Earth Art: Rock and Metal
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This interdisciplinary, introductory-level program will explore topics in physical geology, art, and fine metalsmithing. It is designed for students with a desire to have a broader and deeper understanding of connections between the Earth, art, and fine metalsmithing.
We will look at how geologists and artists understand site-specificity and the human relationship to the Earth, from the macro-scale of land-art to the micro-scale of adornment. We will study fundamental concepts in Earth science including geologic time, plate tectonics, and earth materials, focusing on the theme of understanding the earth processes that control the distribution of metals at the Earth’s surface. Weekly geology labs will initially focus on mineral and rock identification, as students develop skills that we will apply in the field. In the fine metalsmithing studio, students will proceed through a series of ancient metalsmithing techniques, such as shaping ingots and ancient alloys, fusing fine silver, weaving loop-in-loop chains, stone setting, and silver granulation.
An overnight field trip to Mt. Rainier will provide field experience to better understand geologic processes discussed in class. This trip will also provide opportunities for students to make observational drawings and consider how large-scale site-specific land art interventions can change our understanding of the human relationship with the earth and time.
Over the quarter, students will be asked to collaborate and support each other in the lab and the studio, developing their ability to speak to program themes through group discussions and project reviews. Students will synthesize their learning in the program through an end-of-quarter interdisciplinary project, research paper, and presentation.
We expect students to finish the program with a strong understanding of the scientific and artistic concepts that help us investigate the world around us and the ability to continue studies in physical geology and/or 3-dimensional art.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Environmental sciences, geosciences, visual art, fine metalsmithing; teaching (Eg. Evergreen's Master's in Teaching program)
Credits per quarter
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Students may opt to spend an additional $25 to $50 to purchase supplementary art supplies, depending on individual projects.
$350 required fee to cover an overnight field trip and metalsmithing supplies.
Class Size: 46
50% Reserved for Freshmen
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia