Miners and Ghost Towns of the American West. History, art and culture of the American West through the Eyes of the American Artist. In this course we explore the Art of the American West through the work of the miners. The course also encourages and shows you how to participate by doing some mining of your own. Mining played and plays a fundamental role in the history of the American West. In this course we study and enjoy the art in the activity of mining. You will meet these colorful, hard working people that forged the region. I teach lecture courses and studios as I wish they would have been taught to me. Much of the graphic material in my lectures is taken or generated first hand directly by me on site. I teach to learn. I teach subjects as I wish they were taught to me. The Mission Statement. Education is a tool for the improvement of successive generations. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ConfuciusThis course is designed under the premise that humans should be taught in a way that is modeled after the educational patterns of evolution. The design, development and application of educational systems based on the educational principles of evolution generates a philosophy and methodology of education in synchrony with the evolutionary education system that is firmly and deeply rooted in each of us. Education for evolution is an educational system designed to help propel humans forward in the natural course of evolution. The purpose of education for evolution is to enhance and strengthen the natural evolutionary process of humans through the mechanism of education. The means to achieve this objective is the design of a curricula based on the same educational techniques and strategies used by natural evolution, enhanced and guided by the application of conscious educational decisions.