Studio Arts Courses

Code Course Credits

VPS 102

Introduction to Color

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Using paint, paper, and digital media students are introduced to the principles of color and color interaction: students study and apply the physical and optical properties of color, its symbolic and expressive uses, and artistic theories governing its use.

3

VPS 104

Drawing Foundations

Offered: Fall Semester

This course will introduce students to the basic mechanics of drawing: how to describe structure, form and space with line; the expressive potential of line; and variety and sensitivity in mark making. Accurate observation and visualization of forms as well as linear and atmospheric perspective will be introduced.

3

VPS 107

Design Fundamentals

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course explores the elements and principles of design in the studio arts. Composition, space, line, shape, color, and texture will be investigated in order to enhance creative problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on creating two-dimensional works of art with various media and applications.

3

VPS 201

Sustainable Three-Dimensional Design

Offered: Fall Semester

Working with recycled and ecologically friendly materials, students explore the potential of three-dimensional art. Formal design issues will relate to sustainable (and unsustainable) human activity and will suggest design possibilities. Discussions of trends in historical and contemporary sculpture are integrated with studio work, and will address the context of the environment in which sculpture is made.

No experience necessary

3

VPS 204

Drawing

Offered: Fall Semester

Designed to follow Drawing Foundations, this course will explore representational drawing from observation, covering principles of space, form, light, rendering, composition and the mechanics of traditional drawing methods and materials. Students will also investigate contemporary approaches to create expressive, interpretive, and narrative drawings.

3

VPS 205

Painting

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course will expose students to a variety of painting techniques and concepts. Focus will be placed on composition, space, perspective, form, color mixing, and material application. Through direct observation, the use of references, and exploration of personal expression, students will develop essential skills in painting.

3

VPS 206

Printmaking Workshop

Offered: Spring Semester

As an introduction to different printmaking techniques, this course helps students appreciate the processes involved in creating prints and the distinctive expressive potential of each medium. Linocut, engraving, etching, and monotype are among the printmaking techniques practiced.

Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 207

Special Projects

Offered: Fall Semester

This topics course will examine focused projects that will change each time the course is offered. Possible topics include: Artist's Homemade books, experimental media, etc.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

VPS 208

Introduction to Watercolor

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Teaches very basic use of watercolor and explores its potential. Each class will focus on specific skills: materials preparation, wet-on-wet and dry brush techniques, lifting color, basic color theory, value, glazing and composition. A visual survey of current artists working in the medium will be presented throughout the course.

3

VPS 210

Photography I: And Introduction to the Still Image

Offered: Fall Semester

Beginning students acquire technical proficiency with film and digital techniques while exploring their personal aesthetic vision. Learn how to take, print and talk about photographs. Material costs include photographic paper and accessories. Cameras available for loan.

3

VPS 223

The Nature of Art: Discovering the Artist Within

Offered: Spring Semester

Through the intersection of art and biology and using the act of “journaling” and art as a vehicle for investigation, students explore their inner voices while looking outward to observe the natural world.

3

VPS 224

Short Films and Graphic Novels

Offered: Fall Semester

Students use sequential imagery to make art about and pose questions pertaining to environmental issues. We'll explore film/video, animation, and graphic novels. Employing cell phones and tablets, methods include video, photography, and animation. Both narrative and experimental approaches will be covered. Brainstorming, composition, form, transition, pacing, play, and empathy will be among topics covered.

No experience necessary

3

VPS 225

Artist, Craftsman, Alchemist

Offered: Spring Semester

This course combines the scientific and chemical understanding of artistic practices and materials such as the physics of light, the biology of vision and the chemistry and toxicology of pigments with the practical studio applications of traditional painting methods of watercolor, egg tempera, encaustic and fresco.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

VPS 243

Documentary Photography

Offered: Spring Semester

Using examples ranging from photojournalism to fine art, students will use their eyes and their cameras to tell stories that are important to them personally and to society at large. Students are expected to complete photographic and multi-media projects using digital tools ranging from iPhones, to film cameras, to the latest digital tools. Cameras are available for loan.

3

VPS 301

Sculpture Workshop

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This course guides students through the processes of modeling, mold making, and casting. Many basic sculptural issues will be addressed via the ancient and universal concerns of self-representation. The class will work outdoors when possible to consider sculpture "in the raw," using minimal tools and natural materials to create pieces.

3

VPS 308

Methods and Materials: Painting Techniques Investigated

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course will investigate painting techniques beyond the traditional paint mediums. Students will be introduced to a variety of methods and techniques such as egg tempera, fresco, encaustic, gouache, watercolor, and mixed media. This course will appeal to Studio and Art History students who are looking for practical experience with a variety of materials.

3

VPS 310

Photography/multimedia Outreach: Mentoring Through Art

Offered: Fall Semesters

Combining art and community service, students are paired with "kids at risk" from the greater Brockton area to create projects in photography, video, collage, drawing and sculpture. Workshops are conducted by experts in adolescent counseling and juvenile criminal justice. Students with an interest not only in art, but in Sociology, Psychology, Art Therapy, and Education, are encouraged to participate.

3

VPS 311

Photography II: The Still and Moving Image

Offered: Spring Semester

This course allows the intermediate photographer to refine technical skills, and investigate digital and multimedia technologies ranging from DSLR's to HD video. Exposure to contemporary trends and historical traditions through museum/gallery visits deepen understanding of the medium as a means for creative expression. Cameras available for loan.

Basic understanding of the camera is very helpful.

3

VPS 312

Contemporary Photographic Practice: iPhones, Selfies and Instagram

Offered: Fall Semester

Intermediate to advanced students explore the creative and artistic potential of today's photographic technologies ranging from the Iphone to advanced DSLRs. Contemporary uses of the photographic image such as Instagram provide a framework around which students complete photographic assignments.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 210 or consent of instructor.

3

VPS 322

Installation Art in the 21st Century

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Installation Art challenges the creator and audience to expand their definition of art. It is often removed from the gallery to disrupt spaces in unexpected ways. Frequently, it addresses social issues, is time-based, involves the viewer, and utilizes materials and practices that mirror the complexity of contemporary culture. Students will use the campus to explore personal and universal issues. The Course culminates in a "Day of Art."

3

VPS 324

Figure Drawing

Offered: Spring Semester

Designed to increase the student's perceptual skills and provide an introduction to the human figure. Various drawing approaches are discussed and utilized throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and the structure of the human form. Critiques and lectures help students develop an understanding of the critical issues of drawing and its context within the History of Art.

Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 325

Art Education: Theory and Methods

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Topics include developmental theory, curriculum design, and numerous hands-on experiences to explore visual creativity. Techniques of structuring, time, space, and materials are addressed to support independent student work in various art media. Course results include the production of materials to be used in the "real world" of public schools.

3

VPS 326

Portrait Workshop

Offered: Spring Semester

Students in Portrait Workshop explore the portrait using a variety of materials, including charcoal, pastel, and paint. The course begins with study of the anatomy of the head and progresses to the portrait in various settings. Some drawing experience is required.

3

VPS 327

Landscape Painting

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores traditional and less conventional drawing and painting approaches to the physical environment. Through dry and wet media, students work on site and in the classroom using nature as the primary subject source. Students strive to understand the nature of natural light, atmosphere, space and other general concepts relating to this historical artistic genre.

3

VPS 406

Advanced Studio Seminar

Offered: Spring Semester

In this Capstone Course students work in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and more. Employing the technical and critical thinking skills they’ve developed over 4 years, they strive to create their most mature, well-realized work in the personal studio space that is provided. Readings, critiques, and Visiting Artist Presentations enrich the experience. The semester culminates with a Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Crushing-Martin Gallery.

3

VPS 475

Internship in Studio Arts

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3