Looking at Art

Monday, July 12th - Thursday, July 15th
Application Deadline: June 30th
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The Program:
In our media saturated culture, we are constantly inundated by visual images. At the same time, our “visual literacy” is often lacking. Our media environment wants us to be distracted, encountering too much too quickly, making it impossible to decipher what we are seeing, how we are seeing it, and what it is trying to tell us. While historical analysis and theoretical perspectives can be useful, this course pulls us back to what seems like the simplest component: the act of looking. Particularly when we look at visual art, we often jump immediately to “What does the artist want me to understand?” instead of asking the (arguably) more important question, “What am I able to take from what I am looking at?”

In Looking at Art, we will look at a wide range of art historical examples –from ancient sculpture to modern painting to contemporary video installations – in order to teach us to trust our senses, drawing upon what is most immediate to us so that we can create an encounter with art. We will look, closely, for extended periods of time, giving us all a chance to slow down, sharpen our close looking skills, and more fully decipher what is beneath the surface of contemporary visual culture. On the final day of class, students will bring in their own examples of works of art to closely examine.

Faculty:
James Hansen is Assistant Professor of Art History & Theory and Contemporary Art & New Media in Alfred University's renowned School of Art & Design.

Schedule:
You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

Tuition:
The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to James Hansen.


The first three days of the course will be broken down to explore particular artistic mediums (painting, sculpture, photography/film). Each day will closely consider three main art objects. Day Four will features works of art brought in by students for further consideration.

Each day will roughly follow a similar schedule.

Introduction (15 minutes)
Looking at Object #1 (15 minutes)
Student Group Discussion (15 minutes)
Class Discussion (15 minutes)
Documentary Video (15 minutes)
Class Discussion (15 minutes)
Break (15 minutes)
Looking at Object #2 (15 minutes)Student Group Discussion (15 minutes)
Class Discussion (15 minutes)
Documentary Video (15 minutes)
Class Discussion (15 minutes)
Break (15 minutes)
Looking at Object #3 (15 minutes)
Student Group Discussion (15 minutes)
Class Discussion (15 minutes)
Documentary Video (15 minutes)
Class Discussion (15 minutes)

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.