The Art of Embodiment

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Section 169: MW 3:30-4:45 pm
Fall 2018
The Arts
The body is our oldest, deepest, most essential way of knowing, yet American culture often dismisses the value of our mind-body connection. This course will provide structured opportunities for students to explore, research, and teach each other how to meet the world with the whole-self. The body - as a canvas, a vehicle of transformation, and as a wellspring of creativity - becomes a mode of inquiry.  
This course immerses students in an intellectual and experiential investigation of the mind-body relationship. Content explores the scholarship on movement, artistic expression, metaphor, and effective communication. In a quest towards embodiment and self-knowledge, we will work towards applying this knowledge to creating a sustainable college experience. We will also engage in creative and critical thinking by studying mindfulness, body-centered psychology, "fine" and "expressive" arts, somatic and movement arts, as well as art from multiple cultural perspectives. We will utilize campus and community resources to research how the human body has been conceptualized, expressed and used as a tool and/or a canvas in the Arts by engaging in historical, cultural and experiential inquiries. Additionally, we will explore constructions of self-identity and community membership via class discussion, personal reflection, course readings, and creative expression. This class will require some movement, painting, and other creative expression; therefore students should be prepared to wear clothing that they can move in and/or can get dirty in class. No background or training in art or dance is required or expected.

Caroline Daniel lives by the philosophy of "wabi-sabi" a Japanese aesthetic that, in short, refers to the beauty of the imperfect and impermanent. She is passionate about challenging our ways of thinking, the creative process and collaboration, somatic practices and contemplative arts, and holistic approaches to health and wellness.

Caroline works in the university as an Administrative Assistant and teaches Yoga as a Somatic Practice in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Body Centered Therapy and a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy as well as a BA in both Studio Art and Dance Studies from Appalachian State University. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200hr) and teaches at Neighborhood Yoga, which she considers her "second home."

Caroline's life interests include enjoying good food with good company, singing and playing banjo, spending time with her beloved cat named Grampa, and calling the mountains her home.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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