Notes for Studio Art Classes

  • Studio art classes will no longer require an application as of Fall 2017 registration.
  • All 200 level classes require a prerequisite class. Observational drawing may be used as a prerequisite for all 200-level classes. Introduction to Sculpture may be used as a prerequisite for 200-level ceramics and metals classes as well as for 300-level sculpture and woodworking classes.
  • Class fees can be waived based on financial need. Please talk to the Professor if fees are a hardship.
  • Plan ahead for studio art classes. Spring term classes are traditionally the most requested; Fall term classes are the least requested. You have a better chance of getting the class you want in the Fall.

For more information on courses and major requirements, please see the academic catalog.

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Studio Art Courses

  • ARTS 110: Observational Drawing

    A beginning course for non-majors and for those who contemplate majoring in art. The aim of the course is to give the student an appreciation of art and of drawing. An understanding of aesthetic values and development of technical skills are achieved through a series of studio problems which naturally follow one another and deal with the analysis and use of line, shape, volume, space, and tone. A wide range of subjects are used, including still life, landscape and the human figure. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020 · David Lefkowitz, Daniel Bruggeman, Fred Hagstrom, Eleanor Jensen
  • ARTS 113: Field Drawing

    A beginning drawing course for students who are interested in developing their skills in drawing from nature. Much of the classwork will be done outdoors and deal directly with drawing from plant forms, geological sources, and the landscape as subjects. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the technical skills needed for visual note-taking and development of journals. Problems will deal with the analysis of space and objects through line, shape, volume, and tone. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Eleanor Jensen, Daniel Bruggeman
  • ARTS 114: European Architectural Studies Program: Introduction to Drawing Architecture

    Suitable for students of any skill level, this course teaches different drawing techniques both in a classroom setting and on location at various architectural sites. The course aims to hone observational and sketching skills and to develop greater awareness of formal characteristics in the built environment. Consideration of line, tone, shape, scale, surface, volume and other foundational concepts and technical skills will be emphasized. Drawing practice will be reinforced with sketching assignments throughout the trip at different locations and types of structures.

    6 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2020 · Baird Jarman
  • ARTS 116: Ireland Program: Visualizing Ireland

    In this introductory course, students will explore Ireland through on-site observational drawing, watercolor, and mixed media. The critical observation and artistic rendering of Ireland’s artifacts, tombs, megaliths, artwork, metalwork, fashion, architecture, people, and landscapes will afford students a window into Irish culture as they acquaint themselves with the country’s visual vocabulary. The course will address the technical aspects of drawing, including how to use line, shape, volume, tone, space, and composition effectively. Additional components will include journaling, museum and gallery visits, and artists’ talks.

    6 credits; Arts Practice, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 122: Introduction to Sculpture

    The ability to build structures that reflect or alter the environment is a basic defining characteristic of our species. In this class we explore creative construction in three dimensions using a variety of media, including plaster, wood, and steel. Using both natural and architectural objects for inspiration, we will examine and manipulate form, space, and expressive content to develop a deeper understanding of this core trait and reawaken our experience of the spaces we inhabit. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · Stephen Mohring
  • ARTS 124: Praxis and Poetics in 3D Art and Design

    In this course students will combine the fundamentals of 3D design and thinking with conceptual frameworks that incorporate model-making and architectural forms. The course will be composed of different sections of study, each relating to various ways of thinking in 3D, and each grounded in the praxis of informed action within a cultural context. Students will simultaneously develop an understanding of the history, context and generative possibilities of creative 3D work, while also developing a personal voice.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019 · Katayoun Amjadi
  • ARTS 130: Beginning Ceramics

    This course is an introduction to wheel throwing and handbuilding as primary methods of construction for both functional and non-functional ceramic forms. An understanding of ceramic history and technical skills are achieved through studio practice, readings, and demonstrations. Emphasis is placed on the development of strong three-dimensional forms as well as the relationship of form to surface. Coursework includes a variety of firing techniques and development of surface design. 

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019, Spring 2020 · Kelly Connole, Juliane B. Shibata
  • ARTS 140: The Digital Landscape

    Study nature aesthetics and examine your assumptions about the landscape photograph. Question the formal, moral and biological implications of your “framed view-point,” as you move your lens across the prairies, woods and farmer’s fields of Northfield. Reflect on the ways in which nature has been visually represented in the classroom, creating a three-way intersection between art, science and technology. In particular, what are the effects of two-dimensional representation on our estrangement from nature itself? Demonstrations, readings, discussions and field trips will help the student create a final portfolio of digital prints and text. Digital cameras are provided.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Linda Rossi
  • ARTS 141: Experimental Photography

    In this course we will explore the rich history of photography’s experimental development through the use of light and chemistry. Our focus will be on black and white darkroom experimentation and color scanning and digital printing. Demonstrations will cover a wide range of materials and techniques such as; the making of pin hole cameras, paper negatives, photograms, photomontages, and the use of toning, solarization and liquid emulsion on paper and glass. Students will create a portfolio and recipe book of their experimental investigations. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Linda Rossi
  • ARTS 150: Elements of 3-D Design

    This 3-D foundations course will engage students in learning to articulate and dissect the elements of three-dimensional design. Using metal, wire, clay, wood and found objects, students will construct and fabricate three dimensional objects while developing an understanding of visual language and its power to tell a story or convey a message. Students will also study examples of historical and contemporary artists and designers to provide context for their projects. 

    6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 151: Metalsmithing

    A basic course in metal design and fabrication of primarily jewelry forms and functional objects. Specific instruction will be given in developing the skills of forming, joining, and surface enrichment to achieve complex metal pieces. Students will learn to render two-dimensional drawings while exploring three-dimensional design concepts. The course examines how jewelry forms relate to the human body. Found materials will be used in addition to traditional metals including copper, brass, and silver.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019 · Danny Saathoff
  • ARTS 161: Watercolor

    This five week course serves as a brief introduction to the medium of watercolor painting. Students will develop an understanding of basic color interactions and a wide spectrum of paint application strategies from meticulous refined brushwork to fluid, expressive markmaking.

    3 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 180: Bookbinding

    This class will introduce the fundamentals of hand bookbinding with special emphasis on making journals and albums. We will learn several different binding methods using historical and non-traditional techniques and a variety of different materials, tools and adhesives. In addition we will cover basic box making. Boxes, like books, serve many purposes, one being to house and protect valuable and fragile objects. We will make slipcases and clamshell boxes to protect books and prints.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 210: Life Drawing

    Understanding the basic techniques of drawing the human form is fundamental to an art education and is the emphasis of this class. Humans have been engaged in the act of self-representation since the beginning of time. The relationship artists have had with drawing the human body is complex and has been the subject of religious, philosophical and personal investigation for centuries. Concentrating on representational drawing techniques we will explore a variety of media and materials. Supplemented by lectures, readings and critiques, students will develop an understanding of both contemporary and historical approaches to drawing the human figure. Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113 or 211 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2020 · Daniel Bruggeman
  • ARTS 211: Topics in Art and the Environment: Drawing the Anthropocene

    Focused around studio projects emphasizing drawing media, this course explores the complexity and variety of representations of the natural world. Students will be introduced to artists and writers who address the impact of human activity on the environment from a range of historical and topical perspectives.

    Prerequisites: Studio Arts 110, 113 or 114 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Daniel Bruggeman
  • ARTS 212: Studio Art Seminar in the South Pacific: Mixed-Media Drawing

    This course involves directed drawing in bound sketchbooks, using a variety of drawing media, and requires on-going, self-directed drawing in visual journals. Subjects will include landscape, figure, portraits, and nature study. The course will require some hiking in rugged areas. Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113 or 114 6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 230: Ceramics: Throwing

    This course is focused on the creative possibilities of the pottery wheel as a means to create utilitarian objects. Students are challenged to explore conceptual ideas while maintaining a dedication to function. An understanding of aesthetic values and technical skills are achieved through studio practice, readings, and demonstrations. Basic glaze and clay calculations, high fire and wood kiln firing techniques, and a significant civic engagement component, known as the Empty Bowls Project, are included in the course.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 130, 236 or high school experience with wheel throwing and instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Kelly Connole
  • ARTS 232: Ceramics: Handbuilding

    This course is an introduction to handbuilding as a primary method to construct both functional and non-functional ceramic forms with a focus on experimentation. An understanding of aesthetic values and technical skills are achieved through studio practice, readings, and demonstrations. Basic glaze and clay calculations, kiln firing techniques, and basic throwing methods will be covered.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 122, 130, 150, 151, 236 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019 · Kelly Connole
  • ARTS 234: The Figure in Clay

    This course is an introduction to the figurative and narrative potential of clay as a sculptural medium. Through hands-on demonstrations, lectures, readings, and assignments students will develop an understanding of both contemporary and historical approaches to forming the human figure in clay. The relationship artists have with the human body is complex and has been the subject of religious, philosophical and personal investigation for centuries. This course will analyze this relationship while developing technical skills in construction and firing techniques specific to ceramics.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 122, 130 or instructor’s consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 236: Ceramics: Vessels for Tea

    Students will learn techniques used by Japanese potters, and those from around the world, to make vessels associated with the production and consumption of tea. Both handbuilding and wheel throwing processes will be explored throughout the term. We will investigate how Japanese pottery traditions, especially the Mingei “arts of the people” movement of the 1920s, have influenced contemporary ceramics practice in the United States and how cultural appropriation impacts arts practice. Special attention will be paid to the use of local materials from Carleton’s Arboretum as well as wood firing and traditional raku processes. 

    Prerequisites: Requires concurrent registration in Art History 266 6 credits; Arts Practice, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 238: Photography I

    This course introduces the student to the operation of the 35mm camera, film processing and black and white printing techniques. Through lectures, demonstrations, readings, field trips and critiques we rigorously view and question the nature of photography. Assignments will cover a range of photographic genres. A personal investigation of these photographic experiences will result in a final portfolio of finished prints and accompanying field guide. Manual film cameras provided.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114, 140 or 141 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2020 · Ryan Arthurs
  • ARTS 240: Introduction to Film and Digital Photography

    Learn the fine art of both black and white and color photography through the use of light sensitive silver and pigmented ink. Like the alchemist we will separate and join together the materials, concepts and technology of the past with today’s digital image. As we transition between chemicals in the darkroom and Photoshop in the digital lab we will explore the creative and cultural nature of photography. Studio production will be promoted through field trips, readings and critiques. We encourage students to bring their own digital camera, however we do have some digital cameras to loan out. Film cameras will be provided.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114, 140 or 141 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019 · Ryan Arthurs
  • ARTS 252: Metalsmithing: Casting and Color

    This course focuses on casting, enameling, and stone setting as methods of creating jewelry and small sculptural objects in copper and silver. Specific instruction will be given in developing the skills of forming, joining, and surface enrichment to achieve complex metal pieces. Previous experience with metalsmithing is not required but may be helpful. Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114, 122, 130, 150 or 151 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Danny Saathoff
  • ARTS 260: Painting

    The course serves as an introduction to the language of painting. Students develop a facility with the physical tools of painting–brushes, paint and surfaces–as they gain a fluency with the basic formal elements of the discipline–color, form, value, composition and space. Students are also challenged to consider the choices they make in determining the content and ideas expressed in the work, and how to most effectively convey them.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114 or 161 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020 · David Lefkowitz
  • ARTS 273: Studio Art Seminar in the South Pacific: Printmaking

    Intaglio and relief printmaking. Students will receive instruction in all of the processes of intaglio and relief printmaking. Students will explore the possibilities of this form of printmaking in conjunction with their work in a drawing class.

    Prerequisites: Studio Arts 110, 113 or 114 and acceptance in OCS Program 6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 274: Printmaking

    Students will work in one of the four primary media of printmaking: intaglio, relief, lithography, or silkscreen. After students make their choice of which process they will use, demonstrations will be offered in each area. The goal includes building upon skills that were established in the pre-requisite drawing class. Each print media affords great potential in experimentation.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113 or 114 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2019 · Fred Hagstrom
  • ARTS 275: Studio Art Seminar in the South Pacific: The Physical and Cultural Environment

    This course examines how Australia and New Zealand have changed since colonization. Students study the physical and environmental beginnings of these countries and learn about the history of their indigenous people, noting how the physical landscape has been changed through agriculture, mining, and the importation of non-native species. This course will include readings, meetings with visiting artists and lecturers, and visits to cultural centers. Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113 or 114 and acceptance to Carleton OCS program 6 credits; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 298: Junior Studio Art Practicum

    Required for the studio major, and strongly recommended for the junior year, this seminar is for student artists considering lives as producers of visual culture. At the core of the course are activities that help build students’ identities as practicing artists. These include the selection and installation of artwork for the Junior Show, a presentation about their own artistic development, and studio projects in media determined by each student that serve as a bridge between media-specific studio art courses and the independent creative work they will undertake as Seniors in Comps. The course will also include reading and discussion about what it means to be an artist today, encounters with visiting artists and trips to exhibition venues in the Twin Cities.

    3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2020 · Fred Hagstrom
  • ARTS 322: Sculpture 2: Form and Context

    In this seminar we will expand on our exploration of sculpture–further developing the studio based investigation of Studio Art 122 while adding interior and exterior site specific installation, robotics, and digital media, to the range of possibilities.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 122, 150, 151, 232 or instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Stephen Mohring
  • ARTS 327: Woodworking: The Table

    This class explores the wondrous joys and enlightening frustrations of an intensive material focus in wood. From the perspective of both functional and non-functional design, we will examine wood’s physical, visual, philosophical, and expressive properties. Several short projects will culminate in an examination of the table as a conceptual construct, and six week design/build challenge. Prerequisites: Studio Art 122 or instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics

    Designed to build on previous coursework in ceramics, this course focuses on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving. Development of a personal voice is encouraged through open-ended assignments deepening exploration into the expressive nature of clay. Glaze calculations, kiln firing theory, and alternative firing techniques will broaden approaches to surface design. This course can be repeated for credit. 

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 130, 230, 232, 234 or 236 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2020 · Kelly Connole
  • ARTS 339: Advanced Photo: Digital Imaging

    This course will explore the technical, aesthetic and critical issues of analog and digital media. The student will work with large format analog cameras, digital cameras, scanners, printers, some darkroom work and the Photoshop program. Through specific assignments, field trips and personal experimentation students will broaden their understanding of this media. Some digital cameras will be provided.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 140, 141, 238 or 240 or instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2020 · Ryan Arthurs
  • ARTS 360: Advanced Painting and Drawing

    This course is designed for students who want to explore these 2-D media in greater depth. Students may choose to work exclusively in painting or drawing, or may combine media if they like. Some projects in the course emphasize strengthening students’ facility in traditional uses of each medium, while others are designed to encourage students to challenge assumptions about what a painting or drawing can be. Two major assignments make up the core of the course–one focuses on art making as an evolving process and the other on a critical engagement with systems of visual representation. Prerequisites: Studio Art 110 and 260 (for students focusing on painting) or two prior drawing or printmaking courses from Studio Art 110, 113, 114, 210, 212, and 274 (for students focusing on drawing) 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020
  • ARTS 374: Advanced Printmaking and Book Arts

    This course is a continuation from the introductory level print courses, offering instruction in any of the print media–intaglio, relief, silk-screen, lithography and letterpress. In addition, several binding techniques are taught, and some of the assignments can be fulfilled by book-based projects. Prerequisites: Studio Art 273 or 274 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2020 · Fred Hagstrom
  • ARTS 398: Senior Studio Art Practicum

    Required for the studio major in the senior year, this seminar is designed to prepare emerging artists for continued studio practice. This class engages students in the process of presentation of artwork in a professional setting (the senior art exhibition) and in various other capacities. Students engage with visiting artists, readings, and exhibitions as they begin to develop their own independent paths towards studio work outside of the academic setting.

    3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2020 · Fred Hagstrom
  • ARTS 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credits; S/NC; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 100: Laughing Matters: The History of Political Caricature

    For over two centuries political caricature has permeated the popular culture of democratic societies. This course surveys that history, covering topics including revolutionary printmaking, editorial cartooning, political censorship, mock journalism, and anti-cartoon terrorism. We will explore pictorial protests against war, corruption, bigotry, and injustice, as well as graphic ridicule heaped upon political figures ranging from King Louis-Philippe to Boss Tweed to President Trump. But how effective is political caricature? Does it sway minds or merely reinforce extant opinions? When, if ever, does it become objectionable or libelous? Can comically exaggerated or distorted imagery actually reveal subtle insights or hidden truths?

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2019 · Baird Jarman
  • ARTH 100: Renaissance, Revolution, and Reformation: The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer

    “If man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided…” This statement, on the divine nature of art, was penned by the German artist Albrecht Dürer. Dürer’s artworks–his paintings, his drawings, his woodblock prints, and his engravings–have been construed to be some of the most theologically sophisticated, naturalistically rendered, theoretically informed, classically inflected, and socially engaged of the period we now refer to as the “Renaissance.” This thematically organized course will engage the work of Albrecht Dürer, around these issues. Discussions will be integrated with student presentations, analyses of primary and scholarly texts, and writing assignments.

    6 credits; Writing Requirement, Argument and Inquiry Seminar, International Studies; offered Fall 2019 · Jessica Keating
  • ARTH 101: Introduction to Art History I

    An introduction to the art and architecture of various geographical areas around the world from antiquity through the “Middle Ages.” The course will provide foundational skills (tools of analysis and interpretation) as well as general, historical understanding. It will focus on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the way that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces. Issues include, for example, sacred spaces, images of the gods, imperial portraiture, and domestic decoration. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2019 · Baird Jarman, Kathleen Ryor
  • ARTH 102: Introduction to Art History II

    An introduction to the art and architecture of various geographical areas around the world from the fifteenth century through the present. The course will provide foundational skills (tools of analysis and interpretation) as well as general, historical understanding. It will focus on a select number of major developments in a range of media and cultures, emphasizing the way that works of art function both as aesthetic and material objects and as cultural artifacts and forces. Issues include, for example, humanist and Reformation redefinitions of art in the Italian and Northern Renaissance, realism, modernity and tradition, the tension between self-expression and the art market, and the use of art for political purposes. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2020 · Jessica Keating, Kathleen Ryor
  • ARTH 140: African Art and Culture

    This course will survey the art and architecture of African peoples from prehistory to the present. Focusing on significant case studies in various mediums (including sculpture, painting, architecture, masquerades and body arts), this course will consider the social, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts in which artistic practices developed both on the African continent and beyond. Major themes will include the use of art for status production, the use of aesthetic objects in social rituals and how the history of African and African diaspora art has been written and institutionally framed. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 155: Islamic Art and Architecture

    This course surveys the art and architecture of societies where Muslims were dominant or where they formed significant minorities from the seventh through the nineteenth centuries. It examines the form and function of architecture and works of art as well as the social, historical and cultural contexts, patterns of use, and evolving meanings attributed to art by the users. The course follows a chronological order, where selected visual materials are treated along chosen themes. Themes include the creation of a distinctive visual culture in the emerging Islamic polity; cultural interconnections along trade and pilgrimage routes; and westernization. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 160: American Art to 1940

    Concentration on painting of the colonial period (especially portraiture) and nineteenth century (especially landscape and scenes of everyday life) with an introduction to the modernism of the early twentieth century. The course will include analysis of the ways art shapes and reflects cultural attitudes such as those concerning race and gender.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 164: Buddhist Art

    The Buddhist religion has been a central part of Asian cultures and societies since the third century BC. This course will trace the development of Buddhist art and architecture from its beginnings in India through its migration across the Asian continent. Attention will be paid to both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions in Central East, South, and South-East Asia. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between different doctrines, for example, Tantrism or Zen and the development of form and style. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 165: Japanese Art and Culture

    This course will survey art and architecture in Japan from its prehistoric beginnings until the early twentieth century, and explore the relationship between indigenous art forms and the foreign (Korean, Chinese, European) concepts, art forms and techniques that influenced Japanese culture, as well as the social political and religious contexts for artistic production. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2020 · Kathleen Ryor
  • ARTH 166: Chinese Art and Culture

    This course will survey art and architecture in China from its prehistoric beginnings to the end of the nineteenth century. It will examine various types of visual art forms within their social, political and cultural contexts. Major themes that will also be explored include: the role of ritual in the production and use of art, the relationship between the court and secular elite and art, and theories about creativity and expression.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 171: History of Photography

    This course covers nineteenth and twentieth century photography from its origins to the present. It will consider formal innovations in the medium, the role of photography in society, and the place of photography in the fine arts. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 172: Modern Art: 1890-1945

    This course explores developments in the visual arts, architecture, and theory in Europe and America between 1890 and 1945. The major Modernist artists and movements that sought to revolutionize vision, culture, and experience, from Symbolism to Surrealism, will be considered. The impact of World War I, the Great Depression, and the rise of fascism will be examined as well for their devastation of the Modernist dream of social-cultural renewal. Lectures will be integrated with discussions of artists’ theoretical writings and group manifestoes, such as those of the Futurists, Dadaists, Surrealists, Constructivists, and DeStijl, in addition to select secondary readings. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 209: Chinese Painting

    Since the tenth century in China, a tension emerges between art created as a means of self expression and works which were intended to display social status and political power and to convey conventional values. This course concentrates on the primary site of this tension, the art of painting. We will explore such issues as the influence of Confucian and Daoist philosophy on painting and calligraphy, the changing perception of nature and the natural in art, the politics of style, and the increasing dominance of poetry rather than narrative as a conceptual construct for painting. Prerequisites: Any one term of art history 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2020 · Kathleen Ryor
  • ARTH 211: Contemporary Art Program: Critical Issues in Art Now

    In this survey, students will be exposed to the diverse range of themes, concepts, and mediums that contemporary artists are working with at the present moment. After a brief historical overview of artistic practice since 1960, the course will be divided into a set of thematic concerns. Students will learn about how artists today respond to globalization, market capitalism, issues of racial and ethnic identity, and other issues within our complex contemporary geopolitical situation. Readings will be pulled from contemporary art journals, art blogs, e-journals, and statements by both artists and exhibition curators.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 212: Contemporary Art Program: The Art World and Its Institutions

    In this course, students will think critically about the institutions that present and frame contemporary art today, including the biennial exhibition, the museum, the commercial gallery, and the art journal. Critical questions include: If biennial exhibitions purport to be global surveys, how do they conceptualize “the global?” How have museums changed the ways in which they present such challenging works, and how do they make judgments about which works to acquire? What role do commercial galleries play in promoting certain artists over others, and has this skewed the survey of global artists toward certain kinds of art or artists?

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 213: Contemporary Art Program: Art Criticism in the Digital Age

    This course is a platform for students to reflect thoughtfully and critically on the works they have encountered abroad, the ideas raised by the visiting speakers, and the broader experiences they have had while traveling through Europe. The primary medium through which students will voice their reactions will be a student-authored art blog. Given that so much cultural criticism now takes place in these virtual forums, students will thus be part of a broader community of art critics and theorists as their contributions add productively to the ongoing virtual conversation around the art of this moment.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 214: Queer Art

    Beyond surveying the rich history of arts by LGBTQA+ individuals, this course takes as its object of study the ways in which the arts have been used to question, undermine, and subvert the gendered and sexual norms of dominant cultures—in short, to queer them. In so doing, such visual and performative practices offer new, alternative models of living and acting in the world based on liberatory politics and aesthetics. This course will consider topics such as: censorship of queer artists; art of the AIDS crisis; activist performance; the sexual politics of public space; and queer intersections of race, class and gender in visual art among others.

    Prerequisites: Any one art history course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2019 · Ross Elfline
  • ARTH 215: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague: Prague Art and Architecture

    This course will examine key developments in Czech visual art and architecture from the early medieval to the contemporary periods. Slide-based lectures will be supplemented by visits to representative monuments, art collections, and museums in Prague.

    4 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 220: The Origins of Manga: Japanese Prints

    Pictures of the floating world, or ukiyoe, were an integral part of popular culture in Japan and functioned as illustrations, advertisements, and souvenirs. This course will examine the development of both style and subject matter in Japanese prints within the socio-economic context of the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the prominent position of women and the nature of gendered activity in these prints.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 225: Religion, Royalty & Romantics: The Gothic and Gothic Revival

    This course examines Gothic art and architecture, both religious and secular, during the late Middle Ages and then again, with the Gothic Revival, after the Industrial Revolution. The course investigates how the concept of the Gothic evolved, explores how the Gothic style became invested with various cultural connotations, and traces its various deployments in popular culture. In the medieval period, this course focuses on works of art from France, England, Germany and Italy from the twelfth through fourteenth centuries. Discussions of the Gothic Revival from the nineteenth century onward focus more broadly upon Europe and the United States. Approximately half of the class sessions will be held at St. Olaf. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 232: Madrid Program: Spanish Art Live

    This course offers an introduction to Spanish art from el Greco to the present. Classes are taught in some of the finest museums and churches of Spain, including the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, and the Church of Santo Tomé.

    Prerequisites: Spanish 205 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2019 · Humberto Huergo
  • ARTH 235: Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe’s “Renaissance”

    This course examines European artistic production in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. The aim of the course is to introduce diverse forms of artistic production, as well as to analyze the religious, social, and political role of art in the period. While attending to the specificities of workshop practices, production techniques, materials, content, and form of the objects under discussion, the course also interrogates the ways in which these objects are and, at times, are not representative of the “Renaissance.” Prerequisites: One Art History course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2020 · Jessica Keating
  • ARTH 236: Baroque Art

    This course examines European artistic production in Italy, Spain, France, and the Netherlands from the end of the sixteenth century through the seventeenth century. The aim of the course is to interrogate how religious revolution and reformation, scientific discoveries, and political transformations brought about a proliferation of remarkably varied types of artistic production that permeated and altered the sacred, political, and private spheres. The class will examine in depth select works of painting, sculpture, prints, and drawings, by Caravaggio, Bernini, Poussin, Velázquez, Rubens, and Rembrandt, among many others.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2020 · Jessica Keating
  • ARTH 240: Art Since 1945

    Art from abstract expressionism to the present, with particular focus on issues such as the modernist artist-hero; the emergence of alternative or non-traditional media; the influence of the women’s movement and the gay/lesbian liberation movement on contemporary art; and postmodern theory and practice. Prerequisites: Any one term of art history 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 241: Contemporary Art for Artists

    This course is a survey of major artistic movements after 1945 as well as an introduction to significant tendencies in current art and craft production. The goal of this course is to develop a familiarity with the important debates, discussions, and critical issues facing artists today. By the end of the course, students will be able to relate their own work as cultural producers to these significant contemporary artistic developments. Students will read, write about, and discuss primary sources, artist statements, and theoretical essays covering a wide range of media with the ultimate goal of articulating their own artistic project.

    Prerequisites: Any two studio art courses or permission from the instructor. Not open to students who have previously taken Art History 240 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2020 · Ross Elfline
  • ARTH 245: Modern Architecture

    This course surveys the history of western architecture, chiefly in Europe and North America, from approximately 1800 to 1950, paying particular attention to new building practices spurred by technological innovations arising from the Industrial Revolution. Architectural theory, stylistic concerns, new building typologies (such as skyscrapers and railway stations), urbanization, and the professionalization of architecture receive attention in the context of different cultural and political settings. Architectural movements covered include neoclassicism, the gothic revival, art nouveau, the beaux-arts tradition, the arts and crafts movement, the prairie school, constructivism, art deco, international-style modernism, brutalism and others.

    Prerequisites: One Art History course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 247: Architecture Since 1950

    This course begins by considering the international triumph of architecture’s Modern Movement as seen in key works by Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and their followers. Soon after modernisms rise, however, architects began to question the movement’s tenets and the role that architecture as a discipline plays in the fashioning of society. This course will examine the central actors in this backlash from Britain, France, Italy, Japan, the United States and elsewhere before exploring the architectural debates surrounding definitions of postmodernism. The course will conclude by considering the impact of both modernism and postmodernism on contemporary architectural practice. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2019 · Ross Elfline
  • ARTH 255: Islam in the Eyes of the West

    How have images of Islam impacted European culture? How did existing pictorial traditions/practices frame the ways in which Islam was visualized in Europe? This course will interrogate the ways in which representational technologies facilitated and/or obstructed making sense of Islam from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries. We will explore a wide range of images in diverse media, including, but not limited to, maps, costume books, panel paintings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, popular prints, ethnographic treatises, and early photographs. Prerequisites: Any art history course or permission of the instructor. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 263: European Architectural Studies Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism

    This course surveys the history of European architecture while emphasizing firsthand encounters with actual structures. Students visit outstanding examples of major transnational styles–including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Moorish, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Modernist buildings–along with regionally specific styles, such as Spanish Plateresque, English Tudor and Catalan Modernisme. Cultural and technological changes affecting architectural practices are emphasized along with architectural theory, ranging from Renaissance treatises to Modernist manifestos. Students also visit buildings that resist easy classification and that raise topics such as spatial appropriation, stylistic hybridity, and political symbolism.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2020 · Baird Jarman
  • ARTH 264: European Architectural Studies Program: Managing Monuments: Issues in Cultural Heritage Practice

    This course explores the theory and practice of cultural resource management by investigating how various architectural sites and urban historic districts operate. Students will consider cultural, financial, ethical and pedagogical aspects of contemporary tourism practices within a historical framework that roots the travel industry alongside religious pilgrimage customs and the aristocratic tradition of the Grand Tour. Interacting with professionals who help oversee architectural landmarks and archaeological sites, students will analyze and assess initiatives at various locations, ranging from educational programs and preservation plans to sustainability efforts and repatriation debates.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2020 · Baird Jarman
  • ARTH 265: Planning Utopia: Ideal Cities in Theory and Practice

    This course will survey the history of ideal plans for the built urban environment. Particular attention will be given to examples from about 1850 to the present. Projects chosen by students will greatly influence the course content, but subjects likely to receive sustained attention include: Renaissance ideal cities, conceptions of public and private space, civic rituals, the industrial city, Baron Haussmann’s renovations of Paris, suburbanization, the Garden City movement, zoning legislation, Le Corbusier’s Ville Contemporaine, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City, New Urbanism and urban renewal, and planned capitals such as Brasília, Canberra, Chandigarh, and Washington, D.C.

    Prerequisites: Any one Art History course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2020 · Baird Jarman
  • ARTH 266: Arts of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

    This course will examine the history and aesthetics of the tea ceremony in Japan (chanoyu).  It will focus on the types of objects produced for use in the Japanese tea ceremony from the fifteenth century through the present. Themes to be explored include: the relationship of social status and politics to the development of chanoyu; the religious dimensions of the tea ceremony; gender roles of tea practitioners; nationalist appropriation of the tea ceremony and its relationship to the mingei movement in the twentieth century; and the international promotion of the Japanese tea ceremony post-WWII.

    Prerequisites: Requires concurrent registration in Studio Arts 236 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 267: Gardens in China and Japan

    A garden is usually defined as a piece of land that is cultivated or manipulated in some way by man for one or more purposes. Gardens often take the form of an aestheticized space that miniaturizes the natural landscape. This course will explore the historical phenomenon of garden building in China and Japan with a special emphasis on how cultural and religious attitudes towards nature contribute to the development of gardens in urban and suburban environments. In addition to studying historical source material, students will be required to apply their knowledge by building both virtual and physical re-creations of gardens. 6 credits; Arts Practice, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 268: Art History in Kyoto Program: History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture in Japan

    A garden is usually defined as a piece of land that is cultivated or manipulated in some way by humans for one or more purposes. Gardens often take the form of an aestheticized space that miniaturizes the natural landscape. This course will explore the historical phenomenon of garden building in Japan, with a special emphasis on how cultural and religious attitudes towards nature contribute to the development of gardens in urban and suburban environments. In addition to studying historical source material, students will be required to visit garden sites on a weekly basis.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 269: Art History in Kyoto Program: Projects in Japanese Garden Design and History

    Reading assignments followed by an independent project related to Japanese gardens. Linked to the work done in Art History 268, this course requires an in-depth study of a particular style of Japanese garden design and its history.

    3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 288: Curatorial Seminar

    Through a discussion-based format, this course explores the nature of museums, the roles of contemporary curators, and the evolving functions of exhibitions. Theoretical investigations are complemented by practical, hands-on experiences. Working directly with artworks from the Carleton Art Collection, the group will prepare and execute an exhibition to be shown in the Perlman Teaching Museum. Students will conduct artist-specific research, draft interpretive text, formulate exhibition labels, and consider various exhibition formats. In the Fall 2018 seminar, students will create an exhibition that explores the roles text, symbols, and writing play when they are incorporated into visual art.

    Prerequisites: Any one Art History course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 298: Seminar for Art History Majors

    An intensive study of the nature of art history as an intellectual discipline and of the approaches scholars have taken to various art historical problems. Attention as well to principles of current art historical research and writing. Recommended for juniors who have declared art history as a major.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2020 · Ross Elfline
  • ARTH 321: Arts of the Chinese Scholar’s Studio

    During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in China, unprecedented economic development and urbanization expanded the number of educated elite who used their wealth to both display their status and distinguish themselves as cultural leaders. As a result, this period experienced a boom in estate and garden building, art collecting and luxury consumption. This course will examine a wide range of objects from painting and calligraphy to furniture and ceramics within the context of domestic architecture of the late Ming dynasty. It will also examine the role of taste and social class in determining the style of art and architecture.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 323: Idolatry

    Idolatry is an issue that has often determined how human beings interact with and conceive of the world around them. Focusing on the Judeo-Christian formulations of idolatry this course draws on a range of media, from the Hebrew Bible to the bones of saints and popular prints, as we analyze verbal and visual representations of the sacred and the profane. The driving questions will be: how have idols and idolaters been recognized in the past, and how have these various textual and visual formulations of idolatry shaped works of art from the ancient, medieval, and early modern worlds? Prerequisites: 200 level Art History course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2020 · Jessica Keating
  • ARTH 341: Art and Democracy

    What does it mean to say that a work of art is “democratic?” For whom is art made? And who can lay claim to the title “artist?” These questions animate contemporary art production as artists grapple with the problems of broadening access to their works and making them more socially relevant. In this course we will consider the challenges involved in making art for a sometimes ill-defined “public.” Topics to be discussed include: activist performance art, feminism, public sculpture, the Culture Wars, queer visual culture, and the recent rise of social practice art.

    Prerequisites: Any two Art History courses, or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ARTH 400: Integrative Exercise

    The integrative exercise for the art history major involves an independent research project, on a topic chosen by the student and approved by faculty members, resulting in a substantial essay due late in the winter term. One credit is awarded, usually in the spring term, for a formal presentation that contextualizes the project and summarizes the argument of the essay. The other five credits may be distributed in any fashion over the fall and winter terms. Art History 400 is a continuing course; no grade will be awarded until all six credits are completed. 1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020