Studio Art

2017 - 2018 Catalog

Studio Art minor

A minor in studio art requires completion of seven three- or four-credit courses. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in studio art. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

  1. Completion of one of the following two areas of emphasis:
    1. Studio: ARTS 111 and three courses in studio art chosen from one of the following two categories:
      1. ARTS 213, 217, 218, 291, 317, 318
      2. ARTS 226, 227, 228, 327, 328, 329
    2. Design: ARTS 131 and three courses in studio art chosen from one of the following two categories:
      1. ARTS 120, 220, 221, 223, 224, 292, 320, 321
      2. ARTS 231, 232, 331, 332
  2. One art history course at the 200 or 300 level, chosen from among the following: ARTH 261, 263, 266, 267, 273, 274, 276, 363, 364, 367
  3. Two additional courses in studio art
  1. Completion of one of the following two areas of emphasis:
    • Studio
      • 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.


      • and three courses in studio art chosen from one of the following two categories:
          • 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 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.


          • 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.


    • 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.


      • and three courses in studio art chosen from one of the following two categories:
          • 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 - Paris: History, Image, Myth, Part II
            FDRHA
            Credits4
            PrerequisitePrerequisite: ARTS 222 and instructor consent. Recommended: ARTS 120
            FacultyBowden

            Students may not take this course and HIST 210. Participants in this course spend four weeks in Paris asking the following questions: how can photography capture Parisian life and Parisian spaces to document a sense of place? How can we use photography to observe the city's changing landscape as well as understand its rich past? Indeed, how has photography--the development of which is closely tied to Paris's history--altered the fabric of the city? Topics include the social and political transformations of the 19th century, the shifting geography of artistic Paris, and contemporary trends such as immigration and gentrification. Numerous museum and gallery visits will also play an important role in our time in Paris. This course is taught in close collaboration with HIST 210, creating an interdisciplinary context for students to explore the relationship of photography to the modern history and contemporary issues of Paris.


          • 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.


          • 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.


  2. One art history course at the 200 or 300 level, chosen from:
    • ARTH 261 - History of Photography
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      An art-historical introduction to the history of photography, from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. Lectures and discussions examine photography's aesthetic, documentary, and "scientific" purposes; important contributors to photography and its history; the evolution of the camera and related technical processes; and issues of photographic theory and criticism. Photography is considered as a medium with its own rich history - bearing in mind stylistic shifts and changes in subject matter related to aesthetic, social, and cultural concerns - but also as a key component in the wider narrative of modern art.


    • ARTH 263 - 20th-Century European Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      This course covers major European art movements and criticism from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Lectures and discussions explore the implications of what it means for art to be/appear "modern," the social and aesthetic goals of the early avant-garde, the "rise and fall" of abstraction, and artistic responses to post-war mass culture. Movements discussed include Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and New Realism.


    • ARTH 266 - American Art to 1945
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      A survey of painting and sculpture in the United States from its earliest settlement to about 1945. Lectures and discussions emphasize the English eastern seaboard development in the 17th and 18th centuries, though other geographical areas are included in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include art of the early colonies, the Hudson River School, Realism and Regionalism, and the reception of abstract art in the United States.


    • 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.


    • ARTH 273 - Arts of Modern Latin America
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLepage

      This lecture course surveys the art and architecture of Latin America from circa 1900 to the present. Students explore the relationship between the arts in Europe and Latin America, trace the development of modern art in Latin America, and consider topics such as the rise of modernismo in Latin America, art in service of nationalism, indigenismo, and the growing Chicana/o movement in the United States. Among the artists covered are Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Tarsila do Amaral, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Wilfredo Lam, Lygia Clark, and Francisco Botero.


    • ARTH 274 - Art and Revolution: Mexican Muralism
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyLepage

      This lecture course surveys public monumental art produced by Mexican artists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico and the United States from 1910 to the 1970s. These artists used art to promote the social ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1911-1920). Through this muralist movement, they attempted to build a new national consciousness by celebrating the cultural heritage of the Mexican people. Quickly, the muralists and their patrons came into conflict with one another concerning how to best achieve their utopian goal of equality for all Mexicans. This course examines the various ideologies of the Mexican muralists and considers reactions to muralism by other artists as well as the public. The class also examines the impact of muralism throughout Latin America and the United States.


    • ARTH 276 - Chicana/o Art and Muralism: From the Street to the (Staniar) Gallery
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteOpen to all students
      FacultyLepage

      This class examines the process by which Chicana/o artists have garnered public attention and respect, and have taken their artworks from the peripheries of the art world to more traditional museum and gallery spaces. Using the Great Wall of Los Angeles as a connecting thread, this class considers the broad theme of identity creation and transformation as expressed by Chicana/o artists from the 1970s to the present.


    • ARTH 363 - Surrealism
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      Surrealism was one of the most multi-faceted and influential intellectual movements of the 20th century with a legacy and practice that continues today. This seminar examines the key writings and ideas that underlie surrealism with a focus on its artistic practice. We will consider works by artists including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Max Ernst; watch surrealist films; discuss the significance of dreams; and play surrealist "games of chance."


    • ARTH 364 - Seminar on Art of the 1960s
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      An exploration of the art produced during the decade of the 1960s. A seminal period, it includes Pop Art, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Minimalism, and socially conscious and politically oriented art reflecting feminism and black radicalism. Emphasis is placed not only on the major artistic currents of the period but also on the broader cultural reflections of these movements. .


  3. Two additional courses in studio art