A concentration in art consists of 11 courses: two courses in the Department of Art History, one of which must be pre-1900 or non-European; Art 104, Introduction to Drawing or Figure Drawing; Art 350, Junior Seminar; and seven additional (non-repeatable) art courses, one course in each of the following three areas:
1) Painting and Printmaking
2) Ceramics and Sculpture
3) Photography and Video
and either the two-semester Senior Project (501-502), or 501 plus one additional 300-level course. Students must complete a minimum of one 300-level course in the same area as their senior project before the end of the junior year.
All senior concentrators are required to register for the Senior Project in the fall of their final year. Beginning with the Class of 2014 and based on a review by the studio faculty of work done in this course, students who have successfully completed 501 must compete for honors by registering for an additional semester of Senior Project work with the goal of preparing material for public exhibition at the end of the spring term. Other concentrators will complete an additional 300-level course in studio art.
Honors in art will be awarded on the basis of a cumulative average of 92 or above in coursework toward the concentration and distinguished performance in the Senior Project. A complete description of the Senior Project is available in List 111.
Students interested in studying abroad should consult with the chair of the department as soon as possible. Concentrators will need to consider the most appropriate means of integrating study abroad with the Advanced and Junior Seminar requirement and preparation for their Senior Project.
A minor in art consists of 104 or 160, one art history course and three additional studio art courses (which are not repeatable). Interested students should meet with the chair.
104F,S Introduction to Drawing.
Study of the basic elements of drawing, including line, texture, mass and composition. Students work from the model during class time, do outside assignments and participate in group criticism. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 20. Muirhead or Salzillo.
Introduction to the visual language in two dimensions. A series of projects exploring basic formal and expressive elements, color, composition, space and time relationships, and structural stress. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 20. Muirhead or Salzillo.
106F,S Introduction to Ceramics.
Handbuilding techniques will be employed to explore the sculptural possibilities of clay. A developed visual and conceptual vocabulary will accompany the technical aspects of ceramics through studio practice and class critique. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 16. Murtaugh.
109F,S Introduction to Sculpture.
Fundamentals of sculpture using traditional and nontraditional materials and methods. A developed visual and conceptual vocabulary will accompany studio practice and class critique. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 16. Murtaugh.
Introduction to Analog Photography.
Fundamentals of 35mm photography, black-and-white film processing, print enlargement and development. Exploration of development and control of technical skills, and understanding of standards within the field of photography. Emphasis on use of camera as a tool for creative exploration. Must have own 35mm camera with manual settings. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 16.
Introduction to Digital Photography.
Exploration and control of technical skills and understanding of the traditions of image making. A focus on scanning, fundamentals of Photoshop and calibration of images for digital printing. Expressive use of the medium and development of a portfolio. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 12.
116F,S Introduction to Photography.
Fundamentals of photography through the use of both analog and digital SLR cameras, black and white darkroom techniques, film scanning and digital printing. Emphasis on development of technical and aesthetic skills, and the potential of the medium as a tool for artistic expression. Cameras will be provided by the College. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 16. Knight.
160F,S Figure Drawing.
Application of basic drawing principles to the representation of the human figure, with emphasis on anatomy and proportion. Examination of related topics such as the figure in the environment and portraiture. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 20. Kuharic.
203F,S Introduction to Painting.
Introduction to the study of the methods and techniques of oil painting, with emphasis on still-life, figures and landscape. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 16. Salzillo.
213F,S Introduction to Video.
Exploration of traditional and non-traditional uses for video. Emphasis on developing ideas and conveying meaning through video work. Fundamentals of camera and editing for videography. Introduction to theory and history of experimental video. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 12. Gant (fall); Stephens (spring).
Through a series of projects and demonstrations, introduces students to the basic principles of scenic painting for film, television and the performing arts. Topics covered will include color mixing, texture, faux finishing (wood grain, marble, etc.), brush and spray techniques, trompe-l’oeil and large scale cartooning and painting. Prerequisite, 105, 108 or 130, or a 100-level art course. (Same as Theatre 215.) Maximum enrollment, 12.
Introduction to Printmaking.
Introduction to the basic principles and techniques of printmaking as traditionally employed in intaglio and stone lithography. Includes brief discussions of the history of printmaking, printing editions, matting, paper conservation and safety. Not open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 12.
235F,S Intaglio Printmaking.
Study in the process of intaglio printmaking, including etching, engraving, dry point, and hard and soft ground techniques. Students expected to participate in group criticism. May repeat for credit at increasingly advanced levels. Prerequisite, 104 or 160. Not open to first-semester students. Open to seniors. Maximum enrollment, 16. Muirhead.
302S Advanced Photography.
Advanced investigation and study of the creative tools of black-and-white and color photography. Continued exploration of personal vision with emphasis on social and cultural contexts for photography. May repeat for credit at increasingly advanced levels with permission of the professor. Prerequisite, 113 or 115 or 116. Maximum enrollment, 16. Knight.
304F,S Advanced Painting.
Further exploration of concepts and techniques presented in Introduction to Painting with emphasis on landscape and interiors as subject matter. Reinforcement of oil painting skills and introduction to egg tempera and acrylic. May repeat for credit at increasingly advanced levels with permission of the professor. Prerequisite, 203. Maximum enrollment, 16. Kuharic.
307S Advanced Three Dimensional and Material Studies.
Advanced study of materials such as clay, wood, plaster, steel, and plastic utilizing processes such as moulding, casting, fabrication, carving and construction. May repeat for credit at increasingly advanced levels with permission of the professor. Prerequisite, 106 or 109. Maximum enrollment, 16. Murtaugh.
Advanced investigation and study of video production. Special topics such as video history, activism, censorship, installation work. Advanced exploration of personal vision with emphasis on social and cultural contexts for video. May repeat for credit at increasingly advanced levels with permission of the professor. Prerequisite, 213. Maximum enrollment, 12.
Junior Seminar: Critical Theory and Studio Practice.
Addresses major themes in art criticism and studio practice from 1970 to the present. Students will reflect on these themes through the production of mixed media studio projects, classroom discussion and written assignments. Especially designed for junior concentrators. Prerequisite, one studio course. Maximum enrollment, 16.
370F Special Topics in Photography: Curating the Archive.
Exploration of the process and theory of museum exhibition curating, taught in conjunction with the preparation of an exhibition in the Wellin Museum. Emphasis on the history of photography and the role of western art institutions in the appropriation and repurposing of archival imagery. Studio-based artistic response required based on materials presented. Students will work collaboratively on exhibition materials, including image selection and layout, catalog and wall text production, and multimedia materials such as podcasts. Prerequisite, Art 113 or 115 or 116 or permission of the instructor. Maximum enrollment, 12. Robert Knight.
Digital Arts Workshop.
Emphasis on collaborative work among computer musicians and videographers in the creation of visual/sound works. Projects will include fixed media works, installations, and/or performance art pieces. Prerequisite, Art 213 or Music 277. (Same as Music 377.) Maximum enrollment, 16.
501F Senior Project I.
A required one semester course for senior concentrators. To be followed by 502S upon successful completion and approval of the senior project advisor. The Department.
502S Senior Project II.
A required one-semester course for senior concentrators working toward honors and the senior exhibition. Prerequisite, 501F and permission of the senior project advisor. The Department.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)