Dirt Line (APA2011.01)

Alexis Elton

Soil reveals stories about climate, communities and time.  Dirt as a material has been used in forms of communication, from drawing, building, ceremony, to boundary lines. As ancient geological formations, over time, break down, these structures are incorporated into soil, and in our current climate we are witnessing vast changes in soil health. This course will explore regenerative soil practices and the space between nutrients gained and lost in the underworld to engage various forms of communication through dirt. From farming practices, food systems, mark making, in soil, and as a building material. We will explore the symbols that were drawn in caves and cliffs as the first recorded drawings to tell stories. This course will incorporate a variety of projects and research that will be centered around soil as a medium. Weaving current changes in our environments that affect how we navigate and communicate our relationship to soil. 


Learning Outcomes:
Collective problem solving
Sensory learning
Mark Making
Experimental research
Observational learning

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person