4.301 Introduction to the Visual Arts

Spring 2007

Photograph of a student puppet show.
Students performing in a puppet show, the final project for this course. (Image courtesy of Prof. Joe Zane.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of references discussed in class in the readings section, and the projects that the students completed in response to the three assignments of the term.

Course Description

This class will introduce students to a variety of contemporary art practices and ideas. The class will begin with a brief overview of 'visual language' by looking at a variety of artworks and discussing basic concepts revolving around artistic practice. The rest of the class will focus on notions of the real/unreal as explored with various mediums and practices. The class will work in video, sculpture and in public space.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp4, .rm.

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Prof. Joe Zane

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
3 hours / session



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