Visual Arts Courses


Looking Lab: Experiments in Visual Thinking and Thinking about Visuals

ART 106 / VIS 106 / ENT 106 · Spring 2022

C01 — Lucy Partman · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

In this transdisciplinary course, we will question common assumptions and our own about looking; interrogate the anatomy and physiology of vision; develop our looking muscles; practice visual problem-solving strategies; and together design new tools to help people engage with the visual world.

Drawing I

VIS 202 / ARC 202 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Troy Michie

The great thing about drawing is you can do it anywhere! This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. We'll introduce basic techniques while also encouraging experimentation, with a focus on both drawing from life and drawing as an expressive act.

Painting I

VIS 204 / ARC 328 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Colleen Asper · Pam Lins

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting, addressing form and light, color and its interaction, composition, scale, texture and gesture. Students will experiment with subject matter including still life, landscape, architecture, self-portraiture and abstraction, while painting from a variety of sources: life, sketches, maquettes, collages, photographs and imagination.

Graphic Design: Link

VIS 208 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Laurel Schwulst

In this introductory studio course, participants explore the world wide web as an opportunity for self-publishing.

Analog Photography

VIS 212 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Deana Lawson

An introduction to the processes of photography through a series of problems directed toward lens projection, the handling of light-sensitive material, and camera operation.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Staff

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

Graphic Design: Circulation

VIS 217 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

The practice of graphic design relies on the existence of networks for distributing multiple copies of identical things. 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.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Spring 2022

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tim Szetela

This studio production class will engage in a variety of timed-based composition, visualization, and storytelling techniques. Students will learn foundational methods of 2D animation, acquire a working knowledge of digital animation software and technology, and explore the connective space between sound, image, and motion possible in animated film.

Sculpture I

VIS 222 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Joe Scanlan

This class will be a studio introduction to sculpture, with particular emphasis on the study of how form, space, and a wide variety of materials and processes influence the visual properties of sculpture and the making of meaning.

The Trace of An Implied Presence

VIS 228 · Spring 2022

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tiona Nekkia McClodden

This course explores Dance Black America (DBA), a festival program presented in 1983 that featured Black dancers, choreographers, scholars, and dance companies. We will collectively produce research on dancers, choreographers, and dance companies to work to bring forth names that have been overlooked in the past and present.

Video Installation

VIS 230 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Glen Fogel

This studio course investigates video installation as a contemporary art form that extends the conversation of video art beyond the frame and into live, site-specific multi-channel environments.

Methods of Color Photography

VIS 231 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Deana Lawson

This course takes an exciting approach to color photography using methods of cameraless and lens based analog photography.

Narrative Filmmaking I

VIS 265 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Moon Molson

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.

Printmaking I

VIS 309 · Spring 2022

C01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Daniel Heyman

In a digital world, this course promotes hand-made printed images. Students will examine two kinds of printmaking: relief and intaglio. To make images that matter, students will learn to cut blocks, fashion stencils, plan and execute color layers, etch and drypoint copper plates, and understand the range of mark making possibilities available in printmaking.

Topics in Modern Italian Cinema: New Italian Cinema: History, Politics, and Society

ITA 310 / VIS 443 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Gaetana Marrone-Puglia

This course looks at the way Italy has expressed its historical, cultural, political, and social individuality in major cinematic works from the 1960's to the present. Directors such as Bertolucci, Tornatore, Benigni, Ozpetek, and Sorrentino offer a panorama of a generation of filmmakers that has contributed to the renewal of Italian cinema.

The Visible Wild

VIS 324 / ENV 312 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jeff Whetstone

Students will learn techniques of wildlife surveillance photography using remote cameras to photograph animal populations on and around Princeton's campus. The photographs and apparatus will be considered as both ecological research and works of art.

Screenwriting I: Short Screenwriting for Filmmakers

CWR 347 / VIS 340 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-3:50 PM

Instructors: Moon Molson

This course will introduce students to the foundational principles and techniques of screenwriting, taking into account the practical considerations of film production. 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.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving.

Are you for sale? Performance Making, Philanthropy and Ethics

DAN 357 / AMS 358 / THR 357 / VIS 357 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Miguel Gutierrez

In this class we study the relationships between performance-making, philanthropy and ethics. How are performing artists financing their work, and what does this mean in relationship to economic and social justice?

Documentary Filmmaking II

VIS 363 · Spring 2022

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Su Friedrich

There are unlimited ways in which to record and portray the world around us. In this class, we will analyze classic and contemporary strategies for making a documentary film, and see if we can invent some new ones of our own.

Collage Making in Architecture

ARC 378 / VIS 378 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Marshall Brown

A graphic skills course that focuses on the techniques, craft, and ideologies of collage as a form of architectural representation.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Susanna Styron

This workshop class 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 discussions about story, series engine, season arcs, character, structure, tone and dialogue, which will be applied to their work.

Advanced Questions in Photography

VIS 411 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: James Welling

Advanced Questions in Photography will examine ways in which lens-based media can interrogate representation, class, gender and race. The class will look artists of the 1960's through 1990's such as Eleanor Antin, Adrian Piper, Douglas Huebler, Martha Rosler, Barbara Kruger, Carrie Mae Weems, Felix Gonzales Torres, Lyle Ashton Harris and more recent artists Trevor Paglen, Hank Willis Thomas, Jason Lazarus, Walead Beshty and Hito Steyerl.

Advanced Graphic Design

VIS 415 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course builds on the skills and concepts of the 200-level Graphic Design classes. VIS 415 is structured around three studio assignments that connect graphic design to other bodies of knowledge, aesthetic experience, and scholarship. The class always takes a local concept or event as the impetus for investigations. Studio work is supplemented by critiques, readings and lectures. Students will refine their approaches to information design and visual problem solving, and to decoding and producing graphic design in print and electronic media.

Spring Film Seminar

VIS 419 · Spring 2022

S01 · Mondays, 7:30-10:20 PM

Instructors: Su Friedrich

This class concentrates on the editing process. Students will re-edit samples from narrative and documentary films and analyze the results. We will also critique ongoing edits of your own thesis films.

Designing Narratives

THR 420 / VIS 420 / ARC 420 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

Co-taught by design collective dots, the course aims to explore the world of visual storytelling, with an emphasis on collaboration as an essential part of the process of designing 3-dimensional space for narratives.

Sculpture II

VIS 421 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Amy Yao

This sculpture class will engage contemporary approaches to the figure with an emphasis on the figure as body.

Radical Composition

VIS 424 / ART 479 · Spring 2022

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tina Campt

This seminar examines the radical possibilities of collaboration as fundamentally a process of radical composition through which collaborators bridge different modalities of creative expression - textual composition, artistic composition, speculative composition, among others - that span multiple media, forms and practices.

Other Lives of Time

VIS 440 · Spring 2022

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: RaMell Ross

This class is equal parts screening, filmmaking, discussion, and artistic critique. We will watch, discuss, and dissect works by artists and filmmakers from across the globe that use personal form and distinct techniques to communicate idiosyncratically.

The Store as Art

ATL 499 / VIS 499 · Spring 2022

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

Before the invention of the artist as a solitary genius, all artists, as artisans, had shops in which they had direct contact with their customers. This arrangement held until the Modern era, when the twin ethos of specialization and purity separated artists from the corrupting influence of commerce. This class will begin with critical discussion of the many artists who have reimagined the role of art (and its relationship to commerce) by opening stores, analyzing how the inherent critique and conviviality of the gesture has inspired new art forms. Students will then conceive, make, and launch their very own “Store as Art” in Princeton.

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.