Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts

Drawing I

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Nathan Carter

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

Documentary Film and the City

URB 202 / VIS 200 / HIS 202 / HUM 202 · Fall 2017

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Purcell Carson · Alison Isenberg

This urban studies seminar in history and documentary filmmaking focuses on Trenton's unrest of April 1968, when a black college student, Harlan Joseph, was shot and killed by a white police officer. The course works outward from these events to examine the 1960s, race, region, economy, memory, and media representation.

Painting I

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Pam Lins

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting.

Analog Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2017

C01 (James Welling) · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: James Welling

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

VIS 214 / ARC 214 / CWR 214 · Fall 2017

U01 - Francesca Grassi · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30- 9:40 pm

Instructors: Francesca Grassi

This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2017

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: Visual Form

VIS 216 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:40 p.m.

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.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Fall 2017

S01 & U01 · Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm & 1:30 - 4:20 pm

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.

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 221 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:40 p.m.

Instructors: Martha Friedman

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.

An Introduction to the Radical Imagination

DAN 223 / AAS 223 / VIS 224 · Fall 2017

S01 - Jaamil Olawale Kosoko · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Using an interdisciplinary visual and performance studies approach to explore various sites of contemporary art practices, this course will provide an introduction to radical performance practices through which artists consider the gendered and racialized body that circulates in the public domain, both onstage and off.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m Thursday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Jason Fox

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

VIS 264 · Fall 2017

S01 & U02 · (S01) Tuesday, 7:30 - 9:40 pm and (U02) Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jason Fox

This course will focus on the three major phases of cinematic storytelling: story development, principal photography, and post-production.

Film Blackness

VIS 307 / AAS 307 · Fall 2017

C01 & F01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Michael Gillespie

This seminar will frame the idea of black film as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race, rather than black film as a demographic, or a genre, or a reflection of the black experience, or something bound by a representational politics of positive and negative stereotypes.

Short Comedy Filmmaking

VIS 308 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesday, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Yaara Sumeruk

To become a working filmmaker today, one has to master the short film—being a filmmaker no longer means creating feature films exclusively, if at all. This course will focus on the technical challenges of being short as well as the conceptual challenge of being funny.

Art as Research

VIS 322 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Fia Backström

In this class we will work in multiple media, such as photography, video, text, sculpture, and drawing prompted by Princeton University’s vast archives and collections. We will look at and think about art works that tell alternate histories by excavating archives, artists who work through various visual media to probe the politics of flower arrangements, the history of hip hop, to re-arrange museum collections and private photography collections from the middle east, artists who speculate and build possible stories through obscure artifacts such as private letters and merchandize receipts, and much, much more. We will work in multiple media while thinking about archives, artifacts, traces, collective and cultural memory, public monuments, alternate understandings of history and canons. What role does fiction have in a research based practice?

Directing and Acting for the Screen

VIS 324 / THR 345 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Afia Serena Nathaniel

This introductory course will provide a critical opportunity to explore the mutual craft of directing actors and acting for directors, with the goal of creating credible performances on screen.

Issues in Contemporary Art

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2017

C01 · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

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

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2017

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Jane Cox

This course is designed to endow students with the conceptual and practical skills that will enable them to design for productions in the theater program.

Advanced Drawing: The Figure

VIS 401 · Fall 2017

U01 · Monday, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Kurt Kauper

This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary for drawing human figures as volumetric structures in clearly defined, illusionistic space. Exercises will investigate the dynamics of human bodies, light and shadow, tonal drawing, and hatchure.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2017

C01 - A.M. Homes · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Instructors: A.M. Homes

Students in this advanced screenwriting course will work both independently and in small groups to learn how to develop, pitch, outline, and draft an original television show.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesday, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Instructors: Pam Lins

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

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

This course investigates the processes through which the ordinary can be transformed into the extraordinary. Fall 2017 will focus on the strategic challenge of turning waste material into a viable consumer product.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2017

C01 - Christina Lazaridi · Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

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.