With digital presentation or
slides, the courses explore the artistic heritage of Cambodia, Laos,
Vietnam, Java and Bali.
Cambodia: Concentrates on
the Khmer empire, which dominated Southeast Asia between 9th-14th
centuries, focusing on Angkor, showing the evolution of the Hindu temple,
its symbolism and exquisite carvings. Looks at the architecture of Phnom
Penh and the revival of classical Khmer dance.
Laos: Studying the gilded
temples of Luang Prabang, the French colonial architecture and the
intricate silkweaving and silversmithing which have recently been revived.
Vietnam: Looking at the
French colonial architecture of Hanoi and Saigon, the ancient kingdom of
Champa with its Hindu sanctuaries, the palaces and imperial tombs of Hue,
and contemporary art, especially painting.
Java: Studying the temples
of Borobudur and Prambanan.
Bali: Focusing on the rich
traditions of dance.