Art & Art History

Courses

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

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Studio Art (Focus Media)

  • 69-000 BA.Art Capstone
    Portfolio Review: graduating seniors in the B.A. program must present a digital portfolio of their work, a resume and an artist's statement to the studio faculty, to be approved by the sponsoring faculty member in the appropriate focus area and submitted to the Department Chair for the department's permanent records. If B.A. students wish to produce a senior art exhibition, they must be sponsored by the focus area faculty member and enroll in ART70-812 Exh...
  • 69-001 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-002 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-003 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-004 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-210 Ceramics/Sculpture Lab
  • 69-214 Ceramics: Hand-Forming
    A study of various hand-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; low-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures; and an introduction to the history of art, theory and criticism of art made of ceramic materials. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the ins...
  • 69-224 Ceramics: Wheel-Forming
    A study of the various wheel-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; high-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures; and an introduction to the history, theory and criticism of art made from ceramic materials with an emphasis on the modern period (c. 1850-1970). This course is intended for first- and second-year students; jun...
  • 69-234 Ceramics: Studio Seminar
    In this course, students are encouraged to pursue personal concepts and ideas directed toward the production of a cohesive body of work. In consultation with the instructor, students will develop individual research and creative projects and are expected to be able to work independently. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credit...
  • 69-236 Ceramics: Studio Seminar
    In this course, students are encouraged to pursue personal concepts and ideas directed toward the production of a cohesive body of work. In consultation with the instructor, students will develop individual research and creative projects and are expected to be able to work independently. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credit...
  • 69-244 Ceramics: Raku
    Various pottery forming techniques will be considered including basic hand-forming and wheel-forming, firing the kiln, and simple glaze formulation. The aesthetic theory that informs this approach to making pottery will be discussed, and the history of raku will be covered. Lab required. (Summer) (FAP) (IP)...
  • 69-301 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-302 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-303 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-304 Selected Topics
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-310 Painting Lab
  • 69-314 Painting: Representational
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various representational styles. This course takes a historical approach to materials and technique, traditional practices, and the use of representational ideas in contemporary art. Students are encouraged to find expressive forms. No previous experience required. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors ...
  • 69-324 Painting: Abstract
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various abstract styles. This course takes an historical approach to materials and technique, abstract painting practices, and the use of ideas in contemporary abstract art. Students are encouraged to find expressive forms suited to their best ideas. No previous experience required. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; ju...
  • 69-334 Painting: Studio Seminar
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio...
  • 69-336 Painting: Studio Seminar
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio...
  • 69-414 Sculpture: Figurative
    A studio course that introduces the study of the methods, materials and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural forms. A significant portion of this course is devoted to the study of figure structure via clay, wax, wood and 3-D digital modeling. Students are expected to work toward innovation and extension of the figure as image. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the ...
  • 69-424 Sculpture: Abstract
    The study and manipulation of space, form and construction process available to the contemporary artist. Assignments emphasize an investigation of the expressive qualities of form in space using wood, clay, metal and 3D digital modeling. This course is open only to first-years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)...
  • 69-434 Sculpture: Studio Seminar
    An examination and discussion of intersections of aesthetic, intellectual and societal issues in contemporary sculpture. Topics develop from the needs and interests of the students relevant to their own artwork. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisites...
  • 69-436 Sculpture: Studio Seminar
    An examination and discussion of intersections of aesthetic, intellectual and societal issues in contemporary sculpture. Topics develop from the needs and interests of the students relevant to their own artwork. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisites...
  • 69-901 Tutorial
  • 69-902 Tutorial
  • 69-903 Tutorial
  • 69-904 Tutorial
  • 69-941 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-942 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-943 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-944 Academic Internship
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.
  • 69-988 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.

Studio Art (Architecture, Design & Other Media)

  • 70-000 Portfolio Review
  • 70-001 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-002 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-003 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-004 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-110 Drawing Lab
  • 70-114 Drawing I: Beginning
    A study of the nature of drawing as visual language with an emphasis upon descriptive rendering. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. A drawing placement exam is available for those with considerable drawing experience. See the department chair for details. Lab required. (FAP) ....
  • 70-224 Drawing II: Intermediate
    Figure drawing with an emphasis on the enduring historical and aesthetic significance of figurative art. Models will be provided for the study of proportion, structure and articulation of the human body as the formal means toward expressive drawing. Related topics will also be studied. Various media. Prerequisite: Art 70-114. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)...
  • 70-234 Drawing Iii: Advanced
    An advanced course in figure drawing and contemporary drawing. The course is an extension of the figurative concepts introduced in Drawing II with a greater emphasis on understanding the structure of the human body and the expressive potential of figure drawing. Other related topics are covered and may vary each semester. Prerequisite: Art 70-224. May be repeated with a change in content. Lab required....
  • 70-301 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-302 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-303 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-304 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 70-314 Architectural Studio I: Introduction to
    Introduction to fundamentals of architectural drafting (drawing plans, sections, elevations, mechanical perspective, rendering, model building) and principles of design (design to a program, parti, formal systems), site analysis and presentation, and introduction to design with structure. Material is presented in terms of one long and one or two short projects. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)...
  • 70-324 Architectural Studio Ii: Historical
    Five three-week design projects designing with the formal vocabularies and structural systems of ancient Greek, French Neo-Classicism, Italian Baroque, Gothic, and early Frank Lloyd Wright. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans, sections and elevations. Lab required. (Spring, even years)
  • 70-334 Architectural Studio Iii: Modern
    Empirical introduction to design with modern structures with three projects in different media: poured in place concrete; steel frame and truss; tensile, or curtain wall skyscraper. Prerequisite: Art 70-314 or ability to draw plans and sections. Lab Required. (Spring, odd years)
  • 70-410 Design/Architecture Lab
  • 70-414 Design
    An introduction to the history, theory and practice of design. This course deals with the analysis of visual perception directed toward understanding the expressive nature of creative design. The objective of this course is to encourage visual awareness and to promote the development of various skills necessary to visualize personal design concepts. Lab required. (FAP)...
  • 70-510 Digital Imaging Lab
  • 70-524 Digital Art: Computer Animation
    A studio art course that explores computer animation and digital sculpting methods as a form of visual expression. Students will be required to produce an original animated short work informed by theoretical study and showing evidence of artistic skill in using 3D modeling software to communicate a visual statement. Final projects will take the form of an animated short and a 3D printed sculpture. Critiques will be conducted during the semester offering the...
  • 70-610 Photography Lab
  • 70-614 Photography: Film
    An introduction to the history, theory and basic processes of black and white film photography. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Single lens reflex camera with manual aperture required. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-624 Photography: Digital
    A study of a variety of digital photographic techniques for both black and white and color. Assignments emphasize the development of compositional and critical skills in producing an expressive image. Technical skills covered include refinement of exposure, post-image capture processing, compression and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop software and printing processes for the digital image. Digital single lens reflex camera required (see instructor f...
  • 70-710 Printmaking Lab
  • 70-714 Printmaking: Intaglio
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of intaglio printmaking (etching, aquatint, soft ground, drypoint). Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 70-724 Printmaking: Lithography
    A beginning study of fundamental techniques, history and theory of lithographic prints. Black and white and color. The assignments are designed to explore creative, technical and formal means toward expressive form. Some work in woodcut may also be included in the course content at the instructors discretion. Lab required. (FAP)...
  • 70-812 Exhibition Practicum
    Professional practices and exhibition preparation, design, and execution are the topics in this course. It also serves as a practicum for BFA students mounting their exhibitions in the senior year. Work in gallery will be required at irregular hours. Open to juniors and seniors; repeatable with a change in content. (Fall and Spring)...
  • 70-901 Tutorial
  • 70-902 Tutorial
  • 70-903 Tutorial
  • 70-904 Tutorial
  • 70-941 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-942 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-943 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-944 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 70-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 70-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)...
  • 70-988 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single in-depth project at the invitation of a faculty adviser and with the approval of the studio art faculty. Continuation of the honors project in the second semester, and final granting of honors, is dependent upon approval by the faculty committee. Otherwise the credits count as independent study (69-954)...

Art History

  • 71-001 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-002 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-003 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-004 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-104 Introduction to the History of Art:
    A broad but selective look at art and artifacts made in various world cultures and periods, from antiquity onward. The course will move chronologically through these eras, while simultaneously addressing key themes in the history of art. The course will also offer a basic introduction to some of the key methods used within the discipline to query its objects. This course is open only to first-years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the p...
  • 71-114 World Architecture: a Comparative
    A survey of several major architectural traditions and their cultural contexts from prehistory to the present. The presentation of each culture poses the same sequence of questions: topography; chronology; social and power structure; belief structure and rituals; economy; technology; building techniques; systems of ornament; and building types and functions, proceeding from urban and utilitarian to the most expressive monuments. The course terminates by loo...
  • 71-204 Introduction to East Asian Art and
    An introductory survey of the art and architecture of China, Korea, and Japan. Organized chronologically around twenty-four major themes. Jades, bronze vessels, tombs, calligraphy, landscape painting, Buddhist art, castles, gardens, woodblock prints, and contemporary works are among the topics covered. Emphasis will be placed on how the distinctive styles, genres, and traditions of each region emerged in relation to one another and in the context of a share...
  • 71-214 Ancient Chinese Art and Civilization
    In recent years, new discoveries have been steadily unearthed in archaeological digs across China substantially changing what is known about early Chinese civilization. This course will present an overview of these findings in relation to received artifacts and texts to give students a full introduction to Chinas ancient civilization and early empire. Discussion will highlight the way that an understanding of early Chinese painting, sculpture, and architect...
  • 71-224 Landscape in Chinese Art
    This course explores the roots and development of the landscape tradition in Chinese art from the pre-modern to the modern period, examining the tradition in relation to concepts of nature, human nature, territory, and environment. Weekly readings address topics such as real and imagined space; art as a completion or a violation of nature; landscape as a narrative device; illustration and cartography; landscape as political allegory; artificial landscapes i...
  • 71-274 Chinese Painting: Personal Expression
  • 71-284 Art in China Since 1911
    This course explores major trends and issues in Chinese art from the end of the imperial period to the present. It will present an overview of the principal tensions surrounding the emergence of modern art in the Chinese context, analyzing artists response to and relationship with the turbulent political culture of the period, their engagement with North American and European traditions and the global art market, and their dialogue with past traditions of C...
  • 71-294 Art of Japan
    This course introduces the visual arts of Japan from the Neolithic to the late twentieth century. It will consider the development of the pictorial, sculptural and architectural traditions in light of themes such as religion, gender, cross-cultural exchange, and changes in socio-political life. Biweekly sessions will cover a range of subjects including ceramics, woodblock printing, ink painting, gardens, religious and castle architecture, calligraphy, tea c...
  • 71-301 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-302 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-303 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-304 Special Projects
    May be repeated with a change in topic.
  • 71-314 Art of Mesoamerica
    A survey of the ancient Americas, concentrating on the archaeology and ritual aesthetics of the Mezcala, Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Nayart, Chupcuaro, Teotihuacan, Totonac, Toltec, Mixtec, Purpecha and Aztec, among others, and focusing on each cultures sense of past and place. In so doing, this course examines the role of archaeology in shaping current understanding of the ancient past, and how that past is exhibited and made part of modern visual culture. Cours...
  • 71-324 Art of the Andes
    A survey of the ancient Americas, concentrating on the archaeology and ritual aesthetics of the Valdivia, Chavn, Jama-Coaque, Tairona, Cocl, Paracas, Nazca, Moche, Tiwanaku, Wari, Chimu and Inca, among others, and focusing on each cultures sense of past and place. In so doing, this course examines the role of archaeology in shaping current understanding of the ancient past, and how that past is exhibited and made part of modern visual culture. Course themes...
  • 71-334 Introduction to Latin American Art
    A survey of the art and history of Latin America with particular attention to theories and methods concerning Latin America. The Pre-Columbian section reflects on Western ideas of civilization and empire through the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Aztecs and Incas and their predecessors. The section on Conquest and colonialism analyzes racial, political, and religious hierarchies among indigenous, African, European, and Asian populations. The modern and...
  • 71-344 Colonial Latin American Art
    Current issues in the study of art and architecture of the colonial period in Latin America, focusing on racial politics, religious conversion, and territorial control. Topics include missions and their decoration, religious conversion and resistance, social aspects of city planning and architecture, indigenous artistic traditions and the emergence of hybrid subjects and new genres, the rise of miraculous images such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the social ide...
  • 71-364 Native Books, Images and Objects
    As the primary vehicle of communication in the 16th century, and as a model of religion, the Book was part of Spains effort to colonize the Americas. Yet there already existed systems of recording in Mesoamerica and the Andes, which were both conflicting and commensurate with European notions of the Book. This course examines these concepts by considering books as repositories of spoken words and thought. In so doing, it considers Western hierarchies of lit...
  • 71-444 Hellenistic Art
    A survey of the formation of Roman art and ancient art theory within the context of the broader Hellenistic world. It covers Greek art from the Classical and Hellenistic periods (c. 480-30 B.C.) and contemporary Roman art of the Mid and Late Republic and early Empire. (c. 390 B.C.-c. A.D. 79). The course will involve considerable study of cultural context, and social structure and theoretical models of cultural formation. It uses extensive readings in ancie...
  • 71-514 The Medieval spains
    Christians, Muslims, and Jews intermingled on the Iberian Peninsula for over seven centuries before 1492, resulting in one of the more complex moments in the history of art and architecture. This course examines aspects of Mozarabic and Mudejar art and identity, especially in Toledo, and the production and trade of Islamic and Christian manuscripts and luxury arts across Islamic and Christian borders. In Andalusia, the course dwells on the Great Mosque of C...
  • 71-524 Spanish Golden Age Painting
    Concentrating on painting during the Spanish Hapsburg Empire (16th and 17th centuries), this course examines the trends of patrons and the contributions of individual artists from Flanders and Italy, and regional developments in painting especially within Valencia, Seville, and Madrid. After observing the formation of a Catholic empire and reflecting upon US historical perspectives of Spain, the course moves through Counter Reformation devotional images and...
  • 71-544 Italian Renaissance Art
    An in-depth survey of Italian art and culture from the beginning of the 14th century to the end of the 16th century. (FAL) (WA)
  • 71-554 Baroque Art
    A survey of European art and its cultural and intellectual context from c. 1600 to the mid-18th century. (FAL) (WA) .
  • 71-614 Revolution, Romanticism, Realism
    Encompasses the visual arts produced in Europe and the United States between 1780 and 1860. Covers movements such as David and Neo-Classicism; Romanticism in England, Germany and France; native and colonial American art; and international Realism. Issues to be addressed include the relationship between revolution and art, the representation of gender, the tensions between Enlightenment and Romantic philosophies, and the connections between imperialism and a...
  • 71-624 Modernism and Modernity
    Encompasses the visual arts produced primarily in Europe and the United States between 1860 and 1945. Organized according to chronological developments in the history of modernism and the avant-garde, the course also focuses on thematic issues including the rise of mass culture; primitivism; the influence of spiritualism; gendered modernism; and the importance of political programs to the avant-garde. (Biennially) (FAL) (WA)...
  • 71-634 Art Since 1945
    Encompasses the visual arts produced primarily in Europe and the United States between 1945 and present day. Includes a consideration of modernism and Abstract Expressionism, art informel, Post-painterly abstraction, Pop art, Happenings and performance art, environmental art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Arte Povera, feminist art, Neo-Expressionism, issue-based art and post-modernism. Students are encouraged, but NOT required, to take one of these courses as ...
  • 71-644 Gender and Art
    A study of the ways in which gender and sexuality are intricately involved in the making, reception and criticism of art. Includes a consideration of how the art historical canon is generated and an examination of the ways in which art imagines both femininity and masculinity. An investigation into theories of gender identity and sexuality will aid in better understanding both representation and production in the visual arts. Also Feminist Studies 04-414. (...
  • 71-674 German Art in the Modern Era
    Encompasses the visual arts produced in Germany from the early-19th to mid-20th centuries. Includes German Romanticism, the importance of the academy and history painting, artistic responses to the 1848 revolution, industrialization and the unification of the German nation state in 1871. Moving into the late 19th century, Realist painting, the internationalist Impressionist and Symbolist styles and the transition to modernist and avant-garde art movements, ...
  • 71-684 Theory and Methods of Art History
  • 71-764 Modern Architecture
  • 71-804 Capstone Research Seminar
    A research seminar in various topics of students choosing with faculty approval. Open to majors only, except with permission of instructor Must be taken in fall semester senior year. Prerequisite: Art History 71-104 or 114, and four additional upper-level courses in Art History. (Fall semester only) ....
  • 71-814 Theory and Methods of Art History
  • 71-901 Tutorial
  • 71-902 Tutorial
  • 71-903 Tutorial
  • 71-904 Tutorial
  • 71-941 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 71-942 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 71-943 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 71-944 Academic Internship
    Internships related to specific fields of study. Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 71-951 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 71-952 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 71-953 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 71-954 Independent Study
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 71-984 Honors
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year.

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
    email

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art
    512-863-1355
    email

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