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 Jan Plan provides students many opportunities to explore the visual arts, in and out of the classroom.


2019 Jan Plan courses in Art:

AR117  Introduction to Art Conservation and Preservation

An exploration of 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 they employ, 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 galleries and storage areas of the Colby College Museum of Art. Also includes visits to local museums and Colby chemistry labs. No prerequisite, but interest in art history or studio art is advantageous. Does not count toward an art major or minor.


AR131  Introduction to Studio Art

Provides a thorough understanding of the organizational and visual components of two-dimensional art, and introduces a working relationship with the characteristics of color. Projects, completed in a range of media, emphasize discovery through experimentation and problem solving. Students develop a variety of observational and expressive capabilities that enable them to creatively perceive, formulate, analyze, and solve visual challenges.


AR217  Figure Drawing and Anatomy

 Introduces all aspects of drawing the figure using graphite, charcoal, ink, and mixed media. Covers the hands-on applications of fundamental drawing issues, while encompassing the various historical iterations of drawing the human form. In addition to daily technical instruction pertaining to drawing the figure, image presentations give students comparative understandings of the legacy of the figure in art and help them to find their place as 21st-century visual thinkers.


AR218  Architectural Design Workshop

In this intensive introduction to architectural design, students work on an active architectural site with a professional in the field. They become familiar with the vocabulary and techniques of architecture and implement them within a local, real-world context.


AR219  Introduction to Bookbinding

The ancient craft of bookbinding has been practiced in Eastern and Western cultures for centuries. This course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to a variety of bookbinding tools, materials, and techniques. Students learn to design and produce a selection of finished bindings. Culminates with an independent project that incorporates the techniques and principles learned. Does not count toward an art major or minor.


AR288  Global Photographies

Surveys photography’s role in shaping world histories, cultures, and identities, and examines the impact of globalization on photographic practices since 1980. Topics include the worldwide production and dissemination of photographic images; the local and global character of specific genres, such as portraiture and photojournalism; the photographic representation of human movement and migration; and (post)colonial photographies. Presented thematically, lectures and discussions focus on photography of the Americas, Europe, Africa, East Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East in the late-20th and 21st century. Writing projects and oral presentations incorporate original artworks and a variety of research sources.