2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Looking at Animals

Spring quarter

Faculty: Susan Aurand ceramics, visual arts, Joseph Tougas philosophy

Fields of Study: art history, literature and visual arts

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30032 (16) Fr; 30034 (16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: Students should have completed one college-level drawing class, or have done significant formal study of studio art in high school.


This program is a one quarter interdisciplinary study of how we see, understand and represent animals. Animal images are the oldest known artworks. From the painted bulls in Lascaux cave to Mickey Mouse, Godzilla and the Republican Elephant, images of animals pervade our history and culture. Our relationship to animals as the Other/Ourselves has been a major preoccupation throughout human history.

Through lectures, seminars and common readings, we will examine our relationship to animals as it is portrayed in art and literature. We will consider how the study of animals can give us ideas about human nature and the human mind. We will look at the portrayal of animals throughout art history, and we will read novels, short stories and critical texts that deal with our relationship to animals. We will also use studio work to explore our individual relationships to animals.

Workshops in the program will provide skill development in 2D art (drawing, painting, mixed media) and 3D art (making animal masks and woodcarving). As a major part of the program, each student will do an individual project that combines studio work with library research, exploring a particular animal or topic within our larger theme.

Maximum Enrollment: 46

Required Fees: $20 for art supplies and entry fee to Northwest Trek.

May be offered again in: 2011-12

Preparatory for studies or careers in: art history, arts, creative writing, literature, humanities, and the visual arts.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 10th, 2011 Fees updated.