ARH 2500/ARTH 2559: Introduction to the Medieval World [3]

Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor


ARTS 2580: Special Topics in Sculpture: The Human Figure [3]

William Bennett, Associate Professor

The human figure has been a subject of human making for thousands of years and shows no sign of disappearing as we forge into the 21st century.   From the “Venus” of Willendorf to Anthony Gormley and Louise Bourgeois,  the human figure as an art object has an ancient past, provocative present and seemingly secure future as humans continue to ask, wonder,  ponder,  dream , question and ask  who we were, who we are,   and what will we become.  This course will address this continuing fascination with our bodies by using sculpture research projects involving new and old representations of ourselves.  The class will be available to all without prerequisites and will include traditional and modern materials, methods, and practices.

ARTS 2610 Introduction to Drawing I [3]

Akemi Ohira Rollando, Associate Professor

In ARTS 2610: Introduction to Drawing I, the students explore ways of visually recording, from individual and collective observations, and in the process, learn how to communicate with and through their own drawings. Students will be introduced to both traditional and contemporary drawing materials and techniques. Class emphasis will be on light, form and space, as well as understandable focus on composition.

ARTS 2620: Introduction to Drawing II [3]

Dean Dass, Professor

Prerequisite: ARTS 1610

Drawing activity will be very broadly defined and the studio practice may include the use of cardboard, old envelopes, how-to manuals, old magazines, the photograph, bookbinding, xerography, and staining, and tracing, decalcomania, the typewriter, glue. The term will be divided into a very few sustained projects, each generating its own group of works.

Thematic drawings are a sustained series of drawings that have an idea or cluster of related ideas in common. Development of these drawings inform and content go hand in hand. The symbolic elaboration of a theme is the very essence of art. Working thematically, we will consider carefully a very short list of topics and explore each in great depth. We will look into the history of art for previous instances of these themes; in this way we will better inform our contemporary approaches. We will work imaginatively. We will visualize a course of action rather than visualize a result; in this way we will realize drawings that we must made in order to see what they look like. I hope that this is not a trivial point but points out the importance ofprocess. A work of art is no mere mental projection, like the way a slide is projected; a work of art is a construction.