Psychology and Art: Digital Photography or Printmaking

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Spring 2018 quarter

Taught by

3D studio art
square windisch
positive psychology, counseling, education

What is the relationship between psychology and art? How can people find healing through the process of art making? This is an introductory program in which students will build critical analytical skills through rigorous reading and writing, applying the materials to their own growth, as well as develop the foundations of studio art practice in the relief printmaking process or digital photography and lightroom.  Students will register to work in EITHER photography or printmaking for their studio practice.

Students that chose to work in printmaking will develop the foundations of studio art practice in Northwest Native design and relief printmaking techniques. Students will explore and research the use of relief printmaking by indigenous artists of the Pacific world and will create a conceptual body of work with an emphasis on professional editioning practices. The printmaking portion of the program is designed to support both students who are visual art emphasizers, as well as those who are curious about the skills and knowledge necessary for sustained creative work.  These skills are often prerequisites for those who wish to be involved with artistic practice or plan on teaching. Please refer to the Psychology and Art: Printmaking description for registration information.

Students that chose to work in digital photography will improve their "photographic eye" in finding and sharing beauty, and increase their photographic composition skills. They will improve their skills and will complete photographic assignments locally. They will develop intermediate to advanced level skills in Lightroom. End products will be either prints and/or a photobook/portfolio. Please refer to the Psychology and Art: Digital Photography description for registration information.

We will take a 2-4 day field trip to Portland, Oregon to attend the Western Psychological Association Conference between April 26-27 (students may stay on till the end of the WPA conference on the 29th).  Our program will be one of several psychology programs that will be attending the WPA conference spring quarter. Also one of the days students will visit the Portland Art Museum. 

Students will be expected to integrate extensive readings, lecture notes, studio experiences, films, interviews and other sources in writing and oral presentation assignments. In Northwest Native Design and art practice, we will read texts such as Brotherton’s “S'abadeb the Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists” , and Bayles & Orland’s “Art & Fear”.  Our psychology and art therapy readings will likely include “ Art Therapy Sourcebook” by Malchiodi¨“ Windows to Our Children” by Oaklander, and “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Program Details

Fields of Study

cultural studies education health psychology visual arts

Preparatory For

studio arts, counseling, psychology, and education.


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Special Expenses

Students can expect to pay up to $100 for printmaking materials or photography: printing paper, and personal supplies.  Costs may vary depending on student's individual scale of their projects.


$125 for a 2-day field trip to Portland for Western Psychological Association Conference and a Museum visit. $75 for WPA 4 day registration and membership.