University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2015-2016

Art and Art History



ARTH 096A ~ Why Build That?

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


ARTS 001A ~ Drawing and Printmaking

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


ARTS 001I ~ Drawing -- Thread Lines

Instructor: Kathleen Scheider Professor of Studio Art More . . .

Taking its title Thread Lines from a seminal exhibition at the Drawing Center (New York City) in 2014, this course extends drawing beyond the use of traditional materials such as pencil, pen, and ink on paper and presents it as an expansive process where line can be woven, hand stitched, machine sewn, or performed as an extension of the body. The course highlights the affinities between the mediums of drawing and textiles in contemporary art. Students will look at artists from the 1960s to the present who use the techniques of sewing, stitching, and weaving as their primary means of creating artworks that activate the expressive, conceptual, and social potential of line. Assignments will engage a range of practices-weaving, sewing, embroidery, knitting, knotting and more-to address key issues in contemporary art practice such as abstraction, personal narrative, politics, gender identity, installation, performance, and participatory art. Each assignment will have a writing component. Studio time in class will be augmented by slide lectures, readings, and museum and gallery visits.  Lab fee: $85.00

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course


ARTS 012G ~ Art Making: Photography

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.  Lab fee: $115.00.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course


ARTS 012H ~ Art Making: Painting and Color

Instructor: Pamela Fraser Assistant Professor of Art More . . .

This course introduces contemporary art practice and explores the making, presenting, and analyzing of art works in a variety of media and formats. Students will explore the relationships between methods and meanings in art making, the roles of experiment and discipline, and the translation of work and play into artwork. The translation of experience into artistic form will be a major theme of the course. The course aims to promote an artistic foundation that encourages diverse, engaging practices. Through the three course sections-studio, critique and seminar-the course explores concept, content, context, form, technique; utilizes a variety of media that may include drawing, painting, collage, photography, and/or sculpture; promotes the development of each student's individual voice; and demonstrates how reading, talking, and looking are integral to making.  Lab fee: $115.00.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course

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