Art and Art History (ART)
Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Ellen Hoobler, Christina Penn-Goetsch (chair), Anthony Plaut
The offerings in the Department of Art and Art History are designed for the major who is involved in the production of art and the study of art history, the major intending to teach art, and the non-major who wishes to develop insight into the fields of studio art and art history
Studio Art Major: A minimum of 12 course credits in art and art history, which include the following required courses:  three course credits in art history [AH], one of which must be 260, 362, or 363;  five course credits in studio art [SA];  483 (to be taken in the senior year); and  391 and 487 (to be taken in the senior year). Four of the above 12 courses must be at or above the 300 level. ART 371 may not be counted toward the major. Transfer students must take a minimum of six courses, including ART 391, 483 and 487, from the Cornell College Department of Art and Art History.
Art History Major: A minimum of 12 course credits in art and art history:  three course credits in studio art [SA];  six course credits in art history [AH];  484; and  392 and 487 (to be taken in the senior year). Four of the above 12 courses must be at or above the 300 level. ART 371 may not be counted toward the major. Transfer students must take a minimum of six courses, including ART 484 and 487, from the Cornell College Department of Art and Art History.
Teaching Major in Studio Art: The same as the Studio Art major above, but to include one course credit in painting, one course credit in sculpture, and ART 371. Teaching majors are advised to take courses which provide experience in a variety of media. In addition to the foregoing requirements for the subject major, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific major requirements from the Education Office.
Minors: Two minors are available. No courses, except ART 103 and ART 104, may be counted toward more than one minor under the supervision of the Department of Art and Art History. Transfer students must take at least three courses from the Cornell College Department of Art and Art History.
Art History Minor: A minimum of six course credits in art and art history which include at least four art history courses [AH] and two studio art courses [SA]. Individual projects and tutorials in art history or studio art will not be counted toward fulfillment of the minor.
Studio Art Minor: A minimum of six course credits in art and art history which include at least four studio art courses [SA], and two art history courses [AH], one of which must be 260, 362, or 363. Individual projects and tutorials in art history or studio art will not be counted toward fulfillment of the minor.
103; 203. Drawing I & II
Interaction with art elements, line, form, space, value, texture, pattern, and color, using limited media. May be repeated as ART 203 taken with a different instructor. (Fine Arts) [SA]
104. Studio Art Basics
Introductory-level studio art course exploring art elements, concepts, and history. Three versions are offered on a rotating basis: 2-D, 3-D, and Photo Imaging. (Fine Arts) BIONDO-GEMMELL, DYAS, PLAUT [SA], or COLEMAN
Various introductory-level art offerings based on faculty availability and interest. See Topics Courses. (Fine Arts) [SA]
151. Art and Culture
A thematic introduction to the subjects of art history, the language, and the methods used in the discipline, with a specific focus on the relationship of form and content. The course examines works of art as expressions of social, intellectual, religious, and aesthetic values. (Humanities, Writing Requirement) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
202. Ceramics I
Complete process from preparation of clay to glaze firing, using hand building and wheel throwing techniques to produce ceramic artworks. Offered only in the parallel format, the course runs for two consecutive terms. (Fine Arts) BIONDO-GEMMELL [SA]
An introduction to camera use, black and white film, and darkroom techniques with an emphasis on photography within an art context. Students must provide their own 35mm SLR film camera. Prerequisite: any 100-level studio art course. (Fine Arts) DYAS [SA] ART
The making of three-dimensional art forms using a variety of techniques, primarily with clay, plaster, and mixed media. Prerequisite: any 100-level studio art course. (Fine Arts) BIONDO-GEMMELL [SA]
220 through 230. Studio Art Topics
Topics in studio art. See Topics Courses. (Fine Arts) [SA]
232; 332. Drawing Life I & II
A variety of drawing techniques and concepts explored with emphasis on the human figure. May be repeated as ART 332. Alternate years. Prerequisite: any 100-level studio art course. (Fine Arts) PLAUT [SA]
This studio course introduces traditional dying, spinning, and handweaving techniques, as well as innovative design and installation practices. Students are also introduced to textile cultural history, folklore, and contemporary fiber art concepts. (Fine Arts) [SA]
237. Surface Design
This studio course ties the social meaning of clothing and textiles to the techniques of manipulating and transforming cloth. Students make art using screenprint, dye, collage, embroidery, and quilt techniques. (Fine Arts) [SA]
This studio course introduces sculpture, installation, and bookmaking using handmade and found paper. Students make Japanese, Nepalese, and European style papers and review the work of current artists manipulating paper to express ideas. (Fine Arts) [SA]
An introduction to the use of acrylic paint as a fine art medium. Observational, abstract, and non-objective approaches will be explored. Prerequisite: any 100-level studio art course. (Fine Arts) PLAUT [SA]
251. Greek and Hellenistic Art
A review of the ancient art of the Mediterranean provides a foundation for an examination of the arts of ancient Greece from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. Offered every third year. (Humanities) HOOBLER [AH]
252. Etruscan and Roman Art
Hellenistic era through the end of the Roman Empire, including the visual arts from the Etruscan peoples to the early Christians. Offered every third year. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
256. Italian Renaissance Art: Art, Architecture, and Humanism
The visual arts of Italy from the late medieval period through the end of the sixteenth century. Artists covered include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Titian. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
257. Medusa's Gaze: Art in the Age of Galileo
Visual arts of Western Europe, from the early seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. Examples of seventeenth-century artists include Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Gentileschi, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Alternate years. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
259. Art, Identity, and Revolution: Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Art
Investigation of four European movements (Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism) from the mid-eighteenth century through the nineteenth century. Subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities) STAFF [AH]
260. Modern Art
Investigation of the development of Modernism and its demise during the second half of the twentieth century. Multiple styles are discussed from the late nineteenth century to 1960. (Humanities) HOOBLER [AH]
263. African Art and the Diaspora
Survey of the visual arts of Africa south of the Sahara based on the cycle of life in Africa. Culture and art objects will be discussed thematically, focusing on issues of birth and abundance, initiations, sexuality and partnership, status and royalty, secret societies, as well as death and the ancestors. Topics discussed will include traditional dress, decorated utensils and weapons, body arts, sculpture, painting, weaving, pottery, and architecture. The emphasis will be placed on the object as art form and as conceptual tool to translate socio-political ideas. (Humanities) STAFF [AH]
264. African American Art
This course provides an introduction to the visual arts produced by people of African descent in the United States from colonial times to the present. Artists, art movements, the relationship of art to politics, and the formation of racial and cultural identity will be examined. The emphasis will be placed on the object as art form and as conceptual tool to translate socio-political ideas. Offered every third year. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
265. Ritual Arts of the African Diaspora
In this course, the religious and aesthetic practices of West and Central Africa and their significance, preservation, and transformation in the Americas from the period of slavery to the present will be examined. The focus of the class will be on ritual arts such as Vodun, Santeria, Candomble, and Obeah and their cultural impact on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities) STAFF [AH]
266. American Indian Art: Gender and the Marketplace
Introduces students to traditional and contemporary art made by indigenous individuals and groups in North America. Participants examine sculpture, painting, pottery, textiles, and human adornment. The course is organized according to cultural areas; however, common thematic issues and the effects of colonialism are stressed in discussion and assigned readings. Offered every third year. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH[AH]
274 through 279. Topics in Art History
Various intermediate-level art history offerings based on faculty availability and interest. See Topics Courses. (Humanities) [AH]
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
Half-credit projects are not permitted.
291; 391. Studio Tutorial
Sustained projects in studio art. Prerequisites: a minimum of three college-level art courses, experience in the medium of the tutorial, and permission of the instructor at least two terms in advance. May be repeated for credit. [SA]
292; 392. Art History Tutorial
An examination of one or more areas of art history not included in the regular offerings, or expanded research of a topic introduced in an art history course previously studied. Prerequisites: a minimum of two college-level art history courses, appropriate experience in the area of proposed study, and permission of the instructor at least two terms in advance. May be taken for half credit. May be repeated for credit. [AH]
302. Ceramics II
Advanced techniques in the formation and surface treatment of ceramic artworks. Registration, when the course is taught off campus, entails additional costs. Prerequisites: ART 202 and permission of instructor. Offered only in the parallel format, the course runs for two consecutive terms. (Fine Arts) BIONDO-GEMMELL [SA]
Production and analysis of time-based visual art. Introduction to the practice, history, and theory of avant-garde visual art in the twentieth century and beyond. Students will work individually and collaboratively with video, sound, performance, photography and the internet. Prerequisite: any 200-level studio art course. Alternate years. (Fine Arts) DYAS [SA]
307. Advanced Photography
Advanced work in photography, with opportunity for maximum creative activity. Prerequisite: ART 207. Alternate years. (Fine Arts) DYAS [SA]
310. Collage and Assemblage
Studio course centered on the making, presenting, and analysis of two-and three-dimensional art made from "found" materials. Students are responsible for acquiring suitable materials. Prerequisite: any 200-level studio art course. Alternate years. (Fine Arts) PLAUT [SA]
The making of three-dimensional art forms using mold-making techniques. Students will cast clay and other sculptural materials. Prerequisite: any 200-level studio art course. Offered every third year. (Fine Arts) BIONDO-GEMMELL [SA]
335. Advanced Textiles
This studio course explores traditional and unconventional fiber art-making practices within a contemporary context. Students explore relationships between technique, media, and artistic intent. Prerequisite: ART 235, 237, or 238. Alternate years. (Fine Arts) [SA]
343. Observational Painting
Upper-level painting course with an emphasis on looking at the physical world and recording these observations with paint. Subject matter will include still life, human figures, architecture, and landscapes. Prerequisite: ART 242. Offered every third year. (Fine Arts) PLAUT [SA]
344. Abstract Painting
Upper-level painting course with an emphasis on looking at the physical world and then responding with expressive exaggerations. Prerequisite: ART 242. Offered every third year. (Fine Arts) PLAUT [SA]
345. Non-Objective Painting
Upper-level painting course that explores the possibility of making paintings that have little or no reference to material reality. Prerequisite: ART 242. Offered every third year. (Fine Arts) PLAUT [SA]
353-355. Advanced Topics in Studio Art
Advanced topics in studio art. See Topics Courses. (Fine Arts)
361. Saints and She-Devils
Examination of some of the most common depictions of women during the late Medieval and Renaissance periods, beginning with Eve and the Virgin Mary. Themes include popular images of the hag, the witch, and the prostitute as well as other depictions that demonstrate how man is led astray by feminine wiles. Readings span from the Bible and Thomas Aquinas to contemporary scholars in gender studies. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
362. Art Since 1960
This course looks at the major movements, aesthetic theories, and critical debates related to art in the late 20th century in order to gain a better understanding of the diversity of contemporary practices. Students will be introduced to minimalism, conceptual art, institutional critique, feminist art, process and body art, postmodernism, and globalism. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course. Alternate years. (Humanities) HOOBLER [AH]
363. Feminist Art
Investigation of the feminist art movement of the 1970s to the present, as well as contemporary artwork by women artists. Readings and lectures focus on feminist approaches to gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and colonialism. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or WST 171. Alternate years. (Humanities) PENN-GOETSCH [AH]
371. Art Methods
Current K-12 methods in the teaching of art. Special emphasis on the materials and methods needed to be a creative art teacher. Lesson and unit design, computer applications, student assessment, classroom management, and 30 hours of observation and practicum work in the local schools. Required of all Education majors seeking K-6 and/or 7-12 certification recommendation(s) in art. Optional for general elementary education majors. This course cannot be used for credit toward an Art major or minor. Prerequisites: EDU 205, 215, 230, 240, and admission to the Teacher Education Program.
375 through 379. Advanced Topics in Art History
Examination of particular themes in art history. The course integrates material from other disciplines. Upcoming topics may include: African Masquerade; The Sistine Chapel; Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael; Monet and the Impressionists; Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe; The Duchamp Effect; Art and Empire; Classical Architecture; and the City of Rome. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years. See Topics Courses. (Humanities) [AH]
483. Studio Art Seminar
Readings and discussions about theories of art in conjunction with a studio practicum. Prerequisites: ART 260, 362, or 363, senior standing, and declared Studio Art major. PLAUT [SA]
484. Art History Seminar
Readings and discussions about theories of art and the methodologies of art history with a practicum. Prerequisites: junior standing and declared Art History major. Alternate years. HOOBLER [AH]
487. Senior Thesis
A substantial capstone project to be completed during the senior year. Studio majors conceive, create, and mount an exhibition of a new body of work. Art history majors research an art historical problem, write a research paper, prepare an abstract, and provide a public presentation of their work with the goal of creating an original contribution to the discipline. An oral defense is required for either major. Prerequisite: ART 483 or 484.
514. Life Drawing (1/4)
Open studio for working from the human figure. Does not fulfill fine arts credit. (CR)
951. London and Florence: Arts in Context: see ACM Programs.
952. Florence: see ACM Programs.
964. Chicago Semester in the Arts: see ACM Programs.