Art + Design Palm Springs Aerial Tram field Trip

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Join the art and design students on a trip to explore the San Jacinto forest via the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. Edited by Chloe Ahmundson.

Palm Springs Field Trip

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The A+D FAM took a trip to Palm Springs, November 7, to wander amongst nature and recharge their creative energy. Taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up an 8,000 ft elevation forest-scape, everyone had the opportunity to choose their own experience: drawing, photography, hiking and climbing; whatever path sparked their creative interests.

Being a Thursday field trip, the students had the chance to take a break from classes and enjoy everything nature had to offer. Here are some quotes from those who attended:
“It was a great experience, being able to hang out with my fellow art peers and our professors, in a more chill and friendly environment. I would definitely recommend this trip to others, if the art department were to provide it again next year.”  Youriko Chith
“This trip was a way for us to experience nature in all of its art forms and in all the ways it speaks to us as artists”  Taylor Armstrong
“This trip took my breath away…literally. But with an 8,000+ ft elevation came some beautiful forest scenery. I really enjoyed spending time working creatively with friends, climbing rocks, and relaxing in brush fields. Taking a ride on the aerial tram to the top of the mountain was probably one of the many highlights of the trip: it was so fascinating seeing the landscape around us become so tiny during the ascent, it made me feel incredibly small and wildly excited. 
We spent several hours exploring the mountaintop, branching off to pursue our own adventures, then took the tram back down to travel to the Palm Springs night market: our last stop for the evening. I had never been to such a large-scale night market as this one; the entire thing spanned about 6 entire blocks. There was so much to see and take in, but spending that time with fellow artfully-minded people made it even better.
Trips like these never cease to instill such a major sense of wonder and gratitude; I can’t wait for the next one.”   Kayla Perkins
Visiting the aerial tram in Palm Springs was a fun thing I had never done before. Once we climbed the 8,000 feet in elevation, the mountains and nature had me feeling as if I was in another world. The fresh air and the stark change in temperature was something that I didn’t know I needed. I enjoyed exploring and taking a break from my daily schedule and connecting with my peers that I usually only see in class. Brigitta Doherty
“Taking a day to be out in nature with friends and find inspiration was really beneficial to both my mental and physical health. It was like a reset button that allowed me to step out of a stressful mindset and find a balance between work and play—and that’s what I think art should be.” Katie Nichols
  • Joshua Tree Drawing Workshop
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Joshua Tree Drawing Workshop Oct 4/ 5

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Epic Day Trip to Joshua Tree For An Artist workshop!

The art & design department took a field trip out into another planet where students were led into a guided drawing experience by three talented artist’s visiting from Alaska.

Here are a few quotes students had from their Joshua Tree experience:

“The experience in Jtree changed my perspective on still life drawing. I’ve always had trouble with patience, especially in drawing but the workshop caused me to get lost in the shapes and forms of what I was studying. It probably helps that I enjoy nature a lot.” — Brigitta

I had such a great time in Jtree. The day was shared with awesome friends and It was a pleasure to hang out with the three talented artists visiting from Alaska. I’ve never been to a drawing workshop and it was such a neat experience to have that wokshop out in Joshua Tree. These artist’s experience comes from their removal from society and full immersion out in nature where they observe and create. So It was really neat to be guided and taught by them.” — Lauren

“My experience during this trip was truly one for the books. The three visiting artists, Bill, Klara and Lindsay had so much wisdom and thought-provoking conversation to offer in Joshua Tree; I deeply appreciated each moment in which I learned something new from them and their profound connection to nature.
Concerning our overnight escapade, I had camped out only once before in a different desert location, but this was my first time experiencing all that Joshua Tree had to offer– after hours. The stars were stunning and sunrise even more so, at night I could hear coyotes howling in the distance as I snuggled up into my sleeping bag; the desert is so endlessly magical at night. I can’t get enough. This whole beautifully surreal trip fully allowed me to reconnect with nature, myself, and my passion to create, and I can’t wait to do it again. ” — Kayla

 “ The art department is full of amazing people who made Joshua Tree a memorable trip! Next time I’m definitely camping!” — Ariana ( This was her first trip with the A+D!) 

“This wasn’t my first time exploring Joshua Tree but it was the first time that I camped there and it was such a surreal experience, and I would love to do it again.” — Serena




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Art + Design Students take a trip to see the Desert X installations scattered from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea and beyond.

“ The trip was fun because we got to express ourselves and creativity through photography- and modeling and the company was fun and in the end we got some good food!” –Nushi

“The Desert X trip as a whole was just absolutely FANTASTIC! My favorite installation was the “Drive-In”, by Superflex. Seeing the scale of the piece up-close brought it to life! I was super inspired by the entire trip and plan on incorporating larger scales into my personal at work.” – Sessaleena Gifford

“I really enjoy these art inspired field trips that the A&D department take and Desert X was another really enjoyable trip. My favorite installation was “A Point of View” by Ivan Argote. The project included five sets of stairs with engraved words in English and Spanish on every step. Each stair case had a different view. I had a peaceful and zen moment standing on a high platform overlooking the salton sea.” – Lauren Bergey

I had a peaceful and zen moment standing on a high platform overlooking the salton sea.

Desert X

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Art + Design Students Explore Desert X & The Salton Sea

“My favorite trips are the ones that have a loose enough plan to include surprises along the way. We certainly found some interesting surprises outside of the Desert X art installations—International Banana Museum, a dip in the ‘Mistake’ at Corvina Beach, and skateboarding on the frontage road.”
–Tim Musso

“As an introverted person, stepping out from my comfort zone wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I honestly had such a fun time exploring the interesting/ bizarre places around Deseret X. ( I also learned that upperclassman don’t bite)”
–Michelle Hwang

“Some of my favorite moments on this trip were not even planned, whether it was a mini skateboard sesh on a deserted road or visiting the international museum of bananas for $1! Also being able to see Nancy’s augmented reality artwork and actually being able to interact with her work was awesome”
–Megan Joseph

Art+Design 2017-2018 Video Highlight Reel

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  • Manzanar, Workshop

Manzanar Workshop

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Brandstater Gallery artist Mark Baugh-Sasaki along with Art + Design students escape to Manzanar for an inspiration workshop

Photography shoot at Joshua Tree

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Art+Beach Day to San Diego

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Road Trip to Phoenix Arizona

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Art+Design Family – We would like to invite you to join us on a weekend road trip to Phoenix Arizona Friday March 2–Saturday March 3:
8am Leave A+D department
3pm Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
6pm Molly Koehn MFA thesis exhibition
8pm Dinner
10pm Motel 6 in Tempe
9am James Turrell skyspace
10am Studio Visit with Molly Koehn at ASU campus Graduate Studios
noon Pheonix Art Museum
2pm Galleries
6pm Art Openings
7pm Leave Pheonix
Midnight Arrive at Art+Design
We are fortunate that the Katchamakov Endowment will be funding the van rental, fuel, motel, and Art museum tickets. You will only need money for food and drink.
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