Spring 2024

Art & Ecology

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-225


Lucia Monge (Section 01)


“Eco” is derived from the Latin oeco, “house.” That means that the word “ecology” was coined to discuss the study of our home and community. What does art, which is also about making place and participating in community, contribute to this field of knowledge? How can art challenge what we already ‘know’ about our surroundings and the relationships that take place within them? What else can we perceive and communicate through artistic research and practice? How can we notice and creatively denounce neglect of our environment? Or devise new rituals and practices of care? 

In this studio art course, we will review a broad range of art forms including artworks from the environmental art and land art movements; collaborative and sustainable practices that include natural materials and processes; and artworks addressing social and political issues around ecology and the climate crisis. Students in this class will also develop their own artworks in a range of scales and mediums including—but not limited to—paper-making, installation, landscape interventions, sculptures, and socially-engaged projects. 

Spring 2024. Professor Monge.

How to handle overenrollment: ARHA Majors. Others admitted to balance by class year, major, and Five Colleges participation.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Studio art projects, field work, visual analysis, readings, class discussions.

ARHA 225 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM FAYE 001
Th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM FAYE 001


Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2025