entire group and take a bus to Kecskemet.
Due to the nature of this program, all participants are required to register for 6 credit hours. 

The Hungary 2014 study abroad program is introducing a new travel trip this year as a replacement for the Cesky Krumlov trip in the Czech Republic. The NEW Szalafo trip will be centered around Eastern European architecture and outdoor adventures.
It includes a visit to the Riegersburg Castle in Austriaand a tour of the Zotter Factory, the best chocolate makers in Eastern Europe. This tour will include sampling of the delicious merchandise and a history of the franchise, a destination not to be missed for locals and visitors of the region.
On the way to Austria we will stop at the Lenti Thermal Water Park to enjoy its many thermal baths. These baths are a traditional part of Hungarian culture, a unique experience hard to come by in other parts of the world.
We will stay in Szalafo, Hungary, near Studio 8 the International Studio for Art and Ceramics. We will also tour this new residency to inform the students of opportunities in the future. While in Szalafo, Orseg, we will visit the Magyarszombatfa Pottery Museum, the Pityerszer Museum, the Albert Attila Pottery, the Reformat and Velemer churches and the unique architecture of the Owl House as a continuation of the study of Hungarian architecture.
We will also include a day trip for a white water-rafting adventure. The timing is perfect, as the high waters are swift and refreshing. It will be a nice break from studio work as the final kiln is being fired back at the ICS in Kecskemet.
Faculty: George Timock, professor of ceramics, and Aaron Blumenhein, contracted instructor in architecture

Important trip deadlines:

Feb. 7, 2014 (Friday) - application and required documents, plus $250 non-refundable deposit, due in KCAI business office.

Feb. 10, 2014 (Monday) - student selections will be made and confirmed via email

Feb. 26, 2014 (Wednesday) - A non-refundable payment of half of the total trip fee is due in the KCAI business office.

March 7, 2014 (Friday) - full payment of the total trip fee is due in the KCAI business office.

May 19, 2014 (Monday) - depart USA

May 20, 2014 (Tuesday) - arrive in Budapest

June 22, 2014 (Sunday) - return to USA

Paris, France

June 1 - June 30, 2014

Program description:

This study abroad program, "A Moveable Feast:  Paris Study Abroad Program," will be conducted in Paris, France. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote to a friend, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”  Hemingway was one of many American writers, artists and intellectuals who felt the pull of “the city of light” and succumbed to its attractions and cosmopolitan environment. 

In this brief but intensive program, we will explore most of the major sites and museums of Paris with an emphasis on French art and culture. Classes will be conducted on-site in such places as the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Carnavalet, Shakespeare & Co., the gothic cathedrals of St. Denis and Notre Dame de Paris. Some class sessions will also be held at the Fondation des États-Unis, where we will stay.

We will savor regional French cuisine, explore the neighborhoods of the Left Bank and take walking tours of Montmartre and Père-Lachaise Cemetery. Two excursions outside of Paris are planned — one to Nantes and one to Fréjus. In Nantes we will walk the 10-kilometer “green line,” where we will see, among other things, the “grand machines” of the Royal de Luxe Company, such as the 40-foot tall Sultan’s Elephant, as well as witness a glorious sunset over the Loire estuary.

While staying in Fréjus, located on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, we will visit such attractions as the ancient Roman ruins, the Matisse Museum in Nice and the Picasso and Napoleonic Museums in Antibes. The faculty will conduct informal classes in French prior to departure so that students will be able to navigate Paris with some essential language skills. If you have any questions about this study abroad program, please contact either Dr. Moore at pmoore@kcai.edu or Dr. Anderson at sanderson@kcai.edu

* Cost:

$5,415 for 6 credit hours
$4,095 for 3 credit hours 

Cost includes:

  • Tuition fees (six hours of tuition for the $5,415 amount or three hours of tuition for $4,095)
  • Lodging for the entire month of June at the Fondation des États-Unis, located on the campus of             the Cité Universitaire de Paris
  • Navigo metro pass for the entire month of June (can be used on metro, bus and trams)
  • Museum passes for the month of June
  • Two bateaux-mouches (fly-boat) rides on the Seine – first and final nights
  • Elegant farewell Sunday brunch
  • Ground transportation and lodging for two excursions outside of Paris (Nantes and Fréjus)
  • Miscellaneous activities (i.e. opera, concerts, recitals, picnics, regional French cuisine dining        experience, sunset sailboat ride on the Mediterranean, etc.)           

* Please note: this price does not include airfare or meals.  

A note on airfare and meals:  Students need to plan to arrive at CDG (Charles de Gaulle airport) in Paris the morning of June 1, which is a Sunday, and to depart on Monday, June 30.  We have to be out of our rooms by 9 a.m. on Monday, June 30.  On the morning of June 1, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Moore will pick you up at the airport and take you to your new home at the Fondation.  As for meals, there is a kitchen on every floor of the Fondation, and students are welcome to cook their own food.  There is also a cafeteria on campus.  Dr. Moore, as part of her travel writing course, will be taking students to local markets to experience the freshest and the finest (and the cheapest) food Paris has to offer!  


Two courses are offered on this program:  Dr. Anderson’s art history course and Dr. Moore’s travel writing course.  Here are the particulars: 

ARTHI 3828-01 A Moveable Feast:  French Art and Culture, 3 credit hours

(This course can count for 3 hours of art history credit, 3 hours of liberal arts elective credit, or 3 hours of open elective credit.)

Instructor:  Dr. Reed Anderson, sanderson@kcai.edu, 816.802.3341 

Course description:  

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and the point of Life."
             — Thomas Jefferson, United States Ambassador to France 1774-1779

Thomas Jefferson’s description of Paris, France, still rings true today. Consider for just a moment the history that has been made since Jefferson resided there in the late 18th century and the countless civil improvement projects that have transformed the French capital into a dazzling, multifaceted and ever-changing work of art. Ernest Hemingway followed Jefferson to Paris several generations later and in the 1920s launched his career as a writer. In his final book, "A Moveable Feast," completed in Cuba in 1960, Hemingway recalls his life in Paris as a young and ambitious, though at times struggling author, and how that experience would resonate with him the rest of his life. References to Hemingway’s early life in Paris can be found in several of his books, beginning with his first novel. In those works Hemingway confirms Jefferson’s contention that history, beauty and the meaning of life are to be found in the “city of light.” With its many world-class museums, which house objects that span the entire history of art, its abundance of cultural landmarks, its many grand chateaus nearby, Paris has become a pilgrimage site, a Mecca, for any serious student of the visual arts. Students taking this study-abroad course will receive an in-depth introduction to the art and culture of France and, perhaps more importantly, the city of Paris, with its embarrassment of riches. This will be accomplished through daily site visits, various cultural activities, assigned readings and a variety of writing assignments. Our walks about Paris will emphasize the cultural, historical and political significance of the art and architecture we will explore. And we will walk, for as Edmund White wrote in The Flâneur, “Paris is a world meant to be seen by the walker alone for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail.” 

LITR 3800-04 Creative Nonfiction Workshop:  Travel Writing, 3 credit hours

(This course can count for 3 hours of literature credit, 3 hours of liberal arts elective credit or 3 hours of open elective credit.  If you are a creative writing major or double major, this course can count for either literature credit or workshop credit.) 

Instructor:  Dr. Phyllis Moore, director of the School of Liberal Arts and program head of the creative writing program, pmoore@kcai.edu, 816-802-3388. 

Course description: 

“Travel,” says Pico Iyer, “is the best way we have of rescuing the humanity of places, and saving them from abstraction and ideology.  Here’s a good example of what Iyer is talking about:  Travel writer Bill Bryson tells a story about his guide, Saintil, who informed Bryson that his favorite actor was Shaquille O’Neal.  He particularly loved O’Neal’s work in the movie "Steel." Saintil, his wife and eight children lived in a two-room apartment in which they had electricity about four hours a day, powered by a rusty generator.  “The world,” says Bryson, “never quits growing on us. It’s just as vast as ever, and it reinvents itself every day. The job of the travel writer in the 21st century is the same job that it was in the time of Herodotus or Marco Polo or James Boswell or Charles Darwin:  to chart his new world in all its rich detail, then report back. That is why travel writing remains as popular as ever with readers.”   

Though much of what is called “travel writing” is mere “and then, and then” listings of place-names or lackluster recitals of adventures met along the road, spiced with local “characters” and littered with descriptions of local meals (“I swallowed the sheep’s eye in one gulp, washing it down with a gourd of tingling arak . . .”), we, in this course, aim for a higher caliber.

“The best travel writing,” says Jonathan Raban, “offers the writer the opportunity to be a novelist, an essayist, a sociologist, a historian, an autobiographer, a literary landscape painter, all in the same breath, on the same page. He or she is free to improvise — to catch life on the wing, to ruminate, observe, weave stories, step in and out of the narrative at will. No holds are barred; there are no formal rules. So long as the writing sustains the reader, the writing can go anywhere, do anything. It is a wonderfully plastic medium in which to work.” 

In this course, we write essays about places — real and invented. We consider the qualities of travel itself and its particular role in the lives of artists and writers, deepening our understanding, as temporary wanderers, of what is home and what is homelessness. We read a wide array of travel writing — essays, short stories, book excerpts, poems, blogs — and listen to radio pieces and song lyrics. We read writers from George Orwell to George Saunders, from Marco Polo to Italo Calvino, from Stein to Sedaris. We process our daily experiences living in France — art, language, food, money (and the lack thereof!) into three essays, three pictures of France, three pictures of you in France.  

Where we stay:

Located across the boulevard from one of Paris’s most beautiful parks, the Parc Montsouris in Paris’s 14th arrondissement, the Fondation des États-Unis is a private student residence and cultural center within the international community of the Cité international universitaire de Paris. The Paris metro station, “Cité Universitaire,” is right across the street. Tram and bus lines are also conveniently within a stone’s throw of the Fondation’s entrance. With the Navigo metro pass students are given, the cost of which is included in the program’s fee, students can get around Paris for free for the entire month of June, via metro, tram or bus.

Pictured above: Parc Montsouris 

Where we go: 

To the museums!

Your Paris Museum Pass (included in the cost of the program) gains you entrance to more than 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris, including the Centre Pompidou, the Musée des Arts décoratifs, the Musée du quai Branly, La Cinémathèque française, the Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie, the Musée du Louvre, the Cité de la musique, Notre-Dame, the Musée d’Orsay, L’Adresse Musée de la Poste, the Musée Rodin and others.  Above are KCAI students in front of I.M. Pei’s entrance to the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2009. 

To the art!

Stephen Proski (painting and creative writing) finds his Doppelgänger at the Musée du Louvre

Andy Davis (painting and art history) finds his Doppelgänger at the Musée d'Orsay

To the food!

Roast chicken and aligot at l'Ambassade d'Auvergne

Happiness is l’aligot at l’Ambassade d’Auvergne


L'As du Falafel - The finest $5 falafel on earth!


Berthillon’s best!

Shakespeare & company in Paris!

Our first travel-writing workshop will take place upstairs at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.

Our excursion to Nantes!

Come see the mechanical elephant from a performance by the Royal de Luxe company of street performers based in Nantes! 

Important dates and deadlines: 

Feb. 28, 2014 (Friday by 4:30 p.m.):  Application is due. Submit application to Dr. Phyllis Moore, Liberal Arts Office, Baty House, second floor. Her phone number is 816-802-3388 and her email address is pmoore@kcai.edu. Feel free to call or email her with any questions, large or small. Student selections will be made by the following Friday, March 7; students will be informed via email. Also on this date, by 4:30 p.m., a non-refundable deposit of $250 is due in the business office, which is located on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall. This $250 deposit will be credited toward the total program cost. If you are not selected to participate in this study-abroad program, you can ask the business office to refund you the $250 deposit.

March 14, 2014 (Friday by 4:30 p.m.):  One-half total program cost due to business office. 

March 28, 2014 (Friday by 4:30 p.m.):  Remaining balance due to business office. 

June 1, 2014 (Sunday): Students are to arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport. Dr. Anderson and Dr. Moore will be there to greet you and take you to the Fondation des États-Unis, your home-away-from-home for a month.  Book your flight so as to arrive as early on Sunday morning as possible. 

June 30, 2014 (Monday):  We will need to vacate our rooms by 9 a.m.  You will not be able to stay in your room after 9 a.m. today. 

Download an application

You can also pick up a hard copy of the application from Dr. Phyllis Moore, whoseoffice is located in Baty House, on the second floor, in the liberal arts office. She would also be happy to email you a copy. Her email address is pmoore@kcai.edu. Or you can speak to her with questions large or small by calling 816-802-3388. Allons-y!

Summer 2015 - Florence, Italy


KCAI at SACI: "An Exquisite Corpse"

A 6-credit collaborative summer program in Florence, Italy                       
For information, contact Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, at jfisher@kcai.edu.
Program length: Five weeks
Program dates: May 19-June 26, 2015
3 credits KCAI drawing course: "From Masaccio to Pontormo- The Discovery of Pictorial Composition"
3 credits SACI course: Student choice from SACI offerings| late spring term 2015
Estimated cost (not including airfare): $5,975*

SACI | Studio Art Centers International  

"An Exquisite Corpse: KCAI at SACI"
This five-week program, led by Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting at KCAI, will immerse the student in the art, history and culture of Florence, Italy.
Students will live in apartments in the cities historic center, attend classes at the Studio Arts Centers International, Florence (SACI) and have dedicated studio spaces at the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Arts.
This program takes place from late May to the end of June 2015 and consists of a 3-credit drawing class taught by Professor Fisher, with an additional 3-credit course of the students’ choosing from the late spring curriculum of SACI.
All participating students will have dedicated studio spaces and an Amici degli Uffizi museum card for the duration of their stay.
Students will be integrated into the student body at SACI to study with artists from all over the world while still functioning as a KCAI program in every respect.
Upon arrival, SACI offers the students a three-day orientation to acclimate students with the city, housing and facilities. Transportation from the Florence airport to SACI, welcome and farewell dinners, mid-term dinner parties, transportation to sites outside of the city, admission to museums not on the card list, evening critique meetings and materials for the KCAI drawing course are all covered by program fees. There are no visa requirements for this program.
Studio Art Centers International is a directly accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and a United States nonprofit 501c(3) educational entity established in 1976 by painter Jules Maidoff to facilitate international artistic collaboration and production in Florence, Italy. SACI offers semester abroad programs, full-year abroad programs, late spring and summer sessions and a post-baccalaureate certificate program though a dedicated and full-time faculty, including unique programs in conservation, fresco, Italian fashion design, the history of Italian opera and marble carving. SACI has recently become the only NASAD accredited full-time institution to offer an M.F.A. program in studio art in Europe and is currently working on the accreditation process for an M.F.A. in conservation and art history.
The classes
3 credits: In Professor Fisher’s class, "From Masaccio to Pontormo: The discovery of pictorial composition in the Florentine Renaissance," students will work on site at museums, gardens and cathedrals through a series of lectures that will analyze the uses of color theory, composition and appropriation in the Florentine Renaissance. Students will prepare traditional grounds and create an ongoing series of preparatory drawings that culminate in a final project.
3 credits: Students will also choose a course from the late spring SACI curriculum, including: Painting, Fresco Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Black and White Photography, Renaissance Art History Survey, Painting Conservation 1, Beginning Serigraphy, and Communication Design. Batik, Italian Language, Jewelry Design and Ceramics courses may also be available, depending on the current SACI schedule.
The city
Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance and perhaps the most influential city in the development of Western aesthetics and Humanist philosophy, will immerse the student in Italian culture through an intensive synthesis of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and cultural artifacts experienced in their original context in museums, churches, villas, monasteries, piazzas and gardens, which will serve as an extension of the studio.
This historically intact city, a work of art in itself, provides the student with an experience and awareness of not only artistic precedent but of the symbiotic relationship between tradition and innovation that make its Mannerist movement a counterpart for the contemporary practice of making "art about art." The Florentine environment and the student’s integration into the Studio Art Centers International community will provide the student with a lived education that will broaden their worldview as well as provide an example of the heights of human aesthetic achievement.

The city is at the core of the political philosophies of Niccolo Machiavelli; the ecstatic fundamentalism of Savonarola; and the dramatic dealings of the Medici family as nascent Mafioso and supporters of the arts. The city houses innumerable masterworks by its Medieval and Renaissance inhabitants, including Giotto, Cimabue, Dante Alghiari, Giorgio Vasari, Alberti, Masaccio, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Verrocchio, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Fra Angelico, Ghirlandaio, Luca della Robbia, Paolo Uccello, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Andrea del Sarto, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo Bounarotti, Galileo Galilei, Agnolo Bronzino, Pontromo and Perugino to name a few. We will stroll by Alberti's masterpiece of Humanist architecture, Santa Maria Novella, which also houses the first use of scientific perspective in Masaccio's Holy Trinity.
The SACI school itself is the former house of the model who posed for the Mona Lisa. Raphael, Perugino, Leornardo daVinci and countless others arrived in Florence to complete feats of Humanist painting, sculpture and architecture. The collections of the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti run the gamut of Italian painting and sculpture, including works by Fillipo Lippi, Piero della Francesca, Titian, Bellini, Tintoretto, Bronzino, Pontormo, del Sarto, Raphael, Canaletto, Carracci, Mantegna, Bellini, Duccio, Giotto, Perugino, daVinci, del Piombo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Giovanna Garzoni, Parmigianino, Canova, Boldini and Gentile de Fabriano. Van Dyck, Rubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Chardin, Durer, Cranach, van der Wyden, van der Goes and van Eyke all find homes there as well.
All of this is in a setting that is a synthesis of science of science and perception - a walkable city that offers aesthetic splendor at every turn. In addition to the immense collection of masterworks in the 74 major museums on the city, the markets, the rose gardens on the walk up to San Miniato, the cappuccinos, the sunsets, the Giardino di Boboli and the Opera Festival will create an unforgettable experience that will follow you for the rest of your life. In addition to the curriculum and experiences that come along with a travel program in this inviting, accessible and safe city, Florence offers a remarkable range of cultural and popular events and activities during the summer months, such as late evenings at the Uffizi, the Palazzo Strozzi and the Accademia Museums; The White Nights Festival; the famous Calcio (soccer) in Costume, during which the different quarters of the city compete in this well-known game; the Maggio Musicale, a series of outdoor and indoor events ranging from ballet to opera to symphony concerts; outdoor evening film festivals; and the Estate Fiesolana, which includes concerts, film and theater held in a Roman amphitheater. During the last week of the program the entire city will celebrate St. John’s Day with elaborate processionals and a fireworks display over the Arno River. 
*Price Includes: 6 credits' tuition, apartment in Florence with free wi-fi, dedicated studio spaces for KCAI students, Amici degli Uffizi Museum Card for unlimited and free access to city museums and gardens, four SACI feild trips led by art historians to Tuscan towns including Fiesoloe, Sienna, Arrezzo, Pisa and San Gimignano, use of SACI computer lab with free printing, access to SACI classrooms and facilites including open model drawing sessions and movie nights, exhibition programming at two SACI galleries, fully staffed administrative support and 24-hour emergency services and a three-day orientation program hosted by SACI. Transportation from the Florence airport to SACI, welcome and farewell dinners, mid-term dinner parties, transportation to sites outside of the city, admission to museums not on the card list, evening critique meetings and materials for the KCAI drawing course are all covered by program fee. There are no visa requirements for this program. SACI additionally requires a $400 refundable housing deposit returned to you after completion of the program.


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