Approved by Faculty Senate March 17, 2003

University Studies Flagged Course Proposal: Critical Analysis

 

Department: Art

 

Course number: 417 Advanced Painting

 

Semester hours: 3

 

Catalog Description:

Continued intensive studio practice aimed at formal and technical proficiency in the use of paint.  Students work to establish a meaningful direction in their painting, as they begin to identify individual interests concerning form and content.  Students engage in an ongoing study of relevant artists’ work, stylistic directions of the modern era and other recent trends including combined media.  Preparation and exhibition of completed work is addressed at this level.        

 

 Prerequisites:  Art 317

 

This course has been previously approved by A2C2.

 

Department Contact:          Don Schmidlapp  (on sabbatical academic year 2002-2003)

                                                dschmidlapp@winona.edu  x5396

                                                Kate Shortridge (sabbatical replacement 2002-2003)

                                                kshortridge@winona.edu  x5396

 

This proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements for a critical analysis flagged course.

 

 

Course objectives and expectations for students (to be included in course syllabus):

 

Art 417 satisfies a critical analysis flagged course.

To fulfill the critical analysis flag requirement of this course, students will:

 

a) recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim;

            “Advancing a claim” in terms of studio art is creating a painting where ideas are             manifested in the final work of art.

            Summary:  develop visual and conceptual ideas using studio processes,             awareness of theory and concepts, individual research, and art history. 

            1) participating in an ongoing study of contemporary theory and practices in            painting through exposure to class readings, visiting artist lectures, and attendance             at gallery and museum shows

            2) achieving proficient use of painting media and techniques through studio practice

            3) developing an understanding of their connection to art history through             individual research and class lectures

            4) active participation in class discussion of ideas regarding subject matter,             content, expression, etc.

            5) individual research of ideas through perceptual study, process of painting,             investigating new techniques, and library research

 

b) apply critical analytical skills in making decisions or in advancing a theoretical position;

            Summary: Utilize critical analytical skills in the act of creation

            6) producing a sustained body of work that develops and explores formal             (concerning elements and principles of art and design) and critical visual ideas

            7) developing individual direction in work; exploring visual themes, content, and             expression through the act of painting—including decision making regarding             subject matter; the handling of paint, media selection, and stylistic approach; and             developing and completing perceptual, formal, or conceptual assignments.

             

c) evaluate alternative arguments, decision strategies, or theories within a systematic framework

            Summary:  evaluation of work by individual, class, and instructor

            8) active participation in individual and group critiques is required,

            9) ability to verbally analyze one’s own work formally and conceptually, as well                  as works of others in oral or written formats

            10) development of reasoning for the execution of ideas—to be discovered             through the process of painting and self-analysis of work

            11) mid-term and final portfolio reviews—resolutions of visual problems will be             evaluated by peers and ultimately by the instructor

 

Methods of evaluation:

Students will be evaluated on the development and execution of their ideas, attendance, overall improvement, their oral and written participation in critiques and discussions, the completion of each assignment, and the excellence of their total body of work.  Final portfolios will be graded at the end of the semester.

 

Textbook and Instructional Materials:

This course will employ slides, films, books on art history and artists, art magazines, and/or other library resources as well as course packets, handouts, and demonstrations to instruct the student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the Committee:

 

The University Studies Programs states that Critical Analysis Flagged courses must: include requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to…

 

1.    “recognize and evaluate appropriate evidence to advance a claim”;                           Summary: Development of ideas through studio process, concept, theory,      research, and art history

Students will be expected to develop ideas—both visual and conceptual—in their work using the appropriate media at a proficient skill level.  Tools for this development are: class discussion of ideas regarding subject matter, content, expression, etc.; exposure to contemporary theory and practice through readings, visiting artist lectures, and attendance at gallery and museum shows; individual research of ideas through perceptual study, process of creation, investigating new techniques, and library work; and continuing familiarity with themes and works from art history through individual research, slide lectures, and written and/or oral reports.

 

2. “apply critical analytical skills in making decisions or in advancing a theoretical position; and”    

            Summary : Act of Creation

Each decision in the creative process reflects the student’s immersion in the process of applying critical analytical skills. The act of creation involves technical and methodological skill, familiarity with theory, inspiration and invention, critical evaluation, and serious commitment to the process of working. Critical analysis is one of the major components of this process.  When developing individual work, students must be capable of deconstructing and constructing visual components in their own work and that of others, creating a framework of analysis in which to judge their work, identifying and pursuing concepts and visual ideas, and responding to and generating self-criticism. The excellence of a final body of work will stand as evidence of the student’s engagement and success in the act of critical analysis.

 

3. “evaluate alternative arguments, decision strategies, or theories within a systematic framework”    

            Summary:  Critiques and class discussions; written and oral projects; final body of             work

Critiquing is a customary tool in studio classes that offers the student direct feedback from the instructor and other students for each work of art presented; it acts as a form of peer-review, can be either written or oral or both in format, and is a forum for students to articulate their ideas about the work.  Evaluation of the work will occur regularly throughout the semester by the following means: individual and group critiques in which the student will explain and justify the development and execution of their ideas; written and/or oral presentations that analyze contemporary practices and theories and historical context, as well as the student’s research of sources for development of ideas; and most significantly, in the resolution of each piece of work which then at the end of the semester, contributes to a body of work supporting the student’s ideas and creative processes.