Color and Design
Art and Theory: Contemporary Practice
Using a thematic approach, this course synthesizes art history, criticism, aesthetics, and ideation with the end goal of enhancing the relevance of theory for practicing artists and designers. Investigating historical and contemporary exemplars, students will engage with assigned readings, writings, classroom discussions, and prompt-based production in this hybrid lecture/studio course.
This online course combines exercise and art through the lens of walking as a literal (physical) and metaphorical way to slow down and see. Covering art, theory, and cultural based waypoints, we will investigate the practice of walking and seeing as a generative point to respond to art and design prompts using tools such as pencil and paper, paint, writing, GPS, cartography, video, sound, photo and other entrants into the expanded field.
During this course we will be using walking as a generative tool to slow down and to see the world around us. Seeing is not the same as looking, and we will learn to push past the passivity of looking as a way to be creative both in thought and function. Documentation and reflection is essential.
Art Camps is a high intensity weeklong course that includes studio class time, a 4-day camping experience, and a culminating exhibition back on campus of works created at, or inspired by, experiences had at camp. Students work on a myriad of activities including Spot, daily Spot Prompts, a group Video Project, and time with visiting artists. This event is meant to be inclusive, so each year we work hard to seek funding (grants and in-kind donations) to keep costs low to the students.
The Spot project starts with students choosing their own personal area in or around the campsite to use as a creative make-space. Students have set scheduled hours in their spot, with frequent visits planned from the camp directors and visiting artists. By far the most challenging project, but often the one that ends with some of the most interesting results. This project is open to all media, and students are encouraged to experiment with new medias and skills.
Spot Prompts are daily quick making assignments that are delivered each morning with a short timeline. Often times delivered via social media, these prompts provide a quick means for students to get making quickly.
In small groups, students are tasked with creating a short film. You will be required to work in a film genre, use different types of shots and special effects, and even work with some unexpected props. Each group will write a script, story board, film and edit their film during the four-day weekend. Videos are screened on the final evening celebration.
Each year we strive to have several workshop opportunities for students to learn about new processes, techniques, and mediums. Previously, this has included Performance Art, Cyanotypes, Film-making, and Special Effects for film. In addition the visiting artist will make rounds to do in-progress critiques with students during Spot time.