Courses

The art department offers an integrated program of studio and history courses, while allowing the student to tailor the major to fit her particular interests in either area. The art history focus is grounded in a choice of courses from different chronological periods of art and courses that treat thematic issues. The emphasis in the studio-art focus is on a strong foundation in drawing and design. This allows the student to take a range of courses in painting, printmaking, digital imaging, sculpture (or three dimensional studio) and mixed media. Both courses of study prepare majors for productive professional or academic careers.

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Studio Art Courses

Studio Art Students are expected to provide most of their supplies.

ART-160 VISUAL THINKING I (4)

Introduction to drawing and design. We will explore issues of composition, color theory and creative development. Experiments with a variety of drawing and design media will develop students’ visual skills and individual style.

ART-240 DRAWING AND COMPOSITION I (4)

Problems in representation with a focus on life drawing and the human body. We will experiment with drawing media and various styles of drawing With an emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery. Prerequisite: ART-160

ART-241 PAINTING PROCESSES I (4)

Introductory course in painting. We will combine basic painting techniques and experiments in color theory with exploration of conceptual approaches to painterly media with an emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery. Prerequisite: ART-160

ART-242 PRINTMAKING PROCESSES I (4)

Introduction to printmaking processes. We will focus on image content and creative development Through various printing processes including monoprint, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, book arts and photographic processes in printmaking. Prerequisite: ART-160

ART-243 THREE-DIMENSIONAL THINKING I (4)

Introduction to three-dimensional art making with a focus on mass, space and light. We will explore materials and conceptual development Through multiple projects that may include sculptural, environmental, time-based, sound-based, performative and kinetic work. Prerequisite: ART-160

ART-244 DIGITAL PROCESSES (4)

Introduction to digitally based design using the Macintosh platform. We will use software standard to the creative industry as a tool to explore typography, photography, illustration, and time-based imagery. Projects are conceptually based and focus on experimenting with direct hand work, digital effects and various modes of presentation. We will emphasis understanding reading and designing meaning and message in visual expression. Software includes Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, and Final Cut Xpress. Prerequisite: ART-160

ART-245 CREATING ARTIST BOOKS (4)

Creating artist books through a variety of media and image-making techniques. We will explore this special form of narrative-based visual expression and discover unique interactions between word and image, and a variety of book structures. Prerequisite: ART-160

ART-295 TOPICS IN STUDIO ART (4)

This course introduces students to a special topic in studio art at the 200 level. Such topics may focus on specific medium or concept; topics are variable according to professor’s interest and expertise. Prerequisite: ART-160 or permission of instructor

ART-340 DRAWING AND COMPOSITION II (4)

Advanced studies in drawing Prerequisite: ART-240

ART-341 PAINTING PROCESSES II (4)

Advanced studies in painting Prerequisite: ART-241

ART-342 PRINTMAKING PROCESSES II (4)

Advanced studies in printmaking Prerequisite: ART-242

ART-343 THREE-DIMENSIONAL THINKING II (4)

Advanced studies in three-dimensional thinking. Prerequisite: ART-243

ART-344 DIGITAL PROCESSES (4)

Advanced studies in digital processes. Prerequisite: ART-244

ART-345 CREATING ARTIST BOOKS (4)

Advanced studies in creating artist books. Prerequisite: Instructor permission ART-395

TOPICS IN STUDIO ART (4)

This course introduces students to a special topic in studio art at the 300 level. Such topics may focus on specific medium or concept; topics are variable according to professor’s interest and expertise. Prerequisite: ART-160 or permission of instructor

ART-410 DIRECTED READING (4)

Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information. ART-421 ADVANCED STUDIO I 4 Capstone course in studio art. We will focus on developing a body of work reflecting contemporary approaches to art making. We will broaden the range and knowledge of expression through focused creative practice, in-depth research, and oral and digital presentations. We will explore political, social and aesthetic perspectives related to the visual arts through readings, lectures and visits to galleries, museums and artists’ studios. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing; 160, 240, one other course at the 200 level or above

ART-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (4)

Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

ART-450 INTERNSHIP (4)

Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

ART-460 SPECIAL PROJECTS (4)

Independent projects designed in collaboration with and permission by a studio instructor. This course must be scheduled at the same time as a 300-level course taught by the mentoring instructor. May be repeated if subject matter varies

ART-481 ADVANCED STUDIO II (4)

Further development of contemporary approaches to art making. Corequisite: ART-421, permission of the instructor.

ART-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)

A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

Studio Art/Art History Combined Courses

ART-260 Image and Word: Methods in Art and Art History (4)

Focus on development and application of skills relevant to studio art and art history. We practice analyzing works of art for their visual, iconographic and socio-historical components, summarizing scholarly texts, and giving public presentations. Students will interact with all members of the Department of Art and Art History and the director of the Dalton Gallery and also visit several individuals and institutions in greater Atlanta, thus gaining a breadth and depth in their understanding of intersecting and complementary practices in areas of art and art history and the professional practices in these fields. Prerequisite: ART-150 or ART-160

ART-297 TOPICS IN ART AND ART HISTORY (4)

This course introduces students to a special topic at the 200 level that combines art and art history. While topics will vary according to professor's interest and expertise, they will ask students to consider the intersections and complementarity of art and art history and to translate concepts across these fields. Prerequisite: ART-150 or ART-160, or permission of instructor

ART-360 THINKING THROUGH ART AND ART HISTORY (4)

Focus on methods and methodology and individual research or creative projects to prepare students to engage the rigor of the capstone courses in studio art and art history. Prerequisite: ART-150 or ART-160, and a 200-level studio art or art history course

ART-397 TOPICS IN ART AND ART HISTORY (4)

This course introduces students to a special topic at the 300 level that combines art and art history. While topics will vary according to professor's interest and expertise, they will ask students to consider the intersections and complementarity of art and art history and to translate concepts across these fields. Prerequisite: ART-150 or ART-160, or permission of instructor

Art History Courses

ART-150 ART HISTORY (4)

Introduction to the major paintings, sculptures and architectural monuments from the pyramids to postmodernism. We focus on the discussion of stylistic movements, the importance of viewing works in context, and the broadening of the canon in the dialogue of non-Western and Western art. This course is the prerequisite for all upper-level courses in art history.

ART-201 ART OF ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (4)

Examination of the art and architecture of the classical world from the Bronze Age to the Fall of Rome. In Greece, we focus on the evolution of Greek temples, the quest for naturalism in sculpture and the refinement of Black and Red figure pottery. In Rome, we consider the changes in scale, function and use of building materials, the political landscape and the emphasis on portraiture and illusionistic wall painting. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years

ART-202 THE MIDDLE AGES: IMAGES AND IDEAS (4)

Key monuments from the Early Christian through the Gothic periods. We address issues of patronage, the impact of the changing liturgy on art, the interaction of economic, social and political factors on the production of cathedrals and monasteries, sculpture, stained glass and the luxury arts. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of the instructor (Cross-listed with REL-202)

ART-203 THE ART OF THE RENAISSANCE (4)

Concentration on the apogee of painting, sculpture and architecture in Europe between circa 1300-1550. We trace a visual arc between the rediscovery of nature by Giotto and the creation of works synonymous with “high culture” such as the Mona Lisa and the Sistine Ceiling and address issues of style and iconography and the effect of patronage and gender on the visual arts. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years (Cross-listed with REL-203)

ART-204 AFRICAN ART (4)

This course serves as an introduction to the art and architecture of Africa. (Cross-listed with AS-204)

ART-208 MODERN ART (4)

Exploration of the major artistic movements in painting and sculpture from the mid-19th century through mid-20th century. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of the instructor Offered alternate years ART-215 MODERN ARCHITECTURE 4 Consideration of the key developments in architecture and urban design from the mid-19th century through post-modernism. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with WS-215)

ART-220 MONUMENTS: MAKING MEANING AND MEMORY IN VISUAL CULTURE (4)

Exploration of the variety of public art projects through a close examination of monuments and memorials from Western and non-Western art. We range widely among time periods and geographies to determine the ways that different cultures and artists have given visual form to the rituals of and opportunities for memory and mourning. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of instructor

ART-225 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (4)

Focus on photography from the mid-nineteenth century (c. 1839) to the present. We examine the invention of photography and photography’s evolution in both aesthetic and documentary terms.

ART-230 CONTEMPORARY ART, ARCHITECTURAL FORM, URBAN SPACE (4)

Examination of the art of the past decades that has engaged spatial practices. We look at the ways recent art has changed existing definitions of art objects to enact institutional, cultural, and political critiques and examine artistic practices in a variety of media that create dialogues with architectural form and urban space.

ART-296 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY (4)

This course introduces students to a special topic in art history at the 200 level. Such topics may focus on a specific historical period or theoretical issue; topics are variable according to professor’s interest and expertise. Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of instructor

ART-304 WOMAN AS MUSE AND MAKER FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (4)

Introduction to the role of women as both creators and sponsors of works of art. Not only were women the ambivalent object of portrayal from Eve to the Virgin, but they were also a force behind pen and parchment. From Hildegard of Bingen to Maria Robusti to Judy Chicago to Shirin Neshat, we trace the role of women as objects, as artists, and as patrons in the history of art. We emphasize issues of agency, the gaze, and Feminist theory. Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level course or permission of instructor (Cross-listed with WS-304)

ART-312 THE AGE OF THE CATHEDRALS (4)

Study of the period of cathedral building from circa 1140 to circa 1350 in France, England, Italy and Spain. We explore theory and construction practices, the iconography of sculpture, painting and architecture, and the vicissitudes of stylistic change and consider whether the cathedral is indeed the embodiment of the Heavenly Jerusalem on Earth. Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level course or permission of the instructor (Cross-listed with REL-312)

ART-330 THE ART OF PORTRAITURE (4)

Survey of the variety of approaches to portraiture from Antiquity to the present; we examine and interrogate the motivations behind particular approaches (for example, group portraiture) and styles while also contextualizing artists within the art of their eras. Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level course or permission of instructor

ART-380 CONTEMPORARY ART AND THEORY (4)

Examination of key artists and theories from the mid-20th century to the present. Issues include: postmodernism, feminism and multiculturalism. Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level course or permission of the instructor (Cross-listed with WS-380)

ART-396 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY (4)

This course introduces students to a special topic in art history at the 300 level. Such topics may focus on a specific historical period or theoretical issue; topics are variable according to professor’s interest and expertise. Prerequisite: ART-150 and a 200-level ART course, or permission of instructor

ART-410 DIRECTED READING IN ART HISTORY (1-4)

Individual research project supervised by instructor. Open to majors, or by permission of instructor

ART-420 ART HISTORY SENIOR SEMINAR (4)

Capstone course in art history. Research-intensive seminar discusses topics relevant to the study of art in all periods. The focus will be determined by the individual student. Open to senior majors and minors or by permission of instructor

ART-490 SENIOR THESIS IN ART HISTORY (4)

Advanced individual research project supervised by instructor. Open to senior majors or by permission of instructor