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Amy M Lambert
BISIA 374
Bothell Campus

Arts Workshop

Explores how art is made in specified areas of inquiry, genre, or media. Arts may include visual, written, or performance arts, or a combination of these.

Class description

ART IN THE LANDSCAPE - WINTER 2012 This is a hands-on arts workshop examining concepts of ecology and restoration within the natural environment (with a special focus on North Creek wetlands). This workshops builds on concepts presented in BIS 397: Public Art and Environmental Restoration. The focus of this course is the design and build of student art proposals. Artworks may be created from a combination of materials including but not limited to natural materials and found objects. Drawing methods will be used to develop art concepts and design proposals. Media such as digital photography and video may also be used to support and develop art concepts. We will explore contemporary forms of eco-art and site-specific environmental issues. We will explore how art can be integrated across disciplines and effectively synthesize diverse subject matter. For example, through reading, writing and discussion we will examine how human, plant and animal communities move through their environments. We will create drawings that address subjects such as migration and dispersal using metaphor, symbols and/or abstractions. Finally, we will analyze, critique and interpret contemporary artworks. We will look at a wide variety of contemporary artists including Helen and Newton Harrison, Lynne Hull and Patricia Johanson.

Student learning goals

Develop visual literacy skills to critically assess the characteristics and context of contemporary artwork

Review and compare different approaches to contemporary art including non-traditional tools and materials

Develop an understanding of the relationship between established canons of quality and subject matter in determining the value of contemporary art

Study and develop an appreciation of contemporary art by evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas including the relationship of artworks to history and cultures

Develop language and writing skills to effectively communicate about contemporary art

Understand, select and apply media that are appropriate for ideas you want to express in your artwork

General method of instruction

Course material will be presented through lectures, discussions and readings. Hands-on art instruction will be provided. Field trips to local field sites, galleries and/or museums may be required.

Recommended preparation

Prior coursework in BIS 397: Public Art and Environmental Restoration, visual art or art history can be useful but is not required. Recommend that you have an STRONG interest in contemporary art and the natural environment.

Class assignments and grading

Active engagement with course content via class discussion is essential. Art assignments will be expected to be completed outside of class time.

Grades will be based on several art projects, two review papers and one presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amy M Lambert
Date: 11/08/2011