Fine Arts

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

Faculty

Ying Li, Chair and Professor of Fine Arts
William E. Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Curator of Photography
Markus Baenziger, Associate Professor
Hee Sook Kim, Associate Professor

The fine arts courses offered by the department are structured to accomplish the following:

  • 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.
  • 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

Senior candidates for the major in Fine Arts complete the requirement for the major by presenting a one-person show consisting of a coherent body of work, expressive of his or her artistic vision and insights.

Fine arts majors are required to concentrate in either painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or printmaking:

  • four 100-level foundation courses in each discipline
  • 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 at Bryn Mawr or equivalent
  • Senior Departmental Studies 499.

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

COURSES

ARTS H101 Arts Foundation: Drawing (2-D)
A seven-week introductory course for students with little or no experience in drawing. Students first learn how to see with a painter’s eye and then study composition, perspective, proportion, light, form, picture plane, and other fundamentals. We work from live models, still life, landscape, imagination, and masterwork.
Markus Baenziger/Jonathan Goodrich/Ying Li

ARTS H103 Arts Foundation: Photography
William Williams

ARTS H104E Arts Foundation: Sculpture
This seven-week, half-semester course provides an introduction to three-dimensional concepts and techniques. We address skills associated with organizing and constructing three-dimensional form through a series of projects within a contemporary context. The first projects focus on basic three-dimensional concepts, while later projects allow for greater individual self-expression and exploration. In-class demonstrations include various fabrication skills such as construction, modeling, basic mold making, and casting. The class covers all fabrication techniques in detail, and no prior experience is required to successfully complete this course. Important: ARTS H106(Foundation Drawing 3D) is the first half of each semester and ARTS H104 (Foundation Sculpture) is the second half of each semester. Students interested in taking Foundation Sculpture must attend the first day of ARTSH106 Foundation Drawing to enter the lottery for Foundation Sculpture. Students who are unable to attend the first class of the semester should email the professor.
Markus Baenziger

ARTS H107E Arts Foundation: Painting
A seven-week introductory course for students with little or no experience in painting. Class first introduces students to the handling of basic tools, materials and techniques. We study the color theory such as interaction of color, value and color, warms and cools, complementary colors, optical mixture, texture, and surface quality. We work from live model, still life, landscape, imagination, and masterwork.
Jonathan Goodrich/Ying Li

ARTS H108 Arts Foundation: Photography
William Williams

ARTS H120E 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.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H121G Foundation Print: Relief Painting
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.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H123H 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.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H124D 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.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H216B History of Photogrphy
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.
William Williams

ARTS H218B Chinese Calligraphy
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.
Ying Li

ARTS H223 Printmaking: Etching—Materials and Techniques
Concepts and techniques of B/W & 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.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H224A Computer & Printmaking
Computer-generated images and printmaking techniques. Students create photographic, computer processed, and directly drawn images on lithographic polyester plates and zinc etching plates. Classwork is 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. Class encourages broad experimental approaches to printmaking and computer techniques. and employs individual and group critiques.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H227B Film on Photography
An encounter with films, both experimental and traditional, that explicitly treat photographs as problems and as troubling reminders. Through careful viewing and close reading of pertinent texts by Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Raymond Bellour, and others, we consider how the difference between photography and film, as these films elaborate, constitutes our “counter-memories.”
John Muse

ARTS H231A Drawing (2-D): All Media
Class encourages students to experiment with various drawing media and to explore the relationships between media, techniques, and expression. Each student strives to develop a personal approach to drawing, while addressing fundamental issues of pictorial space, structure, scale, and rhythm. Students work from observation, conceptual ideas, and imagination. Course includes drawing projects, individual and group critiques, slide lectures, and museum and gallery visits.
Ying Li

ARTS H233A Painting: Materials and Techniques
Class encourages students to experiment with various painting techniques and materials in order to develop a personal approach to self-expression. We emphasize form, color, texture, and the relationship among them; influences of various techniques upon the expression of a work; and the characteristics and limitations of different media. Students work from observation, conceptual ideas, and imagination. Course includes drawing projects, individual and group critiques, slide lectures, and museum and gallery visits.
Ying Li

ARTS H233B Paintng: Materials and Tecniques
Class encourages students to experiment with various painting techniques and materials in order to develop a personal approach to self-expression. We emphasize form, color, texture, and the relationship among them; influences of various techniques upon the expression of a work; and the characteristics and limitations of different media. Students work from observation, conceptual ideas, and imagination. Course includes drawing projects, individual and group critiques, slide lectures, and museum and gallery visits.
Ying Li

ARTS H243 Sculpture: Materials and Techniques
This course gives students an in-depth introduction to a comprehensive range of three-dimensional concepts and fabrication techniques. Emphasis is on wood and metal working, and the class introduces additional processes such as casting procedures for a range of synthetic materials. We encourage students to develop their own visual vocabulary and to understand their ideas in the context of contemporary sculpture. Projects are designed to provide students with a framework to explore all sculptural techniques introduced in class, while developing their own personal form of visual expression. Students may repeat the course for credit.
Markus Baenziger

ARTS H250A Theory and Practice of Exhibit
An introduction to the theory and practice of exhibition and display. This course supplies students with the analytic tools necessary to understand how exhibitions work and give them practical experience making arguments with objects, images, texts, and events.
John Muse

ARTS H251 Photography: Materials and Techniques
Class encourages students to develop an individual approach to photography and places emphasis on the creation of color 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, in analog or digital formats, 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. 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 103 or equivalent.
William Williams

ARTS H321B Experimental Studio: Lithography
This advanced course covers Color Etching using multiple plates: viscosity printing, line etching, aquatint, soft-ground, surface roll, Chin-collè, plate preparation, registration, and editioning. Students study techniques and concepts in Intaglio method as well as visual expressions through hands-on experiences. The class requires development of technical skills of Intaglio and personal visual study and encourages creative and experimental approaches beyond two-dimensional outcomes. The class requires a strong body of work following a specific theme. Individual discussions and group critiques are held periodically. The instructor also requests additional research on the history of printmaking.
Hee Sook Kim

ARTS H331A Experimental Studio: Drawng
Students 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 are exhibited at the end of semester. Class includes weekly critiques, museum visits, and visiting artists’ lectures and critiques. Each student presents a 15-minute slide talk and discussion of either their own work or the work of artists who influenced them.
Ying Li

ARTS H333A Experimental Studio: Painting
Students 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 are exhibited at the end of semester. Class includes weekly critiques, museum visits, and visiting artists’ lectures and critiques. Each student presents a 15-minute slide talk and discussion of either their own work or the work of artists who influenced them.
Ying Li

ARTS H343B Experimental Studio: Sculpture
This studio course encourages the student to experiment with ideas and techniques with the purpose of developing a personal expression. We expect that the student already has a sound knowledge of the craft and aesthetics of sculpture and is at a stage where personal expression has become possible. Students may repeat the course for credit.
Markus Baenziger

ARTS H351A Experimental Studio: Photo
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.
William Williams

ARTS H499A 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.
Ying Li

ARTS H460B Teaching Assistant
Ying Li

ARTS H499B Senior Departmental Studies
The student reviews the depth and extent of experience he or she has 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.