ESP 526: Art, Culture & Nature

2008-02-04 -

Maximum Increased to 17.


52100 (for web registration)




Alesia Maltz






Spring 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/17 - 3/6 (8:30AM-10:59AM)
Thursdays 3/27 - 5/8 (8:30AM-10:59AM)


Competency Area: Civic Ecology II
Restricted to Fall 07 ES students from December 4 – 14; open to all ES students after December 14.

A world in crisis compels us to act. But before we act, before we attempt to change social patterns or individual behavior, we need insight and understanding of the world in which we live. Science offers one powerful and important window, based on the practice of observing phenomena and then sharing and confirming those observations through multiple witnessing. Art also directs our attention, but in a manner very different from science. Art arrests the mind. It causes us to pause, to contemplate deeply, and to think anew about our world. Out of the silence of this pause can emerge new meaning and innovations, which may present powerful alternatives to policy and action. This class explores art as technique to expand thinking and awareness of our natural and human worlds. Through a combination of theory/conceptual thought and art-in-practice, students will gain experience in using art to engage a deeper level of understanding about the world around us. Students are expected to complete one studio project.