Visionary Studio - Art Education

Fall 2012 Curriculum

 Soundscapes

From the sounds of the urban city to the music that plays on our headphones - how are we defined by the sounds and music around us? Artists today often combine visual and auditory forms in their work. From artists who work with found and recorded sound to artists who integrate music and auditory elements into installations, performance, and sculpture, increasingly the boundaries between visual and sound art are blending. This class will explore found sounds, produced sounds, and homemade sounds to find connections between who we are and what we hear and listen to. Students will explore a wide range of ways to collect, re-mix, and merge sounds and visual imagery using digital and analog tools.

Under Pressure

From the financial, to the social, to the political, we all feel and exert pressure in different ways. The need to deal with issues of social conformity and political pressure both relate to similar societal impulses. What are different forms of pressure that exist in different contexts - for instance in home, school, or society? How does pressure affect the way we interact and function with friends and family members, in our neighborhoods and communities? Does pressure exert control over us or can we control pressure? Artists have looked at the idea of pressure from many different vantage points - from artists who feel pressure to conform to government/societal expectations to artists who look at the current economic crisis from a global perspective. In this class students will explore the theme of pressure from various perspectives in order to create works of art in a variety of media.

The Changing City

Art, artists and the art world play a role in changing city neighborhoods. Although often part of the process of gentrification that changes poor neighborhoods into more wealthy areas, artists have also been critical of this process and played a role in drawing public attention to it. In this class, students will investigate the history and politics that have defined city neighborhoods and propose their own visions for urban public spaces and neighborhood transformations. Doing their own historical and contemporary research, students will also be introduced a wide range of artists who have looked at issues of gentrification and neighborhood evolution. Why do neighborhoods look different from one to the other? Who gets to live where and why? How do residents, business owners, and visitors all shape the way neighborhoods and the city overall looks, feels, and sounds? This class will look specifically at the urban environment, but through the lens of gentrification.

Transformed

Do you notice how no matter how much time passes and how things change, there are some things that seem to always remain?  Or, that some things are never the same? Time is part of our lives. Artists explore time in multiple ways, looking back or looking forward. How we experience time has changed with technology. Some arts are time based such as performance art, video art and music and other arts refer to time in terms of history. How do we experience time? How does the past inform our present and the future? This class will discuss and create projects relating to time & timelessness. Students will work with ideas such as literal time, symbolic time, timelessness of nature, reflections or frustrations with things that never change, ideas for the future, and perhaps their visual interpretations of what they can change, or hope to change with time. Can referring to our past, reflect our present or future? Or vice versa? This class will explore this and more in time!