Spring 2015 - 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:

This course may focus on advanced explorations in a specific medium, such as advanced painting (both analog and digital), printing, photography, drawing, sculpture, or video. Emphasis may be placed on particular themes, such as narrative or collaboration, or genres, such as landscape or portraiture, or advanced technical processes.

Prerequisite: ARTS 3369 or Instructor consent required.

“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 mediums creating a wide range of imagery. This advanced level course is for the student that wishes to freely explore his or her own creative ideas and to build a portfolio of focused works of art. The core of this class will explore the creative possibilities that are open to art making today. These may range from the use of traditional materials such as paint to the more experimental digital ones. Each student is free to use any medium that they feel some expertise in such as painting, drawing, computer imaging, ink jet printing, video, or digital 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.

Students have the freedom to explore their own individual ideas through various other strategies of picture making of their choice ranging from painting, or drawing to computer imaging, ink jet prints or video-painting.

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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

To enroll in this class one is encouraged to have completed one 3000 level Arts course such as ARTS: 3369 Painting, Arts: 3365 Drawing, Arts: 3368 Mixed Media or the equivalent experience in the Digital Arts such as digital imaging, video, even forms of animation. Check with the instructor for approval if in doubt

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