Carolyn J. Bodle
B ART 131
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.
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.
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.