Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Pomara, John
Discipline and Number
ARTS 4368 Section 001
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Advanced Visual Arts

Description of Course:

“An image can picture one thing while representing another.” –Michael Craig-Morton

Artists define themselves by developing their ideas into visual experiences. They can freely choose among various media, creating a wide range of imagery while developing a unique pictorial style. The core of this course will allow the student to explore the creative possibilities that are open to painting, drawing, video, or digital imaging. It can range from the more traditional to the more experimental. This will allow students the freedom to focus on their own personal ideas of creative expression through various strategies of picture making.

Each student will be encouraged to work with a medium from which they have some prior experience or expertise and to develop a strong focused portfolio. Three to four visual assignments will be given during the semester, each followed the a class evaluation and critique session.

During the course of the semester class discussions will be held along with lectures on contemporary artists. A book will be used that focuses on the artistic practices of contemporary artists and illuminates the “intentions, motivations, and strategies” 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 style. Topics of discussion will cover such issues as internal and external sources of inspiration, crafting an artistic self, and expressing an artistic attitude. For a final each student will write an artist's statement accompanied with a short presentation of their work created throughout the semester.

Must have completed at least one 3000-level ARTS course such as ARTS 3369, ARTS 3365, ARTS 3368 or equivalent experience of expertise in some 3000- level ARTS or ATEC course. Consult instructor for approval.

Required Texts:

"Art Now, Volume 3," by Hans Werner Holzwarth

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

See above.

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