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Drawing: Intro to Advanced Observation, Illusionism, Concept

Course No. DRG 220  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Kabot

Advancing the illusionistic rendering skills developed in the first year, students will be introduced to a variety of theories related to sight and perception. Students will develop skills with several traditional mediums and materials as well as experiment concepts of scale, color, and mark-making. Required for Sophomore Drawing Majors. Cross listed with VAT.

Drawing: Style Context

Course No. DRG 323-423  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amber Kempthorn

Students explore diverse disciplines in, and develop a wide range of, visual linguistics and technical skills. Traditional and unconventional mediums and materials are explored and verified through application. An infinite range of resource information is utilized from direct observation, photo documentation, and introspective insights. Projects are student driven with an emphasis on working with the student to develop their ideas through research, exploration, and experimentation with different drawing media. Using critique as a format for class interaction, work will be presented for both formal and interpretive analysis during several stages in its production. Museum and gallery excursions and visiting artists are regularly scheduled to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice.

Figure Drawing

Course No. DRG 226-326-426  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kim Bissett

Students will develop an individual approach to the figure through relevant historical and contemporary systems of representation. This course emphasizes on innovative approach to drawing using the figure as a vehicle and primary focus for metaphoric or literal interpretations, and as a site for conceptual inquiry. Diverse combinations of traditional and unconventional mediums will be introduced. Individual reviews of work in progress and group critiques are an integral part of the studio concentration. Museum, gallery excursions, and visiting artists are regularly scheduled to enlighten student pursuits.

Hybrid Approaches to Drawing + Painting: Digital Media

Course No. VAT 327-427  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lane Cooper | Michael Wallace

Emphasis is on integrating digital processes into studio practice and production. The class deals with a spectrum of digital applications in a studio practice including straight forward digital output, using digital as a means of producing source material as well as actually integrating digital processes into the production of work. Through slide presentations, viewing actual work, discussions and readings, students will be introduced to the place of the digital in contemporary studio practice. In studio production, students will use varied media and subjects, both traditional and non-traditional, to further develop their analytical and expressive means in their creative practice. Students are encouraged to draw from many disciplines incorporating them in the projects presented to the class for group critiques. Open to all Students -- required of Print and Drawing Juniors.

Image + Form I

Course No. VAT 200  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Kabot | William Lorton

Image/Form promotes a general understanding how images work and are developed, which is a fundamental aspect of the Visual Arts. The course introduces the students to the various means by which images can be rendered, such as by drawing, painting, carving, embroidering, etching, etc., as well as by digital means, by appropriation, and by the use of ready-mades. The students are also introduced to the diverse ways in which images and forms can be manipulated, or manifested conceptually and materially by exploring the inter-relation between 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as in time-based media by the use of collage or assemblage. In doing this, we introduce them to the concept that an image's "form," consisting of its physical and spatial qualities, as well as the technical qualities of their chosen mode of production, is part of its content. By these means they are introduced to practical and semiotic nature of images and their production in the context of the contemporary by means of assignments, readings, discussions, and studio critiques. Open as elective to all majors. This course is required for all sophomore students in VATe. Offered fall.

Image + Form II: Reproducibility

Course No. VAT 202  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Maggie Denk-Leigh | Sarah Kabot

Reproducibility (offered with an emphasis on either 2D or 3D production) introduces the student to the idea that the uniqueness of the work of art is not an intrinsic or inherent quality of the work itself, but the result of the choice of media. Consequently since the Renaissance and the advent of Printmaking, the printing press, and bronze casting, multiplicity and reproduction have been a part of western culture. The machine age, photo-reproduction, lithography, industrial standardization, modularity, fabrication, and multiplicity became part of artistic practice. Prints, posters, ready-mades, objects, books, commix, and designed utilitarian objects editions, multiples, modules, and reproductions are now a significant aspect of contemporary art making which abandons the notion of the unique work Making works of this kind requires the artist to take into consideration the how the act of reproduction, or replication constitutes part their workÕs form and content. Open as elective to all majors. This course is required for all sophomore students in VATe. Offered spring.

Installation + The Constructed Object

Course No. VAT 326-426  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood | Paul Sobota

This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera, and document installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre's relationship to historical and contemporary theatre. Workshops include traditional camera formats, digital cameras, advanced studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale up these designs, and document their design. This course will be of special interest to students working in both installation and industrial design. Open to all students.

Installation: The Empire of the Senses

Course No. VAT 25X-35X-45X  Credits: 3.0

Working with materials and methods not traditionally associated with the visual arts, installation breaks away from the singular object, the pedestal, the detached viewer. Visual lectures and presentations on recent work will include discussion on the nature of the work and its context. Studio work and additional presentations will focus on perception - how we understand the world through touch, sight, smell/taste, the sense of hearing and kinesthetic cues from muscles of the body. The information presented, student research and studio research will provide an environment of concepts and ideas to support and challenge each student’s work. Students will develop installations in line with their interests.

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Sarah Kabot

Assistant Professor/Chair of Drawing

Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pi...more

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