RCARTS 210 - Introduction to Visual Thinking: Adventures in Creativity
Winter 2023, Section 001 - Art and the Environment: Environmental Alchemy
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Fine Arts (RCARTS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Email Ray Wetzel (manray@umich.edu) to be added to the waitlist if you are unable to enroll.
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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In this course we will think about and discuss environmental issues that are important to the members of the class. We will create images, actions, and propaganda that help the public understand their importance in the eco-system as both members and guardians of the planet through the creation of positive and insightful artwork. Through the use of new language and images can we change the dialog from a confrontational to an inclusive argument that shifts the emphasis to one of personal responsibility for the health of the world we live in.

Students will lead the conversations and determine the direction for the class discussions. There will be guest speakers and remote visits with artists making environmental art. The class will create art images using various means of digital processes and handmade constructed artworks. The course will use various methods of observation and recording of images such as drawing, photography, digital manipulation, and printed processes. From these preparatory investigations and resource gathering ventures the class will create assemblages, posters and other visual communication propaganda including possible on campus actions.

Is it possible through positive actions and art images to create an environmental alchemy that takes our common everyday language and views of the world and create a new and vibrant attitude towards how we engage our stewardship of the planet? By inserting new perspectives into the everyday language of our culture we can shift the balance away from disposable to one of respect for our environment and therefore the overall health of the planet and all its organic wonders?


RCARTS 210 - Introduction to Visual Thinking: Adventures in Creativity
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001 (LAB)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Email Ray Wetzel (manray@umich.edu) to be added to the waitlist if you are unable to enroll.

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