The Art, Nature and Conservation Applied Minor is designed for students to explore the intersections of art, creativity, nature and conservation. Through a combination of coursework, hands-on and experiential learning, the designation emphasizes natural history, experiences with/in nature, and the use of artistic expression to support nature and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education.
For hundreds of years art has been used to raise awareness on environmental issues and conservation. Both art and nature have the potential of evoking similar emotional and deep personal responses that could result in actions that benefit oneself and/or the environment. For this IP students will be required to engage in the examination of the natural world through experience, careful observation, and a creative lens. Students will learn about the environment and find inspiration in nature, wildlife & natural landscapes to produce pieces of art in a medium of their interest (painting, drawing, ceramics, weaving and photography). Artistic expression can capture a wide spectrum of biodiversity and the essence of threatened habitats and ecosystems, as well as impress people about the relevance of conserving our natural heritage. This AP complements well with students interested in art, field biology, environmental sustainability, outdoor education, natural historians, among other areas.