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ART 480 A: Cross-Disciplinary Honors in Art

Meeting Time: 
F 10:30am - 3:20pm
ART 110
Michael Swaine
Michael Swaine

Syllabus Description:



It feels like we all brougHt sOmething that hauNts us and we're all acknOwledging it and we'Re all releaSing it ....


"If they were alive today, they would be dead by now."

"Motivation is very fickle.. Focus more towards discipline." 

"Just do it, I don't know"

"Let me assure you, the reason we are all here is not to suffer and work. The reason we're here is to have a really, really, REALLY good time.

"If a person is color-blinded and sees green as blue, but she/ he calls it 'green', how do we know if we are all seeing the same color even if we all call it 'green'?"

"Dare to give and love, because the one who gives will never run out of it."

Don't do anything I wouldn't do

What have you ever even accomplished in life? A roughed up diamond is the same as a polished one at its core properties.

"You'll figure out how to walk normal"

"Wow mommy your hair is so beautiful"

"Comparison is the thief of joy"

"Everyone is afraid of the unknown"

door codes :

025D – ANT

027 – SHU

meetings will be FRIDAY 10:30-3:20 

art building - room 110 & or 25D / 27 

(as a group)


michael swaine

(try e-mail first ) 

cell 415-690-0503 

(texting is preferred as second option or if you need speed) 



if needed zoom window :


one book that we will reference a few times is :

How Art Can Be Thought

A handbook for change 

- Allan deSouza

(I will make a few  pdf's in the first weeks , however ...)

second book I want to look at  is:






third thing will be this: 



“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” - James Baldwin


 press play on all of the videos below at once



"The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labour for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom." - Bell Hooks 



Catalog Description: 
Designed for Senior Honors students in the Division of Art and is a graduation requirement of the "BA in Art with Honors" degree. Taught on a rotating cycle by Division of Art faculty from all of the four options: Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, Photomedia, Painting & Drawing and Three-Dimensional Forum. Includes critiques, studio visits, discussion, readings, and interactions with visiting artists. Prerequisite: Art Honors students only.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Other Requirements Met: 
Honors Course
Last updated: 
September 23, 2022 - 9:25pm