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Visual Arts

Spring 2011

150. Drawing I
Carrie Scanga M 1:30 - 3:55, W 1:30 - 3:55 VAC-South Studio
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 VAC-South Studio
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
Amer Kobaslija M 1:30 - 3:55, W 1:30 - 3:55 VAC-North Studio
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.

180. Photography I
Michael Kolster M 9:00 - 11:25, W 9:00 - 11:25 McLellan-308
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 Design I
Alicia Eggert T 1:30 - 3:55, TH 1:30 - 3:55 Fort Andross-Studio
An introduction to architectural design. A sequence of studio projects develops ability in site analysis, design principles, and presentation techniques. Studio projects and precedents are analyzed in lectures and group critiques.

195. Sculpture I
Alicia Eggert T 9:00 - 11:25, TH 9:00 - 11:25 Fort Andross-Studio
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, clay, and other media.

250. Drawing II
Amer Kobaslija M 9:00 - 11:25, W 9:00 - 11:25 VAC-South Studio
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.

265. Public Art
Mark Wethli T 9:00 - 11:25, TH 9:00 - 11:25 McLellan-310
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.

270. Printmaking II
Carrie Scanga M 6:30 - 8:55, T 6:30 - 8:55 Burnett House-Printmaking Shop
A continuation of the principles introduced in Visual Arts 170, with particular emphasis on independent projects.

283. Art and Time
Meggan Gould T 1:30 - 3:55, TH 1:30 - 3:55 McLellan-308
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.

286. Make. Believe. Sculpture.
Nestor Gil M 9:00 - 11:25, W 9:00 - 11:25 Fort Andross-Basement
An investigation of the role of belief, in its myriad forms (from the personal to the political to the spiritual), in the production of 3-D art. Through class research and discussion, as well as through independent studio projects using a variety of materials and media as determined by students and faculty, explores the making of three-dimensional art to express ideas and beliefs. Readings and field trips will provide context and exposure to both historical and contemporary artworks and artists relevant to the topic. Primary goal is finding that which is important enough to us to compel us to action, that which ignites our passion as well as our intellect, and then rising to the challenge of expressing it visually with an engaging cultural product or experience.

395. Senior Studio
Michael Kolster M 1:30 - 3:55, W 1:30 - 3:55 McLellan-311
A continuation of the Senior Seminar, with emphasis on the creation of 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.