2014-2015

Art

The Art program emphasizes the rich diversity of human experience as it is expressed in visual form. The transmission of personal and cultural values through objects is a phenomenon that can be observed around us constantly in daily life; it is also something that happens over time, through space, and across cultures. Indeed, our need to make, experience, and comprehend art is as old and as profound as our need to speak. It is through art that we can understand ourselves and our potential, and it is through art that we will be understood and remembered by those who will come after us.

The Art major, as part of the broad liberal arts tradition, fosters the development of analytical skills, engagement with ideas, and the exploration of social and personal values. Consequently, students majoring in Art have found their study a good point of departure for careers in education, professional art, advertising, communications, architecture, art criticism, and museum work, as well as law, business and government.

Through creative work, Studio Art courses develop skills that emphasize visual perception and articulation, conceptual and practical problems, and technical skills in a variety of media and processes. Foundation courses in basic design and composition prepare students for creative work in courses dealing with particular media or processes, such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, electronic media, and photography. Upper level courses develop students' conceptual and artistic skills needed for successful completion of a final thesis project highlighted in the annual Senior Show at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The Art Building is located on the northwest corner of the campus at State and Winter Streets. Built in 1905 as a medical school and later used as the science building and then the College of Music, the building was completely renovated for use by the Department of Art and Art History in 1977, and remodeled with a 6,600 square foot addition in 2002-2003. The building includes studios for ceramics, drawing and design, painting, printmaking, photography, and digital imaging; seminar room and classroom; a student gallery; and faculty and administrative offices. The department is well equipped with a large image collection and studio equipment needed to make works of art in a variety of media. The Germaine Fuller Japanese Garden adjacent to the building is another educational and aesthetic resource.

Integral to the programs in Art and Art History is the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, one block from the Art Building. The museum enriches the Art program, offering opportunities to study, firsthand, works of American, European, Asian, and Native American art, to conduct research projects on particular objects or groups of objects in the University's growing collection, and to prepare for a possible career in museum work.

Classes in digital and installation art are offered in Ford Hall, the new state-of-the-art classroom and studio building on campus. Ford Hall is adjacent to historic Gatke Hall, which houses an updated sculpture studio on the lower level. These facilities together with the Art Building itself and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art provide a variety of spaces and settings for the study of Art and Art History.

Requirements for the Studio Art Major (12 Credits)

Introductory Courses to Art Media (2)

  • ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 116 (CA) Introduction to Drawing (1)
  • ARTS 121 (CA) Introduction to Mew Media (1)
  • ARTS 132 (CA) Introduction to Experimental Photography (1)
  • ARTS 135 (CA) Introduction to Painting (1)
  • ARTS 152 (CA) Introduction to Printmaking (1)

Three-Dimensional Art-Making (1)

  • ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 254 (CA) Material Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)

Studying Art from a Historical Perspective (1)

  • ARTH 117 (IT) Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art History (1)
  • ARTH 243  (TH) Contemporary Art: 1970-Present (1)
  • ARTH 339W (TH) Post-War Art: 1947-1970 (1)
  • ARTH 376W (TH) History of Photography (1)
  • IDS 171 (CA) Exploring Contemporary Sculpture (1)

Intermediate and Advanced Studio Courses (4)

  • ARTS 216 (CA) Video Art (1)
  • ARTS 231 (CA) Etching: Processes and Themes in the Printed Age (1)
  • ARTS 232 (CA) Black and White Photography (1)
  • ARTS 239 (CA) Drawing Concepts (1)
  • ARTS 254 (CA) Materials Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 321 Drawing Inquiry (1)
  • ARTS 331 (CA) New Media, Historical Themes (1)
  • ARTS 336 (CA) Painting: Contemporary and Conceptual Practices (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 343 (CA) Printmaking: Monoprints and Mixed Media (1)
  • ARTS 355 Topics in Photography (1)
  • ARTS 357 Photography: Documentary and Conceptual Practices (1)
  • ARTS 360-377 Independent Projects (.5-1)

Elective (1)

  • One additional course in ARTS at any level

One course from the following (1)

  • ARTS 441W Contemporary Art Theory and Practice (1) (to be taken in the junior year)

One course from the following (1)

  • ARTS 496 Senior Studio (two semesters of senior seminar taken in the senior year) (.5 each semester)

Interdisciplinary Creative Study: Non-ARTS elective (1)

One additional credit in making or analyzing creative forms outside of studio art. Any course with these prefixes or from the list:

  • ARTH
  • FILM
  • MUSC
  • THTR
  • IDS 171 (CA) Exploring Contemporary Sculpture (1)
  • IDS 252 (CA) Computer Animation Production (1)
  • PHIL 242 What is Art? (1)

Requirements for Studio Art Minor (5 Credits)

Introductory Course in Art Media: (1)

  • ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 116 (CA) Introduction to Drawing (1)
  • ARTS 121 (CA) Introduction to Mew Media (1)
  • ARTS 132 (CA) Introduction to Experimental Photography (1)
  • ARTS 135 (CA) Introduction to Painting (1)
  • ARTS 152 (CA) Introduction to Printmaking (1)

Intermediate and Advanced Studio Courses (2)

  • ARTS 216 (CA) Video Art (1)
  • ARTS 231 (CA) Etching: Processes and Themes in the Printed Age (1)
  • ARTS 232 (CA) Black and White Photography (1)
  • ARTS 239 (CA) Drawing Concepts (1)
  • ARTS 254 (CA) Materials Exploration in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 321 Drawing Inquiry (1)
  • ARTS 331 (CA) New Media, Historical Themes (1)
  • ARTS 336 (CA) Painting: Contemporary and Conceptual Practices (1)
  • ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)
  • ARTS 343 (CA) Printmaking: Monoprints and Mixed Media (1)
  • ARTS 355 Topics in Photography (1)
  • ARTS 357 Photography: Documentary and Conceptual Practices (1)

Electives (2)

Any two additional ARTS courses

Indicators of Achievement

Student Learning Outcomes for the Studio Arts Major

  1. See and think creatively
    • Students acquire and develop visual ideas within an interdisciplinary liberal arts context, transforming their visual exploration into artworks that communicate their ideas and reflect their exploration.
  2. Gain skills with materials and techniques
    • This is accomplished through courses such as photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, painting, video, etc., which enable students to discover connections and how these media provide means to express their ideas in a visual manner.
  3. Develop a high level of proficiency in drawing
    • Students come to an understanding of how drawing relates to all media as a problem solving tool that can then be used to produce art in different media.
  4. Learn the language of art, including the aesthetic principles that govern composition
    • Students learn to effectively communicate their personal ideas through an ordering process which can be broken down into definable compositional design principles.
  5. Successfully integrate the creative process into a Senior Thesis
    • Students are required to demonstrate their ability to conduct original research, develop a point of view, synthesize their ideas through a strong understanding of a particular material emphasis, and exhibit their resulting Senior Thesis project prior to graduation.
  6. Acquire art historical literacy
    • Required art history courses assure students understand cultural and historical issues that surround and influence contemporary art production.
  7. Develop strong written communication for Studio Art
    • Studio courses introduce written communication in the arts while the Writing for Artists course provides a specific structure for students to learn about and demonstrate professional writing practices in the arts.

Faculty

Part-Time and Visiting Faculty

  • Bethany Hays
  • Sarah Beadle

Course Listings

ARTS 110 (CA) Introduction to Sculpture (1)

This course will introduce students to the fundamental sculptural processes of addition, subtraction and substitution. Emphasis will be on students executing, understanding and discussing quality craft, successful composition, productive conceptualization and creative problem solving. Students will explore various sculptural methods including steel fabrication, wood construction, plaster construction, assemblage and mold-making.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Fourie

ARTS 116 (CA) Introduction to Drawing (1)

Students explore processes used to produce drawings on two-dimensional surfaces. A series of studio problems provides direct experience with the instruments and materials employed to produce drawings. Instruction and assigned work emphasizes skill-building in observational drawing and engagement with two-dimensional design principles and visual communication.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

ARTS 121 (CA) Introduction to New Media (1)

This course introduces students to art-making strategies in a variety of forms including mixed media (combinations of traditional and experimental art materials), installation, and time-based media (such as 2d animation, video). Through a series of studio assignments, students will learn to generate creative ideas, explore materials and techniques, and develop artworks that communicate their ideas. Emphasis will be placed on understanding new media practices in contemporary art and on learning to connect form to content.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment:  Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Opie

ARTS 132 (CA) Introduction to Experimental Photography (1)

This course introduces experimental photographic practices. Pinhole photography will feature prominently as the technology of choice in the class. In any given semester one or more of the following photographic practices may also be explored: cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Photogram and digital scanner-bed. Assignments will focus on the fundamentals of photography: use of light, composition and the development of necessary technical skills. Additionally, students will earn to develop content-driven photographic series focusing on the relationship between form and content, subject matter and meaning. To inform students studio practice, this course will introduce historical and contemporary photographic practices through readings and slide lectures.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Opie

ARTS 135 (CA) Introduction to Painting (1)

A series of studio problems using systems of design, composition and techniques that study past and modern problems in painting. Demonstrations are presented to show the integration of past drawing systems in the making of paintings. Open to beginning students.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Thompson

ARTS 152 (CA) Introduction to Printmaking (1)

A series of studio problems using systems of design, composition and techniques that study the diverse ways of producing prints. Demonstrations will be presented on the techniques necessary to produce intaglio etching, woodcuts, monoprints, collagraphs and digital prints.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Thompson

ARTS 216 (CA) Video Art (1)

This course introduces video as a medium for artistic expression, personal and social inquiry. Students gain an understanding of the video art-making process and develop proficiency with video equipment, using single-camera shooting and non-linear editing. Assigned work will guide students in exploration of video as an art-making tool. Theoretical texts and work by video artists will be viewed and discussed.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: Any ARTS course
  • Offered: Annually
  • Instructor: Opie

ARTS 231 (CA) Etching: Processes and Themes in the Printed Age (1)

Studio demonstrations are given in the use of tools and materials needed to produce etchings. Color printing techniques are introduced with an emphasis on modern and contemporary techniques.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Spring Semester
  • Instructor: Thompson

ARTS 232 (CA) Black and White Photography (1)

This course introduces technical and conceptual uses of black and white photography. Students explore technique through shooting, developing and darkroom printing of 35mm film. Periodic student presentations and critiques of artwork address uses of photography as an art form to communicate ideas. A 35mm SLR camera with fully manual settings and a 50mm lens is required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: Any ARTS course
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Opie

ARTS 239 (CA) Drawing Concepts (1)

Students will explore and analyze conceptual strategies in contemporary drawing in order to generate projects that use traditional and experimental approaches. Students will develop projects that are in dialogue with contemporary art practices using strategies such as exploring personal research through a thematic series, engaging in a daily drawing practice, and developing a visual vocabulary or system to shape a drawing project.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Staff

ARTS 254 (CA) Material Exploration in Sculpture (1)

This course requires students to pick a specific sculptural material and to examine thoroughly its inherent meaning, physical properties, qualities and characteristics for three-dimensional expression. The structure of the course will allow the student to produce a unified body of work that reflects his/her specific interest. Emphasis will be on experimentation, the development of technical skill, and creative problem solving. The course will also involve a critical analysis on the use of materials by prominent contemporary sculptors.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate Springs
  • Professor: Fourie

ARTS 321 Drawing Inquiry (1)

This course introduces drawing as a means to explore and convey the nature of mark-making through traditional and experimental approaches that push the boundaries of what we define as drawing. Students will use strategies such as site-specificity, interdisciplinary work, and digital mixed media to engage with unconventional approaches to drawing.

  • Prerequisite: ARTS 116 or ARTS 239
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Staff

ARTS 331 (CA) New Media, Historical Themes (1)

Students explore wide possibilities in digital and mixed media art-forms. Thematic prompts guide students to reflect on past art-forms in the creation of new works of art using expanded multi-media approaches such as video, online media and installation. The course emphasizes clear communication of ideas through artwork and development of skills to analyze visual culture, with a focus on how to best communicate to an audience.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Prerequisite: Any ARTS course encouraged but not required
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Staff

ARTS 336 (CA) Painting: Contemporary and Conceptual Practices (1)

A series of studio problems using systems of design, composition and techniques that study current problems in contemporary painting. Open to beginning students.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Spring Semester
  • Instructor: Thompson

ARTS 340 (CA) Concepts of Sculpture (1)

This course focuses on the relationship between idea, form and material. Students will be required to produce a series of sculptures that explore one specific idea, concept, personal or social issue of their choice. Metaphor and symbolism will be examined and used as a vehicle for communicating meaning. Emphasis will be placed on the unity of the body of work being produced as well as on clarity, craftsmanship and presentation. Students will also be expected to analyze critically the use of conceptual content in contemporary sculpture.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Professor: Fourie

ARTS 342 (CA) Topics in Sculpture (1)

This course allows students to conduct an in depth, focused exploration of topics, genres and modes of expression not covered by the regular sculpture curriculum, and could address such areas as: sculptural installation, site specific sculpture, the sculpture of the body/figure, multi-media sculpture, environmental sculpture, sculpture and the preformative aspect, and the found object in sculpture. The class will focus on one assigned topic, and the topic will vary from semester to semester. An experimental, innovative approach to the topic will be encouraged. May be repeated for credit if the topics varies.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Fourie

ARTS 343 (CA) Printmaking: Monoprints and Mixed-Media (1)

Monoprinting is the perfect platform for introducing the elements of mixed-media that incorporate drawing, collage, painting, cut paper, digital printing and the three-dimensional aspects of image making. Since monoprints are unique and not editioned, this medium allows us the opportunity to explore contemporary processes of image making that stress the concept of working in a series, rather than creating a single, end-in-itself piece. Demonstrations will be given in color monoprinting and the introduction of mixed-media elements into the contemporary practice of producing series-based works that integrate these various media within the discipline of printmaking.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Thompson

ARTS 355 Topics in Photography (1)

This interdisciplinary studio course will allow students of photography to focus on in-depth work on a topic, genre, or mode of expression in fine arts practice. Topics offered will include photographing the sacred and profane, historic forms of photography, and other topics as designed by instructor. The course can be repeated for credit as the topic varies.

  • Prerequisites: ARTS 132 or ARTS 232
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Opie

ARTS 357 Photography: Documentary and Conceptual Practices (1)

Through a series of individual projects of increasing complexity, the student will be introduced to forms of photography that explore intellectual frameworks for projects (conceptual approaches). Lectures and assigned work will also introduce the particular tradition and approaches in fine art documentary photography. Intermediate and advanced darkroom photography as well as color digital photography will be explored. Emphasis on the photographic process as a creative medium with be stressed throughout the course as students are encouraged to develop personal imagery.


ARTS 360-377 Independent Projects (.5 or 1)

For advanced art students. Individual study and work in areas of the Art major's special interest. Printmaking (360 & 361), Painting (362 & 363), Drawing (364 & 365), Ceramics (366 & 367), Sculpture (368 & 369), Photography (374 & 375), and Video (376 & 377).

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

ARTS 441W Contemporary Art Theory and Practice (1)

Through essential readings, critique sessions, writing, discussion, peer review, and the making of original artwork, this writing-centered course provides a forum for the exploration of contemporary art theories and practice. Oral and written assignments will be required of the students in response to selected reading from texts, periodicals, books, journals, artist interviews in a variety of media, and videos dealing specifically with critical art theory and practice as well as current and recent discourse in the field of contemporary art. Students will also be asked to examine and contextualize their own artistic production, and compare it to the theories they are introduced to through readings and other media. The course also examines the role of artists and artmaking in contemporary culture so students must respond critically to the subject matter at hand, analyze the texts and art products and understand the methods, practices and materials utilized in the creation of contemporary art. The course also aims to integrate theory and practice by requiring that students conceive, design, and execute original works of art that embody their understanding of the theories and concepts they are introduced to during the course of the semester.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Grew, Fourie, Opie, Thompson

ARTS 496 Senior Studio (0.5 Fall; 0.5 Spring)

The Senior Studio is the culminating experience in the Art major program. The course is devoted to all aspects of conceptualizing and preparing a major work or series of works, the thesis project, that demonstrates technical mastery, conceptual engagement and thematic coherence. Students work on their projects independently throughout the fall and early spring semesters with supervision of a studio faculty advisor. Successful theses are exhibited in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Coursework emphasizes productive staging of a major project. Special guest lectures and topics are presented. This is offered as a year-long single-credit course, 0.5 in the fall and 0.5 in the spring. Students must register each semester.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of 2 courses at Willamette in medium to be pursued in thesis. Enrollment by instructor consent.
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Fourie, Thompson, Opie

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