Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters
What is creativity? Is there a relationship between states of mind and a fertile imagination? What are the psychological mechanisms involved in the larger action of the human imagination, urging us to explore new avenues, to see what others have not seen, to create what no one has yet created? Many of the world's greatest writers, artists and thinkers have been known to struggle with conditions classified as abnormal by psychologists. We will explore these conditions and their impact on creativity, searching further for any special links between certain kinds of abnormal psychological conditions and the drive to create.
Our interdisciplinary program is not intended to serve as therapy, but rather is a serious study of psychology, literature, the arts, imagination and the creative impulse. We will approach our questions through various modes of inquiry. Through an in-depth study of abnormal psychology, we will learn to identify and understand a number of conditions. We will investigate modern art history and its fascination with the art produced by individuals reputed to be cultural "outsiders," such as folk art, art of the insane, art brut and self-taught artists. Through this study we will explore how societies form a group identity which is established in relation to some designated "other." Our readings combine art theory with psychological case studies by writers such as Sacks and Ramachandran and with imaginative literature by Gogol, Dostoevsky, Poe, Kafka, Plath, Gilman and many others that all describe abnormal psychological conditions. We will respond to our readings by channeling the imagination with a variety of creative projects. Finally, we will also study the normal mind and how it functions in both mundane and creative ways.
In both quarters of our program students will discuss assigned readings in seminars, will engage in active writing exercises and in rigorous two-dimensional and thre-dimensional visual art work in ceramics, mixed-media sculpture, collage, and drawing. Assignments may include research papers, poster projects, creative writing, performances and visual arts projects. Weekly films and discussions of these films will enhance our examination of the uses or influence of psychological conditions in the creation of literature, art and music. Guest speakers will provide additional workshops and lectures in various artistic modalities. In fall term we will take field trips to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass, and our work that term will prepare students to undertake a culminating project in winter term. In all our activities, students will have ample opportunities to explore their own creativity and imagination.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
psychology, education, literary and film studies, world literature, cultural studies and the arts and art history.
Location & Schedule
* Off Campus Location
* Study Abroad
* Location Link (which I didn't see in the sample)
* Offered during
* Advertised Schedule
* Additional Schedule Details (ditto)
* Required Fees
* Other Expenses
Internships & Research
* Internship Required
* Internship Possibilities
* Research Possibilities
Undergraduate Credit Option
Graduate Credit Option
Upper Division Credit
Next Offered Date
Location and Schedule
Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
$123 in fall for entrance fees, workshop supplies, and art supplies; $105 in winter for workshop supplies and art supplies.
|November 6th, 2013
||Level of preparation needed to successfully join the program in winter quarter has been updated.
|April 24th, 2013
||The fees have increased by $20 both fall and winter.
|April 11th, 2013
||The description has been updated.
|April 10th, 2013
||Evan Blackwell has joined the teaching team.