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ART 360 A: Topics in Studio Art and Practice

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Site-Responsive Interventions

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 207
Whitney Lynn
Whitney Lynn

Syllabus Description:

University of Washington, Spring 2019
T/TH 11:30am-2:20pm Art Building 207
Spring Quarter door code (207): FOG

Whitney Lynn
Office Hours: T/TH 10:30-11:20am (email for an appointment)



This course will explore possibilities for producing works that engage with non-traditional exhibition spaces. Examining the ways sites are constructed spatially, socially and historically, students will adapt and expand their work in order produce a series of projects designed to interact with existing structures or situations. Focusing on experimental and conceptual approaches, we will examine the historical lineage of art interventions as a means to develop contemporary forms. Classes will meet both on campus in the studio and off-campus at scheduled locations.



Participation: The interactions that happen during class time are critical and cannot be "made up" in the event of absence. Plan to attend each class meeting and arrive to class on time, prepared, and ready to work. The course requires that you dedicate a significant amount of time outside of class developing projects/undertaking necessary research.

Active participation is required. Plan to contribute to discussions, take creative risks, ask questions, share knowledge and demonstrate that you are invested in your work, as well as the work of your peers. The only time it is appropriate to be on your phone/tablet/laptop is if the device directly relates to the presentation of your work. 

 Attendance will be taken each class and recorded through Canvas. Arriving late or leaving early will negatively affect your participation grade. If you miss a class, you are responsible for gathering all missed notes, assignments or instructions.


Assignments and Exercises: Assignment details will  be explained in class and written information can be found on Canvas. Missing class is not an excuse for missing an assignment deadline. If you have questions, ask. 

This class is designed to encourage experimentation. Use exercises as an opportunity to "stretch" and try out new ways of working. In order to succeed, it is critical that you approach each prompt as an artist working through concepts, not as a student fulfilling class assignments for a teacher. Treat this as an opportunity to develop and discuss real work in a real space.

Critiques will take into account the work presented, the viewer(s)/audience, and the encounter between them, including bodily engagement in relation to senses and affect, the physical form/space of the work, and the form/space in which the work is encountered. Each time you are presenting your work for critique, you are required to contribute at least one question/related topic you would like for the group to discuss. Through our discussions, we will assess artistic goals and intentions, address contemporary issues as well as historical precedents, and work to understand how meaning is constructed.      

All work must be completed/presented on the due date. Missing a critique is equivalent to missing an exam. Lack of participation during critiques will negatively affect your final grade.


Project Documentation: All works created as part of the course must be documented through video, photo, audio and/or written formats. A short written statement will be submitted through Canvas prior to the presentation of new work. At the end of the quarter, a final portfolio of digital documentation will be submitted.


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 or STLP. Additional on-campus technical resources include Learning Technology WorkshopsOnline Tutorials, and Camera Tutorial Workshops taught through DXARTS.


SoAAHD Policies

Art Building Installation Permission Form  (Return the completed form to administrative staff in 102) 


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 - 9:11pm