Field Tuning: art, agriculture and attuning to the land (APA2023.01)

Alexis Elton

Exploring land based practice through the senses. This course will focus on connecting students with the local landscape and engage with the Robert Frost House terrain. Using experimental methods to heighten our senses for deep observation of the seen and unseen rhythms around us, we can generate curiosities from the poetic to ecological shifts in the landscape. Looking at land use, local foodways, wild and cultivated spaces, we will tune in and develop skills for placemaking. From ecological and cultural shifts to human impacts on land. Course work will include research based projects with visual art outputs, garden design, and community engagement. 

Students will engage with local foodways and community food programs to design a garden. Potential garden crops grown will be incorporated into local community food donation programs. We will draw from Frost’s process of interconnectedness by way of observation, agriculture, and creative outputs to shape ideas and projects. Utilizing garden spaces as both physical and metaphorical places for visual thinking and problem solving. Discover tools to use to connect in the field with community and as a creative practice.

Learning Outcomes:
Experimental research skills
Process driven practice
Transforming information visually
Connecting to place through observation
Develop collaborative projects
Navigating and creating relationships within the community

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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