A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Art

view dept. website http://www.houghton.edu/art/

Gary D. Baxter, Chair | Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb, Interim Associate Dean

585.567.9401 | art@houghton.edu
Overview

The art department offers opportunities to study that are structured to develop in students an understanding of the meaning, both past and present, of art in society. Art majors and minors acquire comprehensive experience in use of materials and technique, while gaining confidence in their ability to integrate faith, knowledge, and creativity. The art major complements the  Christian liberal arts experience to prepare students for teaching, professional art production, and graduate studies.

The student's experience is diversified through visiting artists, on-campus gallery exhibits, and off-campus trips that provide students access to cultural resources in cities throughout the northeast. The art department also offers Mayterm art history experiences every other spring in cities such as Paris, London, Florence, Rome, Lisbon, and Madrid.

To major in Art Education a student must complete both the Art Education major (see Education department page) and the Double major in art and another discipline major.

Faculty
Gary BaxterRyann Cooley Madison T. MurphyTheodore J. Murphy
John M. Rhett Alicia Taylor
Courses
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ART 131 Introduction to the Visual Arts

2-F or S

Overview of the visual arts illustrating basic principles and underlying philosophy of art. Emphasis on the contemporary. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 132 Art and Architecture in Context in Europe

4-May

A course for the non-art student participating in the Mayterm trip to Europe. Approximately 20 days studying art and artists from antiquity to the present. Readings, journal-keeping and questions pertaining to site-specific works are required. (off campus study abroad course) Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 211 Drawing I

2-F&S

Basic introduction to drawing media and techniques; exploration of concepts of form and space in varied subject matter. Culture: Art. Lab fee,

ART 212 Abstract Drawing

4-S

This course explores the possibilities of drawing that are based on conceptual rather than perceptual knowledge. A wide variety of conceptual sources will be introduced, such as variations of spatial components; non-figurative images based on biomorphic or gestural motifs; compositional dynamics; tonal and color explorations; and the variation of mark as an expressive element. A wide variety of experimentation with surfaces, materials, and applications will be encouraged. Emphasis will also be placed on the selection of an idea both in terms of process and materials. The development of abstraction in the 20th century and relevant major artists will be studied and used for reference. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 215 Etching

2-F

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques, processes and history of etching. Etching was developed in the early 16th century and has been a favorite media to many artists including Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso and Dine. This course will focus on traditional methods of working etching plates. Intaglio techniques include a number of rich and varied processes. The class will cover etching, drypoint, aquatint, use of soft and hard grounds, and the combination of techniques on a single plate. Printing techniques will be demonstrated, including color printing and the registration of multiple plates. Students will work through and generate a body of images associated with a self-directed theme. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 221 Painting I

4-S

Visual problems of space, form, value and color studied in oil paint. Basic problems of pictorial composition and interpretation through representational/abstract approaches to observing life and the still life. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 224 Time, Motion, and Communication

4-F

This course is an introduction to the foundational concepts of communications design in which time is an important formal element. Studio work will explore ways that images and design change over time in ways that enhance narrative or interactive communication: time and motion explored as formal properties; history of time-based communication and interactivity; extensive studio work developing key concepts in time and communication. This course has a lab fee. Liberal Arts.

ART 228 Digital Video I

4-F

This course is an introduction to the movie-making process using digital tools. Students will learn the basics of managing digital workflow and software interface, using a digital video camera, editing in Final Cut Pro, and saving final output to DVD. Also covered are basic principles of storytelling, location production, integration of titles and audio, critique and production skills, and output and archiving. This course has a lab fee.

ART 231 Ancient Art History

4-F15

History of world art from prehistoric to the 14th century. Emphasis on role of art as visual communication of religious, political, and social concerns. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 232 Renaissance and Baroque Art History

4-S15

History of Western art from the 14th century to the mid-18th century. Relation of form and content to cultural attitudes. Unique contributions of major artists. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 234 Art and Architecture in Europe

4-May

Approximately 20 days studying the art and artists from antiquity to the present. Readings, journal-keeping, and questions pertaining to site-specific works are requirements. Course is intended for the art major. (Off-campus study abroad course) Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 236 Asian Art History Survey

4-S15

History of the art of Asian cultures, from ancient times to the present. Introduction to major ideas, periods, methods, and materials with emphasis on the art of China and Japan and their impact on the art of the west. Overview of India, Korea, Islam, and tangential cultures. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 237 Modern and Contemporary Western Art History

4-F14

History of Western art from the mid-18th century through the early 21st century. Analysis of major movements and artists, their underlying philosophy and cultural influences, and the role of critics in shaping dialogue. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 238 Art and Music in Australia and New Zealand

4-WSP

Art, architecture, and music in context in Australia and New Zealand. Examines the interaction of Western and indigenous cultural styles and the influence of local and national conditions on the arts. Readings, journal-keeping, and questions pertaining to site-specific works are required. Major credit: Intercultural Studies. Culture: Music or Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 241 Two-dimensional Design

2-F

Theory and application of compositional elements and principles of design. Experiences in two-dimensional problem solving. Lecture, group critiques, discussion.

ART 242 Three-dimensional Design

2-F

Theory and application of elements of three-dimensional design through model-scale sculptural projects. Awareness and comprehension of three-dimensional structural and spatial relationships.

ART 245 Graphic Design I

4-F&S

Introduction to theory and practice of graphic design communication. Emphasis on techniques for exploration of two-dimensional problems, and interpretation of verbal to visual form. Computer design is introduced. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 251 Sculpture I

4-WSP

Survey of traditional sculptural ideas, tools, techniques, and materials. Group and individual projects dealing with conceptual and formal problems of additive and subtractive methods in wood, metal, stone. Culture: Art. Lab Fee.

ART 262 Screen-printing

2-F

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques, processes and history of screen-printing. Screen-printing has commonly been used as a graphic art form for printing posters and signage, but is also an important medium for artists. Screen-printing is valued for its straightforward process, its expedient creation of large editions, the variety of materials it can print onto, and for its integration of hand-drawn, photographic and digital images. It has a history of satire, social/political commentary and protest and often exists in the space between popular culture and high art. Students will work through and generate a body of images associated with a self-directed theme or narrative. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 263 Typography and Letterpress Printing

2-F

Letterpress printing from raised metal type was the primary means of mass communication for over 500 years. While no longer an economically significant segment of the commercial printing market, letterpress continues to live on for specialized commercial applications and, perhaps more importantly, as the heart and soul of a wonderful avocational world known as the private press movement. This course offers an introduction to hand set metal type and wooden type letterpress printing techniques, as well as limited edition printing of text and image on fine papers. Students will research and discuss the innovations of moveable type, wood type and typography in relation to their influence and effect on human civilization, language and the written word, the industrial revolution, and modern economic structure. Studio projects may include design and printing of social and greeting cards, text based broadsides and posters, handmade books and custom stationary suites. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 264 Relief Printing

2-F

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques, processes and history of relief printing. The course will focus primarily in the media of woodcut, a technique that appeared in China in the 9th century and in Europe around 1400. This media was originally used to stamp designs into fabrics, textiles and playing cards, but its importance became cemented by the works of Albrecht Durer and other Northern European Artists. This course will introduce the student to simple black and white woodcut printing and more complex methods of printing with color, reduction printing, multiple blocks, and various methods of registration and printing, both by hand and using the press. Students will work through and generate a body of work associated with a self-directed theme or narrative Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 265 Artists Book and Paper

4-S

This course is an introduction to the various hand-crafted methods of papermaking, bookbinding, box and portfolio construction. Students will explore and investigate eastern and western papermaking methods, and use the results to construct various bindings and box constructions. Structures such as pamphlet, concertina, Coptic stitch and perfect bind may be explored. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 266 Sculptural and Moveable Book

2-S

Through a playful exploration of innovative book and box forms, students will construct models and finished pieces that can be used as standalone artist books or combine to create sculptural book forms. Using a variety of materials, unusual openings, and interesting closures students will explore creative book forms and develop their own unique books. Constructions such as tunnel or star book, magic wallet, Jacob’s ladder, crown binding, theater, and clamshell and flexagon structures may be examined. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 267 Lithography

2-S

This course is an introduction to the basic techniques, processes, and history of lithography. The course will focus primarily in the media of stone lithography, an important method of producing fine art prints. Through lecture and demonstration, this course will cover basic theory and current processing methods. Procedural discussions will include a range of traditional techniques including crayon, tusche wash, flats, precision deletions, tone rolls and considerations pertinent to multiple color printing. Students will work through and generate a body of work associated with a self-directed theme or narrative. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 271 Ceramics I

4-F&S; 3-May

Basic study of clay as a three-dimensional artistic medium, working with hand-built and wheel-thrown techniques. Introduction to glazing, decorating, and firing processes. Culture: Art. Lab fee.

ART 281 Foundations of Photography

4-F

An introduction to the basic photographic techniques and processes of black and white photography including camera operation, film processing, printing and presentation. Intensive studio assignments will be reinforced through readings, discussions, demonstration, critiques and lectures. The history of photography and conceptual frameworks will be introduced as well. This course has a lab fee. Culture: Art.

ART 282 Experimental Darkroom Processes

4-WSP

Examination of various darkroom image-making and printing techniques, including pinhole, cyanotype, projection, photogram, as well as toning and hand coloring in traditional black and white prints. Lab fee.

ART 284 Introduction to Digital Imaging

4-F&S

This course is an introduction to the tools and concepts of creating and manipulating images with digital technology. It introduces students to compositing, drawing tools, digital photography, and basic filters, and covers the basics to intermediate techniques. The primary software application is Adobe Photoshop. Instruction is project based and relies on class critique. Students also learn to recognize digital equivalents of traditional art styles, techniques, and forms. This course has a lab fee.

ART 285/286/287/288 Fine Arts Seminar

0-1, repeat up to 4 credits-F&S

This seminar course focuses on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application to the contemporary visual arts by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to the course, This course will be required of all majors in the BA, BFA and BFA Applied Design programs, to be repeated for 0-1 hours each time up to 4 credits. The goal of this course is to build community and engage all majors in the dialog of contemporary and relevant studio practice and design industry issues from the moment they walk into the major – first year through senior year. Majors in all art and design programs will have the real world ideas and issues of contemporary arts professionals brought to their doorstep on the HC campus.

ART 291; 391; 491 Independent Study (no fee)

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

ART 292; 392; 492 Independent Study (with fee)

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

ART 295, 395 Special Topics

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

A course designed to provide opportunity for students to explore avenues not covered in other listed courses. Examples include: Figurative Clay Sculpture, Illustration, Portrait Media, Landscape Painting, Landscape Photography, Textile and Fiber Design, and Public Studio. May meet Culture: Art. (check catalog listing: Integrative Studies).

ART 311 Anatomy and Figure Drawing

4-F

Elements, principles, and techniques of artistic anatomy. Emphasis on presentations as they relate to the figure and portrait. Study of skeleton and musculature from casts and live models. Lab fee.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 211

ART 314 The Art and History of Film

4-S16

An introduction to the history, craft, theory, and critical content of film; 15 films viewed in class, 20-25 outside of class research work. Culture: Art. Liberal Arts.

ART 321 Painting II

4-F

Intensive study of a single subject which is then extended into a series, to develop a more sophisticated personal visual statement. Examples of subjects include still life, figure, interiors, abstraction. Lab fee.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 221

ART 345 Graphic Design II

4-S

Further development of conceptualization and visualization skill within graphic design media, including computer design. Assignments directed towards commercial production. Lab fee.

ART 346 Art Education: Elementary Methods

2-S

This course analyzes learning styles and cognitive theory in relationship to educating youth in visual arts, (grades K-6). Students will discuss and work in a diversity of art materials and methods appropriate to grade level, relating them to integrated lessons addressing multiple student populations. Course work includes lectures, studio experiences, collaborative assignments, and demonstrations.

Prerequisite Courses: EDUC 338

ART 347 Art Education: Secondary Methods

2-S

This course examines current assessment and instructional methods of teaching visual art to secondary-level students (grades 7-12). The role of the visual arts in the secondary level curriculum will be examined through lectures, discourse and projects focusing on media appropriate for grade level. Course focuses on current instructional theories in viewing and analyzing artwork, teaching methodologies of studio art, art history and theories of aesthetics discourse.

Prerequisite Courses: EDUC 338

ART 348 Fine Arts of Southeastern Europe

4-WSP

Art history of Catholic southern Europe and especially of the Venetian Empire, principally painting and architecture. Comparison is made with the art and iconography of Orthodox Europe, especially of Serbia and Macedonia. Some study of Ottoman Muslim art during time in Bosnia. Houghton Balkans Semester Program. Culture: Art.

ART 351 Sculpture II

4-WSP

Exploration of three-dimensional form/space through individual creative experiences working with various sculptural media. Lab fee.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 251

ART 371 Ceramics II

4-S; 3-May

Intermediate study of clay as a three-dimensional artistic medium. Continuing development of form and craftsmanship through individual projects on the wheel and/or hand-built forms. Additional instruction in glaze chemistry and kiln-firing. Lab fee,

Prerequisite Courses: ART 271

ART 382 Advanced Topics in Photography

4-S

A continued exploration of photographic techniques and concepts with an emphasis on digital workflow, including digital camera operation, digital output, and strobe lighting. Intensive, conceptually driven studio assignments will be reinforced through readings, discussions, critiques, and lectures. This course has a fee.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 281

ART 383 Applied Design Internship

4-WSP

Students will apply classroom knowledge in a real world setting. Internship positions may be available in a range of applied design industries, small businesses, artist studios, galleries, and museums. Placements are developed by working one on one with the supervising faculty member and the individual students to try to match their objectives with an appropriate experience. The internship requires 60-100 hours in the field. Prerequisite: junior status, coursework at 300 level in internship media.

ART 384 Advanced Digital Imaging

4-WSP

Continued study and development of the creative possibilities of digital image making. Investigation of advanced processes in use of digital cameras and manipulative creative possibilities. Study will be structured by art faculty to meet the needs of the advanced student. Lab fee.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 284

ART 385 Junior Studio 1

2-F

This major studio class for Studio Art BA and BFA juniors gives students the opportunity to work with increased independence in a variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed 2D and 3D media. Individual choices of media execution and subject are encouraged through a series of open-ended problems given over both the fall and spring semesters. The problems are designed to invite a wide variety of responses from each student. Group critique is an integral component to the course. The philosophy and structure of the Junior Studio places a high priority on the establishment of an active and reflective relationship between an individual and his/her work. Individual studio space is provided in order to reinforce independent thinking and to help students establish a rapport with the studio life of a fine artist.

ART 386 Junior Studio 2

2-S

This major studio class for Studio Art BA and BFA juniors gives students the opportunity to work with increased independence in a variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed 2D and 3D media. Individual choices of media execution and subject are encouraged through a series of open-ended problems given over both the fall and spring semesters. The problems are designed to invite a wide variety of responses from each student. Group critique is an integral component to the course. The philosophy and structure of the Junior Studio places a high priority on the establishment of an active and reflective relationship between an individual and his/her work. Individual studio space is provided in order to reinforce independent thinking and to help students establish a rapport with the studio life of a fine artist.

ART 447 Graphic Design Internship

4-WSP

Practical experience to include interviews, placement, work experience in situation of mutual benefit to student and publishing house or designer.

ART 485 Senior Studio

2-F

A required seminar-studio course for all studio art majors. Students will examine contemporary theories and practices in art criticism, while developing a body of work for their senior exhibition. Course methods include slide lectures, selected readings, class discussions, and individual and group critiques. The completion of a portfolio and artist statement is also required. Prerequisite: Senior standing with a major in studio art.

ART 486 Senior Seminar and Exhibition

2-S

A seminar-studio that includes the development of a quality body of work for exhibition and formal documentation through written thesis. Course methods include slide lectures, selected readings, class discussions, and individual and group critiques. Required of all senior art majors during the spring semester.

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