Studio Art Course Offerings

Spring 2019

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

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.

Permasculpture

ARTS 234 - Tamir Tamir, Rotem Z.

This course is designed to appropriate the principles of sustainable agriculture (permaculture) into the field of environmental installation. Through the process of designing an environmental sculptural system, the entire ecology of the environment is taken into account, including the flora and fauna, the community, and any other defining feature of the chosen location. Students propose and realize a project that integrates collaborative partnerships with the community and the natural environment, while experiencing all stages of production of an outdoor sculptural installation: the research, the design, the partnerships, and all aspects of the fabrication process. Laboratory fee.

Winter 2019

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Drawing I

ARTS 111 - Beavers, Leigh 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 - 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.

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.

Photography II

ARTS 220 - Bowden, Christa K.

An introduction to digital photography, explored through a combination of technique and creative problem solving. Methods and approaches for editing, sequencing, and presentation are investigated. The course includes a combination of demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions related to historical and contemporary movements in the medium. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.

Printmaking I

ARTS 227 - Beavers, Leigh A.

A survey of fine art printmaking media, with emphasis on beginning techniques and the artistic potential of the print. Media include a selection of techniques from intaglio, relief, and planographic printmaking.

Printmaking II

ARTS 228 - Beavers, Leigh A.

Continuation of Printmaking I, with emphasis on one of the major media of printmaking (intaglio, relief, lithography). Students gain experience both with technique and the creative ability to solve visual problems and present compelling images in two dimensions.

Sculpture I

ARTS 231 - Tamir Tamir, Rotem Z.

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.

Dimensions of Art and Math

ARTS 239 - Abrams, Aaron D. / Tamir Tamir, Rotem Z.

In this studio course, we explore subject matters from the interface of mathematics and art by combining mathematical principles and artistic sensibilities and processes. We explore the potential synergy between the two disciplines through looking at designs, patterns, dimensions, and forms through two separate prisms, and we try to find ways in which one can be applied to the other.

Special Topics in Studio Art

ARTS 297A - Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

In various years the topics and media change, given the interest of the faculty and presence of visiting artists. May be repeated when topics are different. Lab fee required.

Winter 2019, ARTS 297A-01: Special Topics: Art, Culture, and Mixed Media (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. This course is for students participating in ARTS 213: Drawing Italy in Spring 2019. An interdisciplinary course combining making art with the study of the Italian culture and language. Students study/practice Italian, providing basic language skills to aid in understanding and communicating abroad. In the studio--a hybrid of drawing and painting with a focus on color and mixed media--students strengthen their observational skills while simultaneously learning about the fundamental properties of pastel and acrylic, both individually and through mixed media approaches. Students work from life as well as non-objectively, to explore a wide range of expression. The course reviews the color wheel; achromatic and monochromatic color, analogous colors, complimentary colors, warm and cool color relationships, local color and natural light vs. color as light. The final third of the course is devoted to creating a series that steers students for work in Italy in the spring. (HA). Olson-Janjic.

 

Studio Seminar: Methods in Contemporary Art Practice

ARTS 309 - Beavers, Leigh A.

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 421 - Beavers, Leigh A.

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.

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 - Lepage, Andrea C.

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

Fall 2018

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Drawing I

ARTS 111 - Beavers, Leigh 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.

Painting I

ARTS 217 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A.

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

Painting II

ARTS 218 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A.

Continuation of ARTS 217. 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.

Printmaking I

ARTS 227 - Beavers, Leigh A.

A survey of fine art printmaking media, with emphasis on beginning techniques and the artistic potential of the print. Media include a selection of techniques from intaglio, relief, and planographic printmaking.

Sculpture I

ARTS 231 - Tamir Tamir, Rotem Z.

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.

Eco Art

ARTS 233 - Tamir Tamir, Rotem Z.

This course treads on the uncharted territory that lies between contemporary art practices and environmental activism, thus redefining cultural norms about the objectives and potential instrumental values of contemporary art. Eco artists replace conventional art store supplies with living plants and microbes, mud and feathers, electronic transmissions and digital imagery, temperature and wind. Through artworks and artists working within the vast scope of environmental concerns. students learn about energy, waste, climate change, technology, sustainability, etc., as well as about creative ecological processes and the relationships between materials, tools, and ecosystems.

Painting III

ARTS 317 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A.

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.

Painting IV

ARTS 318 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A.

Continuation of ARTS 317. Lab fee required.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 421 - Bowden, Christa K.

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

Senior Thesis

ARTS 473 - Bowden, Christa K.

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.