Introduction to contemporary art practice in various media. Explores method and meaning in art making, the role of experimentation, and the translation of experience into artwork.
$145 Lab Fee; AHST, ARTE, FTS, SART Majors; AHST, ARTS, FTS Minors; Open to Degree and CDE students. Restrictions to be lifted the Monday following Registration
Course Description Perspectives on Making introduces contemporary art practice; exploring the making, presenting and analyzing of art works in a variety of media and formats that can include assignments in 2-d, 3-d, 4-d, installation & performative work at the discretion of each instructing faculty. Students will explore the relationships between methods and meanings and the role of experimentation in art making. The translation of experience into artistic form, and the value of diligence, persistence, and iterative making, will be major themes of the course. Critiques are an integral part of the class. We will use remote classroom methods utilizing Microsoft Teams to view and discuss work.
Course Learning Objectives Through three course areas: studio, critique and seminar; the course explores considerations of concept, content, context, form, and technique. It further introduces concepts, vocabulary, skill sets, formats, and models of making that utilize a variety of media that may include: drawing, painting, color, photography, and three-dimensional construction. The intention is to promote the development of each student’s individual voice; and demonstrate how reading, talking, and looking are integral to making. These concepts and goals introduce students to artistic and cultural practices in the field.
Grading Criteria/Policies: Grades will be based on the quality of the assigned work including the following: • Visual understanding of instructed concepts & techniques • Originality and risk taking • Critical thinking – evidenced by the ability to rethink and rework visual solutions • Mastery of techniques/materials, and problem awareness • Class participation in discussions and critiques • Dedication to self-directed work. A: The “A” student exhibits keen attention to craft, concept and presentation. The “A” student understands the potential in each assignment and creates artwork that surpasses expectations. The “A” student is always well prepared for class, asks great questions, and is not afraid to take risks. An “A” student always strives for a greater understanding, inspiration and clarity in the work, shows evidence of extensive outside class work, and has an excellent attendance record. B: The “B” student completes all assignments with care paid to craft and presentation. The “B” student understands the formal and conceptual principles of each assignment, and participates in critiques and discussions. The “B” student’s work improves throughout the semester. C: The “C” student adequately completes all assignments, but only does the minimum required. The “C” student sometimes participates in critiques or discussions but rarely extends or stretches themselves through their artwork. The “C” student’s work improves little over the semester. D: The “D” student completes most, but not all, of the class assignments on time. The Quality of craft and presentation in the work is consistently below average, and the “D” student doesn’t voluntarily participate in critiques or discussions. A “D” student is often unprepared for class, and demonstrates little improvement over the course of the semester. F: The “F” student is a rarity, having shown an utter disregard for the structure of the class or an interest in assignments. Work is unfinished, sloppy, and incomplete. An “F” student usually has an unacceptable attendance record. Assessments (Graded Work): • Assignments will be submitted to power point slides in Microsoft Teams for critiques & grading Mid -term and Final: • Project assignments and sketchbook • All assignments are equally weighted for the mid-term grade • Assignments are submitted with photographic documentation uploaded to Power Points in Microsoft Teams (TBD) Course Evaluation: All students are expected to complete a course evaluation at the conclusion of the class. These are anonymous and confidential, and the information gained, including constructive criticism, will be used to improve the course.
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