Arts CommunityPerform, 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.

RESC 098 01 CRN: 17790
Buy, Borrow, Steal
Prof. Bethany Collier, Music

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Humanities, Writing Level 1

Should commercially successful performers compensate other musicians from whom they take inspiration? What if that source of "inspiration" is a sample from a copyrighted musical recording? Can a piece of art be considered an original work if it uses another artist's photograph as a starting point? How much of our creative products really belong to us? This course examines a range of perspectives on originality, borrowing, and appropriation in the visual and performing arts. We will explore various ways that musicians and visual artists create their works, including collage, borrowing, sampling, and fusion. In this process, we will weigh political, legal, ethical, artistic, and economic perspectives on the issue, allowing us to better understand how we choose, use and (sometimes) abuse the cultural products we consume.

RESC 098 02 CRN: 17048
Mask and Meaning
Prof. Elaine Williams, Theater & Dance

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Writing Level 1

Masks and Meaning explores mask design, ritual, and performance styles in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania where masks are used in ritual and performance as part of the life and culture of the community. We also consider our own masks of social identity. Other topics include the relationship of the actor to the mask, the transformational power of the mask to the contemporary performer, and imbuing masks with spirit. Mask and movement workshops are included in our study of Commedia dell'Arte and Japanese Noh Theatre. Research and class discussions will be used as springboards to inspire you to create masks of your own design that reflect the ritual needs of our contemporary community. You will focus your major research for the semester on a specific performance style or society that uses masks for religious ritual, community celebration, and/or artistic expression. The research will be presented as an oral presentation and will inspire an original mask in the style studied. Creative process and creative risk taking will be emphasized throughout this course. Our goal is discovery using the mind, eye, hand, and body. We will especially explore design, sculpting, and painting to learn; that is, using mask design as a process to help discover ideas in much the same way we use writing to help formulate our thoughts. Each design evolves from significant independent research and class discussion.

RESC 098 03 CRN: 16517
In Your Face: Portraits in Art
Prof. Christiane Andersson, Art & Art History

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Writing Level 1

This course explores a type of visual art work that exists in all the cultures and in all historical periods after the Middle Ages, including our own; the portrait. It offers strong parallels and a rich tradition in the history of literature as well. The seminar will consider the special characteristics of portraiture in the art and literature and how this form of creative expression has been used over many centuries to reflect psychological, social, historical, political, economic, allegorical, satirical, pop culture and other content. Examples from the visual arts will be considered with reference to contemporary literary sources, such as biographies, autobiographies, etc.

RESC 098 04 CRN: 17194
Activism and the Arts
Prof. Barry Long, Music

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Humanities, Writing Level 1

Investigate and assess the ways in which creative artists engage political movements and social change through the identification of important works and their situation within cultural and historical contexts. This course will provide an overview of seminal works that respond, influence, and inspire 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.

RESC 098 05 CRN: 17831
The Worldly Writer
Prof. Paula Closson Buck, English

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Writing Level 1

Descend from the Ivory Tower, throw off the trappings of adolescent love and despair and ask yourself, Whatís happening in the world out there? How does it matter to poets and fiction writers and essayists to writers like you? Many modern and postmodern writers have found inspiration in current events, in science and history, and in cultural trends. Novelist Don Delillo's White Noise takes on modern American society's fear of death and obsession with chemical cures. Poet Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination addresses racial stereotyping in the Susan Smith murder case. While essayist Michael Pollan considers the politics of lawn mowing in 'Why Mow?', Diane Ackerman tells us, in A Natural History of the Senses, why we might have treasured an apple scented by a loverís armpit had we lived in the Elizabethan times. All of these writers have approached their 'worldly' subject matter through the lens of personal experiences theirs or that of the characters and personae they create. Coming at both literature and the world through our own artistic impulses, we will experiment with writing poems, stories, and narrative essays that combine personal experience with an exploration of social, scientific, cultural and historical events and contexts.

Arts College Student Staff

Robert Cowen, Junior Fellow

Robert Cowen

Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Computer Science; Minor: Music

"Arts Res has to be the best Residential College, hands down. (At least, in my opinion anyway) Honestly, where else could you find such a diverse group of talented people? You've got musicians, biologists, actors, engineers, and artists all under the same roof, interacting and collaborating to make some awesome stuff happen. Best Res College around. Just saying."

Erin Hedlund, Junior Fellow

Erin Hedlund

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Major: Computer Engineering

"I loved being in a Residential College." It gave me the opportunity to live with people where I knew we would have something in common." Living in a Residential College also allowed me to meet many different people from many different majors." Arts Res was absolutely fantastic." The Common Hours were a great creative outlet that I would not have had otherwise because of the classes I have to take as an engineer." I met so many great people and made some best friends!"

Tim Lambert, Junior Fellow

Tim Lambert

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Major: Music Education

"Arts Res is a great way to meet new people, continue your love of the arts, and have the best first year experience possible! The residential college helps make the transition to college (which we all know can be daunting) so much easier. It's a lot of fun too! We have hands-on common hours, great trips, and so many opportunities to discover your talents. You donít even have to be 'artsy' to join, just interested in learning about the arts. Get to know students from all different majors and meet people who will be your best friends at Bucknell!"

Julia Lasyone, Resident Fellow

Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Major: Music Education; Minor: Autism Studies

"Being a part of the Arts Res has been truly life changing in every way possible. Not only did I gain an immediate population of friends (with a common love of the arts,) but I also made memories with these people that I will cherish for a lifetime. I truly value the lessons and experiences that this community has offered me, and wish all fellow first-years the same opportunity that I have been given. There is truly no better way to start oneís first year of college than with this amazing group of incredibly inspiring people."

Rebecca Reeve, Junior Fellow

Rebecca Reeve

Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Major: Art History & Studio Art

"I was really shy in High School so I was worried about finding people that I could click with at Bucknell especially because it is not typically considered an artistic community. "Arts Res allowed me to make really deep connections with people and I always knew I would have something to talk about-- art! "I met all of my best friends in Arts Res and it really is such a diverse and welcoming community."


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