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Studio Art Courses

Fall 2022

  • 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 2022, Winter 2023 · David Lefkowitz, Daniel Bruggeman, Jade Hoyer
  • ARTS 113: Field Drawing

    A beginning drawing course for students who are interested in developing their skills in drawing from nature, to better see and understand their surroundings. Class material covers line, form, dimension, value, perspective, and space using a variety of drawing materials. Subject matter includes specimens, plant forms, and the landscape. Students will use a portable sketchbook, and classes during the second part of the term are primarily outside. Locations include the Arb and field trips; access to these sites does include walking on unpaved paths and uneven terrain.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Spring 2023 · Eleanor Jensen
  • 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 Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · Stephen Mohring
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Kelly Connole, Juliane Shibata
  • ARTS 139: Beginning Photography

    In this course students explore photography as a means of understanding and interacting with both the world and the inner self. We will emphasize a balance of technical skills, exploration of personal vision, and development of critical thinking and vocabulary relating to photography. Beginning students will learn how to use analogue and digital cameras, to use basic studio lighting equipment, and to print their own photographic work. Additionally, students will learn to develop a portfolio as an ongoing process that requires informed and critical decision making to assemble a body of work. Collectively we will critique, analyze, give feedback on work, and discuss readings that are pertinent to the production of images in contemporary times.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · Xavier Tavera Castro
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023 · 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 instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · David Lefkowitz
  • ARTS 274: Printmaking – Silkscreen and Relief

    Students will work in two primary printmaking media: relief and/or silkscreen. Through printmaking techniques, layering, color mixing, and generating multiples, students will explore how to develop a narrative in their work and build upon skills established in prerequisite drawing classes.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jade Hoyer
  • 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, 222 or instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022 · Stephen Mohring
  • ARTS 400: Integrative Exercise

    The integrative exercise for the studio arts major consists of an independent research project involving experimentation, reflection, and deep engagement in the production of a cohesive body of artwork. The comps process is designed to give students the opportunity to develop ideas over the course of a term with close advice and support of the studio faculty and fellow students. Typically, students register for 6 credits in Fall or Winter.  In rare cases and in consultation with the studio faculty, exceptions may be made to allow comps to be spread over two terms.  

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

Winter 2023

  • 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 2022, Winter 2023 · David Lefkowitz, Daniel Bruggeman, Jade Hoyer
  • 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 Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · Stephen Mohring
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Kelly Connole, Juliane Shibata
  • ARTS 139: Beginning Photography

    In this course students explore photography as a means of understanding and interacting with both the world and the inner self. We will emphasize a balance of technical skills, exploration of personal vision, and development of critical thinking and vocabulary relating to photography. Beginning students will learn how to use analogue and digital cameras, to use basic studio lighting equipment, and to print their own photographic work. Additionally, students will learn to develop a portfolio as an ongoing process that requires informed and critical decision making to assemble a body of work. Collectively we will critique, analyze, give feedback on work, and discuss readings that are pertinent to the production of images in contemporary times.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · Xavier Tavera Castro
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023 · Danny Saathoff
  • 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 ongoing, self-directed drawing in these visual journals. Subjects will include landscape, nature study, figure, and portraits. The course will require some hiking in rugged areas.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114 or 142 or previous comparable drawing experience approved by the professor. Participation in OCS program 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Eleanor Jensen
  • 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, 128, 130, 150, 151, 236 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Juliane Shibata
  • ARTS 244: Alternative Processes

    Over the last half century, the media environment has become dominantly digital, and the practice of photography has been transformed into a digital one. In response, contemporary artists and image makers have recently been pursuing analog practices in a search for more engaging material output.  In this course, students will be introduced to a series of alternative printing methods that will result in tangible works.  Instruction will be given in cyanotype, liquid light, Van Dyke brown printing, and Platinum Palladium. Experimentation and creative departures will be highly encouraged.

    Prerequisites: Previous Studio Art course 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Xavier Tavera Castro
  • 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 instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · 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 these forms of printmaking in conjunction with their work in the drawing class.

    Prerequisites: Studio Arts 110, 113 or 114 and acceptance in OCS Program 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Eleanor Jensen
  • ARTS 274: Printmaking – Silkscreen and Relief

    Students will work in two primary printmaking media: relief and/or silkscreen. Through printmaking techniques, layering, color mixing, and generating multiples, students will explore how to develop a narrative in their work and build upon skills established in prerequisite drawing classes.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jade Hoyer
  • ARTS 275: Studio Art Program: The Physical and Cultural Environment

    This is a wide-ranging course that asks students to engage with their surroundings and make broad connections during the South Pacific program. It examines ecological topics, such as natural history, invasive species, conservation efforts, and how the physical landscape has changed since colonialism. Students will also study indigenous people’s history, culture, art, and profound relationship to landscape. This course includes readings, films, local speakers, and diverse site visits.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance to Carleton OCS program 6 credits; S/CR/NC; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2023 · Eleanor Jensen
  • ARTS 400: Integrative Exercise

    The integrative exercise for the studio arts major consists of an independent research project involving experimentation, reflection, and deep engagement in the production of a cohesive body of artwork. The comps process is designed to give students the opportunity to develop ideas over the course of a term with close advice and support of the studio faculty and fellow students. Typically, students register for 6 credits in Fall or Winter.  In rare cases and in consultation with the studio faculty, exceptions may be made to allow comps to be spread over two terms.  

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

Spring 2023

  • ARTS 113: Field Drawing

    A beginning drawing course for students who are interested in developing their skills in drawing from nature, to better see and understand their surroundings. Class material covers line, form, dimension, value, perspective, and space using a variety of drawing materials. Subject matter includes specimens, plant forms, and the landscape. Students will use a portable sketchbook, and classes during the second part of the term are primarily outside. Locations include the Arb and field trips; access to these sites does include walking on unpaved paths and uneven terrain.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Spring 2023 · Eleanor Jensen
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Kelly Connole, Juliane Shibata
  • 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 form. Our emphasis this term will be on anatomy, the study of portraiture, and the complexity of hands and feet.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 142 or 211 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Daniel Bruggeman
  • ARTS 222: Sculptural Practice

    In this class we will expand upon your previous studio art coursework, engaging multiple materials including plaster, wood, steel, and mixed media. Through a series of short and two long term projects, we will explore the joys and challenges of working in three dimensions. You will learn (or hone) basic building skills, mold-making and plaster fabrication techniques, as well as basic metal fabrication including cold work and welding mild steel. 

    Prerequisites: Studio Arts 130, 151, 122, 322, 232, 327, 230, 252, Computer Science 232 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Stephen Mohring
  • 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 128, 130, 236 or high school experience with wheel throwing and instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Kelly Connole
  • ARTS 245: Constructed Image

    In this course we will explore image making beyond the still photographic image. Students will investigate the possibilities of construction and manipulation of photographic images using various camera and darkroom methods including sequence, multiples, narrative, installation and book formats, marking and altering photographic surfaces, using applied color, and toning both in-camera and manually. Special attention will be put into display and installation of the work produced.

    Prerequisites: One 100 level Studio Arts courses or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Xavier Tavera Castro
  • ARTS 252: Metalsmithing: Ancient Techniques, New Technologies

    This course focuses on lost wax casting, 3D modeling and printing, and stone setting as methods to create jewelry and small sculptural objects in bronze and silver. Specific instruction will be given in the proper use of tools, torches, and other equipment, wax carving, and general metalsmithing techniques. Through the use of 3D modeling software and 3D printing, new technologies will expedite traditional processes allowing for a broad range of metalworking possibilities. Previous experience with metalsmithing is not required but may be helpful.

    Prerequisites: Studio Arts 122, 130, 151, 230, 232, 252, 322, 327, Computer Science 232 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Danny Saathoff
  • ARTS 274: Printmaking – Silkscreen and Relief

    Students will work in two primary printmaking media: relief and/or silkscreen. Through printmaking techniques, layering, color mixing, and generating multiples, students will explore how to develop a narrative in their work and build upon skills established in prerequisite drawing classes.

    Prerequisites: Studio Art 110, 113, 114 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jade Hoyer
  • 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 2023 · Xavier Tavera Castro
  • 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 128, 130, 230, 232, 234 or 236 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Kelly Connole
  • 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. Projects focus on art making as an evolving process and a critical engagement with systems of visual representation.

    Prerequisites: Either Studio Art 260 or two of the following courses: Studio Art 110, 113, 114, 210, 212, 273, 274 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · David Lefkowitz
  • 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 2023 · Xavier Tavera Castro
  • ARTS 400: Integrative Exercise

    The integrative exercise for the studio arts major consists of an independent research project involving experimentation, reflection, and deep engagement in the production of a cohesive body of artwork. The comps process is designed to give students the opportunity to develop ideas over the course of a term with close advice and support of the studio faculty and fellow students. Typically, students register for 6 credits in Fall or Winter.  In rare cases and in consultation with the studio faculty, exceptions may be made to allow comps to be spread over two terms.  

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

Art History Courses

Fall 2022

  • ARTH 100: Art and Culture in the Gilded Age

    Staggering wealth inequality spurred by transformative technological innovation and unbridled corporate power. Political tumult fueled by backsliding civil rights legislation, disputed elections, and anti-immigrant sentiment. Culture wars. American imperialism. Such characteristics have increasingly fueled comparisons between the present day and the late-nineteenth century in the United States. The Gilded Age witnessed the flourishing of mass culture alongside the founding of many elite cultural organizations—museums, symphony halls, libraries—that still stand as preeminent civic institutions. With an occasional eye to the present, this seminar examines the art, architecture, and cultural history of the Gilded Age.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Baird Jarman
  • ARTH 100: Witches, Monsters and Demons

    Between 1300 and 1600 depictions of witches, monsters, and demons moved from the margins of medieval manuscripts and the nooks of church architecture to the center of altarpieces and heart of princely collections. Although this diabolical imagery was extremely diverse, it came from one place: the mind of the Renaissance artist. This course examines how images that came from within were devised and fashioned into works of art. It considers why fantastical imagery that showcased the artist’s imagination was so highly valued during the Renaissance–a period typically associated with the rebirth of classical antiquity. Finally, it explores the connection between illusions, visions, dreams, and other visual phenomena that highlighted the potential malfunction of the mind, and artistic creation. Some of the artists discussed include, but are not limited to, Hieronymous Bosch, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · 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, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Jessica Keating
  • 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; offered Fall 2022 · Kathleen Ryor
  • ARTH 215: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague: Czech 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.

    Prerequisites: Participation in Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague program 4 credits; S/CR/NC; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Ken Abrams
  • 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 and approved participation in Madrid Program 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Humberto Huergo
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

Winter 2023

  • 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, International Studies; offered Winter 2023 · Kathleen Ryor, Baird Jarman
  • 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; offered Winter 2023 · Jessica Keating
  • 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; offered Winter 2023 · Baird Jarman
  • 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; offered Winter 2023 · Kathleen Ryor
  • 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; offered Winter 2023 · Ross Elfline
  • ARTH 324: The Sexuality of Jesus Christ

    Why did Renaissance artists produce hundreds of paintings of the Christ Child touching his genitals or presenting his genitals to someone, for instance his mother the Virgin Mary, inside the picture? Why did images of the dead Christ emphasize or exaggerate Jesus’s genitalia? And why were these phallic features of Renaissance religious painting not openly discussed and debated in art historical scholarship until 1983? These questions are at the heart of this course. In order to answer them we will examine the art critic Leo Steinberg’s groundbreaking book, The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion (1983) and the dramatic responses Steinberg’s book engendered. 

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2023 · Jessica Keating
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

Spring 2023

  • 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; offered Spring 2023 · Ross Elfline
  • 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 2023 · Ross Elfline
  • ARTH 260: 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 2023 · Baird Jarman
  • 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; offered Spring 2023 · Kathleen Ryor
  • 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 Spring 2023 · Jessica Keating
  • 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 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023