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Jeff Dintaman (department head)
The art program at Luther College encourages student artists to engage in a visual language within a liberal arts community. Studio work complements the language of other disciplines, which in turn nurtures, enriches and strengthens the students' artistic spirits. The art program is designed to help students sustain a life-long pursuit of creative problem solving, individual expression, and aesthetic appreciation. Introductory courses provide a solid foundation that engages students of all disciplines in visual discourse. Advanced courses hone technical and conceptual skills and develop a higher level of critical thinking and understanding.
Required for a major: 30 credit hours, including ART 103, 108, 111, and 320; 16 additional credit hours in art at the 200-level or higher, of which at least 4 of these credits must be a 4-credit course at the 300-level or higher. Writing requirement fulfilled with ART 320.
Correlative Requirement: In addition to the above 30 credit hours, 8 credits in Art History are required (ARTH 252 and one additional 4-credit course selected from art history at the 200-level or higher).
Professional Development: Majors are required to attend a minimum of 12 art colloquia. Art colloquia events occur approximately 10 times during the academic year, and include lectures, discussions, and workshops led by visiting scholars, faculty, and student researchers. Students should plan on attending colloquia events regularly over their four years at Luther. Declared art majors are expected to attend as often as possible.
Required for a (Studio) Art minor: ART 103; ART 108 or 111; and four additional 4-credit courses in Art, at least two of which must be at the 200 level, and at least one of which must be at the 300-level.
Required for certification to teach Art K-12: Completion of the art major, completion of the K-12 education minor, and student teaching at elementary and secondary levels. See education department for K-12 minor requirements.
Art Management Concentration: To complete the art management concentration a student is required to complete a major in art and a minor in management, or a major in management and a minor in art or art history.
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.
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.
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.
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 Earth and Environment in Italy program.
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.
Contemporary sculpture encompasses a wide spectrum of ideas, forms and materials. In this course students will explore a variety of readily available materials along with found objects to explore some prominent considerations and themes in sculpture. The primary goals of the course are to explore and question how objects, materials, structures, and spaces are implicated in relation the maker and their audience in the creation of sculptural experiences.
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.
Working in a variety of natural materials, which may include wood, horn, reindeer leather, or birch bark, students will produce traditional useful objects with a Scandinavian aesthetic. Use of Vesterheim's collection along with studio experience.
Geared primarily toward non-majors, 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.
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.
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.
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. (Same as THE 206)
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.
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.
This studio course broadens the approach of 2-D work through the intersection of painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking. Technical methods and design problems will be investigated through the combination of multiple media. Color theory and design practice will be employed to explore conceptual problems.
This course is designed as survey of ceramic methods focusing on handbuilding processes, the basic mechanics of the potter's wheel, and a variety of surfacing and glazing techniques. Aspects of ceramic history and contemporary practices will also be explored. Assignments will focus on technical applications while engaging specific problems and ideas engendered in the material of clay and ceramic objects.
An introduction to the aesthetic and technical considerations of the printed image through exploration of a variety of basic printmaking processes.
This is a technical pottery course introducing and continuing the functions of the potters wheel in production of utilitarian pottery forms. Students will explore beginning wheel techniques in the making of cups and bowls. Student's taking this course with some familiarity with the potter's wheel and functional ceramics will be encouraged to continue their advancement beyond beginning techniques.
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. Students will examine why photography is important in today's art world. A personal DSLR camera is highly recommended.
This seven-week course is designed to introduce students to the dynamic and rapidly changing field of art education, this course will familiarize students with current art education terminology and trends, explore various activities, materials, units, teaching techniques, and methods of art instruction. Practical teaching experiences are included with an emphasis on engaging learners of diverse populations and implementing social justice based curriculum. Required for students seeking K-12 art teaching certification, although open to everyone, this course provides students with a strong foundation in art education content, basic art concepts and methods with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate art education in both public school and community-based settings.
This studio course introduces students to time-based media in the production of contemporary art. Focusing on the way time engages and transforms Art production, students will explore digital video, performance art, and socially engaging art in a way that encourages disciplinary intersections.
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.
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.
Through a combination of digital and analog media, students will create applied design projects integrating multimedia tools to convey ideas and to generate original content. The course emphasizes image-based concept development, interactive design, planning for print and digital media, and the development of art direction skills.
This course expands on computer based 3-D animation with emphasis on asset creation for specific platforms such as animation, game development, or 3D design. Students will be expected to design fully realized and useable assets for their chosen platform. Offered alternative years.
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 art. Intersections between painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and photographic processes will be explored as well as the installation of media in space.
This course expands the vocabulary of ceramic materials and techniques. Processes and techniques will be directed in individual and group projects questioning design, function and the expanding potential of sculptural outcomes. Greater emphasis will be placed on developing individual ideas by directing the ceramic process to address concepts in contemporary art and ceramics. This course will also delve deeper into topics of ceramic history and contemporary ceramic practices questioning the role of ceramic objects and our relationships with and to them.
This course is designed to encourage interdisciplinary practices in the creation of art installation through individual and collaborative investigations. Projects, readings and discussions will center around how materials, objects, and space inform and direct an installation experience.
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 multi-colored images.
This studio course will be a further exploration of photography. Assignments will become more self-directed. Exploration of new techniques and materials, such as film based work or alternative printing methods, will be stressed in the course. Connections to photographers of note, both current and historically relevant, will be made through the work created by the students.
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.
This course focuses on the artifact of time in 4D works. This studio art course moves students beyond the use of video and time-based media as art-making tools and asks them to consider the ways film, digital video, performance art, installation, and other time-based media impact our understanding of art and experience.
This course is designed to allow Art Majors and Minors interested in ceramics to continue to pursue ceramic works and conversations in the field of ceramics. Students at this level will be responsible for individualized work and will dialog and critique with Ceramics II students.
Art colloquia events occur approximately 10 times during the academic year, and include lectures, discussions, and workshops led by visiting scholars, faculty, and student researchers. Students should plan on attending colloquia events regularly over their four years at Luther. Declared art majors are expected to attend as often as possible.
An intensive seminar that will focus on contemporary conversations in art and art practices. The course format will center on student-led discussions and critiques of student work. Students will conduct individual invesigations into their practice by both making work and through the development of contextual research, culminating in the preparation of the exhibition proposal. To complete the all college senior project requirement, a student must also complete Art 491.
A self-directed project that fulfills the all-college senior project requirement. Students will focus on creating a new body of work for exhibition. This project also includes: a research statement, an artist statement, CV, and a Visual Portfolio of works. Students will orally defend their project exhibition.