Stanford Summer Arts Institute is pleased to offer a variety of course offerings in Art History, Music, and Film to students currently in grades 8 through 11. Learn more about these courses below.
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Please note that Architecture and Product Design courses are now offered within Engineering and Writing & Applied Arts in the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.
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Making extensive use of the artworks at Stanford’s Anderson Collection and Cantor Arts Center, this course considers a variety of objects we might call “abstract,” including indigenous art, Surrealist painting, American Abstract Expressionism, psychedelic art, Pop and Conceptual art, Minimalism, land art, feminist and political art, photography, and digital art.
This course is an interdisciplinary workshop which explores the intersection between music & sound art, technology, and the natural sciences. Students will develop an essential understanding of the use of natural sound in art, including its origins, types, manifestations, and aesthetic concerns as they have appeared throughout the Western musical canon, and through to our modern era.
Recent years have seen an exponential increase in interest in what has come to be called climate fiction: stories grappling with the increasingly dire reality of anthropogenic climate change. But while the term “climate fiction”—or “cli-fi”—is relatively new, the genre's central questions are as old as civilization: Are humans part of nature? How do—and how should—human beings and human society relate to the natural world?
With an emphasis on understanding the way that music and its technologies are used to create meaning, students will examine global practices of hearing and listening to music and visual media (i.e. cinema, television) while also considering the history and evolution of the technologies that have shaped music and modes of listening over the past 100 years.
What is the relationship between art and politics? How has visual culture shaped and been shaped by social movements? What is the role of art in society? How has art been mobilized as a form of protest or movement-building?
This course is a hands-on exploration of the key elements of film making, from the screenplay to the big screen. Over the course of three weeks, students will write their own short films and divide up into groups to produce those selected by the instructor.