ART W10 Color, Image, Market & 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. Y. Ahn. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ART W60 The Creative Toolbox. This course shepherds students through a repertoire of principles and practices of effective visual communications. It consists of a knowledge base that can only be developed through a practical hands-on experience. The course covers a series of challenging exercises in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop that focus on personal and conceptual thought processes with an emphasis on concept rather than on technique. Preference is given to individual solutions that lead to developing one’s graphic design skills. Focus is on principles such as frame reference, positive/negative relationships and cropping techniques, which engender innovative visual communication skills. Prerequisite: ENGL 101. F. Speyers. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ART W80 London: Collecting the World. This course is intended to introduce students to both the history of collecting and the history of London through a survey of some of the most important museums and sites of display in England. While the focus will tend to fall on art objects, participants will visit a wide array of museums – including natural history collections and house museums. The first three days will be spent in Grand Rapids with the bulk of the course sited in and around London. Day trips will be made by train to Windsor, Oxford, and Bath. Exploring themes of display from medieval churches to the British Museum (founded in 1753), from Windsor Castle and the Tower of London to Tate Modern, the course will pay particular attention to the global circulation of goods and the cosmopolitan character of London. Immigration patterns and colonialism will be themes as students interact with this rich urban site. This course may fulfill an elective in the Art History major. Prerequisites: ART 153 & ARTH 101 or ARTH 102. Course dates: January 8-25. Fee: $3200. C. Hanson. Off campus.
ART W82 Artist Book Production. This course introduces the design, production, and publication of Artist Books, focusing 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. Students engage in creating visual content through three-dimensional construction, incorporating movement, and integration of image and text, while organizing the design of these elements in the execution of visually effective artist books. The study of hand made books from illustrated manuscripts to works of contemporary book artists introduces students to both traditional as well as innovative materials and binding techniques. Students investigate both high and low technologies of reproducing imagery for the purpose of execution and publication. Bookmaking is executed both individually and collaboratively. The class production includes several limited edition publications. The majority of class time is spent in studio activity generating a minimum of seven artist books. Teaching methodology includes illustrated lectures, demonstrations of skills in materials use and technology, guest presentations, readings, critiques and field trips. An exhibition of works completed during the course is planned. This course may fulfill an advance studio art course for Studio Art, BFA, & Art Education majors. This course may fulfill an elective for Art & Art History minors. Prerequisite: Arts 250 or permission of the instructor. A. Greidanus. 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ARTS W10 Relief Techniques in Printmaking. This course will focus on relief techniques in printmaking as a basic introduction to print strategies. Course projects will address the multiple, editioning, seriality, and color in developing ideas through printmaking and drawing. Printmaking and drawing are inseparable as processes, and equally valid as products. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the relationship between process and product. In addition to producing print editions, students will also be expected to participate in discussions about readings. A. Wolpa. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.