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1101 {150} c - VPA. Drawing I. Fall 2013. Jessica Gandolf and James Mullen. Spring 2014. James Mullen and Mark Wethli.

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 2013 and Spring 2014. 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 2013. James Mullen. Spring 2014. Mark Wethli.

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 2013. Michael Kolster. Spring 2014. Visual Arts Faculty.

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 2013. John Bisbee. Spring 2014. Alicia Eggert.

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. Fall 2013. Mark Wethli.

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}.

2201 {270} c. Printmaking II. Fall 2013. 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. Spring 2014. Mark Wethli.

A continuation of the principles introduced in Visual Arts 1301 {160}, with studio problems based on direct experience.

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

[2302 {272} c. Landscape Painting.]

[2401 {280} c. Large Format Photography.]

2402 {282} c - VPA. Photography and Color. Spring 2014. Visual Arts Faculty.

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}.

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. Fall 2013. Michael Kolster.

An extension of principles and techniques developed in Visual Arts 1401 {180}, 2401 {280}, and 2402 {282} with increased emphasis on independent projects. Seminar discussion and critiques, and field and laboratory work. Participants must provide their own non-automatic 35mm camera.

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

3602 c. Make. Believe. Sculpture. Spring 2014. Alicia Eggert.

Studio projects, readings, discussions, and field trips examine belief as a personal, political, and spiritual phenomenon. Materials and methods range from the traditional to the contemporary.

Prerequisite: Two courses numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} or 2000–2969 {200–299} in visual arts.

3800 {383} c. Art and Time. Fall 2013. Julie A. Poitras Santos.

An exploration of the role of time in the visual arts. Through class assignments and independent projects, examines how artists can invoke and transform time. Attention given to historical and contemporary precedents. Seminar discussions, field trips, and class critiques. Not open to students who have credit for Visual Arts 2801 {283}.

Prerequisite: Two courses numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} or 2000–2969 {200–299} in visual arts.

3801 {310} c. Narrative Structures. Spring 2014. Carrie Scanga.

Explores narrative content, forms, processes, meanings, and approaches in the visual arts, especially in the context of contemporary practice, through interdisciplinary media, as determined jointly by faculty and students in the course.

Prerequisite: Two courses numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} or 2000–2969 {200–299} in visual arts.

3804 {365} c. Public Art. Fall 2013. Mark Wethli.

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 {200–299} in visual arts.

3902 {395} c. Senior Studio. Every spring. Spring 2014. James Mullen.

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 coure numbered 3000–3999 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.

4050 c. Honors Project in Visual Arts. Visual Arts Faculty.

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