Office: 114 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours: Wed 2:30-4:30pm
2004 Fine Arts Center
Course Catalog Description:
Fall, Spring. Directed studio research and creative production with group discussion and critiques in 2D studies, 3D studies, and Digital Arts. May be repeated to twelve hours.
This course allows graduate MFA students in Studio Arts the opportunity to meet weekly with colleagues to present, discuss, and critique their artwork. Students are expected to work independently on their own artwork throughout the semester while considering the feedback from this class. Some of my specific objectives are:
- To create a supportive, comfortable class setting that reinforces the MFA experience and helps prepare for 1st & 2nd year reviews.
- To provide a thoughtful framework and common language for discussion and evaluation of individual artwork across media.
- To explore a variety of critique methods and strategies that will best aid individual artists in strengthening their work.
- To share any collective resources and information that support the making, viewing and promotion of your artwork.
- To identify, define, and if necessary, refine or redirect the level of clarity of the message / concept of your artwork.
- To share ideas, think, question, and challenge the group as a whole and individually.
- To encourage students to talk cohesively and intelligently about their own artwork in a group setting.
Course Content & Structure:
Students will regularly present and receive critiques of their artwork. Students will actively participate in the critique of colleagues’ artworks.
During the course individual students will be asked to:
- Share ideas, think, question, and challenge each other and the group as a whole.
- Present progress on your current body of work to the class every 2-3 weeks, 30-45 minutes per critique.
- Identify and discuss the philosophical, theoretical, social, [insert your own “of, relating to, or based on” system here], and pragmatic aspects surrounding your current body of work
- Present historical, substantive and/or, if applicable, tangible evidence (research) supporting your current body of work
- Discuss and write about artistic, cultural, etc. influences as they pertain to, contradict, drive, substantiate, or inspire your work.
- Write (several revisions) of a professional artist statement for your body of work.
- In addition there will be occasional readings, presentations and field trips.
As a direct result of the above, collectively, as a class, we will:
- Offer a thoughtful, HONEST, and analytical critique of your current body of work.
- Discuss the necessary level of clarity of the message/concept in your current body of work.
- Share our collective wisdom and experiences, to further the development of your current and future work.
- Cross-pollinate our collective disciplines, in order to expand all of our artistic vocabularies.
Grading & Expectations
This is a graduate-level course. The quality of your artwork was already “graded” upon acceptance into this program. Therefore, I will not be grading the quality of your artwork, but rather will be examining your performance in the class. Here is the breakdown:
- Come to class. On time. Do not be absent. (see below).
- Actively participate in class. Make your presence positively known to your colleagues during class discussions.
- Be prepared. Come ready to present, read any readings, or do any writing assignments in preparation for each class session.
- Make regular, independent progress on your body of work. And be willing to share it!
- Be insightful! With your own artwork and others’ work!
- Be considerate! Cooperate with the class structure and your colleagues!
The course meets only once a week for 2 hours & 50 minutes – a total of 15 times during the term. Students are expected to be here for every class. As a result, no more than two absences are permitted. Any additional absences (3+) will result in lowering your final grade by one full letter for each absence. More than four absences results in failing the course.
The Critique Handbook: The Art Student's Sourcebook and Survival Guide, 2nd Edition, by Kendall Buster and Paula Crawford; ISBN-10: 0205708110; This is a must-have if you intend to teach.
Periodic handouts, readings, films, lectures, and exhibitions may be assigned to augment our discussions and assignments. You are encouraged to suggest and share any resources that you find that you think will make a contribution to the course.
Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability, please come talk to me after class or during office hours. The goal of the Disability Services for Students Office is to help provide equal access and reasonable accommodations to BGSU students with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss their eligibility for such accommodations are encouraged to contact their office at 372-8495 (413 South Hall).
Students are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity in their academic work. Cheating, fabrication or plagiarism are dealt with according to the policies outlined in the Student Handbook (Codes of Conduct).