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Past Course Descriptions

Course Listings — Spring 2005


ART 120H - History of Art II - Morris - Koch Hall
Art 120H offers a selective chronological survey of the arts of the Western world from the Renaissance through the Modern period. This course traces the development of the pictorial traditions of the West, by concentrating on the major artists and movements, beginning with the resurgence of classical antiquity in the Italian Renaissance, and culminating with the break from that tradition and the radical innovations of the 20th century. The art of this period will be discussed in relation to historical circumstances and the original context of the work. Classes will consist mainly of slide lectures, and grades will be based on tests, participation and other required assignments.
TEXT: Kleiner, et al., Gardner’s Art Through the Ages

ART 131A - Introduction to Painting - Charney - Koch Hall
A survey of a variety of painting techniques and visual issues. Emphasis is placed on creative expression and exploration with several painting styles and historical approaches to picture making. Students will also learn about general historical contexts of painting from ancient through contemporary applications.

ART 241A - Introduction to Photography - Salzman - Koch Hall
This course is designed as an introduction to the theory and practice of black and white photography. Emphasis will be given to expression, creative exploration and use of the medium, as well as camera techniques and darkroom procedures. The course will be structured around a series of photographic assignments. The student's grade will be based on assignments, a mid-term examination and a portfolio of photographs presented at the end of the term. Appropriate cameras may be rented from the Department for the semester. There is a lab fee that covers the cost of the chemicals, film and one box of paper, which are provided by the Department.
RECOMMENDED TEXT: London, A Short Course in Photography

ART 245A - Computer Imaging I - Salzman - Koch Hall
This course is an introduction to the MacIntosh computer as an artistic medium. Various software programs will be introduced, with the main software being SuperPaint 3.5, Photoshop and Painter. This course is open to non-art majors, with preference given to students who are familiar with the software used in this course and the MacIntosh computer. Permission of the instructor is required.
Prerequisite: Art 101, 121, 131, 151 or 231.

ART 251A - Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief - Salzman - Koch Hall
Intaglio printmaking is the process of transferring an artistic image from a plate onto a sheet of paper by the use of ink and a printing press. Through the use of etching soft grounds, aquatint and other techniques, students will learn to create an image on the plate. Multiple impressions are then taken from the original metal artwork. The course does not have a prerequisite and is open to non-art majors. Art majors are required to have had Art 101 or Basic Drawing.

ART 261A - Sculpture I - Dooley - Koch Hall
An exploration of sculpture techniques including carving, modeling, casting, addition and subtraction. This course explores the use of space as it is applied to three-dimensional form. Students will work with stone, wood, clay and plaster. A materials fee will be charged. This course is open to non-art majors. Students must have taken a studio art class at Wittenberg to register.

ART 285A - Handbuilt Ceramics I - Dooley - Koch Hall
This is a specialized course devoted to clay construction without the potter's wheel. Major direction will be slab and coil building, but other methods will be explored. It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work. Open to non-art majors. Materials fee charged to cover glaze costs; students to purchase clay as needed.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 292A - Ceramics I - Dooley - Koch Hall
In Ceramics 292A emphasis is placed upon the use of the potter's wheel. Throughout the term there will be lectures dealing with materials, decorative techniques, glazing and firing techniques. It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work. There will be a materials fee for this course to cover glaze and firing costs; each student will be responsible for the purchase of clay throughout the term. Open to non-art majors.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 331 - Painting II - Charney - Koch Hall

This course will build upon the foundations of Painting I and involves the continuation of oil paint as the primary medium. Students will develop a deeper understanding of paint as an expressive tool, and will also be expected to develop their own stylistic direction as they solve various creative problems. Students are expected to be able to build a logical representation of various subjects that include the human figure, still life and landscape. In addition to specific subject areas, students will also refine craftsmanship issues that include large-scale canvasses, multi-panel imagery, and explore various other non-traditional support systems. Students will further develop their conceptual understanding of painting through the creation and discussion of visual issues relevant to the contemporary art world.
Prerequisite: Painting I

ART 340H - Modern Art - Morris - Koch Hall
An investigation into the art and architecture from the end of the 19th century (c. 1890) through the contemporary period, primarily in Western Europe and America. The art historical movements will be studied roughly chronologically along with the stylistic characteristics, artists and architects which embody these movements.
TEXT: Arnason, History of Modern Art

ART 490 - Independent Study - TBA

ART 491 - Internship - TBA

ART 497 - Art History Senior Thesis - Morris - Koch Hall
A supervised independent study in which the student will be expected to produce a twenty- to thirty-page paper on an approved Art History topic. Because advancement in the field of Art History relies heavily on research and publications, this paper should demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct in-depth research and to produce a writing sample suitable for entry into graduate school or a position in the field. Students will be expected to meet with the professor at regular intervals, so that the professor may determine the rate of progress and offer guidance and support.
Required for all senior art majors concentrating in art history.

ART 498 - Senior Studio Thesis Seminar - Charney - Koch Hall
Art 498 is the capstone course for the Art program, and it is intended to bring intellectual, aesthetic and technical relevance to the major. Along with the broader issues of creative work, this course will direct student thesis development and facilitate the overall production of a body of work. Class time will be divided between discussions, field trips, portfolio development and studio-oriented activities. This course will be the culminating experience for the studio artists and, as such, will be comprehensive and contain practical and philosophical topics that are relevant to a visual art student. This course spans both Fall and Spring semesters.
Required for all studio art majors.
TEXT: Lazzari, Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist
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