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Carolyn J. Bodle
B ART 131
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Arts Practice

Includes active exploration of processes through which artists discover and translate ideas, feelings, and concerns into various forms of objects. Uses a wide variety of methods and approaches, from traditional to technological, to promote artistic expression. Promotes discussions and critiques to lead to a better understanding of the creative process. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course introduces students to the practice and theory of the arts from the contemporary perspective. We will explore various techniques such as sculpture, performance, video, image, and installation applied in a series of projects and anchored in the history, theory, and practice of these media. This course will encourage students to investigate the role of artists in today's society by reflecting on themes of identity, culture, and context as motivations for art making. Students will engage in three projects that will be complemented by discussions and lectures in class. Along with the material investigation, we will examine and critically approach concepts such as object, process, audience, public, exhibition, intervention, space, collaboration, structure, context, environment, site, representation, conceptual, temporary, and narrative.

Student learning goals

Demonstrate better understanding of the theory and practice of contemporary art forms

Complete three appropriately scaled art projects, along with a reflective essay that accompanies each project

Show how art is always an interdisciplinary practice

Articulate a basic understanding of describing, interpreting, and judging art

General method of instruction

Students will engage in projects that will be complimented with discussions and lectures in class.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites; diverse academic backgrounds encouraged. Interest in contemporary art.

Class assignments and grading

Grading will be based on concept and execution of projects, class participation, personal investment in work, and demonstrated growth over the course of the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carolyn J. Bodle
Date: 01/28/2014