RCARTS 269 - Elements of Design
Section: 001 3D Studio Course Exploring the Art of Burning Man
Term: WN 2010
Subject: RC Fine Arts (RCARTS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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This studio art course will introduce students to a variety of simple methods of creating artwork in three dimensions. Students will learn accessible methods of forming materials through a series of projects, culminating in the design and material development of a work of public art that responds to the principles and challenges of the annual arts festival known as Burning Man. Each year, as the participants of this festival create, and then dismantle, an entire functioning city from scratch in the Nevada desert, concepts of public art and free expression, as well as issues such as community engagement and sustainability, are investigated and redefined.

This class will therefore explore the following concepts and challenges: building sustainable communities, radical free expression, self-reliance, art as a public and non-commercial activity, and the concept of a gift economy.

Requirements: hands-on art practice both during and outside of class each week; modest reading assignments; research and independent development of a final project; participation in class discussion and ability to work collaboratively; regular attendance is required. Students are not required to have any background in the arts, and students from a wide variety of academic disciplines are encouraged to enroll. This course will encourage students to apply their own unique perspectives, knowledge, and skills to the work produced for the course.

RCARTS 269 - Elements of Design
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001 (LAB)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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