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Spring 2014

Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall

February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs 


Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity. 

Sarah Sachs Photography



artits naturalist

MUST390.03/ART 390.01 Advanced Topics: The Artist Naturalist 
4 credits
TR  9:20-11:50am               
Sue Johnson

This course explores the world of nature from the perspective of the artist naturalist in history and in studio practice. Key figures in the history of natural history study such as Aristotle, Pliny, Robert Hooke, John James Audubon, Mark Catesby, Ernst Haeckel, Maria Sybilla Merian, and Charles Darwin, provide examples of the diverse approaches to documenting and learning about nature. In studio projects students learn drawing and painting techniques that have direct applications to illustration including the use of pencil, pen and ink and watercolor painting. Throughout the semester each student will keep a nature journal of writing and art. This course includes a project in collaboration with the SMCM Arboretum that will culminate in an online pictorial guide to local species of trees. The final independent project is self-proposed by each student in a special area of interest.  Lecture and discussion, writing and research, studio projects and fieldwork. 

This course satisfies an Environmental Studies Area requirement. Meets Museum Studies Requirements.


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