MWF 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Dr. Brent Yorgey
Melissa Gill, M.A., M.F.A.
This hands-on course takes the central topic of creativity and examines it from two different disciplines: Computer Science and Fine Art. Students will use a range of processes, both digital and physical, to produce creative visual artwork. Students will also engage with big questions such as: What is creativity? How is creativity important to engaged citizenship? What does a ‘virtuous’ society look like in terms of creating? How is creating both easier and more difficult in the digital age, and how does it intersect with authorship, copyright, and the open source/free culture movements?
Context Free Art
If you are in Section 1, you should only look at the
left column of the calendar. If you are in section 2, look only
at the right column. The color of each date tells you whether
your section will be taught by Prof.
Gill, Dr. Yorgey, or whether we
will all meet together.
Grading for this course uses a cumulative, points-based system. Each
assignment will be worth a certain number of points; points earned on
all assignments will be added to determine the total points earned in
Your final letter grade will then be determined using the
following scale, out of a possible 1100 points:
Projects and writing assignments will be accepted and graded on a
Note that when making use of rolling submissions you don’t have to
turn in a completed assignment—if you have completed only part of an
assignment and want some feedback you are welcome to turn it in as-is!
You will complete two writing assignments in the course. You will be
given several weeks to complete each assignment, in which you will
draw on class discussions and assignments to explore a particular set
For each writing assignment, we will have a “workshop
day” where you will give and receive peer feedback on a draft. You are
also welcome and encouraged to make use of rolling
submission to get feedback from us as well.
You will complete five creative projects in this course: two for
Dr. Yorgey, two for Prof. Gill, and one combined project.
Our class will meet synchronously every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
from 12:10-1:00 in Microsoft Teams. If you wish to request approval
to participate in class asynchronously, you must apply to the
Attendance is required, and you will receive points for attendance and
active participation in group activites. If you know you will need to
be absent on a particular day, please let us know ahead of time by
sending an email or a message in Teams.
The default mode of attendance should be with your microphone muted
and video on. We recognize that you may have good reasons (either
technical or personal) for turning off your video, and will not ask
questions. However, if you are able, we highly encourage you to keep
your video on for the most part, since it contributes substantially to
everyone’s sense of engagement and connection (not least of all our
With all that said, it’s easy for connection issues to occasionally
prevent you from attending despite your best intentions. If this
happens just let us know! We certainly do not want to penalize you
for events outside your control.
The Writing Center continues to support the Hendrix community
online. Contact us to work on your projects with a peer Writing
Associate. We can assist you in all fields and genres, from the
brainstorming stage to revising a full draft. You can schedule an
appointment in advance or for the moment of booking. Simply visit
click on “Book an Appointment,” and follow the instructions. For all
services, you will have two options: synchronous assistance (through
a Teams video or audio chat) and asynchronous assistance (where you
email us your work and we respond with our feedback). Choose the
option that best suits you! Please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Bailey Library’s mission is to collaborate and empower all members of
our community so that they become their best selves, cherish the scope
of human knowledge, and positively contribute to the world. Whether
face-to-face or remote, librarians are happy to help locate quality
resources supporting research and classroom work and to assist with
the critical evaluation of academic information. Librarians and
Library Associates provide individual research assistance by
appointment and video chat or by email. The library building is open
Monday-Friday 8-5pm, but access to the library’s online resources is
available 24/7. You can visit the library’s website at
https://www.hendrix.edu/baileylibrary/ for more information, to book
an appointment, and to access the library’s Discovery search, Class
Guides, and databases.
If you have a documented disability or some other reason that you
cannot meet the above expectations, and/or your learning would be best
served by a modification to the usual course policies, we would be
happy to work with you—please get in touch (via Teams or email)! The
course policies are just a means to an end; we don’t care about the
policies per se but we do care about you and your learning.
It is the policy of Hendrix College to accommodate students with
disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Any student who
needs accommodation in relation to a recognized disability should
inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. Students should
also contact Julie Brown in the Office of Academic Success (505.2954;
email@example.com) to begin the
If you are struggling with your health in a way that makes it
difficult for you to fulfill your responsibilities in the course,
please let us know! We would love to work with you to come up with
reasonable and realistic accommodations to help you succeed in the
course. There are also several resources available to all Hendrix
students, even remotely:
The Hendrix Medical
offers both in-person and tele-health appointments; Hendrix students
get three free appointments per semester.
The Hendrix Office of Counseling
Services also offers free
remote appointments, and can help with a host of issues such as
stress, anxiety, depression, grief, or relationship difficulties.
Call 501-450-1448 to make an appointment.