This course is offered in an online setting.
How do artists make their art? Does painting in oil result in different working procedures and visual effects compared to other media? Which material and technical properties determine the creative possibilities of prints, sculptures, and the applied arts? What can art historians learn from re-making art, re-working historical recipes, or reproducing material objects? This course will immerse you in discussions related to artistic production and (re-)making, materials and materiality, and techniques and technology.
This course integrates research methods typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with practical work in your home lab. You will be introduced to issues in artistic production through online lectures and readings. You can go through this part of the course at your own pace during the first week. The second week of the course consists of hands-on experimentation with several materials and techniques. Towards the end of each day during week two, there will be a virtual discussion session with all students to reflect upon the practical work of that day, and students are expected to complete the experiments prior to the discussion.
Students will be able to explore the practical components by taking the creative solution of setting up a home lab—namely a table, a simple stove or hot plate, a sink and running water. You will receive a kit with essential materials and tools prior to the beginning of the course, and you can keep the starter kit for your future explorations. Natural materials and non-toxic substitutes of certain substances will be used so that you can safely conduct the experiments at home.
The course consists of a week’s workload, but is stretched out to two weeks to accommodate those who will be partaking the course remotely while working. You will have four weeks (5 to 30 July 2021) to access the course materials through an online platform and write the paper if you want to earn credits. Upon completion, you will have deepened your knowledge in the histories and theories of artistic production.
Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: 15 April 2021 via From Print to Paint: Histories and Methods of Artistic Production | Utrecht Summer School