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Jeanne D. Heuving
BISIA 319
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Arts

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.

Class description

This course will engage written, visual, and performance arts as distinct as well as merged endeavors. It will ask what does it mean to study and practice art as cross-disciplinary, cross-media, and cross-genre or form within an interdisciplinary arts program. While some artists become proficient in multiple arts and other artists concentrate on one art form only, almost all artists are influenced by an array of arts in creating their own work. In order to focus this rather broad area, we will concentrate on artists becoming artists in relationship to harrowing human experiences—as they descend into the underworld or opt for abjection. We will begin with the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and ask questions about the relationship between dispossession and possession, as a social and cultural experience as well as an artistic explorations into the unknown. During the course of the quarter, we will have several art presentations from UWB writers and artists and invited guests.

Student learning goals

to explore relationships among written, visual, and performance arts

to explore relationships among perception, emotion, thinking, and kinetics in making and responding to art.

to study how new forms of media, beginning with photography and film and including the most current technologies, are altering the terrain and possibilities for the arts

to study relationships between arts and art practices in relationship to larger cultural and social definitions

to identify various human formations in art works: heros, anti-heros, posthuman subjectivities, doubles, twins, avatars

to identify various actions or plots as they concern how artists become artists

General method of instruction

lecture, class discussion, small groups

Recommended preparation

The most important quality you can bring to this course is an interest in the arts and a willingness to engage the question: what makes creative arts creative? If you think that creativity is something work on as an "app," this course isn't from you. But if you are willing to engage with art through close attention to the achievements of other artists and a willingness to try things out for yourself, this course is for you. If you have prior experience with the making of art in any form--written, visual, performance--this should serve you as most excellent preparation for this course

Class assignments and grading

During the course of the quarter, you will have the opportunity to engage in several art experiments and will be required to write several short response papers and one or two take home written exams. You will be expected to participate actively and regularly in the course.

25 per cent grade on an art project 25 per cent grade on course participation 50 per cent grade on written work and papers


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 Jeanne D. Heuving
Date: 02/17/2014