Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts

Drawing I

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Nathan Carter

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

Painting I

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Pam Lins

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting.

Analog Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2018

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Deana Lawson · 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: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2018

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

Instructors: Francesca Grassi

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 2018

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

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.

Graphic Design: Circulation

VIS 217 · Fall 2018

U01 · 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.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Fall 2018

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 2018

U01 · Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: 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.

An Introduction to the Radical Imagination

DAN 223 / AAS 223 / VIS 224 · Fall 2018

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.

Sound Art

VIS 225 / MUS 271 / THR 225 · Fall 2018

U01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm & Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jess Rowland

In this course, you will be asked to develop your own voice in sound as an art material. Through the making of physical objects and use of audio technologies, we will think about sound expansively, as physical material, personal experience, and as concept. Along the way we will explore the extensive works of pioneers in sound art and contemporary music, learn new skills, and investigate ideas about sound which can inspire your own creative explorations. Building on diverse practices from Experimental Music to the Fine Arts, this will be a creative, open — and fun — journey into sound as art material.

How to Make a Film

VIS 261 · Fall 2018

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

Instructors: Moon Molson

Through hands-on exercises, screenings, critical readings and group critiques, this course teaches the basic tools and approaches for film production with digital media.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Fall 2018

C01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Lynne Sachs

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.

Body and Object: Making Art that is both Sculpture and Dance

VIS 300 / DAN 301 · Fall 2018

U01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Martha Friedman · Susan Marshall

Students in VIS300/DAN301 will create sculptures that relate directly to the body and compel performance, interaction, and movement. Students will also create dances that are informed by garments, portable objects, and props. Works will be designed for unconventional spaces, challenge viewer/performer/object relationships, augment and constrain the body, and trace the body's actions and form. The class will consider how context informs perceptions of the borders between performance, bodies, and objects. A lecture series of prominent choreographers and artists will accompany the course. This studio course is open enrollment.

Intermediate Photography

VIS 313 · Fall 2018

C01 · Thursdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: James Welling

This course will examine photography's constant negotiation of evolving technologies. Students shoot black and white and color film and scan and print it digitally to broaden their photographic strategies, their technical skills, and their understanding of the medium of photography. A range of tools will be introduced, including analogue film development, scanning negatives, Photoshop processing, and inkjet printing.

Art as Research

VIS 322 · Fall 2018

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fia Backström

Through readings, discussions, case studies, and studio projects, students in this class will engage the immediate context of the University as source material for their artworks, and as a means of exploring the effect that research and knowledge production might have on contemporary artistic practice.

Ceramic Sculpture

VIS 331 · Fall 2018

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Adam Welch

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

Intermediate Video and Film Production

VIS 361 · Fall 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Moon Molson

A second level film/video workshop focusing on digital media production. Students complete one short film (8-12 minutes long) during the term in any style/genre (narrative, documentary, experimental, hybrid, etc). In class, short films will be analyzed regarding writing, directing, editing, sound design, and musical score. Students also view short films and videos each week outside of class.

Gender, Sexuality, and Media

VIS 369 / GSS 370 / THR 369 · Fall 2018

L01 & F01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Amy Herzog

This course will approach questions of gender, sexuality, and power in popular media, from early cinema's appeals to middle-class female audiences at the turn of the last century, to the contemporary use of social media by feminist activists of color. Gender, sexuality, and identity will be viewed at the intersections of other biological and social categories, including race, class, orientation, ability, and ethnicity. We will examine the ways in which different media forms can be used to complicate, reinforce, exploit, or challenge those hierarchies.

Issues in Contemporary Art

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2018

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

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

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2018

C01 - Susanna Styron · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Susanna Styron

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.

Advanced Drawing

VIS 407 · Fall 2018

U01 · Mondays, 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.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2018

S01 · Tuesdays, 7:30 - 10:20 pm

Instructors: Pam Lins

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

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2018

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