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Sculpture + Expanded Media Courses

Media Installation

Course No. SEM 206-306-406  Credits: 3.0

This class serves as an introduction to and exploration of media installation including the use of video, sound, light, and electronic media when combined with space and various media. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of artists working in various capacities with installation and electronic media. Course work will be hands-on practice of techniques and concepts presented in lecture, discussion of readings, and critique of student projects. This class will involve doing media/electronic media assignments centered around the idea of the 'media as a message' and 'interactivity'. Students will work with different material and media and use video, sound and light to prepare installations. We will use FinalCut Pro, GarageBand, Flash, and other tools to support elements in installations that use images, text and sound.

On the Body

Course No. SEM 221-321  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christina Cassara

Experimental fashion, object-generated performance, and costume. This course will teach pattern making and a variety of fabrication processes relevant to building three-dimensional forms from pliant and mutable materials, including but not restricted to cloth. It will also include casting methods that are useful for designing patterns to cover a body or act as the skin of an object. The techniques have a wide range of applications. In the past students have applied these skills to experimental fashion, sculpture, social sculpture, and performance. In addition, class material will address our social and cultural understanding of the body as a source for making work. We will draw on theory and contemporary research from the fields of fashion, the hard sciences and the social sciences.

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.

Performance Art

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.

Performance Art

Course No. SEM 255-355-455  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.

Role of the Artist as Producer (EP)

Course No. VAT 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lane Cooper | Sarah Paul

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.

Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research

Course No. SEM 429  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christina Cassara | Sarah Paul

As an extension of our goal that students develop the ability to generate self-directed work, this class seeks to provide each student with opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to identify and sustain an independent practice. This course is designed to increase student awareness of the current art discourse and the ability to use that knowledge as a means of awareness within the production of their own work. This educational process embraces a variety of approaches to basic problem-solving skills measured against the contemporary practices of the discipline. In cooperation with a major-day faculty, students are expected to develop what is often their first significant independent work. For BFA students the focus of this course centers on artistic production, conditions of conveyance and presentation. Required at the senior level for all SEM majors. Offered fall.

Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research + Exhibition

Course No. SEM 430  Credits: 3.0

Required for all senior Sculpture + Expanded Media majors. Offered spring.

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Lane Cooper

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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