In creating 100 drawings within a single semester, students will move through many forms of drawing, from direct observation to work from photographic sources, from abstraction to the idiosyncratic. Assignments are sequenced to encourage experimentation and play with a wide range of drawing materials and methods. At the conclusion of the course, students will have begun to develop their own point of view, style, and approach to drawing. Required for Sophomore Drawing Majors. Offered spring.
3-Dimensional Drawing: The Psychology of Space
Course No. DRG 38X-48X Credits: 3.0
Through a theoretical understanding of drawing as mapping students will be asked to deal with problems of three-dimensionality in relationship to movement and time through space. Of particular interest will be concerns of mapping, spatial location and relative positioning and the ideas fourth dimensionality or the ÒhiddenÓ. Students will be asked to consider ideas of trace, residue, and rhizomatic or non-linear vs. linear progressions. Questions will include: How does the student navigate both three-dimensional and conceptual spaces? How can space be explored, mapped, studied both as a physical location and a spatial event.
Advanced Drawing: Senior Major Day
Course No. DRG 416M Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Kabot
Majors 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.
Aesthetics, Style, and Content
Aesthetics Style and Content focuses primarily, on the acquisition of creative and technical skills in the context of the development of original ideas and personal style. Studio work will consist of the practical exploration of the relationship between formal, technical, aesthetic, and stylistic issues relative to the personal, and thematic subjects of the students own choosing. Relative to this, in the seminar portion of the course the students are given critical, theoretical, philosophical background to issues surrounding the subjects of style, aesthetics and content. In the studio the students are encouraged to think of their work as an integrative whole consisting of these various components. In this context they are required to engage in independent critical research on topics relevant to their work. Their research takes the form of both archival and studio work and is presented in both visual and written form. This course is required for all junior students in VATe during their spring semester.
BFA Statement + Exhibition
This course is designed to assist the student in preparing their short exhibition statement, BFA Thesis Paper and in general prepare for their final BFA Exhibition and Defense. In the BFA Thesis Paper, students are asked to examine their work and thinking within varied frameworks. This paper is meant to prepare the student for their BFA Oral Defense and provide the foundation for professional proposals beyond graduation. It is an opportunity for an in-depth consideration of work and personal studio practice. The length of the Thesis Statement Paper varies but excluding endnotes, bibliography, illustrations and other addenda, the paper should be no fewer than 1500 words and no more than 2500 words. Within the paper and among other questions, students are expected to address: “What is the work? What is the reasonable expectation for how it will be received by a given audience? What is the work’s historical and contemporary context? What are the sources for the work? What choices were made in realizing the work and how to they contribute to the reception of the work?” This course is open to all seniors regardless of major and is required by all Visual Arts Seniors. Offered spring.
Collage + Assemblage
Course No. VAT 212-312-412 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Ingrisano
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.
Color, Scale, Mark, and Form
Course No. VAT 328-428 Credits: 3.0
Figurative’, ‘abstract’, ‘conceptual’, ‘non- objective’, ‘romantic landscape”, “post- modern”, “Bob Ross-ian”, paintings all have an underlying structure. This studio course examines how the specificity of color, scale, mark and shape form and affect a painting’s content. Students will be encouraged to focus on their own body of work while exploring issues of content within the themes of the class through the investigation of their own studio practice, as well as looking at and analyzing the work of other painters and artists throughout history. This course will be of particular interest to students in painting, drawing, + printmaking.
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.
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