Studio Art Special Topic Classes
Spring 2017 (4 credits)
AR 264F Water Based Media (Janet Sorensen) M W 8:45 – 11:45
An exploration of water-based drawing and painting media with a focus on acrylic paint.
Using direct observation, experimentation, and invention, this course builds understanding
of formal principles, color interaction and the physical qualities of materials. Assignments
support development of a personal vision. Prerequisites: AR 133; Studio Fee: $25
AR 264I CNC Processes and Sculpture (John Cunningham) T R 2:10 - 5:10
The goal of the course is for students to become confident at using digital means
to define and solve problems in three dimensions. Students develop technical skills
related to metal processes and become increasingly more visually sophisticated as
they create, observe, evaluate and then share the consequences of their efforts. CAD
(Computer Aided Design) technology is used to create metal shapes that are cut out
with a CNC plasma cutter, assembled, and then welded together. A basic working knowledge
of software like Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, Sketchup or other CAD programs is helpful
but not a requirement. Advanced students are encouraged to use Autodesk Inventor.
Students are expected to have their own laptop. Prerequisites: AR 132 or AR 251 or permission of instructor. Studio Fee: $75
AR-264J 001 Interactive Design (Sarah Sweeney) T R 9:30 – 12:30
An introduction to designing interactive pages and environments for the web. Emphasis
is placed on visual and information design through theories of color, principles of
design and the study of typography. A variety of tools and techniques will be explored
including photo editing, writing code for the web and animation through basic scripting
languages. Studio projects will explore issues of audience participation, experience
design, motion and interface. Prerequisite: AR-131 or AR-133 or AR-134 or AR-136. Studio Fee: $105
AR-351H 001 Advanced Printmaking (Kate Leavitt) M W 9:00 – 12:00
Further investigation of formal, expressive, and technical aspects of printmaking.
This course emphasizes individual exploration of structured assignments, leading toward
self-directed studio practice. Readings and discussions complement studio practice.
Emphasis is placed upon more individual exploration of assigned formal problems in
the studio. Prerequisite: AR 228 or AR 341 or AR 264H or AR 350. Open to juniors and seniors only.
Studio Fee $75
AR 351J 001 Advanced Digital Media (Sarah Sweeney) T R 1:25 – 4:25
A continued investigation and further development of the practice of making art using
digital media. Students may choose to pursue advanced projects in either interactive
design or motion graphics. Emphasis will be placed on developing an individual studio
practice through studio work, critical and art historical readings and writing. Prerequisites: AR 136 or AR 264J or AR 351J or AR 355 or AR 356 or permission of instructor;
Studio Fee $105