Current Courses

ART AND ART HISTORY COURSE OFFERINGS FOR FALL 2016

ART 144/VISUAL THINKING/RUBY

This course will use digital technology to study and explore design and drawing form and technique through examining line, color and texture in relation to problems in composition, color theory, subject matter and space. Emphasis is on the design process and conceptual development. Media will span a range of materials and technology but will be primarily based on the use of digital tools to see and express through mediating traditional art materials.

ART 150/ART HISTORY/SADLER

Introduction to the major paintings, sculptures and architectural monuments from the pyramids to postmodernism. 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 one-semester course is a prerequisite for all upper-level courses in art history.

ART 160/VISUAL THINKING/EMERSON

Introduction to drawing and design. Students 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 175/ARTS OF CHINA, KOREA, & JAPAN/TUNSTALL

This course will provide an introduction to the arts of China, Korea, and Japan. We will focus on monuments in the history of art for each culture, as well as the historical moments when these cultures interacted through objects: commodities, religious images, and works of art. We will also explore how the history of East Asian art has been written and approached in the West, questioning Western assumptions through approaching the objects in context.

ART 210/VISUAL CULTURE-THINKING & SEEING/KLUPCHAK

This course serves as an introduction to visual culture. In a world increasingly dominated by images, learning to decipher visual works and perform visual analysis has become imperative and dynamic. Through a multidisciplinary perspective involving film studies, disability studies, media studies, and visual anthropology, we will address how to read images, what we can know from an image, and how to use images as evidence. Participation requires blogging as well as creating and maintaining a class Instagram.

ART 241/341/ PAINTING PROCESSES/KOVOL

Introductory and advanced courses in painting. Basic painting techniques and experiments in color theory combined with an exploration of conceptual approaches to painting. Emphasis on personal expression and thematic discovery.

ART 244/DIGITAL PROCESSES/RUBY

Introduction to digitally based design using the Macintosh platform as a tool to work with typography, photography, illustration, and time-based imagery. Software includes Adobe PhotoShop (CS5), Adobe Illustrator (CS5), and Final Cut Xpress. Projects are conceptually based and focus on experimenting with direct hand work, digital effects and various modes of presentation. Emphasis on understanding reading and designing meaning and message in visual expression.

ART 260/METHODS IN ART & ART HISTORY/SMITH

This course examines methods and methodologies in studio art and art history. Students practice skills such as analyzing works of art for their visual, iconographic and socio-historical components, summarizing and critiquing scholarly texts and considering their methodological approaches, and giving public presentations. Students will have the opportunity to interact with all members of the department of Art and Art History and the Director of the Dalton Gallery, thus gaining a breadth and depth in their understanding of intersecting and complementary practices in areas of art and art history.

ART 330/ART OF SELF PORTRAITURE/SADLER 

This course examines the genre of portraiture from Antiquity to the present, questioning the various approaches and styles in self-portraiture as well as images of individuals ranging from emperors to slaves. Does every portrait painter paint himself as the Renaissance dictum suggests? This course will focus on the changing social and cultural coordinates that underlie the malleable contours of the human countenance.