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Visual Arts

Spring 2014

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VART 1101A. Drawing I.
Jessica Gandolf.

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.

VART 1101B. Drawing I.
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.

VART 1201. Printmaking I.
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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.

VART 1301. Painting I.
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.

VART 1401. Photography I.
Accra Shepp.

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.

VART 2301. Painting II.
Mark Wethli.

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

VART 2402. Photography and Color.
Accra Shepp.

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.

VART 2801. Interdisciplinary Performance-Making.
Kathryn Syssoyeva.

A course for actors, gymnasts, writers, dancers, visual artists, media designers, composers, singers, and musicians. Working from a short story by Kurt Vonnegut (“Harrison Bergeron”), students from across disciplines will collaboratively create an original theatre work combining circus acrobatics, dramatic text, physical theatre, dance, clowning, original music, singing, instrumental ensemble, visual composition, and technological design. The project will build upon the talents and skills of those who enroll, and offer participants opportunities to design, compose, arrange, choreograph, write, and/or perform. Culminates in a fully staged production in Wish Theatre in spring.

VART 3602. Make. Believe. Sculpture..
Julie Poitras Santos.

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.

VART 3801. Narrative Structures.
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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.

VART 3902. Senior Studio.
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.