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Fine Arts at Haverford College

Students may complete a major in fine arts at Haverford College.

Faculty

Gerald Cyrus, Visiting Assistant Professor
Hee Sook Kim, Assistant Professor
Ying Li, Associate Professor and Chairperson
Deborah Masters, Visiting Assistant Professor
William E. Williams, Professor

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 art works.

Major Requirements

Fine arts majors are required to concentrate in either painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or printmaking: Fine Arts 101-123, two different 200-level courses outside the area of concentration; two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within that area; three art history courses to be taken at Bryn Mawr College, 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 art history course at Bryn Mawr College.

ARTS H101 Fine Arts Foundation Program

Students are introduced to at least three different disciplines from the five presently offered by the department: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking. 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 one and one-half credits. For example: you may take two sections in one semester in one year, and one or two sections in another year. The course is structured so that the student experiences the differences as well as the similarities between the various expressions in studio art, thus affording a “perspective” insight into the visual process as a basis for artistic expression. For those intending to major, Art 101 consists of taking four of the five disciplines from each of the staff. (staff, Division III)

ARTS H120 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) Not offered in 2005-06.

ARTS H121 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)

ARTS H122 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)

ARTS H123 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)

ARTS H124 Foundation Printmaking: Monotype

Basic printmaking techniques in monotype medium. Painterly methods, direct drawing, stencils, brayer techniques for beginners in printmaking will be taught. Color, form, shape and composition in two-dimensional format will be explored. Individual and group critiques will be employed. (Kim, Division III)

ARTS H216 History of Photography from 1839 to the Present

An introductory survey course about the history of photography from its beginnings in 1839 to the present. The goal is to understand how photography has altered perceptions about the past, created a new art form, and become a hallmark of modern society. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (Williams, Division III)

ARTS H223 Printmaking: Materials and Techniques: Etching

Concepts and techniques of black-and-white and color intaglio. Line etching, aquatint, soft and hard ground, chin-colle techniques will be explored as well as visual concepts. Developing personal statements will be encouraged. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor by review of portfolio. (Kim, Division III) Not offered in 2005-06.

ARTS H224 Computer and Printmaking

Computer-generated images and printmaking techniques. Students will create photographic, computer processed, and directly drawn images on lithographic polyester plates and zinc etching plates. Classwork will be divided between the computer lab and the printmaking studio to create images using both image processing software and traditional printmaking methods, including lithography, etching and silk-screen. Broad experimental approaches to printmaking and computer techniques will be encouraged. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Any introductory printmaking course or permission of instructor by portfolio review. (Kim, Division III)

ARTS H225 Lithography: Material and Techniques

(Kim, Division III)

ARTS H231 Drawing (2-D): All Media

Various drawing media such as charcoal, cont, 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. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101 or consent of instructor. (staff, Division III)

ARTS H233 Painting: Materials and Techniques

Problems of (1) form, color, texture and their interrelationships; (2) influences of the various painting techniques upon the expression of a work; (3) the characteristics and limitations of the different media; (4) control over the structure and composition of a work of art; (5) the relationships of form and composition, and color and composition. Media are primarily oils, but acrylics, watercolor and pastels are explored. Part of the work is from life models. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 101 or consent of instructor. (Li, Division III)

ARTS H241 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 consent of instructor. ( Cairns, Swords, Division III)

ARTS H243 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 consent of instructor. (staff, Division III)

ARTS H251 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, and a critical analysis of photographic sequences in books and a research project supplement the weekly critiques. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 103 or equivalent. (Williams, Division III)

ARTS H321 Experimental Studio: Etching

Concepts and techniques of color intaglio. Combined printmaking methods as well as solid foundations in printmaking techniques will be encouraged. Personal statements and coherent body of works will be produced during the course. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor by review of portfolio. (Kim, Division III)

ARTS H322 Printmaking: Experimental Studio Lithography

Concepts and techniques of color lithography. Combined printmaking methods as well as solid foundations in printmaking techniques will be encouraged. Personal statements and coherent body of works will be produced during the course. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: One course in printmaking or permission of instructor. (Kim, Division III) Not offered in 2005-06.

ARTS H326 Experimental Studio: Lithography

(Kim, Division III)

Not offered in 2005-06.

ARTS H331 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 consent of the instructor. (Li, Division III)

ARTS H333 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 consent of instructor. (Armstrong, Division III)

ARTS H341 Experimental Studio (Drawing)

Prerequisite: Fine Arts 241a or b or consent of instructor. (staff, Division III)

ARTS H343 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 consent of instructor. ( Cairns, Swords, Division III)

ARTS H351 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 course work. 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 his/her project. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 251a and 260b. (Williams, Division III)

ARTS H460 Teaching Assistant

(staff)

ARTS H480 Independent Study

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

ARTS H499 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. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. (Kim, Li, Williams)

 
     
 
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