The art component of the course was taught by Hastings Art Professor Turner McGehee, while Dr. Dave Armstrong (Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado) made connections to ecology, evolution and the ways art has influenced the history of science.
Classroom lectures were augmented with outdoor exploration and individual drawing time, as the students filled sketchbooks with drawings of skulls, artifacts, rocks and plants.
Field trips were an important part of the week, including visits to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum and the University of Colorado Museum.
Students had a first-hand look at the art community here in Loveland, with a wonderful chance to meet the artists and engineers at ArtWorks Loveland and Loveland CreatorSpace.
A highlight of the week was a special afternoon with George Lundeen, a world-renowned sculptor and Hastings alum.
In addition to a tour of his studio, George treated us to a trip to the foundry to see the bronzing process from start to finish.
The students appreciated the chance to meet professional artists and biologists, have hands-on experiences in their exploration of art and science and explore the outdoors during the weeklong stay at Sylvan Dale.
"Everything -- EVERYTHING -- has been what I'd hoped for and more. What an experience to study in a place that has interesting geology, flora, fauna, weather, ancient cultural artifacts...next time there's an opportunity for J-Term at Sylvan Dale, I'm first in the queue." --Turner McGehee, Professor of Art, Hastings College