Spring 2015

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VART 1101A. Drawing I.
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.
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.
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.
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 1401A. Photography I.
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 1401B. Photography I.
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 1601. Sculpture I.
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.
VART 2101. Drawing II.
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.
VART 2120. Science to Story, Digital and Beyond.
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.
VART 2402. Photography and Color.
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 3501. Bio Art: Creative Inquiry at the Intersection of Art and Science.
Bio Art is an international movement that gained traction in the 1990’s and continues to push the boundaries of both art and science. The term, Bio Art, encompasses a wide range of artworks generated using the materials, tools, techniques, and iconography of the life sciences. The course will introduce varied approaches to Bio Art, including artworks cultivated in a lab atmosphere, works developed with emerging technology, and works that use more traditional fine art media. The class will view several works that raise ethical questions with regard to advances in science and technology and discuss the potential role that Bio Art may play in facilitating cross-cultural dialogue. Students will actively explore content through hands-on projects in two- and three-dimensions, primarily using fine art materials but with the possibility of integrating nontoxic organic matter. Through assigned reading, group discussion, studio projects, and critique the class will consider the value of cross-pollination between these disciplines and students will have the opportunity to develop a self-directed final project in response to course content.
VART 3902. Senior Studio.
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.