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Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
BISIA 374
Bothell Campus

Arts Workshop

Explores how art is made in specified areas of inquiry, genre, or media. Arts may include visual, written, or performance arts, or a combination of these.

Class description

Site specific and public art expand across different sites and media (sculpture, painting, installation, performance, publication etc). Public art encompasses art that is not meant to be exhibited in art galleries or museums: art that expands beyond these institution's walls.

How can art engage with every day environments and a public who may not usually go to exhibition spaces? How does the art work affect the public sphere? How do these art works affect our society and our communities?

In this course we will also discuss issues of site-specificity. How is each artwork changed by its site and location? How does the artwork change place and its inhabitants?

The course will consist of lectures, readings, art production and critiques. We will produce site specific works, public art proposals and produce art that reaches a wider public such as publications, zines, posters and postcards.

Student learning goals

Have an understanding of contemporary art as an expanded field.

Have an understanding of relevant site specific art issues.

Have the ability to produce art works and engage in critical discussion.

General method of instruction

Art works, written texts and reading assignments.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Contribution to class work and dialogue. Engagement with the material. On time completion of assignments. Ambitious and committed project development.


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 Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
Date: 02/17/2014