Atelier InSite is the umbrella that shadows over public art projects at Clemson University. Atelier is a French word that translates to workshop or studio. This definition applies the atmosphere that is generated within the creative inquiry groups dedicated towards the installation and development of public art on campus.
Creative Inquiry defined by Clemson University is the generation of an Aha! moment. It's a small-group learning for 19,000, it's the imaginative combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research, and it is unique to Clemson University. Students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. Team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and typically span two to four semesters. Students take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers. Topics are boundless. Students often find themselves presenting their work at national conferences, fielding questions from professionals. This invaluable experience produces exceptional graduates. Our Creative Inquiry participants develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems as a team and hone their communication and presentation skills.
Atelier InSite is a new paradigm for the implementation of public artwork on university campuses that capitalizes on a cross-disciplinary and inclusive approach that is predominantly student driven. Students enrolled in different department programs from art to the life sciences collaboratively work together to implement site specific public artwork. Students in this creative inquiry program engage in direct, hands on processes to determine the artwork placed around campus. They also conduct research on the nature of public art as well as investigate the design build process, conduct site analysis, and identify site locations for artwork on the Clemson University campus.
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