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

In the Fine Arts department, the focus is on the individual. Studio classes are small, and students from beginners to majors receive individual instruction.

Every student is encouraged to develop the physical and critical skills necessary to create art. The philosophy of the department is that observational skills are the cornerstone of all visual art disciplines. Cognition and processing information are key skills for any discipline—in the humanities or the sciences—and for this reason art at Haverford is specifically geared towards enhancing visual perception. Such finely tuned skills can benefit anyone professionally and personally.

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.

All Fine Arts studio courses are designed for students to obtain motor skills, theoretical and critical thinking, and problem solving necessary to create art to the student’s fullest ability along with developing their own original ideas and concepts. Students achieve these goals in individual interactions such as critiques and hands-on instructions in small classroom settings. These educational goals are augmented by outside speakers, visiting artists, exhibitions and non-studio courses in visual culture sponsored by the department or taught by its faculty.

Major Requirements

Fine Arts majors are required to concentrate in one of the following: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, as detailed here:

  • four 100-level foundation courses in each discipline
  • two different 200-level courses outside the area of concentration in the major
  • two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within the student’s chosen focal area within Fine Arts
  • three art history/theory/criticism, or visual studies courses (as approved by major advisor)
  • 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.

Minor Requirements

  • Minors must take four 100-level foundation courses in different disciplines.
  • two 200-level courses and one 300-level course within the student’s chosen focal area within Fine Arts
  • one art history/theory/criticism, or visual culture courses.

Study Abroad

Credits from Study abroad or from outside the Fine Arts department:

  • Majors can take one 200-level course outside of a major’s concentration and any art history/theory/criticism, or visual culture courses, subject to approval by the chair of Fine Arts before the course is taken.
  • Minors can take one 200-level course outside of a minor’s area of study and one art history/theory/criticism, or visual culture courses, subject to approval by the chair of Fine Arts before the course is taken.

COURSES

ARTS H101D Arts Foundation-Drawing (2-D)

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.
Goodrich,Jonathan C.

ARTS H103D Arts Foundation-Photography

This class also requires a two-hour workshop. The day and time of the workshop will be determined during the first class.
Department staff,TBA

ARTS H104E Arts Foundation-Sculpture

This is a seven week, half semester course designed to provide an introduction to three dimensional concepts and techniques. Skills associated with organizing and constructing three-dimensional form will be addressed through a series of projects within a contemporary context. The first projects will focus on basic three-dimensional concepts, while later projects will allow for greater individual self-expression and exploration. Various fabrication skills including construction, modeling, basic mold making, and casting will be demonstrated in class. All fabrication techniques will be covered in detail in class, 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 ARTS H106 Foundation Drawing to enter lotto for Foundation Sculpture. If unable to attend first class of the semester email the professor.
Baenziger,Markus

ARTS H106D Arts Foundation-Drawing

Baenziger,Markus

ARTS H106G Arts Foundation - Drawing

Baenziger,Markus

ARTS H107E 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 study the color theory such as interaction of color, value & color, warms & cools, complementary colors, optical mixture, texture, surface quality. We will work from live model, still life, landscape, imagination and masterwork.
Goodrich,Jonathan C.

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.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H121G 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,Hee Sook

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.
Kim,Hee Sook

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.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H216B 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.
Williams,William

ARTS H218B 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,Ying

ARTS H223A Printmaking: Materials and Techniques: Etching

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.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H224A 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.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H231A 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.
Goodrich,Jonathan C.

ARTS H233A 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.
Goodrich,Jonathan C.

ARTS H235B The Post-Impressionists: Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Gauguin

Using various art-historical approaches, this course focus on the works of major Post-Impressionist artists: Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. This course will include a field trip to the Barnes Foundation.
Solomon,Carol

ARTS H236A Art, Politics, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Europe

This course explores European art in the context of political, social, and cultural developments in the period from the late eighteenth century to the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism are the artistic movements of this period. Artists discussed will include David, Goya, Friedrich, Turner, Constable, and Gericault among others. Course will include at least one visit to the Phila Museum of Art.
Solomon,Carol

ARTS H243A Sculpture: Materials and Techniques

This course is designed to give students an in depth introduction to a comprehensive range of three-dimensional concepts and fabrication techniques. Emphasis will be on wood and metal working, and additional processes such as casting procedures for a range of synthetic materials will be introduced in class. Students will be encouraged 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.
Baenziger,Markus

ARTS H250A Theory and Practice of Exhibition: Objects, Images, Texts, Events

An introduction to the theory and practice of exhibition and display. This course will supply students with the analytic tools necessary to understand how exhibitions work and give them practical experience making arguments with objects, images, texts, and events.
Muse,John H

ARTS H251A Photography: Materials and Techniques

Students are encouraged to develop an individual approach to photography. Emphasis is placed on the creation of color photographic prints which 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.
Department staff,TBA

ARTS H321A Experimental Studio: Etching

An advanced course covers Color Etching using multiple plates. Viscosity printing, line etching, aquatint, soft-ground, surface roll, Chin-collè, plate preparation, registration, and editioning are covered. Students study techniques and concepts in Intaglio method as well as visual expressions through hands-on experiences. Development of technical skills of Intaglio and personal visual study are necessary and creative and experimental approaches beyond two-dimensional outcomes encouraged. A strong body of work following a specific theme is required. Individual discussions and group critiques are held periodically. Additional research on the history of printmaking is requested.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H322B Experimental Studio: Printmaking: Lithography

An advanced course explores traditional and experimental lithographic printmaking techniques in multiple plates and stones. Two- and three- dimensional and design and drawing exploration in color also are addressed. During the semester, students use multiple-plate and stone lithography in colors. Registration, color separation, and edition are taught at an advanced level. Combining other mediums can be explored individually. Development of technical skills of the Lithographic process with personal visual study is necessary and creative and experimental approaches are highly encouraged. A strong body of work following a specific theme is required. Individual discussions and group critiques are held periodically. Additional research on the history of printmaking is requested.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H325B Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey

This interdisciplinary course will consider aspects of contemporary art, architecture, and visual culture of North Africa and the Middle East and the other two principal non-Arab Muslim states in the region,Iran and Turkey.
Solomon,Carol

ARTS H331A Experimental Studio: Drawing (2-D)

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.
Goodrich,Jonathan C.

ARTS H333A 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.
Goodrich,Jonathan C.

ARTS H343B 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.
Baenziger,Markus

ARTS H351A 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.
Williams,William

ARTS H460A Teaching Assistant

Kim,Hee Sook

ARTS H480A 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.
Kim,Hee Sook

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.
Kim,Hee Sook

ARTTH251A Fundamentals of Acting

Slusar,Catharine