2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

River Reciprocity


Spring 2012 quarter

Lucia Harrison public administration, visual arts
Fields of Study
ecology, environmental studies, natural history and visual arts
Preparatory for studies or careers in
visual art and environmental education.

The study of stream ecology and visual art will provide the framework and tools to examine, observe, record, and know a place. We will explore the role of art and science in helping people develop a deep and reciprocal relationship with a watershed. Designed for beginning students in art and ecology, we will study the characteristics of local streams and make drawings that are inspired by a connection to a specific stream. The Nisqually River Watershed will be the focus for our collective work while the numerous local streams will serve as individual focal points for student projects throughout the quarter.

Through reading, lectures and field study, students will learn the history of the watershed, study concepts in stream ecology, learn to identify native plants in the watershed and learn about current conservation efforts. They will develop beginning drawing skills and practice techniques for keeping an illustrated field journal. Students will work in charcoal, chalk pastel, watercolor, and colored pencil. Students will explore strategies for using notes and sketches to inspire more finished artworks.   Students will study artists whose work is inspired by their deep connection to a place. Each student will visit a local stream regularly, keep a field journal, and in the second half of the quarter, students will create a series of artworks or an environmental education project that gives something back to their watershed.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Special Expenses
$150 for art supplies.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 14th, 2012 New offering added.