Studio Projects: Land and Sky

Fall 2018
Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Sophomore
Class Size: 46
16 Credits per quarter
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This theme-based, foundational visual arts program is designed for students who want to gain skills and understanding through focused 2D and 3D studio work and its supporting reading, research, and writing. We will focus on the relationship between artists, cultures, and landscape this boundary plane we inhabit between earth, sea, and air. The root of the word landscape refers to the shape or condition of the land. How do different cultures define and shape landscapes, and how do landscapes in turn shape peoples lives and what they make? What is the role of an artist in the landscape as an observer, participant, and shaper? How do studio work and work outdoors inform each other? How do an artist’s tools mediate experience of the landscape? We are uniquely situated here in the Pacific Northwest to consider a variety of landscapes and seascapes, as well as a variety of cultures with strong ties to both.

Program work and learning will be centered in the studio. Projects will focus on expanding 2D skills (drawing, printmaking) and 3D skills (sculpture, craft, environmental art). We will spend time working in the field, as well as in the studio. We will engage landscapes as means to express personal and cultural narratives and as forms of exchange within larger communities. We will address questions of authority and authorship in working with landscapes, their inhabitants, imagery, and stories. As the program progresses, each student will be asked to develop more personal and focused work about the landscape for a final exhibition.

Studio work will be grounded by readings, seminars, and work discussions and reviews, as well as research and writing efforts, to address dimensions of landscape from ecology and material sources to place and politics. We will survey landscape-based art forms as principle cultural tropes, and consider the changing responses of artists to environments and the communities vested in them. Field trips and guest lectures will expand our awareness of regional landscapes, cultures, and artists.

Students should plan to commit at least 40 hours a week to program work and the studio learning community. Dedicated students will advance their art-making and writing skills, build a strong portfolio of personal work, and develop a fuller understanding of landscape in contemporary art and cultural contexts, and in their own work.

Registration

Enrollment Conditions

New students accepted in winter without signature. Students should have the equivalent of one quarter of prior college work in both 2D and 3D art, writing, and research in order to confidently join the work and learning already in progress. They will be expected to read principle fall quarter readings prior to the start of winter quarter.

Fall 2018 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16): 10069
So (16): 10070
(1 - 16): 10071
Winter 2019 Registration

Students should have the equivalent of one quarter of prior college work in both 2D and 3D art, writing and research in order to confidently join the work and learning already in progress.  They will be expected to read principle fall quarter readings prior to the start of winter quarter.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16): 20025
So (16): 20026
(1 - 16): 20027
Spring 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students interested in joining Studio Projects: Land and Sky in the Spring Quarter should plan to meet with Faculty at the Academic Fair, or contact them by email ( leverich@evergreen.edu  and  mccartya@evergreen.edu ) prior to registering.  Bring photos of 2-4  2D and/or 3D works.  Prospective students should have some prior woodworking or printmaking experience, and be ready to discuss it with faculty.  New students will be placed in the printmaking or woodworking studio, based on their previous experience.  Students will be expected to take part in a major field trip, design a 5-week individual project based on landscape themes, and take part in a final show of program work.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16): 30223
So (16): 30224
(1 - 16): 30225

Academic details

Preparatory For

visual arts and design, architecture, landscape architecture, and environmental studies.

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
46
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Fees

$110 per quarter for supplies and overnight field trips.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Hybrid (S)
Time Offered
Day
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

Art Annex 0110 - Atrium
Location
Olympia
Revisions
DateRevision 2019-03-08 Signature requirement added for Spring