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Courses of Instruction

Beckelman, Caraccio (New York Term), Goodson, Kann, Kennedy, Rogers, P. Thompson (Chair), Trentin, D. Webber.

The art and art history department offers numerous areas of study, including education certification, art history, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital art, and graphic design. Combining an art or art history major or minor with other academic pursuits prepares students for such fields as arts administration, pre-architecture, public relations and arts journalism.

Art Major

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses counted toward a major in art.

  1. ART-115 Drawing I
  2. One of the following:
    ART-135 Ceramics I
    ART-165 Sculpture I
    ART-185 Thinking in Three Dimensions
  3. One of the following:
    ART-145 Digital Art I
    ART-155 Photography I
    ART-175 Printmaking I
  4. ARH-208 Introduction to Art History
  5. ARH-4XX Modern and Contemporary Art
  6. One additional art history course A
  7. RT-715 Advanced Art Research I
  8. ART-725 Advanced Art Research II
  9. Two additional art courses approved by the department
  10. Junior Review and Senior Exhibition (ART-800)

In addition to the course requirements, a student must participate in a Junior Review with the art and art history department’s faculty. This must be completed no later than April of the junior year. The material submitted at the Review will be related to the senior graduation requirement, which is a demonstration of proficiency through a public exhibition of artwork, including portfolio of slides, exhibit announcement, and résumé.

Scheduling may be planned to allow at least one term of study off-campus, either Washington Term, New York Term, or one of the approved foreign or domestic programs. With departmental approval, courses from these programs may count toward the two additional art courses required in item 9 above.

Art Minor

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses counted toward a minor in art.

  1. One of the following:
    ART-065 Two-Dimensional Fundamentals
    ART-115 Drawing I
    ART-125 Painting I
  2. One of the following:
    ART-135 Ceramics I
    ART-165 Sculpture I
    ART-185 Thinking in Three Dimensions
  3. One of the following:
    ART-145 Digital Art I
    ART-155 Photography I
    ART-175 Printmaking I
  4. ARH-208 Introduction to Art History
  5. ARH-4XX Modern and Contemporary Art
  6. An advanced studio course numbered 315 or above

An art major may also complete an art history minor, but only two courses may count toward both the major and the minor.

Pre-Architecture

For most careers in architecture, students will need to complete a Master of Architecture degree following their B.A. at Coe. To prepare for successful application into these programs, students should complete a series of courses selected in consultation with an art and art history department advisor, in addition to the courses completed for the major.

COURSES IN ART

The art and art history department’s studio courses are designed to accommodate people with no experience in art, as well as those with previous experience. It is the department’s philosophy that a diversity of skill levels enhances the potential for the beginning student. Although all department courses are available to the student with no previous studio experience, those courses marked with an asterisk (*) are recommended as being more suited to that student. Further information for all these requirements and programs is available from the art and art history department.

ART-025 Art in the Elementary Classroom
Designed for prospective classroom teachers. The course provides an overview of the role of art in the elementary curriculum. Students learn to incorporate art activities into other content areas and gain an understanding of the objective of elementary classes taught by elementary art specialist teachers. This course does not satisfy the College’s general education fine arts core group requirement. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program or approval of the teacher education department. (0.5 course credit)

ART-055 Understanding Art*
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts, historical context, and critical vocabulary of the creative process. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for a major in art.

ART-065 Two-Dimensional Fundamentals*
An exploration of two-dimensional media, process, and design concepts. An emphasis is placed on the examination of the elements of design: line, shape, value, form, space, and texture, and the principles of interaction involved with their use. There are production pieces concerning each compositional assignment.

ART-095 Collage and Assemblage*
An introduction to the media of collage and assemblage. Through a series of studio projects and discussion of theoretical texts, the student explores a number of specific approaches to the combining of found objects and images. Among the historical examples which are covered are: surrealist photomontage and frottage, Dada typographical montage, Joseph Cornell’s poetic assemblages, and others.

ART-115 Drawing I*
Beginning studio course in representational drawing. Basic techniques and media are approached through drawing from live models, still life, and landscape. Six studio hours per week.

ART-125 Painting I*
A basic studio course introducing the materials and techniques of painting with emphasis on the oil medium. Six studio hours per week.

ART-135 Ceramics I*
A studio course introducing the basic ceramic processes, including handbuilding, throwing, surface treatment, glazing, and firing. Six studio hours per week. Materials fee required.

ART-145 Digital Art I*
An introduction to the use of computer hardware and software as art-making and design tools. Six studio hours per week, including lecture and some lab time. Additional lab time is necessary.

ART-155 Photography I*
An introduction to the art and mechanics of the camera and darkroom. Six hours per week; includes lecture and some lab time. Additional lab time necessary. The student must supply a manually operated 35mm camera. Materials fee required.

ART-160 Animation I
A studio course in the digital production of animation, including narrative, non-narrative and experimental styles.

ART-165 Sculpture I*
A basic introduction to the techniques of making sculpture. Explorations include three-dimensional materials, processes, and concepts. Six studio hours per week.

ART-175 Printmaking I*
An introductory printmaking course which focuses on the processes of intaglio and monotype. Students are instructed in the techniques of drypoint, etching, aquatint, and various monoprinting processes. Emphasis is placed on investigating the visual properties on line, value, texture, and color unique to the discipline. No previous art experience is required. Six studio hours per week.

ART-185 Thinking in Three Dimensions
A studio course which examines our visual-spatial thinking abilities and the ways constructed three-dimensional form is influenced by visual, structural and expressive demands. This course also explores a variety of means by which our spatial thinking abilities can be enhanced.

ART-195 Lithography and Serigraphy*
An introduction to the processes of lithography and serigraphy (screen-printing). The first half of the course is in lithography, allowing the students to work with drawing on both stone and aluminum plates. The second half of the course includes a variety of technical approaches to screen printing, which includes photomechanical and innovative print processes. Six studio hours per week. (Offered alternate years)

ART-170 Filmmaking I
A studio course in the digital production of film, including narrative, non-narrative and experimental styles.

ART-230 The Art of Children and Adolescents, Elementary and Secondary Methods
Designed principally for prospective art teachers. The course includes discussion, lecture, and studio on campus, as well as experience in public school classes off campus. This course does not satisfy the College’s general education fine arts core group requirement. Prerequisite: Art major or minor and admission to the Teacher Education Program.

ART-305 Topics in Graphic Design
A studio course centering on particular graphic themes or topics. Topics vary from year to year and include Typography, Publication Design, and Graphic Identity issues. Prerequisite: completion of an introductory level studio art course. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different.

ART-315 Drawing II
Continuation of Drawing I (ART-115) with greater emphasis on personal conceptualization in solving problems related to the discipline. Prerequisite: Drawing I (ART-115).

ART-325 Painting II
Continuation of Painting I (ART-125) with special emphasis on style and personal exploration. Prerequisite: Painting I (ART-125).

ART-335 Ceramics II
Continuation of Ceramics I (ART-135) with special emphasis on individual projects and personal exploration. Advanced techniques are presented, as well as the opportunity to work with a variety of clays and firing methods. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: Ceramics I (ART-135).

ART-345 Digital Art II
Continuation of Digital Art I with special emphasis on style and personal exploration. In addition to two-dimensional digital artwork, students develop interactive, web-based artwork. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Digital Art I (ART-145). (Offered alternate years)

ART-355 Photography II
Continuation of Photography I (ART-155). Experimentation with various film and camera types not previously covered in Photography I. Special emphasis is placed on individual conceptual and technical development. Prerequisite: Photography I (ART-155).

ART-360 Animation II
Continuation of Animation I (ART-160) with special emphasis on style and personal exploration. Prerequisite: Animation I (ART-160).

ART-365 Sculpture II
Continuation of Sculpture I (ART-165) with the emphasis on individual development in specifically assigned areas. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Sculpture I (ART-165).

ART-375 Printmaking II
Continuation of Printmaking I (ART-175), with the emphasis on a particular process or processes chosen by the student, and the relationship between concept and image. Advanced printmaking techniques are also examined. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Printmaking I (ART-175).

ART-370 Filmmaking II
Continuation of Filmmaking I (ART-170) with special emphasis on style and personal exploration. Prerequisite: Filmmaking I (ART-170).

ART-405 Watercolor Painting
A basic studio course in the use of the transparent watercolor medium as a means of making art. Students are instructed in the use of materials and the history and techniques of watercolor painting. Studio projects include abstract paintings as well as still life, landscape, and other observed subjects. (Offered May Term only)

ART-415 Life Drawing
A studio course concerned with an analysis of the skeletal, muscular, and surface anatomy of the human form. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Drawing I (ART-115) or consent of instructor. (Offered alternate years)

ART-425 Color
A studio course in the theory and practice of color, with emphasis on the use of color as a compositional element. Six studio hours per week. (Offered on an occasional basis)

ART-515 Drawing III
A term of drawing during which students apply the principles and techniques from the previous term to their personal vision. Prerequisite: Drawing II (ART-315).

ART-525 Painting III
A term of painting during which students apply the principles and techniques from the previous term to their personal vision. Prerequisite: Painting II (ART-325).

ART-535 Ceramics III
Continuation of Ceramics II with special emphasis on individual projects in consultation with the instructor. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: Ceramics II (ART-335).

ART-545 Digital Art III
Continuation of Digital Art II (ART-345). Students apply the principles and techniques from the previous terms to their personal vision. Six studio hours per week, including lecture and some lab time. Additional lab time is required. Prerequisite: Digital Art II (ART-345).

ART-555 Photography III
Continuation of Photography II (ART-355). Students are expected to work independently and concentrate efforts in the production of a portfolio of work showing a specific technical and conceptual direction. Prerequisite: Photography II (ART-355).

ART-560 Animation III
Continuation of Animation II (ART-360). Students apply the principles and techniques from previous terms to their personal vision. Prerequisite: Animation II (ART-360).

ART-565 Sculpture III
Continuation of Sculpture II (ART-365) with special emphasis on individual projects in consultation with the instructor. Six studio hours per week. Prerequisite: Sculpture II (ART-365).

ART-570 Filmmaking III
A continuation of Filmmaking II (ART-370). Students apply the principles and techniques from previous terms to their personal vision. Prerequisite: Filmmaking II (ART-370).

ART-575 Printmaking III
Continuation of Printmaking II (ART-375). Students are expected to work independently in the production of a portfolio of prints showing research in a specific technical and conceptual direction. Studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Printmaking II (ART-375).

ART-715, -725 Advanced Art Research I, II
Advanced research in studio art. Emphasis is on preparation of work toward the senior exhibit. Only art majors are admitted to this course. Materials fee (where applicable) should be discussed with instructor. Prerequisite: declared major in art and consent of instructor or completion of Junior Review.

ART-800 Senior Project – Non-Credit Bearing
Demonstrate proficiency in visual work through a public exhibition of studio work under the supervision of a faculty member of the art and art history department and the generation of an exhibit announcement and portfolio of slides from the exhibition. S/U basis only.

ART-815 Independent Study
Independent work on a selected project under the direction of a faculty member of the department. May be taken for an X status grade with consent of instructor prior to registration.    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ART-845, -855 Directed Studies in Art
Topics in studio art or art history selected by the student and instructor to fit the student’s particular interests and educational needs. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of department chair.

ART-895 Internship in Art
Investigation of an area of interest related to the major, through voluntary field placement supervised by a faculty member of the art and art history department. A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. S/U basis only. Prerequisites: declared major in art, junior standing, and consent of department chair.


Art History Major

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses counted toward a major in art history.

  1. ARH-208 Introduction to Art History
  2. ARH-4XX Modern and Contemporary Art
  3. ARH-6XX Seminar in Art History
  4. One introductory level studio art course
  5. Four additional courses approved by the department, chosen from the following:
    Courses in Art History (ARH-___ )
    ANT-1XX Art and Archaeology of the Classical World
    HIS-318 Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome
  6. ARH-715 Advanced Art History Research I
  7. ARH-725 Advanced Art History Research II
  8. ARH-800 Junior Review and Senior Thesis
    In addition to the course requirements, a student must participate in a Junior Review with the art and art history department’s faculty. This must be completed no later than April of the junior year. The materials submitted at the Junior Review will be related to the senior graduation requirement, which is a demonstration of proficiency in written work through a major research paper.

Scheduling may be planned to allow at least one term of study off-campus, either Washington Term, New York Term, ACM Florence program, or one of the other approved foreign or domestic programs. With departmental approval, up to three courses from these programs may count toward the four additional courses required in item 5 above.

Students interested in art history at the graduate level should complete either Intermediate French I (FRE-215) or Intermediate German (GER-215).

An Art History major may also complete an Art minor, but only two courses may count toward both the major and the minor.

Art History Minor

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses counted toward a minor in art.

  1. ART-208 Introduction to Art History
  2. ARH-4XX Modern and Contemporary Art
  3. Three additional art history courses, one of which must be numbered 400 or above.
  4. An introductory level studio art course

An Art major with an Art History emphasis may also complete a Studio Art minor, but only two courses may count toward both the major and the minor.

An Art major with a Studio Art emphasis may also complete an Art History minor, but only two courses may count toward both the major and the minor.

COURSES IN ART HISTORY

The art and art history department’s studio courses are designed to accommodate people with no experience in art, as well as those with previous experience. It is the department’s philosophy that a diversity of skill levels enhances the potential for the beginning student. Although all department courses are available to the student with no previous studio experience, those courses marked with an asterisk (*) are recommended as being more suited to that student. Further information for all these requirements and programs is available from the art and art history department.

ARH-206 World Art
Traces key themes in art from a global perspective, focusing on the ways that cultures and civilizations across time have visually expressed social, religious and political values. Cross-cultural themes include: religion and spirituality, word and image, violence and death, power and propaganda, gender and society, and ritual and body decoration.

ARH-207 Gender and Art
Thematic exploration of the ways in which visual culture reflects and projects cultural biases and issues related to gender from prehistory to the modern era. Analyzes how gender identities can be shaped by politics, religion, and culture, as well as the effect of an artist's sex and/or sexual preferences on subject choices, media, and market values.

ARH-208 Introduction to Art History
A survey of Western art and architecture from prehistory to the later 19th century, with emphasis on the ways in which visual culture both reflects and shapes societies and civilizations. Explores how works of art create and sustain meaning for their original audiences, and how some objects or visual solutions transcend their historical moment and surface throughout time as familiar cultural icons or references.

ARH-288 History of Western Architecture
A survey of major monuments of Western architecture from prehistory to the mid-19th century, with emphasis on understanding form, function and meaning for original and later audiences. Focuses on analysis of stylistic choices, functional necessities, technological innovations, and symbolic forms.

ARH-295 Topics in Art History
A study of a selected topic or theme in art history. Topics vary, and may include: Art Markets and Collectors; The Art of Pilgrimage; History of Photography. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different.

ARH-296 Topics in Art History: Non-Western Perspectives
A study of a selected topic or theme in art history. Topics vary, and may include: Asian Art; Japonisme/Occidentalism; African Art. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different.

ARH-297 Topics in Art History: U.S. Pluralism
A study of a selected topic or theme in art history. Topics vary, and may include: Native American Art; Public Art; Art History at the Movies. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different.

ARH-298 Topics in Art History: Diverse Western Perspectives
A study of a selected topic or theme in art history. Topics vary, and may include: Art and Cultural Property; Memory, Environment and Landscape. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different.

ARH-428 Old World/New World: Art of Exploration
Thematic exploration of the 17th century, focusing on depictions of the known world as well as those of newly discovered far-off lands. Focuses on the action, drama, and diversity of the Baroque period, and how the visual culture of the time reflected and shaped attitudes toward broader conceptual issues such as: trade, imperialism, religion, race, gender, and social class. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-4XX Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages
Explores the art and architecture of the medieval world both chronologically and thematically. The course examines issues such as patronage of the arts, pilgrimage, the cult of saints, the arts as a medium of cultural exchange, and the role of the artist in the Middle Ages. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-4XX 19th-Century Art
Focuses on the sweeping transformations in the creation, production and consumption of visual culture in the 19th century. The rapidly changing aesthetics of the dawning modern era generated passionate debates about the creation and reception of art during this period. This course uses these debates as a series of touchstones for understanding the visual and social landscape of the times. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-4XX Modern and Contemporary Art
Traces the development of major artistic movements in the 20th century to the more contemporary trends of the 21st century. Topics include: Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, German Expressionism, Dada, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Postmodernism, installation, new media, performance, and digital production and distribution. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-418 The World of Renaissance Art
Explores the visual culture of Europe from the 14th through the 16th centuries, focusing on topics such as competition, display, devotion, portraits, the printing revolution, death, and gender issues. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-4XX Contemporary Art, Theory, and Criticism
Investigates issues in contemporary art. Focuses on art of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, considering stylistic, historical, and theoretical developments. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-438 The Grand Tour
Focuses on the Grand Tour, the journey to Italy by upper-class Western citizens in the 18th and 19th centuries. Emphasizes the complex cultural and visual dynamics of these odysseys, linking the world of antiquity to that of early modern Europeans. Structured as a virtual Grand Tour, with students playing the role of their predecessors and experiencing the journey as the original travelers did. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-4XX Advanced Topics in Art History
Advanced study of a selected topic or theme in art history. Topics vary. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the topics are substantially different. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or consent of instructor.

ARH-460 Modern and Contemporary Architecture
Focuses on the key movements, figures, theories and debates that contributed to architectural design from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on analysis of complex conceptual and formal components of modern architecture and urban planning at specific historical moments. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art History (ARH-208) or History of Western Architecture (ARH-288) or consent of instructor.

ARH-6XX Seminar in Art History
An advanced seminar course designed primarily for the instruction of majors and minors. The Seminar in Art History is usually taken in the junior year, and addresses historiography, methodology, and research skills in a topical format. Prerequisite: At least two art history courses or consent of the instructor.

ARH-715, -725 Advanced Art History Research I, II
Advanced research in art history. Emphasis is on preparation of work toward the senior thesis. Only art history majors are admitted to this course. Prerequisites: declared major in art history, completion of Seminar in Art History (ARH-6XX) and Junior Review.

ARH-800 Senior Project – Non-Credit Bearing
A major art historical research paper written under the supervision of a faculty member of the art and art history department. Successful completion of this non-credit bearing requirement is necessary to fulfill the requirements for the art history major. S/U basis only.

ARH-815 Independent Study in Art History
Independent work on a selected project under the direction of a faculty member of the Art and Art History department. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ARH-845, -855 Directed Studies in Art History
Topics in art history selected by the student and instructor to fit the student’s particular interests and educational needs. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of department chair.

ARH-895 Internship in Art History
Investigation of an area of interest related to the major, through voluntary field placement supervised by a faculty member of the Art and Art History department. A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. S/U basis only. Prerequisites: declared major in art history, junior standing, and consent of department chair.