Visual Concepts 1 (ART102), Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2013-15

FINE ART 102 is not a drawing or painting class! It is an introduction to visual and conceptual two-dimensional studio art practice through an interdisciplinary and hybrid (digital-analog) approach. The course helps students to develop technical, as well as conceptual and theory-based skills in two-dimensional art. Principles and elements of design, techniques, and a variety of media are covered throughout the class. Students are exposed to art theory and history, terminology, current trends and innovative projects. At the same time, students develop an understanding of art within a social, political, cultural and economical context. Willingness to experiment, reframe failure, be receptive, surrender to the process, challenge stereotypes and embrace cultural diversity are encouraged and required to enhance potential, creativity and enjoy the class. Through hands on experimentation with a variety of materials, readings, lectures, writings, critiques and class discussions, students produce individual and collaborative works of art, and critically analyze and interpret their pieces and work of others. The class is also a platform to familiarize the students with other labs an media within the Fine Arts Department: printmaking, digital computer and animation lab, photography lab…