Week 1: Play is FUNdemental
We'll look at Dada art and how play was used to reimagine the post-war world. In the second part of class we will explore how play, humour and absurdity can open us up to new creative possibilities.
Week 2: The Soul of the Earth
From Canadian Indigenous artists to the Impressionists to the Land Artists of the '60s, we will explore those who looked to Mother Nature for their inspiration. In the second half of class we'll use clay and other artistic means to explore how our own identity is intertwined with our birthplace.
Week 3: Exploring the Felt Sense
We will consider artists such as Frida Kahlo, Joseph Beuys and Louise Bourgeois, who used their own somatic and life experiences to explore what it is to be a vulnerable human being. In the second half of class we'll explore ways in which to employ our own senses, making art from the inside out.
Week 4: Love and Relationships
We will discuss artists who created from the joy, pain and depth of love—whether romantic, platonic or familial. In the second half of class you'll consider a relationship of your own and explore its essence through drawing, writing and sharing.
Week 5: The Monster
We will look at monsters in art history and how they express the darker side of human emotion, evoking fascination and wonder. In the second part of class we'll give form to our own fears to see if we can gain new insights about their power, necessity and maybe even their beauty.
Week 6: Art as Communication
We will explore art as a means of communication. Some artists wanted to communicate with the gods while others wanted to engage with society or connect with their inner self. In the second part of class you'll explore your own personal philosophy: for what and for whom do you create?
For certificate students only:
Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”
Textbooks and learning materials
Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.