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ARTS 119
Miniature Stories Spring 2021
Division I

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What is the American experience? What does an American look like? This course uses miniature set and puppet building techniques, using easily manipulated materials in order to tell stories about the American experience. Greer Lankton’s queer puppets and Charles Ledray’s intricate thrift store men’s suits use miniaturized scale as a vehicle to expand our understanding of the American experience through highly focused visuals. Students will explore how scale and point of view can be used to explore power dynamics, identity, and mythology. Students develop their own research methods based on short writing assignments, image and object collection, and material exploration.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 4983
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students' production methods will incorporate scaled building techniques, introductory lighting, and staging processes towards the completion of a singular narrative work built in miniature. Students will also design and complete a shortlist, a collection of point-of-view stills that explore their chosen narrative in sequence. The course with culminate at an end of semester online exhibition of their work.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors
Materials/Lab Fee: $75.00 lab fee
Distributions: Division I

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