BCAAE1 Art & Ecology (Group Course)
This course is designed for students who wish to expand their artistic practice through engaging with concepts relating to ecology, earth systems and environmental change. Through fine art practice students will investigate how our social and earth ecologies coexist within the unique context of the Burren. Through seminars, studio and site specific projects, individual tutorials and group critiques, students will explore the interconnectivity between artistic practice, ecological thinking and the changing global climate. This course is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students working across all artistic disciplines.
BCAAJ2 Art in Context (Tutorial Course)
This course focuses advanced and independent students on a singular project exploring a specific physical or conceptual context through art. It introduces the practice of dedicated research methods to explore the context or topic of the project. Projects are self-directed by the students with faculty support. Course requirements include a presentation of a research portfolio with art outcomes by the end of semester. The value of the course lies in the experience and learning of research methods similar to the research focus postgraduate students engage with at MA, MFA and PhD levels. Projects that engage the context of the local environment, environmental or ecological issues are particularly welcome.
BCAAJ4 Walking As Art Practice (Tutorial Course)
This class introduces walking and wandering as methods for research and the creation of art works in multiple media. The class engages in group and individual walks in the karst limestone landscape of the Burren. Students will subsequently document, record and respond to these experiences with art making and works created in the studio. Through seminars focused on the theory and philosophy of walking, studio projects, individual tutorials and critiques, students will explore the relationship between walking, engaging with the landscape and studio practice. Innovative mixed media and new genre art processes are encouraged and facilitated. This course is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students working across all artistic disciplines.
BCAAJ6 The Art of Daily Living (Group Course)
This course introduces students to the practicalities and possibilities of an artistic practice that intentionally integrates aspects of everyday life. Through a series of place-based projects, seminars and individual tutorials, students will learn to apply an ecologically conscious ethos in both art practice and daily life. Students will also take part in workshops that explore the sensory, the experiential, and the quotidian under the umbrella of prompts as ubiquitous as water, the body, and food. Project prompts are open so as to support and encourage experimental, slow and interdisciplinary responses. Artworks that are entangled with or extend the student’s current practice are welcome. This course is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students working across all artistic disciplines.