During the years 2000 and 2001, I co-taught continuing studies classes with artists Jim Mason (New Guinea Sculpture Garden at Stanford) and Mark Brest van Kempen. These unusual art classes traced the pathways of water from the Sierra Nevada into the deep lakes of the Great Basin during the last ice age. The class taught participants about the geologic, climate and human history of the regions we visited so as to inform and provide context for individual art projects in the outdoors while on a 4-5 day field trip.
Some of the art projects resulting from the first class: Mono Lake to Death Valley: An Artistic Exploration of Water from Ice Age to Arid Desert.
The first class was so successful it was followed by a second class that traced the pathway of water from Lake Tahoe down the Truckee River and into ancient Lake Lahontan.