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Art & Art History

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4
Degree Requirements:
F5

An introduction to drawing in various media.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

An introduction to figure drawing in various media.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

An introduction to the fundamentals of acrylic painting, including its formal and conceptual properties.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

Emphasis will be on the development of ideas as they relate to traditional and non-traditional approaches to making art. Students will develop skills in modeling, casting, wood working, and alternative media. This course situates students within the contemporary art world and challenges them to articulate thoughts and concepts through the art making process.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

An introduction to the production of film and video. Students will explore a variety of film making practices by producing works in narrative and documentary genres as well as experimental videos and art films. Using a wide variety of tools, students will gain experience in cinematography, non-linear video editing, and sound production while also expanding their understanding of the histories, practices and theories of filmmaking.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

An introduction to digital arts, focused on the exploration and production of still images, including but not limited to digital photography, through electronic media.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Film Studies Elective

Students will make digital projects, including, but not limited to: narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, and/or animation projects. Cameras and editing software are provided.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

Students in this course will conceptualize, design, print, publish and distribute original zines of their own creation.  Students will utilize a variety of analog and digital methods of design, drawing, collage, scanning, photocopying, printing, marketing and distribution.  Assignments focus on the creative pipeline for DIY publishing.  Students will expand their understanding of the histories, practices and theories of creative publishing as a creative practice.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F3, F5

A survey of Western art from prehistory to the twentieth century. In the first half of the semester emphasis is placed on examining art within the producing cultures of ancient Egypt, the Near East, classical Greece and Rome, the Byzantine world, and medieval Europe. The second half of the semester emphasizes the development and expansion of Renaissance ideals of art, and the reassessment of these ideals in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Students will be exposed to the basic methods of art historical analysis as well as the major techniques, artists, movements and objects in the history of Western art. (Course offered every semester.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F3, F5

A comprehensive introduction to European and American art and art criticism since 1940. Movements and sensibilities to be studied include Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal, Feminist, and Neoexpressionism. Themes examined will include modernism and postmodernism, mass culture, art and politics, gender, race, and other markers of identity. Artists include Pollock, Warhol, Spero, Chicago, and Ringgold.

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4

Topics will vary from year to year with the instructor. Course may be repeated as long as topics are different.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

Figure drawing from life.

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Credits:
4

Fundamentals of acrylic painting, including its formal and conceptual properties.

Credits:
4

Emphasis will be on the development of ideas as they relate to traditional and non-traditional approaches to making art. Students will develop skills in modeling, casting, wood working, and alternative media. This course situates students within the contemporary art world and challenges them to articulate thoughts and concepts through the art making process.

Students are expected  to spend twelve hours per week on research and production. Students must have permission from the instructor before registration. Studio courses require 138 hours of work per term for four credits. A studio fee may be required for studio courses to cover the expense of materials and equipment.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Ancient Studies Elective

This course explores the art and architecture of the ancient Near East and Egypt. The chronological survey will examine the materials, techniques, categories of artifacts and conventions (of both form and subject matter)of these two cultures with a significant emphasis on the social, political, and religious contexts in which they were created. The rediscovery and study of these cultures in the 19th and 20th centuries and museological issues related to this material will also be discussed. Students will approach ancient cultures through the eyes of art historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2016.)

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4

In 1973, Mierle Ukeles was invited to exhibit her art at the Wadsworth Athenium Museum. Her exhibition consisted of cleaning and maintaining the building, including a grueling 8 hours spent washing its front steps. In 1990, Rirkrit Tiravanija cooked and served curry in a commercial gallery in New York. The meal was free for anyone who wanted it. In 2010, Marina Abramović sat silently in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art for 736 hours. Visitors waited in line for hours, some camping out for days, to sit in a chair across from her and look into her eyes. How can simple actions like cleaning a staircase, cooking and serving food, or sitting across from a stranger be considered art? In this class we'll explore the ways in which carefully considered interactions with other people, objects, and spaces can become extraordinary experiences. We'll focus on everyday activities and examine how actions like recontextualizing, scripting, and repeating these activities can shift our understanding and impact an audience. We'll read about and recreate significant performances from the 1960's - today, and work individually and collaboratively to produce original works of performance art. No prior performance experience is necessary. 

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4
Degree Requirements:
Film Studies

Advanced studio work in digital arts, focused on creating electronic media-based projects geared toward individual student interests. Students can work with either still or moving images.

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Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

This course will offer students the opportunity to build virtual realities. Utilizing software such as Autodesk Maya, students will 3D model objects, architecture, characters and environments to create original animations of their own design.  Students will expand their understanding of the histories, theories and practices of 3D animation.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Ancient Studies Elective

This course evaluates the visual culture and archaeological remains of the Greek lands from the “Bronze Age” to the end of the Hellenistic period. In this course, we not only examine the visual characteristics of the architecture, painting, and sculpture of ancient Greece, but also interpret those characteristics within their historical and cultural context. We study the major religious, funerary, and social rituals of the ancient Greeks and how the archaeological remains inform us of those activities. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2017/2018.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Ancient Studies Elective

This course is a chronological introduction to the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Roman world from the Republic to the time of Constantine. We will investigate what the Romans themselves considered “art” the be and how to historically contextualize the variety of Roman visual culture, including not only sculpture and architecture, but also fresco painting, coins, gemstones, and urban infrastructure and design. Other topics to be considered include the propagandistic and ideological use of visual culture by Roman emperors, issues of gender and class in private patronage, domestic architecture, funerary art, and the art of the Roman provinces. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2017/2018.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F3, F5, Ancient Studies Elective

This course will address the material remains of the ancient Mediterranean, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, Etruria, and Rome. By examining the history of the rediscovery of the classical world we will come to understand “How do we know what we know about antiquity?” through the personalities and methodologies of more than two centuries of archaeological practice. We will also study ethical and legal questions related to classical archaeology and the broader question of “Who owns the past?” by looking into case studies of looting, theft, and museological issues. (Course offered in alternate years)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Medieval Through Baroque Elective

An examination of the visual arts in Europe during the period normally known as the Middle Ages, ca. 313-1348. Attention will also focus on the art emanating from the Byzantine east. Art works discussed will include both secular and religious objects, and topics covered will include issues of aesthetics, iconography, style, functionality, and spirituality. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2016-2017.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Medieval Through Baroque Elective

This course examines Italian art from about 1300-1580, with emphasis on the historical and social context. Such themes as patronage, functions, theory, materials and techniques, style, and the profession of the artist will be discussed. Artists treated include Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and Palladio. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2017/2018.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Medieval through Baroque Elective

An examination of painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts in the Netherlands, Germany, and France, from about 1400 to 1600, with emphasis on the historical and social context. Such themes as the status of the artist, art and mysticism, iconography, and the relationship of Northern European and Italian art and culture will be discussed. Artists include Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, and Pieter Bruegel. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2016-2017.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Medieval through Baroque

The course investigates European art ca. 1580-1750. Students will be introduced to the major artists, subjects, and stylistic developments during this time period. Additional emphasis will be placed on issues such as patronage, collecting, technique, women artists, and recent discoveries. Artists covered include Caravaggio, Bernini, Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velasquez, and Rubens. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2017-2018.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Modern Art Elective

A thematic examination of art produced in the United States from the colonial period to WWII with special emphasis on the place of art and artists within a democracy. Themes include the relationship between political and visual representation, landscape as metaphor, race and ethnicity in art, and the tension between private and public patronage. Artists include Thomas Jefferson, Stuart Davis, and Frank Lloyd Wright. (Course offered in alternate years; next scheduled for Fall, 2017.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Modern Art Elective

A survey of the major European art movements from about 1760 to 1880. Special emphasis is given to the interplay between politics and the emergence of new styles and subject matter in painting. Artists covered include David, Goya, Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Courbet, Manet, and Monet. (Course offered in alternate years; next scheduled for Fall 2016.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

A survey of European art from 1880 to 1960. Themes examined include primitivism, the tension between modern art and mass culture, the attempt to combine radical politics with formal innovation, and the development of non-objective styles of painting. Movements discussed include symbolism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, dada, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. (Course offered in alternate years; next scheduled for Spring 2017.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F3, F5, Modern Art Elective

This course investigates how modern artists have opposed war over the past two centuries. It begins with a focus on Pablo Picasso’s monumental painting, Guernica, considers the historical precedents from which he drew inspiration, acknowledges the prevalence of war reporting and propaganda in shaping public opinion of combat, and then traces the legacy of his example. Much of the art under consideration was produced in the United States, so the course will provide one perspective on the so-called American Century. In addition to developing the skills of close looking, students will read both primary and secondary sources, as well as critical theory. All of this will help us to consider the efficacy of such art, especially that produced in a democracy. (Course offered in alternate years; next scheduled for Fall 2016.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F11, Modern Art Elective

This course is a one semester class designed to teach students the basics of exhibiting art as well as examining theoretical issues including but not limited to: the mission of a gallery, understanding a gallery’s audience, and the role of exhibition spaces in a community. Working with the gallery director students may be involved in: publicizing, preparing and designing of exhibits, proper handling of works of art, hanging, lighting, labels, receptions, security, etc. for all exhibits during the spring semester year. The class is only open to juniors and seniors or with permission of the instructor.

Credits:
4

Topics will vary from year to year with the instructor. Course may be repeated as long as topics are different.

Credits:
4

A studio, open to both majors and non-majors, on varying subjects. May be repeated for credit. Topics courses include landscape painting and figure painting.

Credits:
4

Students taking advanced studio courses will further explore issues concerning media and methods relevant to individually designated concepts and investigations. Students are expected to spend twelve hours per week on research and production. Directed Inquiries can be accommodated through any of the advanced studio offerings. Studio courses require 138 hours of work per term for four credits. A studio fee is required for every studio course to cover the expense of materials and equipment. A 300-level class may be repeated at the 400-level course designation, however, this is reserved for rare instances in which a student is already performing at a graduate school level. Permission of instructor is required.

Credits:
4

Students taking advanced studio courses will further explore issues concerning media and methods relevant to individually designated concepts and investigations. Students are expected to spend twelve hours per week on research and production. Directed Inquiries can be accommodated through any of the advanced studio offerings. Studio courses require 138 hours of work per term for four credits. A studio fee is required for every studio course to cover the expense of materials and equipment. A 300-level class may be repeated at the 400-level course designation, however, this is reserved for rare instances in which a student is already performing at a graduate school level. Permission of instructor is required.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
Film Studies Elective

Advanced studio work in digital arts, focused on creating electronic media-based projects geared toward individual student interests. Students can work with either still or moving images.

Students taking advanced studio courses will further explore issues concerning media and methods relevant to individually designated concepts and investigations. Students are expected to spend twelve hours per week on research and production. Directed Inquiries can be accommodated through any of the advanced studio offerings. Studio courses require 138 hours of work per term for four credits. A studio fee is required for every studio course to cover the expense of materials and equipment. A 300-level class may be repeated at the 400-level course designation, however, this is reserved for rare instances in which a student is already performing at a graduate school level. Permission of instructor is required.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F3, F5, Modern Art Elective

This course investigates the contributions of feminism to art practices since the 1960s. With primary and secondary documents as our evidence and guide, we will assess the accomplishments and limitations of overtly feminist art. Throughout the semester we will ask why artists embraced the politics of feminism, how this shaped their own practices and perceptions of modernism, and how this now helps us to see the great complexity of modern and contemporary art. Pre-requisites: Art 152 Survey of Contemporary Art, or permission of the instructor. (Course offered in alternate years: next scheduled for Spring 2018)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Ancient Studies Elective

This course will focus on Pompeii and Herculaneum, also addressing material from sites like Stabiae, Boscoreale, Boscotrecase, and Oplontis. We will examine these cities as case studies of archaeology, Roman urbanism, and a particular period of Roman art. We will also consider the impact of the rediscovery of these lost cities on the 19th century world. Previous completion of Art 151 or Art 219 is strongly recommended but not required. (Course offered every third year.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, Medieval through Baroque Elective

An examination of the life and art of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). Special attention will be paid to stylistic, interpretive, and methodological issues, as well as the many controversies that have surrounded his life and art from the Renaissance to the present. Works studied will include painting, sculpture, architecture, drawings, and poetry. Class will combine both lecture and seminar formats. Either Art History 151 or Art History 223 is strongly recommended but not required. (Course offered every third year; scheduled for 2017- 2018.)

Credits:
4

A seminar, open to both majors and non-majors, on varying subjects. May be repeated for credit so long as topics are different.

Credits:
4

A studio, open to both majors and non-majors, on varying subjects. May be repeated for credit as long as topics are different. Topics courses include landscape painting and figure painting.

Students taking advanced studio courses will further explore issues concerning media and methods relevant to individually designated concepts and investigations. Students are expected to spend twelve hours per week on research and production. Directed Inquiries can be accommodated through any of the advanced studio offerings. Studio courses require 138 hours of work per term for four credits. A studio fee is required for every studio course to cover the expense of materials and equipment. A 300-level class may be repeated at the 400-level course designation, however, this is reserved for rare instances in which a student is already performing at a graduate school level. Permission of instructor is required.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, F11

This program is a supervised training course in the methods of Classical archaeology at a controlled excavation and in the relationship between newly discovered artifacts and those in museums. Students will live in Greece and participate as crewmembers in the excavation, registration, restoration, and publication of archaeological objects. They will also study famous art objects and sites in an academic and museum setting, tracing the life history of such an object from discovery to display and publication. Focusing on Crete in the Bronze Age, ca. 3000-1100 BCE, students will have the opportunity to examine the art of the Minoans at first hand.

Credits:
1

Students interested in reading for honors in the department of Art and Art History are required to enroll in a preparatory tutorial in the spring semester of their junior year. Successful completion of the tutorial does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into the Honors Program.

Credits:
1-4
Degree Requirements:
F11

Students are placed with local artists and/or regional galleries, design firms or architectural firms. May be repeated for a total of six credits. Students may apply a maximum of four credits towards the Art major or minor.

Credits:
1-4
Degree Requirements:
F11

Fall or Spring. Credits: 1-4.An internship with a gallery or museum with a focus on the visual arts. Prerequisites: Approval of department Chair and offer of placement from an approved gallery or museum. Normally open only to Art majors and minors with junior or senior standing. Students may apply a maximum of four credits towards the Art major or minor.

Credits:
4

Individually designed creative projects or research undertaken with the approval and guidance of the art faculty. Students are required to propose a fifteen-week program of research, develop a relevant body of work and artist statement, meet weekly for critiques with the instructor, and maintain a digital portfolio of their work. In addition each student will participate in two formal critiques with art faculty and a peer group at midterm and final. This course is only offered in the Fall of Senior year.

Credits:
4

Art History Track. Advanced seminar involving theory, methodology, and historiography. Students will submit a major research paper and conduct an oral presentation. Topics vary with instructor. Required of all majors in the art history track. Prerequisites: Art History 151, 152, and at least three 200-level Art History courses.

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4

The continuation of the senior seminar in which students further develop and refine creative projects with the approval and guidance of the art faculty. This course culminates in a Thesis Gallery Exhibition.This course is only offered in the Spring of Senior year.

Credits:
4

Honors Research/Independent Project for students who are seeking Honors during their senior year of study.

Credits:
4

Honors Research/Independent project. For students seeking Honors during their senior year of study.

Credits:
4

The travel–study portion of Track Two includes a month–long tour of the Continent including Paris, Beaune, Rome, Florence, Venice, Ravenna, Nürnberg, Munich, Bruges, Ghent, and concludes in Londonduring the final week of the program. During the tour, each student keeps a daily academic journal. Most students will never have thought seriously about art, architecture and city structure before going on this program, but, by the end of it, each student should have the wherewithal to look at a building or a sculpture and understand its period, its aims, the way it was produced and what the artist intended by it. Part of the Track Two: Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance of the European Studies Program. 

Credits:
4

This course, in two parts, provides a broad-based, chronological survey of the art and architecture of Western Europe in the Middle Ages from the fourth century to the Renaissance. It introduces many of the themes and works of art that are explored further on the Continental tour. Slide lectures trace the general developments of styles throughout the period, set within their historical contexts, as well as focusing on individual buildings, manuscripts, pieces of sculpture, metalwork or paintings as case studies of technique or patronage. Visits to the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum enable students to view examples of the objects studied in the course first hand. Part of the Track Two: Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance of the European Studies Program.