Fall 2014 - 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 a visual experience. Today they can choose among various media creating a wide range of imagery. The core of this course will explore the creative possibilities that are open to painting, digital photo video and various hybrid forms of art making, ranging for the more traditional mediums of oil and acrylic, to the more experimental forms in new media. This will allow the student the freedom to explore their ideas through various other strategies of picture making of their choice ranging from painting to computer imaging, ink jet prints or video-painting.

During the course of the semester we will view contemporary art and hold class discussions. We will discuss artistic practices of contemporary artists focusing on 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. Topics of discussion will cover such issues as internal and external sources of inspiration, crafting an artistic self, and expressing an artistic attitude

Each student will develop a personal body of work using a medium which they have some expertise such as painting, drawing, digital imaging, video, or sculptural installation. There will be 4 critique evaluation sessions where each student will discuss their work as well as their peers.

Required Texts:

Text: Art Now Volume 4, Hans Werner Holzwarth

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

This advanced level course is for the student that has completed several lower level courses such as ARTS 2380, 2316, 2380, 3369, 3365, or the equivalent experience in other mediums such as digital imaging or video. Check with the instructor for approval if in doubt.

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