ART W10 Color Image, Marketing and 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. Fee: $150. Y. Ahn. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ART W40 Artist Book Production . This course will introduce the design, production, and publication of Artist Books, concentrating on the book as an aesthetic object and a medium for content. Physical and conceptual elements of the artist book unfold through time and space. Aesthetic problem solving in bookmaking involves organizing conceptual, visual, physical, kinetic, and chronological transitions. Students will engage in developing content, three-dimensional construction and the integration of image and text. Course problems and solutions will result in the production of visually effective Artist Books. The study of hand made books from illustrated manuscripts to contemporary book art will introduce students to both traditional as well as innovative materials and binding techniques. Students will investigate both high and low technologies of reproducing imagery for the purpose of execution and publication. Bookmaking will occur both individually and collaboratively. The class will produce several limited edition publications. The majority of class time is spent in studio activity generating a minimum of eight artist books. Teaching methodology includes illustrated lectures, demonstrating materials and techniques, readings, critiques and field trips. An exhibition of works completed is anticipated. 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. Fee: $175. A. Greidanus. 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ART W41 Art and Fashion. Art and Fashion explores the points of overlap between the history of art and the history of fashion from the Renaissance to the present. Class readings and discussions will be centered around five major themes: the mediation of the body, gender representations, style, the history of taste, and performance. This course may fulfill an elective for the Art History program. C. Hanson. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ART W42 African American Art. This course surveys the history of African American art. While this history is too broad and rich to be treated conclusively during Interim, we will cover four main historical periods: Slavery/Reconstruction; The Harlem Renaissance; the Evolution of a Modern Black Aesthetic in the 1960s and 70s; and Contemporary Concerns. Beginning with the arrival of Africans in the Americas through the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and continuing to the present, we will examine the intersection of folk and fine art traditions, continuities from Africa, appropriations of new materials, techniques, and forms, and the influence of events and movements like the Great Migration, the Civil Rights movement, and Pan-African Independence. Above all the course engages the role of the visual arts in constructing a vital, although by no means homogenous, cultural and politically resistant, voice and identity. This course may fulfill an elective in the Art History major. Fee: $20. E. Van Arragon. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ART W60 Photography in New York . As an international center for contemporary art, New York City offers a unique educational opportunity to study visual art. Through discussions and visits with contemporary photographers, museum curators, collectors, and critics, students will learn about the production, display, collection, and promotion of contemporary photography. This course will focus on photography as an art commodity in contemporary culture. For ten days, students will visit various photography professionals. The class will visit the studios of working photographers in the city and have the privilege of touring facilities and observing work in progress. Talks with photography critics such as A. D. Coleman and museum curators at the International Center for Photography and the Museum of Modern Art will complement the photographer studio visits. Meetings will also be arranged with galleries specializing in photography and photography collectors. Students will be required to read selected writings from curators and critics and keep a journal of their experiences. Students will also study photographers who have focused on New York as their subject matter. New York City has inspired and fascinated many artists, and students will have ample opportunity to explore, discover and study this great American city. In addition to providing a tour of the city, students will tour historical and contemporary New York via the wonderful collection of photographic imagery from various photographers at the Museum of the City of New York. In response to their New York experience, students will produce a body of photographic images. The instructor will provide individual critiques of both artwork and journal. Prerequisite: ARTS 256 or permission of the instructor. Course dates: January 7-27. Fee: $2441. J. Steensma Hoag. Off campus.
ART W61 Problems & Solutions. The task of all creative visual communications is to interpret problems in a personal way while meeting the needs of other people. Using Adobe Illustrator's vector graphics in the classroom, innovative problems that dictate challenging solutions help students achieve this goal. Problems & Solutions consists of original visual communication problems which emphasize developing a conceptual approach to problem solving. The problems in this course encourage students to carefully examine the transition from conceptualization to execution. Emphasis will be on concept rather than on software dexterity with the intent of developing genuine interest in one’s craft. These problems also encourage students to believe in their ability to successfully communicate with images in a rapidly changing technological context. Problems represent opportunities that allow for growth. Solutions represent an interpretation of a problem from an individual point of view at a particular stage of one’s development. Focus will be on the integration of online resources, framal reference, positive/negative relationships and cropping techniques in order to engender innovative visual communication skills. Prerequisite: ENGL 101. F. Speyers. 8:30 a.m. to noon.