This foundation course introduces an approach to understanding visual culture and the language of images. With an emphasis on critical thinking and analysis, we will investigate the way social and cultural dynamics shape meaning and perception in art and design. We'll explore concepts by looking at examples from art history, contemporary art and popular culture, by reading and discussing and by completing related hands-on projects. Consult this course blog for updates to the syllabus, additional information on assignments and class work and for resources.
Begin and maintain an individual course blog to record and share your reflections, interpretations and reactions. Post responses to our readings, discussions and project assignments, digital images you collect, questions, links to relevant artists and issues, samples of your art work, etc. A minimum of 10 posts is required (1 per week).
More information on starting a blog will be provided in class. All student blogs will be linked to this blog on the right (email me your blog name and address by April 2). You are encouraged to look at each others' blogs, comment and exchange ideas.