ART W10 Color, Image Marketing & Design. Colors are everywhere. Humans are surrounded by uncountable numbers of colors and influenced by those colors, often unconsciously. This course is designed to help students understand the diverse dimensions of color that are derived from color’s physical and emotional aspects; this course also investigates the effective use of colors for marketing and design, as well as for works of art. Evaluation is based on formal design reviews. Y. Ahn. 8:30 to noon.
ART W80 Earthworks in the American Southwest. (MAY) This course investigates the genre of earthworks, Land Art, by means of art history, theory, and most importantly, direct experience. The class travels by van to a number of significant earthwork sites, burial mounds, and museums in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, discussing readings and documenting the experience with a variety of media. Major concepts addressed are the shaping of earth, the institution of the museum (site/non site), place, pilgrimage, land use and interpretation, and the American West. In order to better understand the earth, the class will camp most nights and do a fair amount of walking and hiking. Students will be evaluated on participation, documentation, journals, and a final paper. This course may fulfill an elective requirement in the Art and Art History majors. Prerequisite: ART 153. Course Dates: May 27-June 16, 2009. (The first three classes are held on campus or in Grand Rapids, before the June 1 departure date.) Course Fee: $2,070. A. Wolpa. Off campus.
ART W81 Relief Printmaking. This course focuses on relief techniques in printmaking as a basic introduction to print strategies and color relationships. Various aspects of the multiple, both in form and meaning, are addressed within the discourse of print history and theory. A wide range of relief techniques are explored in projects, culminating in an editioned exchange portfolio. This course may fulfill an elective in the Studio Art major. Prerequisites: ART 153, ARTS 250. Fee: $185 (includes personal carving tools). A. Wolpa.
ART W82 Mixed-Media Artist Bookmaking. Although hand made manuscripts predate the printing press and mass production technology dominates contemporary book publishing, during the past decade one-of-a-kind and limited edition books increasingly re-emerge as significant objects and art forms. Major museums dedicate exhibitions to books created by artists, contemporary artist book galleries exist in the art marketplace, and bookmaking has entered the curricula of art and visual studies programs. This course will introduce the artistry of hand made bookmaking, concentrating on the book as aesthetic object. Physical and conceptual elements of the artist book unfold through time and space. Aesthetic problem solving therefore involves organizing conceptual, visual, physical, kinetic, and chronological transitions to unify the whole. Students will engage in conceptualizing content, three-dimensional construction incorporating movement, integration of image and text as visual phenomena, and harmonizing these elements in the execution of visually effective artist books. The study of hand made books of the past such as illustrated manuscripts and the works of contemporary book artists will introduce students to both traditional and innovative materials as well as a broad range of binding techniques. Students will investigate both high and low technologies of reproducing imagery for the purpose of distribution and marketing. Bookmaking will occur both individually and collaboratively. The majority of class time will be spent in studio activity generating a minimum of six artist books. Teaching methodology in addition to studio work will include illustrated lectures, demonstrations, guest presenters, readings, critiques and field trips. Evaluation is based on successful completion of visually effective artist books integrating both form and content; completion of related studio projects, class participation, and a journal documenting process, ideation, and visualization. Prerequisite: Arts 250 or permission of the instructor to best prepare the student for the type of course work required. Course Fee: $150.00 for archival quality studio materials and possibly minimal fees, at cost for off campus transportation. A. Greidanus. 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ART W83 Negotiating Documentary. Documentary is a record of our world. With the current popular interest in reality television, documentary films, and the ubiquity of the photographic image, we all can feel like experts in documentary. However, documentary images are frequently made and consumed with little regard for how the images construct concepts of what is “real” or “true”. Photography critic David Levi Strauss writes, “When one, anyone, tries to represent someone else, to ‘take their picture’ or ‘tell their story,’ they run headlong into a minefield of real political problems. The first question is: what right have I to represent you? Every photograph of this kind must be a negotiation, a complex act of communication. As with all such acts, the likelihood of success is extremely remote, but does that mean it shouldn’t be attempted?” In this class we will make the attempt, by studying a history of documentary films and photographs, reading theories of photography, analyzing films and photographs, making documentary images, and discussing the moral, relational, spiritual dimensions of contemporary documentary practice. Evaluation is based on a written paper, daily reading and viewing assignments, in-class critiques, and several photography projects. This course may fulfill an elective in the Studio Art and Art History majors. Prerequisites: Art 153 or CAS 141. E. Van Arragon. 8:30 to noon.