Our goal is to understand art and art-making as a way of knowing. We can use our art to ask/ answer questions, raise awareness of our unique cognition, and hone our skills of description. Placing art in the realm of inquiry drastically improves art helping to articulate our specific desires relating to subject.
The classroom is our studio, our meeting place, our launch pad. Classroom activities focus on critique; that is, adopting a focused and critical voice in order to engage the topic at hand. We stage our critiques around three simple questions: “What do you see?” and “How does it make you feel?” or “What do you think it means?” Pursuing deeper knowledge of art and its various process’ allow students to practice observation, describe thoughts and feelings with ‘thick descriptions’, and to hear others talk about their own work. In addition to critiquing our work we will spend time developing ideas for art projects that will unfold during group efforts in class.
What we will learn
We will fashion a collective, working definition of ‘art’. The main purpose of this course is to understand our findings, observations, revelations, fears, and triumphs as art. We will learn how to ask and answer questions through artistic practice. We will consider art as a question. We will apply our artistic understanding to the purpose of understanding self and other. We will be engaged by fellow students and answer the call to help them understand how their work functions in the world.
What we will make
I ask students to create a documentary style report on the development of their art. Show where the idea came from or how it might be used. Do interviews with friends and family: Ask others what they think about your ideas. Make images of the piece as it develops. Point the camera at yourself and tell us what it means to you, how it makes you feel…