Studio Art Course Offerings

Winter 2020

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Light Studies and Optical Culture

ARTS 121 - Smigrod, Claudia / Bowden, Christa K.

Light and optics are the fundamental elements of photographic media and of contemporary media culture. This foundational course introduces students to the formal characteristics of light and lenses by surveying a variety of image-making practices, from primitive photographic devices to digital photography and video. Through a combination of classroom talks and hands-on projects, students encounter principles of black-and-white and color photography, as well as learning camera controls that open up a wide range of expressive possibilities. Historical antecedents, contemporary practices, and strategies of critical interpretation are discussed in relation to specific assignments throughout the term. Laboratory fee required.

Figure Drawing I

ARTS 211 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Drawing from the human figure using a variety of media. Lab fee required.

Painting I

ARTS 217 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Emphasis on color, design and spatial relationships. Work from observation and imagination in oil and acrylic. Lab fee required.

Color Photography

ARTS 224 - Bowden, Christa K.

An exploration of the visual and technical principles of color photography, as applied in the digital realm. Students learn the concepts of color photography through studio projects, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions of methods and artists, historical and contemporary. Students photograph in digital format and learn the craft of fine color printing in the digital darkroom. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.

Introduction to the Book Arts

ARTS 226 - Smigrod, Claudia / Bowden, Christa K.

A creative exploration of the tradition of the handmade book. Students learn to make several styles of binding, including accordion books, pamphlets, and Japanese bindings, developing some skill in letterpress printing, paper decorating, and simple printmaking techniques to create original handmade books. Readings, discussions, and slide lectures introduce students to the ingenious history of books and printing. Besides constructing imaginative, individual book art projects, students create one collaborative project. Lab fee required.

Introductory Sculpture: Materials and Methods

ARTS 231 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

An introduction to sculpture techniques, tools and materials. Developing skills in working with wood, metal, clay, as well as new media technologies. Lab fee required.

Intermediate Sculpture: Expanded Material Practice

ARTS 232 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

Students broaden their understanding of what sculpture can be through projects that materialize memory and imagine new futures. Emphasis is on studio projects in wood, metal, fabric, and non-traditional materials, responding to the ways contemporary sculpture pushes at the edges of what defines it. The course compels students to add significant experience in materializing sculptural projects while deepening perceptions of their own practices. Laboratory fee required.

Studio Seminar: Methods in Contemporary Art Practice

ARTS 309 - Bowden, Christa K.

This course is a critique-based studio seminar designed to prepare students for the senior thesis in studio arts and built around a term-long visual arts project responding to current trends in contemporary art. This seminar introduces a theme or topic, supported by readings, films, and image presentations, as the focus of class discussions exploring and highlighting the work of relevant contemporary artists. Students develop and plan a body of work inspired by or in response to this theme. Group and individual critiques assess each student's progress towards this goal. Lab fee required.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 423 - Bowden, Christa K.

Guided studio work for the art major. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 423 - Archer, Clover H.

Guided studio work for the art major. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 423 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Guided studio work for the art major. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2019

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Drawing I

ARTS 111 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A.

Development of skills and visual awareness through the study of the basic elements of drawing. Variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon. Lab fee required.

Photography I

ARTS 120 - Archer, Clover H.

An introduction to the methods and materials of black and white film photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and darkroom technique. The course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.

Photography I

ARTS 120 - Bowden, Christa K.

An introduction to the methods and materials of black and white film photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and darkroom technique. The course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.

Design I

ARTS 131 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

An introduction to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design within the context of current digital technology, with an emphasis on contemporary computer software programs.

Painting I

ARTS 217 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Emphasis on color, design and spatial relationships. Work from observation and imagination in oil and acrylic. Lab fee required.

Painting II

ARTS 218 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Continuation of ARTS 217. Lab fee required.

Introductory Sculpture: Materials and Methods

ARTS 231 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

An introduction to sculpture techniques, tools and materials. Developing skills in working with wood, metal, clay, as well as new media technologies. Lab fee required.

Painting III

ARTS 317 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

For studio art majors. Continuation of the formal structure of painting with emphasis on developing the expression and style of the individual student. Expand awareness of contemporary concerns in art. Lab fee required.

Large Format Photography

ARTS 320 - Bowden, Christa K.

An introduction to large format photography with the 4x5 camera. Topics covered in the course include advanced exposure techniques utilizing the zone system, the craft of fine printing in both the darkroom and digital studio, and the process for shooting, editing, and sequencing a body of work. Alternative process printing methods may also be explored. This course includes an emphasis on group critique, as well as presentations, readings, and discussions related to historical and contemporary movements in the medium. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 421 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Guided studio work for the art major. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 423 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

Guided studio work for the art major. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Senior Thesis

ARTS 473 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

A studio art thesis. Creative work and a portfolio with a written statement of objectives must be presented to the department for consideration by September 30.

Spring 2019

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Drawing Italy

ARTS 213 - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

Living and drawing on site in Rome, Florence, Umbria, and Tuscany and with day trips to Pompeii, Assisi, and other important art sites in Italy. Students explore Italy's vast artistic heritage within its cultural context, then apply this experience to their own art while working in the distinctive Mediterranean light. Media include pen and ink, pastel and acrylic. Lab fee required.

Drawing in Place

ARTS 214 - Beavers, Leigh A.

This drawing course is intended for intermediate drawing students. The goals of this intensive course are to practice drawing skills, learn about the tradition of art of place, and to produce a series of drawings based on a specific place. The first two weeks is spent brushing up on the basics of drawing while reading and discussing writings about place and site-oriented art. Image presentations and group discussion support the readings.

Antique Photographic Processes

ARTS 221 - Bowden, Christa K.

An exploration of 19th-century photographic processes within the context of the history of photography. Individual processes are learned through studio demonstration and intensive hands-on lab sessions. Processes covered in this course include salt printing, cyanotype, Van Dyke, kallitype, and platinum and palladium printing and toning, as well as wet plate collodion processes such as tintypes and ambrotypes. Students learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing from photographs that originate in either film or digital formats. In addition to technique, students learn the historical background of each process, as well as contemporary trends and artists working with these methods.