Wicked Art: Pictures, Pixels, and Pens

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Wicked Art: Pictures, Pixels, and Pens
Writing Course
Course CodeWART
Year Of Operation2017
Sites OfferedJHU
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Course Description

From the CTY Catalog (2017):

Art stirs people in inexplicable ways. Whether seeing divinity and humanity meet in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, appreciating new worlds through Nobou Uematsu’s Final Fantasy soundtracks, or understanding the pain felt by Elphaba in Wicked, art has the capability of evoking strong emotions. Yet, where do we find this meaning and how do we explain our sentiment in the absence of words?.

This course encourages students to explore diverse forms of art, and learn how to express its effects on emotions. Students look at multiple understandings of art—both traditional and modern—to develop a greater appreciation for artists and their representations, and learn to articulate their own interpretations, evaluating both original works of art and published critiques of the same. They produce several major writing projects, developing their skills through a process of drafting, critiquing in workshops, and revising. Students also gain the skills to analyze and interpret nuances that translate to disciplines beyond art and literature.