Studio Art

2017 - 2018 Catalog

Studio Art major leading to BA degree

A major in studio art leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 36 credits, as follows:

  1. ARTS 111, 309, 473; ARTH 267
  2. Either ARTS 112 or 131
  3. Nine additional credits, one course each from three of the following six areas:
    1. Design: ARTS 131
    2. Drawing: ARTS 112, 211
    3. Painting: ARTS 217
    4. Photography: ARTS 120
    5. Printmaking: ARTS 227
    6. Sculpture: ARTS 231
  4. Nine additional credits, from one of the following five areas. A cross-media emphasis may be taken with permission of the studio art faculty.
    1. Drawing: ARTS 112, 211, 212, 213, 214
    2. Painting: ARTS 217, 218, 291, 317, 318
    3. Photography: ARTS 120, 220, 221, 223, 224, 292, 320, 321
    4. Printmaking: ARTS 226, 227, 228, 327, 328, 329
    5. Sculpture: ARTS 231, 232, 331, 332
  5. Three additional credits in ARTH
  1. Required courses
    • ARTS 111 - Drawing I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyBeavers, Olson-Janjic

      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.


    • ARTS 309 - Studio Seminar: Methods in Contemporary Art Practice
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteStudio art major and instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • ARTS 473 - Senior Thesis
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 309
      FacultyStaff

      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.


    • ARTH 267 - Art Since 1945
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      This course introduces students to art and art theory from 1945 to the present. The objectives of the course are: (1) to enhance student knowledge of the major works, artists, and movements of art in Europe and the United States since 1945; (2) to integrate these works of art within the broader social and intellectual history of the period; and  (3) to help students develop their skills in visual analysis and historical interpretation. Among the issues we examine are the politics of abstract art; the ongoing dialogue between art and mass culture; the differences between modernism and postmodernism; and contemporary critiques of art history's prevailing narratives. This is a lecture course with a heavy emphasis on in-class discussion.


  2. Take one course
    • Either
    • ARTS 112 - Drawing II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
      FacultyBeavers, Olson-Janjic

      Continuation of Drawing I. Lab fee required.


    • or
    • ARTS 131 - Design I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      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.


  3. Nine additional credits, one course each from three of the following six areas:
    • Design:
      • ARTS 131 - Design I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent

        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.


    • Drawing:
      • ARTS 112 - Drawing II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers, Olson-Janjic

        Continuation of Drawing I. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 211 - Figure Drawing I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

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


    • Painting:
      • ARTS 217 - Painting I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

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


    • Photography:
      • ARTS 120 - Photography I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent
        FacultyArcher, Bowden

        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.


    • Printmaking:
      • ARTS 227 - Printmaking I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 or instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        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:
      • ARTS 231 - Sculpture I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent
        FacultyTamir

        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.


  4. Nine additional credits, from one of the following areas:
  5. A cross-media emphasis may be taken with permission of the studio art faculty.

    • a Drawing:
      • ARTS 112 - Drawing II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers, Olson-Janjic

        Continuation of Drawing I. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 211 - Figure Drawing I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

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


      • ARTS 212 - Figure Drawing II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 211 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

        Continuation of ARTS 211 with emphasis on the use of the human figure as a compositional element. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 213 - Drawing Italy
        FDRHA
        Credits4
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

        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.


      • ARTS 214 - Drawing in Place
        FDRHA
        Credits4
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        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.


    • Painting:
      • ARTS 217 - Painting I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

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


      • ARTS 218 - Painting II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 217 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

        Continuation of ARTS 217. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 291 - Special Topics in Painting
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 or 217 or instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

        Intermediate and advanced study in painting with emphasis on specialized media and topics. Examples of media offered include acrylic, oil, mixed media, and encaustic with subject matter ranging from the figure and landscape to non-objective imagery. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 317 - Painting III
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 218 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

        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.


      • ARTS 318 - Painting IV
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 317 and instructor consent
        FacultyOlson-Janjic

        Continuation of ARTS 317. Lab fee required.


    • Photography:
      • ARTS 120 - Photography I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent
        FacultyArcher, Bowden

        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.


      • ARTS 220 - Photography II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 120 and instructor consent
        FacultyBowden

        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.


      • ARTS 221 - Antique Photographic Processes
        FDRHA
        Credits4
        PrerequisiteARTS 120
        FacultyBowden

        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.


      • ARTS 223 - Photography and the City
        FDRHA
        Credits4
        PrerequisitePrerequisite: ARTS 120, 222 and instructor consent
        FacultyBowden

        Spring Term Abroad course. The city of Paris has played a critical role throughout the history of photography, from the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, to its role today as a capitol of the contemporary photographic art scene. With this historical and cultural context in mind, students explore the city with their cameras, and create images based on their own visual research. Collaborative, interdisciplinary, and digital projects comprise the majority of work in this course, and gallery and museum visits play an integral role.


      • ARTS 224 - Color Photography
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 120 and instructor consent
        FacultyBowden

        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.


      • ARTS 292 - Special Topics in Photography
        FDRHA
        Credits3 in fall or winter; 4 in spring
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent

        Advanced study in photography, with an emphasis on a specialized topic within the medium. Course may be taught by visiting artists or faculty. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 320 - Large Format Photography
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteArts 120 and instructor consent
        FacultyBowden

        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.


      • ARTS 321 - Advanced Approaches in Photography
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 320 and instructor consent
        FacultyBowden

        Advanced studies in fine art photography and the photographic print, with an emphasis on creating a substantial term-long project. Students may work in traditional, digital, or alternative process techniques in either black-and-white or color and larger film and/or print formats are encouraged. Lab fee required; cameras available for check-out.


    • Printmaking:
      • ARTS 226 - Introduction to the Book Arts
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        FacultyStaff

        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.


      • ARTS 227 - Printmaking I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 111 or instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        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.


      • ARTS 228 - Printmaking II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 227 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        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.


      • ARTS 327 - Printmaking III
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 228 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        Students concentrate on producing a body of work through deeper exploration of one of the printmaking techniques. More emphasis on critical evaluation in the planning and execution stage. Seminar style discussion of contemporary issues in printmaking.


      • ARTS 328 - Printmaking IV
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 327 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        Tutorial/critique course for advanced students in printmaking. Term project.


      • ARTS 329 - Special Topics in Printmaking
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 227 and instructor consent
        FacultyBeavers

        This course focuses on a problem or theme in printmaking, such as sequential or series of images, production of large-scale prints, simple alternative technique, digital processes, image with text, etc. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • Sculpture:
      • ARTS 231 - Sculpture I
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteInstructor consent
        FacultyTamir

        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.


      • ARTS 232 - Sculpture II
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 231 and instructor consent

        Studio problems concentrate on one medium, e.g., stone, wood, clay, or metal. Contemporary concerns in sculpture are explored through readings and presentations by students. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 331 - Sculpture III
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 131 and instructor consent, with ARTS 211 highly recommended

        Problems are designed to develop an awareness of form relationships in the human figure and to gain an understanding of how they relate to design principles and elements. Lab fee required.


      • ARTS 332 - Sculpture IV
        FDRHA
        Credits3
        PrerequisiteARTS 232 and instructor consent

        A continuation of ARTS 331 with emphasis on in-depth studio problems. Further readings and presentations in contemporary sculpture. Lab fee required.


  6. Three additional credits in ARTH