Special Course Descriptions
ART 394 15 SpTp: Pictures and Words, T, 7-930pm, Lit. House (limit is 8)
Words can be used to tell a story one way; images possess a different type
of narrative potential. Together, they present a broader range of
possibilities than either one alone. The combination of word and image is
often associated with children's books, comics, and graphic
novels'contexts in which words and pictures work in tandem to tell a
single story, the images often subordinate to the written narrative. This
course will push that dynamic, exploring the possibilities of merging
words and pictures in a literary context by giving equal weight to both-or
by seeing what happens when the authority of words is subverted by image.
Creative work will be conducted with an emphasis on collaboration. The
space between two minds and two aesthetics yields a tension that can
contribute to the humor, depth, and resonance of a work. The class of
eight will be broken into four writer/visual artist pairings; over the
course of the semester, each pair will complete (and physically produce)
an illustrated book. The course will culminate in a group
reading/presentation of finished works open to the Chestertown community.
Following a few weeks of introductory readings, exercises, and
discussions, the course will be workshop-based, with time devoted to pair
and group interaction.
The class will also focus on the technical details of bookmaking:
planning, pacing, layout, and production. Familiarity with the Adobe
Creative Suite will be helpful but not required.
Enrollment limited to 8 (four writers and four visual artists). NOTE:
Those admitted to the course will be required to complete a creative
exercise over winter break, to be turned in the first day of class.
MATTHEW SWANSON and ROBBI BEHR
PREQUISITES: ART 251 (for artists) and (ENG 103) for writers.