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Fall 2011-2012
AMS 307 / ENV 317 (LA)   na, npdf

The Art of Sustainability

Jenny Price


This course explores the central role of the arts in the creation of sustainable communities and asks students both to analyze art works and to create art projects of their own (no prior art experience required). We will examine three hotspots--urban nature writing, landscape painting/photography, and public art actions that involve the audience as participants. How do these artists envision sustainable places? How can artists enact communities in which we live in nature more equitably as well as with more ecological sense? And how can students use art to encourage sustainability on the campus where they live and work?

Sample reading list:
James J. Farrell, The Nature of College
David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster"
Amy Scott, ed., Yosemite: Art of an American Icon
artist and public art websites,
Suzanne Lacy, ed., Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art
Nato Thompson et al., eds., Experimental Geography

Reading/Writing assignments:
Three art projects are required--a short urban nature essay, a visual art project, and a collaborative public art project. (No prior experience as an artist is required.) In addition, students will be asked to do the assigned readings; to participate in discussion; to lead discussion on two or three readings; and to write three one-page précis on individual art works.

Papers - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 60%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Course is by application, with priority given to members of the American Studies Program. Applications are available outside the American Studies office, 42 McCosh Hall, and on the AMS website: APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12:00 NOON, FRIDAY, APRIL 8. Course will be taught by Jenny Price, Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23635 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   204   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed