Course Catalog: Visual Arts Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

VIS 112
Western Art Renaissance to Modern
4 credits

Surveys Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Ex-amines 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, dis-cussed 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: Up-per Level Writing (after ENG 121) and Creativity and the Arts or Historical Prerequisite: ENG 121, . 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 vis-its. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121) and Creativity and the Arts or Historical Perspectives. Prerequisite: ENG 121.

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,. Intermediate.

VIS 219
Art and Architecture of the Islamic World
4 credits

Studies art and architecture of Islamic cultures across the world from the origins of Islam to the nineteenth century. Introduces the religion of Islam, and examines the artistic production and built environment of many cultures, from Al-Andalus to Mughal India, that adopted it. General Education: Fulfills Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Also fulfills Creativity and the Arts OR Historical Perspectives. 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 236
Stamped, Stenciled and Silkscreened
4 credits

Introduces students to direct and experimental print processes such as collography, monoprinting, stenciling, stamping, silkcreen. The-se techniques will be explored as design tools that can be used for multiple and layered imagery and drawing approaches using a mixture of materials. Projects will encourage individual expressions and personal imagery. General Education: Creativity & 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 265
Women, Art and Society
4 credits

Considers the impact of feminism on the discipline of art history. Investigates work of women artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt and Faith Ringgold, studies women as patrons, audiences. Slide presentations, videos, museum trips. General Education: Fulfills Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Also fulfills Creativity and the Arts OR Historical Perspectives. Prerequisite ENG 121. 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.

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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