**please note that this course takes place on Virginia's Eastern Shore. It also includes a program fee of $500 in addition to the regular tuition.
The intersection of art and science is a fruitful space for thinking about the environment, our effects on it, and its effects on us which produce our sense of place. Contemporary artists through movements like land ati and tactical media have considered our interventions in and for the environment. Poets, short story writers, novelists, and essayists have all been inspired by the environment. This class will utilize lectures and field trips to introduce students to the environmental issues impacting the coastal ecosystems of Virginia. Students will be inspired by the environment and history of the Eastern Shore and use these experiences to create written works and art-science projects ranging from traditional essays on the impression a landscape leaves on the viewer to eco-art inspired projects. The course will introduce a variety of writers and artists, past and present, who have worked on environmental topics and consider the careful observations writers have made about the natural world. Our class will consider what environmental writing and art can tell us about the environment and the way society perceives and values the natural world.