take only pictures
leave only footprints

Take Only Pictures... is designed for students with an interest in art but with little background or skill in one or more of the media to be explored. This is a studio art class and the common theme is plant life. Examine and draw botanical forms and structures (morphology) using dissecting scopes; cover basic principles of visual composition. Utilize macro photography to manipulate depth and from these images develop surface design patterns. Explore motion through time-lapse recordings of stages in the life cycle from germination to senescence. To augment the studio experience we look at plant life in art including the unique qualities of landscapes captured with toy and pinhole cameras, the ephemeral work of Andy Goldsworthy’s environmental sculptures documented in the film “Rivers and Tides” and cooperative efforts between farmers and artists as exemplified by the Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois.