Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Spring 2019

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke · Boris Fishman · Daniel Heyman · Jane Cox · Ruth Ochs · Stacy Wolf

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 202 / ARC 202 · Spring 2019

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Nathan Carter

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

Analog Photography

VIS 212 · Spring 2019

C01 (Deana Lawson) · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Deana Lawson

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 · Spring 2019

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.

Graphic Design: Image

VIS 218 · Spring 2019

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

Instructors: Francesca Grassi

This course engages students in the decoding of and formal experimentation with the image as a two-dimensional surface.

Art for Everyone

VIS 219 · Spring 2019

U01 · Wednesday, 7:30 - 10:20 p.m.

Instructors: Fia Backström

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

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Spring 2019

U01 & S01 · 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.

Sculpture I

VIS 222 · Spring 2019

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Kenneth Tam

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.

Sound Art

VIS 225 / MUS 271 / THR 225 · Spring 2019

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.

Narrative Filmmaking I

VIS 265 · Spring 2019

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 2019

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

Instructors: Daniel Heyman

This course introduces techniques of copper plate etching, and relief printing. Assignments focus on applications of various printmaking techniques, while encouraging independent development of subject matter.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2019

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jane Cox

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2019

U01 · Thursday, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Fia Backström

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings/events, the body as language and gestures, to various forms of lecture performance.

Documentary Filmmaking II

VIS 363 · Spring 2019

C01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Su Friedrich

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.

Painting II

VIS 404 · Spring 2019

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Pam Lins

This class will focus on how current painting considers the human figure.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2019

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

Instructors: A.M. Homes

This advanced screenwriting course will introduce students to the complexity and thought process behind creating a first season for a dramatic TV series.

Advanced Questions in Photography

VIS 411 · Spring 2019

C01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: James Welling

This class examines ways in which lens-based media can frame the figure within different social, cultural, and emotional landscapes.

Advanced Graphic Design

VIS 415 · Spring 2018

U01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

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

Spring Film Seminar

VIS 419 · Spring 2019

S01 · Mondays, 7:30 - 9:40 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.

Sculpture II

VIS 421 · Spring 2019

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Martha Friedman

This class will engage contemporary approaches to the figure and the various ways that artists contest, assimilate, and reckon with the human body in sculpture.

Contemporary Art: Trying Out Positions

ART 495 / VIS 496 · Spring 2019

U01 - Joe Scanlan · Thursdays 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

Artists have long deployed language as a kind of satellite hovering in the vicinity of their artworks, influencing their reception.