courses

EcoArt
AVT 385 George Mason University School of Art
Professor: Mark Cooley
Syllabus

Eco Art brings together ideas, tools, and methods from across a spectrum of arts, sciences, progressive agriculture, and folk traditions with an ultimate interest in forming sustainable and creative relationships with the earth’s life support systems. The course assumes that the environmental problems we face are largely the product of culture, and as such, require cultural responses. Eco Art explores current discourse on art, ecology, and environmentalism, while challenging students to conceptualize and make engaging, creative, and ecologically informed responses to their world.

 

AgriArts
AVT 496 George Mason University School of Art
Professor: Mark Cooley
Syllabus

This course provides a space for creative experimentation addressing the interdependence of our biological and cultural systems. Because an examination of human food systems offers an ideal site for identifying the interdependence of our cultural and biological world, we will focus our studies and activities on cultures & biologies of food production and consumption and investigate ways in which artists may effectively mediate in these processes. We will develop public art projects making use of available materials in response to our immediate surroundings while working in conjunction with food and sustainability efforts already underway at George Mason University.