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Fine Arts

At Haverford College

Professors:
R. Christopher Cairns
William E. Williams, Chair

Associate Professor:
Ying Li

Assistant Professor:
Hee Sook Kim

Visiting Assistant Professor:
Deidre Swords

The fine arts courses offered by the department are structured to accomplish the following:
1. For students not majoring in Fine Arts: to develop a visual perception of form and to present knowledge and understanding of it in works of art.
2. For students intending to major in Fine Arts: beyond the foregoing, to promote thinking in visual terms and to foster the skills needed to give expression to these in a coherent body of work.

Major Requirements

Fine Arts majors are required to concentrate in Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture: Fine Arts 101-123; two 200-level courses outside the area of concentration; two 200-level and one 300-level course within that area; three history of art courses to be taken at Bryn Mawr; and Senior Departmental Studies 499.

For majors intending to do graduate work, it is strongly recommended that they take an additional 300-level studio course within their area of concentration and an additional history of art course at Bryn Mawr.

101. Fine Arts Foundation Program

Drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture are offered. Each subject is an introductory course, dealing with the formal elements characteristic of the particular discipline as well as the appropriate techniques. Part of the work is from life model in drawing, painting and sculpture. These subjects are offered as half-semester courses; students may choose four for two course credits in any two semesters, not necessarily consecutive, or any three to receive 1.5 credits. The course is structured so that the student experiences the differences and similarities between the various expressions in studio art. For those intending to major, Fine Arts 101 consists of taking four of the five disciplines, including Foundations 120 to 123. (staff, Division III)

120. Foundation Printmaking: Silkscreen

A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to silkscreen, including painterly monoprint, stencils, direct drawing and photo-silkscreen. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. (Kim, Division III)

121. Foundation Printmaking: Relief Printing

A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to the art of the woodcut and the linocut, emphasizing the study of design principles and the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. (Kim, Division III)

122. Foundation Printmaking: Lithography

A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to lithography, including stone and plate preparation, drawing materials, editioning, black-and-white printing. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. (Kim, Division III)

123. Foundation Printmaking: Etching

A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to intaglio printmaking, including monotypes, soft and hard ground, line, aquatint, chine collage and viscosity printing. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. (Kim, Division III)

223a, b. Printmaking: Materials and Techniques

Further development into other printmaking techniques, covering a broad range of alternative processes within wood, lino, collagraph, monoprint, drypoint, etching and photo-etching. Students will work independently. Prerequisite: permission of instructor by review of portfolio. (Kim, Division III)

231a, b. Drawing (2-D): All Media

Various drawing media such as charcoal, conté, pencil, ink and mixed media; the relationship between media, techniques and expression. The student is exposed to problems involving space, design and composition as well as "thinking" in two dimensions. Part of the work is from life model. May be repeated for credit. Pre-requisite: Fine Arts 101 or permission of instructor. (Li, Division III)

233a, b. Painting: Materials and Techniques

Problems of form, color, texture and their interrelationships; influence of the various painting techniques upon the expression of a work; the characteristics and limitations of the different media; control over the structure and composition of a work of art; and the relationships of form and composition, and color and composition. Media are primarily oils, but acrylics, watercolors and egg tempera are explored. Part of the work is from life model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101 or permission of instructor. (Li, Division III)

241a, b. Drawing (3-D): All Media

In essence the same problems as in Fine Arts 231a or b. However, some of the drawing media are clay modeling in half-hour sketches; the space and design concepts solve three-dimensional problems. Part of the work is done from life model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101 or permission of instructor. (Cairns, Swords, Division III)

243a, b. Sculpture: Materials and Techniques

The behavior of objects in space, the concepts and techniques leading up to the form in space, and the characteristics and limitations of the various sculpture media and their influence on the final work; predominant but not exclusive use of clay modeling techniques; fundamental casting procedures. Part of the work is done from life model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101 or permission of instructor. (Cairns, Swords, Division III)

251a. Photography: Materials and Techniques

Students are encouraged to develop an individual approach to photography. Emphasis is placed on the creation of black-and-white photographic prints that express plastic form, emotions and ideas about the physical world. Work is critiqued weekly to give critical insights into editing of individual student work and the use of the appropriate black-and-white photographic materials necessary to give coherence to that work. Study of the photography collection, gallery and museum exhibitions, lectures; a critical analysis of photographic sequences in books and a research project supplement the weekly critiques. In addition students produce a handmade archival box to house their work, which is organized into a loose sequence and mounted to archival standards. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101. Enrollment is limited. (Williams, Division III)

260b. Photography: Materials and Techniques

Students are encouraged to develop an individual approach to photographic prints that express plastic form, emotions and ideas about the physical world in color. Work is critiqued weekly to give critical insights into editing of individual student work and the use of the appropriate color photographic materials necessary to give coherence to that work. Study of the photography collection, gallery and museum exhibitions, lectures; a critical analysis of photographic sequences in books and a research project supplement the weekly critiques. In addition students produce a handmade archival box to house their work, which is organized into a loose sequence and mounted to archival standards. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101. Enrollment is limited. (Williams, Division III)

327a, b. Experimental Studio: Lithography and Intaglio

Concepts and techniques of black-and-white and color lithography. The development of a personal direction is encouraged. Prerequisites: a foundation drawing course and Foundation Printmaking, or permission of instructor. (Kim, Division III)

331a, b. Experimental Studio: Drawing

In this studio course, the student is encouraged to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. It is expected that the student will already have a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of drawing and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 231a or b, or permission of instructor. (Li, Division III)

333a, b. Experimental Studio: Painting

In this studio course, the student is encouraged to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. It is expected that the student will already have a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of painting and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 223a or b, or permission of instructor. (Li, Division III)

341a, b. Experimental Studio: Drawing

(Cairns, Division III)

343a, b. Experimental Studio: Sculpture

In this studio course, the student is encouraged to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. It is expected that the student will already have a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of sculpture and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 243a or b, or permission of instructor. (Cairns, Swords, Division III)

351a, b. Experimental Studio: Photography

Students produce an extended sequence of their work in either book or exhibition format using black-and-white or color photographic materials. The sequence and scale of the photographic prints are determined by the nature of the student’s work. Weekly classroom critiques, supplemented by an extensive investigation of classic photographic picture books and related critical texts guide students to the completion of their coursework. This two-semester course consists of the book project (first semester) and the exhibition project (second semester). At the end of each semester the student may exhibit her or his project. Prerequisites: Fine Arts 101, 251, 260 and permission of instructor. (Williams, Division III)

480a, b. Independent Study

This course gives the advanced student the opportunity to experiment with concepts and ideas, and to explore in depth her or his talent. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (staff)

499a, b. Senior Departmental Studies

The student reviews the depth and extent of experience gained, and in so doing creates a coherent body of work expressive of the student’s insights and skills. At the end of the senior year the student is expected to produce a show of her or his work. (staff)

 
     
 
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