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www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/art/

Professors KOLARIK, K. LEONARD (Co-Chair), MURRAY, SWIDER; Associate Professors BENTLEY (Co-Chair), S. JOHNSON, TUCKER; Professor Emeritus REED; Visiting Professors GUMPPER, STEINER. Visiting Lecturers ACKLEY, CARMAN, ELMER, KINNEE, SHIN

A student may concentrate in studio art or art history. An art major requires a minimum of 14 units of art courses.

The art studio concentration consists of four units of art history, 411 (a two-unit course), and eight additional units of studio art. Selected courses may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

The art history concentration consists of 14 units: 10 units of art history and four units of art studio. The art history courses shall include an introductory course, six or seven (six with a two-block introductory course, seven with a one-block introductory course) elective courses covering four major areas of art history, and a two-block senior Capstone experience.

The introductory course may be either a two-block survey (such as 111, 112, or114), or a one-block version (such as 100, 113, 190).

Students must take six (or seven) electives, five at the 200 level or above, including one course from each of the following four areas:

  1. Ancient and Medieval Art
  2. Renaissance and Baroque Art
  3. Modern and American Art
  4. Asian Art

The senior Capstone courses (412 and 415) are taken in the fall of senior year.

The distribution requirement enables students to study the art history of different cultures and eras. It also prepares students for advanced work at the senior level. Majors are strongly encouraged to take a 300-level course before their senior year.

AP credit in art history cannot be counted towards the major, but students who receive AP credit may, in consultation with the department, substitute upper-level courses for the introductory survey. A maximum of three art history courses taken at another institution or on a study abroad program may be counted towards the art history major. Transfer students should consult the department. Foreign language competence beyond the first-year level is strongly advised as part of preparation for the Capstone experience in art history.

 Art majors are expected, depending on the concentration, either to submit a developed paper demonstrating their abilities to use the methods of art history or to prepare an exhibition of their studio work during their senior year.

“Distinction in Art” is granted by vote of the art faculty to graduating seniors who have done consistently excellent work in art courses, contributed to departmental activities and presented an outstanding senior thesis or exhibition.

Art Studio Courses

AS101 Basic Studio

Media and concepts. Experiments in two- and three-dimensional form and color. Studio materials, tools, instruments, procedures and terminology. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

AS102 Introduction to Two- Dimensional Arts

An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional composition and the fundamentals of abstraction. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Materials Fee.

1 unit

AS103 Introduction to Drawing

Survey of concepts and procedures in drawing.

Prerequisite: Materials Fee $30; Model Fee $25. Total $55.

Also listed as Film and New Media Studies 112.

1 unit —

AS110 Topics in Studio Art:

An introduction to studio practice through the study of some specific aspect or topic. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Materials Fee $30.

.5 to 2 units

AS111 Fiber Arts

Basic techniques in fiber arts with an emphasis on such concepts as transparency, texture, form, pattern, and color. Exploration of both on-and off-loom processes: weaving, dyeing (including Batik and Shibori), basketry, knotting, felting, and stitching. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

AS114 Introduction to Three- Dimensional Arts

An introduction to the principles of composing objects and spatial situations in a variety of 3D studio practices.

Prerequisite: Materials Fee.

1 unit —

AS115 Basic Graphics

A foundations course in graphic organization to include elements of the following: letter formation, typographic presentation, page design. Historical as well as contemporary sources will be consulted. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Materials Fee.

1 unit

AS116 Introduction to Digital Practices

An introduction to using the computer to make art, including a survey of digital imaging, video, and web design. Emphasis on multimedia composition using basic techniques and software. Materials fee. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

AS120 Drawing the Winter Landscape

Exploration of drawing fundamentals as they pertain to the winter landscape.

.5 unit —

AS122 Techniques in Photographic Printing

All the work done in this course will be produced in one form of reversed tonality or another; everything that ordinarily is positive will be rendered in the negative. The technical range of processes applied will be broad. We will start with the photogram, cliche verre, chemo-prints, and paper negatives. Our exploration will then continue into more contemporary means, Kodak, direct positive processing, Scala positives inverted, color transparencies reversed, digital flipping, and the like. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Art Studio 217 or Art Studio 117 & a portfolio approved by Charles Walters Materials Fee $30.

.5 unit

AS201 Printmaking

Introduction to historic printmaking processes as well as contemporary computer-based techniques. A variety of techniques including etching, lithography, woodcuts, and monotype may be covered. Digital manipulation of imagery in Photoshop for use in photolithography and polymer plate letterpress may also be considered. Although technical processes are introduced, the primary focus is conceptual; emphasis placed on thinking as a graphic artist and printmaker (in reverse, in multiple, etc.)

Prerequisite: Art Studio 102,103 or 115. Material Fees.

1 unit —

AS203 Advanced Drawing

Drawing in various media. May include study of human figure, superficial anatomy, landscape, composition, and conceptual drawing.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 103 Materials Fee $30, Model Fee $25. Total $55.

1 unit —

AS205 Painting

Survey of basic painting concepts and procedures, materials and techniques.

Prerequisite: Any 100 level AS class. Materials Fee $30.

1 unit —

AS210 Intermediate Topics in Studio Art

Exploration of topics generally not offered by the department. Open to declared art majors or departmental consent required.

Prerequisite: consent of department or declared Art majors Materials Fee $30.

1 unit —

AS211 Fiber Arts

Basic techniques in fiber arts with an emphasis on such concepts as transparency, texture, form pattern and color. Exploration of both on-and off-loom processes: weaving, dyeing (including Batik and Shibori) basketry, knotting, felting and stitching.

Prerequisite: any 100-level art studio course or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

AS212 Design Workshop

Three-dimensional design with an emphasis on conceptual issues related to architecture and functional form.

Prerequisite: 2 Art Studio Courses Materials Fee $30.

1 unit —

AS214 Sculpture

Introduction to traditional and contemporary practices in sculpture. Will cover intermediate level conceptual approaches and some combination of materials and techniques. Possible materials: wood, steel, stone, clay and plaster. Possible techniques: machining, carving, casting, modeling and construction.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 114 Material Fee.

1 unit —

AS216 Video Art

Introduction to non-traditional uses of video including non-linear narrative and installation. Will cover basic tools and techniques including camera, lighting and basic editing techniques. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any l00-level Art Studio Course Materials Fee.

1 unit

AS220 Photography

A foundation course in photographic technique directed toward artistic ends. Using and understanding the camera, films, and printing. Extensive photographing as basis for seeing and composition. Short survey of photographic history. Students provide their own cameras.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level studio art course Materials Fee.

Also listed as Film and New Media Studies 200.

1 unit —

AS226 Book & Book Structure

A studio course in the invention, design, and making of books. Students are given a basic grounding in the primary means of book organization, binding, and fabrication with emphasis on the unique character of codex organization. They are encouraged to invent their own books using a wide variety of techniques for the interrelations of text, image and color. May be offered as a block or as a year-long extended format course. Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 102, Art Studio 103, or Art Studio 115 Materials fee.

1 unit —

AS301 Advanced Printmaking

Advanced investigation of a variety of printmaking techniques. Traditional techniques may include etching, woodcut, lithography, letterpress, and monotype. Digital techniques may include image manipulation in Photoshop for photolithography and polymer plate letterpress may also be explored.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 201 or Art Studio 226 Materials Fee.

1 unit —

AS305 Advanced Painting

Special problems with emphasis on pictorial design, color, space, structure, imagery, materials and techniques.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 205 Materials fee.

1 unit —

AS310 Advanced Topics in Studio Art:

Advanced exploration of topics generally not offered by the department, with an emphasis on independent and/or extended projects. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor or Art Studio 210 Materials Fee $50.

1 unit

AS313 Special Studio Problems:

Advanced work in any of the studio media, metal, fiber, clay, and photography. Credit in this course may not be applied toward the art major. Spring semester.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Art Department Chair required.

.25 unit —

AS314 Advanced Sculpture

Advanced exploration of materials and techniques with emphasis on extended projects and individual concepts.

Prerequisite: Art Studio 214 Materials fee.

1 unit —

AS316 Interactive Installation Art

Introduction to interactive art through design of interactive environments for digital media. Techniques include the use of Isadora software and sensor design. Emphasis will be on design of environment and appropriate composition of media. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: One of the following: Art Studio 216 Video Art, Film Studies 212 Basic Filmmaking, or consent of instructor.

1 unit

AS317 Advanced Photography

A selection of advanced techniques and development of individual photographic vision. Independent research emphasized. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Art Studio 220 Materials fee.

1 unit

AS401 Special Studio Problems:

Independent studio project for senior art majors. The student must submit a detailed written proposal of intended work to be approved by the department at least one block before taking the course.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Senior Art Major.

1 unit —

AS411 Senior Studio Seminar

Planning and preparation of extended studio projects. Preprofessional preparation for those students with graduate school intentions.

Prerequisite: Senior Art Studio Major.

1 unit —

Art History Courses

AH100 Great Monuments in Western Art

A survey of key monuments in the history of western art. Objects discussed span the major periods of art history (from antiquity to contemporary): painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as other media are addressed. Emphasis on the social, historical and cultural context of these key objects and their place in the traditions of art history. Students will utilize visual, verbal, and writing skills throughout the class. Required course work includes examinations, papers and research projects, in addition to daily reading, image study, and discussion.

Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 112.

1 unit —

AH111 History of Architecture

Architectural techniques and styles from pre-history to the present; interrelationship among structure, function and style. Emergence of the architect as a professional and the history of construction practices. Relationship of architecture to society. Changing concepts of purpose and quality in architecture. Urban planning and garden design. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

2 units —

AH112 Introduction to Art History

Salient developments in architecture, sculpture and painting from ancient to modern times. Focus on the Western European tradition. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Prerequisite: No credit after Art History 100.

1 or 2 units —

AH113 Introduction to Asian Art

Introduction to Asian art in its historical and cultural context with emphasis on China, Japan and India. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Also listed as Music 221 and Asian Studies 200.

1 unit —

AH114 Art: East & West

An introduction to the art and architecture of Asia and Western Europe. Consideration of each tradition as well as influences and contacts. Themes to be considered include sacred sites, word and image, landscape painting, orientalism and occidentalism. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

.5 to 2 units

AH118 History of Photography

The development of photography from the early 19th century to the present; history of photographic processes; theories and philosophies of photographers and their critics; the uses of the photographic image as information, propaganda and art. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

AH170 Alternative Perspectives in Art History: Topics

Artistic traditions of non-Western European cultures, e. g., Black Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbian America. Different topics will be stressed depending upon the instructor. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

AH180 Native American Art

An introduction to Native American art, with emphasis on the arts of the Southwest. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

AH190 Art and Music From Ancient to Modern Times: Harmony or Discord?

Examines the histories of western art and music, how the arts reflect cultural ideas and how their evolving styles and meanings seem either 'harmonious' or 'discordant' with one another. The course will cover key developments in both disciplines in antiquity, the middle ages, the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern eras. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 to 2 units

AH200 Topics in Art History:

Selected topics in art history at the intermediate level.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level art history course or consent of department.

Also listed as Asian Studies 250.

1 unit —

AH202 Art & the Landscape

A history of gardening and landscape architecture including gardens of the Far East, Egypt, the ancient Mediterranean, the Islamic world, western Europe and North America. How gardens reflect changing concepts of nature and human interaction with it from the Garden of Eden to xeriscaping in the American West. We will also consider selected descriptions of gardens in literature, as well as images of nature in art, such as landscape painting and botanical illustration. (May be offered as a January half-block.) (Not offered 2013-14).

.5 to 1 unit

AH203 Women in Art

A survey of women artists and images of women in art in Western Europe and America from ancient to modern times, contrasting feminist and conventional perspectives. Social and historical context as well as special problems faced by women. Why have there been so few 'great' women artists? Are there qualities unique to women's art? Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History class or a Feminist and Gender Studies course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH207 Greece & Rome

Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece. The development of Greek art from Geometric to Hellenistic with emphasis on the classical monuments of Athens. Etruscan art. Survey of Roman art from its origins to the late empire with emphasis on the imperial monuments and topography of Rome. Art of the mystery cults and early Christianity.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level ar history course or Consent of Instructor.

Also listed as Classics 223.

1 unit —

AH208 Byzantine Art

Studies the art and architecture of the Byzantine empire from its sources in ancient Rome to its fall in 1453 and its aftermath in Eastern Orthodox Christian art in Russia, Greece, Serbia and elsewhere. Focus on the foundation of the city of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and its urban development. The origins of icon painting, the rejection of images during Iconoclasm and the subsequent establishment of a theology of icons. Evolution and significance of the domed church and its program of images from Justinian's Hagia Sophia to medieval monastic churches, influence of Byzantine art in western European centers such as Vienna. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level art history course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH209 Late Antiquity

Continuity and change from Roman antiquity to the Christian Middle Ages in the art and architecture of Mediterranean lands (200-600 A. D.). The 'decline' of Rome and the development of Christian imagery will be studied through art, archaeological sites, and texts-writings from the time as well as later historians.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course of Consent of Instructor.

Also listed as Classics 209.

1 unit —

AH210 Islamic Art

Survey of Islamic art from its origins in the 7th century to the 17th century, from Muslim Spain to India. Philosophy and theology of art in Islam. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or consent of instructor.

1 unit

AH211 Medieval Europe

Medieval monuments of Western Europe from Irish manuscripts to the Gothic cathedrals. Survey of selected monuments with consideration of the interaction of classical tradition and barbarian elements; the impact of monasticism, pilgrimages and scholasticism. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH221 Art of the Renaissance

Explores issues in the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance in Europe from 1300 to c. 1480, with emphasis on the social, historical, material, and intellectual circumstances that shaped artistic production. Themes may include constructions of the self, patronage, gender roles, social class, religion, and artistic status, among others. Artists may include Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin, and Hieronymus Bosch. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History class or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH223 16th Century Art of Europe

Focus on the development of art and architecture between c. 1480 and 1600 in Europe. From the period known as the 'High' Renaissance (Raphael, Michelangelo, Durer and Titian), examines the spread and development of the Renaissance style. Looks at art made in Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain during the Reformation, and includes questions of style, iconography, patronage, function, and interpretation within that historical context. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any l00-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH231 The Age of the Baroque: Art and Empire of the 17th Century

Art and architecture made for the major courts of 17th-century Europe, with an emphasis on the absolute monarchies. Focus on the key artists (such as Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Bernini, Carracci, and Poussin), and on architectural sites such as St. Peter's and Versailles. Themes include the relationship between art, politics, and power; courtly self-fashioning; the function of spectacle, collecting, and display; the unity of the arts; and others.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit —

AH232 Art of the Dutch Republic

The Golden Age of Holland was a time of economic, cultural, and political growth. Artists developed innovative styles and visual modes that play upon, subvert and enhance our understanding of seeing, living, and thinking in the early modern era. The class examines the primary genres of Dutch art and major artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer while focusing on questions of interpretation, method, and context. Addresses the production, marketing, ownership, iconography, and remarkable visual power of Dutch art. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH241 Nineteenth-Century Art: 1780-1880

European art from the Age of Revolution to the later 19th century. An investigation of Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist and Academic trends throughout Europe with particular emphasis on French Impressionism. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH243 Revolution and Tradition in Modern Art: 1880 to 1945

Post Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada and Surrealism. An analysis of the styles, meanings and concepts of modern art, their evolution and interrelationship with the other arts and society.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Film and New Media Studies 207.

1 unit —

AH245 Art since 1945

Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Earth and Process Art, the New Realism, Decorative and New Image Art, Neo-Expressionism, and other recent developments. The emergence of New York as the major center of avant-garde art. Emphasis on the period 1945-1980. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH248 American Art

Painting and sculpture in the United States from colonial times until World War II, concentrating on the relationship of the major artistic trends to concurrent developments in American social and intellectual history. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH254 The Art of China

Early Chinese funerary art examined in relation to the Chinese religious philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism. Relationships between Chinese painting and poetry explored, particularly in relation to the handscroll format. The rise of scholar-literati painting in the Song followed by issues of politics, commerce, and art. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

Also listed as Asian Studies 254.

1 unit —

AH255 The Art of Japan

Classical relationships between Heian-period court art, poetry, and aristocratic patronage; medieval Kamakura and Muromachi periods, dominated respectively by Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism; consolidation of the tea ceremony and unique qualities of castle architecture and screen paintings in the Momoyama; the Edo-period shift towards more inexpensive and widely-reproducible formats, such as the woodblock print. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

Also listed as Asian Studies 255.

1 unit —

AH265 China/Europe/Japan: Art and International Trade 1550-1800

Considers the impact on art of expanding sea trade between Europe and East Asia in the early modern period. Begins by examining what goods went where; how increasingly global trade affected particular economies; how the East India companies operated; and what effects stepped-up contact had stylistically and iconographically on art forms such as porcelain, prints and paintings. On a more theoretical level, the course addresses 'things foreign' as a means of asserting cultural authority at home; and the impact of vastly expanded markets on the artist's practice and identity. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH275 Art in Context:

Study of artworks of a selected period, artist, or theme in their historical, social, political, intellectual, and geographical context. This course is taught on campus for approximately half of the block. The second half is spent in the appropriate location off campus (in the U. S. or abroad), where readings, student and faculty presentations, and discussions are focused on the actual artworks in situ. Need-based financial aid for all students is available from the Berg Endowment. Limit 15 students.

Prerequisite: Any 100-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

Also listed as Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and History 200.

1 unit —

AH342 Turn of the Century Art in London, Paris and Vienna

Artistic and related intellectual and cultural developments in three important capitals of Europe circa 1880-1910. Focus on such movements as Aestheticism, Symbolism, Decadence, Jugendstil, and Art Nouveau. Artists to be studied include Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Klimt, Schiele, Burne-Jones and Beardsley. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

1 unit

AH345 Special Topics in Art History:

Selected topics in art history at the advanced level.

Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course or Consent of Instructor.

Also listed as Asian Studies 250.

1 unit —

AH412 Senior Seminar

Preliminary work on the senior thesis in art history. Problems of research and writing a major paper. Required of art history majors in their senior year.

Prerequisite: Senior Majors.

1 unit —

AH413 Special Problems in Art History

Independent work and special study in selected fields or periods.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

AH414 Special Problems in Art History

Independent work and special study in selected fields or periods.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 2 units —

AH415 Senior Thesis

Advanced work on the senior thesis in art history. Ordinarily taken following 412. Required of all art majors with a concentration in art history.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Senior Majors.

1 unit —