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ART 101 A: Visual Art and Creative Thinking

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 10:50am
ART 327
Joint Sections: 
ART 101 B, ART 101 C, ART 101 D
Claire Cowie
Claire Cowie

Syllabus Description:


ART 101 Visual Art and Creative Thinking

Autumn 2019 Tues./Thurs. 9:30am – 10:50am Room 327/329 Art Building

This course will explore how we observe and interpret our visual world. We will examine a variety of working methods to translate concepts into creative solutions. Students will be introduced to art and design terminology, techniques and analysis. Class sessions include short drawing, making, writing, and critical thinking exercises as well as lectures by visiting arts professionals and group activities. This is a great orientation to the opportunities available for students considering a major or minor in Art, Art History or Design.

Commitment to Positive Learning
Our classroom environment should be mutually respectful and inclusive of all students. Diversity of all kinds is essential to a thriving creative and critical environment. Thoughtful questions and debate are encouraged. Please be responsible and act with accountability toward each other and the studio facilities.

Claire Cowie
Artist-in-Residence, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (IVA)
Preferred pronouns: she/her

This is where you will find information for all your classes, such as the course calendar, assignments, grades, announcements, and files. Students and faculty can initiate a discussion board.

Art Advising
Mon-Thurs, 9am-3pm
Room 104

Art Building Hours
Mon. - Thurs. 7am – 7pm
Fri. 7am – 5pm
Sat. 1pm – 5pm
Sun. 9am – 5pm
Closed on all UW holidays
To work in the building after hours, have your Husky Card programmed for After Hours Access (card swipe at loading dock on N side of building). See #18 under School Policies.

Interns/Teaching Assistants

Holly Dirks
Major: ART (Honors) with concentration in IVA
Minor: Art History

Andy Schlotfeldt
Major: ART (Honors) with concentration in Painting + Drawing

Ashley Grammer
Major: ART (Honors) with concentration in IVA
Transfer student from Bellevue College

Amelie Zhaohan Wang
Major: ART + GWSS (Gender, Women + Sexuality Studies)

Visiting Speakers
Oct. 8:   Philippe Hyojung Kim
Oct. 24 (lunch event after class):   Ariel Goldberg
Nov. 7:    Samantha Bates
Nov. 21:   Dionne Haroutunian

Grading Policy
Receiving full credit is based upon excellent participation, responsibility in all aspects of the course, and successful completion of all course assignments throughout the quarter.

Sketchbooks will be collected for grading at midterm and at the end of the quarter.
Assignment details will be given verbally in class, and posted to Canvas as they are assigned. Individual assignments will range in value from 3% - 15% of your final grade. Grades will be posted to Canvas in the form of points equal to those percentages.

*You will need to make print-outs or photocopies throughout the quarter. The easiest way to do this is to have some extra $ on your Husky card and print in the School of Art Computer Center (SoACC) in the basement of the Art Building.

You will also need pencils, pens, eraser, either double stick tape or a glue stick to add things to your sketchbook.

General Policies

1. Equal Opportunity

  • In concurrence with the University of Washington’s core values, and in compliance with state and federal regulations, the School of Art + Art History + Design reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity. The commitment extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations.

2. Diversity

  • The School of Art + Art History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School promotes and encourages a culture of compassion, understanding, and an obligation to respectful discourse in classrooms, meeting rooms, studio spaces, and beyond. The School’s philosophy is reflected in our engagement with community partners and research endeavors locally, nationally, and globally.

3. Student Code of Conduct

  • The University of Washington has established rules regarding student conduct. Through the Student Conduct Code, UW students hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and accountability.
  • More information at UW Community Standards & Student Conduct (CSSC).

4. Equipment and Materials Safety

  • Substances and equipment used in creative processes can be hazardous.
  • Enrollment in a class requires students to know, understand, and comply with all safety and equipment use policies for each classroom/studio.
  • Spray booths are mandatory for the use of aerosols.

5. Violence Awareness and Prevention

  • Preventing violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation is everyone's responsibility.
  • Call 911 for emergency help.
  • Call 206-685-SAFE to report non-urgent threats or concerns.
  • Safe Campus website.
  • Concerned about sexual harassment? Learn more.
  • NightRide provides a fare-free safe way for U-Pass members to get home at night.
  • Sign up for UW Alert. Register your mobile device to receive instant notification of campus emergencies via email, text, and/or voice messaging.

6. Concerns About a Course, an Individual, or an Issue

  • If you have concerns about a course, an individual, or an issue concerning the School of Art + Art History + Design, talk with the instructor in charge of the class as soon as possible.
  • If this is not possible or productive, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, Art 104, 206-543-0646, or the Director of the School, Art 102, 206-685-2442.

7. Disability Accommodation

  • To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Services, Schmitz 448, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY) or
  • Your instructor will receive an email outlining your academic accommodations prior to the first day of class. It is a good idea to discuss these accommodations directly with your instructor to ensure that your instructor can help you with your needs.

8. Class Participation

  • First day attendance policy: Instructors assume that, if you are not present for roll call on the first day of a studio art class, you have decided not to remain enrolled. If you miss the first day without permission, it is your responsibility to drop the course. You may contact the instructor in advance and ask for permission to be absent on the first day.
  • Participation is essential to learning and success in all classes. Absences from class prevent participation and may negatively affect grades. If you miss class due to illness or emergency, notify your instructor, provide documentation, and set up a timeline to complete missed assignments and exams.

9. Examination Schedule

  • Students are required to turn in assignments and take exams based on the timeline provided in the class syllabus.
  • Final exams are scheduled by the University and cannot be changed. Do not make plans that will prevent you from attending your final exam(s).

10. Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism is using the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or images of someone else in your own work without formal acknowledgement or permission. This applies to written papers and research as well as to art, design, and architectural images.
  • Please check with your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Instances of plagiarism will be referred for disciplinary action to the UW Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs.
  • Learn more about reporting academic misconduct.

11. Copyright

  • The School regularly displays student art and design in a variety of ways to highlight the quality of our students and their learning.
  • This is traditional among all art schools and we assume that by participating in UW School classes and activities students have no objection.
  • If you have concerns about the use of your work, please contact Academic Advising + Student Services (206-543-0646 or

12. Incomplete Grades

  • To request an "incomplete" grade a student must have:


    • been in attendance and done satisfactory work through the eighth week of the quarter.
    • provided satisfactory proof for the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control.
  • More information from the UW Office of the Registrar.

13. Grade Appeal Procedure

  • If you think the grade you received is incorrect, contact the instructor to discuss your concern.
  • If not resolved, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising, Art 104, 543-0646.

14. Materials Fees

  • All art, design, and art history classes have materials fees billed with tuition.
  • Fee amounts and justifications are listed by class in the quarterly UW Time Schedule.
  • These fees cover the purchase of materials, academic support, and equipment provided for students in each class.

15. Service Animals

16. Lockers

  • The School provides lockers and locks to enrolled students. Cost is $12 per quarter.
  • Students can rent a locker from the Art Administration Office, Art 102. The office accepts cash, check, Husky Card, credit and debit cards (no Discover Card or American Express).
  • Obey all rules and guidelines printed on the Locker Assignment sheet issued. Failure to do so will prohibit future locker privileges.
  • Students must clean out or renew their locker before the last day of finals week each quarter. If lockers are not renewed before the last day of finals, the lock will be changed and items discarded.
  • The School is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen property stored in lockers.

17. Art Building Exhibition Policies

18. After-Hours Access

  • Students enrolled in studio classes and accepted School undergraduate majors and graduate students may have their Husky Cards programmed to access the Art Building after hours.
  • After-hours access is permitted only through the loading dock door near the west corner of the building, close to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Swipe your pre-programmed Husky Card at the terminal for entry.
  • Students may request after-hours access to the Art Building for course-related work by filling out this formNote: You will need to have your UW G Suite (Google apps) activated in order to access the online Google form. For instructions on how to activate your UW G Suite, visit the IT Connect Help page.
  • Anyone in the building after hours is responsible for the safety and security of the building. Anyone who allows an unauthorized person into the building or a workspace, props open a door for any reason, or fails to adhere to their studio-specific safety policies risks losing after-hours access to the building.
  • Accepted majors and graduate students only need to apply for access once a year for Autumn-Winter-Spring access. Non-majors enrolled in studio classes will only be allowed quarter access, and, once the quarter is over, their access will expire. The School will reset access for every major at the beginning of summer quarter.
  • The UW Police Department frequently monitors the Art Building after hours to insure your safety and security.
  • If you are having access issues, visit Art 102 for assistance.

19. Religious Accommodation

Updated 9/16/19

Catalog Description: 
Explores how we observe/interpret our visual world. Introduces art and design terminology, techniques and analysis. Class sessions include short drawing, writing, critical thinking exercises, as well as lectures by visiting arts professionals and group activities. Ideal class for students exploring majors in Art, Art history or Design.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:01pm