Course Description: COASTAL MAINE (June 15-July 15, 2012)
Art and Environment: COASTAL MAINE is a four-week, indoor/outdoor field program for artists(undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-traditional students) offered through the West Virginia University, School of Art and Design with the generous support of the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation. The focus of the course will be to study and discuss the notion of place as it pertains to the unique microenvironment of Coastal Maine. We will do this by engaging water, natural resources and recreational adventure as means to explore the larger environmental and cultural issues that form and shape the area.
Like its sister program, PLACE APPALACHIA, the focus of the COASTAL MAINE is to engage and experience unique micro environmental regions. Coastal Maine will be the site-specific art labs, a catalyst and a cultivator for the creative process. What does Place mean, concretely and metaphorically, and how do our experiences with it influence our art making?
This program is not discipline specific and encourages the participation of artists from all backgrounds. This approach is designed to foster community and promote a cross-pollination of ideas and material choices between participants. Instructor involvement will take place on an individual basis.
We will be living and making art in studios and out-of-doors for the duration of this class. We will be based at Robert M. MacNamara Foundation on Westport Island, Maine. You must be willing and prepared to engage in such activities as boating, hiking, and camping. . The magic of the course lies in this challenge!
Week 1 (June 14-20) – Head to Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport, Maine
Week 2 (June 21-27) – Work with artists, collaborate on projects, visit specific sites, and lecture by guest artists and experts in Maine’s environment. Visit Bath Ironworks, Watershed Center for Ceramics, Booth Bay, Christmas Cove, Bar Harbor, Lobstering, and etc.
Week 3 (June 28-July 4) – Work with artists, collaborate on projects, visit specific sites, and lecture by guest artists and experts in Maine’s environment. Visit Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Farnsworth Museum, Sea-kayaking, Portland, and etc.
Week4 (July 5-July 11) – Wrap up art projects in Maine and visit Dia Beacon Museum, spend 1 nights in Beacon, NY and 3nights in New York City.
List of Guests for Summer 2012
Maureen Barrett-Art Patron, MacNamara Foundation Founder
Duncan Slade & Gayle Frass-Fiber Artists
Tyler Gulden-Director of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
Sean O’Connor-Ceramic Artists
Morgan Kirkland Maurer-Painter
Jim Turnbull-Owner, Standard Ceramics & Ceramic Supply
Naturalist-Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Marine Scientists-Bigelow Labs
Ironworkers-Bath Iron Works
How to register/costs
2 Step Process to register:
Step 1:To apply for Coastal Maine, download the PDF application form by clicking on the following link, complete it and return it to the address printed on the application by May 1, 2012. Coastal Maine Application
Step 2: The deadline for registration is May 1, 2012. To be considered for the workshop, an application and $500 deposit is required prior to the registration deadline. Enrollment is strictly limited to 12 students. For Summer 2012 registration priority deadlines visit: http://www.arc.wvu.edu/admissions/summer/registration.html , or contact the School of Art and Design at 304-293-3512.
Non-WVU Students: Guest status is available to students wishing to take this program (You do not have to be enrolled at WVU to take this Course).
Students are responsible for the cost of tuition (residents – $1386/undergraduate, $2,040/graduate, non residents – $4,422/undergraduate, $6,072/graduate) for six college credits.
Course Lab Fee: $3100.00* This fee covers all travel expenses (to and from WVU, non-WVU students may make their own arrangements to meet the group in Portland, Maine at the beginning of he trip), housing and equipment, food, museum fees, guest visitors, the cost of field trips, and etc.
*Does not cover the meals during the 4 days in Beacon and New York City.Upon acceptance to the program by the instructor, a non-refundable course fee deposit of $500 will be due. The remaining course lab fee must be paid in full one week prior to trip departure.
Course InstructorShoji Satake, Assistant Professor
SMUDGE STUDIO – is a website and blog created by Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth
GREEN MUSEUM – Online museum of Environmental Art
LAND ARTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST – Bill Gilbert’s Land Arts of the American West website
http://www.diacenter.org/sites/main/beacon – Dia Art Foundation:Dea Beacon website
http://www.watershedceramics.org/ – Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts website