Art 110: Introduction to the Visual Arts
- Session: May 22 – Aug 11, 2023 (SSD)
- Section: 1, Class No. 10273
- Instructor: Glenn Zucman
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Format: Online, Asynchronous
- Exams: None
- Textbook: This website, glenn.zucman.com/i2va, +The Internet
- Prerequisites: None
- Due Date: Thursday by Midnight, PDT (California Time)
- Deadline: Sunday by Midnight, PDT (California Time)
- No late work
- Original work: your work should be yours and it should be done this summer during the class (no past work, no copying from classmates or the web, no ChatGPT)
Each week of summer you will:
- Research & compare-and-contrast a pair of living artists
- Try a new art activity
Photos, essays, and analysis will all be posted on Canvas.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Art and Ideas as practiced in the 21st century. Students will try a wide range of art media from traditional tools like Drawing & Paint, to contemporary media like Snapchat & Video. Short videos will introduce artists and art ideas that students will further explore through research and discussions with classmates. Written blog posts will compare and contrast contemporary artists.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe some of the styles, ideas, and issues found in contemporary art.
- Understand and articulate some of the ways that art functions vis-a-vis human culture.
- Build upon their direct, introductory experiences, in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Animation, and Data Visualization in both Physical and Virtual worlds.
- Articulate their understanding of the relationship between art and: culture, speech, creativity, and expression.
- Describe the role of the artist in culture and society.
Weeks of Summer
- Time Based Media (Vlogging)
- Sculpture (Plaster Casting)
- Art & My Major
- Painting & Street Art (Graffiti Writing)
- Printmaking (Zines)
- Drawing (Partner Drawing)
- Photography (Selfie Time)
- Photography (Photo Stories)
- Museum Visit
- Intermedia Art
- Student Choice
- Performance Art
Living Artists (Compare & Contrast)
Some weeks I’ll give you 2 artists to research and write “compare & contrast” essays about. Some weeks you’ll get to pick. In all cases it will be Living Artists. Dead artists are important too! But since we only have 12 weeks to think about a lot, let’s focus on artists who are sharing this contemporary world with you.
- Your Choice – find 2 YouTube/TikTok/Twitch Content Creators who are currently active (have posted at least 6 videos in 2023) Pick 2 that are personally relevant to you in some way. Try to find one “popular” (100k or more followers) and one less popular (10k or fewer followers)
- Juliana Cerqueira Leite & Tara Donovan
- Your Choice – Find 2 Artists/Scientists/Engineers/Business people/Biologists/Nurses, etc, that do work related to your field. Search the net and find 2 people who are interesting. They might be “artists” who use the media of your field… or… they might be professionals in your field who also make artworks or present their work artfully. Your first few searches might not find much. When I tried to find Artworks based on Financial Data I mostly found articles about paintings selling at auctions. If you keep searching and get clever with your search terms, you will eventually find people you can write about.
- Your Choice – Pick 2 living painters. Painter #1 should be a Graffiti Writer. From anywhere in the world. Or maybe from Los Angeles. Painter #2 should be a Fine Art or Gallery Painter. Meaning simply that they show paintings in art galleries. Maybe a blue-chip artist collected by museums like The Broad. Or a red-chip or emerging artist. Maybe a young painter from the LBSU SOA. Once you’ve got your 2 painters, do some research. Look at their work. Find video interviews with them.
- Tom Sachs works in many media. Johanna Fateman is a musician and art writer. Both have included zines as part of their oeuvre.
- Our artists this week are Camille and Sarah Elgart. Camille (Dalmais) is a French singer. Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles choreographer.
- Nan Goldin and Annie Leibovitz
- Lynsey Addario and Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller.
- museum people
- Joseph DeLappe and Micol Hebron.
- Your Choice – pick any 2 living artists!
- Marina Abramovic and Paweł Althamer.
Your Canvas Posts
You’ll be posting each week’s Activity and Compare & Contrast Artists essays on Canvas.
Include Photos of both your Process and your Final Results. Or a video.
Describe what you did, how it came out, and what you would try differently if you did this project again.
Be sure to answer the questions on the Activity Page. This post is not “academic writing”. It can be short and casual. It’s mostly about trying the activity and photo-documenting your work. But do answer the questions.
Compare & Contrast Artists
Include samples of the Artists’ Work.
Discuss how each artist works. What do they create? What are their goals? How do you perceive them? What does their work have in common? How is it different? How do you experience them? If you were going to create this type of work, would either of these artists be a model for you? How would your work be similar or different from theirs? What would your goals be?
This is more formal writing. Try to watch your spelling and grammar. Aim for 500 words. And try to think less about number of words and more about thinking about these 2 artists, their ideas, and how you do, or don’t, connect with them. If you really think through their work it should be easy to write over 500 words.
You probably appreciate the flexibility of an online asynchronous class. But you might also miss the chance to interact with classmates. We have 5 optional meetups: 2 on Zoom and 3 F2F. You may attend some, all, or none.
Optional Meetups – Art 110 – Summer 2023
- Week 1 – Monday 22 May – Zoom – Noon-1pm – Syllabus, Getting Started, etc
- Week 2 – Thursday 1 June – Seal Beach Pier – 11 am – 1pm (come early, late, or whenever works) – Plaster Casting Activity
- Week 4 – Saturday 17 June – Venice Beach Art Walls – 11 am – 1pm (come early, late, or whatever works) – Graffiti Writing Activity
- Week 6 – Thursday 29 June – Long Beach State Campus – 11 am – 1pm (come early, late, or whatever works) – Partner Drawing Activity
- Week 7 – Monday 3 July – Zoom – Noon-1pm – Answering questions, chatting with classmates and talking art & life for the 2nd 6 weeks of Summer
- password: soa
Points & Grades
- Weeks 1-10 Art Activities x 4 points = 40 points
- Weeks 11-12 Art Activities x 5 points = 10 points
- Weeks 1-10 Artist Essays x 4 points = 40 points
- Weeks 11-12 Artist Essays x 5 points = 10 points
- Total Possible = 100 points
- 90 points = A
- 80 points = B
- 70 points = C
- 60 points = D
- 59 & below = F
No Late Work
Be Professional – there is no late work.
- If you’re late for an interview, you won’t get hired.
- If you’re late delivering work you won’t get rehired (and may get sued)
- Take this course, and your career, seriously.
- Meet your deadlines.
Each week your work is due on Canvas:
- Due Date is Thursday @ 11:59 pm PT
- Deadline is Sunday @ 11:59 pm PT
If you plan to have your work completed and submitted by the weekly “Due Date” of Thursday, then you’re give yourself cushion for anything that might come up: technical issues, personal things, and so on.
Work submitted by the Sunday Deadline receives full credit. Work submitted after the deadline receives no credit.
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The School of Art grants “incompletes” rarely and only for the most extreme conditions.
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