Visual Arts Courses

Introductory Drawing

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing.

Introductory Painting

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 225

Instructors: Kurt Kauper

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting.

Black & White Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Demetrius Oliver · Jeff Whetstone

An introduction to the processes of analog photography through a series of problems directed toward the handling of film-based cameras, light-sensitive paper, darkroom chemistry, and printing.

Graphic Design: Visual Form

VIS 216 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. Room 303

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This course introduces students to techniques for decoding and creating graphic messages in a variety of media, and delves into issues related to visual literacy through the hands-on making and analysis of graphic form.

Art for Everyone

VIS 219 · Fall 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 303

Instructors: Fia Backstrom

This studio class will address the increasing social pressure on art to become more widely distributed, immediately accessible, and democratically produced.

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 221 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 102

Instructors: Nathan Carter

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, space, and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on the visual properties of sculpture.

How to Make a Film

VIS 261 · Fall 2015

C02 · Mondays, 7:30 - 10:20 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Keith Sanborn

A film/video course introducing the techniques of shooting and editing digital video.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Fall 2015

S01 · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Pacho Velez

This course will give students an introduction to documentary film and video production, with a special emphasis on the practical challenges of producing films in the real world.

Intermediate Photography

VIS 313 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 302

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

This studio course seeks to broaden students’ skills through a wide range of photographic media.

Brazilian Cinema

POR 319 / LAS 319 / VIS 346 · Fall 2015

C01/F01 · Seminar - Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Screenings - Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm Jones Hall, Rm. 100

Instructors: Bruno Carvalho

An introduction to the richness of Brazilian film, this course explores major cinematic movements, and will include the Cinema Novo, critically acclaimed documentaries, and more recent commercial successes.

Ceramic Sculpture

VIS 331 · Fall 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m. 185 Nassau St., A13

Instructors: Adam Welch

This course is course designed for students interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay.

Major Filmmakers

VIS 343 · Fall 2015

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: P. Adams Sitney

A seminar on the films of avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.

Art School at African American Studies: Process, Discourse, Infrastructure

AAS 347 / VIS 337 · Fall 2015

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:50 pm

Instructors: Nell Painter

Combining actual making with art criticism and an examination of the circulation of contemporary art, particularly the of work of black artists, this seminar is structured around fundamental art concepts such as line, color, illustration, abstraction, multiples, beauty, and meaning.

Painting Without Canvas

VIS 370 · Fall 2015

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 226

Instructors: Pam Lins

This interdisciplinary studio course encourages students to expand their definition of painting by investigating methods of painting other than the convention of stretched fabric over a wood support.

Issues in Contemporary Art

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2015

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 207

Instructors: Martha Friedman

The course addresses current issues in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, photography, and performance installation.

Advanced Theatrical Design

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. Berlind Theater, Room 002

Instructors: Jane Cox · Anya Klepikov

The course is designed to endow students with practical skills that will enable them to design a production, and to support them in making technical decisions as well as in collaborating with the rest of the creative team.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2015

C01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 606

Instructors: Staff

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the post 1990's "golden age of television" and outline the differences between writing for film and a scripted TV series.

Advanced Graphic Design

VIS 415 · Fall 2015

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 303

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course builds on the skills and concepts of the 200-level Graphic Design classes.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 219

Instructors: Pam Lins

This seminar provides senior ART Program 2 and VIS certificate students a context for investigating and discussing contemporary art exhibition practices.

Fall Film Seminar

VIS 417 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Room 304

Instructors: Staff

This class will explore the art of storytelling through the aesthetics of film editing.

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Fall 2015

U01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 301

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Sigrid Adriaenssens

This course investigates how extreme amounts of invested time and manual labor are capable of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Notes on Color

VIS 441 / CWR 441 / THR 441 · Fall 2015

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. 185 Nassau St., Rm. 219

Instructors: James Welling

This seminar will explore the idea of color through a wide range of scientific, philosophical and aesthetic theories.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2015

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. New South Building, Rm. 606

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.