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VISUAL ARTS BUILDING
The emphasis in this course will be on the exploration of contemporary issues in relationship to art being produced in the twenty first century. The axis being the artist as they view art making and art theory practices. This course is meant to emphasize a “hands on” approach. By examining the art, critical texts and the ever-changing culture/context it is hoped that the student will begin to have a more complete view of the art world.
This course will include visiting artists and critics, essays, reviews, oral presentations, individual and group projects and visits to galleries, museums and artist’s studios.
In addition to class work there will be two outside lecture or gallery visit assignments with written responses. Research on Artist Books resulting in an individual Artist Book project. The final project has two components: 1) group research project presented orally and 2) an individual or group artwork made in response to the theme of the research topic. A notebook with notes from class & readings will be primary source & required.
There is a $40. Lab Fee.
The following list can serve as a guideline for assessing your development:
1) The on-time completion of course problems.
2) Participation in group discussions
3) Participation in field trip discussions
4) Full and on-time class attendances.
5) Commitment measuring how far you will go to solve an assigned problem.
6) Attention to solving problems in a creative, unique and expressive manner.
7) Presentation of work. Presentation skills include verbal and written articulation of ideas as well as neatness.
8) Thoroughness of preparation for class is marked by following instructions, consistent work habits, meeting deadlines, presentation of completed work, and by general performance, involvement and effort.
9) Ability to write in a thoughtful, clear and carefully edited manner
There will be a mid term grade assessment meeting with the instructor.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- TBA. Additional readings: Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Arts Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970s-1990s Linda Weintraub In The Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art, Linda Weintraub Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art, A Sourcebook of Artist's Writings, Edited by Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz Air Guitar, Dave Hickey The Invisible Dragon, Dave Hickey Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, Zoya Kocur and Simon Leung Art in Theory: 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Edited by Charles Harrison & Paul Wood Structure of the Visual Book, Keith A. Smith
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