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Gem Lyn

The Natural Resource Materials of Art: Origins and Issues


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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Pre-recorded content

This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials artists use. Students will investigate how materials are obtained from Earth, how they are mined and processed, what the sustainability impacts are, how much energy is involved, what human health and environmental impacts occur from using these materials, and how we might use more intensive recycling redesign to make them more environmentally friendly. We will use a number of case studies to underscore the importance of understanding where materials originate and how to chose them based on health impacts, sustainability, and other impacts.


Jennifer Cole is concurrently faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College and the Harvard Graduate School of Sustainability. Dr. Cole was Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Northeastern for fifteen years, and has also taught at Tufts and MIT. Dr. Cole has published extensively in the fields of wetlands, … Read more