LBST 150 J
The Engaged Citizen: The Art and Science of Creativity

Section 1

MWF 12:10pm - 1:00pm

TEC: Creativity (Section 1) on Microsoft Teams

Section 2

MWF 12:10pm - 1:00pm

TEC: Creativity (Section 2) on Microsoft Teams

Dr. Brent Yorgey
yorgey@hendrix.edu
(501) 450-1377
Office Hours

Melissa Gill, M.A., M.F.A.
gill@hendrix.edu
(501) 505-1562

Gallery


Once upon a time I went up a tree very quickly to hippo. I decided that the hippo was to thick and fat to fit in its convertible.


Overview

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?

Learning Goals

Resources


Course content

Calendar

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.

Key
Gill
Yorgey
BIG GROUP


Section 1 Section 2
Date Topic Links & assignments Date Topic Links & assignments
 
W 8/19 First meeting (introductions)! 12:10pm on TEC: Creativity (BIG GROUP) team.
F 8/21 Course introduction: big questions and themes
 
Unit 1: Creativity, failure, and discovery
Date Topic Links & assignments Date Topic Links & assignments
 
M 8/24 Introduction to Unit 1: Creativity, failure, and discovery
W 8/26 Recursive drawing Project: Generative Drawing assigned (due M 9/28) W 8/26 Discussion Syed: How Creativity is Helped By Failure
F 8/28 Discussion: fixed vs growth mindset How to Help Every Child Fulfill Their Potential; Carol Dweck interview F 8/28 Discussion Kentridge: Find The Less Good Idea
 
M 8/31 Introduction to Context Free Art M 8/31 Proj. 1-Abstracted Collage (Due M 9/28) Bring collage materials, paper, scissors, tape
W 9/2 Context Free Art practice lab Install Context Free Art W 9/2 Proj. 1-Abstracted Collage Bring collage materials, paper, scissors, tape
F 9/4 Context Free Art: rules and recursion F 9/4 Proj. 1-Abstracted Collage Bring collage materials, paper, scissors, tape
 
M 9/7 Discussion Syed: How Creativity is Helped By Failure M 9/7 Recursive drawing Project: Generative Drawing assigned (due M 9/28)
W 9/9 Discussion Kentridge: Find The Less Good Idea W 9/9 Discussion: fixed vs growth mindset How to Help Every Child Fulfill Their Potential; Carol Dweck interview
F 9/11 Proj. 1-Abstracted Collage (Due M 9/28) Bring collage materials, paper, scissors, tape F 9/11 Introduction to Context Free Art
 
M 9/14 Proj. 1- Abstracted Collage Bring collage materials, paper, scissors, tape M 9/14 Context Free Art practice lab Install Context Free Art
W 9/16 Proj. 1-Abstracted Collage Bring collage materials, paper, scissors, tape W 9/16 Context Free Art: rules and recursion
F 9/18 Wrap up Unit 1
 
M 9/21 Writing discussion
W 9/23 Draft workshop
 
Unit 2: Creativity and being human
Date Topic Links & assignments Date Topic Links & assignments
 
F 9/25 Introduction to Unit 2: Creativity and being human
 
M 9/28 Introduction to Go, part 1 Go resources M 9/28 Discussion Taylor: ‘SuperCreativity’
W 9/30 Introduction to Go, part 2 AlphaGo watch party: 7:30-9pm W 9/30 Discussion Generative Art: Lewitt, Epler, Eno, Watz, Reas
F 10/2 Discussion: AlphaGo F 10/2 Proj. 2-Digital vs. Analog after Sol Lewitt (Due M 11/9) Bring all drawing supplies
 
M 10/5 Project 2: Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt M 10/5 Proj. 2-Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt Bring all drawing supplies
W 10/7 Project 2: Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt W 10/7 Proj. 2-Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt Bring all drawing supplies
F 10/9 Discussion Taylor: ‘SuperCreativity’ F 10/9 Introduction to Go, part 1 Go resources
 
M 10/12 Discussion Generative Art: Lewitt, Epler, Eno, Watz, Reas M 10/12 Introduction to Go, part 2 AlphaGo watch party: 7:30-9pm
W 10/14 Proj. 2-Digital vs. Analog after Sol Lewitt (Due M 11/9) Bring all drawing supplies W 10/14 Discussion: AlphaGo
F 10/16 Proj. 2-Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt Bring all drawing supplies F 10/16 Project 2: Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt
 
M 10/19 Proj. 2-Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt Bring all drawing supplies M 10/19 Project 2: Digital vs. Analog After Sol Lewitt
W 10/21 Wrap up Unit 2
 
Unit 3: Creativity and social context
Date Topic Links & assignments Date Topic Links & assignments
 
F 10/23 Introduction to Unit 3: Creativity and social context
 
M 10/26 Discussion Laws that Choke Creativity M 10/26 Discussion Art that Engages: Swoon & Ai Weiwei
W 10/28 Discussion TBA W 10/28 Discussion Art that Engages: Allora & Calzadilla and Johnson
F 10/30 Discussion TBA F 10/30 Proj. 3-The Artistic Intervention (Due T 12/8) work on project plan
 
M 11/2 Activity TBA M 11/2 Proj. 3-The Artistic Intervention work day
W 11/4 Activity TBA W 11/4 Proj. 3-The Artistic Intervention work day
F 11/6 Draft workshop
 
M 11/9 Discussion Art that Engages: Swoon & Ai Weiwei M 11/9 Discussion Laws that Choke Creativity
W 11/11 Art that Engages: Allora & Calzadilla and Johnson W 11/11 Discussion TBA
F 11/13 Proj. 3-The Artistic Intervention (Due T 12/8) work on project plan F 11/13 Discussion TBA
 
M 11/16 Proj. 3-The Artistic Intervention work day M 11/16 Activity TBA
W 11/18 Proj. 3-The Artistic Intervention work day W 11/18 Activity TBA
F 11/20 Wrap up Unit 3
 
M 11/23
 
T 12/8 Art Showcase

Grading Policies

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 the course.

Your final letter grade will then be determined using the following scale, out of a possible 1100 points:

Points Grade
950-1100 A
850-949 B
750-849 C
650-749 D
< 650 F

Rolling submissions

Projects and writing assignments will be accepted and graded on a rolling basis:

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!

Writing Assignments

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 of questions.

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.

Assignment Points Due
Writing prompt 1 100 Sep 23 (draft) / Oct 5
Writing prompt 2 100 Nov 6 (draft) / Nov 23

Projects

You will complete five creative projects in this course: two for Dr. Yorgey, two for Prof. Gill, and one combined project.

Project Points Due
Abstracted Collage 100 Sep 28
Generative Drawing 100 Sep 28
Digital vs. Analog after Sol LeWitt 200 Nov 9
Artistic Intervention 150 Dec 8
Context Free Art Remix 150 Dec 8

Expectations and Resources

Attendance

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 Provost’s office.

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 own!).

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.

Writing Center

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 www.hendrix.edu/writingcenter/, 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 pruneda@hendrix.edu for more information.

Library

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.

Learning Accommodations

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; brownj@hendrix.edu) to begin the accommodation process.

Physical and Mental Health

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: