Visual Arts Courses


Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2020

C01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper · Mark Doten · Ruth Ochs · Shariffa Ali · Stacy Wolf · Olivier Tarpaga · Tess James

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Drawing I

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. Students will be introduced to a range of drawing issues, as well as a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink and oil stick. Subject matter includes still life, the figure, landscape and architecture. Representation, abstraction and working from imagination will be explored.

Painting I

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Pam Lins

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting. The areas to be covered are specifically color and its interaction, the use of form and scale, painting from a model, painting objects with a concern for their mass and its interaction with light.

Reality R&D: Designing Speculative Futures

VIS 209 / ANT 281 / STC 207 / ARC 215 · Fall 2020

U01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM and 7:30 - 9:40 PM

Instructors: Ani Liu

Operating at the intersection of art, science and technology, this course investigates how scientific theories shape aspects of culture and society. We will engage in the practice of "speculative design", creating sculptures, wearables, and artifacts that envision different futures, while reflecting on social, political, and ethical implications of various technologies. Students will develop skills in industrial design, digital fabrication, and digital image making, while applying them to critical social discourse.

Analog Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2020

C01 - Jeff Whetstone · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: 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.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Fall 2020

C01 - Jennifer Calivas · Tuesdays, 7:30 -10:20 PM

Instructors: Jennifer Calivas

This studio course introduces students to aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital photography. Studio emphasis is on mastering digital equipment and techniques, managing print quality, and generally becoming familiar with all aspects of the digital workspace.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2020

U01 - David Reinfurt · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM and 7:30 - 9:40 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

Graphic Design: Circulation

VIS 217 · Fall 2020

U01 - David Reinfurt · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM and 7:30 - 9:40 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

Students in this course will consider the ways in which a graphic design object's characteristics are affected by its ability to be copied and shared, and by the environment in which it is intended to circulate.

Graphic Design: Image

VIS 218 · Fall 2020

U01 - Laura Coombs · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM and 7:30 - 9:40 PM

Instructors: Laura Coombs

This course engages students in the decoding of and formal experimentation with the image as a two-dimensional surface. Students take a hands on approach to formal experimentation through an array of modes and technologies including the photocopier, the computer, the camera, letterpress and silkscreen printing to address the most basic principles of design, such as visual metaphor, composition, hierarchy, and scale.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Tim Szetela

This studio production class will engage in a variety of timed-based collage, composition, visualization, and storytelling techniques. Students will be taught the fundamental techniques of 2D animation production.

Sculpture I

VIS 221 · Fall 2020

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Joe Scanlan

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.

Fabric Logics: Textiles as Sculpture

VIS 229 · Fall 2020

U01 — MJ Daines · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

This class experiments with 3D fabric construction, weaving, knitting, knotting and more as a means for making sculpture.

Documentary Filmmaking I

VIS 263 · Fall 2020

C01 — Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM and 7:30 - 9:40 PM

Instructors: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

In the real world, what relationships have the necessary friction to generate compelling films? Documentary Filmmaking will introduce you to the craft, history and theory behind attempts to answer this question.

Narrative Filmmaking I

VIS 265 · Fall 2020

L01 — Charlotte Glynn · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM and 7:30 - 9:40 PM

Instructors: Staff

An introduction to narrative and avant-garde narrative film production through the creation of hands-on digital video exercises, short film screenings, critical readings, and group critiques. This course teaches the basic tools and techniques for storytelling with digital media by providing technical instruction in camera operation, nonlinear editing, and sound design paired with the conceptual frameworks of shot design, visual composition, film grammar and cinema syntax.

Pathological Color

VIS 326 · Fall 2020

C01 — James Welling · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: James Welling

This course will examine photography's ongoing negotiation of evolving color technologies.

Ceramic Sculpture

VIS 331 · Fall 2020

U01 — Adam Welch · Fridays, 10:00 - 11:50 AM and 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Adam Welch

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

Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing the Short Film

CWR 348 / VIS 348 · Fall 2020

C01 - Aleksandar Hemon · Mondays, 1:30 - 3:50 PM

Instructors: Aleksandar Hemon

This course will introduce students to core screenwriting principles and techniques. Questions of thematic cohesiveness, plot construction, logical cause and effect, character behavior, dialogue, genre consistency and pace will be explored as students gain confidence in the form by completing a number of short screenplays.

Artist and Studio

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2020

C01 — Martha Friedman · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 PM

Instructors: Martha Friedman

A required seminar for Practice of Art majors and Program in Visual Arts certificate students emphasizing contemporary art practices and ideas.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2020

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This advanced screenwriting workshop will introduce students to the fundamental elements of developing and writing a TV series in the current “golden age of television.” Students will watch television pilots, read pilot episodes, and engage in in-depth discussion about story, series engine, character, structure, tone and season arcs. Each student will formulate and pitch an original series idea, and complete the first draft of the pilot episode and season arcs by end of semester.

Drawing II

VIS 407 · Fall 2020

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

Drawing is a distinct process; it can serve as a mode of documentation or as a preparatory step in many other processes. This allows drawing to point to a past event, create a primary experience in the present, and/or to serve as a model or plan for what is to come. We will explore these multiple uses of drawing and their accompanying temporalities through approaches that emphasize a wide range of formal effects — illusionistic form, space, flatness, mark-making, opacity, transparency — while simultaneously exploring how artists have turned to drawing to record, index, propose, invent, and fantasize.

Inventing Photography

HUM 410 / VIS 410 / ART 496 · Fall 2020

S01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

This class combines hands-on experience of nineteenth-century photographic processes with the study of surviving images and readings on cultural and scientific forces driving photographic inventions.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2020

S01 — Pam Lins · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 PM

Instructors: Pam Lins

This seminar provides senior Practice of Art and VIS certificate students a context for investigating and discussing contemporary art exhibition practices

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Fall 2020

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Sigrid Adriaenssens

This year, Extraordinary Processes will be a series of structural and mechanical explorations in response to the fantasy of setting the human body in motion. Each student will design, build, and critically analyze a personal means of transportation that exploits the inherent properties of an environmentally critical material — ash wood — across a spectrum of rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible systems.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2020

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

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.

Fantasia! Fantasia!: Dance-Theatre-Media

ATL 499 / VIS 499 / DAN 499 / THR 499 · Fall 2020

C01 — Raja Feather Kelly + Laura Snow · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Instructors: Raja Feather Kelly

With Choreographer/Director Raja Feather Kelly and Video Artist Laura Snow students will create a devised dance-theatre production using the approach developed by Kelly's dance-theatre and media company the feath3r theory.

Abandoned Art Clause

Each student is responsible for collecting any and all works of art that he/she may submit in connection with a given course/studio within 14 days after the conclusion of the term, unless he/she makes special arrangements with the program. The program may use or dispose of any uncollected works as it deems appropriate.