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Gary L. Carpenter
BISIA 374
Bothell Campus

Arts Workshop

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.

Class description

Public Art and Social Change. This course is designed to familiarize students with a basic practical and theoretical understanding of public art with a focus on the impact this art form can have on local communities and society at large. This course takes an active, project based approach to learning public art emphasizing the function of the work over aesthetics: introducing students to art as a tool to inspire thought, spark conversation and as a catalyst for change. Winter quarter, this course explores the relationship between social equality and environmental health. Projects will focus on the campus wetlands, and will explore not only this ecosystem's restoration due in part to a change in social awareness, but will look at global environmental health and its dependence on social equality.

Student learning goals

Appreciate public art from the artistís point of view. This will include having a better understanding of: o who creates these works, who decides, who pays for it o comprehension of the social implications (legal, moral, ethical) involved in the creation,selection and development of public art projects o developing personal approaches to creativity and gaining confidence in their creative abilities

Formulate and express more informed opinions about works of art in public spaces (the ability to engage in critical dialogue)

Understand the basic requirements of proposing a public art project including: o how to read a Call to Artists (what are they really asking for?) o brainstorming and developing effective research strategies (what to ask, where to find it, what to do with the information) o creating the visual components to express their refined ideas to a selection committee (artist statement, plan and elevation drawings, model and /or picture of final concept)

Explore the relationship between social and environmental health and incorporate this research into a conceptual art project.

General method of instruction

Course concepts will be explored through readings, films, discussions, at least one field trip and a variety of in-class exercises and art projects.

Recommended preparation

No previous background is needed for this course although an interest in environmental health and/or the public art process are helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Reading responses, journal entries, visual and environmental research for one group and one final individual art proposal. The components of the art projects will be taught in class.

Grades will be based on the following criteria: o evidence of intrinsic reward o thoroughness and depth of conceptual exploration (both in group and individual projects) o taking risks and pushing the boundaries of your creativity (as oposed to taking the simplest, safest path) o the ability to effectively research, develop and communicate (verbally and through design proposals) your ideas o professionalism (in conduct, preparedness and presentation)


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 Gary L. Carpenter
Date: 12/01/2013