Tuesday, March 8, 2011

emily prince sez...

andrea bowers sez...

art 21: protest

The following links are to excerpts from the Art:21 episode on Protest.
To access the full-length videos, click here.

Nancy Spero

An-My Lê

Alfredo Jaar

Jenny Holzer

protest artists

These are images from the PowerPoint shown in class. To access the entire slide show, click here.

All information is from the article, "Marking Politics: Drawing as Translation in Recent Art," by Claire Gilman, in Art Journal, Fall 2010.


from "Marking Politics: Drawing as Translation in Recent Art,"
Art Journal, Fall 2010, pp. 115 - 127.

The second project of this semester is to create a drawing based on the current political/protest events occurring in Wisconsin. 

Andrea Bowers, Diabloblackade, Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, Abalone Alliance, 1981,
2003, graphite on paper; 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm).
Collection of Gaby and Wilhelm Schurmann, Germany
(artwork c Andrea Bowers; photograph by Jens Ziehe,
provided by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects).

Your assignment is to use drawing as translation as you address this subject matter, as written about by Claire Gilman, curator at the Drawing Center in New York, in the article "Marking Politics: Drawing as Translation in Recent Art."

Accompanying your drawing will be a 750-800 word essay that describes your project's inception, its main theme(s), your process of creating. Use at least two artists from the reading and/or PowerPoint with which to compare and contrast your work. In other words, use these artists' works to give context to what you are doing. Consider also referencing some of the other articles and authors linked to in the PowerPoint, for example, Mark Nash's article, "Reality in the Age of Aesthetics," from frieze, Issue 114, April 2008.

The drawings and papers will be due on Tuesday, March 29. 

  • We will have work days Tuesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 10.
  • Spring break is Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 20.
  • We will begin a new unit on Tuesday, March 22.
  • We will have a Game Design candidate on campus Thursday, March 24. I will let you know details about class as we get closer to that date.
  • We will critique these projects the week of March 29 - 31.

Click here to find the entire article and related items on the Blue Drive.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

prometheus entries due this friday

I encourage each of you to submit one to three pieces to Prometheus, UW–Stout's fine art and literary publication. Entries are due no later than Friday, February 11. You can drop off your work (2D, 3D, Photography, Video/Installation) in the Furlong Gallery Thursday, February 10, and Friday, February 11.

Find submission rules and entry forms at the Prometheus website.

Furlong Gallery hours are:
10-6 Mon thru Fri & 12-4 on Saturdays

assignment for tuesday, february 8

  1. Regular weekly reflection on your blog, including 300+ words and one image.
  2. One map revision. Take an existing map and change it somehow to give it new meaning.
  3. At least five sketches of your idea for your mapping project. This can be five separate ideas, five iterations of the same idea, or any combination thereof.
  4. Re-read the article, "GPS Tracings – Personal Cartographies: Tracey P. Lauriault in Conversation with Jeremy Wood," and re-visit Jeremy Wood's website http://www.gpsdrawing.com/.

marauder's map

mona hatoum

Mona Hatoum, “Map” (second version, detail), 1999, mixed media installation, dimensions vary.

Click here to read an article by Anne Martens on Mona Hatoum's exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art [MOCA], June 22 - August 3, 2003.



Mona Hatoum, Present Tense, 1996

Click here for an article by Chloé Rouveyrolles, "Mona Hatoum’s Masterpiece in Beirut Raises Questions About Palestinian Art,"BEIRUT, | iloubnan.info - August 06, 2010.




Continental Drift (detail), 2000
stainless steel, glass, iron filings, electric motor, timer, 33 x 420 cm diameter
Tate Britain
Photo: Edward Woodman.

Click here for an article on Mona Hatoum's work at Space Place: Art in the Age of Orbitization - Gotchi Universe.

Invisible Networks

Click here to read another article about Julie Mehretu's recent work: "Invisible Networks," by Eleanor Heartney, Art in America, November 2010, pp. 140 - 151.

julie mehretu

Posted here are some of the videos we watched in class on Tuesday, February 1 about contemporary artists Julie Mehretu. The last video in this post is 43 minutes long; it is of Mehretu talking about her work at the University of Michigan. We did not have time to view it in class, but you may want to take a look at it on your own.

Watch the full episode. See more ART:21.

Watch the full episode. See more ART:21.

Watch the full episode. See more ART:21.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

student blog list and small groups

This list will be available throughout the semester under the Pages Tabs at the top of the blog, on the home page.

On the spreadsheet you will find the student's name, blog url, and blog title.

Colors denote small groups. Whoever has the same color as you is in your small group. There are four groups of four and two groups of three.

Each week, in addition to your own weekly reflection on your blog, you will be expected to read, engage with, and comment on at least two other members' blog posts from your small group. If you are in a group of four, make sure you are alternating your comments to keep the number of comments equal throughout the semester. These comments could include continuing a conversation that has been started on the blogs between you and other small group members. The idea is to create a dialogue within a small group dynamic and allow those in your small group to be contact points for you during the semester, to be those that best know your work and ideas, and who will feel comfortable giving honest feedback.


click here to access the slide show "Drawing III: Mapping"
I have put the slide show on the Blue Drive. Click on the above link to access it. You may have to enter your Stout email username and password to be able to view the Power Point presentation.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Reading for next week

Click here to go to the new Google Group for Drawing III. On the group page you will find links to articles you need to read:

Jeremy Wood, MY GHOST A map of all my travels in London over the past 10 years
image from http://www.gpsdrawing.com/

For Tuesday, Feb. 1 read:
Editorial Preface: Art in C'Art'ography
Editorial Special Issue on Art & Cartography
Mapping in Contemporary Art
and the Ljungberg article on Julie Mehretu

For Thursday, Feb. 3 read:
GPS Tracings (also see website http://www.gpsdrawing.com/) 
Mapping Letters Interactive Design
and Walking the Line

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

syllabus • spring 2011

Drawing III • Spring 2011
Micheels Hall 287

ART 300-001

Tuesday/Thursday • 2:30 – 5:30 pm

Final Exam:

Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 – 11:50 am

Amy Fichter
Associate Professor

Applied Arts 306B

Office hours:

Mondays, 12:10 – 2:10 pm

& by appointment

ext. 5335


Students must have completed Drawing I (ART 100) and Drawing II (ART 200) before participating in Drawing III (ART 300).

Course Description/Objectives:
  • In this course you will assume the role of contemporary artist that uses drawing as his/her primary medium.
  • You will look at drawings made by other contemporary artists, read about their processes and work, and explore how your work exists within that dialogue.
  • You will learn what it means to conduct research in the field of visual arts.
  • You will create drawings and discuss them in order to develop a burgeoning artist’s voice. What is the artist’s role in society today? What issues concern you? How can you use drawing to communicate complex thought/artistic understanding?
  • During the first half of the course, you will create drawings based upon instructor-guided assignments.
  • The second half of the semester will be dedicated to student-directed visual/creative research that results in a small, but consistent, body of work that is made up of a reasonable but challenging number of drawings (will vary according to scale, medium, intent, etc.).
In addition to drawing, you will also participate actively in written and verbal communication about drawing. This will happen through weekly blog posts and comments as well as through class critiques.
  • You will also be expected to document your research throughout the semester. This can happen through blog posts, a sketchbook, or another relevant method. This will include such things as recording source material, keeping track of ideas, experimenting with imagery, showing your thought process as the semester progresses. A presentation-worthy version of this will be handed in/exhibited at the end of the semester.
  • You are expected to spend six hours per week outside of class on work related to this course.

Evaluations & Expectations:

I expect you:
  • Be in class. Class time will be reserved for showing examples of contemporary artists’ work, discussion of reading material, group critiques, and for drawing. Any research for drawing needs to be done outside of class. Being absent or not working on drawings during class will count against your final grade.
  • Finish all assigned drawings, projects, research documentation, and writing assignments.
  • Create a final body of work based on your conceptual and visual concerns.
  • Engage in meaningful discussion about your own and other students’ drawings.
  • Participate in the end-of-semester class exhibition (including installation and take-down).
  • Blog assignments/weekly reflections.

It’s important that you are in class—the class happens because all of you are here working together.

Let me know via e-mail if you can’t make it to class.

Rely on your classmates to show you drawings and notes you may have missed.

After 3 absences, your grade will be lowered.
After 7 absences, you will fail the class.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on the quality and thoughtfulness of your drawings, written assignments, class participation (including participation in the end-of-semester exhibition), and research document.

Your grade will also be affected by such “subjective” qualities as these:

1. Are you present?

2. In mind as well as body?
3. Open to suggestions?

4. Helpful in class discussions?

5. Awake during class/lecture time?

For most of the semester I am your coach/advocate. I will encourage, support, and challenge you in order for you to become a better artist.

During midterm and final grading (and in other critique sessions), my role shifts from advocate to judge. It is then my job to give you a fair and accurate gauge of where your work and class participation fit within the standards and expectations of the university and of the larger art & design professional community.

Save and document all your drawings from the semester.

Materials will vary by individual. The following materials represent possible choices for drawing surfaces/substrates and drawing media.

Each student will need some kind of digital camera for gathering source images.

Traditional and Non-traditional Drawing Surfaces & Substrates
Drawing papers (sheets or rolls)
Watercolor papers
Printmaking papers
Commercially tinted papers
Illustration boards
Prepared paper surfaces (gesso, blackboard spray, etc.)
Photographs and photocopies
Frosted mylar and acetate sheets
Canvas and other fabrics
Glass and Plexiglas
Acrylic medium sheets (handmade)
Raw and prepared wood
Wall surfaces and found surfaces

Traditional and Non-traditional Drawing Media
Graphite pencils
Graphite sticks
Graphite powder
Charcoal pencils
Carbon pencils
Vine charcoal
Compressed charcoal
Powdered charcoal
Conte crayon
Colored pencil
Colored pencil sticks
Chalk pastels
Chalk pastel pencils
Oil pastels
Ink wash
Ink pens
China markers
Litho pencils
Litho crayons
Acrylics/acrylic washes
Mixed Media
Oil paint washes
Coffee and tea washes
Dirt, mud, and clay
Smoke and/or soot
Photocopy toner
Body fluids

Additional Materials for Drawing and Related Processes
Erasers—Pink Pearl, kneaded, plastic, and tube erasers
Steel wool
Odorless solvents
Mineral spirits
Colorless blender
Metal sppon
Bone folder
Burnishing tools
Cotton fabric
Cotton balls
Drafting/masking tape
Scissors/x-acto knife
Gloves/safety glasses
Digital inkjet glossy photo paper
Acrylic gloss medium

Art Lessons: Meditations on the Creative Life by Deborah J. Haynes
Available at Instructional Resource Services

Art Education Artifacts:
The course objectives of this course meet:
•Wisconsin Standard 1: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches.
• UW Stout School of Education Domain 1a: Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy.
• Wisconsin Standard 9: The teacher is a reflective practitioner.
Portfolio Artifact: best work as determined by student and professor
• Art education students will be required to reflect in writing on this artifact.
• Art education students will be required to upload papers and digital images of their studio works into their e-portfolios.