Art Courses

ART 101 Art Matters

4 hours

As an introduction to the visual arts, this course takes a global and thematic approach to focus on the way that artists across time and across cultures have engaged issues central to the human condition. Offered alternate years. (HEPT)

ART 102 Creative Processes

4 hours

This studio course is directed toward the development of conceptual skills through a deep understanding of the relationship of creative thinking to critical thinking and an investigation of the role of creative thinking in conceptualization, brainstorming, and image making. No prerequisite. (Same as THE 102) (HE)

ART 103 Foundations: Circa NOW

2 hours

This course introduces students to current art trends and theoretical preoccupations. We will begin to investigate visual language, its purpose, and its cultural and historical import with an emphasis on contemporary art and critical theory that has informed art production in the last 75 years. Students will endeavor to find a place for themselves within this tradition and critically reflect on their own artistic values and concerns. No prerequisite. (E, S)

ART 104 Foundations: Visual Thinking

4 hours

An introduction to the basic elements of visual language through a variety of studio projects and media that investigate the relationship of form and content. Emphasis is on giving effective visible form to ideas. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 105 Science and the Aesthetic

4 hours

Communicating through graphical and visual means is an important skill that all scientists need to master. In this course, students learn to translate their scientific understanding into illustrative visual representations and to make effective, aesthetically pleasing figures for presentations and publications. Drawing from the cognitive sciences and making use of Italy's long art history, students explore the connections between art, science, and our sense of the aesthetic in order to develop their own skills in the visual communication of scientific information. Prerequisite: admission into the Earth and Environment in Italy program. (HE)

ART 108 Foundations: Drawing

4 hours

This course introduces basic aesthetic and technical aspects of drawing to students as they work to address the challenge of thinking and creating two dimensionally. Emphasis is on direct observation and translation of objects and environments into drawn images. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 110 Handbuilding with Clay

4 hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of hand-building with clay. There will be a minor introduction to the pottery-wheel as a tool for generating sculptural forms. Aspects of ceramic history and contemporary practices will also be explored. Assignments will focus on sculptural design and explore a wide range of shaping, surface treatment, and firing methods. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 111 Foundations: 3-dimensional Processes

4 hours

This course covers concepts of form and spatial relations of 3-dimensional problem solving through a variety of projects aimed at gaining sensitivity in the composition, observation, and analysis of sculptural form. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 114 Sequential Art, Animation, and the Graphic Novel

4 hours

This studio course introduces students to the history, techniques, and practice of sequential story telling from its beginnings to the contemporary graphic novel. Students will produce short animations, sequential art, and graphic novelettes. No prerequisite but ART 108 strongly encouraged. (HE)

ART 115 Scandinavian Fine Handcrafts

4 hours

Working in a variety of natural materials, which may include raw wool, various yarns, wood, horn, bone, or birch bark, students will produce traditional useful objects with a Scandinavian aesthetic. Use of Vesterheim's collection along with studio experience. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 118 Beginning Digital Photography

4 hours

This course combines lectures with hands-on experience in digital photography. Instruction includes technical aspects of digital photography, including camera function, exposure control, and creative control, as well as discussion on the contemporary and historical impact of the medium. The format of the class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, individual research/presentations and a portfolio. A personal DSLR camera is highly recommended. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 121 World Pottery

4 hours

Geared primarily toward nonmajors, this course will balance the basic mechanics of wheel thrown pottery with an exploration of global traditions and practices in functional ceramics. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

ART 149 Norwegian Folk Art

4 hours

This object-based course will explore the artistic, cultural, and historical aspects of folk art created in Norway from the Middle Ages through the end of the nineteenth century, students will gain a knowledge of traditional Norwegian values, customs, and ways of life. This class will also explore how these traditions translated to America and how contemporary Norwegian artists have responded to this tradition. (HE)

ART 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

ART 200 Painting

4 hours

An introduction to painting techniques and color theory including a technical understanding of oil media. A visual vocabulary and the start of personal investigations into life painting and conceptual problems will be explored using still life, landscape, and the human figure as subjects. Prerequisite: ART 108, or consent of instructor. (HE)

ART 202 Design Concepts

4 hours

This studio course examines the organizing principles and possibilities inherent in the production of 2-D and 3-D design. Information, communication, and graphic design will be substantively addressed. Students will produce an extensive independent design project. Prerequisites: ART 103, 104.

ART 205 Art and Technology

4 hours

This studio course examines the intersection of art and technology with particular attention to the ways that software, video, and interaction are used to produce emerging art forms and genres. Instruction will focus on object-oriented programming, application and algorithm design. (Quant)

ART 206 Graphic Design

4 hours

This course introduces students to the use of raster and vector graphics applications as advanced art-making tools. Students will produce static 2-dimensional works of art that simultaneously explore 2-D design concepts and the cognitive processes of software learning. No prerequisite. (Same as THE 206) (HE)

ART 207 3D Modeling and Animation

4 hours

Course will cover computer based 3-D animation with emphasis on creative content, experimentation and critical thinking. Advanced software and hardware will be used to explore modeling, texturing, physics simulations, and animation. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 208 Life Drawing

4 hours

This studio course provides students with a thorough understanding of the structural anatomy of the human figure with emphasis on proportion, weight distribution, form, and mass. Prerequisite: ART 108 or consent of instructor. (HE)

ART 210 Wheel-throwing: From the Wheel to the Table

4 hours

Emphasis is on producing functional wheel-thrown pottery in a contemporary context. This course expands the vocabulary of wheel-thrown form and technique. Off-wheel processes will also be explored. This course will introduce students to topics of ceramic history and contemporary ceramic practices. Prerequisite: ART 110 or ART 121 or consent of instructor. (HE)

ART 212 Fiber Structures

4 hours

This class seeks to explore various fiber structures and related techniques and will include such things as basketry, netting, deconstruction, and installation. Participants will use these to explore factors such as elasticity, form, transparency, and pattern in art making. No prerequisite. (HE)

ART 216 Printmaking

4 hours

Introduction to the aesthetic and technical considerations of the printed image through exploration of a variety of basic printmaking processes. Prerequisite: ART 108. (HE)

ART 217 Photography Workshop

2 hours

This studio course will be a further exploration of photography. Assignments will become more self-directed. Exploration of new techniques and materials will be encouraged. Connections to photographers of note will be made through the work created by the students. Prerequisite: ART 117.

ART 228 Art in Elementary Schools

2, 4 hours

Introduction to theories of creativity, developmental stages in art and methods of teaching visual art to children K–6. Basics in appreciation, history, and criticism as well as use of materials will also be discussed. Students pursuing an elementary education major may take this course for 2 or 4 hours. Students pursuing a K–6 art academic endorsement or a K–12 art education minor should register for this course for 4 hours. The 4-hour course includes additional studio experiences, art history, and work on individual creativity. Prerequisite: EDUC 185/215, or consent of instructor. (HE for the 4-hour course).

ART 251 Survey of Western Art I

4 hours

This survey course will introduce students to the different styles and functions of art from the Paleolithic to the Gothic age, giving students the background and tools for understanding the visual culture of each period against the cultural background of their times. Attention is paid to the analysis of the art objects alongside historical texts to allow for a historical interpretation of the past. No prerequisite. (HEPT, Hist, S, E)

ART 252 Survey of Western Art II

4 hours

This course will introduce students to the different styles and functions of art in the Western world, from Renaissance to the present day. Our approach will be selective rather than comprehensive, and therefore we will examine the major monuments and artworks from 1400 to 2012. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion, prompted by various in-class activities designed to help students critically engage the art, our readings, and the techniques of art history. (HEPT, Hist, R, W)

ART 262 American Art

4 hours

This course will survey the history of art in the United States from the colonial period through the 20th century. The class will address the meaning of and controversy surrounding the idea of a strictly "American" art. We will discuss the ways in which our relatively new country sought to define itself through visual media. No prerequisite. (HEPT. Hist)

ART 264 Pre-Columbian and Native American Art

4 hours

This course will examine the diverse artistic traditions of the Americas from the precontact period to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on situating artistic production within its cultural context and examining how precontact practices continue to inform contemporary artistic production. No prerequisite. (Same as ANTH 264) (HEPT, Intcl)

ART 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. ART 285 can be taken only during January Term, ART 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

ART 290 Art in Cultural Perspective

4 hours

This course engages students in the study of visual culture—the interaction between differing cultures as interpreted throughout history. Students examine the intersection of art, cultural, and aesthetic heritage, past and present. May be repeated for credit up to two times under different topics. No prerequisite. (HEPT, Intcl)

ART 300 Intermediate Painting

4 hours

This class will focus on contemporary issues of pictorial space, the development of imagery and the process of abstraction from observation. Personal painting language and direction is addressed as a major topic. Discussions and critiques are held on a regular basis. Prerequisite: ART 200.

ART 306 Intermedia Arts

4 hours

This studio art course introduces students to the use of video and time-based media as art-making tools. Students will engage the essential skills of digital video art, including production pipeline, shooting, and nonlinear editing. Students will additionally explore the ways film, digital video, performance art, installation, and other time-based media may interact. (Same as DAN 306 and THE 306)

ART 308 Conceptual Drawing

4 hours

Students will take part in identifying conceptual frameworks, methods, and problems in drawing through practical exploration, employing the language of drawing and drawing practice.  Relationships between drawing and other studio disciplines will be explored.  A student's personal artistic expression is explored in depth.  Prerequisite: ART 108 or consent of instructor. (HE)

ART 310 Intermediate Ceramics

4 hours

Students will continue to explore and produce vessel and non-vessel oriented objects in clay using hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. This course will be both studio and seminar with discussions, readings and lectures to engage the students in critical conversations in the contemporary field of ceramics. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ART 109 or ART 110 or ART 210, or consent of instructor.

ART 316 Intermediate Printmaking

4 hours

This course focuses on expanding and enriching practices related to the creation of original prints, including the exploration of alternative printmaking processes and the development of multicolor images. Prerequisite: ART 216.

ART 320 Critical Theory

4 hours

An investigation of ideas that have informed and shaped the practice and understanding of art from the late 19th century to the present day. Students will engage in critical discourse, encounter texts that have changed our concepts of art, and hone their writing skills through the development of personal statements and written analysis of selected readings. No prerequisite. (W)

ART 362 19th Century Art

4 hours

This course will examine the major artists and artistic movements of the nineteenth century. In particular we will be concerned with how artists both participated in and responded to larger cultural and historical events. Prerequisite: ART 252, or consent of instructor. (HEPT, Hist)

ART 364 20th Century Art

4 hours

This class examines a selection of the major art movements since 1880, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual art, and art of the Postmodern era. In this endeavor we will be primarily focused on the works of art themselves and on the writings of artists and critics. Prerequisite: ART 252, or consent of instructor. (HEPT, Hist)

ART 368 Gender in Art

4 hours

Taking Linda Nochlin's seminal essay, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" as our starting point, this course will explore the place of gender in the history of art. We will explore both images of men and images of women, as well as the differing roles afforded to male and female artists across time. We will examine assumptions we and others make about women, gender, art, culture, queer theory, and feminism. Prerequisites: ART 252, or WGST 130, or consent of instructor. (Same as WGST 368) (HEPT, R, S)

ART 379 Art History Methods

2 hours

This course will offer advanced students the opportunity to explore methods of art historical research and analysis, as well as historiography. Prerequisite: ART 252.

ART 380 Internship

1, 2, or 4 hours

Supervised on-the-job learning experience, with a professional artist or organization. A plan must be submitted for approval before the internship begins. Normally available for seniors only. Does not count toward hours in major.

ART 384 Studio Projects

1, 2, or 4 hours

Students may propose advanced study in a studio area upon completion of the studio sequence in that area. Designed to serve students who have completed the courses in their proposed area of study. See form on the registrar's website.

ART 390 Junior Exhibition Seminar

0 hours

This seminar provides practical experience of core importance to art majors. Students will develop professional skills including writing an artist statement, presentation skills and modes of critique and analysis, while working toward a group exhibition. Prerequisite: junior status.

ART 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

Prerequisite: 12 hours in the department.

ART 408 2-D Workshop

2 hours

This studio course advances aesthetic development of 2-D work through presentation and discussion of formal analysis related to issues and interdisciplinary concerns of image-based arts. Repeatable up to 2 times. Prerequisite: one of ART 208, 217, 300, 308, or 316. (R, S)

ART 490 Senior Project

4 hours

A self-directed project that fulfills the all-college senior project requirement. Students may select a studio or research option for their senior project. Studio options are focused on creating a new body of work for exhibition. Research options are focused on the development and public presentation of a significant research paper related to their field of interest (art history or art education, for example). (E, S)

ART 491 Senior Exhibition

0 hours

All senior art majors are required to participate in the department's group exhibition. The exhibition will be curated by art faculty. One semester of weekly studio critiques prior to the exhibit is required. Typically completed in the spring semester of the senior year.

ART 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.

ART 211 Intermediate Sculpture

4 hours

This course deepens the student's experience of the creation and refinement of sculptural forms by exploring concepts of form, space relations, and 3-dimensional design. Personal direction and expression is explored in depth. Prerequisite: ART 111.