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Fall 2014 information:


Marcia Eames-Sheavly

Hort 2010, The Art of Horticulture
Fall semesters

a 2010 project
One of the 2010 final projects.
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This experiential survey course offers a deep exploration into self, the classroom, and community, by engaging with the plant world in a creative context. If you are willing to diligently and intentionally invest your energy in The Art of Horticulture, you will learn the value of engaging in the plant world as a way to foster human and community well-being and as an outlet for creativity – an understanding that may serve you for many years to come, indeed, the rest of your life.

Discover the ways in which plants can be used in or as art (e.g. living sculpture, topiary, woven branch, botanical fashions, crop art) and as a subject of art (e.g. botanical illustration, painting, photography). Explore the relationship between plants and art to develop a distinctive lens through which to view the world. Foster keen observation skills and an understanding of the principles of design and presentation in living forms.

Requirements include participation in class sessions, reading, reflective writing and creative project work. Materials fee for additional 1-credit studio.

Learning Outcomes

Through your deep engagement in Hort 2010 you will…

  • Think about it: identify, describe and reflect on contemporary perspectives and historical influences in the art and horticulture arena.
  • Look around you: closely observe the plant world, the garden, nature, and our relationship with all of it. Notice the processes happening in the plant world and learn to perceive them more sensitively: growth and decay, the flow of water, the changes of light and the season, and the numerous ways in which plants can be used to influence, or to be made into, art.
  • Express yourself: move outside your familiar comfort zone to engage in self-expression, and discover the ways in which creative exploration can positively impact the way you feel.
  • Contribute: consider how engaging in art and horticulture can make you a better world citizen, and how horticultural art be employed to impact the consciousness of the public.
  • Make it: figure out the "mechanics" and horticultural challenges required to create a final project, a work of art all your own.

The 1-credit studio, limited to 25 students offers the additional opportunity to…

  • Connect with others: collaborate to produce a variety of art forms for private enjoyment and public display.

The Art of Horticulture
Marcia Eames-Sheavly
Horticulture Section
15B Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853