Arts  Residential College

Perform, compose, represent and build art.

Explore the connection between creativity and culture. Reflect on your vision of the world. Celebrate the imagination. Grow as an artist and human being and affirm the connection between life and art.

Foundation Seminar Course Choices

Course Details

  • Making Something From Nothing
    Prof. Anna Kell, art & art history
    RESC 098 01 CRN: 18320
    Fulfills the Following Requirements:
    Writing Level 1
  • Masks and Meaning
    Prof. Elaine Williams, theatre & dance
    RESC 098 02 CRN: 17048
    Fulfills the Following Requirements:
    Writing Level 1
  • Pop & Protest
    Prof. Barry Long, music
    RESC 098 03 CRN: 17194
    Fulfills the Following Requirements:
    Engineering Humanities, Writing Level 1
  • The Half-Known World
    Prof. Joe Scapellato, English
    RESC 098 04 CRN: 18220
    Fulfills the Following Requirements:
    Writing Level 1

Making Something From Nothing

When you think about an artist, you may imagine a Bob Ross type, with a paintbrush and palette, or a sculptor with a chisel and a stone. In this course, we will branch into more experimental, contemporary visual art realms, where artists have turned away from rigidly traditional forms of art in favor of those that cross boundaries and defy definition. We will look closely at artists that use materials directly from their lives and environments as a way of discovering their identities and presenting their own unique perspectives for the world to see.

You won't need any formal training for this studio-based course, but if you're interested in contemporary art, using your hands, collecting unexpected materials, or learning new processes, this may be the course for you. Through a mix of creative studio projects, you will begin to explore your own personal visual language, while discovering the unseen material possibilities that exist all around us-all the time.

Masks and Meaning

What is the transformational power of the mask for the contemporary performer? Which societies keep mask traditions alive through religious ritual, community celebration, and/or artistic expression?  How do these communities imbue masks with spirit? 

Discover the world of masks through this hands-on studio class in mask design and mask making. Movement workshops focus on two contrasting performance styles, Italian Commedia dell’Arte (using the mask you make) and Japanese Noh Performance. Social identity and ritual healing for our contemporary community are explored through collaboratively creating original masks. Your research into the expressive power of a specific tradition – Native American, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, or your own – is shared both through class presentation and your creation of a mask inspired by your study.

Pop & Protest

Despite frequent calls to simply "shut up and sing," popular artists have always been vital catalysts for change.

This course investigates the roles and responsibilities for musicians within popular culture, giving particular attention to their engagement with social and political movements. How have groundbreaking songs and performances influenced and inspired their historical contexts? A larger goal relating to the first year experience lies in a dialogue regarding how modern American society "sees" each other. What defines our identity and how in turn do we identify others? How do discussions and disputes over race, class, and prejudice present a challenge for living an examined life? Do social constructs exist that influence our impressions and decisions? Through an examination of creative works we will explore and challenge the values of modern society as well as our own.

The Half-Known World

In this course we'll approach the writing process as a journey through what writer Robert Boswell calls the "half-known world" -- an approach in which the writer invites the unknown into the writing process, where, through revision, the written work teaches the writer what it "wants" to be about. 

You'll have the opportunity to creatively and critically write in a variety of genres, from fiction to nonfiction. We'll read a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction (from realism to magical realism, from memoir to critical essay) from a variety of American and international writers. Along the way we'll investigate the fertile crossroads of thinking "critically" and thinking "creatively" -- we'll debate the critical elements of creative writing and the creative elements of critical writing. If a difference exists between thinking critically and thinking creatively, what is this difference? What can the creative/critical writing process teach us about the world we live in -- and about ourselves? One of the primary goals of this course will be to sharpen a skill that will prove useful to you throughout college: critical and creative investigation through critical and creative writing.

Arts College Student Staff

Zoe Davidson, Junior Fellow

Zoe Davidson

Hometown:  Shaker Heights, OH
Major: theatre and English; Minor: dance

"Arts Res is an amazing way to instantly become part of the Bucknell community.  As soon as you step onto campus you are welcomed into a group of people with whom you have shared interests.  But, the best part, at least for me, is that you don't have to be an "art person" to join.  As long as you have an interest in learning about, and participating in the arts, you will have a home in Arts Res.  We have people from all different walks of life and with varying degrees of arts experience.  But, despite these differences, we are able to live and learn together.  And I think that's pretty darn cool."

Leslie Markevitch, Junior Fellow

Leslie Markevitch

Hometown:  Hoboken, NJ
Major:   undecided

"One of the best parts about living in a Residential College is that you know everyone on your hall will share a common interest with you. In my case it was the arts. Knowing that made the college transition just a little easier. I knew I would always have something to talk about with my hall-mates. The arts are so diverse and that is reflected well in arts res. I loved learning about my fellow student's art forms and being supported in my own as a writer and artist."

Savanna Morrison, Junior Fellow

Savanna Morrison

Hometown:  West Grove, PA
Major: art history, Italian studies and music

"As dramatic as it sounds, Arts Res has actually changed my life-it's even led me to change my major! I've met my best friends and have gained a great support system from being in the program, and I've gotten to try new things that I had never even heard of before Bucknell. Arts Res is an intellectual, social, and artistic community that allows students to explore their interests, find their passions, and connect with other artists. Hands down, it was my favorite part of my freshman year at Bucknell!"

Zaki Sabuwala, Resident Fellow

Hometown:  Shoreview, MN
Major: math and economics; Minor: studio 

"The Arts Residential College gave me a place to enjoy something I love, arts, while pursuing a major that is unrelated. It let me meet people with a shared love for the arts and finding all of these diverse people gave me a community I will always remember. Common Hours allowed me to bond with the community and taught us about the art at Bucknell. The class let me continue growing as a college student by giving me the freedom to stretch my limits. It was a safe space where I could learn about the subject and myself."


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