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Visual literacy is critical to understanding our increasingly complex world and its images. Courses in the Department provide a framework for the study of art through knowledge of its principles and history and through creative studio work.

The Department’s courses are not limited to those who plan advanced study in the field of art or art history, but are open to any student wishing to develop critical and creative abilities.

Course List

ARTH 101 - ART, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY BEFORE 1400

This course introduces the student to the field of art history by giving an understanding of the major developments in a variety of forms of artistic expression as these are related to the unfolding of history. The course pursues the establishment of the Western artistic canon by the Greeks and Romans, its development over the course of the Middle Ages, and concludes with the Early Renaissance. Hours credit: 3.

ARTH 102 - ART, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY AFTER 1400

What can be learned about culture through art? Explore history through this survey of European and American art from the Renaissance to the present by artists such as Michelangelo, van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol. Examine artworks in their historical, religious, and cultural contexts to discover what meanings and messages they conveyed at the time of their creation. Hours credit: 3.

ARTH 105 - INTRO ASIAN, AFRICAN & ISLAMIC ART

A survey of the visual arts of Asia, particularly India, China, and Japan, Africa, Oceania (islands of the Pacific Ocean), and the Islamic world examined within their socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts. Discussions revolve around aesthetics, practical methods of art making, identity, religion, the art market, contact with Western cultures, and the legacy of colonialism. Hours credit: 3.

ARTH 179 - MASTERWORKS OF GREEK & ROMAN ART

As an introduction to the artistic culture of ancient Greece and Rome, this team-taught course discusses select works of art and architecture in depth, from both art historical and archaeological perspectives. Its aim is to set works of art in their specific historical and cultural context while exploring the connection (in style, material, technique, aesthetic) between them and our world. Identical with Classics 179. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

ARTH 187 - VENICE AND THE RENAISSANCE

This course is being offered to coordinate with the exhibition of Venetian Renaissance paintings on loan from the National Gallery, London, to the Maier Museum of Art in November 2015. The course will be an introduction to the art and culture of Renaissance Italy and will examine in particular the development of painting in Venice. Hours credit: 3. One time only.

ARTH 204S - RENAISSNACE ART STUDY TOUR

This two-week study tour will travel to sites where Renaissance art can still be seen in its original location and context. The group will also study art in the outstanding museum collections in Florence and Rome. Day trips to cities such as Siena and Ostia are also on the itinerary. All work will be submitted by the end of the fourth week of the fall semester following the tour. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH 263 or 264 or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ARTH 215 - AMERICAN ART & ARCHITECTURE

How did artists form a distinctly “American” style, or did they? Painting, sculpture, and architecture developed largely from European models from the colonial period through World War II by artists such as Copley, Homer, Cassatt, and Hopper. This course addresses issues of nationalism, race, and gender in its exploration of America’s “identity crisis” following its independence. Special use will be made of the works in the Maier Museum of Art. Field trips to local architectural sites. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years: offered 2015–16.

ARTH 238 - MEDIEVAL ART

Through lecture and seminar style discussion, this course introduces the major ideas and artistic trends of the Medieval period. The political, philosophical, and spiritual changes that shaped the Western world after the dissolution of the Roman Empire are related to a selection of artistic periods and styles so that students can achieve an understanding of Medieval art and architecture within its context. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 242 - BAROQUE ART AND ARCHITECTURE

This course studies the emergence of the Baroque style in painting, sculpture, and architecture as a response to the political and spiritual upheaval wrought by the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent, and the Counter-Reformation. The formation of the style in Italy and its modification by northern European artists is addressed within their varied cultural contexts. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 243 - NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPEAN ART

Rebels, Rogues, and Royalty Frequent revolutions, rapidly changing technologies, and radical artists caused drastic changes in European art. Modernization, experimentation, and rebellions against traditional art training characterize the 1770s to 1900. Various artistic styles such as Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism that developed during this turbulent century will be examined within their historical, cultural, and political contexts. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ARTH 244 - MOD EUROPEAN ART

Rapidly changing artistic styles re-defined art from the 1860s through World War II. The rise of the avant-garde and reactions to major political events resulted in a succession of “isms,” including Post-Impressionism (Cézanne), Fauvism (Matisse), Expressionism (Kandinsky), Cubism (Picasso), and Surrealism (Dalí). Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ARTH 257 - POST-WAR&CONT ART

How did American and European art evolve after World War II? Discussion will focus on the interplay among artists, their work, critical writings, and historical events that exemplify the salient trends of the last sixty-five years, including abstraction (Pollock), Minimalism (Judd), conceptual art (Baldessari), feminist art (Wilke), multiculturalism (Neshat) and exploration of new media (Ai Weiwei). What will the next new trend be? Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ARTH 261 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES

This course explores the history, philosophy, and functions of museums in society and the socio-cultural meanings embodied in such institutions. Students interpret and critically examine museum collections and exhibitions, and are introduced to the various facets of museum work including curating, education, conservation and management. Special focus is placed on the exhibitions and programs of the Maier Museum of Art. Field trips required. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites ARTH 101 or 102. Alternate years.

ARTH 262 - MUSEUM THEORY AND PRACTICE

Museum studies encompasses interdisciplinary ideas and capabilities required of a museum professional from the practical skills needed to operate a museum to theories on the societal role of museums. This course provides a foundation for building skills in any museum setting. Topics include current affairs relevant to museums, curatorial practice, education, roles and organizational structure, strategic planning, working with boards and trustees, facilities management, museum architecture, exhibition design, and legal and ethical issues in museums. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTH 261. Alternate years.

ARTH 263 - EARLY RENAISSANCE ART & ARCHITECTURE

A bold, new style emerged in fifteenth-century Florence, setting the standard for European painting until it was chalIenged by Impressionism. The course examines the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural origins of the Italian Renaissance to explore why this change occurred and will examine the response in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 264 - HIGH REN ART

Leonardo and His Legacy: Art and Architecture of the High Renaissance This class will examine the relationship between patronage and the painting, sculpture, and architecture of major artistic centers in Italy such as Rome, Venice, and Florence. Contemporary artistic theory, rivalry among the artists, and the emergence of the "mannered" style will also be considered. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 277 - AMERICAN MOVIES

Identical with Communication 277. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 280 - PHILOSOPHY OF ART

Identical with Philosophy 280. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

ARTH 314 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART

See individual semester course offerings for topic. Topic will vary from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 315 - CURATORIAL SEMINAR

Students will co-curate an exhibition drawing largely on artworks from the permanent collection at the Maier Museum of Art. The instructor, with the assistance of the museum staff, will supervise the students. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: ARTH 215 and 261 and permission of instructor. Offered as needed.

ARTH 378 - GENDER IN RENAISSANCE ART & LITERATURE

This course seeks to understand, analyze, and interpret representations of gender and sex within Renaissance art and literature (in both England and Italy). Using contemporary texts when possible and readings from the disciplines of literature, social history, feminist theory, and art historical texts, the course aims for a fuller assessment of gendered Renaissance life as it pertains to art and literature. Identical with English 378. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 380 - WORLD CINEMA

Identical with Communication 380. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH/COMM 277 or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 382 - STUDIES IN THE FILM

Identical with Communication 382. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH/COMM 277 or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 384 - DOC HISTORY & THEORY

Identical with Communication 384. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH/COMM 277 or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR

The seminar has two purposes: to provide a systematic consideration of the major methods practiced by art historians, both pre-modern and modern, ranging from connoisseurship, biography, iconography, and social history to feminism, semiotics, and post-structuralism; and to offer a framework for the early stages of work on the senior paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

ARTH 494 - SENIOR PAPER

Carefully supervised course, the purpose of which will be to produce a substantial research paper and public presentation on an issue or artist of historical significance. This is the culminating experience of the art history major. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH 493 and permission of the Department.

ARTS 103 - INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO ART

An introduction to the principles and visual vocabulary of studio art with emphasis on drawing and color using a variety of materials and techniques. Hours credit: 3. Not open to students who have previously completed an advanced studio art course.

ARTS 106 - ANIMAL DRAWING

In this course students will draw birds and other live animals. Skeletons of birds, reptiles, and other animals will also serve as our models. Films and field trips will augment this course. Hours credit: 3. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 181 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

An introduction to the aesthetics and techniques of digital photography. Techniques include depth of field, lens choice, aperture settings, exposure, and use of software. Students will develop their creative vision, conceptualization skills, and technical proficiency, leading to a portfolio. Hours credit: 3.0.

ARTS 201 - WATERCOLOR PAINTING

An introduction to the materials and techniques of watercolor. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103R or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 210 - CHILD BOOK ILLUSTR

In this course students will develop, draw, and paint characters and creatures as illustrations for a children’s book that they will produce. Source materials will include folk tales, contemporary children’s books, and films for children. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours. Alternate years.

ARTS 231 - INTERMED DRAWING

This course will focus on developing observational skills and hand/eye coordination. Drawing from the human figure will be emphasized. During the first semester, students draw from the figure. During a second semester, students will choose their own subject matter for the development of their drawings. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 233 - OIL PAINTING

An introduction to the process of painting in oils. Both traditional and contemporary approaches will be used. During a second semester the emphasis is on the development of individual expression. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 235 - PRINTMAKING-MONO

This course will focus on the history and technique of monotypes. Often called the "painterly print" monotypes have drawn artists to explore the spontaneous and expressive depths of this colorful print technique. Contemporary modes will be explored. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103R or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 248 - TOPICS HIST & TECH OF JAPANESE WOODCUTS

An exploration of printmaking through the technique of woodcut. Inspiration will be drawn from the arts and culture of Japan. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

ARTS 274 - TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING

This course introduces students to the process of creating and publishing stories across multiple media platforms. Students will gain experience producing short films as well as creating content for social media. Issues such as audience participation, the democratization of media, and how to create and sustain an online identity as a content producer will be put into interactive practice. Identical with Communication Studies 274. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. One time only.

ARTS 279 - DIGITAL FILM MAKING

Identical with Communication Studies 279. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH/COMM 277; ARTS/COMM 181R; or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 284 - TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

An exploration of contemporary photography. Coursework will include camera and darkroom techniques necessary to the field of inquiry. Identical with Communication 284. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: ARTS 103R and ARTS/COMM 181R; or permission of instructor.

ARTS 312 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN STUDIO ART

Topics in studio art will vary from year to year. Possible topics include mosaic and fresco painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 103 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

ARTS 323A - STUDIO: DRAWING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 323B - STUDIO: OIL PAINTING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 323C - STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 323E - STUDIO:WATERCOLOR

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 324A - STUDIO: DRAWING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 324B - STUDIO: OIL PAINTING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 324C - STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 324E - STUDIO:WATERCOLOR

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ARTS 231R; 233R; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 423A - ADV STUDIO:DRAWING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 423B - ADV STUDIO:OIL PAINTING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 423C - ADV STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 423E - ADV STUDIO:WATERCOLOR

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 424A - ADV STUDIO:DRAWING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 424B - ADV STUDIO:OIL PAINTING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 424C - ADV STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 424E - ADV STUDIO:WATERCOLOR

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ARTS 425 - SENIOR STUDIO I

Seniors are expected to develop their individual artistic sensibility that will allow them to explore, in-depth, some aspect of creative visual expression. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Required of all studio art majors.

ARTS 426 - SENIOR STUDIO II

Continuation of the Senior Studio. At the end of the year students will present an exhibition of their work at the Maier Museum of Art. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTS 425. Required of all studio art majors.

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