Syllabus

Mixed Media/Visual Documentation

THIS CLASS AIMS TO EXAMINE THE PLACE OF MATERIAL IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE.

 

APPROACHES WORKING WITH NEW MATERIAL – INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TRADITIONAL CRAFTS, FIBERS, BUILDING MATERIALS, FOUND OBJECTS, NATURE, TRASH ETC….

 

STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THEIR AREA OF CONCENTRATION AS A MAIN ELEMENT.

ART 407

Prerequisites:  Drawing I Art 134, Drawing II 234, Design I 233

Spring 2013

Time and Location: T-R 6:15pm ~ 9:15pm, Hammond Hall Room 112

Instructor: Professor Allison McElroy

Office: Hammond Hall 109

Office Phone: 256-782-5735

Email: amcelroy@jsu.edu

Catalogue Description:

Using traditional as well as nontraditional materials students will be encourage to use their unique talents and interest to explore the boundaries between drawing, painting, and sculpture.   Research, artistic process, visual documentation, artist as narrator, practical issues, personal concepts, metaphor, and appropriation will play a role in completion of successful works of art.

Course Objectives:

ALL PROJECTS ARE MEANT TO STIMULATE THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  They are not necessarily meant to be as involved as a full-scale studio piece.

Review a brief art history from Modernity to Conceptual Art

Development of each students unique vocabulary

Encourage student exploration

Recognize the names and styles of several artists.

Research an artist that the Professor suggest

 

Course Work:

Skills to master:

Art of Scavenging = to collect by searching.  To search through for salvageable material.

Artistic Perception

Creative Expression

Historical and Cultural Context

Aesthetic Valuing

Craftsmanship

Critic and Analysis of student work

Required Blog:  http//jsumixedmedia.wordpress.com

 

Recommended Text’s: Conceptual Art, by Tony Godfrey, Phaidon Press

Ways of Seeing, John Berger, British Broadcasting Corporation and Penguin Books.

Art and Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland, The Image Continuum, Santa Cruz, CA & Eugene, OR

A short Guide to Writing About Art, 7th edition, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University, Longman New York.

Materials Lists:

Each student is expected to acquire all of the necessary materials needed to complete a studio course.  Any additional materials needed for research projects will be announced well in advance.

 

Field Trip:

All students are required to attend art openings in Hammond Hall Gallery.  Other field trips may be offered throughout the semester.

 

Everyone is responsible for their own progress during each project.  Each student is expected to set up all materials so that they will be ready for creative work as soon as they enter the studio.

In-Class Behavior:  Students are expected to behave responsibly at all times while in class.    There must be no eating or drinking while in class.

 

 

GRADING STANDARDS:

Several factors will determine the final grade

Quality of work

Engaged and active participation in critiques, both group and individual

Intelligence of the completed discussion projects

All of these factors will be figured into the final grade.

the classroom.  Attire should also be appropriate

for a college class environment.

NO PAJAMA PANTS


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