Sunday, August 19, 2012

Advanced Painting - Fall 2012

ART 4063: ADVANCED PAINTING FALL 2012 – 3 Credit Hours, CRN: 63520 Section 001: T/R 11-1:50pm, Fine Arts Building 104 Instructor: John Norris, Assistant Professor of Art Office Hours: W: 9am-12pm or by appointment E-mail: Phone: 972-3050 ext. 3755 Blog: COURSE DESCRIPTION: Individual work for advanced students. It is expected that students will spend a minimum of three additional clock hours per week on work outside the scheduled class time for each studio class. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite, ART 3063, 3863, and ART 3330 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring. 3.000 Credit hours, 3.000 Lecture hours. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will pursue individual bodies of work that seek to define a personal visual vocabulary and conceptual continuity. Media experimentation and various working modes will be encouraged. Students will become aware of prominent trends in contemporary painting as well as the expectations and practical concerns of maintaining a professional studio practice. Students will also become articulate in speaking formally about their own work as well as that of their peers. This is a STUDIO CLASS; one which requires that students be actively involved in daily exercises and contribute during critiques. Thus, students must be present and punctual in order to fully participate. By the end of the semester, students will have developed an advanced body of work consistent with their own defined goals and expectations, students will become increasingly familiar with the professional and creative activities associated with a contemporary studio practice, and students will be informed and articulate when discussing their own work and that of others. ATTENDANCE & CLASS PARTICIPATION: All late work will be counted off 10 points (aka one letter grade) for each class period late. For example: if your work merits a 93 but is 2 class periods late, then your grade will be a 73. Participation counts as 25% of your grade and is based on the following considerations: 1. Being present, punctual, and prepared for class 2. Focus on and completion of exercises during class 3. Participation during critiques, discussions, and dialogues 4. Maintenance of the shared studio space, including cleaning up after work sessions, respecting shared tools and resources, and storing work and materials appropriately. After 2 absences, 10 points will be subtracted from your participation grade for each class missed. 20 points will automatically be deducted from your final participation grade if you miss the Final Critique. GRADING: Grading will be based on individual assignments defined by each student (50%), collaborative projects/artist presentations (25%), and class participation (25%). A: 90 - 100% B: 80 - 89% C: 70 - 79% D: 60 - 69% F: 0 - 59% Individual Assigments will be based on the following elements: 1) Indications that the student has fulfilled the assignment as defined by their original proposal 2) a sense of quality showing that the students has invested a significant amount of time and focus into the assignment. 3) The overall success of the final image based on formal elements (composition, line quality, sense of light & volume, etc.) as well as innovation, experimentation, and creative thinking. AGAIN, TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS LATE AUTOMATICALLY REDUCES YOUR GRADE. IF YOU ARE CONFUSED ABOUT GRADING, FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS. COURSE OUTLINE: 1. Students will immediately begin work on individual assignments that will be assessed 4 times throughout the semester during group critiques. Critique dates will be forthcoming. At the beginning of each assignment period, we will work together to propose assignment goals and working methods. Students will then use studio time and work independently toward the goals of each assignment. 2. Throughout the semester, along with individual assignments, students will work towards a concise, articulate artist statement that defines the character and direction of their work. 3. During the first half of this semester, we will also be exploring a side body of work: 3DXC (Three-dimensional Exquisite Corpse). During this time we will be working as a collective unit to develop a single body of small works that take painting into the realm of three-dimensional work. This will provide students with a relatively low pressure environment in which to explore collaboration, experimentation, improvisation, and juxtaposition. 4. During the second half of the semester, students will create visual presentations (Powerpoint) on a single contemporary artist or art collective. These presentations should offer historical perspective, place the artists within their contemporary context, and explain working methods and conceptual underpinnings. 5. There will be regular slide talks, film screenings, reading assignments and discussions to supplement our studio practice. BOOK / BLOG: Reading assignments will be handed out individually this semester from various sources. There will be no required book. Blog: NORRISARTCLASS.BLOGSPOT.COM You will be encouraged to check this regularly as part of your class participation. THE BLOG SERVES AS A SUPPLEMENT; IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR BEING IN CLASS. MATERIALS: As students will be working individually to define their own bodies of work, materials will be likewise be catered to each individual. Students are responsible for acquiring the necessary materials for individual projects. Paper will be provided for our collaborative works on paper project. BFA - STUDIO ART LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1. Students will have a fundamental understanding of the elements of design and a commitment to craft. 2. Students will possess skill and proficiency in using the materials, tools, and technologies pertinent to their focus area. 3. Students will be able to analyze artworks and express themselves critically in both written and oral forms. 4. Students will be able to place their studio practice within both contemporary and historical contexts. 5. Students will have an understanding of the processes and expectations consistent with a professional studio practice. 6. Students will produce a body of work that is conceptually and aesthetically consistent and exhibit it according to professional standards.