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ARTSTUDI 16AX: Drawing Marathon

Hosted by the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture and based entirely in New York, Drawing Marathon helps students learn the importance of drawing as the basis of understanding one's experience of the world. Drawing is seen here as the most direct route to the examination of our perceptions. Unorthodox tools and exercises will be introduced to broaden the students' drawing vocabulary.nThis course will investigate many implications of drawing as a physical and cerebral activity as well as drawing as a philosophy. It will discuss key issues, including those of scale, tiny to huge; the use of different formats; the use of the rectangle; the vertical axis and its significance; the nature of distortions; the compression of space and depth; the search for "form" and its consequences; space and its meaning; functions and the different kinds of space; and the nature of relational drawing.nStudents can expect to be in the studio 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days. The average day is spent mostly drawing from perspection and includes several group critiques; most nights accumulate in a lengthy final critique at the end of the physical drawing session. This practice intensifies for the last critique at the end of the course. Students learn to engage in clear and succinct dialogue and discussions within the group. Instruction encourages students to participate in and understand the visual language of drawing.nThe Marathons are intensive all-day programs that run for two weeks at the beginning of each semester at the acclaimed NY Studio School. Students reside in New York City during the program period. Daily drawing sessions at the Studio School, field trips, and creative exploration of the city are all included in the program. Drawing marathon is led both by full-time NYSS faculty and distinguished visiting artists. nThe Drawing Marathon is open to beginning and advanced artists, regardless of their major.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Anderson, R. (PI)

DANCE 15AX: Scene in Action: Dance, Fashion, and Visual Art as Performance

This course is a choreographic workshop and performance seminar, inspired by the abstract expressionist art found in the Anderson Collection at Stanford set to open in fall 2014 and the Cantor exhibit of Robert Frank¿s photography on view also in fall 2014. The period between the 1950¿s and early 1960¿s was a rich time for painting, dance, and conceptual and interdisciplinary art movements. Through this course we will consider how contemporary dancers/performers might express these ideas as a direct response to the impulses seen and felt in the art of this period. We will create a site-specific dance performance and runway show throughout the exhibition spaces in celebration of the opening of the Anderson Collection building at Stanford. nStudents will be encouraged to identify and investigate similar currents in contemporary dance, music, fashion, and visual art, integrating the historical and the contemporary into the choreography and performance. Students should be prepared to present, justify, and challenge what they see as viable artistic content from their contemporary world of dance, fashion, art, and music. nThe course will include studio practice in the galleries, guest lectures from Stanford faculty, curatorial staff, and outside experts in fashion and music, as well as field trips to San Francisco. Culminating performances will be presented during the fall quarter, at the program showcase, in collaboration with the Robert Frank exhibition at Cantor Arts Center and coinciding with the grand opening of the Anderson Collection.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Hayes, A. (PI)

ENGLISH 10AX: Fiction Writing

"Of the many definitions of a story, the simplest may be this: it is a piece of writing that makes the reader want to find out what happens next. Good writers, it is often said, have the ability to make you keep on reading them whether you want to or not¿the milk boils over, the subway stop is missed." - Bill Buford, former fiction editor of The New YorkernThis course will introduce students to an assortment of short stories by past and contemporary masters, from Ernest Hemingway to ZZ Packer. We will explore the basic elements of fiction writing, including story structure, point of view, dialogue, and exposition, always keeping in mind the overarching goal of trying to get the reader to turn the page in anticipation. Some summer reading and participation in an online blog will prepare us for discussions we'll have together when the class begins. The course will indeed be "intensive," as we will write a complete draft of a short story in the first week and then distribute these stories for feedback sessions in the second week. Along the way, we'll write additional short exercises to stimulate our imaginations and to practice elements of craft. Field trips will include visits to some of the vibrant literary hotspots in San Francisco as well as a conversation with Stephen Elliott, editor of The Rumpus and a writer and member of the Writer's Grotto collective.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Tanaka, S. (PI)

FILMPROD 10AX: Filmmaking

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of digital video production. The class will explore the process of expressing ideas in an audio-visual medium from the concept stage through post-production. Each student will acquire hands-on experience in directing, shooting, sound design, and editing on Final Cut Pro; examples of narrative, documentary, and experimental work will be screened and discussed in class. There will be three short exercises: 1) Audio Self-Portrait; 2) Continuity exercise, in which a story is conceptualized and executed in-camera with no additional editing; and 3) Final Project: working in pairs, students will create a visual essay that explores a process, place, person, or theme. This course is truly INTENSIVE and requires a significant amount of work (including nights and weekends) outside of class. There are daily deadlines for submission of creative work.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Green, L. (PI)

FILMPROD 11AX: Intro to Visual Writing

Intro to Visual Writing is a screenwriting workshop that takes students from basic visual literacy to scene writing and longer sequences, culminating in a completed short screenplay or beginning of a feature film. Students will engage in exercises in basic visual literacy (composition, shot selection, camera movement) and more advanced visual thinking (storyboarding); learn the fundamentals of writing in screenplay form (both format and content); and complete a number of scene writing exercises which build toward longer sequential storytelling. Throughout the course students will learn to give and take constructive criticism in a writing workshop, a crucial skill for the collaborative world of film.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Tobin, A. (PI)

ME 10AX: Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation

Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation is a hands-on seminar that introduces students to the multi-disciplinary practice of product, service, and experience design through the lenses of both art and engineering. A project-based, studio-driven class promises a deep dive into Design Thinking, Stanford's unique approach to problem finding and problem solving. Along with a survey of tools such as need finding and ethnography, structured brainstorming, rapid prototyping, visual communication, and story-telling, the class will include thought provoking and inspirational field trips to San Francisco's MOMA and other Bay Area museums, The San Francisco Ferry Building, and IDEO, the internationally renowned design and innovation firm headquartered in Palo Alto.nnThis course is designed to introduce students to cutting edge techniques and processes used in the field of design. Through emphasis on design problems where aesthetics, technology, human behavior, and business needs overlap, students will both increase visual literacy and develop creative competence. The course provides an overview of contemporary professional design practice and exposes students to the world of design and the "wicked problems" that are the grist for the mill of design work.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

MUSIC 10AX: Science of Sound

Science of Sound will explore sound and sound-related technology from the perspectives of mathematics, physics, and acoustics. Scientists and engineers will have a chance to apply their technical knowledge to the field of music while musicians will learn how sound behaves physically and how it can be recorded, processed, and reproduced. Using the newly opened Bing Concert Hall as a focal point, we will study the science of sound recording, room acoustics, and multi-channel mixing and playback. Students will use what they learn to create short multi-channel compositions using special techniques to place sounds spatially. These pieces will be performed during the annual outdoor Summer CCRMA Transitions concert and again during the Fall 2014 CCRMA concert at Bing Concert Hall. We will use the textbook by Jay Kadis entitled Science of Sound Recording as our primary text and incorporate plenty of hands-on experience with sound equipment and electronics.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

MUSIC 11AX: Opera and Musical Stagecraft

The works of Shakespeare have inspired many artistic "spin-offs" for centuries. Let's create one of our own! In this course we will study works from the genres of opera, operetta, and musical theatre from the point of view of reproduction, adaptation, and transformation. Excerpts may be taken from some of the following works: Verdi's Falstaff; Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor; Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict; Porter's Kiss Me Kate; Bernstein's West Side Story and Elton John's The Lion King. The final product will be a staged production written, directed, and performed by our team (with homage to Shakespeare).nnOpen to singers, instrumentalists, and costume and set designers, or all of the above.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Catsalis, M. (PI)
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