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ART 360 A: Topics in Studio Art and Practice

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 207
Whitney Lynn
Whitney Lynn

Syllabus Description:

University of Washington, Fall 2019
T/TH 2:30-5:20pm | Art Building 207
Professor Whitney Lynn  
Office Hours: T/TH 10:30-11:20am | Art Building 206



This course will engage in collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. We will examine historical and contemporary approaches of artists who have produced collaborative works, including artists who work with people or groups outside of the traditional boundaries of art. Through hands-on project-based learning, students will generate new collaborative projects which may include the creation of objects, performances, videos, installations, photoworks, sound, public interventions, and/or hybrid forms.



This course is open to students from any major, providing the opportunity to bring together knowledge from different areas, and develop new mindsets and skill-sets for use in collaborative innovation efforts. 

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence
  • Engage in dialogue and respond to constructive criticism
  • Manage time and resources; delegate effectively
  • Reflect on personal goals and consider individual intentions in the analysis and evaluation of projects 



Participation: Given the topic of this class, it should come as no surprise that active participation is a requirement. If you do not enjoy the process of working with others, engaging in discussion, and questioning established models, then this is not the class for you! Collaboration challenges your instincts, makes you question your artistic decisions, and asks you to articulate your positions, ultimately opening the door for innovation. The course requires that each participant brings their background, experience, and skills to the table, sharing insights and demonstrating an investment in the work that is produced. 

Attendance/participation points will be recorded through Canvas. If you are a passive observer, you will not receive full participation points for attending class. If you miss a class, you are responsible for gathering any missed notes, assignments and/or instructions. 

Although a few hours of in-class work time will be scheduled for each project, plan to dedicate time outside of class developing ideas and undertaking necessary research. In that vein, whenever an unfamiliar artist's name, book, film, etc. are mentioned, it is your responsibility to jot the information down, and follow-up after class. Purchase a sketchbook/notebook and always carry it with you.

This course requires self-motivation and personal responsibility; that said, if you are ever feeling stuck, confused, or are facing a problem (with a collaborator, or in general), I encourage you to come to my office hours or to schedule a meeting time to discuss any questions you may have. I also encourage you to talk with your peers outside of class; build a community and support informal collaboration through dialogue.


Use of Electronic Devices in Class: The only time it is appropriate to be on your phone/tablet/laptop is if the device directly relates to the production or presentation of your work. Points will be deducted from your daily participation grade if you are using a device inappropriately (i.e. during discussions or critiques, or for non-class purposes).

Outside of class, consider the effect of your smart phone on your creativity. Reclaim the lost art of boredom, get in the habit of spacing out, build quiet moments into your day-to-day life and learn how to do nothing. (To combat addiction by design, you can try these 7 simple hacks to minimize device distractions and steal back your creativity.)


Assignments: This class is designed to encourage experimentation. Creative risk-taking is supported. Use each assignment as an opportunity to push beyond your comfort zone and to try out new ways of working. Place trust in process and dedicate yourself to creating work that is important to you and that you are proud to stand behind. Effort and dedication will be rewarded — do not be afraid to fail.

Assignment details will be explained in class and written information can be found on Canvas. Assignments are designed to be open-ended. There's no wrong way to approach an assignment, as long as you take the work seriously and  problem-solve through the lens of your passions, your experience, your inquisitiveness. 

Missing class is not an excuse for missing an assignment deadline. All work must be completed/presented on the due date. Except in the case of documented emergencies, late work will not be accepted.


Critiques: Fostering a sense of trust and building inclusive and safe environments are foundational practices for collaborative endeavors. Similarly, a classroom culture of trust, safety, challenge and joy is the cornerstone of engaged and effective learning. Our goal for critiques is to communicate honestly and to collectively learn through the discussion. Through our conversations, we will assess artistic goals and intentions, address contemporary issues as well as historical precedents, and work to understand how meaning is constructed. Critiques are only successful if everyone participates. Model collaboration and community by working together, giving feedback, and being open about questions. We will strive to debate and push one another to consider new ideas, but our discussions should be approached as a chance to understand, not a place for combative judgement. 

Each time work is presented for critique, a short written statement outlining intentions will be submitted through Canvas. Before the critique, think about the questions or topics related to your work that you would like for the group to discuss. Take ownership over the process by preparing before class and contributing your concerns. 

Participation during critiques is mandatory. Early in the quarter I will give specific prompts to get conversations started, with the aim that by the end of the quarter critique discussions will be primarily student-led.


Canvas: Students are expected to have access to Canvas. Please notify me if there are technical problems with the website, otherwise I will assume that all students have access to readings and other course materials. I will use Canvas to send announcements to the class as needed. 


Project Documentation: All works created as part of the course must be documented. At the end of the quarter, a final portfolio of digital documentation will be submitted. In addition to photographs, you may choose to include any sketches, project notes, or additional supplemental materials that help give context to your projects.

It is important to be in the habit of documenting your work as soon as it is created. Many times, documentation is all that is left over from non-permanent work, for instance, a temporary site-specific sculpture, a performance, an installation, etc. In cases like these, the documentation will be the only thing that survives, and can actually become the work itself. This is why it is very important to plan how you will document your work ahead of time.

Documentation will often be the only thing curators, writers, or grant panels will see of your work, and good documentation can mean the difference between getting a grant or securing an exhibition, or being passed over for opportunities. Remember that just because you may have strong work doesn’t mean that it will be perceived that way through your documentation. Just like writing about your work, you will eventually find your documentation style. As a rule of thumb, the more you have to choose from, the better (you can always edit).


End-of-quarter Self Assessment: The self-evaluation is a written document turned in at the conclusion of the course in which you will evaluate your performance or trajectory over the course of the academic quarter. This evaluation will reflect on the collaborative process, the work produced as part of the class, and your approach going forward.


Materials and Equipment: Your enrollment in this course grants access to basic video, photo, audio, and computer equipment, as well as 24 hour access to the Art building. It is up to the class as a whole to be responsible for handling communal equipment and using studio space in a respectful manner. Return everything as you found it. Equipment can be checked out through the SoACC  (Links to an external site.)or STLP. Additional on-campus technical resources include Learning Technology WorkshopsOnline Tutorials, and Camera Tutorial Workshops taught through DXARTS.



Each assignment will have a clear point value and grading rubric. At the end of the quarter, grades will be computed using the following weighting scheme:

Participation: 25%

Projects and Exercises: 75%



SoA+AH+D 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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):


  1. 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.


  1. 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:
  • Concerns about sexual harassment:
  • NightRide provides a fare-free safe way for U-Pass members to get home at night:
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  1. 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, 104 Art, 206-543- 0646 or the Director of the School of Art, 102 Art, 206-685-2442. updated 3/21/19


  1. Disability Accommodation
  • To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Services, 448 Schmitz, (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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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).


  1. 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 Vice Provost for Academic & Student Affairs.
  • More information about reporting academic misconduct:


  1. 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 and Student Services (206-543- 0646 or


  1. 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
  • 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:


  1. 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, 104 Art, 543-0646.


  1. 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 Time Schedule.
  • These fees cover the purchase of materials, academic support, and equipment provided for students in each class.


  1. Building Use
  • Art Building hours: M-Th 7:00am–7:00pm; Fri 7:00am–5pm; Sat 1:00pm–5:00pm; Sun 9:00am-5:00pm. Closed on UW holidays.
  • Students may request after-hours access to the Art Building for course-related work by completing an online form:
  • All School policies and safety practices apply during after-hours use of the buildings and facilities.
  • Only students enrolled in classes for the quarter may occupy and use the studios, facilities, and equipment.
  • The campus police frequently monitor our facilities for your safety.


  1. Service Animals
  • The University has a general “no pets” policy in all of its buildings. However, Service Animals are allowed to accompany their handlers while on campus • UW Disability Resources for Students outlines the policies around Service and Emotional Support Animals:


  1. Lockers
  • Rent lockers by the quarter or academic year from Art 102. • The deadline for cleanout is the last day of finals for each quarter. Abandoned items will be disposed.


  1. Art Building Exhibition Guidelines
  • Instructors and students must receive approval from the Administrator of the School in order to install work outside the classroom. Use of hallway bulletin boards and glass cases does not require approval.
  • Submit a written description of the proposal two weeks prior to installation to the School Administrator, 102 Art.
  • The approval process considers issues of location, health and safety, fire code, environmental factors, and potential building damage.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision within a week of the application date.





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Catalog Description: 
Examines a variety of cutting edge, emerging, and interdisciplinary approaches in studio art and practice. Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:20pm