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APPPHYS 10AX: The Expressive Vessel: An Immersive Introduction to Clay

Students learn to make and to analyze functional ceramic forms with a focus on wheel-thrown pottery. Studio time dedicated to the acquisition and refinement of shaping, marking/glazing and finishing skills; supplementary lectures and discussions to explore contemporary studio ceramics and major historical traditions. No prior experience necessary; instructors will tailor assignments for students at all levels of ability.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Fuzzell, D. (PI)

ARTSTUDI 19AX: New York Still

The first part of the course will take place in New York City and have students engage in activities and exercises that will stimulate their creative sensibility through immersion in this unique urban environment. They will form small groups and spend time around various designated sites (such as monuments, cafés, parks, exhibition spaces), with the purpose of reflecting and generating ideas through journaling (both freely and in response to a set of questions), and observing and capturing their surroundings with DSLR cameras. They will learn to operate manual camera settings (focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance), implement basic file management skills and use Adobe Lightroom software. They will also go on excursions to museum shows and gallery exhibits and on studio visits with artists, all of which will contribute to their experience of NYC as one of the world's most prominent centers of contemporary art photography. Back at Stanford, students will process the material they shot in New York by making digital (black and white) prints. They will learn to operate 17¿-wide Epson digital printers, print digital proof sheets, and evaluate prints, correct files and re-print.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Calm, J. (PI)

ENGLISH 11AX: Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Storytelling in the Arts

When we look closely at a photograph or painting, a story emerges, but how do we begin to interpret the meaning of that story without narration or passing time? When we listen to music or watch a ballet, we have a sense of emotion and drama, but why? And how has the artist created such things for us?<br><br> These questions have great resonance for the fiction writer, who must generate from the most basic tool all the necessities of the short story: drama, character, setting, emotion, and lyricism. In order to write more affecting and beautiful stories, this course will ask us to explore beyond the literary, into the world of the visual and performing arts. We will pair short stories with paintings, films, songs, and performances. As we learn the many ways stories are told and experienced, we will bring these insights into our own work through prompted exercises, improv, games, collaboration, workshop, and revision. In addition to exercises, vignettes, and sketches, each student will complete a short story and have that story critiqued by both her peers and the instructor. Our primary aim in this class will be to make writing a daily practice that considers the work and value of art generally and in that way to take risks, succeed, reflect, revise, fail, and recover from failure.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Pufahl, S. (PI)

FILMPROD 12AX: Write and Shoot: Narrative Filmmaking

Write and Shoot: Narrative Filmmaking is a hybrid writing/production course that guides students through the process of completing a 2-3 minute narrative film. Students will write scripts for short fiction films, and then, by filming them, learn to apply the fundamentals of digital video production. Initial classwork will include visual writing exercises, DSLR cinematography instruction, script work, and basic fiction film production. Students will continue on in groups of three to develop, film, edit, and critique 2-3 minute narrative films based on a shared class theme or narrative premise. This course is truly INTENSIVE and requires a significant amount of work (including nights and weekends) outside of class and daily deadlines for submission of creative work.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Green, L. (PI); Tobin, A. (PI)

FILMPROD 13AX: Expanded Cinema: Experiments in Virtual Reality

In this exploratory workshop, students will use the VR tools of 360 video and binaural sound design to tell immersive "stories". Students will use the conceptual framework of experimental cinema and documentary film to inform their work, while also pushing toward a new artistic language in this still-emerging form of VR storytelling. Over the course of two weeks, students will work in teams to create a series of short immersive pieces, culminating in a 2-3 minute VR video, with a keen emphasis on experimentation. The course is time intensive: requiring some nights and both weekends dedicated to production and editing, including several production field trips off-campus.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Meltzer, J. (PI)

ME 14AX: Design for Silver and Bronze

This class aims to provide a synthesis of design and technique in metalworking. When using precious metals (silver and bronze) the scale of the works naturally becomes much smaller than other design endeavors. This intimate size allows for attention to detail and refinement not common or often considered in other areas of design. The method involves creating a piece out of wax, and going through a process to achieve that piece in metal. All projects will center on this process. Students will complete complete three projects, a quick-start ring, a client design theme project and a belt.nSara and Amanda have been teaching ME298: Silversmithing in Design at Stanford for 17 years, they are full time designers at RedStart Design, LLC and also Lecturers in Design in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

TAPS 19AX: Experimental Dance Theater with Parijat Desai

A course for dancers, actors and theater designers to gain a multi-faceted immersion into the process of NYC-based experimental dance theater. Through studying dance and movement technique and a discussion of the themes of justLikeThat/Maya, a dance theater work by Parjiat Desai, students will engage ideas about the relationship between language and state power in a democracy, to research and generate dialogue, movement/gesture, song and dance. justLikeThat/Maya, which explores how news and official language obfuscates and disconnects us from lived reality is situated between experimental theater and dance, and was previewed in 2017 in at Harlem Stage. The piece is in part inspired by a Hindustan Times article about activist Sharmila Irom, who challenged India¿s Armed Forces Special Powers Act. (The AFSPA allows the army to attack civilians in the name of national security.) She also draws from George Orwell's essay "Politics of the English Language," and other sources of news-, or official-, or corporate-speak, to inquire into the way postcolonial English operates. nDuring Fall of 2018, Desai will be culminating development of an evening-length production, and with support from Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg, NY, collaborate with designers to create costume, set, and projection. Students, along with Desai and principle creative collaborators will delve into the development process and consider methods of creating experimental theater from a dance and chorographic perspective. nStudents will also have the opportunity to learn dance technique from Parijat Desai, India-born, New York-based choreographer who strives to cross boundaries of culture, identity, and nation through dance performance. She draws on contemporary dance, bharata natyam, theater and other forms to create hybrid movement languages.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Hernandez, G. (PI)

TAPS 20AX: A Raisin in the Sun

Set on Chicag's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family¿s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.nnStudents cast in the production must enroll in the associated Arts Intensive course; the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will cover tuition costs associated with enrollment. Cast members and other key creative roles will be offered two units of credit through the Arts Intensive program and will be housed on campus for rehearsals which start during the Arts Intensive program period (September 4-21, 2018) and continue into Fall quarter, culminating in performances in Roble Studio Theater on October 25-27 and November 1-3, 2018.)
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Elam, H. (PI)
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