Students have the option of enrolling in a course offered by a local Italian artist and professor. The course focuses on the theory and creation of contemporary art and will allow student to explore their own creativity through different artistic media. Villanova students will receive a letter grade that will count towards their GPA for this SAR1000 class.Course:
Theory and laboratory for the creation, development and exhibition of contemporary art.
Professor: Antonio Salviani
This course aims to create a space in which students can learn about the theory and practice behind the production of contemporary art from the point of view of the working expressive artist. The course is designed to introduce the theories and intellectual questions that inform artists choice of expressive topic, media and delivery for the purpose of communicating a message. To achieve this goal, theories and techniques will be explained and illustrated, but great emphasis is placed on the students’ practical application of these. Through experiential learning, students will internalize the challenges of producing a work of art, following the intellectual stages behind the production itself. Given this premise, students need no prior technical knowledge. With reason of cost and availability, a range of artistic media may be explored, individually or in combination as best suits the precise path of expressive development chosen by the student.
The course - laboratory will take place in 7 classes of 4-5 hours each for a total of 30 hours.
The course calendar will be established together with the resident director in Urbino. Classes will take place in the classrooms available in the student residence buildings.
Students are expected to come to class and to participate actively in discussions and laboratory work. This is particularly necessary as the course itself will take shape around the students’ choices. The exhibit phase of the course requires that the students use their in class and out of class time to work toward the goals set out at the beginning of the course– that is, to work through the intellectual and productive processes of the working artist from concept to exhibit and understanding of the work’s reception.
The resident director will provide laboratory and exhibit space for the students.
This course is taught in Italian, but will be facilitated in English.
The professor will include a written report on each student’s participation and final work to be submitted with the final mark. Final marks will follow the Villanova standard letter grade system.
Workshop 1: Source initial discussion on the specific concept “what is art” in terms of planning and producing an artistic project. Identification of messages and significance. Exploration of conceptual and practical limits to artistic expression.
Workshop 2: Influence throughout history, which artists or artistic movements influence personal production of art? How does this happen? Identification of major trends in contemporary art history and today’s influences. Which influences are most striking to the student?
Workshop 3: Theme- individual choice of theme. What is the importance of this choice in the context of contemporary art, and what are the narrative priorities of an expressive ethic? Acquisition and development of a coherent message that may be expressed given available media and exhibit space.
Workshop 4: Technique –The choice of expressive instruments painting, sculpting, video, music, installations, performance. Students will have the opportunity to try out and consider which media best express their chosen themes. How does the media influence the communication of the message?
Workshop 5: Creation – Techniques of production, choice of materials, organization of laboratory work. How can different media be manipulated either individually or in concert to produce a desired expression?
Workshop 6: Exhibition – technical planning of final exhibit and display in an exhibit space. (development, exhibit and effect). How can the artistic expressions be structured to work together in an exhibit. What forms of logic apply and how does context help or hinder the individual artist’s expression.
Workshop 7: Evaluation – open discussion of the whole experience from concept to exhibit. What worked, what didn’t, and why. Which components of the experience were most rewarding for the artist? Which aspects of the exhibit generated most interest from the public? What would the artists do differently in the future?