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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Humanities: Fine Arts, 2012-2013

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Description

The department structures the fine arts courses it offers 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 students need to give expression to these in a coherent body of art works.

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Faculty

Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Curator of Photography William E. Williams
Professor of Fine Arts Ying Li (on leave 2011-12)
Associate Professor Markus Baenziger
Associate Professor Hee Sook Kim, Chair
Visiting Assistant Professor Vita Litvak
Visiting Assistant Professor Elizabeth Whalley
Visiting Instructor John Goodrich

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Major Requirements

Fine arts majors are required to concentrate in either painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or printmaking. The major also requires:

  • four 100–level foundation courses in each discipline
  • 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 or the equivalent
  • ARTS 499 (Senior Departmental Studies).

For majors intending to do graduate work, we strongly recommend an additional 300–level studio course within their area of concentration and an additional art history course at Bryn Mawr .

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Courses

101 Arts Foundation-Drawing (2-D) HU

Y.Li
This is a seven-week introductory course for students with little or no experience in drawing. Students first learn how to see with a painter's eye and then study composition, perspective, proportion, light, form, picture plane and other fundamentals. We work from live models, still life, landscape, imagination and masterwork. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

102 Arts Foundation-Drawing HU

M.Baenziger
This seven-week course is designed to provide an overview of basic drawing techniques addressing line, form, space, and composition. The instructor introduces various drawing methods in class, and students gain experience in drawing by working from still life, models and the landscape. Students explore a range of materials, wet, dry, collage and some projects are designed to expand on the idea of drawing with three-dimensional concepts. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

103 Arts Foundation-Photography HU

W.Williams
Prerequisite: The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

104 Arts Foundation-Sculpture HU

M.Baenziger
This seven week, half-semester course provides an introduction to three dimensional concepts and techniques. It addresses skills associated with organizing and constructing three-dimensional form through a series of projects within a contemporary context. The first projects focus on basic three-dimensional concepts, while later projects allow for greater individual self-expression and exploration. The instructor demonstrates various fabrication skills in class, including construction, modeling, basic mold making and casting. All fabrication techniques are covered in detail in class, and no prior experience is required. Important: Fine Arts 106 (Foundation Drawing [3D]) is the first half of each semester and this class is the second half of each semester. Students interested in taking this class must attend the first day of Fine Arts 106 to enter the lottery for Fine Arts 104. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class. Students who are unable to attend the first class of the semester should email the professor.

106 Arts Foundation-Drawing (3-D) HU

M.Baenziger
This seven week, half-semester course provides an overview of basic drawing techniques addressing line, form, space, and composition. Various drawing methods are introduced in class, and students gain experience in drawing by working from still life, models and the landscape. Students explore a range of materials (wet, dry, collage) and some projects are designed to expand on the idea of drawing with three-dimensional concepts. This course is only offered the first half of each semester, with Fine Arts 104 (Foundation Sculpture) offered the second half of each semester. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations course, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Enrollment is limited to 18 students. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class. Students who are unable to attend the first class of the semester should email the professor.

107 Arts Foundation-Painting HU

Y.Li
This seven-week introductory course is for students with little or no experience in painting. Students are first introduced to the handling of basic tools, materials and techniques. We study the color theory such as interaction of color, value and color, warms and cools, complementary colors, optical mixture, texture and surface quality. We work from live model, still life, landscape, imagination and masterwork. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Preference also goes to students with Foundations–Drawing experience. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

108 Arts Foundation-Photography HU

W.Williams
This course is a repeat of 103D/108H. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

109 Arts Foundation: Sculpture HU

M.Baenziger
This seven-week course provides an introduction to three–dimensional concepts and techniques. We address skills associated with organizing and constructing three-dimensional form through a series of projects within a contemporary context. The first projects focus on basic three-dimensional concepts, while later projects allow for greater individual self-expression and exploration. The class demonstrates various fabrication skills including construction, modeling, basic mold making, and casting in class. All fabrication techniques are covered in detail in class, and no prior experience is required. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

120 Foundation Printmaking: Silkscreen HU

H.Kim
This seven-week course covers 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. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, and to those who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

121 Foundation Printmaking: Relief Printing HU

E.Whalley
This seven-week course covers 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. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, 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
This seven-week course covers various techniques and approaches to lithography, including stone and plate preparation, drawing materials, editioning and black-and-white printing. We emphasize the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success.

123 Foundation Printmaking: Etching HU

E.Whalley
This is a seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to intaglio printmaking including monotypes, soft and hard ground, line, aquatint, chine-collé collage and viscosity printing. We emphasize the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, 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
This course covers basic printmaking techniques in the monotype medium. It teaches painterly methods, direct drawing, stencils, brayer techniques for beginners in printmaking. We will explore color, form, shape and composition in the two-dimensional format. The course employs both individual and group critiques. Preference goes to declared majors who need Foundations courses, and to those who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. The professor determines over enrollment based on a lottery conducted on the first day of class.

216 History of Photography from 1839 to the Present HU

W.Williams
his is an introductory survey course about the history of photography. 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. Sophomore standing is required.

217 The History of African-American Art from 1619 to the Present HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)

W.Williams
This survey course documents and interprets the development and history of African American Art. Representative works from the art and rare book collections supplement course readings. Prerequisite: Any History of Art course, 200–level Fine Arts Studio course, Anthropology of Art or African and Africana Studies course.

218 Chinese Calligraphy As An Art Form HU (Cross-listed in East Asian Studies)

Y.Li
This course combines studio practice and creating art projects with slide lectures, readings and museum visits. Students study the art of Chinese calligraphy and its connection with Western art. No Chinese language required.

223 Printmaking: Materials and Techniques: Etching HU

H.Kim
This course explores concepts and techniques of black-and-white and color intaglio. It includes line etching, aquatint, soft and hard ground and chine-collé techniques as well as visual concepts. We encourage students to develop personal statements and employ individual and group critiques. Prerequisite: The instructor’s consent by portfolio review.

224 Computer and Printmaking HU

H.Kim
This course covers computer-generated images and printmaking techniques. Students create photographic, computer processed and directly drawn images on lithographic polyester plates and zinc etching plates. Classwork is 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. We encourage broad experimental approaches to printmaking and computer techniques and employ individual and group critiques. Prerequisite: An introductory printmaking course or the instructor’s consent by portfolio review.

225 Lithography: Material and Techniques HU

H.Kim
This is an intermediate course covering black-and-white and color lithography in plates and stones. We explore combined methods with other printmaking techniques such as paper lithography and monotype along with photographic approaches. An edition of images is required along with experimental ones. Development of technical skills in traditional Lithography and personal visual study are necessary with successful creative solutions. A strong body of work following a specific theme is required. Individual discussions and group critiques are held periodically. Additional research on the history of printmaking is requested. Prerequisite: The instructor’s consent by portfolio review.

231 Drawing (2-D): All Media HU

Y.Li
In this class we encourage students to experiment with various drawing media and to explore the relationships between media, techniques and expression. Each student strives to develop a personal approach to drawing while addressing fundamental issues of pictorial space, structure, scale and rhythm. Students work from observation, conceptual ideas and imagination. The course includes drawing projects, individual and group critiques, slide lectures and museum and gallery visits. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or the instructor’s consent.

233 Painting: Materials and Techniques HU

Y.Li
Students are encouraged to experiment with various painting techniques and materials in order to develop a personal approach to self-expression. We will emphasize form, color, texture, and the relationship among them; influences of various techniques upon the expression of a work; the characteristics and limitations of different media. Students will work from observation, conceptual ideas and imagination. Course includes drawing projects, individual and group critiques, slide lectures, museum and gallery visits. Prerequisite: A Fine Arts Foundations course or the instructor’s consent.

243 Sculpture: Materials and Techniques HU

M.Baenziger
This course gives students an in-depth introduction to a comprehensive range of three-dimensional concepts and fabrication techniques. Emphasis is on wood and metal working, and we will introduce in class additional processes such as casting procedures for a range of synthetic materials. Students are encouraged to develop their own visual vocabulary and to understand their ideas in the context of contemporary sculpture. Projects provide students with a framework to explore all sculptural techniques introduced in class while they develop their own personal form of visual expression. Students may repeat the course for credit. Prerequisite: A Fine Arts Foundations course or the instructor’s consent.

251 Photography: Materials and Techniques HU

W.Williams
This class encourages students to develop an individual approach to photography. It places emphasis on the creation of black and white photographic prints that express plastic form, emotions and ideas about the physical world. We critique work 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. Supplementing the weekly critiques are a study of the photography collection, gallery and museum exhibitions, lectures, a critical analysis of photographic sequences in books and a research project. In addition, students produce a handmade archival box to house their work that is organized into a loose sequence and mounted to archival standards. Prerequisite: ARTS 103 or the equivalent.

253 The Theory and Practice of Conceptual Art HU (Cross-listed in Independent College Programs)

J.Muse
This course explores the specific mid-20th-century movement called Conceptual Art, as well as its progenitors and progeny. Students study the founding manifestos, the canonical works and their critical appraisals, and develop tightly structured studio practica to embody the former research. The course invites artists, writers, activists and cultural thinkers—those who want to know what it is to make things, spaces, situations, communities, allie and trouble—without necessarily knowing how to draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, videotape or film.

260 Photography: Materials and Techniques HU

W.Williams
Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations course or the instructor’s consent.

321 Experimental Studio: Etching HU

H.Kim
This advanced course covers color etching using multiple plates. It covers viscosity printing, line etching, aquatint, soft-ground, surface roll, chine-collé, plate preparation, registration, and editioning. Students study techniques and concepts in Intaglio method as well as visual expressions through hands-on experiences. Development of technical skills of intaglio and personal visual study are necessary, and we encourage creative and experimental approaches beyond two-dimensional outcomes. A strong body of work following a specific theme is required. Individual discussions and group critiques are held periodically. Additional research on the history of printmaking is requested. Prerequisite: The instructor’s consent by portfolio review.

322 Experimental Studio: Printmaking: Lithography HU

H.Kim
An advanced course explores traditional and experimental lithographic printmaking techniques in multiple plates and stones. It also addresses two- and three- dimensional and design and drawing exploration in color . During the semester, students use multiple-plate and stone lithography in colors. We teach registration, color separation and edition at an advanced level. Students can explore individually combining other mediums. Development of technical skills of the lithographic process with personal visual study is necessary, and we highly encourage creative and experimental approaches. A strong body of work following a specific theme is required. Individual discussions and group critiques are held periodically. Additional research on the history of printmaking is requested. Prerequisite: One course in printmaking or the instructor’s consent.

327 Experimental Studio: Lithography and Intaglio HU

H.Kim
This course explores concepts and techniques of black-and-white and color lithography. We encourage the development of a personal direction. Prerequisite: A Foundation drawing course and a Foundation printmaking course, or the instructor’s consent.

331 Experimental Studio: Drawing (2-D) HU

Y.Li
Students build on the work done in 200–level courses, to develop further their individual approach to drawing. Students are expected to create projects that demonstrate the unique character of drawing in making their own art. Completed projects are exhibited at the end of semester. This class includes weekly critiques, museum visits and visiting artists' lecture and critiques. Each student presents a 15- minute slide talk and discussion of either their own work or the work of artists who influenced them. Prerequisite: ARTS 231A or B, or the instructor’s consent.

333 Experimental Studio: Painting HU

Y.Li
Students ill build on the work done in 200–level courses to develop further their individual approach to painting. We expect students to create projects in making their own art that demonstrate the unique character of their chosen media. Completed projects are exhibited at the end of semester. The class includes weekly critiques, museum visits and visiting artists' lecture and critiques. Each student presents a 15- minute slide talk and discussion of either their own work or the work of artists who influenced them. Prerequisite: ARTS 223A or B, or the instructor’s consent..

343 Experimental Studio: Sculpture HU

M.Baenziger
This studio course encourages the student to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing his or her individual form of expression. We expect that the student already has a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of sculpture. The class introduces advanced three-dimensional concepts and fabrication techniques including bronze casting. Students may repeat this course for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 243A or B, or the instructor’s consent.

351 Experimental Studio: Photography HU

W.Williams
Students produce an extended sequence of their work in either book (Fine Arts 351A) or exhibition (Fine Arts 351B) 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 guide students to the completion of their course work, supplemented by an extensive investigation of classic photographic picture books and related critical texts. This two-semester course consists of the book project first semester (351A) and the exhibition project second semester (351B). At the end of each semester, the student may exhibit his or her project. Prerequisite: ARTS 251A and 260B.

460 Teaching Assistant HU

H.Kim

480 Independent Study HU

H.Kim
This course gives the advanced student the opportunity to experiment with concepts and ideas and to explore in depth his or her talent. Prerequisite: The instructor’s consent.

499 Senior Departmental Studies HU

Staff
The student reviews the depth and extent of experience he or she gained, and in so doing creates a coherent body of work expressive of the student's insights and skills. We expect that, at the end of the senior year, the student is expected to produce a show of his or her work. Open to senior majors.

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