Classes - Art at Cedar Point 2018

Observing and Recording the Figure in Nature: From Paleolithic to Performance

June 4 – 15, 2018

University of Nebraska Cedar Point Biological Station, Ogallala, NE

Undergraduate course: ARTP 383 3 Credits (ACE 7)

Graduate & Professional course: ARTP 896 3 credits

Field School amenities: comfortable housing, dining facilities, 900+ acres of UNL owned prairie and red cedar canyons, library and classroom spaces, research labs, WiFi, friendly, inviting atmosphere

Joust, Sculpture by Santiago Cal

Observing and Recording the Figure in Nature: From Paleolithic to Performance is an upper-level studio art course open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students, as well as K-12 teachers. Students will earn 3 credits in an intensive, two-week field course taught at Cedar Point Biological Station in western Nebraska. Professor Santiago Cal will teach techniques, materials, and concepts to explore nature through artistic expression. 

Drawing is an entry point to awaken  awareness of the natural world, environmental issues, and perception beyond realism. Coursework will help students discover individual creativity inspired by science, nature, and experience in the field station environment. Techniques may include drawing, sculpture, photography collage, rubbings, incorporation of gathered ephemeral materials and natural weathering actions on paper.

 Instructor Santiago Cal 



MFA 1998 Virginia Commonwealth University

BFA 1995 Kutztown State University

Santiago Cal was born in Belize, Central America. He has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. He has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (U.S.), Gruber-Jez Foundation (Mexico), and Poustinia Land Art Park (Belize).


For K-12 Teachers: UNL summer courses offer teachers an opportunity to reconnect to their own artistic processes, learn about new processes/techniques, and pursue professional development that enables salary advancement within their district’s pay scale.

Tuition and Fees

Total costs of the program include field station housing, three meals per day, UNL tuition, and a $50 materials fee. *Field course designation saves students money through reduced facilities fees. 

          Undergraduate:      Room & Board $490/2 weeks + Tuition $712.50 + $50 materials fee

          Graduate:                 Room & Board $490/2 weeks + Tuition $939.75 + $50 materials fee

Course enrollment opens November 2017. A Room & Board deposit of $500 reserves your place. It must be paid in full and is non-refundable. Participants will receive a permission code for online course registration in spring 2017.  

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For more information, contact Program Coordinator Hannah Demma at