Open Studios: Interdisciplinary
Instructor: Gail Wight
Teaching Assistant: Amy Elkins
This hands-on contemporary art class addresses color through traditional, digital, and experimental mediums. Students learn to compose and communicate via color, experimenting with light, paint, code, context, and culture. In addition to exploring color as a powerful tool, students build personal palettes, learning to use color as an essential component in conceptualizing works of art. Students create numerous short color experiments, a personal reference notebook, and a final work of art in any medium. Each week, the class explores color through a specific medium. Demonstrations, discussion, and online resources are provided, facilitating weekly experiments that students will conduct on their own.
An Artist’s Life: Diverse Voices and Contexts
Instructors: Terry Berlier and Camille Utterback
Teaching Assistants: Liz Maelane and Krystal Ramirez
If you want to explore a career in the visual arts, perhaps leading to an Art Practice major or minor at Stanford, this course will demystify what it takes to live an artist’s life, while also helping you hone your voice and passion as an artist. If you chose to be an artist, how will you sustain yourself financially and spiritually on your own unique path? How do emerging artists create visibility for their work, or even create their own contexts? How do artists connect to and contribute to an artistic community that supports what they do? Sustaining a career as a visual artist takes entrepreneurship, creativity, and clarity about your goals, yet there are myriad possible ways to succeed and thrive as an artist which we will explore.
The class will consist of a series of studio projects, each centered around a different guest artist whose career and art practice we will study. The example artists will be primarily artists of color or artists from underrepresented communities in the art world, such as queer or trans artists, with careers ranging from the conventional to the more unusual. These artist selections model the possibilities of an art career for students who do not see themselves represented in the mainstream art world, while broadening all students’ understanding of the different methods for making work and practicing as an artist today.
Through four introductory studio projects, and a longer personal final project, this course will help you hone your artistic concerns through a wide range of media and contexts. We will work with drawing & sculptural media (using a kit of shipped materials), digital media, photography, video, performance, and conceptual themes like designing an “anti-monument” or honoring your spiritual ancestors. You will be asked to consider how your personal voice can be expressed through introspection, engagement with your own history, cultural subjectivities, and activism. You will also research and create and share an online presentation of an artist who inspires your work.
Instructor: Sarah Peck
This course is designed to develop diversity of concepts and strategies within the student's artistic practice. The course includes a survey of artists using different media taught in the department's studio program such as painting, drawing, video and digital art, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. This seminar-style class seeks to expand the artistic practice outside of traditional media boundaries and focuses on the translation of concepts across various media.