ARTH 108 Fall 2012 Creating Bodies

Cross Listed as ARTS100
This course looks at the human body, clothed and nude, from many perspectives, including that of the visual artist, the art historian, the performer and the creative writer. It is intended to introduce both the experiential and conceptual dimensions of the body and to develop skills in critical thinking. Lecture one week will be followed by discussion section the next. Twice a week students will attend a figure drawing workshop to study basic drawing skills like line, proportion, composition, light and space. Studio sessions will be coordinated with lectures, readings, and discussion to explore topics such as naked vs. nude, movement, spectatorship, the construction of identity, and portraiture, as well as stylistic categories such as classicism, realism, and modernism. Possible texts for purchase: Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida, John Berger's Ways of Seeing, and Mark Doty's Still Life with Oysters and Lemon. Drawing supplies will be provided and charged to the term bill. Both studio and scholarly components of the course will be weighed in the final evaluation of student achievement.
Class Format: lecture/discussion once a week and studio workshop twice a week, viewing time in the Williams College Museum of Art and The Clark Art Institute, and attendance of performances at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance are also required
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly readings, 3 position papers (one of which is submitted for a grade), midterm & final projects (including a paper about a specific art work or performance and a drawing portfolio); participation in class discussion is expected and will be evaluated
Additional Info: this course may be taken for ARTH or ARTS credit and students should choose the appropriate course number when enrolling; For Studio Art majors this course satisfies the ARTS 100 requirement only;not available for Pass/Fail option
Additional Info2: most often students will be required to meet for 75 minutes during the Wednesday lecture/conference; on occasion the full meeting time will be required
Prerequisites: none; students who have no previous drawing experience are encouraged to enroll
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, Art majors, sophomores
Department Notes: it cannot be taken to fulfill the Art History requirement for the Studio Major; for Art History majors, this course can satisfy the studio requirement (enroll as ARTS100) or it can be taken as an Art History elective (enroll as ARTH108)
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 18/studio
Expected Enrollment: 36
Class Number: 1536
ARTH108-05(F) STU Creating Bodies Division 1: Languages and the Arts Michael A. Glier
, Carol Ockman
MF 1:35 PM-3:50 PM Spencer 319 1536
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