September 17, 2009

Art Dept FAQ

Fact Sheet for Students in
Department of Art Courses

All students are responsible for the following information

BUILDING HOURS, SECURITY AND GENERAL POLICIES: The Department of Art's Regis Center is typically open to undergraduate students Monday through Friday, 7 am to 11 pm and Saturdays 7am-8pm. The building is closed Sundays. A security monitor patrols the Regis Center from 11 pm to 2 am, Monday through Saturday. Undergrads who need to work beyond 11 pm must be in the building at 11 pm with a signed after-hours pass. At least 2 students must work together in the same area to obtain an after-hours pass. Undergrads are not allowed in the Regis Center after 2 am or on Sundays. The security monitor enforces this policy.

NO SMOKING, PETS, ROLLERBLADES, SKATEBOARDS or BICYCLES are allowed in the Regis Center. Persons under 18 years of age are not allowed in University classrooms where hazardous materials are present unless the minor is enrolled in a University class with a lab component or is accompanied at all times by an adult who works in the lab.

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES (ambulance, fire, police): Dial 9-1-1 and contact the Art Office or Mark Knierim, Facility and Research Tech. Coordinator. (6-2264)

CAMPUS ESCORT SERVICE: Security escorts are available 24 hours daily during the term. Dial 624-WALK.

DEPARTMENT OFFICE HOURS: The Department of Art main office, E201, is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The office does not close during finals week or semester breaks.

ADVISING HOURS: The Department of Art adviser, Cindy Cribbs, is available for walk-in advising in E223 Regis Center, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Advising hours may change during finals and semester breaks; changes will be posted. Phone: 625-1848 and email:

FIRST DAY ATTENDANCE POLICY: Registered students arriving more than 15 minutes late on the first day of class may lose their place in the course at the discretion of the instructor.

PERMISSION NUMBERS: All class permission numbers expire at the end of the second week of classes. After the second week you must go to your college office for electronic approval.

DISABILITY ACCESS: Reasonable accommodations will be provided for students with physical, sensory, systemic, cognitive, learning or psychiatric disabilities.

LOCKER INFORMATION: Students registered in an art class can rent a locker in the Regis Center for the semester or the year. Lockers are available for a fee through the equipment check-out offices in the East or West building (W139 or E133).

STUDENT COMPLAINTS: The Department of Art tries makes a good-faith effort to help students resolve their complaints. The following administrative staff and faculty are available for confidential conferences. Cindy Cribbs, Adviser, 625-1848; Evonne Lindberg, Associate Administrator, 624-0339.

PORTFOLIO/STUDENT WORK PICK-UP FOLLOWING EXAMS: Instructors and students must make specific arrangements for the return of student work after finals. All work must be removed from the Regis Center typically about a week after finals each semester.

April 23, 2009

ARTS 3601 / 5610 New Media :: Making Art Interactive

ARTS 3601 / 5610 New Media :: Making Art Interactive introduces new ways of imagining and creating dynamic art that transforms the role of viewers into participants.

During the Fall 2009 semester we will use the idea and experience of permeable boundaries to begin our explorations with interactive art. This theme will spark a series of playful studio and public art explorations as well as a semester-long independent project that may be developed individually or collaboratively.

This course is open to students from all media and disciplines who are interested in exploring how we envision and respond to the permeable boundaries between ourselves and our surroundings. The ideas and processes introduced in this course permeate media and disciplinary boundaries as well.

Artists, architects, engineers, computer scientists, biologists, musicians, and other creative people have added their perspectives to this course in past semesters and I look forward to another diverse group of students this semester.

We will delve into the experience of sensing and the process of extending our senses with technology. This will provide us with a catalyst for interrogating ideas related to art and participation, art and technology, art and environment and the related concepts of the responsive, the reactive, the interactive and the dynamic.

Throughout the semester, technology, theory, and the work of contemporary artists will complement a series of project sketches designed to encourage students to further develop their aesthetic language and fluency using materials, electronics, and interactive, digital technologies. Class sessions include discussion, studio work, critique, local adventures, guest artists and the project sketches. The course content requires that all students participate fully.

The class is structured to encourage a community of learners that benefits from the active exchange of ideas and resources from each participant. The course blog provides a site for documentation, sharing, reflection and problem solving. Our focus on open source technologies such as the arduino and processing provides the opportunity for students to continue to develop their ideas beyond this course.

Students are encouraged to use a broad range of creative tools to complement the introduction of the arduino and other interesting resources such as the laser cutter and conductive fibers. This course is designed to incorporate your ideas and your curiosity, We will experiment with the conceptual and the technical together and expand our thinking about art and art making in the process.

Course evaluation:

15% Class Participation and Attendance
[full participation is essential to the best experience for all]
[contact me if you will be absent, 1 unexcused absence per semester per student]

10% Artist Presentation

20% Active sketches

10% Concept Proposal

10% Touch Prototype

15% Collaborative Project

20% Independent Project