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ART 100 Survey of Western Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

History of art from prehistory to the present examined in relation to the cultural background in which it was shaped.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 101 Basic Drawing
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

An introduction to building skills, techniques and critical awareness across a variety of drawing media.  Students will sharpen their awareness of the intimate links between observation and creative expression in the context of contemporary art practices.  Topics include figure, still life, landscape, narrative and abstraction.  No prior experience is required. (Formerly ART 201 - Basic Drawing)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 103 Basic Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

This painting course is designed for beginners interested in building a range of skills from traditional principles of oil paint to experimental techniques across a variety of painting media.  Students will develop a respect and attention for the complexity of color, variety of texture, diversity of application and brush work needed for a successful composition.  The goal of this course is not to make perfect paintings, but to build an understanding of paint and process in the context of contemporary art practices.  (Formerly ART 203 - Basic Painting)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 104 Figure Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Staff

Explores classical and contemporary approaches to figure painting.  Provides foundation of painting principles in oil and acrylic using live models as well as photography and digital manipulations.  Issues related to the body in contemporary art practices, art theory, and contemporary painting practices will be discussed and used as a catalyst for the painting process. (Formerly ART 204 - Figure Painting)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 
 

ART 105 Introduction to Print Media
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Starr

An introduction to contemporary studio art practices through hands-on experimentation with print media. Projects explore the unique opportunities and peculiarities of printmaking techniques including digital printing, etching and photogravure.  This course includes a community engagement workshop utilizing skills acquired in the course to collaborate with underrepresented artists from local organizations.  No prior art experience is required. (Formerly ART 215 - Introduction to Print Media)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 107 Introduction to Works on Paper
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Starr

In this course we will utilize printmaking processes to explore the fundamentals of drawing.  A mixed media approach to constructing images from paper will be studied through assignments that stress a hybrid of innovative printmaking and direct-drawing techniques.  Projects will introduce a no-holds-barred approach to developing artwork by taking advantage of numerous technologies including digital photography, medieval woodcuts and nineteenth-century lithography.  No prior art experience is required. (Formerly ART 217 - Works on Paper)


Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 109 Basic Sculpture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Savage

A hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of contemporary mixed media sculpture through woodworking, welding, mold-making, bronze casting and 3D printing.  No prior experience is required or expected.  Cultivate awareness through making, reading and discussing the unique roles sculpture plays in the broader social world.  Become a more thoughtful, accountable and empathetic human being by exploring your interiority, your biases, your cultural preconceptions and the collective limits of your personal philosophy through working with your hands and the unique way of knowing that is sculpture.  You will get dirty.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 111 Introduction to Digital Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall and Spring)

 

Instructor
Dietrick


An introduction to digital art studio practice with a focus on digital imaging, sound, filmmaking, and the web. Using DSLR cameras and the Adobe Master Collection software, the course builds skills, techniques, and critique of digital art through cross-media experimentation. Readings and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists. (Formerly ART 211 - Introduction to Digital Art)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 124 Survey of American Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Smith
 

How do you create a visual arts culture in America?  Whose America is it?  What kinds of contributions and encounters does it include from Native Americans to the Digital Age?  What did the so-called Founding Fathers think about the role of art in the new nation?  How does it shape and is shaped by nationhood?  How does it relate to Europe?  How does it relate to a global world?  This course, open to first-year students and to all students, without any prerequisite, will delve into these questions just at the moment when the visual cultures of nationhood are being challenged and reshaped by international forces such as populism, global migration, and changing borders(Formerly ART 124 - American Art)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 126 Survey of Western Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Ligo

Major developments in western architecture that occurred from Stonehenge to the present. (Formerly ART 226 Survey of Western Architecture)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 130 Earth Art-From Lascaux to Lutyens
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Ligo

The world history of garden design as a manifestation of humanity's ever-changing relationship with the natural world. Important gardens and their creators will be studied in light of the theology, politics, architecture, painting, theatre and stage design, poetry, and philosophy that shaped them. (Formerly Art 230 - Earth Art-From Lascaux to Lutyens)

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Humanities track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

 

ART 201 Advanced Drawing
Prerequisites & Notes

Art 101
(Spring)

Instructor
Staff

A continuation of concepts and skills introduced in Basic Drawing.  Designed to strengthen skills in drawing technique and process through the development of individual projects.  Includes discussions of advanced topics in contemporary art theory and practice. (Formerly ART 301 - Advanced Drawing)

ART 203 Advanced Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

ART 103
(Spring)

Instructor
Staff

This course is designed to strengthen technique in a chosen medium and to develop personal projects.  A wide interpretation of painting is applied.  Includes discussion of advanced topics in contemporary art theory and practices. (Formerly ART 303 - Advanced Painting)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 204 The Gothic Cathedral
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Ligo

Developments in architecture in Western Europe between 1000-1500, from the emergence of the Romanesque to the demise of the Gothic.  Political, socio-economic, theological context from which these architectural styles emerged.  Development in sculpture and stained glass during this period. (Formerly ART 304 - The Gothic Cathedral)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

 

ART 205 Advanced Printmaking
Prerequisites & Notes

ART 105 or 107.
(Spring)

Instructor
Starr

Expands on skills learned in Art 105 - Introduction to Print Media and/or Art 107 - Works on Paper to develop individual projects.  Introduces screen printing and advanced printmaking techniques.  Multimedia applications of printmaking processes are explored. (Formerly ART 305 - Advanced Printmaking)

ART 206 From Catacombs to Cathedrals
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

A survey of Christian art in the Middle Ages including art and architecture from the Early Christian catacombs in Rome to the earliest illustrated Bibles, Byzantine mosaics, and the Gothic cathedrals in France.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 208 Origins of the Modern in Northern Renaissance Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

When King Charles V ascended the French throne in the mid-fourteenth century, he and his three brothers vied with one another as to who could commission the most elaborate illuminated manuscript, the most highly bejeweled reliquary, or the most sumptuously painted altarpiece to decorate their private chapels in their numerous palaces and castles in Paris and the provinces.  Two hundred and fifty years later that sort of patronage was a distant memory.  Events such as the invention of the printing press and the Protestant Reformation had a profound effect on material culture.  A feudal economy was transformed into a mercantile economy, inaugurating "modern" social structures that remain with us today.  Art changed accordingly:  street vendors hawked cheap woodcuts of patron saints on market days; engravings of peasants behaving boorishly were a little more expensive, but suited the middle class; wealthy merchants from the flourishing port city of Antwerp sought paintings of their peasants at work and play.  We will study the profound changes that took place in the production of art between 1350 and 1580 in northern Europe within the context of the rise of early modern culture.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 209 Advanced Sculpture
Prerequisites & Notes

ART 109
(Spring)

Instructor
Savage

Sculptural concepts with attention to complex processes such as large-scale fabrication and bronze casting. Individual development of particular media chosen by the student. (Formerly ART 309 - Advanced Sculpture)

ART 210 Renaissance Art in Italy
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from 1300 to approximately 1570. Works by artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the writers who were their contemporaries: Alberti and Vasari.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 211 Advanced Digital Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Art 111
(Spring)

Instructor
Dietrick

ART 211 is an advanced digital art studio course with a focus on interactive and narrative forms of digital art, 3D printing, projection mapping, performance, and installation. Students will conceive of project concepts independently or collaboratively. Readings and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists. (Formerly ART 311 - Advanced Digital Art)

 

 

ART 212 Seventeenth-Century Art & Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Catholic-Reformation Italy and the Golden Age of Protestant Holland. Artists including Caravaggio, Rubens, and Rembrandt, as well as issues such as how the differing demands of a Catholic culture and a Protestant economy affected the art of the period.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 214 Royalty, Rogues and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Smith

Once thought of as only a transitional period between the great art of the Counter-Reformation of the 17th century and the dynamic modernization of the better known art of the 19th century, recent scholarship has shown how the art of the 18th century speaks to a changing world in terms of gender, class, travel, and leisure with the rise of secular rationalism and a new idea, "Might it be that things are not what they might seem to be?"  These changes seem to be reflected in our current concerns which deal with the challenges of equally virtual realities.  Beneath the frills of paint and flirtations of fashionable young people, lie the very serious dreams of autonomy, collective identity and freedom.  Can the painting of the personal freedom have anything to do with political liberty?  The answer just might be found in this course.  (Formerly ART 214 - Eighteenth-Century Art)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 216 The Age of Artistic Revolutions - 19th Century European Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring) 

Instructor
Ligo

The hundred year period from 1790 to 1890 witnessed the greatest series of revolutions in painting in the entire history of Western art.  When these hundred years began art was produced for the sake of the Church or the King; when these hundred years ended art was being produced for the sake of art.  This remarkable revolution took place though a series of clearly definable mini revolutions or "isms." Neo-classicism was revolted against by Romanticism; Romanticism was revolted against by Realism; Realism was revolted against by Impressionism; Impressionism was revolted against by Symbolism; and Symbolism was revolted against by Expressionism. In order to trace the emergence and development of the above revolutions, we will be studying the work of leading nineteenth-century artists from France, England, Germany and Spain in light of the political, theological, philosophical, psychological and art historical influences that shaped their work. (Formerly ART 216 - Nineteenth-Century Painting)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 
 

ART 218 An Explosion of "-isms": The History of European Painting & Sculpture from 1890-1960
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Ligo

An examination of the developments in painting and sculpture from the reaction against Impressionism through the emergence of Abstract Expressionism (1890-1960).  This course will focus primarily upon these developments in Western Europe.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 220 The Greening of Modern Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Ligo
 

Architecture and Environmental Studies are natural companions.  Unfortunately developments in the history of modern architecture until the final third of the twentieth century rarely acknowledged their companionship.  During the past fifty years, however, there has been an explosion of theoretical writing and architectural practice to redress this oversight.  The focus of the assigned readings in this course will familiarize the participants with the leading theorists in the field of sustainable architecture, and enable them to design a private dwelling that is both modern and sustainable.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 222 Painted Women, Women Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

As a survey of gender in art, this course's first half examines how women have been represented in Western art and what that implies about the balance of power between the genders over the centuries. The second half of the course deals with the gradual growth of art made by women, the issues addressed by that art, and its reception in American culture of the past century.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

ART 228 Seminar: French Impressionism
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Smith

What is French Impressionism and why do we all seem to love it so?

What was once derisively called "mere impressions" of "ugliness" is, almost a century and a half later, arguably the most popular art of our time.  The works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, Berthe Morisot, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Mary Cassatt, and many others known as "The Independents," were shown in eight exhibitions from 1874 to 1886.  This seminar will examine the beginnings, techniques, historical context, critiques, and legacies of these artists who are now considered as having executed some of the most beautiful paintings ever made. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 232 Classics Abroad: Greek and Roman Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Toumazou

Survey of major and minor forms of classical art and architecture. Includes the arts of Byzantium and examples of Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture derived from the classical tradition.

ART 234 Contemporary Art of Yesterday and Today
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
S. Smith

What is Contemporary Art?  What is the difference between Modern Art and Contemporary Art?  This course will examine these issues by looking at the art history of the second half of the 20th century and the first decades of the current century.  What is the role of abstraction in Modern and Contemporary Art?  What is the role of representation?  What is the role of gender and race in the art of yesterday and today?  How is Contemporary Art similar and different in Eastern and Western cultures?  How does the dynamic of so-called fine art and popular art evolve during this period?  What about the role of the artist and the critic and gallery dealer and viewer?  Where do you see art...in a museum, in a computer, in a desert, in an art fair?  How is art related to science?  To technology?  To globalism?  This course will examine these issues through the images of our times.  (Formerly ART 219 - Contemporary Art)

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

 

ART 270 Special Topics in Digital Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Art 111
(Not offered 2017-18.)

Instructor
Dietrick

A rotating studio course in digital and new media techniques, disciplines, and theory emphasizing individual creative development and skilled approaches to technical problem solving in visual art.  Topics include exploring the computer as an artistic medium, digital performance, digital storytelling, video art, and code as art.  Through interdisciplinary exploration, students employ a combination of digital and traditional methods, using the computer to establish various digital techniques.  May be repeated twice when topics vary.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

 

ART 320 Seminars in Art History (320-370)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Courses numbered with even numbers from 320 through 370 are art history seminars limited to ten upperclass students with preference given to art majors. They are offered on an irregular basis in areas of special interest to the faculty, including such topics as history of photography, modern and contemporary critical theory, and individual artists.

ART 321 Seminars in Studio Art (321-371)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Courses numbered with odd numbers from 321 through 371 are studio art seminars limited to ten upperclass students with preference given to art majors. They are offered on an irregular basis in areas of special interest to the faculty.

ART 331 Printmaking - Japan
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Starr

For spring 2018, students must take ENG 393A and ART 331.  Register for 2-credit ENG 393/ART 331: Word Art/Printmaking in Japan.

This course is an introduction to printmaking and bookmaking with an emphasis on examples from Japanese artists and a focus on Japanese techniques (including the traditional Japanese woodblock printing technique and screen printing techniques).

Satisfies a Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 390 Independent Study - Art History
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors.

Instructor
Staff

For the student who wishes to pursue some special interest in art history under the supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the student's work on a regularly scheduled basis. The project must be initiated by a qualified student and approved in advance with a substantial paper as the end result.

ART 391 Independent Study - Studio Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors. Students must have completed 200- and 300-levels of the studio discipline in which they are requesting an Independent Study. 

 

Instructor
Staff

For the student who wishes to pursue some special interest in studio art under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who evaluates the student's work. Evaluation will be based upon the quality of work produced weekly by the student. The project must be initiated by a qualified student and approved in advance.

ART 397 Junior Advanced Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to junior majors and minors with an emphasis in studio art.
(Spring)

Instructor 
Staff

This course examines methods for establishing an individualized studio art practice.  The course focuses on intensive studio practice and the creation of new artwork weekly.  Critical awareness is honed through weekly reading and discussion of contemporary art history, theory, art criticism and critique of work created.  The course introduces aspects of professional practice including documenting artwork, composing an artist statement and creating a portfolio.

ART 400 Perspectives in Art History
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors. (Fall)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

Required during the fall semester for all senior art majors with an emphasis in art history.

 

 

ART 401 Senior Exhibition and Advanced Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to senior majors and minors with an emphasis in studio art.
(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

This course is focused on the creation of a concentrated body of work based on independently conducted research, writing and studio production.  Course components include periodic faculty/peer critique, an exhibition of work created, and a public presentation regarding the research conducted.

ART 402 Art History Capstone Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors. 
(Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Required of all senior art history majors.  Topic TBD.  Includes travel component

ART 496 Senior Art History Honors Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor/adviser.

Instructor
Staff

Students submit a written proposal for a topic in the spring of their junior year. If the topic is accepted, the student enrolls in Art 496 during the fall semester of the senior year. A draft of the thesis is submitted by the end of the semester, whereupon an "Incomplete" is assigned. The final draft is defended during the spring semester in a one-hour oral examination.

CLA 141 Greek Art and Archaeology
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Fall)

May be applied toward a major in Art History.

Instructor
Toumazou

Minoan-Mycenaean art and architecture of the Aegean Bronze Age; later Greek art and architecture from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 142 Roman Art and Archeology
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Fall)

May be applied toward a major in Art History.

Instructor 
Toumazou

Art and architecture of the Roman Republic and Empire, including influences of earlier Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek art upon the Romans. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 441 The Parthenon
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Offered in alternate years.)

Instructor
Toumazou

Exploration of the architectural, aesthetic, religious and political contexts of the Parthenon, including its impact through the ages. The class will visit the recreation of the Parthenon in Nashville.

DIG 240 Art and Electronic Media
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietrick

This course explores the relationships between art and electronic media in the 20th and 21st centuries. Focusing on the shift from industrial to information-driven economies, the curriculum outlines digital art's historical trajectory, from important precursors like photography and early analog examples like video art. Special attention is given to film, gaming, 3D printing, architecture and interdisciplinary art practices.

Satisfies a requirement in the Art History major and minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the  Digital Studies minor.
Satisfies an elective requirement in the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a Visual & Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ENG 393 Studies in Literature and the Visual Arts: A: Word Art/Japan or B: Film Theory
Prerequisites & Notes

393A Word Art

Instructor
Churchill

For Spring 2018, students must take ENG 393A and ART 331. Register for 2-credit ENG 393/ART 331: Word Art/Printmaking in Japan.

We live in a highly visual culture. To be literate, we need to read and interpret words, images & the interplay between them, both in print and online. This course examines print & digital texts that combine words & images. We will study some of the most complex and subtle word/image texts, focusing on Japanese masters and genres such as haiku, political woodblock prints, manga, and anime. Word-Art is a hybrid course: a study of words & images, a combination of critical & creative thinking, and an investigation into print & digital forms.

The Spring 2018 course will be interlinked with Professor Tyler Starr's ART 311: Printmaking in Japan. Students must sign up for both courses and will receive 2 course credits. Students will create their own books using paper from Japan, create digital facsimiles, and take a field trip to Washington DC, during cherry blossom season. Wile ostensibly, ENG 393 will emphasize writing and digital publication, and ART 331 will focus on images and printmaking, the pairing of the two courses will deconstruct word/image, print/digital,  and East/West binaries through mutlimedia investigations that require interdiscilinary approaches and encourage cross-fertilization.

ENG 393A satisfies a Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
ENG 393A fulfills the innovation requirement for the English major.

 

393B Film Theory

Instructor
Miller

This course explores theoretical approaches to fiction and nonfiction film, television, video and other media. Though no production experience is required, we will make storyboards and videos, and students have the option to make a video as a final project. We then consider "ists" and "isms" including realism and reality TV; modernism; postmodernism; materialism; evolutionary criticism, and Freudalism and gender theory. Movies we may consider: Modern Times, Pervert's Guide to Cinema, Bicycle Thieves, Star Wars, Shane, Out of the Past, Waking Life, No Country for Old Men, Man with the Movie Camera, Un Chien Andalou, and a variety of shorter videos.

Satisfies a Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.