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Painting: The Medium Is the Message

Course No. PTG334.1  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present

Careful selection and control of the medium enables us to express ideas clearly. In this class students will explore and consider how various materials, methods, and processes operate, function, and ultimately how they impact meaning. Class demonstrations and lectures will introduce students to basic traditional and nontraditional painting materials and processes including safe handling and use. The class will function as a lab where through the process of trial and error, students will conduct 'tests', keep notes, and ultimately catalogue their findings in an archive. Students are expected to explore these 'findings' in their own studio practice, as they further develop the practical and conceptual skills necessary for their work. This course is open to all students.

Painting: The Medium Is the Message

Course No. PTG434.1  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present

Careful selection and control of the medium enables us to express ideas clearly. In this class students will explore and consider how various materials, methods, and processes operate, function, and ultimately how they impact meaning. Class demonstrations and lectures will introduce students to basic traditional and nontraditional painting materials and processes including safe handling and use. The class will function as a lab where through the process of trial and error, students will conduct 'tests', keep notes, and ultimately catalogue their findings in an archive. Students are expected to explore these 'findings' in their own studio practice, as they further develop the practical and conceptual skills necessary for their work. This course is open to all students.

Performance Art

Course No. VAT 280-380-480  Credits: 3.0

Performance art is and has been an open genre, a place to experiment with ideas, materials and time. For this course, the working definition of “performance art” is — a piece which uses a live body, exists in time, and is non-linear. This class is an introduction to performance art designed for students who are shy and apprehensive about performing and students who are extroverted and at ease in front of groups. Workshops include: developing a language of movement, gesture, and stance; developing a range of low-tech sound, lighting and video; juxtaposing activity, image, sound and text; structuring or building a piece; and documentation. We will consider singular actions, interventions and other strategies for generating and developing ideas for performance work. Student work for this class has been diverse and has included costume-based work, work using endurance as a central tactic, collaborative work, public intervention, interactive and site-specific work. Skills in editing video and sound, installation, animation are useful, but not required.

Peru Before Pizarro

Course No. ACD356.1  Credits: 3.0

The great empire of the Inca was toppled by the Spanish conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro in 1532. The Inca name is familiar to us because they were the last great civilization of the Andean region, but they were preceded by a whole series of cultures that existed along the coastal deserts of Peru and in the valleys of the towering Andes Mountains. In this course we will study the way of life of these people and the artistic traditions that trace back over 3000 years, manifest today in surviving earthworks, architecture, sculpture, textiles, pottery and metallurgy. Previously undisturbed tombs have yielded new riches, but earlier finds have provided us with textiles that are over 2000 years old. Students in fiber, ceramics, and metals should find much of interest in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Pho/VAT: Installation & The Constructed Object

Course No. VAT426.1  Credits: 3.0

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. 3 credits.

Photo Archive, Book + Portfolio

Course No. PHV 350  Credits: 3.0

This course advances the student’s knowledge of professional practice standards for archival media, emphasizing the photographic book and photographic portfolio. Work is project-based, focused on production of portfolios and books that incorporate the photographic image as an essential element. The photographic image is considered in context relevant to its function as primary artwork, documentation, as record of process or used in reference to concepts. Portfolios and photographic books are explored as an individualized expression of one’s professional work. Required for Photography majors in the Photo track. Open elective. Prerequisite: Digital Photo Imaging I or instructor’s signature. Offered spring.



Photo I: Mechanics of Digital + Darkroom Photography

Course No. PHV 295  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Joseph Minek | Nancy McEntee

This class will cover the fundamentals of film and digital 35mm SLR cameras, optics, exposure ratio, black and white film processing and basic silver and digital printing techniques. Lectures address black and white darkroom processes, digital workflow, file archiving, and output for various applications. Introductory lighting tools and documentation of artwork for professional applications is covered. Required for Sophomore Photography majors. Open Studio Elective.

Photo Major 2.1: Narrative Structures

Course No. PHV 267  Credits: 3.0

Narrative Structures is an intensive study in visual thinking for the photography major designed to utilize the creative potentials for both single and multiple image narrative. In this course, students investigate visual narrative constructs for linear and nonlinear storytelling with both digital and film-based media. The course encourages interdisciplinary experimentation to examine methods of production for traditional, digital and diverse media to communicate both idea and process. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Offered fall.

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