Fine Arts

Students may complete a major in Fine Arts at Haverford College.

Faculty

Gerald Cyrus, Visiting Assistant Professor
Hee Sook Kim, Assistant Professor and Chair
Ying Li, Associate Professor
Marianne Weil, Visiting Associate 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 painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or printmaking. Majors must take four different 100-level foundation courses from four different faculty members which will introduce them to four of the five possible areas of concentration; two 200-level courses outside the area of concentration as well as two 200-level courses in the area of concentration; one 300-level course within that area; three art-history courses or the equivalent to be taken at Bryn Mawr College or elsewhere; and Senior Department Studies 499. Students intending to pursue graduate work in fine arts are strongly advised to take an additional 300-level course in their area of concentration.

ARTS H101 Arts Foundation-Drawing

A seven-week introductory course for students with little or no experience in drawing. Students will first learn how to see with a painter’s eye. Composition, perspective, proportion, light, form, picture plane and other fundamentals will be studied. We will work from live models, still life, landscape, imagination and masterwork. Prerequisite: Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Li)

ARTS H102 Arts Foundation-Drawing

Prerequisite: Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Weil)

ARTS H103 Arts Foundation-Photography

Prerequisite: Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Cyrus)

ARTS H104 Arts Foundation-Sculpture

Prerequisite: Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Weil)

ARTS H106 Arts Foundation-Drawing

Prerequisite: Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Weil)

ARTS H107 Arts Foundation-Painting

A seven-week introductory course for students with little or no experience in painting. Students will be first introduced to the handling of basic tools, materials and techniques. We will work from live model, still life, landscape, imagination and masterwork. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Preference will also be given to students with Foundations-Drawing experience. Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Li)

ARTS H108 Arts Foundation-Photography

Prerequisite: Over-enrollment will be determined by lottery conducted by instructor on the first day of class. Course is a repeat of 103D/108H. (Cyrus)

ARTS H109 Arts Foundation-Sculpture

Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. (Weil)

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. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to those who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Lottery conducted by the instructor on the first day of class. (Kim)

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. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. (staff)

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. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. (Kim)

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. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to students who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. (staff)

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 somposition in 2-D format will be explored. Individual and group critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: Preference to declared majors who need Foundations, and to those who have entered the lottery for the same Foundations course at least once without success. Lottery conducted by instructor on the first day of class. (Kim)

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)

ARTS H217 The History of African-American Art from 1619 to the Present

A survey course documenting and interpreting the development and history of African-American art from 1619 to present day. Representative works from the art and rare book collections will supplement course readings. Prerequisite: Any HART course, 200-level ARTS Studio Course, Anthropology of Art, AFST course. (Williams)

ARTS H218 Chinese Calligraphy As An Art Form

This course combines studio practice and creating art projects with slide lectures, readings, and museum visits. Students will study the art of Chinese Calligraphy, and its connection with Western art. No Chinese language required. (Li)

ARTS H223 Printmaking: Materials and Techniques: Etching

Concepts and techniques of black/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)

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: An introductory printmaking course or permission by portfolio review. (Kim)

ARTS H225 Lithography: Material and Techniques

(Kim)

ARTS H231 Drawing (2-D): All Media

Students are encouraged to experiment with various drawing media and to explore the relationships between media, techniques and expression. Each student will strive to develop a personal approach to drawing while addressing fundamental issues of pictorial space, structure, scale, and rhythm. Students will work from observation, conceptual ideas and imagination. Course includes drawing projects, individual and group crits, slide lectures, museum and gallery visits. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent. (Li)

ARTS H233 Painting: Materials and Techniques

Students are encouraged to experiment with various painting techniques and materials in order to develop a personal approach to self-expression. We will emphasize form, color, texture, and the relationship among them; influences of various techniques upon the expression of a work; the characteristics and limitations of different media. Students will work from observation, conceptual ideas and imagination. Course includes drawing projects, individual and group crits, slide lectures, museum and gallery visits. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent. (Li)

ARTS H241 Drawing (3-D): All Media

In essence the same problems as in 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 Foundations or consent. (Weil)

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 Foundations or consent. (Weil)

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. 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: ARTS H103 or equivalent. (Williams)

ARTS H253 The Theory and Practice of Conceptual Art

In this course, the specific mid-20th-century movement called Conceptual Art will be explored, as will its progenitors and its progeny. Students will study the founding manifestos, the canonical works and their critical appraisals, as well as develop tightly structured studio practice to embody the former research. The course invites artists, writers, activists, and cultural thinkers, those who want to know what it is to make things, spaces, situations, communities, allies, and trouble—without necessarily knowing how to draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, videotape, or film. (Muse)

ARTS H260 Photography: Materials and Techniques

Prerequisite: Fine Arts Foundations or consent. (Williams)

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)

ARTS H322 Experimental Studio: Printmaking: 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 consent. (Kim)

ARTS H326 Experimental Studio: Lithography

(Kim)

ARTS H327 Experimental Studio: Lithography and Intaglio

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

ARTS H331 Experimental Studio: Drawing

Students will build on the work done in 200-level courses, to develop further their individual approach to drawing. Students are expected to create projects that demonstrate the unique character of drawing in making their own art. Completed projects will be exhibited at the end of semester. Class will include weekly crits, museum visits, visiting artists’ lecture and crits. Each student will present a 15-minute slide talk and discussion of either their own work or the work of artists who influenced them. Prerequisite: ARTS 231A or B, or consent. (Li)

ARTS H333 Experimental Studio: Painting

Students will build on the work done in 200-level courses to develop further their individual approach to painting. Students are expected to create projects that demonstrate the unique character of their chosen media in making their own art. Completed projects will be exhibited at the end of semester. Class will include weekly crits, museum visits, visiting artists’ lecture and crits. Each student will present a 15-minute slide talk and discussion of either their own work or the work of artists who influenced them. Prerequisite: ARTS 223A or B, or consent. (Li)

ARTS H341 Experimental Studio: Drawing

Prerequisite: ARTS 241A or B, or consent. (Weil)

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: ARTS 243A or B, or consent of instructor. (Weil)

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: ARTS 251A and 260B. (Williams)

ARTS H460 Teaching Assistant

(Kim)

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. (Kim)

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 his or her work. Prerequisite: senior majors. (Kim, Li, Weil, Williams)

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer