Aesthetics, Style, and Content
Aesthetics Style and Content focuses primarily, on the acquisition of creative and technical skills in the context of the development of original ideas and personal style. Studio work will consist of the practical exploration of the relationship between formal, technical, aesthetic, and stylistic issues relative to the personal, and thematic subjects of the students own choosing. Relative to this, in the seminar portion of the course the students are given critical, theoretical, philosophical background to issues surrounding the subjects of style, aesthetics and content. In the studio the students are encouraged to think of their work as an integrative whole consisting of these various components. In this context they are required to engage in independent critical research on topics relevant to their work. Their research takes the form of both archival and studio work and is presented in both visual and written form. This course is required for all junior students in VATe during their spring semester.
Artist's Book Now: Artist's Book as Image
Course No. PRI 231-331-431 Credits: 3.0
This studio course focuses on boundaries of book form, emphasis on image and concept, and selection of appropriate form [output] to content. Students will be encouraged to view the book as a conceptual space. Deeper development of sequencing and narrative in traditional and nontraditional formats. Forms covered on individual project basis as dictated by idea/concept for appropriate output/manifestation. Considerations include sculptural, installation, digital output, etc. Examples and contemporary developments regarding the evolution of the artist book are examined through texts, through the use of our library's artist book collection, in discussion, and during critiques. Notes: This course is open to all, and fulfills an introductory, intermediate and advanced level elective course.
Artist's Book: Narrative + Form
Course No. PRI 232-332-432 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jennifer Craun
This studio course is for students interested in producing sequentially developed imagery via linear book structures. Historical examples and contemporary developments regarding the evolution of the artist book are examined through texts, through the use of our library's artist book collection, in discussion, and during critiques. Due to technological advancements over the last century artists now have a variety of media with which to explore output of book projects. The class will expose students to the nature and potential of different book structures as well as a variety of materials. The course will heighten the student's ability to utilize the interaction of sequenced content -- the act of turning pages-- to express the continuity of an idea flowing through a continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Note: Open Elective. Required for Fourth Year Print Majors.
BFA Statement + Exhibition
This course is designed to assist the student in preparing their short exhibition statement, BFA Thesis Paper and in general prepare for their final BFA Exhibition and Defense. In the BFA Thesis Paper, students are asked to examine their work and thinking within varied frameworks. This paper is meant to prepare the student for their BFA Oral Defense and provide the foundation for professional proposals beyond graduation. It is an opportunity for an in-depth consideration of work and personal studio practice. The length of the Thesis Statement Paper varies but excluding endnotes, bibliography, illustrations and other addenda, the paper should be no fewer than 1500 words and no more than 2500 words. Within the paper and among other questions, students are expected to address: “What is the work? What is the reasonable expectation for how it will be received by a given audience? What is the work’s historical and contemporary context? What are the sources for the work? What choices were made in realizing the work and how to they contribute to the reception of the work?” This course is open to all seniors regardless of major and is required by all Visual Arts Seniors. Offered spring.
Collaboration Through a Printed Experience
Course No. PRI 210-310-410 Credits: 3.0
Collaboration is defined by the interaction of two or more people. This studio course supports the student in the development of a body of work while offering an opportunity to experience collaboration by bringing together idea generation, image making and production. Through a series of projects students will use a variety of traditional and experimental processes to define the parameters of collaboration. Moving beyond the opening platform, students will redefine collaboration as they develop projects informed by course objectives through the inclusion of their personal aspirations. (Collaboration could suggest projects between students, artist and author, student and faculty, student and individual in the community, etc.) Note: This course is open to all, and fulfills an introductory, intermediate and advanced level elective course.
Collage + Assemblage
Course No. VAT 212-312-412 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Ingrisano
Collage and Assemblage are among the most radical innovations of the early 20th century and these forms remain relevant today as sources for innovation and experimentation. Each of these forms acknowledges the fracture of contemporary life and the ongoing need for new means of expression. This course will explore the relationship between collage and assemblage and various disciplines within the visual arts including Painting, Print, and Drawing. Students will learn to discern the significantly different effects and content of the wide range of strategies these approaches encompass. Through classroom discussion, lectures, readings, critiques and studio work students will explore the possibilities available through collage and assemblage. Emphasis will be given to the historical and contemporary studio practices associated with collage and assemblage. This course is open to all students from all majors. Students will be encouraged to apply their area of expertise to the studio work.
Color, Scale, Mark, and Form
Course No. VAT 328-428 Credits: 3.0
Figurative’, ‘abstract’, ‘conceptual’, ‘non- objective’, ‘romantic landscape”, “post- modern”, “Bob Ross-ian”, paintings all have an underlying structure. This studio course examines how the specificity of color, scale, mark and shape form and affect a painting’s content. Students will be encouraged to focus on their own body of work while exploring issues of content within the themes of the class through the investigation of their own studio practice, as well as looking at and analyzing the work of other painters and artists throughout history. This course will be of particular interest to students in painting, drawing, + printmaking.
Critical Issues in Art in Theory + Practice
Course No. VAT 316-416 Credits: 3.0
This class will focus on how the relationship between the visual and the verbal, images, and ideas play out in artist's work. Emphasis will be placed on artist statements, writings by artists, student peer reviews, and written statements. Students will be expected to hone their abilities to think critically about visual art through weekly readings and writing assignments. This course is open to majors from all disciplines and students will be encouraged to work in their area of expertise.
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