Art

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
007j    Moviemaking Magic: Pushing the Boundaries of Reality    In moviemaking is a poem a documentary? Is a documentary about truth? Is a narrative film about reality? The magic of moviemaking stretches the limits of these categories. Students will watch, discuss, and make movies, exploring the boundaries of storytelling and truth telling and choosing their subjects from local people, places, history, and their own lives. They will utilize narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation techniques in exploring the art of film. Concludes with a gala public screening. Noncredit.     COLEMAN

111f    Survey of Western Art    A survey of the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture: Egyptian pyramids through Gothic cathedrals. Four credit hours.  A.    MARLAIS, PLESCH

112s    Survey of Western Art    A survey of the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture: Renaissance Italy through contemporary America. Four credit hours.  A.    MARLAIS, PLESCH

113j    Photography: A Historical Introduction     Unlike traditional introductory photo courses, this one will proceed through the application of a variety of processes that trace the medium's history. From the making of cameraless photographs using the cyanotype process popular in the mid-19th century to the creation and use of pinhole cameras, opportunities to explore the excitement and alchemy of some of photography's simplest methods and materials. No camera is needed. Nongraded. Cost for materials: $95. Two credit hours.    GREEN

114j    Pottery    An introduction to forming clay by pinching, making slabs and coils, and wheel throwing; decorating and glazing; and firing in an electric kiln. Historical and theoretical issues will be discussed. Nongraded. Cost for materials: $60. Two credit hours.    N. MEADER

[115]    Advanced Photography     Exploration of more-advanced technical controls available to the black-and-white photographer: the Zone System, applied photographic chemistry, parametric testing, etc. Students unfamiliar with terms need not be intimidated. Daily shooting assignments, group and individual critiques, discussions of aesthetic questions designed to expand students' photographic vision. Class meetings, additional assignments, and darkroom work. Required: working knowledge of basic black-and-white development and printing techniques and an adjustable 35mm or larger-format camera with manual shutter-speed and aperture settings and either a built-in or hand-held light meter. Nongraded. Estimated cost of materials and membership in Colby Photography Club for darkroom access: $125. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Two credit hours.    

117j    Introduction to Art Conservation and Preservation    Designed to explore the issues and practices of the conservation and restoration of works of art. Theoretical discussions will be balanced by practical examples. The role of conservators, the systems employed by them, and the relationship between art and science will be explored. Students will be responsible for case studies, many of which will involve examination of original works of art in the Colby College Museum of Art. No prerequisite, but interest in art history or studio art is advantageous. Two credit hours.    ROTH-WELLS

118j    Introduction to Figure Painting    An introduction to painting the figure and its environment. Classes will cover information on preparing supports, setting up palettes, and working from the model. Topics include basic drawing skills, working in black and white, traditional figure painting practices, and alla prima techniques. Out-of-class work is essential. Estimated cost for materials: $150. Two credit hours.    LIBBY

[119]    Fresco Painting     A hands-on exploration of the age-old medium of true buon fresco as a means of understanding and appreciating fresco painting within an art historical context. Students learn how to prepare substrates and arriccio and intonaco layers of plaster, how to grind pigments, and how to design and execute portable fresco panels. Estimated cost of special-ordered materials: $75. Two credit hours.    

131fs    Foundations in Studio Art     A rigorous introduction to the major materials and media of studio art through projects involving design, drawing, and painting. A range of aesthetic possibilities is presented, and the student is encouraged to explore a variety of approaches. Out-of-class work is essential. No prior experience is required. Students who consider continuing in studio art courses are urged to complete Art 131 in their first year at Colby. Four credit hours.  A.    ENGMAN, MITCHELL, REED

137f    Documentary Photography and the Great Depression     Explores the nature of documentary photography and its strong presence during America's Great Depression. Examines the mission of the Farm Security Administration under Roy Stryker and the resulting work by his most notable hires: Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Arthur Rothstein, and Russell Lee. Explores work of their peers outside the administration as well as predecessors: Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis. Through readings, writing assignments, and image viewing, students examine significant issues involved in these artists' work and how that work helped define contemporary notions about the photograph as document. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 137, "Left in the Dust: America's Great Depression." Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in American Studies 137 and History 137. Four credit hours.  A.    GREEN

[159]    Introduction to Book Arts    The history and nature of the book as a means of communication and as an art form. Students will learn several formats; each will design and create an original book incorporating both art and text. Nongraded. Studio fee of $75 covers cost of necessary materials, which must be special-ordered. (Formerly Creativity and Communication.) Two credit hours.    

161f    Sculpture I    An introduction to basic sculpture concepts, techniques, and materials. Out-of-class work is essential. Four credit hours.  A.    MATTHEWS

162s    Sculpture II    Further exploration of the materials, techniques, and concepts developed in Sculpture I, with the addition of carving in wood and stone. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 161. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

173f    Survey of Asian Art    An introduction to the history of sculpture, painting, and architecture of India, China, and Japan, with emphasis on the distinctive cultural contexts in which the art forms developed. Four credit hours.  A.    WEITZ

211f    Student Docent Program    Following instruction in museum education methods and the history of the collection of the Colby College Museum of Art, students offer public tours of the museum. Emphasis on practicing public speaking skills and exploring pedagogical strategies for discussing works of art. For a second credit, students conduct independent research on works in the permanent collection, culminating in a gallery lecture and a short paper. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Art 112 and permission of the instructor. One or two credit hours.    LESSING

[212]    Student Docent Program    Following research of temporary exhibitions and works on display in the permanent collection of the Colby College Museum of Art, students will offer public tours of the museum. Emphasis on practicing public speaking skills and exploring pedagogical strategies for discussing works of art. A public lecture on one artwork is required for the second credit. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Art 112 and permission of the instructor. One or two credit hours.    

221f    Drawing I    Fundamentals of drawing and use of graphic materials. Concern for drawing as a means of developing visual and perceptual awareness. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 131. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

222s    Drawing II    Continuation of Drawing I with special concern for drawing the figure. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 221. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

234fs    Printmaking I    Introduction to methods of generating images from printing surfaces. Concentration on relief printmaking. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 131. Four credit hours.    REED

235s    Printmaking II: Introduction to Intaglio Techniques    Concentration on drypoint, non-acidic tool usage, etching, aquatint, and softground. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 234. Four credit hours.    REED

241f    Painting I    Oil painting from a variety of traditional and nontraditional sources. The aim is to develop breadth of vocabulary and formal understanding. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 131. Four credit hours.    ENGMAN

242s    Painting II    Further exploration of the materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Painting I. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 241. Four credit hours.    ENGMAN

251s    Five Centuries of French Art: From Saint Louis to the Sun King     French art from the 13th through the 17th centuries. Painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as such other pictorial media as manuscript illumination, prints, tapestry, and enamel will be studied, and links with political, literary, and intellectual movements will be explored. Possible reading in French for French studies majors. Four credit hours.  A.    PLESCH

261f    Sculpture III    Further exploration of sculptural techniques and concepts with the optional addition of welded steel as a medium. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 162. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

262fs    Sculpture IV    Further exploration of sculptural techniques and concepts. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 261. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

[271]    Modern European and American Architecture    The built environment, both architecture and urbanism, from the late 18th century to the 20th century. Themes include architectural design and aesthetics, the influence of technology on design, and the function of architecture in an industrial society. Three or four credit hours.  A.    

273s    The Arts of China    A historical introduction to the major art forms of China, from their beginnings in the Neolithic to the modern period. Four credit hours.  A.    WEITZ

[274]    The Arts of Japan    A historical introduction to the major art forms of Japan--painting, sculpture, ceramics, architecture, and prints--from their beginnings to the modern era. Four credit hours.  A.    

275f    The Arts of Korea     A historical introduction to the major art forms of Korea, from their beginnings in the Neolithic to the modern period. Four credit hours.  A.    WEITZ

281f    Photography I    An introduction to basic concepts, techniques, and materials of photography. Students must provide their own 35mm camera with manual control. Prerequisite: Art 131. Four credit hours.    GREEN

282s    Photography II     Further exploration of the materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Photography I, with emphasis on advanced technical controls of black-and-white photography and the growth of the student's personal photographic vision. Prerequisite: Art 281. Four credit hours.    GREEN

285s    History of Photography    An introduction to the major aesthetic and cultural debates surrounding photography. Investigates aesthetic styles, historical questions about whether a mechanical medium can produce art, what forms of evidence or witnessing photographs provide, and how photographs construct ideas about "the real." Primary focus is on the Anglo-American tradition. Emphasizes skills of visual analysis. Four credit hours.  A.    SALTZ

293j    Asian Museum Workshop: Word Play and Visual Imagery in China    A museum workshop experience in which students organize and install an exhibition on a specified topic in Asian art. Topic for 2010: Word Play and Visual Imagery in China. The vocabulary of Chinese decorative art consists largely of auspicious imagery, including many varieties of flowers and animals. Understanding the meaning of these images depends on a special kind of reading, in which the sound of the symbol's name rhymes with the sound for another word or phrase. These visual puns will be the topic of the exhibition created by students in this course. No previous Chinese language experience necessary. Prerequisite: East Asian Studies 151 or 152 or Art 173. Three credit hours.    WEITZ

297f    American Art: From Colonial to Contemporary    Listed as American Studies 297. Four credit hours.    CARO

[311]    Art of the Aegean and Greece    Architecture, sculpture, and painting from the development of the Minoan civilization through the Hellenistic period. Prerequisite: Art 111. Three or four credit hours.    

[313]    Art of the Early Middle Ages    Painting, sculpture, and architecture from A.D. 315 to 1000, from the Christianization of Rome through the development of Byzantine civilization in the East and through the Ottoman Empire in the West. Prerequisite: Art 111. Three or four credit hours.    

[314]    Art of the High Middle Ages    Romanesque and Gothic painting, sculpture, and architecture in Western Europe, from the re-emergence of monumental stone sculpture through the exuberance of the Gothic cathedral. Influences of monastery, pilgrimage, and court on art from A.D. 1000 to 1400. Prerequisite: Art 111. Three or four credit hours.    

331f    Art of the Renaissance in Northern Europe    The art of France, Germany, and the Lowlands in the 15th and 16th centuries, with emphasis on the major painters from Van Eyck to Bruegel. Prerequisite: Art 111 or 112. Three or four credit hours.    PLESCH

[332]    Art of the Renaissance in Italy    The art of the 14th, 15th, and early 16th centuries in Italy, with emphasis on the major architects, sculptors, and painters. Prerequisite: Art 111 or 112. Three or four credit hours.    

[333]    Mannerism and Baroque Art in Southern Europe    Painting, sculpture, and architecture from the late works of Michelangelo in the 16th century through the early 18th century in Italy and Spain. Prerequisite: Art 112. Three or four credit hours.    

334f    Film and Society    Listed as American Studies 334. Four credit hours.  U.    SALTZ

[336]    Women in Art    A seminar investigation of issues regarding women as subjects in, and as producers of, art in 19th- and 20th-century Europe and America. Four credit hours.    

341f    Painting III    Further exploration of the materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Painting II. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 221 (may be taken concurrently) or 242. Four credit hours.    ENGMAN

342fs    Painting IV    Further exploration of the materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Painting III. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 341. Four credit hours.    ENGMAN

351s    European Art, 1780-1880    Emphasis on European art of the Neoclassic, Romantic, Realist, and Impressionist movements. Prerequisite: Art 112. Three or four credit hours.    MARLAIS

[352]    Modern Art, 1880-1914    History of avant-garde movements from Post-Impressionism through German Expressionism. Prerequisite: Art 112. Three or four credit hours.    

353f    Contemporary Art, 1914 to the Present    History of art from Dada and Surrealism to our own time. Emphasis on issues of art criticism as well as on current practices. Prerequisite: Art 112. Three or four credit hours.    MARLAIS

361fs    Sculpture V    Further exploration of sculptural techniques and concepts. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 262. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

362s    Sculpture VI    Further exploration of sculptural techniques and concepts. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 361. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

375s    Seminar: Race and Visual Culture    Listed as American Studies 375. Four credit hours.  U.    SALTZ

[394]    Seminar on Architecture    A seminar investigation into a variety of topics that is designed to question the nature of architecture, the role of the architect, and the analysis of specific buildings. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Four credit hours.    

441fs    Painting V    Further exploration of materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Painting IV. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 342. Four credit hours.    ENGMAN

442fs    Painting VI    Further exploration of materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Painting V. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 441. Four credit hours.    ENGMAN

[443]    Painting VII    Further exploration of materials, techniques, and ideas developed in Painting VI. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 442. Four credit hours.    

461f    Sculpture VII    Further exploration of sculptural techniques and ideas. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 362. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

462s    Sculpture VIII    Further exploration of sculptural techniques and ideas. Out-of-class work is essential. Prerequisite: Art 461. Four credit hours.    MATTHEWS

[472]    Seminar: Food in Art, Food as Art     Narrow as this topic may seem, it will allow us to learn about the history of food, look at art from prehistoric times to the present, and address a wide variety of issues. In addition to still-life painting, art featuring food includes depictions in which figures eat, prepare, and serve food. Examines the aesthetics of feasts and banquets, the architecture of eating spaces, the symbolic functions ascribed to food, and how food presentation follows the artistic styles of the period. Prerequisite: Art 111 or 112. Four credit hours.    

[475]    Seminar in Devotional Art    In the late Middle Ages a revolution took place in art with the development of individual piety and the quest for a direct and personal relationship with God. The forms and functions of works of art meant as devotional tools. Works produced from 1300 to 1600 throughout Europe and in a variety of media--panel painting, sculpture, manuscript illumination, ivory--and their relationship with such devotional exercises as prayer and meditation. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Four credit hours.    

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Art History: Individual study of special problems in the history or theory of the visual arts. Studio: Individual upper-level work in studio areas, intended to build upon course work or to explore new areas in studio. Not meant to take the place of existing courses. Prerequisite: Art History: Permission of the instructor. Studio: A year of studio course work and permission of the instructor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY

493As    Seminar: Contemporary Art     Drawing on the extensive collections of contemporary art in the Colby College Museum of Art, a seminar investigation of recent art, with emphasis on research methods and presentation of information in both written and oral form. Students will do intensive work with research tools in art history and criticism and will present research results in both traditional written form and in digital format. Four credit hours.    MARLAIS

497f    Seminar: Sex in Art    A research seminar intended to investigate the different ways in which sexuality is represented throughout the history of art. Prerequisite: Art 111 or 112. Four credit hours.    PLESCH