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Environmental Humanities

Place-Based Arts

place-based arts

May 27-June 6, 2014

This is a two-week course that invites 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 and introducing students to select artisans in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region. Students will then engage in experiential 2-D and 3-D expression, using elements (charcoal, beeswax, pigments, fibers, stones, etc) of the local landscape and contextualize, interpret, and exhibit their work.