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Carolyn J. Bodle
ART 131
Seattle Campus

Alternative Approaches to Art and Design

Presentation of process through which artists discover and translate ideas, feelings, and concerns into images or objects. Use of a wide variety of methods and approaches, from traditional to technological, to promote visual expression. Discussion and critiques leading toward better understanding the creative process.

Class description

This course introduces students to the practice and theory of visual 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 complimented with 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.

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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: 03/06/2012