Courses offered in the past four years.
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ART 0157 - Foundation Drawing ▹
Foundation Drawing: Making Drawings to Explain the World Around Us
In this course we will learn to make drawings and graphic images to reveal the world we inhabit. Skills learned will include how to make perspective, architecture, value, and contour line systems. We will draw from observation of the natural world including, the human figure, exploring structure, expression, and psychology. We will also make and use photographic images. No previous studio experience is required or expected. 6 hrs. lect./lab
Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016
ART 0158 - Unconventional Drawing
The Convention of Unconventional Drawing
The first half of this course will be a traditional life drawing class, where observational and drafting skills can be honed. We will capture gestures, contours, and shadows of a life model, presented in both 3-D and 2-D environments. In the second half, we will incorporate our initial drawings with appropriated images, and dive into a rigorous process of collage, tracing, scanning, and basic Photoshop and digital editing, in an attempt to understand how today's technology can help us to better represent our 3-D world in the confines of 2-D space. (This course can serve as a substitute for the ART 0159 prerequisite for upper level studio art courses). This course is not open to students who have taken ART 0159. 6 hrs. lect., lab
ART 0159 - Studio Art I ▲ ▹
Studio Art I: Drawing
This course is a complete and thorough basic drawing course. Mediums used will be pencil, charcoal, and ink, among others. Work will be done from observation and invention. Line, perspective, value, composition, and introduction to color will be discussed. Assignments will involve students with the formal and technical aspects of drawing and with the idea of drawing as an individual means of expression. No prior drawing experience is assumed or expected. This course is required of all art majors and minors. 6 hrs. lect./lab
Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
ART 0164 - Sculpture and Video
Sculpture and Video
In the first half of this course we will use mixed materials to construct sculptural projects ranging from the symbolic to installation to body/performance. In the second half we will employ basic video shooting and editing to create short art videos. Both media will be used as means for individual conceptual expression. This course qualifies as one of the two introductory level studio art courses required of all studio art majors and minors. 6 hrs. lect.
Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014
ART 0165 - Two & Three-Dimensional Design
Fundamentals of Two and Three-Dimensional Design in Visual Image-Making
In this class we will explore basic methods of sculptural and graphic processes used to make visual images. The first part of this course will address three-dimensional fabricating principles: reductive (carving); constructive (architecture); and perceptual (working from the live model). The second part will use our three-dimensional creations to invent imaginative image-worlds using ink, marker, paint, and digital photography. 6 hrs lect./lab.
ART 0166 - Drawing Three Dimensionally
Capturing the Line: Drawing in Three Dimensions
By drawing directly on the page and in space, we will explore our world and the objects with which we surround ourselves. Course work will broaden visual vocabulary through a series of investigations into the fundamental notions of working in physical space. Line drawings of personal and significant objects will evolve into three-dimensional works incorporating a number of materials including wire, cardboard, wheat paste, wood, and steel. For each project we will examine and expand upon a particular principle (scale, representation, abstraction) while investigating historical and contemporary ideas in the visual arts. 6 hrs. lect., lab
ART 0167 - Intro to Sculpture-Form&Space ▹
Intro to Sculpture-Form and Space
What defines a sculpture? How do we make a sculpture? How do we talk about sculpture? What purpose does sculpture have? In this foundational, 3-dimensional art class, we will address fundamental sculpture concepts by considering form, function, scale, volume, and ideas behind the tactile world. Students will learn useful techniques such as: basic welding and woodworking; as well as how to use less traditional materials like rubbers, plastics, and foams. Through a series of sculpture-making projects we will learn to control these methods in creating our own art objects. Slide presentations of contemporary and historical artworks will integrate individual instruction and group critiques. No experience is required or expected. 6 hrs. lect., lab
Spring 2014, Spring 2015
ART 0180 - Sculptural Architecture
Architecture is a projection of our dreams as well as a practical necessity. In this course we will explore making architecture as imaginative sculpture. Working on a table-top scale, we will draw, build, and digitally photograph structures confronting challenges of site, population, and aesthetics. Specific and useful skills, such as hand and power tool operation, will be taught. Students will learn how to make sophisticated three-dimensional forms using foam-core, balsa, mahogany, and other woods. In addition, unusual processes of flame-worked and fused glass will be introduced. Weekly image-lectures on the history of sculpture, design, and architecture will be included. This class is recommended for those interested in bridging architectural practice with studio art freedom. No experience is required or expected. 6 hrs. lect./lab
Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
ART 0300 - Advanced Drawing ▹
Advanced Drawing: Making Your Mark
In this course students will refine their drawing skills and their understanding of formal pictorial language and how to visually communicate ideas to a viewer. Students will have the option to explore drawing from observation, imagination, abstraction, and unconventional. Students will be exposed to the importance and relevance of both contemporary art as well as ancient art, stressing critical thinking and the exploration of materials. (ART 0157, ART 0158, ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect.
Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
ART 0309 - The Landscape Re-Imagined
The Landscape Re-Imagined: Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Glass
In this course we will explore various art-making methods to depict our campus landscape and architecture. We will use oil paint on canvas, color drawing media, photography, and kiln-fused glass in a multi-disciplinary approach to two-dimensional picture-making. We will then explore how to integrate these technical processes with a goal of creating new and contemporary painted images. In addition to weekly image-based lectures on the history of landscape painting, the class will involve a collaborative studio workshop atmosphere, close individual instruction, and personal artistic development. (ART 0157, ART 0158, ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect./lab
Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
ART 0311 - Water-Based Media Painting
Painting in Water Based Media – Exploring Design and Graphic Concepts
In this course we will explore painting using water-based media including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and ink. Our focus will be on parallels and crossovers between worlds of fine art and applied design. We will discuss styles common to both art and design from the decorative arts of the Renaissance and Art Nouveau periods to rational geometries of the Bauhaus. Through projects, students will learn to reinvent the past to create contemporary painted images. We will augment water-based painting with digital tutorials in Photoshop and Illustrator to merge handmade and computer methodologies, and to exploit color, layers, and textures of design motifs in typography and popular imagery. (ART 0157, ART 0159, or another intro level studio art course) 3hrs lect./3hrs. lab
ART 0312 - Oil Painting: Color & Movement ▹
Painting in Oil: Exploring Color and Movement
In this class students will learn oil painting histories and techniques in order to develop skills and aesthetic sensibilities in two dimensions. Through assignments that increase the understanding of the mechanics and composition of color, we will expand our notion of picturing to include sciences, narratives, and the natural world. Towards the end of the semester we will use our paintings to create a time-lapse video animation based on the oil painting process itself. In this way students will explore how to make a static image come to life with change and motion. Sources and examples by visual artists from the past and present will direct students toward making original contemporary art. (ART 0157, ART 0159, or other introductory level studio art course) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs lab
ART 0315 - Intaglio Printmaking ▹
Scratching the Surface
In this course we will explore studio instruction in traditional and contemporary methods of intaglio printmaking with a critical emphasis on different methods of working directly on the plate. The general term intaglio (from the Italian intagliare, which means to engrave, carve, or cut) covers a multitude of processes. The incised line in the plate holds the ink while the surface is wiped clean. Only the line prints when paper is placed on the plate and both are run through the etching press. The course is augmented by slide lectures to provide the students with a thorough background in the intaglio medium as well as other drawing based mediums. Depending on resources, students may have the opportunity to be a part of an intensive, collaborative print project to produce an edition of prints with a professional artist. (ART 0157, ART 0158, ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect./lab
Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
ART 0318 - Silkscreen Printmaking
In this course students will explore the silkscreen medium with guided studio instruction. This will include paper stencil method, film stencil method, photographic stencil method, and multicolor printing. Concentration will be on drawing. Towards the end of the semester, students will learn to use basic computer-aided imagery. Students will explore the roll of silkscreen printing in contemporary art as well as its use in popular culture. Depending on resources, students may have the opportunity to be part of an intensive collaborative print project to produce an edition of prints with a professional artist. (ART 0157, ART 0158, ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect./lab
Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014
ART 0321 - Sculpture II
Sculpture II: Welcome to the Artist Collective
Working in small groups or as an entire class, we will tackle concepts and techniques that require more than one head and many hands. Performance projects will hone our abilities to conceptualize a piece from start to finish. The creation of wearable sculptures will provide ample opportunity for material exploration, and developing a site-specific space into an all encompassing installation will allow for greater personal connection to the work we create. Techniques employed in this class will include: woodworking, welding, sewing, and plastic inflatable construction. (ART 0157, ART 0158 or ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect. lab
Spring 2012, Spring 2013
ART 0327 - Black & White Photography
Black and White Photography
In this course we will explore traditional and contemporary B&W photographic expression, including portraiture, landscape, street, and collage. This course will include some study of the history of photography, as well as basic camera, darkroom, and digital techniques. Students must have a 35 mm film (preferable) or 8MP (or bigger) digital SLR camera with manual controls of focus, aperture, and shutter. Non-sectarian mindfulness practice will be part of this class (ART 0157, ART 0158 or ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect./lab
Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014
ART 0328 - Color Photography ▹
This course is an introduction to color photography with an emphasis on the construction of images using personal and social ideas. It will include some study of the history of photography and basic digital imaging techniques to make color prints. Students must have an 8MP (or bigger) digital DSLR camera with manual controls of focus, aperture, and shutter. Non-sectarian mindfulness practice will be part of this class. (ART 0157, ART 0158, or ART 0159, or by approval) 6 hrs. lect./lab.
Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
ART 0370 - Oil Paint & Ceramic Portraits ▹
Portraiture In Oil Painting and Sculpture
In this class we will make images and objects of the human figure. Our approach will be two-fold: We will make glazed-ceramic portrait sculptures, which will be used as the basis for large-scale oil paintings. In doing so, we will learn how artists throughout history made oil paintings by creating and using visual source material. Our paintings will, as the need arises, integrate three-dimensional additions made from fired-ceramic, enameled copper, and/or fused glass. In these ways we will explore concepts of decoration, jewelry, and clothing. We will use digital photography throughout to record, analyze, and invent. In addition to weekly image-based lectures on the history of portraiture and design, the class will be include close, individual instruction within a collaborative workshop atmosphere. (ART 0157, ART 0158, ART 0159 or by approval) 6 hrs. lect./lab
Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016
ART 0371 - Sculpture I
Sculpture I - Communicating in Three-Dimensions
This course is designed to further an investigation into the techniques and principles of three-dimensional art. Project objectives are designed to provide new problems and techniques to provoke creative solutions and visions. We will experiment with a number of materials and concepts, from wood-bending and welding to performance and installation. Each project's success will rely heavily on the research and commitment students bring to the creative process. Students will be expected to communicate the process and concept behind each artwork visually, orally, and in writing. (ART 0159 and another introductory level studio practice course from the following list: ART 0157, ART 0159, ART 0180, or by approval) 6 hrs. lect.lab
Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014
ART 0500 - Special Project ▲ ▹
Supervised independent work with a special project proposed by a student or a collaboration between a student and a faculty member on a special project. Admission by permission of a faculty member. 3 hrs. lect.
Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
ART 0520 - Advanced Study: Studio
Advanced Studies in Studio
Supervised independent work in studio. Studio independents are required to attend regular group critiques with the studio art faculty and the other senior studio independents. Recommendation of resident faculty member is required; admission is determined by portfolio review by all Studio Art faculty members. Students are encouraged to submit proposals the week prior to registration, but proposals will be accepted up until 5:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the term. Contact the department coordinator to arrange for submission of portfolio. 3 hrs. lect.
Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
ART 0700 - Senior Independent Study ▹
Senior Independent Study
Approval required. 4 hrs sem./lab
Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
ART 0720 - Sr. Independent Study:Studio ▲
Senior Independent Study in Studio
Three terms of supervised independent work. Culmination of independent work will be an exhibition. All senior studio art independents will meet for regular group critiques with the studio art faculty and other senior studio independents. (Admission by portfolio review and recommendation of resident faculty member is required.) 3 hrs. lect.
Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015
ART 1023 - Basic Silkscreen
In this course students will learn the fundamentals of the silkscreen technique as a basis for making complex prints. As a means of reproduction, printmaking allows students to print edition variables and then make editing decisions. Students will draw from life and from imagination with use of line, repetition, and collage as a focus. Color management, layering, registration, and the stencil process will be covered. Previous studio experience is not expected. Students will also be required to purchase materials costing approximately $150. (Students who have taken ART 0318 are not eligible to register).
ART 1024 - Living World in Ceramics
Representations of the Living World: The Figural In Clay
In this class we will explore making representations of the living world using clay to make kiln-fired ceramic sculptures. These sculptural creations will be oriented toward (but not limited to) the human and animal kingdoms. Emphasis will focus on making these representations contemporary in style and content. Technical methods will center on coil-building and solid sculpting of low-fire clay to make large-scale pieces. Methods of glazing complex surfaces and color effects will be taught. Strategies of assembling fired-ceramic pieces using wood, metal and epoxies will be investigated to create large-scale accretions. There will be a $100 materials fee for this class. These supplies will be purchased by the instructor.
ART 1025 - Sculpture-Material Lab
As an exploration through experimentation, this course aims to expose students to the widest array of sculptural materials possible in a limited amount of time. Each class will begin with an experiment designed to reveal the inherent properties of a new material, while also providing greater understanding of its traditional usage. Using a variety of casting techniques (rigid, flexible, lost, life) and the Smooth-on catalog (an industry standard and the origin of nearly all movie makeup special effects) as our guide, we will unleash our triple beam balances and mix up, urethane rubber, foam rubber, alginate, plaster, latex rubber, hard and soft plastics, and more. Fast-paced individual and collaborative projects will eliminate any sense of preciousness towards final outcomes emphasizing the journey and not the end product. Slide lectures showcasing contemporary artists including Folkert de Jong, John Isaacs, Tim Hawkinson, and David Altmejd will place these materials in context. This course is designed for the art major and non-major alike. Materials will cost approximately $90 per student. This course counts as an elective towards the major or minor in Studio Art.
ART 1026 - Intro to Digital Photography ▲
The Magic Image: An Introduction to Digital Photography
In this hands-on course using digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, Adobe software, and Epson photo printers, students will master the basics of photography, both in terms of technical skills and aesthetic strategies. Topics will include exposure, white balance, file formats, lens types, depth of field, motion blur, noise, file organization, digital development, aesthetic strategies, and introductory theories of photography. Weekly assignments accompanied by slide lectures on historical and contemporary artwork will explore the language of photography. A 35mm DSLR with manual controls and a $100 fee for materials is required. This course counts as an elective towards the major or minor in Studio Art.
Winter 2014, Winter 2015
ART 1125 - Black and White Photography ▲
Introduction to Traditional Black & White Photography
Students will learn how to expose, develop, and to print black and white negative film in a wet darkroom. Contemporary and historical fine art approaches to the medium will be explored through assignments and slide lectures. Development of personal vision and expression will be emphasized. This is an intensive workshop style course. Functional 35mm film camera with full manual controls is required. Each student will be required to contribute $125 towards the cost of materials. This course counts as an elective towards the major or minor in Studio Art.
Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015
ART 1126 - Intro to Drawing: Alien Eyes
Introduction to Drawing: “Alien Eyes ”
Drawing is a fundamental and direct means of communication, documentation, and investigation. Students will be introduced to the process of drawing as if seeing the world for the first time. A variety of media will be used including pencil, charcoal, ink, and color conte/pastel on white, toned, and color papers. Projects will challenge students both technically and conceptually. We will work primarily from observation integrating personal expression and ideas about abstraction. The goal of this course is to establish a fluid connection between seeing, thinking, and mark-making. Each student will be required to contribute $75 towards the cost of materials. This course counts as an elective towards the major or minor in Studio Art.