Studio Art Course Offerings

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.

Spring 2021

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Creating Comics

ARTS 215 - Beavers, Leigh A. / Gavaler, Christopher P. (Chris)

A course which is both a creative-writing and a studio-art course. Students study graphic narratives as an art form that combines image-making and storytelling, producing their own multi-page narratives through the "writing" of images. The course includes a theoretical overview of the comics form, using a range of works as practical models.

Portable Radicals: Soft Sculpture

ARTS 237 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

This Spring Term course will explore moveable soft forms and lightweight structures through an expansion of sculpture that includes movement, activation and protest. We will investigate the history of artists catching the air with banners, capes, and kites and creating spaces inspired by tents, camps, and nomadic structures. We will consider how artists have used fabric and plastic to create structures that resist the permanence of architecture and take advantage of movement and color. Material skills may include dyeing fabric, fabric and plastic construction, sewing, and methods for structures. The course will culminate with performances of activated pieces and by temporarily placing structures in approved campus sites, before and during the Spring Term Fair.

Special Topics in Photography

ARTS 292 - Bowden, Christa K.

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.

Spring 2021, ARTS 292-01: Special Topics in Photography: Visions in Blue: The Cyanotype Process (3). Prerequisite: ARTS 120 or ARTS 121. Discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, the cyanotype (blueprint) process is an iron-based process that produces an intense deep blue when exposed to UV light such as sunlight. In this course, we will learn the science and history of the cyanotype and how it has been used by photographers, scientists, and artists from the 19th through the 21st century. We will make many cyanotypes in all shapes and sizes using found materials, stencils, and negatives on materials ranging from paper to fabric. We will also learn how to tone cyanotypes to obtain a range of additional colors. Depending on weather, much of this class will be held outside on the Wilson Hall Terrace. (HA) Bowden.

Winter 2021

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Drawing I

ARTS 111 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A. / Olson-Janjic, Kathleen

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 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.

Art Works

ARTS 204 - Bent, George R. / Olan, Lorriann T. (Lorri)

This one-credit course prepares Art and Art History students to find internships and jobs. It assesses students' abilities and skills, provides resources about a variety of industries that majors pursue, helps students develop professional development tools, coaches them through mock interviews and networking, and showcases how to search and apply for internships and post-graduate opportunities. 

Painting I

ARTS 217 - Stevens-Lubin, Laure A. / 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.

Land and Passage

ARTS 236 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

This course demonstrates how sculpture can be expanded to include places, passing through places, ecology, and ephemeral installations. Students will develop art processes to articulate a variety of human relationships with environmental sites, and more generally, the exterior. We will study historical and contemporary examples of sculpture and art practices that utilize visual arts to express the complexities of environmental subjects. The course will include projects to develop an expanded definition of sculpture by investigating local geography, regarding comparative sites as subjects, reviewing material history, and considering the ways that passage through local places can constitute both form and meaning. Course work includes readings, in-class discussions, research, and creating projects using traditional and found materials.

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.

Special Topics in Printmaking

ARTS 329A - 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.

Winter 2021, ARTS 329A-01: Special Topics in Printmaking: Experimental Printmaking (3). This course will combine traditional printmaking processes (relief, planographic, stencil and intaglio) with experimental techniques including digital printmaking, laser cut, collagraph collage, pattern production and carborundum printing. Emphasis will be placed on new materials (recyclable, biodegradable or found material), non-traditional surfaces, non-traditional media and experimentation. Further emphasis will be placed on composition outside the traditional rectangle and installation. The course will include demos, image presentations, critique and studio sessions. Beavers.

Directed Studio Projects

ARTS 423 - 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 - de Lissovoy, Sandy B.

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