Fall 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARTH 101-01 An Introduction to the History of Art
Instructor: Melinda Schlitt
Course Description:
This course is a critical survey of western art beginning with the Ancient Near East (approximately 4000 B.C.) through the Gothic period in Europe (early 1300s). Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of style, subject-matter, and function within an historical context, and especially on the student's ability to develop skills in visual analysis. Developing appropriate vocabularies with which to discuss and analyze works of art and imagery will also be stressed, along with learning to evaluate scholarly interpretations of them.
0930:MWF   WEISS 235
ARTH 108-01 Arts of East Asia
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 205-06. This course introduces students to a selection of objects and sites that elicit new modes of cultural perception and insight into the artistic cultures of China, Korea, and Japan. Loosely arranged in a chronological order, each week is devoted to in-depth examination of a different type of object, medium, and format. The diverse mediums (sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, prints, painting, calligraphy, photography, performance, and architecture) and the long historical span covered in class will chart how culture traveled within East Asia, and later, globally, as well as each cultures distinctive methods of adaptation over time. Major themes include the relationship between artistic production and sociopolitical and socioeconomic development, cultural exchange, aesthetics, impact of religion, power and authority, gender, and issues of modernity. Lectures are supplemented by viewing sessions in the Trout Gallery.
1030:MWF   WEISS 235
ARTH 122-01 Fundamentals of Composition and Drawing
Instructor: Todd Arsenault
Course Description:
Working from observation and using a variety of media, this basic studio drawing course will explore issues common to both representational and non-representational art. This course serves as the foundation to upper-level two-dimensional offerings.
1330:MW   WEISS 343
ARTH 123-01 Fundamentals of Sculpture
Instructor: Amy Boone-McCreesh
Course Description:
A studio course covering basic elements of three-dimensional composition and sculpture. Students will construct sculptures examining a range of media and fabrication techniques.
0930:MW   GDYRST DOWN
ARTH 205-01 Visual Cultures in Modern China
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 205-04.
1330:MR   WEISS 219
ARTH 205-02 Greek Art & Archaeology
Instructor: Christofilis Maggidis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARCH 120-01 and CLST 221-01.A general introduction to the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from Prehistoric to Hellenistic times: Bronze Age civilizations (Cycladic, NE Aegean and Trojan, Minoan, Helladic/Mycenaean); Protogeometric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece. A survey of architecture (temple, secular funerary), sculpture, vase-painting, monumental painting, metalwork, and minor arts of these periods, both on mainland Greece and in the Greek colonies (Asia Minor, Pontus, Syria, Phoenice, Egypt, S.I Italy and Sicily); comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments; styles and schools, regional trends, historical contextualization of ancient Greek art and brief consideration of socio-economic patterns, political organization, religion, and writing. Evaluation of the ancient Greek artistic legacy and contribution to civilization. Field trips to archaeological collections and Museums.
0900:TR   DENNY 317
ARTH 205-03 Beautiful by Design: Modern Italian Culture through Its Objects
Instructor: Nicola Lucchi
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01.In this course, we will explore modern Italian history and culture through the concept of design, and through the multiple fields in which design plays a role: architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion, graphic design and advertising, political propaganda, and media high and low. This course is offered in English. FLIC session: Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a weekly discussion group in Italian and will read some materials in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a FLIC: Italian notation on their transcript. FLIC meeting time is Tuesday, 4:00-4:50pm in Bosler 213.
1500:MW   BOSLER 314
ARTH 209-01 The Japanese Woodblock Print
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 205-05. This course provides a thorough introduction to the woodblock print -- Japan's most celebrated artistic medium -- from its emergence in the mid-17th century to the modern era. Technical developments, major genres, and master designers are explored within the context of the print's relationship to the urban culture of early modern and modern Japan. Topics including censorship, theatricality, the representation of war, nationalism, and Japonisme. Special emphasis is placed on an examination of habits of pictorial representation and protocols of viewing unique to the Japanese print medium. This course provides a thorough introduction to the woodblock print Japans most celebrated artistic mediumfrom its emergence in the mid-17th century to the modern era. Technical developments, major genres, and master designers are explored within the context of the prints relationship to the urban culture of early modern and modern Japan. Topics including censorship, theatricality, the representation of war, nationalism, and Japonisme. Special emphasis is placed on an examination of habits of pictorial representation and protocols of viewing unique to the Japanese print medium. Lectures are supplemented by viewing sessions in the Trout Gallery.
1030:TR   WEISS 221
ARTH 217-01 Modern and Contemporary Architecture
Instructor: Lisa Dorrill
Course Description:
This course examines the character and development of Modern and Contemporary architecture, with emphasis on the following stylistic periods: Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, International Style, Post-Modernism, and Deconstruction. Major architects to be studied include Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies, Johnson, Venturi, Gehry, Koolhaas, Gang, and Hadid. Students will also examine 20th and 21st-century urban planning. Through discussions, lectures, and extensive readings primary and secondary sources, students will become familiar with notable architectural styles of the 20th and early 21st centuries; understand the contemporary issues shaping the development of such styles, including politics, social movements, religion, philosophy, and developments in technology; gain the ability to discuss and write about architecture; and establish a critical framework and approach for analyzing architectural history. A field trip to Fallingwater in Western PA will also enhance their understanding of architectural design, construction, and legacy.
1330:TF   WEISS 221
ARTH 221-01 Introduction to Photography
Instructor: Andrew Bale
Course Description:
An entry-level course in black-and-white photography emphasizing theory, history, and practice. Students learn how to create images, use cameras, develop film and make prints using conventional darkroom processes. Students will also be introduced to Photoshop as well as the basics of scanning and digital printing.
0930:TR   GDYRST 101
ARTH 221-02 Introduction to Photography
Instructor: Andrew Bale
Course Description:
An entry-level course in black-and-white photography emphasizing theory, history, and practice. Students learn how to create images, use cameras, develop film and make prints using conventional darkroom processes. Students will also be introduced to Photoshop as well as the basics of scanning and digital printing.
1330:TR   GDYRST 101
ARTH 223-01 Digital Studio 1: Image Manipulation and Experimental Processes
Instructor: Todd Arsenault
Course Description:
This course will focus on 2-dimensional studio processes in the digital environment. It will also explore how digital processes can be used in conjunction with traditional processes like drawing, painting, and printmaking. The initial goal of this class will be to gain a thorough understanding of Adobe Photoshop for image manipulation. As the semester progresses, the class will explore uses of digital technology in contemporary art practice, including experimental processes. *Please note: this is not a photography course, some photo related processes will be part of the class, but those students looking for a more traditional approach to photography should consider the 221 Intro to Photography class. Prerequisite: 122, 221, or permission of the instructor.
0930:MW   GDYRST 101
ARTH 224-01 Wheelwork Ceramics
Instructor: Rachel Eng
Course Description:
A studio course exploring expressive possibilities offered by the potters wheel. Students will examine both utilitarian and sculptural aspects of the medium. A variety of clays, glazes and firing approaches will be examined.
1330:TR   GDYRST CERAMICS
ARTH 226-01 Ceramic Sculpture
Instructor: Rachel Eng
Course Description:
This introductory course examines the principal attributes of sculpture with a focus on clay as the primary fabrication material. Students will examine a range of firing, glazing, and construction techniques. Satisfies 3D requirement for the studio art major.
0930:MW   GDYRST CERAMICS
ARTH 228-01 Printmaking Survey
Instructor: Ward Davenny
Course Description:
A studio course in which students will gain a working knowledge in each of the three major areas of printmaking: intaglio, lithography, and relief-printing. Prerequisite: 122 or permission of the instructor.
0930:TR   WEISS 340
ARTH 252-01 Philosophy of Art
Instructor: Frank Boardman
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 252-01. The discipline of aesthetics is primarily concerned with philosophical questions about art and beauty. This course will examine classic and contemporary Western discussions of such questions as, What is art? How can we determine what a work of art means? Are beauty and other aesthetic qualities subjective or objective? How should the quality of a work of art be assessed? Is there a general way to describe the creative process? What are the driving forces in the unfolding of art history? We will encounter such giants of the Western intellectual tradition as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Hegel, and also such contemporary figures as Arthur Danto, Richard Wollheim, and Kendall Walton. Prerequisites: one previous course in art history or philosophy, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 252.
0900:TR   DENNY 304
ARTH 260-01 Site-Specific Art and Systems
Instructor: Amy Boone-McCreesh
Course Description:
Through a variety of artistic mediums and processes, students will begin to create artworks that, in mass, challenge viewer perception and experiences. The exploration of forms and repetitive systems will be combined with introductory exposure to concepts of site-specific artworks, also known as installation art. Students will have the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively throughout the semester.
1330:MW   GDYRST DOWN
ARTH 314-01 Contemporary Art
Instructor: Lisa Dorrill
Course Description:
A survey of major artists and movements from post-World War II to the present, beginning with Pop art through Postmodernism and global art today. The course will also incorporate key critical and theoretical writings from the period for discussion. Prerequisite: 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.
0900:TR   WEISS 221
ARTH 321-01 Advanced Drawing
Instructor: Ward Davenny
Course Description:
A studio course to explore further, those issues covered in 122, but focusing on the creation of light and space. Landscape, architecture, still-life and the model will serve as subject matter. A large variety of media will be used, including pastel, monotype, ink, acrylic paint and charcoal. Prerequisite: 122 or permission of the instructor.
1330:TR   GDYRST UPST
ARTH 407-01 Art History Senior Seminar
Instructor: Phillip Earenfight
Course Description:
An intensive seminar wherein students conduct original research on selected works of art as part of curating a formal, public exhibition in The Trout Gallery. Research is directed towards interpretive essays that go through multiple writing revisions, resulting in a publishedexhibition catalogue edited by the seminar faculty member and Trout Gallery Staff, and designed by Dickinson College Design Services Staff. Students work collaboratively as curators and contributors to the catalogue, and undertake a professional-level experience, most often reserved for graduate study or museum professionals. All of the senior majors' art historical knowledge and critical skills will be put to use in the Senior Seminar with the goal of further refining their ability to conduct advanced research and formal, polished writing.Prerequisite: Senior Art History majors only.
1500:MR   WEISS 219
ARTH 410-01 Senior Studio Seminar, Part 1
Instructor: Ward Davenny
Course Description:
The first in a two-course sequence required for senior studio art majors. Critiques of students' work will include examination of timely topics in the visual arts and the relationship of the artist to society. Critiques, selected critical readings, museum visits and visiting artists will provide the basis for discussion. Prerequisite: Majors only or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: One studio course.
1330:W   GDYRST DOWN