Art & Art History Courses
Beyond required fundamental and drawing courses for the art major and minor, additional courses are offered in areas of art concentration, as well as some electives.
Art history students select coures that cover ancient to contemporary art with special topics courses that explore specific areas around the world.
113 Drawing I (2 credits)
Using black and white media as well as color media, students work on advanced skills and development of content in drawing during this seven-week course. Because the formal elements (line, shape, value, texture, color, etc.) are investigated more deeply, emphasis is placed upon creative pursuit of com positional variety, visual cohesiveness, and the significant issues of content. Images and issues from a wide range of cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts are examined. Professional presentation of completed work is included. This is a core course offered for art majors. Those who declare later should take Art 113 as soon as possible in their academic career. A section of this course is offered as a FYS for incoming declared majors as a core course and it should be taken in combination with Art 1152D Design. Offered fall and spring (EL)
115 2-Dimensional Design (2 credits)
Using black and white media as well as color paint, students explore basic concepts in 20 design during this seven-week course. The formal elements, their qualities and i nteractions (line, shape, val ue, texture, mass, color, pictorial space, etc.) are investigated in the creative pursuit of compositional variety, visual cohesi veness, and issues of meaningful content. Images and issues from a wide range of perceptual, cultural, historical, and contem porary contexts will be examined. Recommended for non-majors or those with l ittle previous experience as wel l as those who declare the studio major after their first semester at Hartwick. A section of this cou rse is offered as a FYS for incoming decla red majors as a core course and it should be taken in combination with Art 113: Drawing I. Offered fall and spring. (EL)
116 Digital Is Fundamental (2 credits)
This art fundamental covers issues such as image manipulation, time, virtual space and presentation of one’s art work in the virtual sphere. The course explores the creative possibilities of online Web 2.0 sites such as blogs, Cafepress, Youtube, and free software like Frammed for stop-motion animation and Audacity for sound manipulation. Image creation and manipulation will be explored through the use of online Web applications. This is a core Art course. Art majors should take this course during their first year or immediately following the declaration of a studio art major or minor. More information at www.hartwickdigital.com (EL)
165 Three-Dimensional Design (2 credits)
In this course, students investigate basic three-dimensional design components such as line, color, mass, form, structure and surface. Students experience the design process through the synthesis of drawing and fabrication of three-dimensional forms using paper, wood, plaster, clay and other materials. Participants learn to use hand tools and shop equipment in the execution of the projects. Students also may be introduced to sculptural materials and processes including glass and metal. This is a core course. Art majors should take this course during their first year. (EL)
212 Drawing The Figure (4 credits)
Drawing from the human form, students interpret the structure, anatomy, movement, mass, volume and weight of the human figure in various two-dimensional media, emphasizing expressive and design elements. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Art 113 or 116 or by permission of the instructor. This course is an alternative core requirement for studio art majors. Offered yearly.
213 Digital Art and Design I: Intro to Digital Media
This is an introductory course to digital media with an emphasis on the medium as a vehicle for creative expression. The course introduces the three main aspects found within digital media; Print media, Time based media and Interactive media. During the term we will investigate image, video and web applications such as Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, Adobe ImageReady, and Macromedia Dreamweaver. The class will consider digital media’s effect on society through appropriation, the loop, remixing, the mashup, truth vs perception and virtual memory, as well as other contemporary and traditional ideas that apply to the sphere of digital media. Central to these issues, and the focal point of this course, is the impact of digital media on American culture. Digital images, video and the web are important devices for communication across all disciplines. The information obtained in this course will be invaluable for anyone who wishes to present information through the digital medium. Offered yearly. (EL)
214 Papermaking Workshop (4 credits)
Students make images on and with handmade paper. Diverse techniques of manipulating handmade paper are explored: sheet-forming, laminations, use of vacuum table, casting and spraying of three-dimensional forms, and handmade paper books. Students are expected to produce both individual works and editions. Offered alternate years.
216 Digital Art and Design II: Digital Print Media (4 credits)
An intermediate course in digital media with an emphasis on the printed image as a vehicle for creative expression. Visual issues covered in assignments will include composition, subject matter, design and context. Theoretical discussion will consider truth vs. perception, individual vs. corporate view, politics and media ethics, image history and the creation of reality, along with copyright issues. This course will investigate the mass proliferation of images in western, consumer culture and reprocess that information into art. Students will explore how these images are created, reasons for their creation, and the functions they serve. Students will appropriate, capture and create images through digital processes involving the use of scanners, digital cameras, and industry standard i mage mani pulation software including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Flash. This course will encourage hands-on investigation into the techniques used for the manipulation of images and how these manipulated images affect and construct our everyday realities. Projects include poster design, package design, stencil tagging, and image manipulation. Prerequisite: Art 213. Offered yearly. (EL)
217 Drawing/Works on Paper
Students explore a variety of media, scale, and more advanced concepts in works on/with paper. Course focuses on investigations into contem porary issues, and includes some drawing from the figure and other sources, with a goal of developing stronger and more personal visual statements. This is an alternative core req ui rement for stud io art majors. Prerequisite: ART 113 and 115, or by permission of instructor. Offered yearly. (EL)
221 Painting: Acrylics (4 credits)
This course examines the fundamentals of painting as a language, utilizing a wide range of acrylic possibilities and surfaces. Explorations will include the use of mediums and gels, flow release, molding pastes, and other experimental inclusions. Students will work from observation and conceptually-based assignments to expand their personal use of this versatile medium. Prerequisite: Art 113 and 115.
222 Painting: Non Toxic Oil Processes (4 credits)
This course, based primarily on the use of oils paints but non toxic oil substitutes will be used to offer instruction in a range of materials and techniques from early Western historical processes to the present. Various supports, scales, color and other formal elements are examined in light of compositional explorations and development of content. By means of direct observations (e.g. the figure) and other conceptual problems, students begin to examine the possibilities of this painting medium in the expression of personal statements. Examples are taken from different cultural, historical, and contemporary settings. Prerequisite Art 113 and Art 115 or by permission.
223 Painting: Watercolor and Gouache (4 credits)
Students explore a variety of water-based painting techniques and conceptual ideas to expand their understanding of these painting media. Materials include watercolor, gouache, and water-soluble pencils and crayons. Prerequisite: ART 113, 115, 116 with permission of instructor. Offered alternate years. (EL)
231 Printmaking: Relief (2 credits)
Students learn the Relief process (linoleum and woodblock) in this seven-week course, which runs during the first half of the term. Editions (limited series of identical prints on paper) are required. There is no prerequisite but drawing or design experience is strongly encouraged. Offered every fall. (EL)
233 Printmaking: Intaglio (2 credits)
Students learn the Intaglio process (drypoint and etching on inked metal plates) in this seven-week course, which runs during the second part of the term. Collagraphs and unique monoprints may be included as experimental projects. There is no prerequisite but drawing or design experience is strongly encouraged. Offered yearly. (EL)
234 Printmaking: Lithography (2 credits)
Students learn the lithographic process (Litho stones and plates) in this seven-week course, which runs during the first half of the term. Editions (limited series of identical prints on paper) are required. There is no prerequisite but drawing or design experience is strongly encouraged. Offered yearly. (EL)
235 Printmaking: Silkscreen (2 credits)
Students learn the Screenprinting process in this seven-week course, which runs during the second part of the term. Editions (limited series of identical prints on paper) are required. There is no prerequisite but drawing or design experience is strongly encouraged. Offered yearly. (EL)
241 Photo I: PINHOLES to PIXELS (4 credits)
The emphasis of the course is on decision-making. Students solve “picture problems” and explore unique ways to “write with light.” Assignments lead students through a “hands-on” history of photography while they develop their own image ideas. The camera obscura and handmade pinhole cameras give way to film cameras and eventually to digital cameras. Students learn the fundamentals of camera handling, film development, and black and white printing in the traditional wet darkroom. Additionally digital point-and-shoot cameras and/or cell phone cameras will be used for certain assignments. In the digital darkroom students will print from digital files and also scan prints and make on-line portfolios through systems like Flickr. Students must provide some type of digital camera as well as their own 35mm film cameras with variable aperture and shutter speed. Yellow and red filters are recommended, and flash and tripods are useful. For majors and non-majors. No prerequisite, but ART 113, 115, or 116 is recommended. $100 lab fee plus cost of materials. Offered yearly. (EL)ART 250 Topics in Art (3 or 4 credits depending upon course) The topic is announced prior to registration. Previous topics have included “History of the Print,” “Commercial Photography.” Offered occasionally. Prerequisites depend on the topic. Please see schedule for current offerings and LAiP designations. Offered fall and spring.
250 Digital Art & Design Special Topics: Interactive Spaces (4 credits)
This special topics course explores the history of videogames and their place within American Society. The class will review the birth of videogames and catalogue aspects found with videogames, consider changes in videogame technology over time, and research where videogames’ aesthetic and story-lines appear outside of the screen. This class requires a lot of video game playing and writing. All information will be submitted into a database to be analyzed and research information will be presented online. Offered alternate years. (EL)
250 Ceramics: Raw Materials (4 credits) (Cross-listed as GEOL 250)
This is a cross-disciplinary course investigating ceramics and its geological origins. It encompasses the geology of clay, clay in the white-wares industry, and clay and glaze chemistry. Art and Geology students are paired together to work through labs and solve studio problems using a scientific approach to problem-solving. Through field work students will have the opportunity to collect samples of local materials to create their own clay and glazes. Students enrolled in ART 250 will have a studio space in which to make work throughout the semester. Offered every other fall semester. Prerequisite: ART 271. Offered alternate years ART 250 Topics in Art (3 or 4 credits depending upon course) The topic is announced prior to registration. Previous topics have included “History of the Print,” “Commercial Photography.” Offered occasionally. Prerequisites depend on the topic. Please see schedule for current offerings and LAiP designations. Offered fall and spring.
250 Wheel Throwing: Dinnerware (4 credits)
Functional ceramics are often taken for granted. We use them every day, without reflecting on their origins, how they are made, or the culture that surrounds them. In this course students will explore objects for the table and their ability to communicate meaning by creating two sets of dinnerware that represent particular ideas, concepts, or visual languages. The course will culminate in a dinner party prepared by students and faculty. Offered alternate years.
250 Ceramics: Claystallation (4 credits)
Claystallation explores hand-building techniques in order to develop site-specific installations of clay that address scale, weight, concept, place, communication, and interaction. By looking at contemporary ceramic artists working in installation using both raw and fired clay, students will create their own installation. The course will culminate in an exhibition of site-specific work. Offered alternate years.
250 Women in Photography: Beginning Photography Workshop
Through this studio course students learn traditional silver photography techniques (film camera and wet darkroom) while exploring the history of photographic images made by women working in the field from 1839 to the present. Research projects and presentation will assist class members to understand historical trends and contemporary issues of the medium, as well as to define some of the unique aspects of photography by women and consider how gender may affect art-making. Students will produce a portfolio of their own images influenced by their research and new understanding. Film camera with variable aperture and shutter speed required. Digital point-and-shoot or cell phone camera useful for color work. Permission required to assure clarity about equipment needs. No prerequisite. This course is equivalent to Art 241 Photo I and also carries a GWS (Gender and Women’s Studies) designation. Offered alternate years.
262 Sculpture I (4 credits)
The course teaches basic skills in sculptural processes and introduces students to the language and concepts associated with sculpture. Students make sculptures using the following processes: modeling (clay, wax, and plaster), carving, mold-making, metal fabrication and lost wax bronze casting. Prerequisite: ART 165. Offered fall and spring. (EL)
271 Ceramics I: Hand Building (4 credits)
This course introduces students to hand building techniques used in forming clay and its various applications (including wedging, slab building, coil building, carving, etc.). Students will explore both sculptural and functional approaches to hand building and learn to mix clay and glazes, load and fire kilns, and basic glaze and slip application. They will also begin to develop a historical and contemporary knowledge of the field of ceramics. Offered fall and spring. (EL)
276 Glass I (4 credits)
This course focuses on the introduction of glass as a material for artistic expression, as well as elementary technical skills for working with hot glass. Students will be introduced to the basics of glass blowing, sand blasting on glass, the history of glass, and other processes used in glass making. Aesthetic and conceptual concepts associated with object-making will be presented and discussed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered fall and spring.
316 Digital Art and Design III: Interactive Media Web (4 credits)
This course emphasizes interface design and artistic approaches to the Internet. Students will consider the Internet as a medium for expression, communication and as a space for conceptual works and creative inquiry. Works that use the Internet as a medium for artistic production will be encouraged through projects that stimulate students’ individual interests. Students will investigate the potential for artistic experimentation through the consideration, use and design of Blogs, Web pages, RSS feeds, Web Apps, and commercially oriented sites. Software covered includes Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Flash. This class culminates with a portfolio-worthy showcase of students’ work through an allocated online exhibition space at www.hartwickdigital.com. Prerequisite: ART 213 May be repeated for additional credit, addressing additional interactive media. Offered yearly.
317 Digital Art and Design IV: Time-Based Media (4 credits)
This digital course addresses linear time through audio and video. The class will explore visual time through the study of linear imaging conventions including natural life cycles, historical progressions, storyboard mapping of space and time, stop motion, animation, projection, film, and video. Audio will be considered through the creation of loops, mashups, remixes and as a spatial experience. Software includes Final Cut Express, Adobe Flash, Audacity, and Quick Time. All the work from this class is broadcast on the hartwickdigital.com Web site. This course is extremely useful and strongly recommended for students interested in filmmaking, video art, TV production, web casting and installation art. Prerequisite: ART 213 May be repeated for additional credit, addressing additional time based media. Offered yearly.
321 Painting II (4 credits)
Students continue to develop skills learned in Art 221 and/or Art 222 and they are encouraged to clarify and cultivate emerging personal approaches to painting while continuing to experiment. Work can be done in a variety of media such as non toxic oil processes and acrylics. Prerequisite: Art 221 or 222 or by permission of instructor.
341 Photography IIA: Traditional Processes/ Digital Methods (2 credits)
In this half-semester course students expand their understanding of traditional photographic processes and also learn digital means that assist to renew traditional fine arts methods. Skills may include archival fiber-based printing, large scale printing, and using larger format cameras and sheet film. Students will learn to scan negatives and prints to make high resolution digital files for projects such as artists’ books and websites. Prerequisites: ART 113 or 115 or 116, and 241. $100 lab fee plus cost of materials. Offered yearly.
342 Photography IIB Manipulated Image (2 credits)
In this half-semester course students explore traditional and digital methods for creating “manipulated images,” such as painted photographs or photo-collage or photo-printmaking processes like solar prints. Scanning “old” negatives for reprinting, making digital negatives for contact printing and other technical options are also available to assist students develop a personal artistic vision. Prerequisites: ART 113 or 115 or 116, and 241. $100 lab fee plus cost of materials. Offered yearly.
343 Introduction to Digital Photography/Color (4 credits)
Students learn the fundamentals of the Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, image capture and the Lightroom/Photoshop software. A series of assignments will lead students to develop a portfolio of color photographic images. For art majors, documentary photography minors and non-majors. Prerequisite: ART 241 Photo I can be taken during the same term. Students completing 241 and 343 may register for Art 441. Offered yearly.
441 Photography III: Portfolio
$100 lab fee plus cost of materials. Students must have their own DSLR camera. Offered fall and spring.
An introduction to the practice of modern digital photojournalism, this course emphasizes the techniques necessary for visual storytelling, including artistic skills (composition, lighting, narrative) and technical skills (camera use, timing, software). In weekly assignments covering spot news, general news, features, sports, portraits, photo illustration and the photo essay, students will practice all stages of photo reportage: story planning, shooting, editing and digital imaging. Students provide their own digital SLR (35mm) cameras. A telephoto lens, wide angle lens and separate flash are recommended but not required. Software: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Prerequisites: ART 241 Photography I and Art 343 Introduction to Digital Photography. $100 lab fee plus cost of materials. Offered yearly.
350 Topics in Art (3 or 4 credits depending on the course)
The topic is announced prior to registration. Prerequisites depend on the topic. Permission of instructor required for enrollment. Please see schedule for current offerings. Offered occasionally.
361 Sculpture II (4 credits)
Students continue to explore basic sculptural methods. Emphasis is placed on realizing sound three-dimensional concepts, experimenting with diverse materials and improving skills. Traditional and contemporary sculptural concepts involving construction, mixed media and environmental works are presented. Students are encouraged to manipulate various materials such as wood, metal, plaster, clay, fiber, etc. Prerequisite: ART 262. Offered fall and spring
371 Ceramics II (4 credits)
This course is an introduction to the process and skills of wheel throwing and its various applications (including wedging, centering, throwing, and trimming) and will build upon the knowledge gained in ART271. By exploring the wheel as a tool, students will create work in a variety of contexts both sculptural and functional while expanding their knowledge of clay, glazes, and firing techniques. Additionally students will continue to develop their historical and contemporary knowledge of the field of ceramics. Prerequisite: ART 271. Offered yearly.
376 Glass II (4 credits)
Students continue to explore glass-making possibilities with the introduction of more advanced glass-making techniques. Emphasis is placed on refining form and simplifying ideas to fully understand and clarify concepts. Students will be encouraged to continue to develop personal expression. They will also be required to demonstrate an understanding of more advanced skills and procedure as well as to monitor and assist with equipment and studio maintenance. Prerequisites: Glass I and permission of instructor. Offered fall and spring.
401 Digital Art & Design Studio (4 credits)
Digital Art & Design Studio is an advanced-level class that contains both a studio and teaching component. The studio aspect allows for investigation and creation of intensive student driven projects. The second component of the class has students participating as Teaching Assistants for Art 213 Digital Art & Design I, Intro to Digital Media. Advanced students will help Introductory students during studio time and will participate in critiques of introductory students’ projects. Introductory students will experience and participate in critiques of advanced students projects. This class is limited to 3 students. Instructor approval is required. Prerequisites: ART 116, ART 213, and one upper-level Digital Art & Design class (ART 216, 316, 317, or 250). Offered yearly.
411 Art Theory & Practice (2 credits)
Art Theory & Practice is a course centered around navigating the art world after graduation. Topics covered will include writing artist statements, grants, and gallery proposals; applying for residencies and grad schools; creating a CV; finding venues to present your art; and how to use new media to promote and display one’s art. The class is for Art seniors only and requires instructor approval. Prerequisite: completion of the Junior Art Review. Offered yearly.
421 Painting III (4 credits)
Students work toward evolving personal, individual approaches to painting on an advanced level. The imaginative manipulation of formal ideas and concepts is emphasized. Philosophical and theoretical issues about painting are addressed. This course may be repeated twice Prerequisite: ART 321. Offered yearly.
431 Printmaking III (4 credits)
Each participant selects one of the major printmaking methods as a means to create images. Instruction emphasizes individual concerns. Students are expected to produce portfolios, which demonstrate advanced levels of both technical and aesthetic expertise. This course may be repeated twice. Prerequisites: ART 113 and 115 and ART 231 or 331. Offered fall and spring. (EL)
441 Photography III: Portfolio (4 credits)
In this advanced full semester course, each student explores a unified personal vision by proposing and completing a thematic project that culminates in an exhibition quality portfolio. Art 441 can be repeated for credit as Photography IV. (Note: generally offered fall term.) Prerequisite: two of the following three intermediate photo courses, ART 341, 342, and 343. Offered yearly. (EL)
450 Topics in Art (3 or 4 credits depending on the course.)
The topic of this advanced seminar is announced prior to registration. Prerequisites depend on topic. Permission required. Please see schedule for current offerings. Offered occasionally.
461 Sculpture III (4 credits)
The course is designed to broaden the advanced art students’ knowledge of three-dimensional aesthetic concepts, materials and techniques. Students concentrate on refining individual attitudes through involvement with sculptural form and process. In class, students explore current issues and trends through art periodicals and field trips. Completed projects are expected to exhibit high-quality workmanship and profound treatment of aesthetic issues. This course may be repeated twice. Prerequisite: ART 361. Offered fall and spring. (EL)
471 Advanced Ceramics (4 credits)
Students will begin to develop their own language as artists by creating four bodies of work over the course of the semester. Students will choose to work functionally or sculpturally to further develop their skill. Studio work will be complemented by development of an artist’s statement and a digital portfolio of work. This course may be repeated twice. Prerequisites: ART 165 and 371. Offered Yearly.
476 Glass III (4 credits)
Students explore glass as a medium on its own as well as in sculptural combinations at an advanced level. Emphasis is placed on developing personal artistic expression. Students should assist with equipment and studio maintenance. Prerequisites: Glass II and permission of instructor. This course may be repeated twice. (EL) Offered fall and spring
490 Senior Project in Art (4 credits)
Required of all studio art majors, represents a culmination of the student’s studies. A proposal conceived and written in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and two project advisors, must be reviewed by the entire department before work is begun on the project. An exhibition of the completed studio work is presented in the late spring at the Senior Projects Exhibition in Foreman Gallery. Questions about developing a Senior Project should be directed to the student’s advisor. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Junior Review. Offered every spring. (EL)
495 Senior Internship in Art or Art History (credit variable probably 3 or 4 credits)
An internship in an art-related field. The student should arrange to do this internship with the appropriate faculty supervisor. Offered fall and spring.
Art History Courses
102 World Art History I: Ancient Art (3 credits)
This course surveys major monuments in architecture, painting, sculpture in Western Europe, the Near East, Egypt, China, India and the Americas from prehistory through 1000 C.E. Using a chronological framework, students are introduced to the fundamentals of art history, including developing skills in formal analysis, iconography, and the comparative method. Emphasis will be on the social, political and cultural context of objects. Suitable for non-majors.
103 World Art History II: Middle Periods (10th-17th Centuries) (3 credits)
As a continuation of Art 102, this course surveys the major monuments of art history from 1000 C.E through the 17th century. Architecture, painting, sculpture and printmaking created in countries and cultures throughout the world, including Japan, China, Islam, Africa, the Americas and Western Europe are investigated. This course introduces students to art historical methods, concepts and definitions and stresses the relation of objects to their political, social and cultural context. Suitable for non-majors.
104 World Art History III: Art of the Modern World (3 credits)
This course is the final part of a three-part survey of the history of art, a major goal of which is understanding human cultural diversity. We will examine some of the major monuments, artists, and artistic developments from the 18th to the late 20th century in Europe, China, Japan, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the course is to foster an understanding of the relationship between works of art and the historical, political, religious, and philosophical context of the societies that produced and made use of them, and to build the fundamental skills of visual analysis and the critical concepts and vocabulary necessary for discussing works of art verbally and in writing. Suitable for nonmajors.
203 Arts of the Americas (3 credits)
This course surveys the arts of the Americas from prehistory through the present. The course emphasizes the native arts of the Americas in the broadest sense by examining the work of native cultures, immigrant cultures with special attention to Latino art, and the dominant white culture after the 15th century. Hence the course contrasts Western arts with non-Western art in order to show how different cultures make art for very different reasons. The course, like the other art history surveys, addresses art historical methods and approaches, definitions and concepts.
204 Women and Art (3 credits)
This course studies women’s various roles in the history of western and non-western art with special emphasis placed upon underlying issues of racism and sexism in the modern and contemporary eras. Although it focuses on women as artistic producers, it also addresses the way in which women have been imaged by men. Various art historical approaches are applied in order to examine the cultural, economic, political, and social restrictions that have shaped women’s relationship to the visual arts in the past 200 years.
206 History of Chinese Imperial Art (3 credits)
The survey of Chinese Imperial Art begins with Shang Dynasty pottery and bronzes from the second millennium BCE and continues through 1912 and the fall of the Ch’ing Dynasty. Chinese history, literature and religion will be discussed in order to explain the works of art, their meaning and the society in which they were produced.
207 History of Photography (3 credits)
This lecture course examines key developments in the history of photography from its invention in 1839 to the rise of postmodernism in the 1970s. Arranged chronologically, the course examines recurrent debates in modern Europe and the U.S. regarding photography’s dual status as an expressive fine art medium and objective historical document. It likewise charts ongoing aesthetic disputes between proponents of “straight,” unmediated photographic production and those who champion the expressiveness of the manipulated image.
209 The History of Architecture (3 credits)
The course is designed to address major architectural developments in world architecture with a concentration on Western architecture. Students examine the monuments in a cultural, social, and political context.
220 Art & Architecture of Italy Prep Course
This course is designed to prepare you for your experiences in Art & Architecture of Rome, Florence, and Venice (ARTH 307) during the following J Term. The content of this Fall’s course will include art historical background, some basic language preparation, journal/reflective writing, travel tips, safety issues, and other information necessary for a fuller understanding of Italian culture. You will also begin researching the topic on which you will give a presentation in Italy in January. Permission to enroll is contingent upon the student’s acceptance into the J-term off campus program.
250 Topics in Art History (3 or 4 credits depending upon course)
The topic is announced prior to registration. Previous topics have included “History of the Print,” “Commercial Photography,” and “20th Century Black Art and Visual Culture.” Offered occasionally. Prerequisites depend on the topic. Please see schedule for current offerings.
280 Topics in Buddhist Art (3 credits)
This course is an intermediate-level introduction to the art of Buddhism from the religion’s inception in the 6th century BCE through the present day. The emphasis is on the painting, sculpture, and sacred architecture of India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, the Himalayas, and beyond. New trends and scholarship will allow for variation from semester to semester. Required textbooks will be supplemented with readings of Buddhist scriptures and current articles.
290 Topics in World Cinema (4 credits)
In this course, students will take an in-depth look at what makes film one of the most powerful artistic media of our time. Everyone is familiar with the experience of watching a movie that tells us a story. By the end of this course, students will have ventured beyond the narrative to explore the relationships between form and content in films in our pursuit of an understanding of how they communicate ideas and persuade us. Students will cover some of the basic terminology and concepts necessary to view a film critically and analyze examples of films outside of the American cinematic mainstream to look at how diverse cultures use the medium of film. Specific films vary from semester to semester and include the cinematic production of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Americas.
301 Greek & Roman Art History (3 credits)
The study of ancient art begins with Bronze Age civilizations from around the Aegean Sea and continues to the age of Constantine, around C.E. 315. Course content includes architecture, painting, sculpture, ceramics and minor arts, all studied in relation to the philosophies and histories of the civilizations that produced them. Offered alternate years.
302 Medieval Art History (3 credits)
The course assesses iconographic and stylistic developments in Christian art from the Late Antique/Early Christian period through Romanesque and Gothic. Monuments from Western Europe as well as Byzantine and Islamic art forms will be examined. Documenting changes in architectural principles, in elaborate pictorial programs and in preferences for certain media serves as evidence for understanding the particular circumstances surrounding the execution of the works. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ARTH 102 or ART 103. (ILS)
303 Italian Renaissance Art History (3 credits)
The study of Renaissance art in Italy includes the Proto-Renaissance of Tuscany, the early Renaissance in Florence, and the arts of the High Renaissance in Rome and Northern Italy. Course content includes works by Giotto, runelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Titian. Their art, and others, will be explored in the context of concurrent social, religious, and artistic developments. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ARTH 103. (ILS)
304 Baroque Art History (3 credits)
This course explores concepts of the baroque in its broadest sense through the investigation of recurring ideas, themes and media. Major 17th and 18th century artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Velasquez, Vermeer, and Watteau are included in the course content. Works of art of astonishing variety document not only contemporary artistic trends but also advances in philosophy, science, economics and the development of the modern state. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ARTH 103. (ILS)
306 20th Century Art History (3 credits)
The course begins in the 1880s and concentrates on the vast variety of “isms” that occur in the first half of the 20th century. From Fauvism through Abstract Expressionism, the course covers the work of such artists as Matisse, Picasso, Duchamp, Kahlo, Dali and Pollock, among others. All artistic movements are studied within their social, political and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ARTH 104. (ILS)
307 Art & Architecture of Italy
This course will be conducted primarily in Rome, Florence, and Venice which will allow students to experience the artworks and monuments of ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, and modern Rome, Florence, and Venice, as well as medieval and Renaissance Orvieto. The trip will give students a more intimate understanding of both the monuments and the culture that produced them. Issues of iconography, politics, religion, scale, placement and interactions between monuments will be highlighted. Students will be responsible for providing much of this information as they research their topics and historical figures and discuss them in meetings and on site. Students will also be expected to reflect on their experiences with the cultural differences they encounter in contemporary Italy.
308 Contemporary Art: 1965 to the Present (3 credits)
In this course, students will examine the major figures and movements of art in Europe and the United States from 1965 through the present day. Readings will be drawn mostly from primary sources written by artists and critics, as 43 well as new exhibition catalogue essays and articles and reviews from newspapers and current and recent issues of major art journals. Prerequisite: ARTH 104.
350 Topics in Art History (3 or 4 credits depending on the course)
The topic is announced prior to registration. Offered occasionally. Prerequisites depend on the topic. Permission of instructor required for enrollment. Please see schedule for current offerings.
380 Controversies in American Art (4 credits)
This seminar examines painting, sculpture and architecture that have either generated major conflicts in U.S. history, or raise controversial issues regarding representation. Works of art will be discussed from the 19th century through to the present with the emphasis being mainly on the past century, and especially since the early 1960s. Primary areas for investigation will involve patriotism, religion, race, modernism, feminism, sexuality and obscenity, public art and memorials, “sacred space,” and the changing place of museums in American life particularly in regard to controversial exhibitions. The role of media, art critics, corporate sponsors, and public opinion will be examined along with censorship and First Amendment issues. Prerequisite: ARTH 104. (ILS)
401 Northern Renaissance Art History (3 credits)
The art of the 15th and 16th centuries in theNetherlands and Germany represents a transitional period between the Middle Ages and the Baroque. The course traces shifts in patronage and the status of the artist, along with new developments in media (oil painting, graphics). From van Eyck to Bruegel, differing artistic expressions reflect the move to the modern world. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: ARTH 103 and one other upper level art history course. (ILS)
403 19th Century Art (3 credits)
In this course, students will examine the major figures and movements of 19th century art in Europe and the United States. Our focus will be on developing the skills of seeing and analyzing works of art and placing them within their historical and cultural contexts. The sweeping changes this period saw in politics, philosophy, technology, and social reform make the nineteenth century a particularly rich period in which to explore artistic reactions to turmoil and cultural interchange. Prerequisites: ARTH 104 and one other upper-level art history course. (ILS)
450 Topics in Art History (3 or 4 credits depending on the course.)
The topic of this advanced seminar is announced prior to registration. Offered occasionally. Prerequisites depend on topic. Permission required. Please see schedule for current offerings.
487 Art History Research and Methods (3 credits)
The art history capstone consists of two courses: A research and methods course taken during the spring of the junior year and the Senior Thesis completed and presented during the fall of the senior year. Art History Research and Methods is designed to improve the Art History major’s critical, analytical, writing, and research skills. Throughout the course, students will discuss readings on the history and various methods of doing and writing art history, including current trends and controversies. Students also will formulate a topic, amass a bibliography, create an outline, and plan a method for researching and writing their senior theses. Students will make regular presentations on the progress of their theses in class. This course is mandatory for all Art History majors during the spring of their junior year and is the prerequisite for ART 490. Prerequisites: ARTH 102, 103, 104, and permission of the instructor.
490 Art History Senior Thesis (3 credits)
Required for all majors during the fall of their senior year, the Senior Thesis is the capstone art history project combining demonstrable knowledge in the history of the field and its methods, original and critical thought, extensive research, and advanced writing. The semester culminates in the completion of the written thesis and its presentation at a mini-symposium to the art and art history faculty and students. Prerequisite: ARTH 487.
495 Senior Internship in Art History (credit variable, probably 3 or 4 credits)
An internship in an art-related field. The student should arrange to do this internship with the appropriate faculty supervisor.