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Course Catalog

Fine Arts: 2007-2008

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Description

The fine arts courses offered by the department are structured to accomplish the following: (1) For students not majoring in fine arts: to develop a visual perception of form and to present knowledge and understanding of it in works of art. (2) For students intending to major in fine arts: beyond the foregoing, to promote thinking in visual terms and to foster the skills needed to give expression to these in a coherent body of art works.

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Faculty

Professor William E. Williams
Associate Professor Ying Li, Chair
Assistant Professor Hee Sook Kim
Visiting Assistant Professor Marianne Weil
Visiting Assistant Professor Gerald Cyrus

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Major Requirements

Fine arts majors are required to concentrate in either painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or printmaking: Fine Arts 101-123, two different 200-level courses outside the area of concentration; two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within that area; three art history courses to be taken at Bryn Mawr College, and Senior Departmental Studies 499. For majors intending to do graduate work, it is strongly recommended that they take an additional 300-level studio course within their area of concentration and an additional art history course at Bryn Mawr College.

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Courses

  • 101 Arts Foundation-Drawing HU
    Staff
    Prerequisite: Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 102 Arts Foundation-Drawing HU
    M.Weil
    Prerequisite: Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 103 Arts Foundation-Photography HU
    G.Cyrus
    Prerequisite: Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 104 Arts Foundation-Sculpture HU
    M.Weil
    Prerequisite: Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 106 Arts Foundation-Drawing HU
    M.Weil
    Prerequisite: Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 107 Arts Foundation-Painting HU
    Staff
    Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Preference will also be given to students with Foundations-Drawing experience. Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 108 Arts Foundation-Photography HU
    G.Cyrus
    Prerequisite: Overenrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class. Course is a repeat of 103D/108H.
  • 109 Arts Foundation-Sculpture HU
    M.Weil
    Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success.
  • 120 Foundation Printmaking: Silkscreen HU
    H.Kim
    A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to silkscreen, including painterly monoprint, stencils, direct drawing and photo-silkscreen. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to those who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 121 Foundation Printmaking: Relief Printing HU
    H.Kim
    A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to the art of the woodcut and the linocut, emphasizing the study of design principles and the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success.
  • 122 Foundation Printmaking: Lithography HU
    H.Kim
    A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to Lithography, including stone and plate preparation, drawing materials, editioning, black and white printing. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered thelottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success.
  • 123 Foundation Printmaking: Etching HU
    H.Kim
    A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to intaglio printmaking including monotypes, soft and hard ground, line, aquatint, chine collage and viscosity printing. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success.
  • 124 Foundation Printmaking: Monotype HU
    H.Kim
    Basic printmaking techniques in Monotype medium. Painterly methods, direct drawing, stencils, brayer techniques for beginners in printmaking will be taught. Color, form, shape, and somposition in 2-D format will be explored. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to those who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Lottery conducted by Prof. on the first day of class.
  • 216 History of Photography from 1839 to the Present HU
    W.Williams
    An introductory survey course about the history of photography from its beginnings in 1839 to the present. The goal is to understand how photography has altered perceptions about the past, created a new art form, and become a hallmark of modern society. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
  • 223 Printmaking: Materials and Techniques: Etching HU
    H.Kim
    Concepts and techniques of B/W & Color Intaglio. Line etching, aquatint, soft and hard ground, chin-colle techniques will be explored as well as visual concepts. Developing personal statements will be encouraged. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor by review of portfolio.
  • 224 Computer and Printmaking HU
    H.Kim
    Computer-generated images and printmaking techniques. Students will create photographic, computer processed, and directly drawn images on lithographic polyester plates and zinc etching plates. Classwork will be divided between the computer lab and the printmaking studio to create images using both image processing software and traditional printmaking methods, including lithography, etching, and silk-screen. Broad experimental approaches to printmaking and computer techniques will be encouraged. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: An intro printmaking course or permission by portfolio review.
  • 225 Lithography: Material and Techniques HU
    H. Kim
  • 226 Topics in Rhetorical Theory: Roland Barthes and the Image HU
    J.Muse
    An exploration of the rhetoric of visual culture through an examination of 20th century French critic Roland Barthes’ many writings on photography, film, and what he calls the “civilized code of perfect illusions.” We will spend the semester reading his texts, charting the trajectory of a career that begins with the euphoria of an ever-expanding semiotic and ends with a meditation on the limits of this very project.
  • 227 Film on Photography: Practicing Time HU (Cross-listed in Humanities)
    J.Muse
    An encounter with films, both experimental and traditional, that explicitly treat photographs as problems and as troubling reminders. Through careful viewing and close reading of pertinent texts by Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Raymond Bellour, and others, we will consider how the difference between photography and film, as elaborated in these films, constitutes our “counter-memories.”
  • 231 Drawing (2-D): All Media HU
    Staff
    Various drawing media such as charcoal, cont, pencil, ink and mixed media; the relationship between media, techniques and expression. The student is exposed to problems involving space, design and composition as well as “thinking’’ in two dimensions. Part of the work is from life model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent.
  • 233 Painting: Materials and Techniques HU
    Staff
    Problems of (1) form, color, texture, and their interrelationships; (2) influences of the various painting techniques upon the expression of a work; (3) the characteristics and limitations of the different media; (4) control over the structure and composition of a work of art; (5) the relationships of form and composition, and color and composition. Media are primarily oils, but acrylics, watercolor and pastels are explored. Part of the work is from life models. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent.
  • 241 Drawing (3-D): All Media HU
    M.Weil
    In essence the same problems as in Fine Arts 231A or B. However, some of the drawing media are clay modeling in half-hour sketches; the space and design concepts solve three-dimensional problems. Part of the work is done from life model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent.
  • 243 Sculpture: Materials and Techniques HU
    M.Weil
    The behavior of objects in space, the concepts and techniques leading up to the form in space, and the characteristics and limitations of the various sculpture media and their influence on the final work; predominant but not exclusive use of clay modeling techniques: fundamental casting procedures. Part of the work is done from life model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent.
  • 251 Photography: Materials and Techniques HU
    W.Williams
    Students are encouraged to develop an individual approach to photography. Emphasis is placed on the creation of black and white photographic prints which express plastic form, emotions and ideas about the physical world. Work is critiqued weekly to give critical insights into editing of individual student work and the use of the appropriate black and white photographic materials necessary to give coherence to that work. Study of the photography collection, gallery and museum exhibitions, lectures, and a critical analysis of photographic sequences in books and a research project supplement the weekly critiques. In addition students produce a handmade archival box to house their work which is organized into a loose sequence and mounted to archival standards. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 103 or equivalent.
  • 260 Photography: Materials and Techniques HU
    Staff
    Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent.
  • 321 Experimental Studio: Etching HU
    H.Kim
    Concepts and techniques of Color Intaglio. Combined printmaking methods as well as solid foundations in printmaking techniques will be encouraged. Personal statements and coherent body of works will be produced during the course. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor by review of portfolio.
  • 322 Experimental Studio: Printmaking: Lithography HU
    H.Kim
    Concepts and techniques of Color Lithography. Combined printmaking methods as well as solid foundations in printmaking techniques will be encouraged. Personal statements and coherent body of works will be produced during the course. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: One course in printmaking or permission of instructor.
  • 326 Experimental Studio: Lithography HU
    H.Kim
  • 327 Experimental Studio: Lithography and Intaglio HU
    H.Kim
    Concepts and techniques of black and white and color lithography. The development of a personal direction is encouraged. Prerequisite: A foundation drawing course and Foundation Printmaking, or permission of instructor.
  • 331 Experimental Studio: Drawing HU
    Staff
    In this studio course the student is encouraged to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. It is expected that the student will already have a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of drawing and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 231A or B, or consent of the instructor.
  • 333 Experimental Studio: Painting HU
    Staff
    In this studio course the student is encouraged to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. It is expected that the student will already have a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of painting and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 223A or B, or consent of instructor.
  • 341 Experimental Studio: Drawing HU
    M.Weil
    Prerequisite: Fine Arts 241A or B, or consent of instructor.
  • 343 Experimental Studio: Sculpture HU
    M.Weil
    In this studio course the student is encouraged to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. It is expected that the student will already have a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of sculpture and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 243A or B, or consent of instructor.
  • 351 Experimental Studio: Photography HU
    W.Williams
    Students produce an extended sequence of their work in either book or exhibition format using black and white or color photographic materials. The sequence and scale of the photographic prints are determined by the nature of the student’s work. Weekly classroom critiques, supplemented by an extensive investigation of classic photographic picture books and related critical texts guide students to the completion of their course work. This two semester course consists of the book project first semester and the exhibition project second semester. At the end of each semester the student may exhibithis/her project. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 251A and 260B.
  • 460 Teaching Assistant HU
    Staff
  • 480 Independent Study HU
    W.Williams
    This course gives the advanced student the opportunity to experiment with concepts and ideas and to explore in depth his or her talent. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • 499 Senior Departmental Studies HU
    Staff
    The student reviews the depth and extent of experience gained, and in so doing creates a coherent body of work expressive of the student’s insights and skills. At the end of the senior year the student is expected to produce a show of his or her work. Prerequisite: Senior Majors.

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