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1101 {150} c - VPA. Drawing I. Fall 2014. James Mullen and Michelle Oosterbaan. Spring 2015. James Mullen and The Department.

An introduction to drawing, with an emphasis on the development of perceptual, organizational, and critical abilities. Studio projects entail objective observation and analysis of still-life, landscape, and figurative subjects; exploration of the abstract formal organization of graphic expression; and the development of a critical vocabulary of visual principles. Lectures and group critiques augment studio projects in various drawing media.

1201 {170} c - VPA. Printmaking I. Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Carrie Scanga.

An introduction to printmaking, including etching, drypoint, engraving, monotype, and relief printing methods. Studio projects develop creative approaches to perceptual experience and visual expression that are uniquely inspired by printmaking. Attention is also given to historical and contemporary examples and uses of the medium.

1301 {160} c. Painting I. Fall 2014. Michelle Oosterbaan. Spring 2015. James Mullen.

An introduction to painting, with an emphasis on the development of perceptual, organizational, and critical abilities. Studio projects entail objective observation and analysis of still-life, landscape, and figurative subjects; exploration of the painting medium and chromatic structure in representation; and the development of a critical vocabulary of painting concepts. Lectures and group critiques augment studio projects in painting media.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1101 {150}.

1401 {180} c - VPA. Photography I. Fall 2014. Accra Shepp. Spring 2015. Michael Kolster.

Photographic visualization and composition as consequences of fundamental techniques of black-and-white still photography. Class discussions and demonstrations, examination of masterworks, and field and laboratory work in 35mm format. Students must provide their own 35mm non-automatic camera.

1601 {195} c - VPA. Sculpture I. Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Jackie Marie Brown.

An introduction to sculpture, with emphasis on the development of perceptual, organizational, and critical abilities. Studio projects entail a variety of sculptural approaches, including exploration of the structural principles, formal elements, and critical vocabulary of the sculpture medium. Lectures and group critiques augment studio projects in paper, wood, and other media.

2101 {250} c. Drawing II. Spring 2015. The Department.

A continuation of the principles introduced in Visual Arts 1101 {150}, with particular emphasis on figurative drawing. Studio projects develop perceptual, creative, and critical abilities through problems involving objective observation, gestural expression and structural principles of the human form, studies from historical and contemporary examples, and exploration of the abstract formal elements of drawing. Lectures and group critiques augment studio projects in various drawing media.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1101 {150}.

2110 c - VPA. Seashore Digital Diaries. Fall 2014. David Conover.

Exploration of techniques and principles of digital multimedia as tools of inquiry at the seashore. Through assigned and self-designed independent and group projects, studies the seashore as a zone of extremity and movement, in light of its historical and contemporary contexts within the visual arts and film. Techniques introduced include time-lapse sequences of seascape and aquaria, portraits of characters on the working waterfront, and motion graphic visualizations. Seminar discussions, biweekly field trips to the seashore, and class critiques. (Same as Environmental Studies 2461 and Film 2110.)

Prerequisite: one course in film studies, environmental studies or visual arts.

2120 c - VPA. Science to Story, Digital, and Beyond. Spring 2015. David Conover.

Examines the translation of science into stories and digital media that successfully engage public attention. What enables ordinary citizens to form an understanding consistent with the best available scientific evidence? What gets in the way of forming such an understanding? What communication strategies and formats successfully move science to civic society? Case studies include translation of the following areas of climate change science: synthetic biology and algae as biofuel, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and super storms. Class reading and writing assignments and seminar discussions lead to development of group presentations and production of digital media. (Same as Environmental Studies 2463 and Cinema Studies 2120.)

Prerequisite: one course in cinema studies, environmental studies or visual arts.

2201 {270} c. Printmaking II. Carrie Scanga.

A continuation of the principles introduced in Visual Arts 1201 {170}, with particular emphasis on independent projects.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1201 {170} or permission of the instructor.

[2202 {271} c. Drawing on Science. (Same as Environmental Studies 2473 {273}.)]

[2301 {260} c. Painting II.]

2302 {272} c. Landscape Painting. Fall 2014. James Mullen

A continuation of principles introduced in Visual Arts 1301 (160), with an emphasis on landscape painting. Studio projects investigate various relationships to nature through painting at a variety of sites and through the changing seasons of the coastal landscape. Painting activity is augmented with readings and presentations to offer a historical perspective on different languages, approaches, and philosophies in relation to the pictorial interpretation of landscape experience.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1301 {160} or permission of the instructor.

2401 {280} c. Large Format Photography. Fall 2014. Accra Shepp.

Reviews an expansion of concepts and techniques fundamental to black-and-white photography, with exploration of image-making potentials of different formats, such as 35mm and view cameras. Seminar discussions and field and laboratory work. Students must provide their own non-automatic 35mm camera.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1401 {180} or permission of the instructor.

2402 {282} c - VPA. Photography and Color. Spring 2015. Michael Kolster.

A continuation of principles encountered in Visual Arts 1401 {180}, with an added emphasis on the expressive potential of color. Cameras of various formats, from the 35mm to the 4x5, are used to complete assignments. Approaches to color film exposure and digital capture, manipulation, and printing are practiced, and the affect of color is examined. Through reading assignments, slide presentations, and discussions, students explore historical and cultural implications of color photography. Weekly assignments and group critiques structure class discussion.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1401 {180}.

2601 {285} c. Sculpture II. Fall 2014. John Bisbee.Spring 2015. Jackie Marie Brown.

A continuation of principles introduced in Visual Arts 1601 (195), with particular emphasis on independent projects.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 1601 {195}.

2970–2973 {295–298} c. Intermediate Independent Study in Visual Arts. Visual Arts Faculty.

2999 {299} c. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Visual Arts. Visual Arts Faculty.

[3401 {380} c. Photo Seminar.]

Prerequisite: Visual Arts 2401{280}, 2402 {281}, or 2404 {282}; or permission of the instructor.

[3602 c. Make. Believe. Sculpture.]

[3800 {383} c. Art and Time.]

[3801 {310} c. Narrative Structures.]

3804 {365} c. Public Art. Fall 2014. John Bisbee.

An examination of public art through direct participation in its various forms, from independent initiatives outside conventional exhibition spaces to art commissioned and produced to serve public needs (through service learning). Topics include working with public and private agencies, as well as exploring the means and materials to create larger-scale artworks. Not open to students who have credit for Visual Arts 2804 {265}.

Prerequisite: Two courses numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} or 2000–2969 {200–289} in visual arts.

3902 {395} c. Senior Studio. Every spring.Spring 2015. Carrie Scanga.

Concentrates on strengthening critical and formal skills as students start developing an individual body of work. Includes periodic reviews by members of the department and culminates with a group exhibition at the conclusion of the semester.

Prerequisite: One course numbered 3000–3999 {300–399} in visual arts.

4000 {401} c. Advanced Independent Study in Visual Arts. Visual Arts Faculty.

Open only to exceptionally qualified senior majors and required for honors credit. Advanced projects undertaken on an independent basis, with assigned readings, critical discussions, and a final position paper.

4029 {405} c. Advanced Collaborative Study in Visual Arts. Visual Arts Faculty.


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