Nature and Visual Response

Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
201: M 3:30-6:00PM
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
202: M 6:30-9:00PM
Fall 2017
The Arts

This course will explore human relationships with nature and the impact that relationship can have on art making.  No prior artistic skills or experience are required, and the only supply students will need to purchase is a blank art journal.  We will engage in individual and community responsive art making in natural areas on campus, local area hiking trails, and wilderness areas in the surrounding community. We will meet outside for some of our class times (taking our art supplies with us).  The class will emphasize the development of a visual language specific to experiences in the natural world on individual, community, local, and global platforms.  Students will conduct research on how cultures around the globe interact with the natural world in a way that promotes healing, art making, community, or rites of passage. Our class will focus on how to understand and communicate what value interaction with nature has for the student through the creation of their own visual journal throughout the semester. Presentations will be given on the student’s chosen area on natural across different cultures.  


Tyler Deal is a Boone, NC native.  She began her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana in Missoula and completed them at Appalachian, earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. Tyler then completed her MFA at Pratt Institute in New York in 2006.  Following these, she became involved in human services as a certified nursing assistant in Idaho and Montana working with the elderly. Tyler moved back east and began teaching art at UNC Asheville in 2010.  She started teaching art at ASU in 2011.  In 2015, she earned an MA in clinical mental health counseling and a postgraduate certificate in expressive arts therapy from ASU.  Tyler is also the founder and facilitator of open studio support groups for cancer survivors in Watauga, Ashe, and Avery Counties in collaboration with Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center.  Tyler loves to teach and share her love of Appalachia and the combined power of arts and nature. When not involved in teaching or community-based work Tyler can be found roaming the Blue Ridge Mountains with her dogs Odin and Bella or covered in paint or mud working in her pottery and painting studios.

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:
Rick Klima

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