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ART 101 Introduction to Art History I

A survey of visual culture from prehistoric through the Middle Ages. The course is designed as an introduction to basic problems and terminology of art history, and to methods of analyzing and interpreting individual works of art. Emphasis is placed upon historical and cultural contexts, and upon the development of major styles. Recommended for first-year students and sophomores who are considering art as a major. Open to all students.

ART 102 Introduction to Art History II

This course is organized like Art 101, but deals with painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Recommended for first-year students and sophomores who are considering art as a major. Open to all students.

ART 107 The Dynamics of Sculpture

A foundation for basic sculptural techniques, materials, and creativity in the studio. Students examine sculpture from the past to the present as a means of developing their technical and creative skills, including drawing, then implement their knowledge through studio projects using such materials as clay, plaster, wood, and found objects. They are also trained in the use of basic power and hand tools. At least two field trips required. Open to all students with or without prior knowledge of sculpture.

ART 109 Drawing I

An introduction to various approaches to drawing, including the use of line, hatching, contour, and shading. More emphasis is placed on immediacy than on finishing technique. Human and other natural forms as well as inanimate objects are drawn in both experimental and disciplined ways. Open to all students.

ART 111 Beginning Printmaking

A study of, and studio experience in, the basic techniques of both monotype and intaglio printmaking. Students are instructed in the proper use of printmaking equipment and tools, including metal plates, acids, inks, grounds, and print papers. Development of visual discernment is stressed.

ART 114 Beginning Painting

An introduction to acrylic, watercolor, and oil painting, evolving from basic studies to more involved problems in formal and expressive relationships. The achievement of a sense of life and meaning in relatively simple subject matter is emphasized.

ART 120 Architectural Design and Theory

The course provides an introduction to the theoretical basis and process by which architects design buildings. Course work includes three or four design projects focusing on significant architectural issues such as urban revitalization, sustainable building, historic preservation, etc. Architectural drafting (by hand) and presentation techniques are developed. No prior background in architecture or drafting is required.

ART 126 History of Architecture

A survey of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Eclectic, and Modern architecture. Buildings and urban plans will be studied in relationship to the cultural, social, and structural character of each period.

ART 128 Introduction to Asian Art

Introduction to Asian Art is an introductory survey of Chinese and Japanese art from their respective Neolithic periods through the 19th century. The purpose of the course is to provide an historical framework from which an overall concept of the arts of China and Japan may be derived.

ART 140 Art and Architecture of World Traditions: Asia, Africa, and the Americas

This course is designed to introduce students to works of art in various media developed in isolation from the European tradition. Lectures will focus on the major artistic traditions of South Asia, the Islamic World, China, Japan, the Americas, and Africa. Using visual arts as a tool, this course will introduce students to the diverse social customs, religions, and beliefs of peoples from these regions.

ART 150 Video Art I

A digital media course, designed for those with little or no experience in time-based media art practices. Students explore how conceptual art, performance art, sound, animation, video and computer technology can be a basis for art making. Upon completion of the course, a student can expect to have a thorough understanding of video and sound editing, familiarity with conceptual art practices and competency with digital video cameras.

ART 155 Digital Photography I

Creative expression, explorations of content and articulation of ideas will be emphasized. The course comprises technical lectures, laboratory demonstrations, slide lectures of historic and contemporary photography, and critiques of student work. Upon completion of the course, a student can expect to have a thorough understanding of the basics of digital photography—proper and consistent image exposure, basic Photoshop skills, and competency with scanning and digital printing

ART 192 Experiencing the Found Object

This course offers students an opportunity to understand how to manipulate and assemble found materials into exciting and convincing sculptural forms that transcend their original source into poetic visions. The Dada and Surrealists founded the Art of Assemblage at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, many artists have assembled found objects—either natural or prefabricated—into structures that equal any other sculptural medium.

ART 196 Basic Photography (Black and White)

This course introduces students to the techniques of film exposure, developing, contact printing, and proofing. In addition, the course exposes students to the aesthetics of black and white photography, presentation of work, and a brief history of the subject. Students should have their own cameras. Limited to 12 students.

Art 206 Materials & Methods

Contemporary artistic practices incorporate many mediums and disciplines. This course is designed to introduce students to current practices within the context of historical traditions and artistic philosophies. Course assignments will include practical projects, classroom critiques, as well as field trips and visiting scholars.

ART 209 Drawing II

A continuation of Drawing I with greater emphasis on compositional relationships and the human figure. There is further exploration of various media and techniques. Drawings by artists of the past and present are studied. Problems associated with aesthetic quality are discussed.
Prerequisite: ART 109, or permission of department head

ART 212 Intermediate Printmaking

Further study and studio experience in the more advanced aspects of intaglio printmaking. A strong involvement with the conceptual development of “proof” states is also emphasized, as well as the ability to recognize and evaluate relationships of line, value, and form through the intaglio printmaking processes.
Prerequisite: ART 111, or permission of instructor

ART 215 The Land and the Global Environment

In this sequel to ART 107 students explore specific frameworks and concepts. This course will explore unique and innovative approaches for using art as a catalyst to explore the interrelationships of the physical, biological, cultural, technological systems in our environment through a multidisciplinary approach. Students complete projects to reflect an understanding of these areas using a variety of materials including found objects and natural materials. Students’ technical skills in the use of materials and tolls are expanded.

ART 216 Byzantine Art

An exploration of the art and architecture of Eastern Europe, Balkan, Asian, and Mediterranean countries during the period of Byzantine rule (343-1453). Works of architecture, sculpture, and painting as well as illuminated manuscripts, icons, and liturgical objects are examined in terms of both their iconography and style. Their significance within the historical, social, religious, and economic context in which they were produced is explored. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101

ART 218 Intermediate Painting

Intermediate study in painting methodology. Technical instruction in acrylic, oil, and egg tempera. Investigations into figurative and abstract modes of painting, with emphasis on individual preference. Critiques are regularly scheduled.
Prerequisite: ART 114, or permission of instructor

ART 221 Ancient Art

A study of the architectural and artistic achievements of the ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean: Egyptian, Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek, and Roman. The monuments are analyzed in terms of style, technique, function, patronage, and influence. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102, or permission of instructor

ART 222 Medieval Art

An analysis of major works of art and architecture from the Early Christian period to the Late Gothic era. Concentration is extended beyond the traditional art forms of painting, sculpture, and architecture to include those specific to the Middle Ages: manuscript illumination, ivory carving, stained glass, and tapestries. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102, or permission of instructor

ART 223 Italian Renaissance Art

A study of the art and architecture of Florence, Rome, Siena, and environs from the late 13th to the late 15th centuries. The works are analyzed in terms of style, technique, function, and patronage. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102, or permission of instructor

ART 224 Baroque Art

A study of 17th century European painting, sculpture, and architecture, focusing on the most important masters of the day: Caravaggio, Bernini, Poussin, Rembrandt, and Rubens. The works are analyzed in terms of style, technique, function, and patronage. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102, or permission of instructor

ART 226 Age of Michelangelo

A study of 16th century painting, sculpture, and architecture, focusing on the most transcendent artists of the age: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102, or permission of instructor

ART 231 American Art

A study of American architecture, painting, photography, and sculpture from colonial times to 1900. American art is considered relative both to European developments and to indigenous conditions and attitudes.
Prerequisite: ART 102, or permission of instructor

ART 233 Nineteenth-Century Painting and Sculpture

A study of important developments in European art from the time of the French Revolution through Post-Impressionism. Visual culture is related to the social and political attitudes of the period.
Prerequisite: ART 102, or permission of instructor

ART 234 Modern Art

A study of major trends in modern European and American art. Expressionism, Cubism, abstraction, Surrealism, and more recent developments are emphasized, as are their relation to cultural, social, and political attitudes of the period.
Prerequisite: ART 102, or permission of instructor

ART 235 African American Art

A study focusing on African American art and its aesthetic and philosophical origins, including a survey of various art forms such as sculpture, masks, pottery, and architectural structures. Discussions concern the African diaspora and the resulting distribution of Afrocentric creative elements throughout Europe and the Western Hemisphere—the Americas and Cuba, etc.
Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102, or permission of instructor

ART 240 Japanese Art and architecture

This course introduces students to the art and architectural traditions of Japan from ancient to modern times. The course focuses on the cultural, social, and political movements that informed Japanese artistic changes over time, as well as the profound impact that the mainland (China, Korea, and indirectly, India) had on its religious, social, cultural, and artistic development.

ART 241 History, Art and Culture of Russia and Eastern Europe

This course introduces students to the major issues addressed by scholars of Russia and Eastern Europe in a number of different disciplines: history, art, literature, government, economics, religious studies, and music. Each week, we treat a different era of history, reading literature, viewing slides, listening to music, and discussing social and political developments. Students will read the Great Russian writers, examine religious culture and architecture, and learn about life in Russia and Eastern Europe today.

ART 242 chinese art and architecture

This course is an introductory survey of Chinese art and architecture from ancient to modern times. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamic processes—cultural, social, political, economic, etc.—that contributed to artistic and architectural developments and changes over time.

ART 255 Digital Photography II

In this intermediate course, students will refine both their aesthetic and technical digital photography skills. Studio assignments are designed to develop students’ individual styles, contextualize photography in terms of its history, its relationship to other art mediums and its cultural implications. In addition to studio assignments and group critiques, there will also be slide lectures, technical demonstrations, reading, and writing assignments.
Prerequisite: ART 155 or permission of the instructor

ART 270 History of the Print

The courses provides an overview of Western printmaking from its beginnings in the early fifteenth century to the present day. It investigates the print as both high art and low; as a realm of experimentation for artists and as a reproductive and commercial medium. The political and ideological usage of prints constitutes a major topic. Students will learn to recognize the main printmaking process through direct access to prints in museums and library collections.
Prerequisites: ART 102

ART 275 Art, Neuroscience and Consciousness

Art and science share a long history of common ideas and practice. We hope to develop the students’ sense of connected history as well as the current intersection between the fields by exploring various perspectives about visual processes, perception, self creativity and consciousness through readings, discussion and studio/lab projects. Students will benefit from the rare opportunity to intensively study the interconnection between two disciplines.
Prerequisite: ART 190 or ART 191

ART 292 Visual Communication through Technology

This is an intermediate design course intended to familiarize students with the basic visualization tools available through computer technology. In the course, students research a project, develop concepts to visualize the ideas set forth by the project, and apply the skills learned to make those ideas visible.
Prerequisite: ART 190, 191

ART 312 Advanced Printmaking

This course is for advanced study and research in the printmaking medium. Emphasis is placed on mastering all technical aspects of printmaking. The course covers various color applications and surface modification techniques. Students are required to design and execute a book or portfolio project, and participate as a printer’s assistant in the publishing of works of art by professional practicing artists. Critiques are a regular requirement with at least two public presentations of students’ work during the semester. Prerequisites required unless otherwise approved by instructor and department chair.
Prerequisite: ART 111, 212, demonstrated proficiency, and permission of instructor

ART 337 The Space of Sculpture

This advanced course addresses public art and installation art. Students are introduced to public art through field trips and by creating temporary site-specific sculptures within a public space either on or off campus. They investigate the stages necessary to create a public sculpture by securing a site; developing a proposal with maquettes, budget, public opinion, fabrication, and installation; documenting; removing; and restoring the site to its original condition. This process is repeated for the development and execution of an environmental installation. Students develop their own projects and work collaboratively.

ART 339 Advanced Painting

Advanced study of the types and combinations of pictorial space through the techniques of composition and modern structural concepts. Emphasis is placed on the dynamic relationships of the subject to the expressive network of formal elements: color, rhythm, value, scale, and form.
Prerequisite: ART 103, 109, or 218

ART 340 Seminar in Art History

A study of particular periods, movements, and artists that relates theoretical, historical, and formal approaches, such as protest art, abstract expressionism, Picasso studies, installation and video art, and 15th century Italian painting. Topics vary according to the specialty of the professor. Open to juniors and seniors who have completed Art 101 and 102 and at least two intermediate-level art history courses.

ART 341 Studio Theory and Practice

Today artistic practice crosses many boundaries and incorporates a wide plethora of mediums and approaches. A series of practical projects will be undertaken both in the studio and on campus exploring a variety of mediums and technical processes many of which have been adopted by artists over the past century. Includes field trips, visiting artists, and regularly scheduled critiques.
Prerequisite: ART 103 or ART 107 or ART109, 200 level studio course or by permission of instructor

ART 344 Internships

Students majoring in art may take an approved internship at a museum, gallery, or related institution. The internship includes reading assignments, art-related work experience, and a written report on selected activities.

ART 390, 391 Independent Study in Studio Art

Advanced independent study with regularly scheduled critiques. Individual projects in painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, or special work in portfolio development and presentation may be proposed. For junior and senior art majors and minors. Hours to be arranged.

ART 392, 393 Independent Study in Art History

Advanced independent study and research in art history with individually designed research programs done in consultation with a member of the art history faculty. For junior and senior art majors and minors. Hours to be arranged.

ART 495, 496 Thesis in Art History

Majors with a strong performance in art history are invited to become candidates for departmental honors during second semester of junior year. During the senior year, candidates conduct research in a specialized field of art history under the guidance of art history faculty. The project culminates in a written thesis and an oral defense. [W]
Prerequisite: ART 101, 102,  or ART 125, 126, and three intermediate or advanced courses in art history

ART 497, 498 Thesis in Studio Art

Majors with a strong performance in studio art are invited to become candidates for departmental honors during the second semester of their junior year. In their senior year, candidates conduct research in a specialized field of studio art under the guidance of the studio art faculty. The project culminates in a body of work, a written thesis, and an oral defense.
Prerequisite: ART 103 or 109, 214, and 338 or 339; or 103, 107, 215, and 337; or 103, 111, and 212