Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Courses in Art (ART)

ART 103 Painting I: Representation and Abstraction 4cr

This course introduces basic approaches to painting in oil and acrylic media, working from direct observation. The range of pictorial form will correlate with the development of Western art from the Renaissance to the Modern period.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 105 Bookforms I 2cr

An introduction to basic bookforms used in artists' books. Forms will include pamphlet stitch, stab bindings, accordions, multi-signature codices, and combinations thereof. Emphasis will be on using specific forms to express certain contents. Partially satisfies
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 106 Introduction to Ceramics 4cr

This course introduces the potter's wheel along with basic hand building techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on experimentation with different techniques and learning about the use and place of ceramic artwork in history and in different cultures.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 108 Papermaking I 2cr

An introduction to western hand papermaking using materials ranging from cotton rags to gathered local plants to partially processed plant fibers. Students will learn how to prepare and beat fibers as well as form, dry and finish sheets. They will gain control over several qualities of paper, including color, surface, strength, and size/shape. Partially satisfies
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 109 Photography I 4cr

An introduction to the basic functions of the camera, the technical processes of black and white photography, and the aesthetic considerations of design, composition, and presentation. The student must provide a basic 35mm camera with manual controls and will be required to purchase film and photo paper.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 110 Design 4cr

This course is an introduction to the fundamental techniques, materials, and concepts of two- and three-dimensional art forms. It includes 2-D and 3-D design and basic drawing techniques.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 113 Introduction to Sculpture 4cr

This basic course begins with the principles of three-dimensional design and continues into the creation of sculpture in different media. It introduces the role of sculpture in different times and cultures, placing emphasis on the learning of concepts of mass, volume, and space as well as the creative use of tools and materials.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 114 Figure Modeling 4cr

This course introduces the student to the methods of modeling the human form from observation. Processes, such as mold making and casting, are used for taking the clay to a final form. Working from a live model in class, students will learn anatomy, skeletal structure, proportion and aesthetic elements in creating a figurative sculpture. Students will also study the works of historical and contemporary figurative sculptors.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 116 Drawing I 4cr

The purpose of this course is to learn the fundamental skills and concepts of drawing on a flat two-dimensional surface. The emphasis is not on making drawings but on actively "seeing" and translating that image in the mind to a flat surface--to think and communicate visually. This process will include exercises that focus on concepts as well as developing the skills to work from direct observation.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 117 Intaglio Printmaking I 4cr

This course is an introduction to the intaglio printmaking processes of collagraph, drypoint, etching, aquatint, softground, and intaglio-type. Emphasis is on developing technical skills and a portfolio of prints. Discussion of aesthetic considerations, the history of printmaking, and the care and presentation of original prints are also included.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 118 Relief Printmaking I 4cr

This course is an introduction to relief printmaking processes. Basic techniques will be learned to produce wood and linoleum relief prints as well as non-traditional relief prints. Letterpress printing will also be introduced, and students may experiment with combining letterpress with relief printed images to produce broadsides, folios, and small booklets. Proper presentation of prints as well as good print shop practices will be included in the course.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 145 Art History I: Ancient through Medieval 4cr

A historical survey of Western art from prehistory through the medieval era. Works of art are studied in the context of the cultural influences through which they evolved. Students explore art history as a process of doing through discussions, writing, and presentations.

ART 146 Art History II: Renaissance through Modern 4cr

A historical survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. Works of art are studied in the context of the cultural influences through which they evolved. Students explore art history as a process of doing through discussions, writing, and presentations.
Prerequisite: ART 145 Art History I or permission of instructor.

ART 161 Watercolor 2cr **

An introduction to the basic techniques of painting with the transparent medium of watercolor. Exercises are done to discover the basic nature of watercolor and some of the more predictable "accidents" that occur. The exercises will be followed by a series of paintings that explore a thematic idea. Partial fulfillment
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 171 Photoshop I 4cr **

An introduction to Adobe Photoshop image editing software with an emphasis on achieving competence with the basic tools and adjustments as well as scanning and printing. The course will include structured lessons and creative projects.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 190-198 Special Topics in the Visual Arts 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of visual arts. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

ART 199 Independent Study 1-4cr

ART 203 Painting II 4cr

This course will emphasize experimentation with materials and concepts. The student will work on a series of paintings with a strong understanding of composition and color. Work will be developed from direct observation.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 103 Painting I.

ART 206 Ceramics II 4cr

A continuation of ART 106 with an emphasis on understanding the nature of glaze formulation and the practice of firing kilns. Also emphasized is refining skills in either hand building or throwing.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 106 Introduction to Ceramics.

ART 208 Papermaking II 2cr

A continuation of Papermaking I, this course places great emphasis on gaining control over formation, surface, weight, color, and consistency of batches, Students will also experiment with advanced processes, including hand beating, watermarks, shaped deckles, and lamination. Partially satisfies
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 108 Papermaking I

ART 209 Photography II 4cr

A continuation of ART 109, with an emphasis on the use of photography as an artistic medium. Technical instruction will facilitate the development of personal vision and will include lighting, toning, advanced processing, print finishing, image sequencing, and presentation techniques. Aspects of he history of photography and the work of contemporary photographers will be examined. The student must provide a 35mm camera with manual controls and will be required to purchase film and photo paper.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 109 Photography I

ART 213 Sculpture II 4cr

This course focuses on developing skills and concepts learned in ART 113. Particular emphasis is placed on reductive and additive techniques, such as stone carving and clay work. Ideas and issues concerning art and sculpture are introduced in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 113 Introduction to Sculpture.

ART 216 Drawing II 4cr

This course will emphasize the development of skills to represent the range of pictorial form from representation to abstraction. Compositional organization will be stressed as well, giving the student a wide range of pictorial possibilities. All work will be based on direct observation.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 116 Drawing I.

ART 217 Intaglio Printmaking II 4cr

This course offers further exploration of processes learned in ART 117, including color and viscosity printing, embossing, chine colle, digital imagery, and photo intaglio. Included are individual and group critiques, and a more selective experimentation with the techniques that best lend themselves to the kind of imagery the student is creating. Students develop a thematic series of prints, at least one of which is editioned.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 117 Intaglio Printmaking I

ART 218 Relief Printmaking II 4cr

This course is a continuation of ART 118, with the refinement of relief printing processes and letterpress techniques as a major goal. Students will produce a portfolio of prints that include a series of conceptually related pieces.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: Art 118 Relief Printmaking I.

ART 219 The Language of Photography in the Digital Age 4cr

This course will explore the language of photography and its evolving role as a creative image-making tool in the visual arts. Students will produce several series of images in photographically based media, including digital and film formats, black and white, color, and print or projection output. Emphasis is on image content rather than process. Material covered will support artistic endeavor applicable to other WWC art classes including Photography, Digital Photography, Artists' Books, Printmaking, and Photoshop.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ART 245 Life Drawing I 4cr

Life Drawing deals with the structure, anatomy, design, and expression of the human form. Students gain competency in drawing the figure as they develop an understanding of underlying skeletal and muscle anatomy and explore various drawing media. Students make use of the visual elements, as well as consider basics of composition and the expressive qualities of good drawing.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 110 Design or ART 116 Drawing I.

ART 250 Bookforms II 2cr

A continuation of Bookforms I, this course emphasizes the development of content and concepts for artists' books. Students will experiment with various ways of arriving at elegant form/content synthesis in the artists' books they produce in the course. They will also use more advanced bookforms as well as altered books as needed to suit the ideas they want to express. Partially satisfies
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 105 Bookforms I

ART 261 Encaustic Painting 4cr

This course will offer the student the opportunity to work in the ancient painting medium of encaustic. Encaustic is pigmented hot beeswax fused together. This study will include various approaches, both old and contemporary.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 110 Design, ART 116 Drawing I, or permission of the instructor

ART 271 Metal Sculpture 4cr

This course is designed to introduce students to creating sculpture in metal. The processes of ceramic shell casting and metal fabrication will be utilized as students create a series of sculptures expressing a theme. Students will learn how to make a wax image and reproduce that image in cast bronze. Techniques of metal chasing, mold making, silver soldering, MIG welding, and patination of metal will be covered.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: Any previous sculpture course or permission of the instructor

ART 281-283 Visiting Artist Topics 2-4cr

Each year an artist from outside the college community is invited to teach a 4-credit studio course of his or her own design in an area outside of the usual department offerings. Examples of previous visiting artist topics include Cold Metal Jewelry, Personal Totems, Landscape Painting, and Asian-influenced Relief Printmaking.

ART 290-298 Special Topics in Visual Arts 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of visual arts. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

ART 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

ART 303 Painting III 4cr

In this course the emphasis will be on the development of a personal direction in painting through a series of paintings that explores an area of personal interest. This exploration will be studied in conjunction with the historical precedents that relate to the student's area of interest. May be repeated for credit using course number 403.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 203 Painting II.

ART 306 Ceramics III 4cr

A continuation of ART 206 with emphasis on developing and refining skills towards creating an original body of artwork. Particular emphasis is placed on a thorough knowledge of clay and glaze chemistry and a sound knowledge of firing techniques. May be repeated for credit using course number 406.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 206 Ceramics II.

ART 309 Photography III 4cr

A continuation of ART 209, this is a project-based course designed for the student who intends to pursue a personal aesthetic and individualized body of work. Emphasis is on enabling the student to locate the source of meaningful work and to aid in its production and evaluation. Advanced darkroom and presentation techniques will be demonstrated, and critical skills will be developed through group and individual critiques. Students will produce a public exhibit of a selection of final work from this class. Each student must provide a basic 35mm camera with manual controls and will be required to purchase film and photo paper. May be repeated for credit using course number 407.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 209 Photography II.

ART 312 Stone Carving 4cr

Teaches the fundamental processes involved in carving stone. Focus is on learning subtractive techniques involved in creating sculpture. Materials include clay, plaster, alabaster, soapstone, or marble. Ideas and issues concerning art and sculpture are also introduced in historical context.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 113 Introduction to Sculpture.

ART 313 Sculpture III 4cr

A continuation of ART 213 with an emphasis on refining skills and exploring different concepts of sculpture, such as site-specific and environmental sculpture. The development of unique and original works of art in different materials is encouraged. May be repeated for credit using course number 414.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 213 Sculpture II.

ART 316 Drawing III 4cr

In this course the emphasis will be on experimentation with materials and ideas, leading to the development of a personal direction in drawing, to be achieved through the production of a series of drawings that explore an area of personal interest. This exploration will be studied in conjunction with the historical precedents that relate to the student's area of interest. May be repeated for credit using course number 415.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 216 Drawing II.

ART 317 Intaglio Printmaking III 4cr

This course is a continuation of ART 218 with emphasis on using intaglio processes in developing an original body of work. Experimentation and innovative techniques are encouraged, as well as critical skills and an understanding of historical and contemporary connections with the student's own work. May be repeated for credit using course number 417.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 217 Intaglio Printmaking II

ART 318 Relief Printmaking III 4cr

This course is a continuation of ART 217, with the refinement of relief printing processes and letterpress techniques as a major goal. Students will research contemporary as well as historical relief printmakers in order to better situate their own work within the context of the discipline. May be repeated for credit using course number 418.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: ART 218 Relief Printmaking II.

ART 330 Contemporary Art Issues 4cr

Students will learn about the history of contemporary art and will interact with the artworks through writing, discussions, and presentations. Another component of this course will be site visits to art galleries and museums. Dominant themes in this course will be subjects such as censorship, multimedia, and outsider art. This is a critical writing course.
Triad: College Composition II p College Composition II
Prerequisite: WRI 120 College Composition I.

ART 345 Life Drawing II 4cr

A further expansion on the basic understanding of drawing the human form gained in ART 245 Life Drawing I. It encourages concentration in a particular style and medium chosen by the student. May be repeated for credit using course number 445.
Triad: Artistic Expression

ART 390-398 Special Topics in Visual Arts 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of visual arts. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

ART 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

ART 412 Senior Project I 4cr

In this course the student will do preliminary research and development of a proposal for a cohesive body of art. The student will develop samples of exhibit quality work. If the student is successful in passing this course with a grade of B- or better, he/she will go on to Senior Project II to implement the proposed work. Additionally, issues of being a professional artist will be addressed. Prerequisites: Senior art major, grade of B or better in 12 credits of studio concentration, and permission of the instructor.

ART 413 Senior Project II 4cr

In this course the student will concentrate on implementing the cohesive body of art proposed in Senior Project I. The work will be of exhibition quality and culminate in an exhibition in the Elizabeth Holden Gallery. Successful completion of this course (a grade of B or better) is required for graduation of all art majors. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ART 412 Senior Project I.

ART 499 Independent Study 1-4cr