UW–Madison Course with Litza Bixler

Man standing on grass outside at twilight with lights glowing on his arms and legs. Image manipulated to indicate motionCreativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self

Course: Integrated Arts 310/610 (3 credits)*
There is also a 1-credit option available (Integrated Arts 330 listed further below).
Day/Time: Thursday | 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Friday | 2:30-5:00 p.m. (both days will be synchronous)
Limit: 16 students across any discipline
Location: Remote with the possibility for in-person at 249 Lathrop Hall in the second half of the semester
Other Info: The emphasis of the course is on creativity as a whole. No prior movement, performance, media, or visual art training is required. Dance Department degree and certificate students can take this course for the Dance 345 requirement. Students majoring or pursuing a certificate in the Art Department or Department of Communication Arts may contact their advisor to discuss how this class can count toward program requirements.

*All L&S students must register for Comm Arts 609, Lec 002 rather than Integrated Arts 310/610. This course counts towards the Communication Arts major and the Digital Cinema Production certificate as long as students register for Comm Arts 609, Lec 002.

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Non UW-Madison students will need to apply in advance for special (non-degree) student access at: acsss.wisc.edu/special-student-types/

Description: This course focuses on the development of creativity and collaboration as base skills that can be applied to a wide variety of fields. The aim is to help students grow as creators and thinkers, and to practice communicating their ideas in an intensely collaborative environment.

The first part of the course will focus on examining creativity in context. The second part is devoted to exploring creative collaboration and culminates in a live and/or virtual public exhibit of films, sound, and images. Both parts will draw on theory and practice through lecture and discussion, creative labs, and workshops, as well as research and participation in the creative process.

The final collaborative piece examines the movement of people across borders and boundaries. Students will explore diaspora, geography, and immigration as essential and positive sources of identity and ask what it means to be “from” a particular place or country. Students will explore how we move: literally, metaphorically, and culturally, and examine the subtext of the question, “where are you from?”

The course will introduce guest artists and speakers from diverse disciplines. Guest artists include Sean de Sparengo, Simon Aeppli, and Paul Machliss. It is ideal for students who are interested in developing and enhancing their creativity. It is also for those who wish to push the boundaries of their field by generating innovative and game-changing ideas. Students should be prepared to work with their bodies, with physical media, and with a variety of art forms, sound, and technologies to produce their creative products.

Litza Bixler posed with one arm stretched overhead in all-white costume. Two hoops intertwine above her head.Creativity and the Creation of Self: Practice & Process  

Course: Integrated Arts 330 (1 credit)
Day/Time: Thursday | 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Friday | 2:30-5:00 p.m. (both days will be synchronous)
Limit: 16 students across any discipline
Location: Remote only with main portion of class ending March 12 and the final individual creative project presented remotely April 22/23
Other Info: The emphasis of the course is on creativity as a whole. No prior movement, performance, media, or visual art training is required.

Description: The 1-credit option explores how creativity intertwines with sociocultural development, technological, and scientific innovation. Students will engage with a broad range of literature from psychology (narrative, cognitive, and behavioral), anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, education, neuroscience, and the arts.

Images courtesy of the artist.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact iarp@arts.wisc.edu.