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MACAA at SECAC

November  3-6, 2021, LEXINGTON, KY 

*update: 2021 Secac conference canceled due to rising covid delta variant cases*

Nature Connection: Art and Science

MACAA Affiliate Session at SECAC

Barbara Giorgio-Booher, Session Chair


Amidst the challenges and unpredictability of the past year, there has been a return to the outdoors with artists taking refuge in the natural world. Being in nature alone can help to reduce stress and build resilienceArtists historically have had a fascination with the natural world. This session seeks creative endeavors or assignments that focus upon nature or environmental issues that are the basis for developing an art narrative that introduces observation, experience and reflection. We hope to highlight ways to help students learn to

   wander and explore, recording in words and sketches, while looking for

   patterns or textures. What are some creative ways that we can engage studentsin making a connection between art and science?



Nature Connection: Art and Science 1

MACAA Affiliate Session

Session Chair: Barbara Giorgio-Booher


Sands of Time, Bodies of Water

Heather Hertel, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Solveig Santillano, Mercyhurst University


The Resilency of Nature and the Body: Investigations of Loss, Longing, and Uncertainty                                                            Kariann Fuqua, University of Mississippi

Papermaking Practice as a Catalyst for Forest Bathing, Materials Foraging, and Careful Observation                   

Jillian Sokso, George Fox University

Chandler Brutscher, University of Akron


A Piece of Turf

Brad Adams, Berry College



Nature Connection: Art and Science 2

MACAA Affiliate Session

Session Chair: Heather Hertel


Collaboration between Art and Science in the Development of a Children's Book Series

Barbara Giorgio-Booher, Ball State University

Tom McConnell, Ball State University


Merging Design and Nature: Using Technology to Change the Way We Experience the Outdoors

Kelly Celeste Porter, East Tennessee State University


Slow Looking and Field Journals-- Understanding and Connecting to Places We Love

Kathleen Frye, University of Wyoming







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