Courses

Art

ART 130 - Drawing I

This studio course is an introduction to fundamental drawing materials and techniques. Students explore a variety of themes and subjects, including still life, architecture, figure drawing, portraiture, and imagination. Formal elements covered include: line, value, volume, space, proportion, perspective, mark-making, and composition. Context for assignments is given through frequent slide lectures, which cover both historical and contemporary use of drawing. In group critiques and discussions, we consider composition, representational accuracy, creative expression, content, and intention. Two three-hour periods per week. (4 credits)    

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 131 - Introduction to Ceramics

 

This introductory course will explore techniques and applications for both hand-building and wheel-throwing. Both techniques have a long and fascinating history around the world and continue to be used by contemporary artists. Projects explored will be both sculptural and utilitarian in nature. Emphasis is placed on development and understanding of strong three-dimensional forms as well as the relationship of surface decoration. The class goal is to create strong ceramic forms that embody the spirit of the hand-made object as well as preparing the student for upper-level self-directed work. Slide lectures, critiques and a gallery/museum visit will supplement studio work. Three two-hour periods per week. $100 course fee charged.

Frequency: Offered every semester.

ART 133 - Introduction to Ceramics: The Wheel

 

An introduction to ceramics through the wide range of creative possibilities of the potters wheel. Centering, shaping, trimming, glazing and kiln firing will be introduced as the tools for self-expression in utilitarian and non-utilitarian forms. Emphasis is placed on development and understanding of strong three-dimensional forms as well as the relationship of surface decoration. The class goal is to create strong ceramic forms that embody the spirit of the hand-made object as well as preparing students for upper level self-directed work. Slide lectures, critiques and a gallery/museum visit will supplement studio work. Three two-hour periods per week. $100 materials fee is required.

 

Frequency: Offered fall semester.

ART 149 - Introduction to Visual Culture

This course considers the production and reception of multiple visual culture forms, from standards of fine art practice such as painting and sculpture to mass media including TV, film, advertising, and the Internet. Students will learn different theoretical paradigms and techniques for visual analysis in order to understand how visual media inscribes power, difference, and desire as it mediates numerous social, economic, cultural and political relationships. We will investigate diverse types of visual culture through lectures, exhibitions, guest lectures, film, historical art and media, and, of course, those proliferating images that define our daily experiences.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 160 - Art of the West I

This course surveys the visual and material culture of Europe and the Middle East from the Ancient through the late Medieval period in the Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, Etruria, Rome, and western Europe through the Gothic period (including early Christianity, Judaism and Islam). We consider the artistic and archaeological remains from a contextual perspective in order to understand each culture's ideologies and the diverse contexts and purposes for which art was created as well as the appropriation of these objects and images in later Western culture. 

Cross-Listed as

CLAS 160

ART 161 - Art of the West II

This course surveys artists and art movements that are generally perceived to be crucial in the development of Western art from the 14th through the 20th century. The course introduces students to art periods such as  Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and a wide spectrum of modernist art movements, including Fauvism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. The course examines visual culture of this broad period of Western art within political, socio-historical and philosophical context in which it was produced. (4 credits).

Frequency: Spring semester.

ART 170 - Art of the East I: China

This course introduces the art and visual culture of China from the Neolithic era to the twenty-first century. Through this survey, students will engage with a broad array of media, from jade carvings, Buddhist cave painting, calligraphy and monumental landscape paintings to ceramics, modern graphic media, and contemporary installations. Lectures and readings will teach methods of formal visual analysis as well as the historical context of each work. While examining the specific cultural, social, economic, and political functions of Chinese art and objects, we will think critically about  different ways in which scholars write the artistic history of China.

Frequency: Fall semester.

Cross-Listed as

ASIA 170

ART 171 - Art of the East II: Japan

This course examines the art, architecture, and visual culture of Japan, spanning a broad temporal frame from the ancient Neolithic era to our own contemporary moment.  We will discuss a diverse array of art and objects from ancient Jomon pottery, Shinto shrines, and print media to Buddhist sculpture, painting practices during World War II, anime (cartoons) and manga (comics). In addition to learning methods of formal visual analysis, students will gain insight into how these artworks, spaces, and objects articulated complex artistic, social, economic, political, and religious trends. Through this course, students will develop skills to reflect critically on the production of narratives of Japanese culture, interrogating concepts such as tradition, hybridity, authenticity, commodity, sexuality, nationalism, and militarism.

Cross-Listed as

ASIA 171

ART 194 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

ART 233 - Introduction to Photography

This course introduces the conceptual, technical, and historical aspects of photography within a fine-arts context. The emphasis throughout is on photography as a creative and narrative medium and will introduce strategies and methods related to this goal through assignments and class activities. Students will learn the foundational aspects of digital photography from manual camera operation to the editing of images through Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Along the way, students will be introduced to digital workflow, color managment, and how to take their images from screen to print. Historical presentations and assigned readings will help students develop the critical skills needed to understand how photographs function in society and culture. Note: A digital SLR camera is required for this course.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 234 - Painting I

An introduction to the studio practice of painting, using oil paint on a variety of supports ranging from paper, board and canvas to non-traditional painting surfaces. Exploration of the practical techniques and mechanics of painting as well as a consideration of content and meaning. Readings and class discussions of historical and contemporary painting practices and issues will develop a visual vocabulary as well as critical/theoretical knowledge to complement technical skills. Slide lectures, critiques and a gallery/museum visit will supplement studio work. Three two-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 235 - Sculpture I

An introduction to a basic visual language of sculpture and an exploration of the creative process and the nature of materials. The course includes training in the safe use of a range of hand and power tools, in support of a series of projects in wood, clay, and other sculptural media. Drawing (ART 130) is recommended as an introduction to the studio courses in the department.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 236 - Printmaking I

A hands-on introduction to original printmaking in the media of relief, etching, lithography and handset type. Included are discussions of aesthetics, the impact of printed imagery on our society, printmaking practices from around the world and field trips to local exhibits and museum collections. Emphasis is on individual expression and appropriate techniques for the content. Two three-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 239 - 2-D Design

A series of two-dimensional projects through which the components of design are examined and applied. Discussion includes philosophical, cultural and design topics and theories. Both manual and computer generated projects are expected. Three two-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Fall semester.

ART 252 - Gender, Sexualities, and Feminist Visual Culture

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality are understood in modern visual culture. It also covers a wide range of feminist approaches in the 20th and 21st century art and as they have been articulated in theory. Students explore social constructions of gender and sexualities, their visible and invisible representation, and discuss the impact of feminism and the changing role of women in society. The course will also cover some of the most recent global feminist trends and new directions in the feminist theory. Feminist work from Africa, India, Asia and Eastern and Central Europe and various marginalized cultural centers in Western Europe and the United States will be addressed. 4 credits

Frequency: Offered every two years.

Cross-Listed as

WGSS 252

ART 257 - Image in 20th Century China

This course investigates the function of images in the social and political life of 20th century China. From the last decades of dynastic rule through the rise of Communism and ending with China's current presence on the global stage, we explore the role of the image in representations of cultural identity, the relationship between tradition and modernity, and changes in technology and media.

Cross-Listed as

ASIA 257

ART 259 - Nineteenth Century: From Neoclassicism through Symbolism

This course surveys the visual arts of nineteenth century Europe, including neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, naturalism, impressionism, post-impressionism, and symbolism. The course will situate artists, artworks, art institutions, and new visual technologies such as photography within their social and political contexts, including the construction of national identities, European colonialism, and the rise of industrial production and mechanical reproduction.

ART 263 - Modern Art

This course explores major developments in European and American art from the 1900s to the 1980s, including Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dad, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, and postmodern art trends. It will examine the key figures and works of Modernist period and the critique of Modernism formulated by its contemporaries and the postmodern discourse. Throughout the semester we will trace the unfolding of different avant-garde practices, both in the early decades of the twentieth century and in the post-World War II period, and analyze them in the context ofpolitics and historical catastrophes of World War I and World War II, and with regard to ever increasing powers of capitalism and mass culture. Theoretical models used by critics and art historians to study artistic production of the twentieth century art will be incorporated in the course. 4 credits

Frequency: Fall semester every other year.

Prerequisite(s)

100-level Art History course or permission of instructor.

ART 264 - Contemporary Art and Critical Theory

This course examines the visual arts in the United States and Europe during the last three decades. It coves major artists and art movements that shaped the character of contemporary art within sociopolitical, cultural, and theoretical contexts. The course focuses on the exploration of the most recent artistic, cultural and intellectual trends, with attention to post-modernism, post-colonialism, globalization, internationalism, and multiculturalism.

Frequency: Spring semester, every other year.

Prerequisite(s)

ART 149 or ART 161 or permission of instructor.

 

ART 265 - Renaissance Art

A study of painting, sculpting and architecture in Florence, Rome and Venice during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Special emphasis on the formation of the Early and High Renaissance style and the role of representative artists of the period, such as Donatello, Masaccio, Burnelleschi, Botticelli, as well as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgione, and Titian, as well as the Mannerist artists Anguissola, Fontana, Pontormo, Rosso, and Parmigianino.

Frequency: Alternate years.

Prerequisite(s)

ART 160/CLAS 160, ART 161, or permission of instructor.

ART 270 - Making Sacred: Religious Images and Spaces in Asia

This course focuses on the visual culture that supported major religions and spiritual trends spanning India, China, and Japan. In the course of examining the formal development of devotional objects, images, and spaces associated with Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism, and even the religious rhetoric that informed twentieth-century militarism, we will discuss the multifaceted ways the sacred was visualized and how these manifestations exemplified systems of cultural exchange in Asia.

ART 271 - Japan and the (Inter)National Modern

This course introduces students to the art and visual culture of Japan from the late 19th century through the post-millennium. In this class, we will ask: What are the Japanese modern and postmodern? How might Japanese art, design, media and spaces be understood not only through the lens of Japanese history over the last 150 years but as part of transnational movements? To answer these questions, this course explores prewar and postwar trends in Japanese visual culture, including painting, prints, sculpture, architecture, fashion, anime (Japanese cartoons), film, photography, advertising design, sculpture, and manga (Japanese comics). Through these various artistic forms and media, we will explore themes such as trauma, nationalism, fascism, protest, hybridity, fantasy, embodiment, and performativity. Students will be asked to critically consider how these works operated as a part of international flows in art, design, and consumerism and contributed to the formation of new modern and postmodern subjects.

ART 278 - Baroque Art

This course covers the painting, sculpture and architecture of Europe from the late sixteenth century through the early eighteenth century. Students will study major characteristics of Baroque art across Europe, including work of Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Bernini, Rubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Leyster, Poussin, and Vermeer within a cultural and historical context. The course will consider issues such as political geography, religious conflict, changing social structures, scientific discovery, economic expansion into the new world, and the creation of colonial empires in analyzing the visual culture of the period.

Frequency: Alternate years.

ART 294 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

ART 328 - The Buddhist Body

This course examines visual and textual representations of the human body in Buddhist art, scripture and literature as site of idealization, mutilation, sacrifice, and relic making, among other cultural practices. Interdisciplinary in scope, this course is neither limited to a specific tradition nor to a specific time period. Rather, it encourages students to explore individual interests in Buddhist texts, recent scholarship on Buddhist visual and material culture, and modern theories of embodiment, gender and sexuality.

Frequency: Every spring.

ART 334 - Figure Painting

This studio art class focuses on representations of the human figure in contemporary painting. Students will learn how to paint the human figure by first drawing from the skeleton and models. Portrait painting as well as full figure painting will be taught. The class will situate figure painting as a studio practice within the context of art history and address problems of representation. Projects will focus on topics such as the psychological body, the political body and the abstracted body. Slide lectures, critiques and a gallery/museum visit will supplement studio work. Three two-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Alternate years; next offered fall 2007. Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s)

ART 234 or permission of instructor.

ART 367 - 3-D Design

A series of three-dimensional projects using a basic visual language of line, texture, shape, plane, space, volume, and form will be explored. Critiques and structural testing of the projects lead to an understanding of functional and aesthetic relationships. The problem solving approach used in this class contributes to a resolution of spatial problems in a series of projects with references to sculpture,
architecture, industrial design and interior design. Three two-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Fall semester.

ART 369 - Mural Painting

This course will consider the historical and contemporary uses of mural painting ranging from Pompeiian frescoes to modern and contemporary social activist murals, graffiti and commercial applications (film, theater, etc.). A combination of Art History/Theory/Studio course, students will be required to research, develop and design projects, and create scale models of their designs in addition to class readings, discussions and slide lectures on the topic. ART 130 - Drawing I is recommended as an introduction to the studio courses in the department and ART 149 - Introduction to Visual Culture is recommended as an introduction to the art history courses. Some are required prerequisites to other art courses. Although not strictly required, it is recommended that students complete either ART 160 or ART 161 before registering for advanced courses in Art History (i.e. ART 263, ART 265, and selected topic courses).

Frequency: Alternate years.

ART 370 - Drawing II

Building on Art 130, this studio course seeks to enlarge the student's visual vocabulary and inventive capacities in drawing. Projects are more complex and require a sustained effort. Students develop more individual content and explore a wider range of drawing styles and materials. Overall theme of the course varies each semester. Group discussions, critiques, slide lectures, and field trips are included. Two three-hour periods per week. May be taken up to three times for credit.

Frequency: Spring semester.

Prerequisite(s)

ART 130 (Drawing I), or instructor's permission.

ART 371 - Painting II

A continuation of ART 234, expanding both technical and critical/theoretical knowledge through projects which demand the development of each student's individual interests. Required projects will encourage increasing self-direction and development of the students' own artistic vision. Readings will supplement students' art historical critical, theoretical understanding of contemporary or postmodern art practices. Weekly group discussions and critiques. Three two-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

ART 234

ART 372 - Sculpture II

This course is the continuation of ART 235, so it extends the information about basic sculptural processes like mold making, stone carving, and welding, as well as a series of more complex and sustained assignments. Three two-hour periods per week.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 373 - Printmaking II

This course is a continuation of ART 236, focusing on individually generated projects. There is an introduction of new techniques appropriate for content such as monoprint, collograph, screenprint, photo-printmaking and computer-based processes. Field trips, and arranged meetings.

Frequency: Every semester.

ART 374 - Ceramic Art II

This course is for students to engage themselves in achieving greater understanding of clay, glaze and firing techniques in support of their individual expressions and goals beyond the introduction class.  Advanced techniques and challenges are introduced for both wheel-throwing and hand-building students.  Flexibility is allowed for students to move beyond class assignments to individual research with instructor's approval.  Three two-hour periods per week.  May be taken up to three times for credit.  May be taken without the introductory class with instructors review and approval.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

ART 131, or approval of instructor by demonstration of equivalent introductory skills.

ART 375 - Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in American Art

This course provides an introduction to the diversity of twentieth century visual culture of the United States, within the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which it is created. It will analyze the intersection and the social dynamics of race and ethnicity, along with gender and class, and how these shaped the experience of American artists and their audiences at various historical moments during the last century. Studying the work of Native American, African-American, Asian-American, and Latino-American artists in response to the mainstream US art and culture, will provide students with broad and complext understanding of concepts of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as reflected in artistic production of this marginalized artists and art groups.

Frequency: Offered in the fall every two years.

Prerequisite(s)

At least one course in Art History, WGSS or AMST or permission of the instructor.

ART 394 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

ART 487 - Art History Methodology Seminar

This course is designed for graduating art history majors and it exposes them to methods and theories of art history, with a particular focus on the transformation of the discipline that began in the 1970s and continues to the present. The course will expose the students to both conventional methods of art historical analysis (style, form, iconography)  and to the so called "revisionist" perspectives of "new" art history. The course surveys a wide range of approaches used in the discipline, beginning with writers such as Vasari, Riegl, Panofsky, Gombrich, and ending with the more recent art historical studies informed by Marxism, feminism, and  postmodern and postcolonial theories. Students must enroll in a 2-credit independent study course in the spring semester of their senior year to do additional preparation for the successful completion of their capstone requirement, which culminates in a public oral presentation.

Frequency: Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Art History seniors only.

ART 488 - Senior Studio Seminar

This course provides a setting in which art studio majors complete their capstone projects, including mounting a professional exhibition of recent work. It provides a look ahead to post-Macalester opportunities and the challenges of graduate school, jobs, and career opportunities in art. Arts professionals make presentations to the class and readings provide theoretical grounding for putting contemporary art in context. Students prepare artist statements, professional resumes and learn grant and application writing techniques. Two three-hour sessions per week.

Frequency: Spring semester.

ART 490 - Art Apprenticeship

ART 494 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

ART 601 - Tutorial

Supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member in studio or art history allowing the student to explore the field beyond regular course offerings.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 602 - Tutorial

Supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member in studio or art history allowing the student to explore the field beyond regular course offerings.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 603 - Tutorial

Supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member in studio or art history allowing the student to explore the field beyond regular course offerings.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 604 - Tutorial

Supervised individual or small group study with a faculty member in studio or art history allowing the student to explore the field beyond regular course offerings.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 611 - Independent Project

Independent work in any art medium or in the history of art.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 612 - Independent Project

Independent work in any art medium or in the history of art.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 613 - Independent Project

Independent work in any art medium or in the history of art.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 614 - Independent Project

Independent work in any art medium or in the history of art.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

ART 621 - Internship

May be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

ART 622 - Internship

May be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

ART 623 - Internship

May be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

ART 624 - Internship

May be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

ART 631 - Preceptorship

Preceptorships may be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the instructor and the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

ART 632 - Preceptorship

Preceptorships may be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the instructor and the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

ART 633 - Preceptorship

Preceptorships may be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the instructor and the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

ART 634 - Preceptorship

Preceptorships may be used in the art major/minor only with approval of the instructor and the department chair.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.