Studio Arts Minor Requirements

Department Chairperson:Adam Lampton Office: Cushing-Martin 028 Phone: 508-565-1954alampton@stonehill.edu

The minor in Studio Arts requires the completion of six courses.

Complete One Art History Course

Code Course Credits

VPH 111

Boston Buildings: Inside and Out (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Boston is home to many exquisite private urban dwellings: Paul Revere House, the Harrison Grey Otis House, the Gibson House, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Gropius House. In addition, Boston boasts some of the most cutting edge public buildings such as the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and Boston City Hall. This course will introduce students to Boston's private living spaces and how they reflect the people who lived in them and its historic public buildings that reflect the city who commissioned them. On site visits, guest curators and critical readings will all contribute to a new understanding of Boston architecture.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement.

4

VPH 181

History of Art I (History Cornerstone) (WID)

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This one-semester survey explores major developments in art and architecture from Antiquity through the 19th Century, considering historical events and ideological shifts which contributed to the stylistic changes. Trips to Boston museums enhance class content.

Fulfills the History Cornerstone and the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirements.

4

VPH 184

Introduction to Arts Administration

Offered: Fall Semester

The course will introduce students to the many facets of arts administration in the visual and performing arts. Topics to be investigated will include: the role of arts in society; management strategies; funding venues; and legal and ethical issues in the arts.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 209

History of Photography

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

History of Photography is a general survey of photographic practice from 1839 to the present. Through lectures, exhibition viewings, class discussion and student-led presentations, students will explore the aesthetic, social and conceptual underpinnings of the medium throughout the last 170 years.

3

VPH 212

Aesthetics

Offered: Spring Semester

For description, see PHL 283.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy Course

3

VPH 214

The Age of Cathedrals

Offered: Fall Semester

Examines the rise of the Gothic Cathedral from its roots in the Ottonian and Romanesque periods. Great European Cathedrals like Chartres, Notre Dame, Strasbourg, Salisbury, are discussed in detail.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPH 215

Early Renaissance Art: Italy and the North

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Introduction to the art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Italy and the North. Students explore different types of art such as altarpieces, civic art, and court art. Artistic exchanges between Italy and the North are examined, and the role that patrons, the economy, and the military played are investigated.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPH 217

Early Modern Art: 1900-1945

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Some of the most profound innovations in art occurred during the first half of the Twentieth Century. In this course, students study major developments including Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Dada and Surrealism in terms of style and theory and within cultural, social and political contexts. A trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City enriches classroom curriculum.

3

VPH 218

Art Since 1945

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Major movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Super Realism, Neo-Expressionism as well as works which go beyond traditional media (earthworks, video art, performance art, digital imaging). Day trips to museums and galleries complement class material.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 220

From Bernini to Vermeer: Art of the Baroque

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Survey of the visual arts in Italy, France, Spain, Flanders, and Holland during the Seventeenth Century. Students consider some of the world's most evocative and emotionally stirring art that was shaped by the demands of monarchs and popes. Also explored are cultural, religious, and scientific factors which influenced changes in artistic style and technique.

3

VPH 227

Modern American Architecture

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course examines twentieth and twenty-first century architecture in America and its European roots. Through classroom instruction via digital images, readings and field trips, students will focus on issues such as function, style, technology, urbanism, and regionalism in order to understand the forces that shape modern architecture.

3

VPH 229

Topics in Non-Western Art

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Examines the traditional and contemporary arts of various non-western cultures, focusing on a particular culture each time the course is offered. Specific cultures to be studied include: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, and Native American.

3

VPH 230

Art and Psychology: Introduction to Art Therapy

Offered: Spring Semester

Addresses the relationship between works of art and scientific inquiry into the human mind. Students will be introduced to the history and theory of Art Therapy and investigate the creative process and its relationship to therapy. Readings, films, and experiential workshops will all be part of the course.

No artistic experience necessary.

3

VPH 314

Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

An in-depth study of the works of these three High Renaissance artists, the evolution of their respective styles, and the environment in which they worked. Specific scholarly issues are discussed in student presentations.

3

VPH 330

Topics in European or American Art

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Investigates focused topics in American art and culture from the Colonial period to the present. The topic will change each time the course is offered. Possible areas to be explored include: The "Other" in America; Jazz Age and Depression Art and Culture; Modernist/ Postmodernist Architecture. Recommended for Art History and American Studies concentrators.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 332

Museums: Past and Present

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores the history, philosophy, and evolving practices of museum and exhibition culture. Students will study current approaches and strategies of exhibition, collection, and educational programming. Visits to regional museums and galleries will enhance class material.

3

VPH 440

Exhibitions and Collections: An Inside Look

Offered: Fall Semester

An inside look at the art world. Visits to art galleries, museums, auction houses, and corporate and private collections introduce students to a variety of art institutions and professions. Students curate an exhibition at the Cushing-Martin Gallery: they visit artists' studios to choose work; organize the exhibition; hang work in the gallery; write a catalogue and press releases; and plan a reception.

Capstone course for Art History Concentration.

3

Complete Two 300-Level Studio Arts Courses

Code Course Credits

VPS 301

Sculpture

Offered: Fall Semester

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 2016-2017

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, Stonehill students are paired with middle-schoolers 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.

There is no art experience needed. A background check is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to participate in this class. A fee of approximately $40 must be paid toward this check by the student during the first few weeks of class.

3

VPS 311

Photography II: The Still and Moving Image

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 at no cost.

Basic understanding of the camera is very helpful.

3

VPS 312

Topics in Contemporary Photography

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Intermediate to advanced students explore the creative and artistic potential of today's photographic technologies as seen through the lens of a changing topic. Assignments will be a mix of technical, artistic and conceptual exercises and culminate in a student-designed final project.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 210 or consent of instructor.
Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

VPS 322

Installation Art in the 21st Century

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

This class is suggested for those interested in expanding and advancing their artistic practice and not for those looking for an introductory class.

3

VPS 324

Figure Drawing

Offered: Spring Semester

This class is 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.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing or VPS 204 - Intermediate Drawing are recommended as foundational courses, but not required.
Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 326

Portrait Studio

Offered: Spring Semester

Intermediate to advanced students 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

Topics in Painting

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores traditional and less conventional drawing and painting approaches to the selected genre. Through dry and wet media, students learn various techniques and explore genres ranging from landscape to figurative.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 205 - Introduction to Painting is suggested as foundational class, but not required.
Course may be taken twice if topics differ.

3

Complete Three Additional Studio Arts Elective 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 principals 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. Beginning students are encouraged to take this as a foundational class.

3

VPS 104

Introduction to Drawing

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course will introduce students to the basic mechanics of drawing and the expressive potential of mark making. Beginning students will learn to draw from observation and learn the basics of perspective.

3

VPS 107

Introduction to Studio Art Design

Offered: Fall Semester

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. Beginning students are encouraged to take this as a foundational class.

3

VPS 201

Sustainable Three-Dimensional Design

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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

Intermediate Drawing

Offered: Fall Semester

Designed to follow VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing, this course will explore 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

Introduction to Painting

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course will expose students to a variety of beginning 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.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing or VPS 107 - Introduction to Studio Art Design are recommended foundational classes, but not required.

3

VPS 206

Printmaking

Offered: Spring Semester

As an introduction to different printmaking techniques, this course helps students appreciate the processes involved in creating prints. Students explore the distinct creative potential of linocuts, engraving, etching, monotypes among other print processes.

Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 207

Special Projects

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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, collage, etc.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

VPS 208

Introduction to Watercolor

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Teaches very basic use of watercolor and explores its potential. Each class will focus on skills such as: 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: An Introduction to the Still Image

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Beginning students acquire technical proficiency with 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 at no cost.

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: Not Offered 2016-2017

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. No previous art experience needed.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

VPS 243

Documentary Photography

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 the latest digital tools.

Cameras are available for loan at no cost. Most appropriate for those with some experience with cameras and photography in general.

3

VPS 301

Sculpture

Offered: Fall Semester

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 2016-2017

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, Stonehill students are paired with middle-schoolers 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.

There is no art experience needed. A background check is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to participate in this class. A fee of approximately $40 must be paid toward this check by the student during the first few weeks of class.

3

VPS 311

Photography II: The Still and Moving Image

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 at no cost.

Basic understanding of the camera is very helpful.

3

VPS 312

Topics in Contemporary Photography

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Intermediate to advanced students explore the creative and artistic potential of today's photographic technologies as seen through the lens of a changing topic. Assignments will be a mix of technical, artistic and conceptual exercises and culminate in a student-designed final project.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 210 or consent of instructor.
Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

VPS 322

Installation Art in the 21st Century

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

This class is suggested for those interested in expanding and advancing their artistic practice and not for those looking for an introductory class.

3

VPS 324

Figure Drawing

Offered: Spring Semester

This class is 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.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing or VPS 204 - Intermediate Drawing are recommended as foundational courses, but not required.
Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 326

Portrait Studio

Offered: Spring Semester

Intermediate to advanced students 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

Topics in Painting

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores traditional and less conventional drawing and painting approaches to the selected genre. Through dry and wet media, students learn various techniques and explore genres ranging from landscape to figurative.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 205 - Introduction to Painting is suggested as foundational class, but not required.
Course may be taken twice if topics differ.

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

Portfolio Review

Studio Arts Minors (and any other Minor who has completed four or more Studio Arts courses) are required to complete portfolio reviews during the Sophomore or Junior and Senior years.

Sophomores and Juniors will complete their portfolio review in the spring semester.

Seniors will complete their portfolio reviewed on the fall semester reading day.

Students may contact Professor David Kinsey for details about the portfolio review.