University of Vermont - Summer 2014 ARTS 195 Environmental Art: Field and Studio Seminar Shelburne Farms Cameron

Davis July 14 – July 23rd MTW 9am – 2pm - in the field July 28th – Aug 6th MTW 9am – noon – in the studio
Environmental Art: Studio Seminar is a hands-on studio and academic
seminar. Students will explore several emerging areas within the field of Environmental Art, including Ecoventions (restoration and remediation), sense of place, use of “natural” materials and/or “natural” forces, content/issues of the environment, art activism, and the role of perception in understanding the human=nature relationship. Readings, discussions, visual journal exercises, lecture notes, field experience, and artist statement essay will further support students’ understanding of their own work within the wider context of Environmental Art. Students may work on 2-D, 3-D, or performative work of choice. Experience in chosen medium is helpful.

ASSIGNMENTS:
  Place assignment – site responsive Individual Studio project o self designed o includes a written project “plan” Artist Statement Essay Journal: o Lecture notes o Reading responses: o Visual exercises o Reading discussions

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READINGS (subject to change/substitutions):
Reading responses  Cite two points of interests per reading (unless otherwise noted)  1-4 sentences for each quote response on why you think it is interesting  Due the following class unless otherwise noted  Include the quote for each point either hand written or typed, printed out and mounted into journal To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, Linda Weintraub, introduction to ecoart Ecopsychology, Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, ed. Theodore Roszak,

Mary E. Gomes, Allen D. Kanner, Forewords by Lester R. Brown and James Hillman “The Skill of Ecological Perception,” essay by Laura Sewell The Spell of the Sensuous, Perception and Language in a More-than-human World, “Perception as Participatory,” chapter, David Abram Children’s Special Places, Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood, “Finding a Place to Discover a Self,” David Sobel “What is Environmental Art?” www.greenmuseum.org “A Profusion of Terms,” Sam Bower http://greenmuseum.org/generic_content.php?ct_id=306 Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies, Sue Spaid 
 “What exactly is an Ecovention,” essay Amy Lipton “The Art of Whole Systems,” essay Sue Spaid 


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