Location: Bowdoin / Visual Arts / courses / Fall 2011

Visual Arts

Fall 2011

150. Drawing I
Carrie Scanga M 9:00 - 11:25, W 9:00 - 11:25
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.

150. Drawing I
Mark Wethli T 1:30 - 3:55, TH 1:30 - 3:55
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.

160. Painting I
James Mullen M 9:00 - 11:25, W 9:00 - 11:25
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.

170. Printmaking I
Carrie Scanga M 1:30 - 3:55, W 1:30 - 3:55
An introduction to intaglio printmaking, including etching, drypoint, engraving, monotype, and related methods. Studio projects develop creative approaches to perceptual experience and visual expression that are uniquely inspired by the intaglio medium. Attention is also given to historical and contemporary examples and uses of the medium.

180. Photography I
Meggan Gould T 1:30 - 3:55, TH 1:30 - 3:55
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.

190. Architectural Form and Space
Alicia Eggert M 1:30 - 3:55, W 1:30 - 3:55
An introduction to architectural form and space. Studio projects investigate the built environment through site analysis, drawing, and 3-dimensional design. Assigned readings and class discussions develop a vocabulary of architectural design principles. Studio projects and presentation methods are analyzed in lectures and group critiques.

195. Sculpture I
John Bisbee T 9:00 - 11:25, TH 9:00 - 11:25
An introduction to architectural form and space. Studio projects investigate the built environment through site analysis, drawing, and 3-dimensional design. Assigned readings and class discussions develop a vocabulary of architectural design principles. Studio projects and presentation methods are analyzed in lectures and group critiques.

250. Drawing II
Mark Wethli T 9:00 - 11:25, TH 9:00 - 11:25
A continuation of the principles introduced in Visual Arts 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.

255. 3-D Digital Animation Studio
Carey Phillips M 1:00 - 3:55, W 1:00 - 3:55
Explores the uses of art and three-dimensional animations in communicating complex dynamic and spatial relationships, primarily as they pertain to explaining scientific concepts. Students use primary literature to explore a science problem in a seminar-type format. Study of filmmaking and use of high-end three-dimensional animation software. Concludes with a team effort to create a three-dimensional animated film of the science problem.

272. Landscape Painting
James Mullen M 1:30 - 3:55, W 1:30 - 3:55
A continuation of principles introduced in Visual Arts 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.

282. Photography and Color
Meggan Gould T 9:00 - 11:25, TH 9:00 - 11:25
A continuation of principles encountered in Visual Arts 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.

285. Sculpture II
John Bisbee T 1:30 - 3:55, TH 1:30 - 3:55
A continuation of principles introduced in Visual Arts 195, with particular emphasis on independent projects.

390. Senior Seminar
Alicia Eggert M 6:30 - 8:55, W 6:30 - 8:55
Concentrates on strengthening critical and formal skills as students start developing an individual body of work. Includes readings, discussions, individual and group critiques, as well as visiting artists.