The Art of Everyday Life is a freshman colloquium course, offered as part of the First Year Introduction (FYI) curriculum at Eastern Connecticut State University.
In The Art of Everyday Life, students both learn about and create art that connects with everyday life experience through various frames of reference, including: sound, ephemeral sculpture, movement and community-building. The course will benefit people interested in all forms of creative expression, especially those interested in the visual arts, theater, music, sports and sociology/ anthropology. It is a journey centered around what artist Josef Beuys called “social sculpture,” a mode of art-making aimed at shaping and transforming oneself, society and the environment. Unlike conventional forms of art making, the primary tools of social sculpture are one’s body, language, and thought, combined in creative action.
Thus, The Art of Everyday Life is not a course in which students are passive recipients of information. Rather, it is a thoroughly collaborative, physically engaging class, comprised of a combination of lecture and action-oriented production. (3 credit hours)