Spring Rotating Topics Courses

Rotating topics set for Spring 2022!

Department of Studio Art Rotating Topics Courses

Plan ahead for early registration! Visit the Office of the Registrar's web page for Spring 2022 Registration Dates.

Topic: Sketchbook and Idea Development

ASTU 3000.020, Internet-based course
Instructor: Ty Smith
This course will use the daily practice of maintaining a sketchbook to investigate and build confidence for visual thinking. Our focus will be to develop visual awareness, experimentation, observation, research, and conceptualization. Presentations, peer reviews, readings, and sketchbook exercises will be all be used to meet our course goals and to explore our visual curiosities. The course will strengthen students' understanding of visual thinking and visual practices as a responsive process.

Topic: Applications in Visual Literacy

ASTU 3000.021, Internet-based course
Instructor: Jenny Fine
In this course, students will learn to read/interpret visual images through closely examining the act of looking. Students will employ the principles of art and elements of design gained in their foundation courses to create a variety of theme-based visual artworks. Students will learn to interpret visual images through examining the work/studio practices of contemporary artists. Through self-guided instruction and application of concepts learned students will understand how process, concept, and visual vocabulary create meaning.

Topic: Nothing is Sacred: Immaterial Art Practices

ASTU 3000.501 / 5000.501
Monday/Wednesday, 8–10:50 a.m., Art Building, Room 468
Instructor: Allyson Packer
In a 2021 essay called How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted, writer Kyle Chayka declared that America has embraced “numbness as an antidote for digital capitalism … for years, an aesthetic mode of nothingness has been ascendant.” Taking this cultural turn as our point of departure, this studio class will consider how nothingness is an essential part of contemporary life, and how artists can address it as subject and material. Students will develop a grounding in conceptual and dematerialized approaches to artmaking, including performance, text-based artwork, and sound art, ultimately exploring how immaterial artforms can become tools for critical engagement with contemporary material culture.

Topic: Basketry

ASTU 3000.503 / 5000.503
Monday/Wednesday, 11 a.m.–1:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 359
Instructor: Amie Adelman
Become versed at plaiting, twining, walking, and weaving cedar bark, seagrass, and rattan, a climbing palm found in the tropics. Through hand-manipulated processes, students will explore their own personal aesthetic by bending, contorting, and stretching the natural materials. Students will learn about processes that are rarely explored in university courses by completing a series of samples, sketches, and artwork in a supportive class environment.

Topic: Hybrid Forms

ASTU 3000.504 / 5000.504
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.– 1:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 466
Instructor: Jim Burton
This unique course provides hands-on experiences with community-based and arts-based research approaches in cross-disciplinary projects aiming to investigate personal and communal histories within the context of (un)familiar places anchored in the current cultural and social environments. We will explore arts-based methodologies, such as walking methodology, performativity, and art social practices, while we examine ethical dilemmas and issues related to the walking process, social activism, and art as a vehicle for social change.

Topic: Textile Techniques in Metals

ASTU 3000.505 / 5000.505
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 172
Instructor: Umut Demirgüç-Thurman
This class will introduce the concept of applying fiber techniques to metal. The application of fiber techniques to precious and nonprecious wirework will be covered.

Topic: Poetics of the Body

ASTU 3000.506 / 5000.506
Tuesday/Thursday, 5–7:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 468
Instructor: Binod Shrestha
An investigation into the literal and metaphorical body as material in creative practice. Through in-depth research and the making of images, objects, and events centered on the body, investigations will dive into socio-political and identity issues such as gender, class, and culture.

Rotating Topics in Drawing & Painting: Landscape – En Plein Air to the Studio

ASTU 3201.501
Tuesday/Thursday, 2–4:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 456
Instructor: Christian Fagerlund
In this course, we will work en Plein air—outdoors, from direct observation—painting and drawing our local North Texas landscape. This will be combined with a studio-based practice to allow for further exploration and development of work. Emphasis will be on composition, space, color, form, and atmospheric perspective.

Rotating Topics in Drawing & Painting: Object Permanence – a Contemporary Approach to Still Life

ASTU 3201.502
Tuesday/Thursday, 2–4:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 466
Instructor: Mary Johnson
The still life has been a constant in art history for hundreds of years, and consequentially the dry thorn of the student painter’s existence. But can there be a contemporary approach to the still life? Can still lifes be records, collections, diagrams, metaphors, landscapes, and portraits? Employing a broad range of chosen media, students will be encouraged and expected to use their own histories, research, and aesthetic interests to guide their work. Readings and discussions will contemplate: what does it mean to make an image of an object?

Rotating Topics in New Media Art: Sonic Arts

ASTU 3701.501
Hybrid format, Wednesday, 2–4:55 p.m., Art Building, Room 356
Instructor: Martin Back
This studio art course provides students with a thorough introduction to the Sonic Arts, which includes the practices of soundscape recording, sound poetry, instrument building, sound design, and experimental compositional methods for sonic activities. No previous experience or knowledge of working with sound or music theory is necessary or required.

Rotating Topics in New Media Art: Video Art

ASTU 3701.502
Hybrid format, Tuesday, 5–7:55 p.m., Art Building, Room 356
Instructor: Kasey Short
This course involves training and working with high-definition digital video cameras, lighting and sound techniques, Adobe Premiere editing software, and various computer conversion and collage techniques. Students learn how to create and present video installations with video projectors, monitors, screens, speakers, and via live streaming. The class will unpack how history, access, culture, and technological shifts have influenced and affected how artists and filmmakers work with video and film.

Rotating Topics in Sculpture: Politics and Praxis of Performance Art

ASTU 3801.501
Monday/Wednesday, 2–4:50 p.m., Art Building, Room 153
Instructor: Pedram Baldari
This course examines the challenges posed by performance art to traditional aesthetics and socio-political realities. Interdisciplinary by definition, performance art has so many different entry points from visual art, music, writing, poetry, dance, cultural studies, fashion, film, gender studies, etc. Performance art troubles conventional notions of canonicity and gender, blurred boundaries between art and everyday life.

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