Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
“An image can picture one thing while representing another.” –Michael Craig-Morton
Artists define themselves by developing their ideas into a visual experience. They choose among various media creating a wide range of imagery for personal expression. The core of this course will explore the creative possibilities that are open to artists today ranging from painting, computer imaging, ink jet prints and video-painting. The student should have some expertise in a particular medium of their choice from taking a least one 3000 level course. Check with the instructor for approval if in doubt.
During the course of the semester the student will be given 3 to 4 visual assignments. Also, they will do readings from the text of Art Now, Volume 3 and hold class discussions with visual lectures on contemporary art. The book focuses on the artistic practices of contemporary artists and illuminates the “intentions, motivations, and strategies” that artists use in creating their work. This will give the student first hand knowledge of artists and their creative process thus helping each student to formulate the beginning of their own personal vision. Topics of discussion will cover such issues as internal and external sources of inspiration, crafting an artistic self, and expressing an artistic attitude. Critiques will be held periodically to review the artwork each student has made.
Art Now, Volume 3 by Hans Werner Holzwarth
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
The student should have some expertise in a particular medium of their choice from taking a least one 3000 level course. Check with the instructor for approval if in doubt.