Credits: 0.5
Term: Spring 2018

Some exposure to Art recommended.

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll explore the works of several contemporary artists working with a variety of techniques. You’ll experiment with these artists’ techniques, ideas, and concepts by creating artworks of your own, inspired by their work. These experimental art projects will help you find an idea that you’ll develop into a body of work. Get ready to play with new ideas, create, have fun, and talk with other students about the process of making art!

** Students will need access to a camera.



Topics & Concepts:
  • Module 1: Introduction & Crystal Brides Museum of American Art
  • Module 2: Do you notice mundane events and objects around you?
  • Module 3: How can you use symbolism in your art?
  • Module 4: How do you tell a story with your art?
  • Module 5: How can you reinterpret objects by adding and subtracting them?
  • Module 6: How can your creativity be expressed through precision?
  • Module 7: How do you represent a personal and societal viewpoint at the same time?
  • Module 8: How do you start a body of work with a concept?
  • Module 9: How can you create new forms with familiar objects?
  • Module 10: How can you use a documentary process in your work?
  • Module 11: How can you work with negative space?
  • Module 12: What is the difference between art and craft?
  • Module 13: How can we examine the role of technology in our lives through art?
  • Module 14: How can you invite viewers to interact with your art so that their participation becomes artwork?
  • Module 15: How is performance art different from theater?

In each session, you will share something you have created—an artwork or in the later sessions, drafts of written parts of your final project—with the class. You’ll introduce your work in the Discussion Board/Forum by sharing what you were trying to accomplish and sometimes asking for specific kinds of feedback. The critiques are designed to help you make your work stronger. These contributions are graded, so it is important to write well (not like you are texting your friend!) and to be thoughtful about your response. It is equally important to look closely at your classmates’ work and provide a thoughtful written critique for them. In the Weekly Critiques, your teacher will play an active role responding to posts and moving the conversation forward in a meaningful way.

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