Art and the Natural World (Honors)
Taught by Sue West
In this art course, we focus on creating visual artwork based on experiences and connections with nature. Chewonki’s 400-acre peninsula, our working farm, greenhouses, and wildlife center provide a wealth of subjects and settings year-round. We work with a variety of two-dimensional media, including drawing, painting, and printmaking. Watercolor books with the hues from our waterfront, self-portrait value drawings, wilderness trip block prints, and graphic novel-style story strips are examples of current projects. Through field trips to art galleries, visits with Maine artists, and studying works of art, we look at how other artists respond to the environment in order to discover relevant connections to our own work. There are occasional readings for homework, which provide the basis for class discussions. In addition to evaluations by the teacher, students will assess their own work. The course welcomes all students, from beginner to advanced, and much personal attention is given to each student. The classwork and homework for this course is equal the level of intellectual and creative challenge of all other Maine Coast Semester courses.