Studio Art Course Offerings

Spring 2022

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Drawing from Environment

ARTS 214 - Beavers, Leigh A.

This intensive, place-based drawing course allows students to practice drawing skills, encourages students to think about the conceptual content of drawings, and requires students to produce a series of drawing projects informed and constrained by a specific natural environment.  The class includes instruction on the environmental context of our course location, including instruction in the ecology, natural history, and geology.  Nearly all of the course occurs outside.  Image presentations, readings and discussions about place-based and site-oriented art provide a conceptual foundation.

Antique Photographic Processes

ARTS 221 - Phillips, Sarah E.

This class serves as an introductory exploration of alternative image-making. This class emphasizes the intersection between that 19th-century photographic processes and  contemporary digital image-making, and explores each process in its historical context. Individual processes are learned through studio demonstration and intensive hands-on lab sessions. Processes covered in this course include cyanotype and toning, Van Dyke, anthotype, lumen printing, and platinum and palladium printing from digital imagery and photograms.  Students learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing from photographs that originate in 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.

Winter 2022

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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 - Phillips, Sarah E.

An introduction to the methods and materials of photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and light. 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.

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.

Special Topics in Photography

ARTS 292 - Phillips, Sarah E.

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.

Winter 2022, ARTS 292-01: Special Topics in Photography: Performance and the Lens (3).
This course is an exploration of technical, conceptual, and theoretical approaches to making, staging, and directing performance-based photographic work using film, digital and/or video cameras. Students will engage in readings, in and outside of class projects, critiques, and discussions that challenge the nature of performance, constructive visual narrative with the camera, and documentation. Possible topics will include transformation, impermanence, absurdity, intentionality of storytelling, and illusion. The class will produce collaborative and solo work that culminates in a final project led by individual student interests that engages with performance, documentation and narrative presented as an image or video-based series. Bowden.

Studio Seminar: Methods in Contemporary Art Practice

ARTS 309 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

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.

Special Topics in Printmaking

ARTS 329 - Beavers, Leigh A.

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.

 

Internship in Studio Art

ARTS 453 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

Supervised off-campus experience in an artist's studio approved by the Department of Art and Art History. Requires a follow-up, on-campus project, devised in advance by the instructor and student. May be carried out during the summer.

Fall 2021

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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.

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 photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and light. 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 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A.

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.

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.

Eco Art

ARTS 233 - Beavers, Leigh A.

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.

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.