“They get a sense of the shapes, colors, functions, materials and textures of the objects and try to construct meanings by themselves—When was it made? What is it for? What does it mean? What does (the object) tell us about the culture in that historical period?—rather than having to rely on someone else’s interpretation,” Su says.
Rebecca Safran, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at CU Boulder, and her group of student researchers have teamed up with Aaron Treher, lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History who developed a novel approach to conservation that’s part site-specific artwork and part structure to entice the birds into making it their home. If successful, the structure could be a model for similar ones in urban areas.
While living and working together in rural environments, students create artwork specific to the landscape using a variety of mediums, from sculpture and printmaking to photography and ephemeral assemblages. The field school is designed to expand students’ definition of what a studio practice can be while exposing them to new vistas.
To those who aren’t art professors, students, historians or fine artist themselves, much of the joy derived from viewing what’s commonly called abstract art (though the artists might just call it “art”) is derived from seeing something for the first time, an image or format entirely new to the viewer and their experience.
The ceramics program is one of eight University of Colorado Boulder programs to be ranked in the top 10 graduate specialty programs nationwide, but it is the only one of the CU Boulder group to hail from the arts and humanities.