Landscape Architecture College of Design

Landscape Analysis Workshop


Incoming students will travel to Biological Station and Laboratories in Lake Itasca State Park from August 24-26, to participate in the LA5202 Landscape Analysis Workshop. The Workshop introduces students to the basic techniques of site analysis, spatial understanding, and graphic representation of landscapes. The trip also gives you a chance to meet fellow students and faculty in a north woods atmosphere.


This course is entirely field-based, so students must attend Itasca to get credit for the course. Transportation, food, and lodging for the course is $575 per student, and will be included in your course fees for fall semester.

  • If there are any questions about the field course or special arrangements required, please contact Janaya Martin.

Itasca Course Information



An itinerary with topographic maps, soils maps, and other background information will be available prior to the start of each trip. We will work in small groups and collect field data and discuss your observations as a whole class.

Required Textbooks

Required Supplies

You will need a compact field graphics kit to record quantitative and experiential information in the field. Some of the contents of the field kit (charcoal, pastels, watercolor) will be provided to you. However, you are expected to bring the following items:

  1. Multi-media sketchbook with a minimum of 80lb. paper that accepts watercolor, graphite, chalk, pencil, charcoal, or pastels. Dimensions 9"x 12". Preferably a sketchbook that lays flat (wire bound). Examples include Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook, Holbein Multimedia Books, and Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Pad.
  2. Black ink drawing pens (1chisel point and 3-4 fine line markers) in a variety of line weights. Examples include: Black permanent Sharpie fine point tip, Black permanent Sharpie extra fine point tip, Pentel Sign Pen, Prismacolor Markers, Marvey LePen, Staedtler Lumocolor Markers, Papermate Flair Pen, and Faber-Castell Markers. Try to include at least one permanent ink pen.
  3. 3-4 soft-lead graphite pencils in a range from 2B to 6B and possibly 9B.
  4. 9 Prismacolor color pencils. Recommended colors include: Burnt Ochre, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Light Umber, Apple Green, Olive Green, Dark Green, Copenhagen Blue, and Sky Blue. Feel free to bring additional colored pencils in Earth tones and other colors that you may enjoy. Sharpen your pencils before the trip.
  5. Erasers including: Staedtler white eraser, kneaded eraser.
  6. Portable hand-held pencil sharpener.
  7. Small soft-sided container to keep your pens, pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpener.
  8. Engineers scale.
  9. Four (4) 1-inch Acco bulldog clips to hold things in case of wind.
  10. A plastic sheath or sturdy zip-lock bag, knapsack, or other waterproof container for the above items. This container should fit into a backpack (i.e. think small).
  11. A digital or film camera and waterproof case  are often part of a field kit and are recommended is we, but not essential.

These supplies can be purchased at most art supply stores (e.g. Wet Paint, Art Materials, Dick Blick).


Itasca Logistics


Travel and Food

Let us know as soon as possible if you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate in field activities at Itasca. The emergency contact number at the Biological Station is 218-699-3550.

Meet in the parking lot behind the Southwest corner of Rapson Hall no later than 7:00am on Friday, August 24, 2018. We will leave for Itasca at 7:30am. You will be left behind if you arrive late. We return to Minneapolis on Sunday evening, August 26, at 5:00pm. All travel is in university vans. You cannot provide your own transportation to field locations.

Food is served in the dining hall at the biological station. Let us know as soon as possible if you have special dietary needs. We will not be close to any stores for most of the week.

Packing for Itasca

Field sessions will only be cancelled when weather is severe and dangerous. Prepare for temperatures ranging from hot (90+ degrees) during the day to cool (40+ degrees) at night. Bring rain gear, two pairs of sturdy footwear, extra pairs of socks (hiking in wet socks is bad), sleeping bag or linens (pillow provided), towel, washcloth, toiletries, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Pack your gear in soft packs or bags. Space is limited. Do not bring valuables or large amounts of cash. Cabins will be shared by 4–8 people and will not be lockable. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited at the biological station.

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