Catalog 2013-2014

Place-Based Arts

  • Semester: Summer
  • Course Number: HM270
  • Instructors: Leland Peterson, Jody Stoddard
  • Credit: 4

Course Description

Place-based arts invite us to inquire of and deliberately engage with our immediate landscape. Why do we make things? What can we make, here? How does place shape creative practice, and how does practice change place? What are responsibilities, privileges, inspirations, and possibilities within place-based arts? This course begins by establishing theoretical foundations for place-based arts (Abram, Andrews, Elder, Goldsworthy, Solnit, and others), and introducing students to select artisans in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom region (current gallery exhibitors or studios). Students will then engage in experiential 2-D and 3-D expression, using elements (charcoal, beeswax, pigments, fibers, stones, etc) of the local landscape (College lands, other parts within Black River/Memphremagog watershed), and finally contextualize, interpret, and exhibit their work