Students learn to “slow down,” observe, and discover the interconnectedness of Art, Science and Nature in this semester-long course. Throughout the semester, students will learn the history and philosophy of science, and will practice the foundations of the scientific method through observations and nature journaling like the famous naturalists that have come before us. Students will practice the art of “unplugging” from the busy and over-stimulating modernity we all live in, and learn to take their time to observe the natural world all around; to see rather than just to look, and to learn to connect with the natural world, even if it’s fragmented in urban and suburban environments. Students will document their observations with writing, drawing and painting, photography and a variety of other media on a daily basis. Field studies, inference and data collection are all integral parts of this course. Student will move progressively deeper into the history of science and naturalism throughout the units of this course, and will end with a Nature Journal that is both a work of Art, and Science.
UC/CSU “d” credit