Public Speaking: Articulating the Self
Arts 105 Michel
Throughout our lives we are called to speak publicly. Sometimes, we are speaking in a group discussion, as in a seminar class or a club meeting. Sometimes, we are asked to make a public presentation, sharing ideas or knowledge with a group of any size. Sometimes, we feel compelled to speak passionately about something that is important to us, as in a town hall or community meeting. Often, the fear of speaking publicly overtakes us and we find ourselves communicating incoherently, either because we physically can’t make the sound heard or because we can’t collect our thoughts and communicate in an orderly way. In this course, we will focus on the various tools that can help us all to be more effective communicators. We will focus on physical tools such as supporting our voices with strong breath; speaking through emotion; establishing and maintaining eye contact; maintaining a strong, comfortable posture; and on the intellectual tools such as organizing our thoughts coherently and communicating them with clarity of diction and specificity of vocabulary. Over the course of the semester, we will present the following: An introductory speech, an impromptu speech, a demonstration speech, an informative speech, and a persuasive speech. The course will demand active participation and will give the participants real tools that they can take into their specific disciplines and use in their professional and personal lives. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F09.
Interactive Arts Workshop I and II
Arts 211/311 J. Myers
The theme for the workshop varies each time it is offered. In 2010, the theme was “Transcending the Timeline: Animation and Interactivity.” Beginning students will work with Flash as a primary authoring tool to bring together graphics and sound, creating animations that will introduce essential elements of interactivity—branching, control with mouse and/or keyboard, etc.—forming the building blocks of the more complex structures found in game development. Flash is the most widespread tool used to bring dynamic, multi-sensory elements into otherwise static websites. Advanced students will be able to work in 3D using Blender, the premier open source modeling and animation program, and Unity, which is used to create immersive interactive environments. Class members, working as individuals and/or in small teams, will explore and create works that combine traditional arts disciplines and media (including performing and studio arts) with human interaction via the computer interface. In addition to becoming familiar with the technical aspects of interactive multimedia, the class will explore the aesthetic and conceptual dimensions. Open to all levels.
This course is generally offered once a year.
Imagining the Self: Autobiography and Biography in Creative Expression
Arts 212 Shifrin
What is the self and how to describe it? In the postmodern age, the self is said to be nonexistent—elusive at best. Yet the current popularity of memoirs and “tell-all” biographies attests to an interest and belief in real selves that can be documented and explained. This course examines works by predominantly 20th-century Western visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers, and writers of drama, poetry, and fiction in order to explore how artists have attempted to portray either their own identities or those of others. Students will also compose their own works using a variety of art forms to explore how creative expression can capture personality and how each art form offers its own avenue to portraiture. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F10.
The Creative Process in the Arts
Arts 225 Shifrin
This course will explore how Western artists of all genres describe their own creative process and will provide ample opportunities for students in the class to observe their own making of art. Artists’ statements and works of art will be the primary texts. A brief overview of the definitions and measurements of creativity in psychology and philosophy will be included as well. Assignments will also include creative projects done in and outside of class in a range of media. Some issues focused on in the readings and experimentation include the degree to which choice, chaos, and intuition enter into art making; personal and social impediments to creativity; sources of inspiration; and creative collaboration. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F11.