University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2014-2015

Art and Art History



ARTH 096A ~ Why Build That?
CRN: 94016

Instructor: William Mierse Professor of Art More . . .

Buildings represent the most expensive kinds of art works on which societies can expend their collective resources. Buildings tend to last, too often outlast those who built them, and to outlast their initial purposes. Many factors-societal, economic, aesthetic, practical, and personal-influence the choices that are made about what to build and how to build it. In this class we will examine the ways in which these various forces and others have informed architectural choices. We will explore the big ideas and investigate specific case studies. The class will be discussion-based around required readings. Participants will be evaluated on their informed engagement in the discussions and their work in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, group work, individual written and oral projects, and research papers.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course OR one Humanities course
Meets: TR 11:30am-12:45pm


ARTS 001A ~ Drawing/Printmaking
CRN: 91434

Instructor: Jane Kent Professor of Art More . . .

What is drawing? What is printmaking? What is a multiple? What makes an image that can be produced in multiple different from a drawing? Is printmaking a fine art or an industrial process? How can we distinguish between the two and does this matter? The first half of the semester will be devoted to drawing. Working from observation and using basic drawing materials, we will investigate different methods for constructing a drawing both physically and conceptually. Attention will be paid to the ever-developing drawing as both a notational and finished work of art. We will be working in the print studio and drawings will be made both in this studio and in your own environment. The figure will also be addressed. Printmaking will be introduced in the second half of the semester. Working in the print studio enables us to develop drawings as prints. We will consider the history of printing and its impact on the history of printmaking, the dissemination of the multiple within various cultural and industrial contexts, and the implication of working with an art form that produces more than one unique object. We will produce a body of work that brings together the attributes of these two disciplines. We will look at the work of artists whose prints and drawings have advanced the discipline of printmaking in general and their own work in particular through a series of visits to the Print Collection at the Fleming Museum of Art and the Special Collections at the Bailey-Howe Library. All materials will be supplied. Lab fee: $105.00

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: MW 12:50pm-2:40pm


ARTS 003C ~ Three-Dimensional Art
CRN: 95096

Instructor: Shelley Warren Instructor in Studio Art

Sculpture, architecture, and fashion design: everything in our constructed environment was created using principles and elements of design. Learn how artists create three-dimensional objects through critical analysis of the design principles involved. In this "laboratory" studio you will be both designer and maker, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional materials, and borrowing from a wide range of design concepts. Projects will be carefully developed from concept to sketch to model to handcrafted finished products in our studio. Instruction in use of tools and materials will be provided. Lab fee: $95.00.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: TR 3:10pm-5:00pm


ARTS 012C ~ Perspective on Art Making: Photography
CRN: 95018

Instructor: William McDowell Professor of Art More . . .

This course is an introduction to contemporary art practice in photography. We will explore the role of the document in photography through making black-and-white photographs. We will investigate the relationship between historical photographic practices and today's exploration of the photogram, the portrait, and the abstract. Students will gain skill in camera operation, printing, and producing work of an individual nature. Students must have access to a 35mm analog camera with manual functions. Lab fee: $95.00.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: TR 1:00pm-2:50pm


ARTS 095C ~ Clay: Wheel Throwing
CRN: 95080

Instructor: Hoyt Barringer Lecturer in Studio Art

In this course, the potter's wheel is used as the primary forming process for making functional and sculptural stoneware pieces. Technically and sculpturally, what makes a well-thrown form? How do we determine proper proportion, form, and function? Students are given an experience with process and materials that develops the necessary skills enabling them to connect the hand and eye with the heart and mind. Visual, tactile and historical possibilities are explored using local and refined slips, oxides, and high fire glazes. Tools can be purchased at the UVM Bookstore. Lab fee: $50.00.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course
Meets: TR 10:00am-11:50am

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