“Making and Taking Art” – Composition As Conversation
Instructor: Naomi Salmon
Classroom Location: Writing Center Multimedia Commons Space
———————- 6171 Helen C. White Hall – MWF 9:55-10:45 a.m.
Office Location: 7130 Helen C. White (mailbox on 6th floor)
Office Hours: by appointment – please see linked page for more information
The primary goal of this course is to consider the different meanings associated with “making” and “taking” art –whether visual, aural, written, or three-dimensional. As members of the First-Year Interest Group, “The Rape of Europa—Art in Totalitarian Europe,” you will spend the semester thinking about art’s worth in a historical context, considering the people who produced art, the people who strove to protect art, and the people who attempted to steal, denigrate, and even destroy art. In English 100, you will develop your own composition skills while connecting the questions you confront in your other FIG courses to issues surrounding creative works in the present day.
Some of the questions we’ll consider:
- What is it that art “does?” Why study or create art in the first place?
- What are our responsibilities as creators? Is there an ethical dimension to artistic production—(including writing)?
- What are the boundaries of artistic influence? What counts as a tribute to or a remix of someone else’s work and what counts as appropriation or theft?
- What choices do you make in your writing? How do these choices vary in formal and everyday contexts?
- How do you write differently for different audiences?
- What are the differences between genres? (Written, spoken, visual, digital, and beyond?) How can we use different types of media to connect with people in different ways?
- How do common narratives influence the way we see the world? How can we work with and against these traditions?
- How does new media change the way we produce and consume art? What are the opportunities and pitfalls this creates?
Please see the Course Syllabus page for specific details about E100 projects and requirements. Feel free to explore the rest of the site and to look through some of the writing resources listed on my general Teaching Page for more information.
Do note that some of the details contained in the course calendars and writing projects on this page are likely to change before they are assigned. I will provide access to the password-protected sections of this site during class. I’m looking forward to a wonderful semester, and please feel free to contact me to set up a meeting if you have any questions before the year begins!
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