John Green's 'The Anthropocene Reviewed': Online Podcast Discussion

Thursday, February 3, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom Event

How do you make art about something you've never seen, or maybe never will see?

We'll explore this question and more in a discussion based on the "Orbital Sunrise" episode of the podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed.

In the year 1515, artist Albrecht Dürer created a woodcut print of a rhinoceros even though he'd never seen one. Going off of a description and a very small rough sketch, his guess was not all that far from what a real, live rhino looks like--albeit with a bit of creative license.

So often, our mind fills in blanks based on our own prior experiences--but how does that affect the art we make and how we imagine things to be? We’ll discuss this podcast episode, including the first art made in outer space by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, and then try our hand at creating our own art about something that we’ve never seen and talk about how our minds filled in the blanks.

You don't need to be familiar with the podcast or consider yourself an artist. No special materials are needed, but gather any art supplies you’d like to use--color pencils, paints, markers, or just pen and paper--to be prepared for our session.

If you'd like to listen to the episode with us, join the Zoom meeting at 7:30 pm. If you've already listened to it, hop onto Zoom at 8 pm, when we’ll begin the discussion.

Find the book version of The Anthropocene Reviewed and other titles by John Green in the catalog.

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