Explores the nature of the creative process in the visual arts. Focuses on experiential learning through projects of ideation, experimentation, problem solving, editing, and creating narrative meanings.
This is an interdisciplinary studio course designed for senior and junior studio art majors. This quarter's special topic is the NARRATIVE. Freely crossing between materials, studio strategies, and media, we will consider a variety of narrative formats through a series of individual and collaborative projects. We will explore these aspects of narrative: autobiography, appropriating literature, the relationship between fiction and truth. Using these, students will be developing a personal visual language for telling stories, and effective strategies for creating meaning. The course is a great preparation for art400 IVA senior studio. Students may work with their chosen mediums or experiment with new ones.
Student learning goals
Develop problem solving, experimental and evaluative skills in the studio art practice.
Gain familiarity with related contemporary artistic strategies.
Develop effective collaborative strategies.
Discover meaningful new ways of creating a relationship between form and content.
Further individual studio practice, develop work for portfolio.
Expand technical skills: become comfortable with going back and forth using digital and traditional techniques in the creation of the artwork.
General method of instruction
Demo and collaborative work during studio time. Individual and peer-group consultations, critiques.
Class assignments and grading
2-3 short exercises for generating ideas and experimenting with strategies and outcomes, 1 collaborative group project, 1 longer-duration individual project
• Experimentation, effort, artistic merit of completed projects: 50% • Participation in class activities, including work time, critiques, discussions (including artist research and presentation): 40% • Professional manner, individual effort, commitment, progress throughout the quarter: 10%