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Fall 2020, Photography I, Professor Ron Tarver

Fall 2020, ARTT 039 Photography I: Expanding Approaches to Foundational Photography, Professor Ron Tarver, MW 1:15-3:30pm

Fall 2020, studio art classes, ceramics

Fall 2020, ARTT 019, Sections 01/02, Studio Practices in Ceramics, Profesor Neil Patterson, MW 9-11:20am / MW 1:15-4pm

Fall 2020, ARTT 053 Sculpture II: Sculpture and the Body

Fall 2020, ARTT 053 Sculpture II: Sculpture and the Body, Professor Erin Wheary, TR 2-3:15pm

Fall 2020 studio art classes

Fall 2020 Art Classes

Please see the full list of class offerings below. 

Fall 2020, ARTT 039 Photography I: Expanding Approaches to Foundational Photography, Professor Ron Tarver, MW 1:15-3:30pm

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Caveat lector: The courses listed below are tentative projected offerings.  

Fall 2020

  • ARTT 001. Foundation Drawing
    • This course is designed as an introduction to drawing as the basis for visual thinking and perception. The class will focus on concepts and practices surrounding the use of drawing as a visual language rather than as a preliminary or planning process. Whether students are interested in photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, installation or performance, the ability to design and compose visually is fundamental to their development. The course follows a sequence of studies that introduces students to basic drawing media and compositional elements while they also learn to see inventively. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

    • Exon.
  • ARTT 005. First Year Seminar: Collaborative Art-Making
    • (Cross-listed as THEA 005E

    • In this co-taught, collaborative, project-based course, participants will produce artwork (artist books, internet art, zines, video art, mail art, sound art and performances) through collaborative interactions with fellow students, the instructors, and others. We will examine the collaborative processes of various artists and interrogate the binary of individual vs. collaborative production. Previous artistic experience is not a requirement; willingness to create and share is.

    • Grider.Stevens.
  • ARTT 019. Studio Practices in Ceramics
    • This class focuses on Studio practices in Ceramics: from inspiration and research to conceptualizing ideas and making models to techniques for creating finished forms in clay, concluding with documentation of work. Studio practices in Ceramics aims to help students find and develop their personal voice or style in the medium of clay and to create meaningful work. Thematically conceived projects will allow students to explore problems in three-dimensional design using a broad range of references. The experience will be complimented with virtual slide presentations, demonstrations, field trips and guest artists. There will be an introduction to the historical uses of clay with one project exploring Ceramic History. One project will explore the intersection of Art and Social Change.

    • Patterson.
  • ARTT 030. Painting I
    • Students will investigate the pictorial structure of oil painting and the complex nature of color. A thorough study of texture, spacial conventions, light, and atmosphere will be included.

    • Exon.
  • ARTT 039. Photography I: Expanding Approaches to Foundational Photography
    • This course reimages the foundational photography experience during this period of hybrid learning by combining analog and digital practices to explore the medium from a black and white perspective. Students learn with 35 mm single lens reflex (SLR) film cameras and a camera phone apps to create images using manual settings. Throughout the semester students work collaboratively and individually on weekly assignments, followed by critiques with the ultimate objective of developing a personal vision. Weekly readings and presentations will foster an appreciation for photography's history to provide context for weekly work and final projects.  This course will have remote learning components featuring lectures, guest speakers, demonstrations, and film presentations. No prerequisites or prior knowledge of photography is necessary. A smartphone is required. Students may use their own 35 mm SLR film cameras or check one out.

       
       
       
    • Tarver.
  • ARTT 053. Sculpture II: Sculpture and the Body
    • This course covers a broad range of contemporary sculptural concepts and techniques as they apply to the human figure. Using art as a facilitator, ideas, and questions relating to changes in daily "normal" life due to COVID -19 will be explored. The course will be broken into three sections, sculpture of the figure, sculpture on the figure, and sculpture around the figure. Taught entirely remotely, emphasis will be placed on the development of studio practices and building a remote community of makers. Students will receive some materials and tools from the instructor but are also encouraged to innovate and incorporate repurposed and everyday objects into their art. Finally, the class will explore different methods of presenting finished art including photography and video.

    • Wheary.
  • ARTT 090. Senior Thesis Workshop I
    • This course is designed to strengthen critical, theoretical, and practical skills on an advanced level. Critiques by the resident faculty members and visiting artists as well as group critiques with all members of the workshop will guide and assess the development of the students' individual directed practice in a chosen field. Assigned readings and scheduled discussions will initiate the writing of the thesis for the senior exhibition. This course is required of senior art majors.

    • Staff.

January 2021

  • ARTT 049. Document: History and Practice of Photography
    • (Cross-listed as ARTH 049)

    • This course combines the history and hands-on making of photography for an integrated exploration of this medium as a form of visual documentation. It examines the uses and abuses of photography from the late nineteenth century to the present to focus on techniques and practices that challenge the documentary authority of photography. With its unique combination of lectures, reading discussions, demonstrations, hands-on image-making and critiques along with guest speaker sessions, this course will provide students with a robust set of critical and practical tools and perspectives for thinking about how the photographic image profoundly shapes our understanding of the world. 

      No prerequisite; students should have a smartphone or digital camera, other supplies will be provided.

    • Lee.Tarver.
  • ARTT 050. Sculpture I: Materials and Processes
    • This course is an introduction to 3-D design, through the study of the basic elements, techniques, materials, and history of sculpture. We cover both additive and reductive processes. Working hand tool and a range of materials provided by the instructor and found objects, emphasis will be placed on the development of form and structure, in regards to the concepts of space, form, volume, weight, mass, and design in sculpture. This course will be entirely remote. Students will receive materials from the instructor via mail and will also engage the mail and the internet as a means of sharing their work with their peers. The teaching method includes lectures and discussions, demonstrations of techniques, and individual guidance on studio projects.

    • Wheary.

Spring 2021

  • ARTT 001. Foundation Drawing
    • This course is designed as an introduction to drawing as the basis for visual thinking and perception. The class will focus on concepts and practices surrounding the use of drawing as a visual language rather than as a preliminary or planning process. Whether students are interested in photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, installation or performance, the ability to design and compose visually is fundamental to their development. The course follows a sequence of studies that introduces students to basic drawing media and compositional elements while they also learn to see inventively. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

    • Exon.Staff.
  • ARTT 011. Drawing II - Drawing Architecture Turning Corners
    • The Beaux-Arts practice of "analytique"-a drawn, or sketched, tour of a building's unifying visual elements, proportional relationships, and structural details-will be the primary mode of inquiry in this course. Taking advantage of the great number of the fine examples of historical and contemporary architecture in this region, the class will take a series of field trips to a select group of local monuments to gather visual material. We will continue and build on the student's competency and understanding of linear perspective and free hand sketching, established in the prerequisite, while introducing new methods in site measuring and isometric drawing. Extensive use of watercolor and gouache will also be used, although previous experience in these techniques is not required, in order to articulate the decorative and light specific qualities of each building, and its surroundings.

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 021. Ceramics II - The Potter's Wheel
    • This class focuses on a series of projects for the wheel to assist in developing proficiency, technique and ideas for both functional and sculptural form. Critiques and in class discussion are an important component of this experience. Students will be exposed to traditional and nontraditional solutions to the wheel thrown container through slide lectures, videos and guest artists. For beginners and experienced students.

    • Carpenter.
  • ARTT 022. Ceramics II - The Container as Architecture
    • This class focuses on designing and constructing container-based forms using clay as the primary medium. Using hand-building processes including slab, coil and cast forms students will develop architecturally imagined forms. Thematically conceived projects will allow students to explore problems in three-dimensional design using a broad range of architectural references. The experience will be complimented with slide presentations, demonstrations and guest artists.

    • Carpenter.
  • ARTT 032. Painting II - Figure Composition
    • In this advanced course in painting and drawing the human form, emphasis will be given to the methods, thematic concepts, conventions, and techniques associated with multiple figure design and composition.

    • Exon.
  • ARTT 041. Photography II - Color
    • This class is an introduction to the art and craft of color photography using the tools that are most widely practiced by artists today. Students work toward a final project using either a film or digital camera, processing images in Photoshop and outputting them on a professional-grade ink-jet printer. Weekly critiques, photographer research projects, and at least one field trip to look at art.

    • Tarver.
  • ARTT 042. Photography III: Alternative Processes
    • Photography is ever changing.This course is designed to introduce students to various ways of thinking beyond the limitations of the two dimensional photograph. Eighteenth century processes, investigations into collage, involving elements of painting and mark making, along with 3-D will be explored.  Emphasis will be placed on class discussions of masters in the field, invited artists workshops, and a visit to a local artist studio or gallery. During class experimentation will be encouraged and failure may be sometimes rewarded.  

    • Tarver.
  • ARTT 050. Sculpture I: Materials and Processes
    • This course is an introduction to 3-D design, through the study of the basic elements, techniques, materials, and history of sculpture. We cover both additive and reductive processes. Working hand tool and a range of materials provided by the instructor and found objects, emphasis will be placed on the development of form and structure, in regards to the concepts of space, form, volume, weight, mass, and design in sculpture. This course will be entirely remote. Students will receive materials from the instructor via mail and will also engage the mail and the internet as a means of sharing their work with their peers. The teaching method includes lectures and discussions, demonstrations of techniques, and individual guidance on studio projects.

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 052. Sculpture II - Woodworking
    • This course is designed to introduce students to general woodworking practices. Students will expand their knowledge and experience through various projects, lessons and vocabulary. Students will be expected to learn about and safely use hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machinery. The projects are designed to give students as much experience as possible by using many different machines and tools. Emphasis is on a variety of design approaches, including non-functional and functional forms, through the execution of working drawings, and completing wood projects. The teaching method includes slide lectures, demonstrations of techniques and individual guidance on studio projects. 

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 091. Senior Thesis Workshop II
    • This course is designed to further strengthen critical, theoretical, and practical skills on a more advanced level. During the spring semester of the senior art major, students will write their senior artist statement and mount an exhibition in the List Gallery of the Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center. The artist statement is a discussion of the development of the work to be exhibited. The exhibition represents the comprehensive examination for the studio art major. Gallery exhibitions are reserved for studio art majors who have passed the senior workshop and fulfilled all requirements, including the writing of the senior art major statement.

    • Staff.

Fall 2021

  • ARTT 001. Foundation Drawing
    • This course is designed as an introduction to drawing as the basis for visual thinking and perception. The class will focus on concepts and practices surrounding the use of drawing as a visual language rather than as a preliminary or planning process. Whether students are interested in photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, installation or performance, the ability to design and compose visually is fundamental to their development. The course follows a sequence of studies that introduces students to basic drawing media and compositional elements while they also learn to see inventively. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

    • Staff.Staff.
  • ARTT 002. First-Year Seminar
    • This studio art experience is designed for first-year students who have demonstrated through a portfolio presentation their knowledge of the elements of design, composition, and visual thinking. This course is similar in content to the foundation drawing class ARTT 001. However, it will be more in depth, with more emphasis on individually designed studio and research projects. Portfolios of actual or photographed work must be submitted for evaluation during orientation week. This portfolio should include, in addition to whatever medium you choose to present, several drawing examples demonstrating proficiency in drawing. Contact the department for details. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 020. Ceramics I
    • This introduction to ceramic process and aesthetics focuses on acquiring basic skills on the potter's wheel as well as an introduction to making and applying glazes both high and low temperature. Students will also learn to operate an electric kiln. Through image presentations and exposure to actual objects, students will learn to discuss and evaluate the aesthetic attributes of the handmade object.

    • Carpenter.
  • ARTT 021. Ceramics II - The Potter's Wheel
    • This class focuses on a series of projects for the wheel to assist in developing proficiency, technique and ideas for both functional and sculptural form. Critiques and in class discussion are an important component of this experience. Students will be exposed to traditional and nontraditional solutions to the wheel thrown container through slide lectures, videos and guest artists. For beginners and experienced students.

    • Carpenter.
  • ARTT 030. Painting I
    • Students will investigate the pictorial structure of oil painting and the complex nature of color. A thorough study of texture, spacial conventions, light, and atmosphere will be included.

    • Grider.
  • ARTT 040. Photography I
    • This class introduces students to the traditional craft of silver wet dark-room photography. Though black-and-white images can be created digitally, enough visual and technical complexity remains in silver gelatin printing that many artists continue to work in this time-honored medium long after the "digital revolution." Students use film cameras, film, and light-sensitive paper to create a final body of work. Weekly critiques, photographer research projects, and at least one field trip to look at art make up the class.

    • Tarver.
  • ARTT 050. Sculpture I: Materials and Processes
    • This course is an introduction to 3-D design, through the study of the basic elements, techniques, materials, and history of sculpture. We cover both additive and reductive processes. Working hand tool and a range of materials provided by the instructor and found objects, emphasis will be placed on the development of form and structure, in regards to the concepts of space, form, volume, weight, mass, and design in sculpture. This course will be entirely remote. Students will receive materials from the instructor via mail and will also engage the mail and the internet as a means of sharing their work with their peers. The teaching method includes lectures and discussions, demonstrations of techniques, and individual guidance on studio projects.

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 052. Sculpture II - Woodworking
    • This course is designed to introduce students to general woodworking practices. Students will expand their knowledge and experience through various projects, lessons and vocabulary. Students will be expected to learn about and safely use hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machinery. The projects are designed to give students as much experience as possible by using many different machines and tools. Emphasis is on a variety of design approaches, including non-functional and functional forms, through the execution of working drawings, and completing wood projects. The teaching method includes slide lectures, demonstrations of techniques and individual guidance on studio projects. 

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 090. Senior Thesis Workshop I
    • This course is designed to strengthen critical, theoretical, and practical skills on an advanced level. Critiques by the resident faculty members and visiting artists as well as group critiques with all members of the workshop will guide and assess the development of the students' individual directed practice in a chosen field. Assigned readings and scheduled discussions will initiate the writing of the thesis for the senior exhibition. This course is required of senior art majors.

    • Staff.

Spring 2022

  • ARTT 001. Foundation Drawing
    • This course is designed as an introduction to drawing as the basis for visual thinking and perception. The class will focus on concepts and practices surrounding the use of drawing as a visual language rather than as a preliminary or planning process. Whether students are interested in photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, installation or performance, the ability to design and compose visually is fundamental to their development. The course follows a sequence of studies that introduces students to basic drawing media and compositional elements while they also learn to see inventively. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

    • Staff.Staff.
  • ARTT 011. Drawing II - Drawing Architecture Turning Corners
    • The Beaux-Arts practice of "analytique"-a drawn, or sketched, tour of a building's unifying visual elements, proportional relationships, and structural details-will be the primary mode of inquiry in this course. Taking advantage of the great number of the fine examples of historical and contemporary architecture in this region, the class will take a series of field trips to a select group of local monuments to gather visual material. We will continue and build on the student's competency and understanding of linear perspective and free hand sketching, established in the prerequisite, while introducing new methods in site measuring and isometric drawing. Extensive use of watercolor and gouache will also be used, although previous experience in these techniques is not required, in order to articulate the decorative and light specific qualities of each building, and its surroundings.

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 021. Ceramics II - The Potter's Wheel
    • This class focuses on a series of projects for the wheel to assist in developing proficiency, technique and ideas for both functional and sculptural form. Critiques and in class discussion are an important component of this experience. Students will be exposed to traditional and nontraditional solutions to the wheel thrown container through slide lectures, videos and guest artists. For beginners and experienced students.

    • Carpenter.
  • ARTT 022. Ceramics II - The Container as Architecture
    • This class focuses on designing and constructing container-based forms using clay as the primary medium. Using hand-building processes including slab, coil and cast forms students will develop architecturally imagined forms. Thematically conceived projects will allow students to explore problems in three-dimensional design using a broad range of architectural references. The experience will be complimented with slide presentations, demonstrations and guest artists.

    • Carpenter.
  • ARTT 033. Painting II - Color
    • Color functions in many ways in painting. The interaction of color may be used to create the illusion of light and space or to establish an expressive tone. Color can also operate on a symbolic level or be used to create a compositional structure. Using various drawing and painting media students will explore the ways which color can be manipulated. Assigned readings, critiques and group discussions will be included.

    • Grider.
  • ARTT 041. Photography II - Color
    • This class is an introduction to the art and craft of color photography using the tools that are most widely practiced by artists today. Students work toward a final project using either a film or digital camera, processing images in Photoshop and outputting them on a professional-grade ink-jet printer. Weekly critiques, photographer research projects, and at least one field trip to look at art.

    • Tarver.
  • ARTT 042. Photography III: Alternative Processes
    • Photography is ever changing.This course is designed to introduce students to various ways of thinking beyond the limitations of the two dimensional photograph. Eighteenth century processes, investigations into collage, involving elements of painting and mark making, along with 3-D will be explored.  Emphasis will be placed on class discussions of masters in the field, invited artists workshops, and a visit to a local artist studio or gallery. During class experimentation will be encouraged and failure may be sometimes rewarded.  

    • Tarver.
  • ARTT 050. Sculpture I: Materials and Processes
    • This course is an introduction to 3-D design, through the study of the basic elements, techniques, materials, and history of sculpture. We cover both additive and reductive processes. Working hand tool and a range of materials provided by the instructor and found objects, emphasis will be placed on the development of form and structure, in regards to the concepts of space, form, volume, weight, mass, and design in sculpture. This course will be entirely remote. Students will receive materials from the instructor via mail and will also engage the mail and the internet as a means of sharing their work with their peers. The teaching method includes lectures and discussions, demonstrations of techniques, and individual guidance on studio projects.

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 052. Sculpture II - Woodworking
    • This course is designed to introduce students to general woodworking practices. Students will expand their knowledge and experience through various projects, lessons and vocabulary. Students will be expected to learn about and safely use hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machinery. The projects are designed to give students as much experience as possible by using many different machines and tools. Emphasis is on a variety of design approaches, including non-functional and functional forms, through the execution of working drawings, and completing wood projects. The teaching method includes slide lectures, demonstrations of techniques and individual guidance on studio projects. 

    • Staff.
  • ARTT 091. Senior Thesis Workshop II
    • This course is designed to further strengthen critical, theoretical, and practical skills on a more advanced level. During the spring semester of the senior art major, students will write their senior artist statement and mount an exhibition in the List Gallery of the Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center. The artist statement is a discussion of the development of the work to be exhibited. The exhibition represents the comprehensive examination for the studio art major. Gallery exhibitions are reserved for studio art majors who have passed the senior workshop and fulfilled all requirements, including the writing of the senior art major statement.

    • Staff.

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