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Art (ART)

ART 010 (GA) Introduction to Visual Studies (3) Introduction to visual studies; pictorial space and the principles of visual organization.

ART 010 Introduction to Visual Studies (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

ART 010 is intended as a general survey course for non-majors consisting of images, ideas, and processes used in art making. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, which promote literacy and sensitivity to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional conventions in the visual arts. Students will experience the contextual influences of art, the visual languages and organizational systems of art, and the various studio processes of art. As well, slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques will augment studio exercises to facilitate a greater awareness of the cultural context in which the visual arts function. As a general appreciation offering, emphasis is placed on active learning processes that involve students in basic studio materials and techniques.Students enrolled in this course will be required to participate in the following active learning components:

1. Studio Assignments:
a) Contextual influences of history and contemporary culture
b) Visual languages and organizational systems related to the visual arts
c) Studio processes with materials and techniques

2. Creating a social and historical context for sculpture making through slide presentations, studio visits and museum critiques:
a) Slide presentations: students will be asked to consider the concepts of their creative projects in relationship to works by historical and contemporary artists in order to understand the ways in which visual arts convey meaning.
b) Studio visits: Students will visit the personal studios of local artists to learn how professional artists develop best practices as related to the three kinds of studio-based assignments outlined above. Additionally, they will explore and discuss with these artists the concepts and meanings expressed in their creative works.
c) Museum critiques: Museum visits will enable students to learn how to engage and respond to actual works of art as compared with those that they experience as slide and printed representations. The role of museums and galleries in contemporary art practice will also be discussed.

Grading and evaluation:
Students' art projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1) the uniqueness of the visual concepts developed in their studio assignments; 2) the strength of their visual compositions-their ability to communicate concepts clearly; 3) the quality of their craftsmanship-an effective use of materials and procedures and commitment to the studio assignments-the effort expended on each project; 4) Their willingness to participate in critique sessions-a thoughtful and informed interpretation of visual ideas in art works produced by them in class as well as those discussed during slide presentations, studio visits, and museum critiques. Since the School of Visual Arts now requires a portfolio review for Visual Arts majors to enroll in studio courses, ART 010 provides an opportunity for non-art majors to do studio work in conjunction with an exploration of art concepts.

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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