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Syllabus for Elements of Art and Performance AP 3300.501 Monday 7:00 - 9:45 p.m. AS 1.105 (Visual Arts Building) Fred Curchack 972 883-2684 Email: curchack@utdallas.edu Office hours: Tuesday 2:30 - 3:30 or by appointment This course will consist of a series of creative and scholarly projects in the visual and the performing arts. Students will be encouraged to develop work in their own primary area of interest and also to try their hand at art forms in which they have no prior experience. Classes will include presentation of projects, related lectures, demonstrations, readings, and videos. Papers will be assigned. Students will have one or two weeks to prepare each project before showing and discussing it with the class. A proposal for the final project will be due on October 24. The final project can be either an artistic creation with an accompanying written analysis (5 or more pages) -- OR -- a research paper (12 or more pages). The final projects are due on November 14 and class presentations will be on November 14, 21, and 28. Visits to local museums will be assigned. Attendance will also be assigned at some UTD and Dallas art events, including plays, concerts, and exhibits. Extra credit will be given for attendance and written critiques of other approved art events. This syllabus is subject to change based on the progress of the course. Required texts (available at Off Campus Books and UTD Bookstore): Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (any edition) The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader (2nd edition) -- edited by Michael Huxley and Noel Witts Ways of Seeing -- John Berger Portraits -- Michael Kimmelman Other articles may be made available. Grading criteria: Creative projects and written papers; participation in class discussions; final creative project or paper; attendance; punctuality; extra credit assignments. Papers should be printed, double-spaced, in size 12 font. They must be carefully proofread for grammar and spelling errors. Late assignments will generally not be accepted. Class Attendance Policy: Attendance will strongly influence the final grade. An "A" will not be given after three absences.

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Assignment #1 -- (due August 29): Read Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night's Dream. If you have previously read it, read it again. Write a 4-page paper that considers various elements of the play. What do you think the play is about? Write about possible interpretations from various perspectives (i.e. social, political, historical, psychological, religious, artistic). Discuss the characters, settings, and the four interweaving stories. Do not summarize the plot! Consider the changing atmospheres, moods, and themes of each scene. How do you imagine the play being staged? Write (at least half of the paper) about how you see the acting, set, lighting, costumes, music, dance, masks, props, special effects. Feel free to transform the play in any direction your imagination leads you. September 5 -- Labor Day Assignment #2 -- (due September 12): Create a work of art that responds to elements in A Midsummer Night's Dream (i.e. theme, image, character, poetry). You may work in any genre of visual or performing art (i.e. theater, performance, music, dance, mime, puppetry, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, animation, computer graphics) and be prepared to present your work in class (5-minutes maximum presentation time). Works of art are to be accompanied by a written analysis (2 full pages or more) discussing what you created, how you developed it, how it relates to the play, and what it means to you. Be prepared to discuss these issues during your 5- minute class presentation. Rehearse! Presentations may not go overtime. You may work in your preferred medium or in an art form in which you are not experienced.