PHTI-UT.1005 Studio 4 Credits
|Editha Mesina||Tues/Thurs 9:30am-2:00pm||Remote Instruction|
Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Digital. Non-Repeatable.
Throughout history, artists have used portraiture to reveal a certain beauty or truth within their subject. This course will explore traditional and non- traditional approaches to making a portrait. Through critiques, slide lectures, museum and gallery visits, and relevant readings, students will be encouraged to think of portraiture in terms of making rich and meaningful content. We will examine art historical portrait strategies from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with New Media approaches relevant to the 21st century. Students will focus on the development of a body of work that mines the many traditions of the portrait, while making use of digital technologies to address the cultural relevance of portraiture. This course will examine the use of text, video, performance, and Social Media to expand upon traditional notions of the portrait. The class will explore issues in portraiture including beauty, identity, truth, and artifice. Weighing these ideas with current aspects of New Media will further advance the critical and contemporary possibilities of the genre. In addition, demonstrations and discussions will deal with lighting, camera format, and project presentation. Critiques and discussions will focus on improving technique, editing, and developing one’s content. Slide lectures will include work from the medium’s rich past, as well as contemporary photo-based work. This class seeks to develop in the student a greater understanding of their own image-making and the illuminating potential of the portrait.