Installation + The Constructed Object
Course No. VAT 226-326-426 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 cameras, 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 is designed for the Photography major and any students working in installation or industrial design but is open to all majors. This course is cross-listed with Visual Arts. Open studio elective.
Intro Printmaking: Image Construction I: Line + Sequence
Course No. PRI 200 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Maggie Denk-Leigh
Printmaking grows out of an experimental approach to image construction closely aligned to both the kinetic practice of drawing and the mechanical possibilities inherent in the crafting of a matrix for reproduction. Students participating in this course will interrogate what defines a “print,” using line and sequence as the visual language allowing introspection and clarification of ideological concepts. Course exploration includes intaglio and relief processes, an introduction to the history of the field, printing of a matrix supporting discoveries of the limited edition and narrative aspects of multiple impressions. The body of work students produce in this course will be informed by the history of printmaking, the critical dialogue surrounding contemporary art and print media in particular, and should reveal student’s development of skill and sensitivity to the printed impression quality, visually articulating the individual’s aesthetic voice. Open to all students as an introductory-level course. Encouraged for second and third year students with a drawing emphasis as an elective studio. Required for second-year Print majors. Offered fall.
Intro Printmaking: Image Construction II: Color + Form
Drawing connects art and design; it is the oldest of all arts. This course will provide students a thorough introduction to the printmaking processes of lithography, silkscreen, and monoprint techniques. Students will be required to investigate color and form to generate multiple and unique impressions. Layering, color relationships, and principles of design serves as a starting point for image construction leading students to discoveries of complex solutions. While addressing conceptual and technical challenges related to printmaking, students will develop a body of work relative to the covered topics. Matrices will be built through drawing, painting, stencil making and toner transfers. These various methods will be investigated as both singular process prints as well as elements in multi-layered works. Required for all sophomore Print majors; open elective for all students above the freshman level. Offered spring.
Painting + Visual Arts: Critical Issues in Art in Theory + Practice
Course No. VAT 316-416 Credits: 3.0
This class will focus on how the relationship between the visual and the verbal, images, and ideas play out in artist's work. Emphasis will be placed on artist statements, writings by artists, student peer reviews, and written statements. Students will be expected to hone their abilities to think critically about visual art through weekly readings and writing assignments. This course is open to majors from all disciplines and students will be encouraged to work in their area of expertise.
Course No. VAT 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.
Popular Culture + Imagery
Course No. VAT 227P-327P-427P Credits: 3.0
This course will explore the symbiotic relationship of art and culture, and the particular ways in which popular and material culture influence the visual arts and vice versa today (if there are indeed any particular ways that stand out in this particular time as opposed to a different time in history). Students will learn to discern both the overt and covert affects/ effects of culture on contemporary artists as well as on their own work and that of their peers. Students in order to take part in relevant classroom conversation/discussion need a working knowledge of current events/history/popular culture and will need to be ready to read and do research, etc. Open to all students.
Printmaking: Advanced Topics
Course No. PRI 350-450 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Maggie Denk-Leigh
This is an advanced studio supporting the student in the refinement of their visual voice and skill level as realized in the production of prints and supporting studio work. Faculty and students develop the outline of course work for the semester through individual and group critiques encouraging the cultivation of their visual erudition and assisting in the student’s development. Possible combinations of the various techniques for single or multiple impressions are addressed. The student develops the ability to discern qualities unique to the field through material presented in lectures and hands-on demonstrations of technical processes and procedures. As the student engages in the production of a body of work, they become informed of the particular characteristics and advantages of print as a medium and develop the ability to critically respond to aesthetics and concepts both within and beyond the field. Encouraged for third and fourth year students. Required for senior Print majors. Offered fall.
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