2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Earth Science and Art


Spring 2012 quarter

Abir Biswas geology, earth science, biogeochemistry , Lucia Harrison public administration, visual arts
Fields of Study
aesthetics, art history, ecology, education, environmental studies, field studies, geography, geology, visual arts and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
geology, environmental sciences, education, and visual art.

This program offers an introductory study of the Earth, through geology and art. What makes the earth a habitable planet?  What forces have shaped the geology of the Pacific Northwest?  These questions have fascinated people for centuries. Both scientists and artists rely heavily on skills of observation and description to understand the world, and to convey that understanding to others. Geologists use images, diagrams and figures to illustrate concepts and communicate research. Artists take scientific information to inform their work, and seek to communicate the implications of what science tells us about the world. They also draw on scientific concepts as metaphors for autobiographical artworks.  We will use science and art to study basic concepts in earth science such as geologic time, plate tectonics, earth materials and how they are formed, the hydrological cycle and stream ecology. Case studies in Eastern Washington and the Columbia River Basin, as well as the Nisqually Watershed will provide hands-on experience.

Geologic time and evidence of the Earth's dynamic past are recorded in rocks on the landscape. Students will learn basic techniques in observational drawing and watercolor painting.  They will learn the discipline of keeping illustrated field journals to inform their studies of geological processes.  They will also develop finished artworks ranging from scientific illustration to personal expression.  This program is not appropriate for students who have completed the fall quarter of Drawing on Earth.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$250 for an overnight fieldtrip.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 19th, 2011 This program is no longer offered. Abir Biswas will offer Geological Processes.
March 2nd, 2011 New program added.