Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Kate Yoland, a visiting artist from the UK, will be teaching the course. Her art practice and the course she will teach is a response to personal, political, or global issues through performance, installation, documentation and video.
Students will be making temporary on site or off site investigations which they will video or document and bring back to the classroom. Or, students might enact a performance in the studio referring back to relationships made in another space.
The course will look back at a rich history of happenings, public works, political and environmental works, flash mobs and interventions. As students you will be creatively engaging with the outside world through studying, questioning and interrogating your urban environment, nearby Texas landscape and current social or political issues discussed in newspapers/radio/media (nationally or internationally). This course combines an understanding of important moments in history with contemporary current practice and practical engagement.
In the 1970s and 1980s, as noted by Miwon Kwon, â€œsite-specific art intersected with land art, process art, performance art, conceptual art, installation art, institutional critique, community-based art, and public artâ€ and those making the work believed context was integral. Post 80â€™s the definition of site-specific art has changed to include alternative models and also responds to market forces.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Students will develop technical skills and build ongoing developmental understanding of site-specific art including performance, installation and public-art.
Practice skills in problem solving and investigative thinking, and expressing a personal point of view in a work of art.
Through the study of other artistâ€™s work and their own practice, students will explore how architecture, landscape, community, current affairs and politics can form the content for a creative practice.
Improve students ability for public speaking by delivering a presentation of another artists work and presenting oneâ€™s own ideas and projects
Analyze and evaluate works of art in class through class critiques of assignments.
Develop competence and confidence in making work â€œon-locationâ€ / â€œon-siteâ€ by interacting with space, place, volunteers, community members or the general public.
Strengthening studentâ€™s ability to combine research with creative endeavors â€” acknowledging the need for understanding subjects such as history, politics and anthropology in making site-specific works.
In class readings and resources will be announced.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
ARTS 3340 Topics in Studio Art (3 semester credit hours) This course will investigate special topics exploring the wide variety of ideas, concepts, principles and techniques inherent in different media in the visual arts. Sections may be devoted exclusively to sculpture, photography, computer imaging, or painting. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 semester credit hours maximum). Prerequisite: ARTS 1316 or ARTS 2316 or ARTS 2350 or ARTS 2380 or ARTS 2381. (0-3) T (2015-11-09 18:37:06)