Conscious Homesteading: Art, Design, Ecology, and Rural Land Use | JUNE 12-24, 2022 | Professor Stacy Asher
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
Explore the merging of art, design, ecology, and rural land use through an immersive, experiential learning opportunity in the great outdoors of western Nebraska. This course will investigate how people, over centuries of time, have inhabited, and occupied the land at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Creative research projects will demonstrate how people of the past designed their life so that they could not only survive but thrive. How were basic human needs met so that people could live life well, recreate, rejoice, rest, and relax? How was the land honored, conserved, and protected?
The wide variety of habitats and the abundance and diversity of flora and fauna found at Cedar Point provide rich content for investigations. Projects will be realized through the examination of principles of permaculture design. Permaculture is an approach to land management and settlement techniques that adopt designs that are observed in flourishing natural ecosystems. It requires Whole Systems Thinking and is often applied to rural and urban planning, regenerative agriculture, and the practice of sustainability and resilience.
Projects and research will be self-directed and tailored to the student's interests. Installations of art and design, digital projections, publications, and presentations will be collaboratively produced.
Observing, deconstructing, painting, sketching, modeling, sculpting, building, drawing, journaling, photographing, designing, mapping, charting, diagramming, prototyping, recording, modeling, and creating re-enactments are some of the many processes that students will utilize. Google Earth, Sketch Up, Data Studio, and other open-source tools will be used for 3D rendering, image-making, and data visualizations.
Instructor: Stacy Asher
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART: (Typography, Publication, Exhibition, and Social Design)
AREA OF FOCUS: Graphic Design
MFA Design from the California College of the Arts
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 $969.75 + $50 materials fee
Graduate: Room & Board $490/2 weeks + Tuition $939.75 + $50 materials fee
Course enrollment opens March 2021. A non-refundable room & board deposit of $100 reserves your place. A permission code for online registration via MyRed will be given to students who have paid the enrollment deposit and completed a brief questionnaire.
For more information, contact Coordinator Hannah Demma