Creative Coast Project
Leaders: Michael Boonstra and Andrew Myers
Creative Coast is a four-credit, five-day intensive experiential learning studio art course that focuses on the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the surrounding Central Oregon Coast. The places will serve as outside studios and the people, history, ecology, and immediate sensory experiences the inspiration for creating site responsive artworks. Five days and four nights will be spent camping on site at Cape Perpetua, interacting and learning from the people and places associated with the area with the goal of creating artwork informed by these immediate site-based interactions. Guided by USFS rangers and others through talks and walks through the area, we will learn about and explore the unique ecosystems consisting of rocky intertidal zones and old growth forests, while also considering the history of human interaction with the landscape. Visiting artists, scholars and scientists will join us throughout the week.
As part of the experience, each student will produce a portfolio of site observations through sketches, photography, video, sound recording and/or writing as well as a final project. Final projects must use the landscape as a creative catalyst for idea generation and be suitable for presentation at the State of the Coast Conference the following fall.
This course is open to all creative disciplines including but not limited to: Studio art/photography/video, Music, Writing, Performance, Digital media.