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Art and Environment: Creative Responses to Climate Change

This is a time of great ecological imbalance, expressed in the extinction of species, the devastation of the land, and the omnipresent effects of climatic change. In this course, you will explore how the practice of art can be a way of thinking about and responding to these challenging realities and how through this one can find a sense of calm, and build a feeling of resilience.

The eco philosopher, Freya Mathews, talks about the importance of the arts in finding a way to be in these times. It is through the arts, she says, that empathy will grow and a new story develop.

Structured around four themes – Trees, Stone, Earth, and Water – you will use traditional visual art techniques – drawing, painting, collage, etc – to explore these themes and develop your own creative responses. You will use charcoal to think about trees, use graphite to think about the deep time of stone and its use within the built environment, and use soil as pigment to think about the nurturing life of the earth, and the flow of water as interconnection between all of this. The themes will be contextualized through the work of artists, poets and thinkers.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

  • The ecological crisis explored and contemplated through the visual arts.
  • Reflecting on our relationship to trees, stone, soil and water as a way to understand our current times.
  • Ecology in contemporary arts practice.
  • Exploration of ecological art materials (ie. earth pigments, natural binders, drawing materials, recycled and reclaimed papers and cards).
  • Exploration of visual art techniques and processes (ie: traditional drawing techniques, painting, collage, creative writing, bookbinding).

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at anyone moved by the issues of our times and interested in how creative / artistic processes may help them to gain a deeper understanding of these issues, how to be with them, and how to respond. No previous artistic experience needed, just enthusiasm.

Who will be my tutor?

Tom Baskeyfield is a multidisciplinary artist with interests in nature, deep ecology and place. He has worked in arts education for 15 years and has an MA in Art and Environment from Falmouth University. He has talked about his arts practice in conferences at Plymouth College of Art, Dartington Hall, Sheffield Hallam, and for the conservation charity New Networks for Nature. For the past few years he has been working on Shaped by Stone, a project investigating and reflecting on the human relationship to stone, the most recent phase of which – Of Flesh and Stone – was funded with a grant from the Arts Council England.

For more information, please see: www.tombaskeyfield.co.uk

How will I learn?

A mix of powerpoint presentations, books, discussion, demonstrations of techniques and processes, and the creation of your own creative outputs (art works, poems, etc)

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring any pre-used envelopes, paper and card that you may like to use in your work and / or would be happy sharing with others.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.


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