Theory of Art
This course aims to expose students to the ideas and beliefs of other artists in order to help clarify their sense of what it means to be an artist today, and to further enlighten the daily work done in the studio by enabling students to develop their own critical and theoretical points of view. Students will learn to sharpen the verbal, analytical, and presentation skills needed to present one’s ideas and work and/or pursue a concurrent career in museum or gallery work, writing criticism, collecting or cataloguing artworks, or teaching art history. Methods used will include a teacher/student collaborative investigation into why different artists structure their vision the way they do, and an in-depth exploration of artists’ perceptions of their own work, through autobiographical writings, films, and music. Discussion sessions will also center on the personal themes and beliefs that each student feels are central to their own art. 3 credits (or 2 credits).