Undergraduate Degree



DP2010 Art and Ecology Workshop ​

[Lecture: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the basic essentials of ecological art practice and discourse.


Students will engage in art practice and research that will incorporate an understanding of ecological systems through critical thinking and creative fabrication. This course is structured to give students a set of skills to make art that engages issues that are analytical, social, and /or cultural in regards to the natural world. Audiences that are both inside and outside the gallery, academe, and the conventional art market will be addressed. Students will be required to read, research and explore media and techniques that are beyond their familiar comfort zone. Artists who focus on ecological issues will be discussed and guest lectures will be drawn from various NTU environmental, academic and research programs as well as institutions outside of the University. Field trips will include visits to areas concerned with ecological restoration and preservation e.g. waste and water remediation sites, wetlands, gardens, and nature preserves as well as to industrial sites.

Course Outline

​S/N​ ​Topic
​1​ • Course overview and objectives
• Definitions of Nature and Ecology
​2 - 6 • Overview of contemporary art focused on ecological issues
- Study of Ecological Issues and Processes with visits to related NTU and outside programs
​7 ​• Mid Sem review of assignments
​8 - 12 ​•  Work on group and individual projects 

- Amongst artists (combining skills, media, and concepts), 
- between artists and scientists
- between artists and the public (Public Art projects)

• Collaborative final Art Projects: Refining and Presentation 
- To be accompanied by a 3 page research paper and bibliography 
- Group collaborative project​

​13 ​• Final Project review and critique

Learning Outcome

The student will have an introductory knowledge of art and scientific research as they relate to ecological systems.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 50%

    Final Assessment components include:

    • Final project presentation: 30%

    • Research paper: 20%


  2. Continuous Assessment: 50% (of which at least 15% is participation)

    Continuous assessment components may include:

    • Studio-based exercises and projects

    • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Linda Weintraub, EnvironMentalities: Twenty-two Approaches to Eco-Art, Artnow Publishers, Rhinebeck
  2. Sue Spaid, EcoventionCurrent Art to Transform Ecologies, Contemporary Arts Center, available online at no cost: http://greenmuseum.org/c/ecovention/intro_frame.html
  3. Twyla Tharp, The Collaborative Habit , Simon and Shuster
  4. Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Verso Books
  5. Vladimir I. Vernadsky (Auth),M.A.S. McMenamin, D.B. Langmuir, and L. Margulis(Eds.), The Biosphere: Complete Annotated Edition, Copernicus Springer-Verlag
  6. James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning , Barnes and Noble
  7. Brian Wallis, Christopher Phillips, Edward Earle, Carol Squiers(Eds.), Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and VideoInternational Center of Photography, (exhibition catalogue)​