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Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
B ART 131
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Arts Practice

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.

Class description

This course will provide knowledge and insight on theory, strategies, discourses and approaches in contemporary art. The course will be dynamic, consisting of lectures, readings, discussions and project developments. Issues will be discussed in order to maximize understanding of the possibilities in contemporary art. Lectures will be divided in themes such as the dematerialization of the art object, conceptual art, approaches to political and social art, the archival impulse, artists relationship to research, site specificity and the internet. Lectures and discussions will focus on the analysis of historical and contemporary art works. The lectures will establish a framework to analyze historical, current and future possibilities in this exciting field.

Students will be assigned readings a week in advance. Class dialogues will run as an essential parallel with lectures, assigned readings and projects. Students are encouraged to contribute to the dialogue and classroom conversations.

Students will develop and produce art works during class hours, but in order to fulfill the requirements of the class, work will be necessary outside of classroom hours.

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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 Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
Date: 11/16/2013