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Timea Tihanyi
ART 360
Seattle Campus

Topics in Studio Art and Practice

Examines a variety of cutting edge, emerging, and interdisciplinary approaches in studio art and practice. Topics vary.

Class description

The creative process: Strategies and Outcomes This course explores the nature of the creative process in the visual arts. The main focus is on experiential learning. Through various projects, both 2D and 3D, we will explore the challenges of generating ideas, experimenting with possibilities, problem solving, editing, and creating narratives and meanings. The focus of the course is developing and strengthening your own art making process with an awareness for how it fits into contemporary visual arts practice.

Student learning goals

The goal of the course is to develop problem solving, experimental and evaluative skills in the studio art practice, and to gain familiarity with related contemporary artistic strategies.

Course content: Finding Strategies: Generating ideas, Planning and designing with purpose Play & Chance Creating narratives Process or Product Dealing with challenges: Problem solving, experimentation Gaining insight: Editing, evaluating, creating meanings

This is a studio course, consisting of a series of studio assignments that build on each other. In the second half of the quarter, you will be setting a project for yourself and executing 3 different variations on it. This course is a good preparation for the art400 senior studio. By the end of the quarter, you will have an experience with building a productive studio practice, and will be more conscious of the creative process itself, allowing you to be productive and make work more successfully.

General method of instruction

This is a studio course, consisting of a series of studio assignments, which build on each other. In addition to the studio assignments, artists research, gallery visits, presentations, and discussions will provide content for the course. Class time will be spent on technical demonstrations, studio worktime, project consultations, and critiques. Some assignments will be done outside of class time.

Recommended preparation

At least 3 previous courses in studio art are recommended. Familiarity with basic construction methods in 2D and 3D is required. Suggested to be taken prior to or concurrently with art400 (IVA senior studio) and/or art361 (Critical Issues in Contemporary Art).

Class assignments and grading

There will be several studio process oriented exercises, in addition to the main project. Additional short research.

Final grade will be determined by the following: - Effort shown in, artistic merit of completed projects: 30% - Experimentation 30% - Participation in class activities, including work classes, critiques, class discussions, etc.: 30% - Professional manner, individual effort, commitment, progress throughout the quarter: 10%


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 Timea Tihanyi
Date: 02/27/2013