STUDENT'S WORK FROM WATERCOLOR PAINTING COURSE
ARTS & DESIGN
█ HISTORY OF ROCK John Cooper Cost: $10 “We were just the spokesmen for a generation.” This is a social history of rock and roll, from it’s origination in the blues, through the rhythm and blues of the 1950s, into the era of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Elvis; from the British invasion to heavy metal, rap, and even Dylan and other poets like him that couldn’t sing either, we’ve got it covered. Students listen, read, and watch it happen on videos (no BeeGees or Tony Orlando) — we connect it to history — and what turbulent times they were. Students who are interested in what happened culturally in this country between 1950 and today, need not look any farther than this course. For “the music of the people,” rock, accurately reflects the varying peaks and valleys of much of the events of the past sixty years.
█ HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC John Cooper Cost: $10 This course covers the traditions of western art music from the era of Renaissance (1450–1600) through Baroque (1600–1750), Classical (1750– 1820), Romantic (1820–1900), Impressionism (early 1900s),and into the 20th century primarily in Europe. Through these five centuries of Eurocentric artistic development the areas of music, art, literature, philosophy, religion, and architecture continuously merge. Extensive study is devoted to how this convergence of ideas led to the advancement of the western society and its direct descendent, the Americas. Major composers covered include Gabrieli, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Wagner, Puccini, Chopin, Strauss, Liszt, Rimsky Korsakoff, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Debussy, Ravel, Ives, and Copland. The course requires reading, listening to recordings, and video observation.
█ IMPROVISATION IN MUSIC John Cooper Cost: $20 This hands-on theory/performance course for singers, instrumentalists, guitarists, pianists, drummers, etc., deals with improvisation — a spontaneous exchange or interplay of musical ideas and moods. It offers the musician the opportunity to utilize his/her technical ability to its fullest extent while enjoying the creative freedom of spontaneous composition. The class addresses technical and aesthetic aspects of improvisation in all styles of music (jazz, rock, blues, classical, folk, etc.), including elements of melodic development, melodic clichés, rhythmic and melodic embellishment, harmonic substitutions, and development of the ear. It is multilevel in format, allowing students of all technical proficiency to participate. In addition to two weekly class sessions, and all students also meet with the instructor on a private basis. In short, this course enables students to use tools of improvisation to be able to make a personal musical statement while playing, singing, “jamming,” etc.
█ INTERMEDIATE VIDEO: STUDIO & STRATEGIES Nancy Andrews Course limit: 12 This course explores more sophisticated forms of image making, editing, and theory. Students screen and discuss documentary and video art works, and study writing/criticism in the field, focusing on moving image theories, concepts, strategies, and a wide range of aesthetic concerns. The class engages in various aspects of production and approaches to cinematography, sound, and editing/compositing. Participants work on a project oriented basis that includes critiques and training in video production skills. Students should be both self directed and interested in developing a support system for producing each other’s work. Students are evaluated based on video projects (fiction or nonfiction), critical writings, participation, and presentations. Prerequisites: Documentary Video Studio, or Introduction to Video Production.
This is the College of the Atlantic Guidebook prospectus for 2014