The 1010 Aesthetic Experience of Contemporary Art Students will study the changing definitions of art and artists over time and the role of art as it relates to philosophical, ethical and societal issues. The course also examines the formal elements of art and the standards by which a work of art is examined and judged. Other unit topics include aesthetic philosophy or the changing philosophy of beauty, identity, ritual, racism, sex/gender, politics, commerce and societal responsibility as demonstrated by art historical examples concentrating on contemporary arts. Students will have written course work and studio work. Lab fees and Field trip required.