ART W40 Color Image, Marketing & Design. Colors are everywhere. Humans are surrounded by uncountable numbers of colors and influenced by those colors 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. In this course, students will learn how colors are tied to humans’ emotions, how different cultural groups have different reactions to colors and how designers use colors in commercial spaces and items. The course’s aim is to help students mature as culturally sensitive designers by offering students’ necessary knowledge about the influence of colors on human emotions. This is a design studio. Students’ performance in this class is evaluated based on quality of design projects, attendance, and participation in class discussions. This course may fulfill an elective in the Art & Art Education majors. Y. Ahn. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ART W80 Documentary, Difference, Power. Documentary is a visual record, political tool, and entertainment. With the current popular interest in reality television, documentary films, and the ubiquity of the photographic image, everyone feels like an expert 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”. When photographs and films show images of other people, their audiences become voyeurs into the subjects’ lives, often without realizing the unequal balance of power in that relationship. When documentary is tied to the desire to change the world and to help others (it’s most prevalent historical legacy), power and charity make for a combination in which social and political differences are portrayed as detrimental. The result is that the subjects are patronized even when (especially when) photographers and viewers want to help. In this class the students and professor will study a history of documentary films and photographs, read theories of photography, and analyze images (still photographs and films) with the goal of understanding the transparency of the medium and the relationship of power between subjects, viewers, and producers. The class will also put their ideas into practice by making documentary images and discussing the moral, relational, and spiritual dimensions of contemporary documentary practice. This course may fulfill an elective in the Art History and Art majors/minors. Prerequisite: Art 153, CAS 141, or the permission of the instructor. E. Van Arragon. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ARTH W60 The Visual & the Visionary. To be a mystic is to remain silent and to close one’s eyes, to be, in a sense dead to this world. And yet, over and over again medieval mystics spoke of their ecstatic visions, their personal encounters with God. Although mystical experiences, by definition, were considered, in part or in whole, incommunicable, beyond the capacity of words and images, artists and writers produced works with the intention of showing people pathways to meet with the divine. In this course, we will read texts and look at visual images aimed at fostering mystical revelation. Readings will include selections from authors such as Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Meister Eckhart. Special attention, however, will be given to the writings of female mystics, such as Mechtild of Magdeburg, Gertrude of Hefta, and Hadewijch of Antwerp. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, an oral presentation, and final examination. Prerequisite: ARTH 101 or 102. H. Luttikhuizen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ARTH W80 Venetian Art & Architecture. This course is intended to introduce students to the art and architecture of the Venetian Empire, from the Late Medieval period through the nineteenth century. The first three days will be spent in Grand Rapids with the bulk of the course sited in and around Venice. Day trips will be made by train to Verona, Ravenna, Padua and one or two other nearby cities. In addition to providing an overview of the art and history of a single city, the course aims to help students think more clearly about the larger topic of cultural travel given that Venice has such a rich history of tourism. Students' performance will be assessed on the basis of a book review and slide exam (completed before we leave Grand Rapids) and a journal and synthesis paper (completed in Venice). This course may fulfill an elective in the Art History major. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: ARTH 102. Course Dates: January 4-21. Fee: $3195. C. Hanson. Off campus.
IDIS W16 Green Cuisine. Fee: $125. A. Hoogewerf, A. Wolpa. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W63 The Creative Toolbox. F. Speyers. 8:30 a.m. to noon.