Art 7A – Art and Life, Spring 2015

Jeff Page, TA


Lab Section: Wednesday & Friday, 9:00am to 10:50am Section Location: Arts Building Room 1345

Office Hours: Thursdays, 12pm to 2pm @ Harder Stadium.  Please contact me so I know you are coming and to see if I’m not booked up then.

Section Website:

Section Expectations

Section will include group activities, writing, discussions, critique, in­ class work time and meetings etc.

Attendance is mandatory and crucial to your success in this class. More than three unexcused absences (combined, lecture/section) and you will be dropped from the class. Three lates = one absence. Excused absences need to be documented and TA needs to be notified prior to class.

Lecture check in: attendance will be taken at the front door of Arts Bldg. 1344 and will end at 4:55 on Tuesdays. If you arrive late check in with the TA at the end of lecture. It is your responsibility to make sure your attendance is marked at section.

If I notice you texting, chatting, leaving early, or not paying attention you will either be marked late or absent for the day depending on the severity of the situation.


In addition to your physical attendance, participation (in class and group discussions), and preparedness is important to your experience in this class and will be noted.

Late Assignments will not be accepted


Email will be checked between 9am and 5pm and replied to within 48 hours. Emails without Art 7A in the subject line will not be read. Barely understandable emails sent from phones will not be read.

ADA Accommodations

Please notify the Professor and the TA within the first week of the quarter. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs.


• Projects: 50%

• Journal: 30%

• Attendance + Participation: 15% • Final Exam: 5%


Each student will be required to keep a journal specifically for this class. Journals used for other classes, projects are not allowed. Blogs will also not be allowed.  The journal is a class requirement and will be reviewed by the TA periodically. Make sure every entry contains the prompt and college ­level writing, which includes but is not limited to a critical response, exploration, research, proper grammar, etc.

Each week your journal will contain:

• Monday: Response to Daily Prompt

• Tuesday: Response to Lecture

• Wednesday, and Thursday: Response to daily prompts posted on section site

• Friday: Response to art seen outside of class (see below for ideas)

*Project Documentation: TBD

This post should include critical analysis of your project (goals, intentions, project etc) and documentation of your project (photos, sketches, video etc.)

Places to look at art (Friday journal prompt assignment) Attending Art Speaker Series 1C is recommended, or The Multiculturalism Center Events

You are required to see art outside of class each week and write a response in your journals on Fridays.  Below are some suggested venues, but it is in no way a complete list of every opportunity available to you. You must physically be present at the site, visiting a website does not fulfill this assignment. You can use a movie if you run it by me first and see it in a public venue.

At UCSB: Art Speaker Series/Symposium 1C, every Thursday from 5:00 PM­6:50 PM in Embarcadero Hall 1910, The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Women’s Center, Arts & Lectures, Multicultural Center, Old Gym Student Gallery 479, College of Creative Studies Gallery, Special Collections.

Art Beyond UCSB

MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), LACMA (LA County Museum of Art), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Culver City galleries (there are tons!)

Suggestions for Art Supplies

Thrift Stores, the Dump, Home Depot, Dollar Stores, Art Essentials (Santa Barbara) Michael’s Craft (Goleta) Art from Scrap (Santa Barbara)

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Week 1

3/30 Lecture: The Art/Life Introduction

4/1 Section: Introduction, Syllabus, Ice Breaking, Puns  Introduced

4/3 Section: Puns Critiqued,  Inventions assignment discussed, Duchamp reading assigned

Week 2

4/6 Lecture: Identity

4/8 Section: Inventions in class critique, Identity conversation, Duchamp conversation

4/10 Section: Inventions continued or tba, Introduce Truth & Fiction, Introduce Confession

Week 3

4/13 Lecture: Spoken Word

4/15 Section: Warm-ups, Mirroring, ViewPoints – Confessions Prep

4/17 Section: Confessions Critique

Week 4

4/20 Lecture: The Body/Presence & Participation

4/22 Section: Confessions Critiques

4/24 Section: Confessions Critique continued

Week 5

4/27 Lecture: Mapping & Journeys

4/29 Section: Mapping, Body, Narrative exercises

5/1 Section: Continue Confessions ,  Journals Collected

Week 6

5/4 Lecture: Personal Narrative/Interactivity

5/6 Section: Individual Meetings at Harder Stadium, Journals returned

5/8 Section: Individual Meetings at Harder Stadium, Journals returned

Week 7

5/11 Lecture: Comic Strips/Narrative Theory

5/13 Section: Lab time: Sequences, Comics, Narrative

5/15 Section: Project due: Sequences

Week 8

5/18 Lecture: Personal Space, Introduce Alternate Persona

5/20 Section: Lab time: Personal Space

5/22 Section: Finish Sequences, Prepare Personal Space, Alternate Persona Pieces

Week 9

5/25 Lecture: HOLIDAY

5/27 Section: Project due: Personal Space (Group A)

5/29 Section: Project due: Personal Space (Group B)

Week 10

6/1 Lecture: Blue Book Final

6/3 Section: Finish Personal Space Crit, Alternate Persona Crit

6/5 Section: To be determined


How to present and hang your artwork

The way images and works are presented can dramatically change how we review and receive their information. If works are too high, too low, or crooked, not only is our visual perception of their information skewed–but also the way we engage with them. If you respect and are proud of your work, here are some additional steps to take when displaying your work.

Center your image/sculpture/drawing/etc. at 60”. Most venues/curators/artists center artworks anywhere between 56-62”. Take a tape measure, and begin your measurement from the ground, and mark on the wall where 60” hits.

Level your image. Get a friend, or better use a leveler, to level your artwork.

Everything is intentional–even down to thumbtacks! If you think your work would look better without thumbtacks, grab some double sided tape. If your sculpture needs to float, have Michael in the woodshop help you. If your work needs a shelf, look into building one.

Document Your Work

Documentation is extremely pivotal to your success as an artist. You will be required to document your work and upload to your wordpress after each assignment. Think about lighting, distance between your piece and camera, angles, cropping, etc.


Will you be providing materials to create art with?

No. You are required to purchase any materials you think you will need for class.

How much should I expect to spend on the class?

This answer varies, as it is dependent upon what you produce for the class.

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