Experience- and Site-Based Learning
  • Waiting for our tour of Wharton Esherick house

Lancaster's location also allows students and faculty to easily take advantage of  museum and gallery resources in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Field trips are scheduled regularly to museums, galleries and artists' studios, as well as regional architectural and cultural landmarks.

Each year, in addition, the department schedules a field trip, for majors and minors only, to unique sites in the mid-States area. We have visited:

Winterthur, the former estate of Henry Francis du Pont, now a museum of Amerian decorative arts, where we were given a private tour of the institution's painting, textile and furniture conservation labs;

The Mercer Museum, a castle in Doylestown, PA, that features a collection of pre-industrial tools  and artifacts established by Victorian-era eccentric Henry Chapman Mercer.

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, founded by Henry Chapman Mercer, still in active production in Doylestown, making handpainted relief tiles in the American Arts and Crafts style.

The George Nakashima Studio, House and Workshop, and Wharton Esherick Museum in suburban Philadelphia.

The renowned Barnes Collection in its new Logan Square location.

We'll be planning our trip for 2014/2015 soon.

  • Doe field trip
  • Doe field trip
  • Doe field trip