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Art Department

The Art Department is currently updating it’s curriculum and structure to support enhanced exploratory, cross-disciplinary practice. Details will be announced in early 2014, and the new program will launch in Fall 2014.

Course Descriptions 2013 – 2014

AR 102 Drawing: Bare Bones 2 Credits, Spring
The fundamentals of drawing from the live model. Basic construction of the figure/body. Specific instruction in the use & history of figurative proportion systems, including those for head and face. Students explore various black and white media, develop visual awareness, and enrich their capacity for observation and self-expression.

AR 105 Digital Imaging Studio X 2 Credits, Fall/Spring
This course is an introduction to the creative potential of the Adobe Creative Suite and the Macintosh platform. Students are familiarized with the digital camera and computer as powerful tools for artists of all persuasions.

AR 111 Core Studio Concepts 3 Credits, Fall
First-year students explore the underlying priciples for making art. Notions of what art is, what it does, and what it is made of are explored and challenged. Contemporary art practice is introduced through artist lectures, screenings, field trips and reinforced by assignments. The course explores concept generation and development including: research, drawing, writing, and exercises. Projects incorporate concepts, media, and techniques from all freshman coursework and will explore intermedia solutions. Responsive critical thinking is applied to both observation and working processes. In addition, students will document their process and work, and begin to learn about presentation.

AR 112 Core Studio Concepts 2 Credits, Spring
First-year students explore the underlying priciples for making art. Notions of what art is, what it does, and what it is made of are explored and challenged. Contemporary art practice is introduced through artist lectures, screenings, field trips and reinforced by assignments. The course explores concept generation and development including: research, drawing, writing, and exercises. Projects incorporate concepts, media, and techniques from all freshman coursework and will explore intermedia solutions. Responsive critical thinking is applied to both observation and working processes. In addition, students will document their process and work, and begin to learn about presentation.

AR 121 Paint Studio X 2 Credits, Fall/Spring
This course will lead the student through exercises and applications that explore the multi-dimensional properties of paint and color. The basic tenets of color theory and the color wheel will be introduced and studied. The formal elements of design will be explored by experimentation with the variables of composition. The class will also further the development of manual skills and knowledge of materials within the context of observation and control.

AR 131 Sculpture Studio X 2 Credits, Fall/Spring
Introduction to studio power tools, equipment, and cIasting processes. Students will begin to explore contemporary approaches to media, form, and space.

AR 141 Visual Art History I 3 Credits, Fall
This course provides an overview of image making and architecture from the earliest evidence until approximately 1300. The focus is primarily on objects and structures in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Europe, the Near East, and the Greek and Roman empires. This course emphasizes the various forms, styles, and techniques used by these diverse cultures, as well as the varied roles that images played and the specialized functions structures served in a disparate array of settings. Students will discuss both classroom images and museum objects for content, composition, meaning, and message and will learn descriptive vocabulary and visual analysis to effectively explore works of art. Art Majors are expected to take the art history sequence (AR141, AR142, AR343, AR441) in order. NOTE: This course can satisfy H&S Elective requirements for non-Art/non-Design students.

AR 142 Visual Art History II 3 Credits, Spring
This course explores the stylistic developments of painting, sculpture, and architecture of the European Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical, and Romantic periods, from 1300-1850. The course focuses on the context of changing political, religious, intellectual, and cultural environments and uses images and museum objects to examine this art, while debating the inventions of the period and the role of patron and artist. The goal is to explore art history in an interdisciplinary way that weaves art, architecture, religion, and mythology into a complex whole. Students will discuss images for content, composition, meaning, and message and will learn descriptive vocabulary and visual analysis to effectively explore works of art. Art Majors are expected to take the art history sequence (AR141, AR142, AR343, AR441) in order. NOTE: This course can satisfy H&S Elective requirements for non-Art/non-Design students.

AR 151 Print Art Studio X 2 Credits, Fall/Spring
The Print Workshop: This course is a project-oriented introduction to the print workshop, its tools and materials. Students will make paper, explore the use of mono print, hand-cut stencils, and build a working relationship with silkscreen including photo silkscreen. Students will develop innovative methods for creating multiple and singular works on paper.

AR 161 Video Studio X 2 Credits, Fall/Spring
This course is an introduction to Video Art and includes an overview of media arts, small format video camera use, and basic nonlinear editing.

AR 171 Photography Studio X 2 Credits, Fall/Spring
The Fundamentals of Photography: Students in this course are introduced to B&W film and the operation of SLR cameras, including exposure, developing, and printing procedures. They explore fundamental issues of photographic theory and examine the work of both early and contemporary photographers. A SLR 35mm film camera with manually adjustable exposure controls is recommended: cameras are available for checkout for students in need.

AR 203 Drawing: Works on Paper 2 Credits, Fall
Students experience drawing as an active process using a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials. Perspective, scale, and depth of field are explored as are observational and nonobjective approaches to the development of essential drawing skills, and individual expression in a variety of black and white media.

AR 204 Drawing: The Dynamic Figure 2 Credits, Spring
This course is a continuation of drawing the figure from life. Technical emphasis is on exploring methods of foreshortening, using full value, working with more complex poses, and investigating detail areas—hands, feet, head & face plate. Final projects combine new skill sets with personal areas of interest using the figure as subject matter.

AR 221 Paint: Strategies in Paint 3 Credits, Fall
Painting Studio I: Materials, Method & Concept: This course is an exploration of fine arts painting in several paint media, including oil-based and water-based paints. A more advanced application of pictorial structuring principles, specific paint layering methodologies, and manual skill building are explored a variety of projects. Historical and contemporary references are integrated into each project in order to create a conceptual context for student invention, knowledge, and technique. The goals of this course are to expand and deepen the student’s knowledge of painting processes and concepts, to develop a working studio practice, and to broaden the scope of possibilities in the creation of dynamic and nuanced artworks.

AR 222 Paint: Materials & The Creative Arc 3 Credits, Spring
Painting Studio II: In this course, students will expand their knowledge of materials and content in painting. They will experience the creative arc from experimental improvisations to developed work, while increasing their visual, material, and conceptual skills. Media may include acrylics, acrylic mediums, gels, and varnishes; additives, textures, grounds, pastes, metal leaf, transfers, adhesives, watercolor and gouache; oil bars, oils and alkyds, mediums, and varnishes; and a variety of paint application tools, formats, and supports. Coursework will also include pictorial skills, options from representation to abstraction, the depiction of light, form, and space from life and photographic references, as well as readings, writing, and possible visiting artists.

AR 231 Sculpture: Materials & Structures 3 Credits, Fall
Sculpture Studio I: In this course, projects are focused on mixed materials and applying contemporary approaches to process, content, and forms. Projects encourage innovative uses of materials and a sense of exploration. Demonstrations focus on fabrication techniques, and intermediate use of power tools and equipment.

AR 232 Sculpture: Materials & Structure 3 Credits, Spring
Sculpture Studio II: Projects in this course focus on idea-based objects with an emphasis on research and materials in support of one’s concepts. Investigations include continued process and material exploration, and introduction to contemporary theory. Demonstrations continue to emphasize fabrication techniques and use of power tools and equipment.

AR 246 Internship 3 Credits, Fall/Spring
This course promotes preparation for the expectations and realities of professional life by placing students directly in professional settings. Internship goals include facilitating students’ transition from college to the professional world, and increasing communication and partnerships between the Art Department and the Seattle arts community. Internship opportunities include providing administrative, artistic, and technical/digital support to arts organizations, museum and gallery owners/directors; apprenticing to working artists, curators, and art therapists; assisting art teachers in studio and K-12 settings; and serving as lab technicians for open studios or as an in-class TA for Art Department faculty. Department Authorization Required.

AR 251 Print Art: Intaglio & Paper 3 Credits, Fall
Print Art Studio I: Prints present a synergistic opportunity—a platform—to bring interests in drawing, sculpture, photography, and digital media together for the artist. This course is an introductory examination of the print in the context of the history of print and paper. Students will explore through their own images the various intaglio techniques in dry point, etching, chine-collé, and relief printing with an introduction to photo etching. The aim of this course is to expand the repertoire of visual languages, encourage invention in this medium, and foster methods of thinking artistically through the making of original prints.

AR 252 Print Art: Relief & Color Layering 3 Credits, Spring
Print Art Studio II: This course is an introductory examination of the print in the context of the history of the multiple. Students explore their own imagery in Western woodcut printed with oil-based pigments and sosaku-hanga, woodcut printed with water-based pigments. Multiple matrices printed in registration provide an avenue for layered color investigations. Hand drawn lithography will also be introduced. The aim of this course is to expand the repertoire of visual languages, encourage invention in this medium, and foster methods of thinking artistically through the making of original prints.

AR 261 Video/Digital: Sound, Light, & Time 3 Credits, Fall
Video/Digital Studio I: This course includes in-depth lectures on the origins of video art, contemporary practice, and demonstrations on cinematography, editing, lighting, and audio techniques.

AR 262 Video/Digital: Documentary 3 Credits, Spring
Video/Digital Studio II: This course will focus on the practice, history and theory of the documentary form, covering early historical developments in direct cinema and cinéma vérité to contemporary video found on You Tube. Through a series of assignments, the course introduces skills building in pre-production research, interview techniques, sound acquisition, camera techniques, lighting, and editing. Post-production techniques in color correction and color grading are introduced.

AR 271 Photography: Intro to Digital 3 Credits, Fall
Photography Studio I: Investigations in Color: This course introduces Digital Photography: which includes the exploration of color theory, lighting techniques, use of digital cameras, basic scanning, software image editing and inkjet printing. Assignments are designed to help students make their own aesthetic choices in the photographic medium. The work of early and contemporary photographic artists will be presented through slide lectures, videos, and discussions. SLR digital camera with manually adjustable exposure controls is recommended; cameras are available for checkout for students in need.

AR 272 Photography: Large Format 3 Credits, Spring
Photography Studio II: This course is a continuing exploration of the techniques, concepts, history, and interpretive strategies of fine art photography. It includes 4x5 view camera operation, fundamentals of the zone system and archival analog printing and toning. Advanced scanning and large format printing using both film and digital methods will be introduced. The work of historical and contemporary photographic artists are presented through slide lectures, videos, books, and discussions.

AR 296–299 Independant Study 1–4 Credits, Fall/Spring
Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Sophomore standing and permission from Department Chair required.

AR 301 Drawing: Studio Workshop 2 Credits, Fall
Development of both technical skills and perceptual theories in drawing. Encourages students to experience the directness and physicality of drawing. Investigate several different types of drawing strategies used in contemporary image making, and create finished works of art. Gain a deeper understanding of the purposes of this graphic medium and its place at the forefront of 20th & 21st century innovations in the visual arts.

AR 303 Drawing: Figures/Bodies/Nudes 2 Credits, Fall
The figure under interrogation. Working with living subject matter. Students become familiar with a wide range of ideas, techniques, & materials designed to increase personal response to the figure-body vs. using the model as a mannequin for manipulation of media. Emphasis is on developing advanced technical skills with volume, weight, color, building form and working with a creative synthesis of self expression.

AR 321 Paint: Hybrids, Modes, & Meaning 3 Credits, Fall
Painting Studio III: In this course, students will hone their individual skills while developing their unique voice and personal imagery, with attention paid to the particular needs and interests of each student. Students will study concepts and approaches in contemporary painting practice, as well as hybrid painting with shaped and multiple formats and mixed media, including traditional, non-traditional, and digital options, as well as studies and finished work. Readings, writing, and possible guest artists will supplement studio work. The goal of this level of study is to give students the basis for informed choices regarding modes of expression, methods, materials, and content that facilitate the development of a unique creative vision.

AR 322 Paint: Luminosities & Encaustics 3 Credits, Spring
Painting Studio IV: In each semester of this level of study in the painting area, students rigorously hone their individual skills while developing their creative vision and personal imagery. This is facilitated by the presentation of new materials, methods, and concepts, with attention paid to the particular needs and interests of students in the class. These courses include a writing component, readings and discussions, and possible visiting artist events. The goal of this level of study is to give students the basis for informed choices regarding methods, materials, and attitudes that facilitate the development of a unique creative vision.

AR 331 Sculpture: Theater of Objects 3 Credits, Fall
Sculpture Studio III: In this course, projects focus on contemporary theory and practices, engaging students in the contextual relationships between objects and the concept of the decentralized object. Considerations are given to integrated electronics and light, sound, motion as sculptural elements.

AR 332 Sculpture: Spatial Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Sculpture IV: This course investigates objects in relation to site, placement, and location. Installation projects focus on contemporary theory, immersion physiology and spatial definitions; preformative projects focus on the body as material and as an extension of conceptual practices.

AR 343 Modern Art History 3 Credits, Fall/Spring
This course considers art movements from 1850 to 1960, the Romantic period to the end of the modern period, and provides an introduction to critical historical methodologies. The course concentrates on changes in conceptions of art, the work of the artist, and the development of such new media as graphic design and film. Issues considered are challenges to the national academies of art, the role of subjectivity, the concept of an artistic avant-garde, and the notion of social position (gender, race, and class) as a driving force behind artistic production. By investigating primary texts, students will gain an understanding of historical, socio-political, and religious contexts. Art Majors are expected to take the art history sequence (AR141, AR142, AR343, AR441) in order.
NOTE: This course can satisfy H&S Elective requirements for non-Art students.

AR 346 Special Topics 3 Credits, Fall/Spring
Special Topics in Art.

AR 351 Print Art: Thematic Investigations 3 Credits, Fall
Print Art Studio III: Students are encouraged to explore and experiment through their own images and to integrate both traditional methods and contemporary innovations in their work. This course will expand knowledge and experience in all print media including positive-working photo lithography. Students will work in a series with a focus on invention both in content and technique and explore issues of scale, as well as the concept of the edition and the dissemination of numerous repeatable images. Reading, research, and discussion are part of the class.

AR 352 Print Art: Pushing Media Boundaries 3 Credits, Spring
Print Art Studio IV: This course is a continuing examination of the print, to expand knowledge and experience in all print media, to push the boundaries of print, and to explore new approaches in contemporary art practice. The student will work in a series with a focus on invention both in content and technique. Scale will be explored through size and the repetition of image. Mixed media will be emphasized with cross over to other mediums. The class will be structured on an armature of a seminar with a community of working artists. Each participant will develop a project sharing their ideas, research, and inspiration with the group.

AR 361 Video/Digital: Composite & Animate 3 Credits, Fall
Video/Digital Studio III: This course introduces techniques in 2D/3D animation, compositing, chroma keying, editing, lighting, In depth lectures and demonstrations are offered on cinematic theory, DSLR practices in photo and video acquisition, soundtrack construction and DVD authoring.

AR 362 Video/Digital: Installation 3 Credits, Spring
Video/Digital Studio IV: This course focuses on skill building as well as historical and current trends in video installation, interactive time-based art, and multi-channel projection. Cross-metier explorations with sculpture and other media areas, as well as other disciplines, including dance, music, and theater are encouraged.

AR 371 Photography: Strobe Lighting 3 Credits, Fall
Photography Studio III: This course addresses on-camera and studio strobe/flash lighting techniques exploring both digital and analog applications. The work of twentieth century and contemporary photographic artists is presented through slide lectures, videos, books, and discussions. The course emphasizes the integration of technical lighting schemes into personal projects.

AR 372 Photography: Theory & Ind. Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Photography Studio IV: This course explores theoretical and practical problems generated by individual student projects. This class will consist of independent work, with individual and group critiques emphasizing problem solving and personal investment, supported by readings and writing assignments. Work completed can be applied to senior project/exhibit.

AR 396–399 Independent Study 1 to 4 Credits, Fall/Spring
Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Junior standing and permission from Department Chair required.

AR 411 Professional Art Practices 3 Credits, Fall
This course is a practical guide to an array of fundamental skills needed to operate as a professional artist, such as writing a résumé and artist statement, approaches to gallery/dealer representation, grant writing, record keeping, licenses, and legal issues. Also incorporates technical tutorials in museum standards for hanging and lighting art work, photographing art work for publication and website design for studio artists. Visiting artists and gallery visits are included.

AR 412 BFA Seminar 3 Credits, Spring
This course brings together all senior art students into one forum to generate and develop ideas, to organize and manage, and to implement all aspects of the senior BFA exhibition including work selection, exhibition design, and generating catalog content (images and artist statement). Students will work closely with their professor(s) and the BFA exhibition curator in realizing all of the practical facets of mounting a successful show.

AR 421 Paint: Senior Project R&D 3 Credits, Fall
Painting Studio V: Advanced students will research and develop individual studio projects, for which they will receive regular consultations regarding the progress of their work. This course focuses on conceptual and technical exploration, as well as the development of a personal artistic vision. Improvisation and experimentation will be encouraged, and students may create work using paint as well as mixed and alternative media. Readings, writing, and critiques will supplement studio work, which will contribute to the goal of a cohesive body of work for possible inclusion in the BFA exhibition in the spring semester.

AR 422 Paint: Senior Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Painting Studio VI: This course is designed for the self-directed advanced art student focused on individual project development, including the creation of a personal artistic vision and a cohesive body of work contributing to the Senior Exhibit and Thesis. Project development is supported through meetings with Faculty, selected readings, discussions, demonstrations, field trips, guest speakers and curator studio visits. Critiques examine the conceptual and technical basis of thesis projects as well as formal presentation. This course is the final component to the senior art experience.

AR 431 Sculpture: 4D Sculptural Situations 3 Credits, Fall
Sculpture V: Sculptural projects will focus on personal concepts developed from contemporary contexts. Readings and discussions will focus on contemporary sculptural dilemmas and other cultural issues.

AR 432 Sculpture: Senior Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Sculpture Studio VI: This course is designed for the self-directed advanced art student focused on individual project development, including the creation of a personal artistic vision and a cohesive body of work contributing to the Senior Exhibit and Thesis. Project development is supported through meetings with Faculty, selected readings, discussions, demonstrations, field trips, guest speakers and curator studio visits. Critiques examine the conceptual and technical basis of thesis projects as well as formal presentation. This course is the final component to the senior art experience.

AR 441 Contemporary Art History 3 Credits, Fall
This course covers post-modern and contemporary art—1960 to the present day—and provides a continued discussion of critical methodologies. The hallmarks of post-modern and contemporary art are discussed—such as non-traditional media, video, conceptual art, and performance—both as they developed in the post-modern period, and as they manifest themselves today. This course focuses on museum and gallery visits to discuss original objects, and write formal critiques. The aim is to open up new ways of understanding contemporary visual culture. Art Majors are expected to take the art history sequence (AR141, AR142, AR343, AR441) in order. NOTE: This course can satisfy H&S Elective requirements for non-Art students.

AR 451 Print Art: Individual Projects 3 Credits, Fall
Print Art Studio V: This course is an examination of the print where students are encouraged to explore and experiment through their own images using all print media, including mixed media, with the focus on works of art on paper. The aim of this course of study is to expand students’ repertoire of visual languages and encourage direct invention in content and the use of the possibilities available in both traditional techniques and contemporary art practice.

AR 452 Print Art: Senior Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Print Art Studio VI: This course is designed for the self-directed advanced art student focused on individual project development, including the creation of a personal artistic vision and a cohesive body of work contributing to the Senior Exhibit and Thesis. Project development is supported through meetings with Faculty, selected readings, discussions, demonstrations, field trips, guest speakers and curator studio visits. Critiques examine the conceptual and technical basis of thesis projects as well as formal presentation. This course is the final component to the senior art experience.

AR 461 Video/Digital: Individual Projects 3 Credits, Fall
Video/Digital Imaging Studio V: This course is designed to assist seniors in preparation/conception for their senior project, as well as assisting them in becoming proficient users of the Media 100 Professional nonlinear system. Additional instruction is given in video installation, interactive time-based art, and installation history. Field trips to postproduction facilities introduce students to support venues for their life as artists after Cornish College.

AR 462 Video/Digital: Senior Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Video/Digital Studio V: This course emphasizes research and pre-production for the first half of the semester, with project development following, resulting in a completed project or series of projects at the end of the semester. Class consists of independent work and problem solving, as well as group critiques and discussion. Field trips to galleries, museums, and postproduction facilities introduce students to a wide range of contemporary practice and possible support venues for life as artists after graduation.

AR 471 Photography: Individual Projects 3 Credits, Fall
Photography Studio V: This course will emphasize the development of a personal artistic vision and the creation of a cohesive body of work contributing to the Senior Exhibit and Thesis. Students will continue to advance their technical, conceptual, and interpretive skills related to fine art photography. Students will explore what it means to develop a personal system of working and decision making that stresses a critical awareness, and the ability to recognize directions in their own work and in the work of others. The work of contemporary photographic artists are presented and discussed through slide presentations, videos, assigned readings, gallery visits, and guest artists. This course is the final component to the senior art experience.

AR 472 Photography: Senior Projects 3 Credits, Spring
Photography Studio VI: This course is designed for the self-directed advanced art student focused on individual project development, including the creation of a personal artistic vision and a cohesive body of work contributing to the Senior Exhibit and Thesis. Project development is supported through meetings with Faculty, selected readings, discussions, demonstrations, field trips, guest speakers and curator studio visits. Critiques examine the conceptual and technical basis of thesis projects as well as formal presentation. This course is the final component to the senior art experience.

AR 496–499 Independent Study 1 to 4 Credits, Fall/Spring
Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission from Department Chair.

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