Course Descriptions

Summer 2022

ARTH 1004 A History of Architecture

Rogers

Session III (07/18 - 08/11) 3 credits

This course will introduce students to the study of architecture through an examination of selected examples from the history of architecture with a focus on Europe and the United States and buildings relevant to those regions (e.g. the Great Pyramids, the Parthenon, Versailles). Classes will be a combination of lectures and discussions as students are taught the fundamentals of architectural history as well as how to analyze buildings. .

ARTH 1500 Art and War

Weiss

Session III (07/18 - 08/11) 3 credits

This course examines the theme of warfare in the visual arts through time and across the globe. We will be looking at works commissioned by governments and individuals, and some created by those, literally, in the trenches. Historical/political context, iconography, style, and geography are intensely examined as they relate to themes such as propaganda, resistance, and narrative. Central to this course is the question of how one depicts intangibles of horror, the sublime, heroism, etc. Students will be expected to apply these themes to objects outside of those covered in the course, thoroughly researching, reporting, and responding to inquiries presented by the instructor and the rest of the class. Ideas and problems will be discussed daily in a seminar environment.

ARTH 1503 Art and Astronomy

Ramirez-Weaver

Session I (05/23 - 06/18) 3 credits

Looking outward and upward at the starry sky, artists, philosophers, and scientists have throughout history consistently sought to situate themselves within the cosmos and to comprehend its heavenly machinery. Creative efforts at understanding or harnessing the significance of the planets and the stars have resulted in architectural wonders such as Stonehenge, zodiacal floor mosaics in late antique synagogues, star pictures in medieval manuscripts, Islamic celestial globes and astrolabes, illustrations for medical treatment, alchemical interventions, observation or imagination of the heavens, and more modern treatments ranging from Joseph Cornell to Star Wars. This course traces the development of scientific, political, spiritual, magical, and intellectual technologies of power that have tied individuals to their views and uses for astronomy. Topics include: stars and rule, astronomy, astrology, Ptolemy’s universe, Christian reinterpretation, Arabic or Islamic contributions, alchemy, magic, medicine, Galileo, science fiction, Chesley Bonestell, Remedios Varo, Kambui Olujimi, androids, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

ARTH 2470 Art Now

Robbins

Session I (05/23 - 06/18) 3 credits

This course is designed to familiarize you with the major themes, issues, and questions being pursued in today's art world. Focusing on the last twenty years, the class is organized around five themes that define the majority of art being made today: portraying, experiencing, performing, reproducing, and agitating. p>

ARTH 2559 Canceled: Art and Culture Wars

Walsh

Session II (06/21 - 07/15) 3 credits

What is “cancel culture”? How do we decided what is “canceled”? Why are some artists, artworks, and exhibitions canceled, while others continue to be praised and studied? What are the political, social, and cultural circumstances that lead to an artist’s or object’s cancelation? “Canceled: American Art and the Culture Wars” explores cancel culture its many forms. From canceled exhibitions and protests outside of museums to censored films and destroyed artworks, this class examines how cancel culture has influenced and shaped American visual culture from 1900 to the present day. In this class we will critically analyze works of art, watch and discuss “canceled” films and TV specials, and read contemporary reviews to better understand the complex debates surrounding the cancelation of specific artists and objects. Together, we will complicate current definitions of “cancel culture” and consider the United States’ long history of cancelation and how it continues to affect American culture today.

This course fulfills requirements for the Art History and American Studies majors/minors. .

ARTH 2862 Arts of the Buddhist World- India to Japan

Ma

Session II (06/21 - 07/15) 3 credits

Surveys the Buddhist sculpture, architecture and painting of India, China and Japan. Considers aspects of history and religious doctrine.

ARTS 2000 Introduction to Studio Art

Shelton

Session II (06/21 - 07/15) 3 credits

An introductory course, divided into three segments, which serves as a prerequisite to all studio courses. In Drawing students will learn observational drawing and how visual thinking connects with the hand. The Conceptual segment will exercise creative problem-solving skills and teach students to engage in critical discourse. The Digital segment teaches basic technical skills and digital tools including still and moving image and sound.

ARTS 2511 Digital Photography

Scheuren

Session I (05/23 - 06/18) 3 credits

This course will focus on the topic of documentary photography, a working style that combines accurate depiction with impassioned advocacy, usually with the goal of arousing public commitment to social change. Since the 1980s this mode has expanded to include formal and iconographical investigation of social experience with a counterstain of personal images. This class will use digital photography to develop projects and portfolios.

ARTS 2610 Drawing I

Ohira (Session II)/Shelton (Session III)

Session II & III (06/21 - 07/15 / 07/18 - 08/11) 3 credits

A continued introductory study of the materials and techniques of drawing. Provides training in the coordination of hand and eye and encourages development of visual analysis. Emphasizes understanding form, space, light and composition. May be taken concurrently with ARTS 2000.

ARTS 2810 Introduction to Sculpture I

Miller

Session I (05/23 - 06/18) 3 credits

Investigates the sculptural process through modeling, carving, fabricating and casting. Examines traditional and contemporary concerns of sculpture by analyzing historical examples and work done in class.

Fall 2022

Course Descriptions

Art History         Arts Administration           Studio Art

Please check SIS to confirm the following information. Updates can occur at any time and the information here is to be used as a guideline.

Undergraduate students can also register for ARAH 5000 level courses.

Art History

ARTH 1500 Art and Devotion

Smith

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 1505 Art and Money

Fordham

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 1559 How Art Works

Fiorani

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 2052 How Ancient Egypt

Dakouri-Hild

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 2053 Greek Art and Archaeology

Smith

3 credits

The vase painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts of the Greeks, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic periods. Works are studies in their social, political, and religious contexts with a special focus on archaeology and material culture

ARTH 2151 Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Kondyli

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 2271 Northern Renaissance Art

Geodde

3 credits

Surveys major developments in painting and graphics in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the Netherlands and Germany. Includes the rise of Netherlandish naturalism and the origins of woodcut and engraving. Explores the effects of humanist taste on sixteenth-century painting and the iconographic consequences of the Reformation. Emphasizes the work of major artists, such as Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Dürer, Bosch, and Bruegel.

ARTH 1559 Modern Art, 1900-1945

Turner

3 credits

A survey of major artistic movements in Europe and the United States during the first half of the twentieth century: Fauvism and Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, the School of Paris, Dada and Surrealism, the Russian avant-garde, modernist trends in America. Painting, sculpture, photography, and the functional arts are discussed.

ARTH 3062 Pompeii

TBD

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 3281 Rembrandt

Goedde

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 3494 Individual Research Experiences

Dakouri-Hild

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 3591 Medieval Mayhem

Ramirez-Weaver

3 credits

We explore ways medieval mystical practices joined the human body with nature, transcended the cosmic harmonies of divine proportion, and attempted to fashion the world according to medieval belief. We examine purifying practices such as the Eucharist or baptism, as well as, the manipulation of cosmic forces for personal or political reasons, with strategies ranging from horoscopic astrology to necromancy, ending with Harry Potter.   

ARTH 3591 Roman Archaeology

TBA

3 credits

Following an overview of Etruscan art, the course examines the development of Roman architecture, urbanism, sculpture and painting from the Republic to Constantine. A focus is Rome itself, but other archaeological sites, such as Pompeii, in Italy and throughout the empire are also considered. Themes, such as succession, the achievements of the emperor, the political and social role of art, and the dissolution of classical art, are traced. 

ARTH 3861 Chinese Art

Wong

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 4591 Paris and Prague: Twilight of the Middle Ages

Ramirez-Weaver

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 4591 Egyptomania

Dakouri-Hild

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 4591 Global Renaissance

Fiorani

3 credits

This seminar focuses on the European material culture of the Renaissance and sets it against the background of intensifying cultural, artistic, and economic connections in the early era of colonization and global expansion. Spanning the centuries between 1300 and 1700, we will explore what the visual arts can reveal about the transfer of ideas, the growth of global trade, and the cultural and religious exchange between Europe, the Islamic world, sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Japan and the Americas. We will focus on a variety of objects and artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, buildings, maps, textiles, metal objects, ceramics, and glassware. 

ARTH 4591 Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Art

Skerritt

3 credits

Often associated with fine art reproduction, printmaking has also been used to subvert cultural and political authority. This seminar examines printmaking as a radical act from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Making active use of local print collections, students will be encouraged to identify and develop a topic that will culminate in a final research paper.  

ARTH 4591 Alexander Calder and the World of Modern Art

Turner

3 credits

This lecture class will explore the professional and social context for one of the most successful modern sculptors in the twentieth century.   

ARTH 4591 Vikings into King

Reilly

3 credits

Course Description

ARTH 4591 University Museum Internship

Love

3 credits

This is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either the Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. As interns, students will work approximately 100 hours each semester (7-8 hours per week) in the museum, under the close supervision of museum professionals, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars. Space is limited. Application required: to apply please email instructors your transcript, resume, and a one-page essay indicating your interest in museum work and your experience (if any). Deadline May 1st.

ARTH 4998 Undergraduate Thesis Research

Various

3 credits

Research for a thesis of approximately 50 written pages undertaken in the fall semester of the fourth year by art history majors who have been accepted into the department's Distinguished Majors Program.

ARAH 8051 Theory and Interpretation in the Visual Arts

Getsy/Stylianopoulos

3 credits

Investigates problems in the theory and interpretation of the visual arts

ARAH 8695 Special Reading Problems in Art History

Various

3 credits

Course Description

ARAH 8998 Non-Topical Rsch, Masters Prep

Various

3 credits

Course Description

ARAH 9565 Material Culture: Problem and Practice

Phillips

3 credits

Course Description

ARAH 9585 Cults of Images and Relics in Buddhist Tradition

Wong

3 credits

Course Description

ARAH 9995 Supervised Research

XReilly

3 credits

Course Description

ARAH 9998 Non-Topical Rsch,Doctoral Prep

Various

3 credits

Course Description

ARAH 9999 Non-Topical Rsch,Doctoral Prep

Various

3 credits

Course Description

 

Arts Administration

ARAD 3100 Principles and Practices of Arts Administration

Sampson

3 credits

Introductory survey of principles and practices of arts administration, as the crossroads of art and audience.

ARAD 3993 Independent Study

Sampson

3 credits

Course Description

ARAD 4050 Arts Marketing Theory and Practice

Sampson

3 credits

Audience development theory and marketing strategies and techniques as they apply specifically to the arts and arts institutions. 

ARAD 4070 Introduction to Design Thinking

Sampson

3 credits

This course introduces the use of abductive reasoning to solve complex problems, using Architecture and the Arts as exemplars of creative problem solving techniques. 

 

Studio Art

ARTS 2000 - Introduction to Studio Art

Chan/Taylor/Williamson

3 credits

An introductory course, divided into three segments, which serves as a prerequisite to all studio courses. In Drawing students will learn observational drawing and how visual thinking connects with the hand. The Conceptual segment will exercise creative problem-solving skills and teach students to engage in critical discourse. The Digital segment teaches basic technical skills and digital tools including still and moving image and sound.

ARTS 2110 - Introduction to Photography I

Scheuren

3 credits

Focuses on gaining a working understanding of photographic processes and practice. Class assignments help students understand the visual language of photography using 35mm black and white film and printing their own photographs in the darkroom. In addition, lectures explore examples from the historical and contemporary worlds of fine art photography. Cameras are provided. Prereq: ARTS 2000

ARTS 2220 - Introduction to New Media I

Moyer/Cuatlacuatl

3 credits

This class introduces digital techniques in the context of fine art. Topics covered include digital imaging and basic interactive art.

ARTS 2222 - Introduction to New Media II

Cuatlacuatl

3 credits

Building on the skills and concepts established in ARTS 2220, this class introduces animation techniques in the context of fine arts.

ARTS 2370 - Introduction to Cinematography I

Everson

3 credits

The course introduces experimental 16mm film production as a practice of visual art. These courses include technical, historical, and theoretical issues that apply to cinematography and its relationship to the traditional visual arts.

ARTS 2610 - Drawing I

Schoyer

3 credits

A continued introductory study of the materials and techniques of drawing. Provides training in the coordination of hand and eye and encourages development of visual analysis. Emphasizes understanding form, space, light and composition.

ARTS 2620 - Drawing II

Schoyer

3 credits

Applies technical drawing skills to projects that delve into analytical thinking and idea-based work. Projects are designed to help students experiment and learn how to communicate meaning visually.

ARTS 2630 - Life Drawing I

Taylor

3 credits

Creations of drawings of a living model in various media. Topics include artistic anatomy, figure and portrait drawing. Prerequisite: ARTS 2000 and 2610.

ARTS 2632 - Life Drawing II

Taylor

3 credits

Creations of drawings of a living model in various media. Topics include artistic anatomy, figure and portrait drawing. Prerequisite: ARTS 2000 and 2610.

ARTS 2670 - Introduction to Intaglio & Monotype Printmaking

Rollando

3 credits

Introduction to intaglio printmaking and monotype techniques, including hard and soft ground etch, aquatint, and drypoint.

ARTS 2672 - Introduction to Lithography & Relief Printmaking

Taylor

3 credits

Introduction to intaglio printmaking and monotype techniques, including hard and soft ground etch, aquatint, and drypoint.

ARTS 2710 - Introduction to Water-Based Painting

Chan

3 credits

Introduction to basic water painting techniques and materials (including acrylic, gouache, and water color), emphasizing perception and color. Assignments are designed to assist the student in understanding the creative process and interpreting the environment through a variety of subject matter expressed in painted images. Encourages individual stylistic development. Prerequisites: ARTS 2000 and 2610

ARTS 2712 - Introduction to Oil Painting

Marlatt

3 credits

Introduction to Oil-based painting. Prerequisites: ARTS 2000 and ARTS 2610

ARTS 2810 - Introduction to Sculpture I

XXXXXX

3 credits

Investigates the sculptural process through modeling, carving, fabricating and casting. Examines traditional and contemporary concerns of sculpture by analyzing historical examples and work done in class. Prerequisites: ARTS 2000 and 2610

ARTS 3110 - Large Format Photography

Scheuren

3 credits

This intermediate-level course expands technical possibilities available to students by introducing medium and large format cameras. Working in black & white, students learn advanced techniques with film and darkroom printing. Further explorations into historical and contemporary art issues via presentations, visiting artists, and readings. Students create a final portfolio culled from class assignments. Cameras are provided. Prereq: ARTS 2110

ARTS 3220 - Intermediate New Media Part I

Moyer

3 credits

This class continues the investigation of digital art begun in ARTS 2220 and 2222 through the introduction of experimental video history and techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS 2220 and ARTS 2222.

ARTS 3370 - Intermediate Cinematography I

Everson

3 credits

This course continues the practice of 16mm experimental film production with an increased emphasis on audio and digital video motion picture making. Student will complete assignments based on genres of experimental film making such as expressionism, naturalism, and realism. Prerequisite: ARTS 2370 and ARTS 2372.

ARTS 3559 - New Course in Studio Art

Williamson

3 credits

In this interdisciplinary studio course students will investigate ‘prior conditions of existence,’ study critical theories, and produce artworks inspired by the archive. Students will research archive-related topics of their choosing, and synthesize readings and research through written and oral communication. They will develop critical thinking skills through the production of artwork and engagement in group critiques. Prereq: ARTS 2000.

ARTS 3670 - Intermediate Printmaking I

Rollando

3 credits

Includes relief printing, advanced lithography techniques, including color lithography, color etching, monotypes, and further development of black and white imagery. Printmaking professors and course content vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: ARTS 2670 and ARTS 2672.

ARTS 3710 - Intermediate Painting I

Marlatt

3 credits

Exploration of contemporary painting materials, techniques, and concepts, as well as a continuation of basic oil painting processes. Assignments are designed to assist the student in developing their perceptions and imagination and translating them into painted images. Direction is given to the formation of personal original painting styles. Prerequisite: ARTS 2710, 2712.

ARTS 3810 - Intermediate Sculpture I

XXXXXX

3 credits

Continuation of ARTS 2810 and ARTS 2812 with greater emphasis on the special problems of the sculptural discipline. Prerequisite: ARTS 2810, 2812.

ARTS 4110 - Advanced Photography I

Scheuren

3 credits

Explores advanced-level photographic techniques and concepts. (Fall only.) Prerequisite: ARTS 3110

ARTS 4220 - Advanced New Media I

Moyer

3 credits

This class encourages independent development of a semester long project that engages with the discourses and techniques around contemporary new media art. Prerequisite: ARTS 3220 or ARTS 3222.

ARTS 4370 - Advanced Cinematography I

Everson

3 credits

Course continues the practice of 16mm film or digital video experimental production with an emphasis on a completed piece for public screenings or exhibitions. Prerequisite: ARTS 3370 or ARTS 3372.

ARTS 4450 - Distinguished Major Project

Chan

3 credits

Intensive independent work using either sculpture, photography, printmaking, cinematography, or painting as the primary medium, culminating in a coherent body of work under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Admission to the Distinguished Major Program.

ARTS 4670 - Advanced Printmaking I

Rollando

3 credits

Designed for students who have completed two or more semesters of study of a specific printmaking technique (woodcut, etching, or lithography) and wish to continue their exploration of that technique. Prerequisite: ARTS 3670 or 3672.

ARTS 4710 - Advanced Painting I

Marlatt

3 credits

The capstone of a three year study in painting. Continues the investigation of oil painting as an expressive medium and stresses the development of students’ ability to conceive and execute a series of thematically related paintings over the course of the semester. Painting professors and course content vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: ARTS 3710 or 3712.

ARTS 4810 - Advanced Sculpture I

XXXXXX

3 credits

Continuation of the sculpture sequence with greater emphasis on developing a student’s individual voice. Advanced projects in moldmaking, metal casting, and non-traditional sculpture materials are assigned. The creation of a sculptural installation is also assigned. Sculpture professors and course content vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: ARTS 3810 or 3812.