Investigates relationships between the study and making of art. Explores connections among written, visual, and performance arts and engages their intellectual, social, and aesthetic dimensions.
This class centers on the study of the visual and performing arts of the ancient Greek classics and how the themes from Aeschylus and Sophocles reverberate into modern times. Having established our theoretical framework with Aristotle's Poetics, we investigate the various texts and performances through concepts of plot, recognition/reversal, and catharsis. Against this kind of reading and understanding we also engage with the themes through our own exploration of performance in the studio, ending with class groups inventing the tragic themes anew in their own arts practice.
Student learning goals
1. To explore relationships among perception, emotion, and thinking in making and responding to art.
2. To explore relationships among creative writing, visual arts, and performance arts.
3. To explore the relationship between past artistic accomplishment and innovation, or between artistic traditions and creativity.
4. To explore relationships among diverse social worlds, art worlds, and their artistic products/productions.
5. To explore the making of art in individual and group exercises.
6. To explore ways of talking and writing about works of art.
General method of instruction
Lecture/discussion in the classroom, watching key filmic presentations, creating performance in the studio.
Arts or humanities classes would be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
There will be three papers on our Greek themed texts and participation in performances in the studio, and a final exam.