Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • AD - Arts & Design
  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Typically offered:


Challenging conventions governing what constitutes wilderness and/or landscape and how artists have shaped our perception of these are among the topics which we will consider. Landscapes contain life that seems to fluctuate between haggard or feral states of nature. We will investigate how some artists create distinctions between that which is cultivated and that which is ‘natural’; what images evoke nostalgia for a lost past; suggest the preference for a human dominance over those origins we have isolated ourselves from; and, other emergent, more radical topics. Although we look at ecologies through the eyes of artists, students interested in the science, history, and literature are encouraged to take the course. This course is concerned with the visualization of what is in the landscape. There will be an observational drawing module within the course. The majority of the course will center around visual material curated and presented to you on-line. Course readings will engage with a variety of texts written by artists, art historians, geographers, historians, writers, and cultural theorists that address the invention of the modern idea of wilderness and landscape – and these will be set in context with works that engage with the visual and phenomenological reception of the artist’s mind. Viewed as a regular practice, the descriptive power of drawing can intensify the experience of observational fieldwork, provide the draughtsperson with a richer understanding of the cycles within a landscape, and deepen our relationship with the natural world. We will seek to learn and understand the strategies of others through reading, study, and at-home studio practice.

Level: Introductory.  Prerequisites: None.  Class limit: 12.  Lab fee: none.  Meets the following degree requirements: ADS, HY

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