Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts

Looking Lab: Experiments in Visual Thinking and Thinking about Visuals

ART 106 / VIS 106 / ENT 106 · Spring 2023

C01 - Lucy Partman · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:50 PM

Instructors: Staff

It can be remarkably easy to take the process of looking for granted. Each day, humans contend with an onslaught of visual information. Education primarily focuses on teaching people how to read, write, and deal with numbers. But what about learning how to look closely and critically at images, at the world around us, and at ourselves? 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 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Lex Brown · 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 2023

U01 - Pam Lins · Tuesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: 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.

Black + Queer in Leather: Black Leather/BDSM Material Culture

VIS 207 / AAS 206 / GSS 216 · Spring 2023

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tiona Nekkia McClodden

This course will explore the material culture of this community from three perspectives: Architecture + Location, Visual Artists and Exhibitions, and Black Queer BDSM communities with a significant research focus on finding and presenting new materials.

Graphic Design: Link

VIS 208 · Spring 2023

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.

Digital Photography

VIS 213 · Spring 2023

C01 - TBA · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Staff

This studio course introduces students to the aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital photography. Emphasis will be on gaining competency with digital equipment and editing techniques so that students can learn to express themselves and their ideas through the medium.

Graphic Design: Circulation

VIS 217 · Spring 2023

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 2023

S01 · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 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 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Amy Yao · Joe Scanlan · Martha Friedman

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.

Video Installation

VIS 230 · Spring 2023

U01 · Fridays, 12:30-4:20 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 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 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 2023

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 2023

C01 · Mondays, 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.

Fascism in Italian Cinema

ITA 312 / VIS 445 · Spring 2023

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Gaetana Marrone-Puglia

This course, conducted in English, is a study of Fascism through selected films from World War II to the present. Topics include: the concept of Fascist normality; Racial Laws; the role of women and homosexuals; colonialism; and the opposition of the intellectual left.

Intermediate Photography

VIS 313 · Spring 2023

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.

Lighting Design

THR 318 / MTD 318 / VIS 318 · Spring 2023

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Tess James

An introduction to the art and craft of lighting design for the stage and an exploration of light as a medium for expression. Students will develop an ability to observe lighting in the world and on the stage; to learn to make lighting choices based on text, space, research, and their own responses; to practice being creative, responsive and communicative under pressure and in company; to prepare well to create under pressure using the designer's visual toolbox; and to play well with others-working creatively and communicating with directors, writers, performers, fellow designers, the crew and others.

Ceramic Sculpture

VIS 331 · Spring 2023

U01 · Thursdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Amy Yao

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of working with clay. A wide variety of hand-building will be taught, enabling students to make utilitarian vessels as well as sculptural forms.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2023

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.

Documentary Filmmaking II

VIS 363 · Spring 2023

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.

Narrative Filmmaking II

VIS 365 · Spring 2023

L01 · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Moon Molson

An intermediate exploration of narrative and avant-garde narrative film production through the creation of hands-on digital video exercises, short film screenings, critical readings, and group critiques.

Collage Making in Architecture

ARC 378 / VIS 378 · Spring 2023

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. There are in-class workshops and weekly projects involving (handmade) collages.

Painting II

VIS 404 · Spring 2023

U01 - Colleen Asper · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This class will focus on how contemporary painting considers the human figure. Portraits without people, the selfie, imagined figures, forgotten figures, fragmented figures, figures from our lives, abstract figures, cyborgs, crowds, and composite figures will be considered within a structure of exploratory painterly approaches. This class will NOT focus on "how to" paint the figure. No experience painting the figure is necessary.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 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 2023

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Deana Lawson

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 2023

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. 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.

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Spring 2023

U01 · Wednesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Joe Scanlan · Sigrid Adriaenssens

Students will design, build, and critically analyze three common objects—a Cushion, a Prosthetic, and a Light Fixture—each of which will be informed by the diverse structural properties of a singular material: ash wood. These objects will be executed quickly and in round-robin fashion, a structure that allows students to be leaders on some assignments and learn from their classmates on others, supported by lab work. The course is capped by a semester-long, collaborative project to design and build a flexible bridge. A larger goal of the class is to compare and contrast methods of evaluation in visual art, engineering, design, and ergonomics.

Spring Film Seminar

VIS 419 · Spring 2023

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. This course will give you a better understanding of how many ways there are to approach and solve the puzzle of editing a film.

Sculpture II

VIS 421 · Spring 2023

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Martha Friedman

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

Radical Composition

VIS 424 / ART 479 / AAS 424 · Spring 2023

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. By modeling and exploring collaboration as radical composition, this course seeks to reframe it as more that a dynamic of participation and coordination, and to recognize it as a generative methodology for producing critical scholarly and creative work.