Ceramic and Tile Arts of Portugal

Lisbon has a long tradition of ceramic arts derived from multiple cultural roots.   Azulejos,  the painted ceramic tiles seen on walls, floors and ceilings throughout Lisbon, were first introduced to Portugal in the 16th century.  Their styles  chronicle the changing decorative motifs and the influx of several populations including; northern Europeans with pictorial  and historical murals, neighboring Spain and their use of bold pattern and color, Asian themes of Hindu devotional imagery , and the carpet tiles of the Moors.  Our field lab will begin with a visit to the Museu Nacional do Azuejo to view this rich history of tile, followed by a visit to the 16th Century Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.  Here we will eat lunch before finishing our day at a tile making workshop at the Museu de Artes Decorativas.  Finished tiles will be fired and returned to our participants on the ship.

Academic Objectives:

  1. Become aware of the stylistic traditions of the many cultures of Lisbon
  2. Learn the working methods of tile production.
  3. Learn to draw as a recording method, from a range of sources.