VAST 313 F031: Visual Arts Projects

Encourages the development of self-directed projects based on the research of ideas and issues as they pertain to transdisciplinary practices. In consultation with the instructor, the student will propose a series of projects that work from a range of approaches and concerns. The student will synthesize technical, conceptual, and formal skills as they pertain to their own work and the work of others. Discussions, presentations, and critiques form an integral part of the course and develop skills in formal and critical analysis.

This course is subject to priority rules; see here.

Course content: 

 

Topic: Heart of the Matter: Material Investigations in the Studio 

In this course, each student will be asked to choose an easily sourced, everyday material to work with, to research, and to experiment with as an art medium. The material may be personally significant or important to the student’s practice, or it may be something that simply interests the student. Students will be encouraged to consider their material from many angles, including the material's history, its economic life, and how it comments on or interacts with traditional art mediums. The students will also be introduced to the work of artists and writers who consider the philosophical and formal possibilities of materials, for example Sḵwx̱wú7mesh artist Tracy Williams, who sees materials as teachers; Okanagan artist Krista Belle Stewart, who carries a container of dirt from her home territory wherever she travels; Kara Walker, whose monumental statue, A Subtlety, was built with sugar; and Tau Lewis, who speaks of the “energies” held by the found objects that are central to her art practice.

The research and experimentation conducted by the students will feed into a studio project that will evolve over the semester. Students from all areas of visual arts are encouraged to enroll, as project work could range from weaving to an artist book to a large-scale installation. Students will be guided to uncover exciting approaches to content in their artwork and to use their investigations to create robust studio work. Students will reflect on their explorations through writing, creative assignments, and a presentation.

Prerequisites: 

24 credits from 200 level Visual Arts studio courses

Additional comments: 
HYBRID course.
Instructor information: 
Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
08:30:00-11:20:00
F C1260 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
08:30:00-11:20:00
F VCHAT ONLN
Sep 7-Dec 18
12:30:00-15:20:00
F C1260 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
12:30:00-15:20:00
F VCHAT ONLN