Criticism as Studio Practice
Course No. VAT 241-341-441 Credits: 3.0
This course will be of interest to all students maintaining a studio practice and focuses on the role of critical dialogue in forming and informing studio production. Through modern and contemporary models, students will be asked to consider the relationship between what is critically said about a work of art and how that frame effects the work's standing in the world. Examples to be considered will include: Apollinaire and Picasso; Pollock and Greenberg; Andy Warhol's practice; Andre Serrano's Piss Christ; Robert Mapplethorpe's work; Chris Ofili and the Young British Artists; and the television show "Work of Art." Students will develop and participate in projects extending from these models as well as giving an intensive look at their own practices and how what they make is changed by the critical dialogue which surrounds making in an academic environment. This course is open to all students.
Custom Micro-Computing: Objects, Electronic Handicrafts
Course No. VAT 23X-33X-43X Credits: 3.0
The conception and making of art and design objects that interact with people through the use of micro-computing and sensors will be covered in this class. Explore the use of micro-processors, electronic sensing devices, conductive threads, custom sound circuits and various forms of reactive behaviors to create objects, sound and light instruments, textiles and situations. Building relationships between objects and the programs that control them, this class will uncover an underlying conceptual framework on interactivity. Guided discussions will include theories on participatory art, the organic connection of patterning codes between computer technology and textile structures, and interactive media in spatial, social, and psychological terms.
Expanded Print: New Imaging
Course No. PRI 276-376-476 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lane Cooper
This intermediate/advanced studio course offers an exploration in printmaking, considering the digital matrix for computer aided and hand pulled prints through processes redefined in the digital age, scrutinizing decisions for information in and information out, and the relationship to those decisions. Students will be challenged to work in the territory of digital media in relationship to and combination with traditional print medium. Students have the opportunity to create files for output which are hand drawn, digitally generated, of a photographic nature, or a combination of all three. Topics include; transfer methods, digital production of plates, color management for a wide-format digital printer, photolithography and exploration of media choices to project ideas. Technical and critical discussion in this course will be informed by the presentation of processes that have been developed over the past few decades, and how these developments relate and affect print culture today. Note: Open Elective. Encouraged for Third/Fourth year students as an elective studio. Required for Third Year Print Majors.
Hybrid Approaches to Drawing + Painting: Digital Media
Course No. VAT 327-427 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lane Cooper
Emphasis is on integrating digital processes into studio practice and production. The class deals with a spectrum of digital applications in a studio practice including straight forward digital output, using digital as a means of producing source material as well as actually integrating digital processes into the production of work. Through slide presentations, viewing actual work, discussions and readings, students will be introduced to the place of the digital in contemporary studio practice. In studio production, students will use varied media and subjects, both traditional and non-traditional, to further develop their analytical and expressive means in their creative practice. Students are encouraged to draw from many disciplines incorporating them in the projects presented to the class for group critiques. Open to all Students -- required of Print and Drawing Juniors.
Image + Form I
Image/Form promotes a general understanding how images work and are developed, which is a fundamental aspect of the Visual Arts. The course introduces the students to the various means by which images can be rendered, such as by drawing, painting, carving, embroidering, etching, etc., as well as by digital means, by appropriation, and by the use of ready-mades. The students are also introduced to the diverse ways in which images and forms can be manipulated, or manifested conceptually and materially by exploring the inter-relation between 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as in time-based media by the use of collage or assemblage. In doing this, we introduce them to the concept that an image's "form," consisting of its physical and spatial qualities, as well as the technical qualities of their chosen mode of production, is part of its content. By these means they are introduced to practical and semiotic nature of images and their production in the context of the contemporary by means of assignments, readings, discussions, and studio critiques. Open as elective to all majors. This course is required for all sophomore students in VATe. Offered fall.
Image + Form II: Reproducibility
Reproducibility (offered with an emphasis on either 2D or 3D production) introduces the student to the idea that the uniqueness of the work of art is not an intrinsic or inherent quality of the work itself, but the result of the choice of media. Consequently since the Renaissance and the advent of Printmaking, the printing press, and bronze casting, multiplicity and reproduction have been a part of western culture. The machine age, photo-reproduction, lithography, industrial standardization, modularity, fabrication, and multiplicity became part of artistic practice. Prints, posters, ready-mades, objects, books, commix, and designed utilitarian objects editions, multiples, modules, and reproductions are now a significant aspect of contemporary art making which abandons the notion of the unique work Making works of this kind requires the artist to take into consideration the how the act of reproduction, or replication constitutes part their workÕs form and content. Open as elective to all majors. This course is required for all sophomore students in VATe. Offered spring.
Installation + The Constructed Object
Course No. VAT 326-426 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera, and document installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre's relationship to historical and contemporary theatre. Workshops include traditional camera formats, digital cameras, advanced studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale up these designs, and document their design. This course will be of special interest to students working in both installation and industrial design. Open to all students.
Installation: The Empire of the Senses
Course No. VAT 25X-35X-45X Credits: 3.0
Working with materials and methods not traditionally associated with the visual arts, installation breaks away from the singular object, the pedestal, the detached viewer. Visual lectures and presentations on recent work will include discussion on the nature of the work and its context. Studio work and additional presentations will focus on perception - how we understand the world through touch, sight, smell/taste, the sense of hearing and kinesthetic cues from muscles of the body. The information presented, student research and studio research will provide an environment of concepts and ideas to support and challenge each student’s work. Students will develop installations in line with their interests.
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