In this course, we will investigate some of the ways walking has been deployed in the service of creative innovation. Students taking this course will learn to excavate the cultural meanings associated with traveling distances and allow movement to inform their artistic practices. We will take a place-based approach to the study of composition, design, photography, and in situ art through processes of artifact gathering, observation, mapping, and journaling.
Each week will be organized around a particular walk, route, or trajectory, and the set of questions it suggests. We will consider walking as a function of: protest, nomadism, enlightenment, immigration, and pilgrimage. Together we will consider the implications and ramifications of being artists and walkers in a new world.
Whether remote or in-person, this offering will include excursions (solo and/or distanced and masked group), lectures, workshops, and seminars . If remote, learning will include recorded lectures and video-conferencing workshop sessions and seminars. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions ; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit. This course is suitable for students of all abilities.
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There will be a number of art-making projects that will require students to supply materials of their choice. While there is no fee for this class, there will be expenses associated with acquiring student's chosen supplies. There will also be park entrance fees (estimated $25-$30 total) and students will need a notebook, sturdy walking shoes, and writing utensils.