2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Image and Sequence

Last Updated: 11/25/2008

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Ruth Hayes animation, media studies, Lucia Harrison visual arts

Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter

Major areas of study include visual arts, animation, media arts, visual and media literacy, drawing, printmaking, book arts, digital photography and writing.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background (beginning drawing and some experience with animation.) Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the December break.

In our culture we are bombarded by images, as artworks and as advertising, in still single images and in sequential, time-based works, in increasingly rarer one-of-a-kind works and in mass-produced print, film, video and other broadcast media. We are born into a cultural soup of images, but to swim and navigate through it we must learn how to read visual culture, to engage with it critically, to negotiate what useful meanings we can draw from it and to express ourselves fluently and effectively in it.

In Image and Sequence we will approach visual culture, both still and time-based, as audience and as producers. Students who are serious about pursuing the visual and/or media arts as an area of emphasis at Evergreen are welcome to join us. We will explore the ethics of image making, the idea of art as a dialogue between creator and viewer, and the influence of time on artists’ practices, sequential works and the viewing experience. We will tackle the question of how to make art that addresses a mass audience, but maintains honesty and integrity. Through intensive workshops in a wide variety of 2D techniques including drawing, printmaking, painting, digital photography, color theory, book arts and animation, students will develop the technical and process skills necessary to pursue independent work. We will emphasize observational drawing, learning visual language, building a personal vocabulary of imagery, working collaboratively with other artists and practicing strategies to investigate and develop thematic series over a period of time.

In the fall we will build foundational skills in visual and media literacy through readings, screenings and seminars on books, graphic novels, films and other artworks. Articulating and taking responsibility for one's own work is a high priority; therefore, readings and viewing work will be accompanied by assignments that ask students to explore artists’ statements, manifestos and other forms of critical writing. In the winter, we will deepen those skills and expand them through forays into more complex design problems and written assignments that require visual and library research.

Contemporary artists often explore ideas by creating a series of related works. Themes for the series may be autobiographical or philosophical. They may critique social institutions, or advocate for environmental or cultural change. The series may be more process oriented, where each new piece is informed by an earlier one. With this perspective, students will learn strategies such as journaling, critiques and visual research for developing thematic work. In the spring, students will have the opportunity to pursue independent or group creative projects that are informed by their work in fall and winter.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 48

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: Special expenses: $250 per quarter for art supplies, $100 for digital media materials.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in visual arts, media arts, education and communications.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Expressive Arts

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 17th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details added.
November 25th, 2008 Winter enrollment field utilized.