2017-18 Catalog

Fine Arts

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

Faculty

Markus Baenziger (on leave 2017-2018), Professor
Anna Benjamin, Visiting Assistant Professor
Christina Freeman, Visiting Assistant Professor
Jonathan Goodrich, Visiting Assistant Professor and Senior Thesis Coordinator
Hee Sook Kim (on leave Fall 2017), Professor
Ying Li, Chair and Professor
Bill Pangburn, Visiting Assistant Professor
Naomi Safron-Hon, Visiting Assistant Professor
William Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Curator of Photography

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 or to minor 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.

About 20 percent of Haverford students take fine arts courses while enrolled in the College. The students who major in fine arts and wish to continue their education are usually accepted at the professional graduate art school of their choice. Our alumni are distinguished professionals, active in the visual creative arts and allied fields.

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 students chosen focal area within Fine Arts.
  • Three art history/theory/criticism or visual studies courses (as approved by major adviser).
  • 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 course.

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 the Fine Arts Department 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 the Fine Arts Department before the course is taken.

COURSES

ARTS H101 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. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H103 ARTS FOUNDATION-PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a half-semester course to introduce the craft and artistry of photography to students with some or no skills in photography. Students learn how to develop negatives, print enlargements, and printing techniques such as burning, dodging, and exposure time. This class also requires a two-hour workshop. The day and time of the workshop will be determined during the first class. Offered in the first quarter. (Offered Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)

ARTS H104 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. (Offered Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)

ARTS H106 ARTS FOUNDATION - DRAWING
This is a seven-week introductory level course designed to provide an overview of basic drawing techniques addressing line, form, perspective, and composition. Various drawing methods will be introduced in class, and students will gain experience in drawing by working from still life, models, and architecture. 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. (Offered Spring 2018)

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 study color theory such as interaction of color, value & color, warms & cools, complementary colors, optical mixture, texture, and surface quality. We will work from live model, still life, landscape, imagination and masterwork. (Offered Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)

ARTS H108 ARTS FOUNDATION-PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a half-semester course to introduce the craft and artistry of photography to students with some or no skills in photography. Students learn how to develop negatives, print enlargements, and printing techniques such as burning, dodging, and exposure time. This class also requires a two-hour workshop. The day and time of the workshop will be determined during the first class. Offered in the second quarter. (Offered Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)

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. (Offered Spring 2018)

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. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H122 FOUNDATION PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY
A seven-week course covering various techniques and approaches to Lithography, including paper plate preparation, drawing materials, editioning, black and white printing and color registration. Emphasizing the expressive potential of the medium to create a personal visual statement. (Offered Spring 2018)

ARTS H124 FOUNDATION PRINTMAKING: MONOTYPE
Basic printmaking techniques in Monotype medium. Painterly methods, direct drawing, stencils, and brayer techniques for beginners in printmaking will be taught. Color, form, shape, and composition in 2-D format will be explored. Individual and group critiques will be employed. (Offered Fall 2017)

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. (Offered Spring 2018)

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. (Not offered 2017-18)

ARTS H223 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. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H225 LITHOGRAPHY: MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
An intermediate course covering B/W and Color Lithography in plates. Combined methods with other printmaking techniques such as Paper lithography and Monotype are explored during the course along with photographic approaches. Editioning of images is required along with experimental ones. Development of technical skills in traditional Lithography and personal visual study are necessary with successful creative solutions. 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. (Not offered 2017-18)

ARTS H229 TOPICS IN VISUAL STUDIES: ROLAND BARTHES AND THE IMAGE
An exploration of the rhetoric of visual culture through an examination of 20th century French critic Roland Barthes’ many writings on photography, film, and what he calls the “civilized code of perfect illusions.” We will spend the semester reading his texts, charting the trajectory of a career that begins with the euphoria of an ever-expanding semiotic and ends with a meditation on the limits of this very project. (Offered Fall 2017)

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. (Offered Fall 2017)

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(s): Fine Arts Foundations or instructor consent. (Offered Spring 2018)

ARTS H243 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 and working with digital tools including a laser cutter and CNC equipment will be introduced in class. Course may be repeated for credit. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H251 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. Prerequisite(s): ARTS 103 or equivalent, or instructor consent. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H321 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. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H322 EXPERIMENTAL STUDIO: PRINTMAKING: LITHOGRAPHY
An advanced course exploring 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. Prerequisite(s): One course in printmaking or instructor consent. (Not offered 2017-18)

ARTS H331 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. (Offered Fall 2017)

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. (Offered Fall 2017)

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(s): ARTS 243A or B, or instructor consent. (Offered Spring 2018)

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. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTS H460 TEACHING ASSISTANT
(Offered Spring 2018)

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. (Offered Fall 2017)

ARTT H251 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING
An introduction to the fundamental elements of acting (scene analysis, characterization, improvisation, vocal and gestural presentation, and ensemble work) through the study of scenes from significant 20th-century dramatic literature. (Offered Spring 2018)