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ARTS & DESIGN
ARTIST █ CONTEMPORARY AS RESEARCHER & ACTIVIST Catherine Clinger Course limit: 15 Cost: $50 This course introduces students to postmodern visual culture that places nature and our relationship to it within the context of pressing global issues. These artworks engage with nature by their placement in site specific locations, through new modes of picturing, and/or through the appropriation of natural materials. Many artists we examine make use of new tools designed for industrial purpose, medical, technological, or scientific research. Other artists utilize organic materials to craft their designs. These artists are researchers and bring attention to ecologies that human beings have disrupted or will disrupt. How these artists bring us to a deeper understanding of our relationship with nature through new media is our concern. Evaluation is based on class participation, evidence of completion of weekly readings, and a final paper and a class presentation. The class takes at least one field trip.
AND WONDER: DESIGN █ CURIOSITY & INTERPRETATION IN THE MUSEUM Dru Colbert Course limit: 15 Cost: $75 From “cabinet of curiosity” to “exploratorium,” this studio course surveys contemporary museum activities and methods of communication through visual display, space, and interaction. Students engage in a project development process to refine “big ideas,” determine educational goals, and learn techniques to design and build their projects. Class participants gain an understanding of factors that influence learning, media, and modes to communicate complex content, and how meaning is constructed by the selection, organization, and layering of intellectual material through the use of object, text, image, and experiential devices. Projects and workshops provide an opportunity to gain skills and techniques in visualizing ideas by developing concepts in plans, sketches, models, and narrative description. Students have an opportunity to evaluate and create interpretive material for the George B. Dorr Natural History Museum at the College of the Atlantic. Students are evaluated on participation in discussions and critiques, attendance, and for completion and quality of assigned projects. This course is appropriate for all students interested in informal education in museum environments, design, and visual communication. Prerequisites: one course in arts and design or educational studies courses.
This is the College of the Atlantic Guidebook prospectus for 2014