Barbara L. Noah
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.
Art of the Joke-Humor in Visual Art: This class is an intermediate level studio workshop exploring humor in visual art, from the subtle to the overtly comical. Studio projects will offer possibilities for expressing humor through drawing, painting (water based only), collage/assemblage/mixed media, and/or digital imaging/photography, commensurate with experience. Studio work will emphasize conceptual content, including humorous elements, and be supplemented with reading, image shows of witty visual art, and written artist statements about each project.
Student learning goals
Increase visual and materials skills and concept development through studio projects.
Gain an understanding of various aspects of humor in contemporary visual art.
Develop an individual creative vision regarding humor in your studio projects, with options for incorporating your own interdisciplinary and/or cultural interests.
Gain an increased ability to engage in critical dialogue about art.
Writing cogently about your work.
General method of instruction
Lectures, studio work, discussions, reading articles about art/artists
The options from which to choose in this class will be drawing, painting (water base paints only), collage/assemblage/mixed media, and/or digital imaging/photography. Since this class is conceptual more than a how-to techniques class (although you will be assisted with your skills), you will need a previous working knowledge of and facility with one or more of the above media, either through one or more introductory level classes or from life experience.
Class assignments and grading
Studio projects, with readings and brief writing assignment(s).
Assessment of class projects based on productivity and skills.