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Instructor Info:Sara Rafferty
Office Extension x6877
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday
06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

Designed to provide an intensive, advanced studio experience for intermediate art students working in any media, this seminar explores contemporary art making by emphasizing reproduction and quotation within unique and editioned works. Students will make meaning with traditional and new media that may include explorations in paint, sculptural form, drawing, photography, book arts, installation, and video. Students will combine unique and mechanically reproduced marks, gestures, surfaces, and imagery using logics of pictorial space, pattern, reference, and self-reference. Models will include such artists as Luc Tuymans, Beth Campbell, Sonia Delaunay, Yinka Shonibare, Kevin Zucker, Andrew Kuo, Richard Prince, Frances Stark, Allan McCollum, Ann Craven, Gareth Long, Oliver Laric, and Jasper Johns among others. The majority of course work will be based on each student's proposed, semester-long series, although there also will be prompts and assignments. Attendance is required at the weekly class meetings, which will be devoted primarily to discussions, critiques, workshops, and presentations. Student should expect to work at least 6-8 hours outside of class on their projects. Prerequisite: At least three studio art classes. Lab fee $50. 

Course Objectives:

The primary objective of this class is to create a body of work that engages with the ideas of reproduction, quotation, repetition, and appropriation. In the service of this objective, we will produce weekly and longer-term works for group and individual critique. The class is not media specific. This syllabus is a living document, and is a plan for the course of the semester. The class should be fun, experimental, and generative. 

Evaluation Criteria:

•Presence (of mind and body) in class (including punctuality)
•Timely completion of homework assignments and reading/watching journal
•Participation, which may include: listening to presentations and instruction, being prepared and
working in class, sharing ideas, concepts, and creative explorations, conceptual development with
other students and group projects, analyzing and offering opinions about work in progress and completed works, and being an active participant during critiques and discussions
•Each individual artist's personal, cumulative trajectory, process, and growth over the semester
• The equivalent of three week's worth of missed classes will result in NO EVALUATION 


Additional Info:

Required, Weekly:
• Keep a sketchbook with notes on readings, artists, and sketches for artworks

Staggered Assignments:
• Report on an artist: Choose an artist from the "List of Artists" (or propose an alternative) and present 10-20 images of 2-3 video clips along with a 1000 word "review" of the artist's work. (Students will sign up for a presentation day, one each throughout the semester.)

Required Supplies
• A sketchbook of your choice
• All additional art materials will be up to individual artists