Installation + The Constructed Object
Course No. VAT 226-326-426 Credits: 3.0
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 theater. Workshops include cameras, 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 is designed for the Photography major and any students working in installation or industrial design but is open to all majors. This course is cross-listed with Visual Arts. Open studio elective.
Painting + Visual Arts: Critical Issues in Art in Theory + Practice
Course No. VAT 316-416 Credits: 3.0
This class will focus on how the relationship between the visual and the verbal, images, and ideas play out in artist's work. Emphasis will be placed on artist statements, writings by artists, student peer reviews, and written statements. Students will be expected to hone their abilities to think critically about visual art through weekly readings and writing assignments. This course is open to majors from all disciplines and students will be encouraged to work in their area of expertise.
Course No. VAT 480 Credits: 3.0
Performance art is and has been an open genre, a place to experiment with ideas, materials and time. For this course, the working definition of “performance art” is “a piece which uses a live body, exists in time, and is non-linear.” This class is an introduction to performance art, designed for students who are shy and apprehensive about performing, and students who are extroverted and at ease in front of groups. Workshops include: developing a language of movement, gesture, and stance; developing a range of low-tech sound, lighting and video; juxtaposing activity, image, sound and text; structuring or building a piece; and documentation. We will consider singular actions, interventions, and other strategies for generating and developing ideas for performance work. Student work for this class has been diverse and has included costume-based work, work using endurance as a central tactic, collaborative work, public intervention, interactive and site-specific work. Skills in editing video and sound, installation, animation are useful, but not required.
Popular Culture + Imagery
Course No. VAT 227P-327P-427P Credits: 3.0
This course will explore the symbiotic relationship of art and culture, and the particular ways in which popular and material culture influence the visual arts and vice versa today (if there are indeed any particular ways that stand out in this particular time as opposed to a different time in history). Students will learn to discern both the overt and covert affects/ effects of culture on contemporary artists as well as on their own work and that of their peers. Students in order to take part in relevant classroom conversation/discussion need a working knowledge of current events/history/popular culture and will need to be ready to read and do research, etc. Open to all students.
Role of the Artist as Producer (EP)
Contemporary artists have a multitude of ways they can engage with the larger world, beyond the realm of the gallery or museum. Students enrolled in this course will explore various models of artistic production including, but not limited to, performer, activist, curator and provocateur. The relationship between method of creation and idea, or the handmade versus the industrial, will be investigated. Additionally, assignments will challenge students to analyze the content of their artwork within local, national, and global contexts. Coursework will include studio work, readings, discussion, and critiques. Required for VAT seniors in all majors. Open as an elective with approval of instructor. Offered fall.
Course No. VAT 270-370-470 Credits: 3.0
Students will investigate surface, mark, and materiality from both a technical and conceptual point of view. The silkscreen can accept a wide variety of printing substances (pigments, inks, dyes, mud, talc, honey, etc), and can be applied to an equally diverse range of surfaces. Lectures, readings, and critiques will help students understand the historical role of screenprint and how it relates to their own work. Open elective for all students above the Foundation level.
This course will investigate the means by which various systems of drawing and representation function as methods of communication. How do historical, cultural and social contexts frame an artist's ability to send messages through their work? And, like in a game of telephone, in any system of communication it is inevitable that potential problems may occur- misunderstandings, errors, and falsehoods. Can these absorbed into the content of the work? Illusionistic, abstract, allegorical, diagrammatic, mathematical and idiosyncratic systems of drawing and representation will be investigated through this course, through studio practice, readings, critique and in-class discussion. Required of all junior Drawing majors.
The Artist's Practice in Context
Course No. VAT 200X-300X-400X Credits: 1.5
As a complement to the Professional Practices course, “The Artist’s Practice in Context” is specifically designed for Visual Arts majors. The course takes an intimate look at the professional practices of artists working in major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles or Berlin. As part of the course students examine the realities of maintaining a professional practice within the context of this focus community. Students, guided and directed by faculty, are immersed in that community through such activities as studio visits; meeting with area arts professionals and at art venues. Open to all. Students must be 18 years old or over and must sign a waiver to travel with the group. Course may be taken more than once for additional credit.
Associate Professor/Chair of Painting
Lane Cooper is an artist, who works through painting, sound, video, text and, on occasion, performance. Her wo...more
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