Visual Arts Courses 2013-2014

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

VIS 112
Western Art Renaissance to Modern
4 credits

Surveys Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Examines architecture, sculpture, painting and graphic arts. Includes lectures, slides and museum visits. General Education: Creativity and the Arts OR Historical Perspectives Introductory.

VIS 125
Introduction to Design
4 credits

Introduces basic elements of two- dimensional design. Explores fundamental visual language of color, line, shape, texture, in a variety of media. Traditional and contemporary arts viewed, discussed in conjunction with studio projects. Students are encouraged to develop individual artistic expression. Materials fee assessed. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Required for Visual Arts majors. Offered: Fall, Spring.

VIS 130
Drawing
4 credits

Explores basic concepts of drawing, develops drawing skills as means of developing personal artistic expressiveness. Charcoal, pencil, brush and ink, pastel are used in still life, life drawing, landscape, and portraiture. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Required for Visual Arts majors. Offered: Fall and Spring

VIS 215
History of Architecture
4 credits

Studies world architecture from prehistory to modern world. Focuses on major building traditions through in-depth study of individual monuments; considers the interplay of materials, technologies, and cultural needs responsible for built environment. Slide lectures, readings, discussions, field trips. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121, formerly ENG 111) and Creativity and the Arts or Historical Prerequisite: ENG 121, formerly ENG 111. Intermediate.

VIS 217
Art and Architecture of Ancient Cultures
4 credits

Explores art and architecture of selected ancient cultures: India, China, the Near East, Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome. Examines paintings, sculpture, ceramics, metal work, and architecture in historical context. Slide presentations, class discussion, museum visits. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121, formerly ENG 111) and Creativity and the Arts OR Historical Perspectives. Prerequisite: ENG 121, formerly ENG 111.

VIS 218
Cathedral and Castle
4 credits

Studies art of Middle Ages in Europe and the Middle East in cultural context. . Focuses on religious, civic, and domestic architecture, sculpture, stained glass, painting, book illumination, metal work, fiber arts. Museum visits, slide presentations, discussion. General Education: Upper Level Writing and Creativity and the Arts or Historical Perspectives. Prerequisite: ENG 121, formerly ENG 111. Intermediate.

VIS 220
Ceramics
4 credits

Introduces techniques of hand-built and wheel-thrown construction, mixing and applying glazes, and firing. Sensitivity to design necessities will be stressed through self and group criticism. Students pay a materials fee. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Intermediate.

VIS/COM 224
Designing the Digital Image
4 credits

Introduces computer imaging and its capacity to design and control the two-dimensional page. Through use of various two-dimensional imaging software applications (Mac-based), students learn to manipulate photographs, compose with text, and develop image concepts in the digital arena. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Intermediate.

VIS 225
Photography
4 credits

Introduces film photography as a creative medium. Includes basics of camera usage, black-and-white darkroom techniques. Slide presentations, class critiques. Final portfolio required. Students pay a materials fee; access to a 35mm film camera is necessary. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Intermediate.

VIS 235
Printmaking
4 credits

Explores basic graphic processes of monotype, relief, collograph and intaglio printmaking. Drawing and design issues addressed as important factors in developing a printed image. Projects encourage exploration of printmaking media as well as student's own imagery. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Intermediate

VIS 240
Painting
4 credits

Introduces work in oil and acrylic paint. Explores basic concepts of color, value, composition, texture. Students work from landscape and live models, developing their personal artistic expression. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Intermediate. Offered: Fall.

VIS 245
Three Dimensional Design
4 credits

Introduces basic concepts of three dimensional art. Through assignments employing wide range of materials and scales, students develop ability to manipulate form, space. Relief sculpture, sculpture in the round, installation, architecture, and product design considered in terms of form and function. General Education: Creativity and the Arts. Intermediate.

VIS 278
Art for Children
4 credits

Explores learning through, with, and about art, through art making, reflective and analytical writing, and research. Provides exposure to art materials, and to the theory and practice of using art with children in various settings. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. Intermediate.

VIS 330
Intermediate/Advanced Drawing
4 credits

Builds on drawing experience; emphasis on composition. Uses a variety of media: charcoal, pencil, brush and ink, and pastel, in still life, landscape, portrait, and imaginative subjects. Includes slide presentations, guest speakers and visits to museums, galleries and studios. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Prerequisite: One course in Drawing. Advanced.

VIS 340
Intermediate/Advanced Painting
4 credits

Builds on painting experience; develops familiarity with major painting media. Emphasizes individual projects. Develops personal artistic expression. Course will also include films, guest speakers and visits to museums, galleries and studios. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Prerequisite: One course in Painting. Advanced.

VIS 375
Design in Mixed Media
4 credits

Explores the interaction between materials and concepts through the use of mixed media approaches to image making, including collage, assemblage, layering, and deconstruction. Develops strategies for organizing visual images using design principles and perceptual skills. Experimentation with personal themes and narratives is encouraged. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Prerequisite: VIS 125. Advanced. 

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