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.
BCAAJ5 Live Art: Performing Self & Landscape (Group Course)
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the principles of live art, performance and video in relation to the landscape and environment of the Burren. Students will explore the relationship between the human body, identity and place in live performance, using the location of the Burren as site and context for their projects. Through seminars, studio and site specific performance, workshops, individual tutorials and group critiques, students will learn about the body and actions of the artist as an artistic medium, and the use of new media, video, sound recording and photography in relation to durational live art. Practical performance workshops, including body and voice exercises are facilitated alongside instruction in video recording and editing. The generation of visual and written documentation of performance work is a course requirement. This course is open to Advanced and Independent 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 a lifestyle that attempts to minimize consumption of personal as well as natural resources. Through a series of place-based collaborative projects, seminars and individual tutorials, students will learn to apply an environmentally conscious ethos in both art practice and daily life. Students will design and install a functioning grey water utilization system; explore the value of ‘garden to table’ ethos working in the College’s small organic garden, forage for local, wild food and learn vegetarian and vegan cooking. Students will also learn the practical skills of repurposing and upcycling in order to challenge accepted patterns of consumption in daily life and artistic practice. This course is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students working across all artistic disciplines.