Welcome to Summer Art 110!

Hello!

Welcome to Summer Art 110! This summer we have 4 freshmen, 7 sophomores, 5 juniors, and 14 seniors in the class. Whatever year of college you're in, welcome! The summer class tends to have a lot of seniors who need to pick up a class to graduate. This summer we'll look at a wide range of arts and ideas: from painting to architecture, from new media to design. Since so many of you are graduating, we'll focus our design thinking on ePortfolios or personal websites or personal branding. I hope this will be really valuable to the half of the class that's graduating. And even if you're a freshman, you'll be graduating soon enough, and it's also nice to start things like portfolios of your work before you're in a big hurry to have one.

By major, there's 3 of you from Communications, Computer Science, and Engineering. 2 each from a number of different majors, and 1 each of you from a bunch of other cool majors:

  • American Studies
  • Biochemistry / Molecular Bio 2
  • Child Development / Family Studies
  • Communication Studies 3
  • Computer Science 3
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Engineering, Mechanical / Civil 3
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film & Electronic Arts
  • Health Care Admin / Health Education 2
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Studies 2
  • Math / Statistics 2
  • Psychology 2
  • Sociology 2
  • Undeclared / Non Degree 2

3 Platforms

We won't be using BeachBoard at all this summer. Instead we'll use 3 different platforms

  1. This site right here, beacharts.ca/summer
  2. Slack: Join Our Slack Team
  3. Your own website(s) more on that in a minute.

Probably the 1st thing to do is to join Slack. Once you're there, you can ask any questions you might have about anything else.

For your own Website / Blog / ePortfolio, I'd like you to try a few different platforms and see what feels best for you. For the 1st 3 weeks I'll ask you to try a different platform each week and use it for your 2 blog posts that week. Then in Week 4 you can pick one to stick with for the rest of the semester. Below is a way too long / confusing / intimidating table of choices. But don't be oppressed by it! For week 1, just pick a platform you've used before, or a name that sounds familiar. Like WordPress. Or Wix. Or whatever you like. We can say more about the choices as we go along.

Once you have your free website, then just pop by our Roster Page and leave your URL in a comment on that page, like:

Hi, It's Glenn Zucman and my Week 1 website is http://glennzucman.wordpress.com

As for the rest of the class, the syllabus and my intro video should help.

Oh hey, speaking of videos, I spoke at TEDxCSULB in April. Here's the video, just in case you're curious about my thoughts on the college experience:

This Week

Like every week, we have 3 things this week:

  1. Art Talk
  2. Artist OTW
  3. Art Activity

1 & the first half of 2 we do as discussions on Slack. The second half of 2 & 3 we do as posts on your website. Here's the info for Week 1:

  1. Art Talk: 3 Million Years of Art History - video is below. Discuss on Slack.
  2. Artist OTW: Ana Teresa Fernández - research her work on the web. Discuss on Slack.
  3. Activity: Plaster Casting - see the Plaster Casting Activity page!

Note that for Plaster Casting there's an Optional Meetup on Thursday from 10am - Noon at the Seal Beach Pier!

Art Talk: 3 Million Years of Art History

Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera) Ana Teresa Fernández Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera) Ana Teresa Fernández, 2012

Artist OTW: Ana Teresa Fernández

During the regular school year and in the F2F class we have the chance to visit with artists at the CSULB School of Art Galleries each week. Of course we can't do that in our 100% online class, but thanks to the power of The Internet, we can do something similar. We'll use the 1st part of the week, Monday-Thursday, to talk with the artist. You could actually email a few questions to the artist if you'd like, but by "talk" I mostly mean use the web to research the artist. You can look at work on their website, read reviews by art publications and other media, watch videos, and so on. During the first part of the week we'll share our research and discuss the artist with each other on Slack.

Then in the 2nd part of the week you can take what you've learned through your own research, and in discussing the artist with your classmates, as the source material for your Artist Of The Week (OTW) essay on your website.

Here's a template for your essay. I think it will help you organize your ideas about the artist and their work:

Our first Artist OTW is Ana Teresa Fernández. I think you will find her work contemporary and compelling. I'm looking forward to discussing it with you on Slack:

Yulia Grenaderova & Glenn Zucman @RULA Yulia Grenaderova & Glenn Zucman @RULA