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Drawing: Internship (EP)

Course No. DRG 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by
case basis for student internships
developed through the Career Services
Office, with advance permission of
instructor and department chair. Fulfills
Engaged Practice requirement.

Drawing Major Day: Drawing in Context

Course No. DRG 415M  Credits: 3.0

What provides the context for a
contemporary drawing? Is it the graphic
novel or a classical form of figurative
representation? Does it find its place in the
space of the gallery or on the street?
Students will explore the ways in which form
and style contribute to the content of their
work. Projects are student driven with an
emphasis on working with each student to
develop his or her ideas through research,
exploration, and experimentation. Museum
and gallery excursions and visiting artists
are regularly scheduled to expose students
to historical and contemporary artwork and
practice. Required for senior Drawing

Drawing: Style Context

Course No. DRG 423  Credits: 3.0

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 students 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.
Formerly DRG 323-423.

Advanced Drawing: BFA Capstone Project

Course No. DRG 430  Credits: 3.0

In this course, each student will develop an
independent BFA thesis project in drawing.
Coursework emphasizes a deep
understanding of the impacts of process
and form as one builds a body of work.
Through in-studio worktime, vigorous
peer-to-peer critique and discussions of
relevant readings, each student will refine
their approach to their thesis project.
Students will situate their work within the
post-1960s expanded field of drawing by
considering diverse historical and
contemporary approaches to the discipline
including but not limited to illusionism,
abstraction, and diagrammatic approaches.
Required of all Senior Drawing majors and
open as an elective with the prerequisite of
Illusionism or through permission of
instructor or Drawing Department Chair.

Popular Culture + Imagery

Course No. PTG 227  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 NOW (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 class room 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.

The Artist's Practice in Context

Course No. VAT 200X-300X-400X  Credits: 1.5

As a complement to the Professional Practices course, “The Artist’s Practice in Context” is specifically designed for Visual Arts students. The course takes an intimate look at the professional practices of artists working in major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles or Berlin. As part of the course students examine the realities of maintaining a professional practice within the context of this focus community. Students, guided and directed by faculty, are immersed in that community through such activities as studio visits; meeting with area arts professionals and at art venues. Open to all. Students must be 18 years old or over and must sign a waiver to travel with the group. Course may be taken more than once for additional credit.

Image + Form II: Reproducibility

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

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, readymades, 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 how the act of reproduction, or replication constitutes part their work’s form and content. Open as elective to all majors. This course is required for all sophomore students in Visual Arts. Offered spring.

Collage + Assemblage

Course No. VAT 212  Credits: 3.0

Collage and Assemblage are among the most radical innovations of the early 20th century and these forms remain relevant today as sources for innovation and experimentation. Each of these forms acknowledges the fracture of contemporary life and the ongoing need for new means of expression. This course will explore the relationship between collage and assemblage and various disciplines within the visual arts including Painting, Print, and Drawing. Students will learn to discern the significantly different effects and content of the wide range of strategies these approaches encompass. Through classroom discussion, lectures, readings, critiques and studio work students will explore the possibilities available through collage and assemblage. Emphasis will be given to the historical and contemporary studio practices associated with collage and assemblage. This course is open to all students from all majors. Students will be encouraged to apply their area of expertise to the studio work.

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Amber Kempthorn

Amber Kempthorn


Amber Kempthorn explores memory and cultural mythology through drawing and collage. Her work is exhibited regi...more

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