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David William Halsell
DXARTS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Digital Arts and Experimental Media

Taught by UW faculty and visiting artists, engineers, scientists, and humanities scholars.

Class description

Form and Fabrication is a condensed studio/laboratory intended to develop skills and insights in working with various materials and processes as applicable to experimental art making. Conceptual and technical issues will be addressed through a series of hands-on projects, demonstrations, and lectures. Special attention will be given to integrating physical and virtual systems and time-based processes. Basic mechanics, materials

Student learning goals

Learn fabrication techniques, including safe and proper use of tools and machinery in the DXARTS shop/studio.

Gain an understanding and familiarity of a wide range of possible materials used in fabrication of experimental artworks.

Develop a dexterity and sensitivity to form, including practical engineering principles and historical aesthetic considerations in art and design.

Understand and utilize various types of mechanisms in developing an artwork, or component(s) thereof.

Improve conceptual skills in the design and realization of an experimental artwork, including identifying personal design strategies and challenges.

General method of instruction

Studio/lab

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

3-4 conceptual/technical projects.

Performance is evaluated by standard University guidelines, with special emphasis on the following criteria:

Participation in all levels of course activities. Because of the hands-on naure of this course, being present and focused is critical to your success.

Quality of ideas, work executed, and ability to articulate and explain your thought processes.

Understanding the material and demonstration of technical ability.

Personalizing the creation process in regard to experimental media in this context, and ability to synthesize concepts from various media forms and approaches covered.

Willingness to explore, and take genuine artistic risks in your work.

Amount of time, effort, and thought spent, and depth of inquiry and engagement.

Successful completion of assigned work & documentation.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by David William Halsell
Date: 03/28/2009