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This catalog was created on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
|Associate professors:||R. Neilson (Frederick R. Layton Professor of Art Art and Art History, chair), B. Rinehart (Art and Art History), J. Shimon (Art and Art History)|
|Visiting assistant professor:||T. Conrad (Art and Art History)|
|Instructor:||M. Sullivan (Uihlein Fellow of Studio Art Art and Art History)|
An integral part of a liberal arts curriculum, the courses of the art and art history department encourage aesthetic awareness and appreciation by emphasizing the interdependence of art-making, art history, and other creative and intellectual fields. A major is offered in either studio art or art history, and certification for teaching K-12 is available in conjunction with the studio art major. A student may complete a double major in studio art and art history by fulfilling the requirements for each major. Students planning to major in studio art and/ or art history should take the introductory 100-level courses required for the major in their freshman and sophomore years. Students may take a maximum of 126 units in the art and art history department, provided that no more than 90 are in either studio art or art history.
Required for the studio art major
- A minimum of nine studio art courses (54 units) to include:
- ART 100 and 110
- One two-dimensional and one three-dimensional course (6 units each) at the 200 level
- At least four courses (24 units) numbered 300 or above, of which at least one (6 units) must be numbered 500 or above
- ART 600: Senior Seminar
- A grouping of works in the senior exhibition
- Two Art History courses (12 units) to include:
- ARHI 100 or 102
- One ARHI course (6 units) with an emphasis on 20th century or contemporary art
Required for the studio art minor
- A minimum of six studio art courses (36 units) to include:
- ART 100 and 110
- One course (6 units) numbered 500 or above
- Three additional courses (18 units)
- A grouping of works in the senior exhibition
- C average in the minor
Teacher certification in art (K-12)
Studio art majors may seek certification to teach art in grades K-12. Required art courses for certification include ART 200, 240, 250, and 585, and ARHI 100 and 102. These courses may be taken in conjunction with or in addition to the studio art major requirements. Additional recommended courses to expand knowledge of media and processes are ART 220, 230, and 270. Students can add an endorsement for a second area (such as English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should notify their advisor, review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog, and meet with the director of teacher education as soon as possible, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.
Senior Experience in Studio Art
The studio art Senior Experience consists of two separate yet complementary components: ART 600: Senior Seminar (usually offered Term II) and participation in the Senior Exhibition, held annually in the Wriston Galleries near the end of Term III.
Both aspects of the studio art Senior Experience are intended to be a culmination of the practical and conceptual art-making skills developed through the studio art program. Designed to inform one another, both serve to encourage a more refined awareness and understanding of current issues pertinent to contemporary art along with the applied skills and critical thinking processes necessary for success either in graduate school or as a professional visual artist.
Courses - Studio Art
ART 100: Introduction to Studio ArtAn introduction to studio art and the fundamental principles of design. Projects, lectures, readings, class discussions, and critiques examine elements of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based design. Historic and contemporary approaches are considered as well as the evolution of technology and the continuum of visual expression. Emphasis is placed on developing the practical and critical thinking skills required in art-making. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 110: Introduction to DrawingAn introduction to drawing, emphasizing the development of the observational and critical thinking skills important to art-making. Class work is based on exercises that strengthen visual research capabilities, drawing abilities, and mark-making techniques with a variety of tools. Assigned projects address fundamental technical and conceptual problems suggested by historical and contemporary artistic practice. Lectures, readings, discussions, and critiques explore elements of concept and design pertinent to drawing as a medium. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 120: Image and Sound IA basic introduction to the fundamental forms, concepts, terminology, and techniques of filmmaking, contextualized within a critical/historical framework. Students explore multiple approaches to creating meaning through readings, screenings, lectures, discussions, and critiques, paired with video exercises and hands-on instruction.
ART 125: Topics in Interdisciplinary ArtA course designed to provide students an opportunity to study interdisciplinary approaches to art making and knowledge seeking. Topics will vary based on instructors' areas of expertise and interests. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
Topic for Spring 2018: Song Making--Exploring Songwriting and Artistic Experimentation
A class for anyone with strong interests in creating songs. We'll explore songwriting from an insider/outsider perspective in the context of pop/alternative/experimental, with an emphasis on traditional songwriting forms and contemporary presentation options. The propagation of songs via digital media, with visual components, will be a central topic. Students will engage in workshops, discussions of readings, interactions with distinguished guest speakers, and generous playing of our songs to each other. Final exam concert.
ART 191: Directed Study in Studio ArtDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ART 195: Internship in Studio ArtThe internship will provide an experience-based learning opportunity to enrich the student's artistic process and growth. It will encourage innovation and resourcefulness while facilitating an entrepreneurial and informed approach to future creative pursuits. Students should expect to gain "real world" experience and professional connections as well as skills and insights they can apply directly to their creative projects in the classroom and beyond. Students will work on an individual basis with a faculty supervisor, internship site supervisor, and the Career Center to design, implement and evaluate their academic experience. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
ART 200: PaintingAn introduction to painting as a means of visual expression. Topics include technical and formal principles of painting with an emphasis on individual conceptual development. Water-based mediums are used to explore color theory, color mixing, brushwork and styling, image surface, composition, and visual communication. Mixed media and experimentation of materials is encouraged to expand beyond traditional painting practices. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 212: DrawingAn exploration of drawing as a contemporary art medium with an emphasis on observational self-expression. Students will examine various modes of representation centered on the technical and creative aspects of mark-making. Mixed media and experimental elements are encouraged for those students wishing to expand the boundaries of traditional drawing media. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 220: PrintmakingAn introduction to printmaking including three or more of the following processes: monoprint, pressure print, stencil, linocut, woodcut, silk screen, and digital printmaking. There is a strong emphasis on conceptual development with practical application of both traditional and contemporary practices in printmaking. Single and multiple color printing techniques, formal issues, as well as printmaking as a form of visual expression are explored in detail. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 222: Artist BooksArtist books are explored in a variety of forms including accordions, exposed and non-adhesive bindings, pop-ups, box making and alternative structures. Letterpress along with other forms of printmaking and surface treatments will be used for each structure. Techniques of cutting, folding, sewing, gluing, printing and working in dimension are examined in detail. Unique content is expected for each project.
ART 223: Image and Sound IIA continuation of FIST 120 with expanded instruction in image design, sound design, sequencing, and concept development. Historical development of the medium and contemporary approaches to creative expression, representational ethics, and audience are emphasized through exercises, readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques, culminating in a final video project.
ART 224: Sound DesignAn introduction to film sound studies paired with hands-on exploration of cinematic audio recording and editing techniques, with emphasis on sound/image relationships and the use of sound to create meaning. Students will engage in close readings of critical and theoretical texts, view and discuss film screenings, and produce a series of short audio and video exercises, culminating in a final video project showcasing the creative use of film sound.
ART 225: Special Topics in PrintmakingThis course provides an introduction to specific peripheral processes of printmaking like papermaking, book arts, letterpress printing, and digital printmaking processes and applications. The focus is on research and studio practice in regards to printmaking as an art form with special emphasis on craft and conceptual development. Traditional and contemporary practices in each medium are explored in detail. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 230: PhotographyAn introduction to traditional black-and-white darkroom photography within a fine art context. Medium-format and 35mm SLR camera operations are covered along with darkroom instruction on processing film and making gelatin silver prints. Historic and contemporary ideas about photography as a medium are examined through projects, readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques, and visiting artist presentations. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 240: New Media in ArtAn introduction to new media within a fine art context. Digital photography, experimental video, sound, photo book design, and blogging are covered as students use the Internet as a venue for presenting projects. The evolution of technology, new media theory, contemporary art discourse, and visual culture are examined through projects, readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques, and visiting artist presentations. Mac-based. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 245: InterArts: New Media ProjectsA class where students make projects that engage the outside world via digital media. Lectures, discussions, readings, and critiques will investigate contemporary interdisciplinary practices and the nature of creativity. Students will be taught the basics of design thinking, leading to conceptual-development, planning, and production. Students work individually or collaboratively on documentary, video, performance, installation, graphic novels, podcasts and web projects. Mac-based.
ART 250: CeramicsAn introduction to the basic working methods of ceramics through hand-building techniques. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual development, sensitivity to three-dimensional form, and technical skills of surface and glazing. Lectures, readings, and individual research treat historical and contemporary approaches to expressive work in the ceramic medium. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 256: Special Topics in CeramicsThis course is a combination of research and studio practice. Through lectures, readings and discussions the class will survey the history of ceramics with the goal of informing the studio work for the course. Students will engage in independent research to develop ideas and critical thinking as well as building on a variety of ceramic skills to create a personal body of work. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
Topic for Spring 2018: Sculpting the Human Form
The purpose of this course is to explore sculpting the human form in clay using hand building techniques. Topics will include the narrative potential of the figure, the implications of part vs. whole in figurative sculpture, the study of self and identity through portraiture, and use of live models. A variety of surface techniques will be covered including fired and room temperature glazing.
ART 270: SculptureAn introduction to the concepts and processes of sculpture, including work in casting, carving, woodworking, assemblage, and mold-making. Discussions will focus on contemporary sculpture and technical/conceptual development. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 300: Intermediate PaintingA continuation of ART 200, exploring more complex principles of visual expression. Emphasis on oil-based painting techniques, historic and contemporary practices, pictorial structure, formal and theoretical interactions with a strong focus on conceptual development. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 312: Intermediate DrawingAn emphasis on a more refined exploration of various models of the formal, conceptual, and personal modes of expression including issues of stylization, abstraction, and mixed media. Students will develop a cohesive body of work informed by an awareness of historical art movements and contemporary uses of the medium. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 319: Principles of EditingA theoretical and practical introduction to connecting images and sound in a compelling way. The goal is to promote understanding of film, video, and new media as tools for creative expression and to help students think critically and make informed choices about editing.
ART 320: Intermediate PrintmakingA continuation of ART 220, exploring traditional and contemporary techniques in printmaking, with an emphasis on color and combination printing specific to the aesthetic characteristics of each process. Three or more of the following processes are used to enhance the conceptual and visual narrative inherent to this graphic medium, including intaglio, lithography, and letterpress. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 322: Intermediate Artist BooksA continuation of ART 222, exploring additional historical and contemporary bindings, and paper making with an emphasis on multiple related processes. Color and combination printing specific to the aesthetic characteristics of each process. Installation, altered books, wearable books and performance are explored in detail in conjunction with alternative processes to enhance the conceptual and visual narrative inherent to this sequential medium.
ART 330: Intermediate PhotographyA continuation of ART 230 with an introduction to pinhole and 4x5 view cameras along with expanded darkroom instruction on sheet film processing and the cyanotype print. The history of photography and contemporary art issues related to the medium are examined through projects, readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques, and visiting artist presentations. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 340: Intermediate New Media in ArtA continuation of Art 240 or 245 using new media within a contemporary art context. Digital photography, experimental video, social media, performance, and installation are covered while using the Internet and campus spaces as venues for projects. Contemporary art discourse is examined through projects, readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, critiques, and visiting artist presentations. Mac-based. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 350: Intermediate CeramicsA continuation of hand-building techniques, wheel-throwing, and mold-making with additional research into clay and glaze formulation firing methods. Emphasis will be placed on development of content and a personal vocabulary. An expanded survey, artist research, and critical readings will examine ceramics as a form of contemporary visual expression. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
ART 365: Intermediate Topics in Studio ArtA course designed to provide students an opportunity to study important issues in contemporary art not covered in other regularly offered classes. Topics will vary bsed on the faculty member's areas of expertise and interests. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. When scheduled on Tuesday-Thursday, class will dismiss early for University Convocations.
Topic for Fall 2017: Art in the Public Realm
This course will explore a variety of approaches to creating public art including murals, monuments, sculpture, performance, guerilla art, public intervention and more. We will examine the processes, history, and role of contemporary public art through the creation of works engaging the larger community beyond the gallery setting.