This course is designed to be utilized as a visual arts studio course for students to further
their own experimental explorations of various medium applications and to build their
portfolio. Participants will be challenged to work on stylistic development while
investigating new contextual interfaces, collaborative interactions and the conceptual
underpinnings of their work. There will be periodic group critiques as well as discussions
on critical art topics presented through assigned readings. Inquiry into the formality and
analysis of critique structures and procedures will be practiced through application and
discussion. Participants in the course will make a presentation proposal of the direction
they wish to pursue and a list of objectives. They will follow that course to a final
presentation of work at the end of the semester. Students will not be required to come to
class during designated studio days except for scheduled individual critiques.
1. Students will focus on the production of studio work in the medium of their
2. Students will incorporate interdisciplinary interests and sources to advance or inform
the stylistic and conceptual development of their work.
3. Students will engage in lively discussion on contemporary topics presented that
involve insight and analysis relevant to their individual and collective creative
4. Students will participate in in-depth peer critiques on individual work and conceptual
5. Students will consult individually with Professor on advancement and application of
work and in performing an intellectually derived working artist statement.
Work Project Proposals will be due June 2.
Artist Statements will be due by email or elearning posts by
June 23 and then again at semester final critique
Artist declaration. Familiarize the class with what work you have
been doing and what you plan on working on. Should be limited to
10 min. max. May employ slides, cd, video, etc (See format handed
WE will load at 5:30 bring your food and snacks
Resource presentations: Artists discoveries/processes
individuals will make a 10 minute presentation of an artist or
artist process that they find innovative and exciting. Bring food
and Snacks . Must be preloaded by 6pm. Will go non-stop
****Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Changes will be noted
and posted by email or Elearning . Also sign up times will be posted on
Elearning under group signups .
You must meet at least twice during the semester with me during the designated
Presentations (30%) In class presentations will be evaluated as to professional seriousness
and commitment to concerned subject. This includes preparation, content depth and
vitality of resources related to content. There are 2 presentations and a final critique.
Participation: It is important that you be at all lectures and class seminars and that you are
engaged in the dialogue with the rest of the class. You will be deducted for absences that
are not medically prohibited*. Missing 3 classes will result in an automatic B less the other
percentile. 4 Classes will be an automatic C final grade. * subject to approval
Project: 60% of your grade will be determined by your ability to follow through on your
project proposal. Work will be evaluated by the content objective, creative application,
earnest effort and critical assessment through your artist statement. Artist statement will
be evaluated by the formatted criteria discussed in the seminar on artist statements. A
critical analysis will follow in the form of a group critique engaging the rubric cited in the
seminar on critiques which includes artist intent, material management, exploratory
investigation, aesthetic reasoning and stylistic analysis.
10% Notebook: your notebook is the critical link to the process you are involved with and its evolution. It is important that you take class notes and record your research and source material to assist in the evaluation of your progress.
I would like to take this opportunity to fill you in on some general course expectations and
policies regarding attendance, grades, classroom etiquette, assignments, materials and attitude.
Questions and/or difficulties in this course most often arise in these areas. It is your right to be
informed of my beliefs and strategies on these issues.
Please do not hesitate to discuss with me any questions, concerns or problems you may have about this course during the semester. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching me in class, then feel free to contact me at the above number or during my posted office hours.Please
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