Art (Studio)

Note: Courses with the ART prefix are not liberal arts.  As with all non-liberal courses at the College, this is indicated by an asterisk after the title of the course.  B.A. degree students must have a minimum of 90 liberal arts credits, and B.F.A. degree students must have a minimum of 30 liberal arts credits.

ART 1001: Fundamentals of Drawing I (3 cr.)*
This course is structured to provide an understanding of the basic elements of drawing, to encourage technical fluency, and foster confidence in the depiction of objects in the physical world.  The course progresses in a way that parallels the creative process - tracing a series of evolutionary steps that begin with sketchy notations followed by analysis, clarification, embellishment, and refinement.  Drawing I and II may be taken in any order.  (Fall)

ART 1002: Fundamentals of Drawing II (3 cr.) *
This second semester course continues to examine the fundamental structures of drawing techniques., but now the focus is on content and form as they relate to the aesthetic process.  Use of personal experiences as models for individual expression will be encouraged.  Students will be expected to complete drawings that are portfolio quality.  Drawing I and II may be taken in any order.  (Spring) 

ART 1003/1004: Two-Dimensional Design (3 cr.) *
The human ability to plan, to conceive ideas, to describe the appearances and qualities of things experienced in day to day activities relates to design.  Elements of Design (rhythm, space, perspective, line, mass, texture, etc.) provide the language and the structure for our physical and psychological need to understand and organize the natural world.  Study of the elements and principles of design will provide the foundation for the course of activities.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 1023/1024: Three-Dimensional Design (3 cr.) *
This course investigates three-dimensional form and space.  Studio projects will emphasize planar volumes, shape-ground relationships, space, light, color and construction, using units treated in various media; wood, metal, clay, plaster, wire and mat board.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 2023: Color I (3 cr.) *
Color theory and practice.  The student is led through a series of projects focusing on color perception, interaction, structural relationships such as the color wheel and the color solid, color composition, and color expression.  Emphasis will be on using color in various ways in works of art, and building a vocabulary of color design for the artist.  Prerequisite: Drawing or 2D Design.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 3004: Multimedia (3 cr.) *
This course explores highly effective methods of communicating ideas and information through design and implementation of interactive "Continuous Media Projects".  Text, drawings, audio, video, image (photographs), graphics, animation and sound elements are brought together to create powerful communication products.  In addition to a discussion of the history, developmental stages and sweeping paradigm shifts in the communication industry, students will utilize the latest tools and the internet to plan, prototype, produce and deliver multimedia products.  A wide variety of software packages, including Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator, Adobe Image Ready, Final Cut Pro, and Flash.  Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 3005: Sculpture: Wire Forms & Chains (3 cr.) *
A hands-on course designed for all levels of students interested in exploring the application of wire in three-dimensional art.  Through a series of assignments the student will learn the manipulation and design possibilities of varying gauges of black steel, copper, brass and nickel silver wire.  Although the course emphasis will be on aesthetics and abstraction, some wire forms explored and completed by the participant may be functional and/or realistic.  Also included will be a variety of simply formed wire elements, which, when combined create chains useful as ornament and/or sculpture.  (Fall: Even Years)

ART 3007: Printmaking (3 cr.) *
This class presents a range of print processes from monotype to etching.  Relief prints in linoleum, cardboard, woodcut and intaglio prints in etchings and collagraphs will also be taught.  Photo etching utilizing images transferred from the computer, film, or photocopies will be introduced.  Most of the materials can be bought from the art department.  Printing can be by hand or press.  Emphasis is on understanding each medium as a direct means of personal expression.  (Fall)

ART 3015: Calligraphy (3 cr.) *
The course aims to acquaint the student with several handwritten alphabets, including Italic, Humanistic, Uncial and Black-letter.  Study will include drawing concepts that contribute to the form and placement of the letters.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 3025: Exploration of Ceramic Methods (3 cr.) *
A comprehensive course for beginners, intermediate and advanced students, utilizing hand-building and throwing on the wheel.  Four basic methods of hand-forming pottery and ceramic sculpture will be explored: pinch, coils, slabs, and modeling, along with tooling, decoration and glazing.  Advanced students will produce multiples such as mugs, bowls, plates and casseroles, emphasizing design and special techniques. 
(Fall) (Spring)

ART 3040: Portfolio Preparation for the Visual Artist (3 cr.) *
This is an advanced level course tailored for students who intend to develop a freelance business or plan to continue their art on a professional basis.  Students will explore the principles of the business of art and independently develop a body of artwork for a professional portfolio tailored to their area of interest.  Class discussions will cover professional ethics, planning a business, protection of artwork, copyrights, understanding finances, development and use of contracts, pricing of artwork, marketing of artwork, developing a resume and bio, and the development of a strong sample portfolio. 

ART 3050: Ceramics I/Mosaics (3 cr.) *
This course is designed to introduce the student to the materials, terms, equipment, and techniques involved in creating ceramic tiles and mosaics.  All assignments are designed to challenge both the technical skill and creative and conceptual insights of the students.  Various tile and mosaic techniques and finishing methods will be explored.  Historical and contemporary tiles and mosaics will be discussed in class and through slides and personal research.  (Spring)

ART 3057: Experimental Printmaking (3 cr.) *
Painters, photographers, sculptors, illustrators, and graphic designers are invited to bring their aesthetic techniques into the experimental class.  The course is arranged to accommodate the individual styles of the students, based on their various aesthetic disciplines.  The course will include drawing, painting and collage in combination with traditional printmaking techniques.  It will explore Intaglio and relief printing and will also investigate monoprints and collage prints.  This course requires some previous art experience.  (Summer)

ART 3062: 2D Animation (3 cr.) *
This course will discuss animation as an art form.  The illusion of motion, life and action will be studied through flip books, cell animation and the latest software.  Focusing on artistic excellence, students will use Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Adobe ImageReady, Audacity, and Macromedia Flash to experiment with type, character and image animation.  Students will also learn basic audio recording and editing techniques.     Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.  (Fall)

ART 3064: Computer Graphics I (3 cr.) *
An introduction to computer graphics using the Macintosh computer, this course will teach students to differentiate between various types of programs (draw, paint, and page layout) and provide hands-on experience in each.  Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PhotoShop, Quark Express, Adobe, and InDesign will be used.  Prerequisite: Drawing or 2D Design.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 3997: Junior Review (0 cr.)
Junior Review is an opportunity for Junior Art Majors to introduce their art concepts and formative artwork to the full-time art faculty.

ART 3998: Senior Project Seminar (1.50 cr.)
This year-long course supports an art major's independent development of a consistent body of artwork.  The work will stem from each student's area of concentration.  The culmination will be an exhibition on the Manhattanville campus.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4002: Watercolor (3 cr.) *
This course provides a foundation for techniques involved in watercolor.  The class explores the specific methods of watercolor, both traditional and contemporary applications.  Students will work in class as well as in the natural landscape.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4003: Painting (3 cr.) *
Offered for all levels, beginners to advanced.  The course emphasizes each student’s unique potential while exploring a variety of concepts and techniques.  Representational and abstract forms are explored utilizing still life, the human figure, and other sources of visual expression.  The student may choose to use either acrylic or oil paints.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4004: Graphic Design I (3 cr.) *
The course analyzes the techniques, tools and basic principles of graphic design used in the conception and production of advertising art and related fields.  Lettering and type forms, type specification, layout, mechanicals, and production will be treated in studio projects.  These projects will aim at developing creative graphic ideas in advertising, packaging and editorial fields, using concepts and techniques of visual communications.  Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.  (Fall)

ART 4006: Assemblage and Collage (3 cr.) *
This course will explore the tradition and techniques of assemblage and collage.  Students will work on flat two-dimensional surfaces as well as physical elevation of three-dimensional planes.  The course will emphasize both recognizable and abstract images.  We will focus on artists such as Arp, Bearden, Braque, Cornell, Dove, Ernst, Marisol.  Motherwell, Nevelson, Rauschenberg and Schwitters as exemplars and aesthetic inspiration.  Students will keep a sketch pad/journal.  The students will be expected to complete five portfolio quality artworks.  (Fall)

ART 4007: Photography: Beginners (3 cr.) *
This course will focus on how to use the camera to take a photograph.  Photographic optics, correct exposure, developing the negative, making contact prints and enlargements (using lighting and filters), and finishing and mounting prints will be taught.  Students will be introduced to the aesthetics of photography - the visual elements of form, texture, pattern and line - and how to deal with them photographically.  The aim is to develop individual style.  The work of some important photographers will also be examined.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4008: Photographic Essay (3 cr.) *
This course is designed to give the intermediate and advanced photography student a means to explore and capture real events, nothing posed, nothing made-up.  There will be an overview in basic black-and-white photographic techniques, including darkroom and lab procedures.  Students will also be exposed to the history of photography through a slide presentation.  The focus is on content as well as artistic style, capturing images and events rather than making them.  Prerequisite: Photography: Beginners.  (Fall)

ART 4010: Photography: Intermediate and Advanced (3 cr.) *
This course merges aesthetic concepts with craftsmanship.  The students will explore photography as a means of visual communication.  Professional practices for developing a personal style will be strongly encouraged.  Prerequisite: Photography: Beginners.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4013: Graphic Design II (3 cr.) *
The basic principles of Graphic Design I will be pursued in greater depth through various assignments leading to a better understanding of graphic design on an advanced level.  Prerequisite: Graphic Design I.  (Spring)

ART 4016: Contemporary Painting Technique (3 cr.) *
This course will stress a comprehensive, in-depth study of principles of current painting methods.  Students will investigate the content of aesthetic production as well as various plastic art forms.  The development of painting skills will be an essential element for investigating personal iconography.  (Spring)

ART 4022: Computer Graphics II (3 cr.) *
This course will cover intermediate and advanced techniques in Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Quark, and InDesign, as well as tips for using applications together and optimizing graphics for the web.  Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4027: Life Drawing (3 cr.) *
This course is structured to encourage technical fluency and foster confidence in the depiction of the human figure.  The course parallels the creative process.  While emphasis is on the structure of the figure, the figure as a means of personal expression is also stressed.  Prerequisite: Drawing.  (Spring)

ART 4028: Illustration (3 cr.) *
This course will stress creativity and the importance of developing a personal style.  The students will be expected to derive their inspiration from imagination, 3-D objects, photographic material and the written word to fulfill the requirements of the class assignments.  Prerequisite: Drawing and 2D Design.  (Fall)

ART 4031: Contemporary Sculpture (3 cr.) *
The beginning-to-advanced student will learn to interpret and express spatial forms with through the practice of organizing elements in actual space.  The development of a sense of design, both formal and conceptual, may occur through construction, modeling and casting.  Students will be encouraged to incorporate metaphor into their work, helping to amplify their creative process.  Assigned projects will revolve around materials, central themes and current issues.  (Spring)

ART 4032/5032: Advanced Photography: Alternative Processes
Appropriate for intermediate/advanced students interested in creating both striking images and improving their printing ability. This course will cover how to refine black and white photographs through advanced shooting and printing techniques. Experimental, late nineteenth and early twentieth century printing methods will be explored as an alternative to modern printing. Students will shoot large format negatives with a simple camera they will construct in class as one of the assignments. Those completing this course will have a deeper appreciation of how to make a photographic image using historical and contemporary printing practices. Students must bring examples of their photography to the first class meeting. Prerequisite: Photography: Beginners or permission of the Instructor. (Fall)

ART 4033: Interactive Design (3 cr.) *
The objective of Interactive Design is to learn the basics of design for the World Wide Web.  Using the Adobe application GoLive, students will be introduced to the concepts of html page layout using what is referred to as WYSIWYG, or "what you see is what you get".  GoLive is a visual layout tool where the student can focus on the visual content as opposed to coding a page using html language.  Students will create their own personal websites which will include digital images acquired via digital camera and/or scanners, interactive rollovers, hyperlinks, tables and simple animations.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4035: Exploration of Ceramic Methods (3 cr.) *
A comprehensive course for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, utilizing hand-building and throwing on the wheel.  Four basic methods of hand-forming pottery and ceramic sculpture will be explored: pinch, coils, slabs, and modeling, along with tooling, decoration and glazing.  Advanced students will produce multiples such as mugs, bowls, plates and casseroles, emphasizing design and special techniques.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4043:  Artists Video (3 cr.) *
This introductory course is geared toward studying and producing video based in a visual arts tradition.  The focus in the class will be on developing interesting content while learning Final Cut Pro and proper equipment techniques.  Students will examine: the place of video in multimedia and art; current video trends toward issue-oriented work such as media analysis and criticism, activist video, and personal narratives about identity and individual experience.  Prerequisite:  Computer Graphics I.  (Spring)

ART 4045: Ceramics: Form & Function (3 cr.) *
This course offers hand building and an introduction to wheel throwing, whereby forms are created on a potter's wheel.  The ultimate goal is to be able to create functional objects, such as bowls, cups, plates, and vases, or, ultimately, elements to use in sculptures and conceptual works.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4047: Art, Design and the Computer (3 cr.) *
This course is designed to use the fine and applied arts in combination with computer programs.  The student will explore visual techniques in a traditional fashion while learning to use the computers to expand and explore contemporary models of aesthetic productions.  Students will spend some time in a traditional studio, although the finished work will be in a digital format.  Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop will be utilized.  Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.  (Spring)

ART 4048: Beginning Photography: Color (3 cr.) *
This course is designed to give photography students of all levels an opportunity to broaden their artistic printing abilities.  They will review basic 35mm camera-works, which will include the creative use of shutter speed, f-stop and film speed.  Along with group and individual demonstrations on printing assigned problems, students will present and critique works of art.  Class meetings will include a demonstration on matting and framing, and students will also be exposed to the history of color photography through a slide presentation.  (Spring)

Art 4049/5049: Intermediate & Advanced Photography: View Camera
This course covers the basic concepts and techniques concerning view cameras.  It will include the use of tilts, swings, shifts, and rises.  Assignments will vary from the use of light, still life, portraits, body-sculpture, architecture, and landscapes, and the problems and opportunities that each assignment presents. (Prerequisite: Beginning Photo and Intermediate/Advanced Photography, or equivalent courses.)

ART 4058: Expressive Techniques in the Two Dimensional Arts (3 cr.) *
This course explores traditional and abstract expressions using the diverse methods of two-dimensional application of paint and paper to a flat surface.  It emphasizes the study of narrative, content, and form.  Students will be encouraged to experiment in both conceptualization and the aesthetic process, and to explore collage, drawing, painting, and assemblage.  Advanced students will develop a portfolio of artwork for presentation at the end of the course.  (Fall)

ART 4059: The Book as Art (3 cr.) *
A course in the design and creation of a book as  serial images around a central theme.  The concept of the book will be explored from the traditional and the experimental point of view.  Emphasis will be on visual aspects of the book, with attention to illustration, typography, layout, and binding.  Type can be designed with Photoshop, or woodtype.  Projects can be by hand or printed in relief, monotype and intaglio.  (Spring)

ART 4061: Ceramic Sculpture (3 cr.) *
This course is designed to introduce the student to the materials, terms, equipment, and techniques involved in creating ceramic sculpture.  All assignments are designed to challenge both the technical skill and creative and conceptual insights of the students.  Various hand building techniques and finishing methods will be explored.  Historical and contemporary issues in ceramics will be discussed in class and through slides and personal presentations.  Since the class is responsible for firing the work it produces, firing of the electric kilns will be part of the curriculum.  In addition, safety issues of the ceramic studio will be covered.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4067: Digital Photography and Computer Imaging (3 cr.) *
This class will review the history of capturing and manipulating images, discuss how digital imaging is used today, and provide hands-on experience.  Students will  digitally capture and manipulate existing images and learn how to prepare images for use in publications, exhibitions, electronic media, and the Internet.  Prerequisite Computer Graphics I.  (Fall) (Spring)

ART 4068: Installation of Public and Performance Art (3 cr.) *
This course is designed for art majors with an interest in installation art, performance art, and public art.  Students will propose four in-depth projects that will be developed and executed over the course of the semester.  Each project will be researched with an aesthetic as well as an academic application.  Each proposal will submitted with both written and aesthetic support materials.  Students will learn to work on site.  They will assemble site-specific installation, construct public works on location and learn to arrange and perform aesthetic recital.  The class  will also view artist films and artist videos.  Students will be required to travel to New York City on two weekends during the semester.  (Spring)

ART 4069: Photography: Portraits (3 cr.) *
A great portrait always reveals an essential truth about humanity.  The photographer is challenged by light, location and individual personalities.  The subject, ready or not, presents the photographer with a moment: a psychological, photographic mixture, which captures an essence of being human.  Through assignments, critique, slides and demonstrations student will explore the multifaceted aspects of portrait photography; commercial, editorial, and personal.  Various lighting techniques will be demonstrated during class, such as strobes, tungsten, and natural light.  Color and B&W images will be employed, the B&W darkroom will be open during class time.  Prerequisite: Photography: Beginners.  (Spring)

ART 4070: Museums as Studios (3 cr.) *
This course will use the museums in New York City as its studios.  Both traditional and contemporary artwork will act as aesthetic inspiration for creativity and personal investigation.  Activities will include brief lectures, drawing, painting, assemblage, and collage.  Time in the museums will be spent drawing and sketching: on alternating days students will work in the studios at Manhattanville College developing sketches and drawings into major portfolio works.  The museums will include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Natural History, and a trip to galleries.  (TBA)

ART 4080: An Exploration of Contemporary Culture: Museums, Galleries and Sculpture Parks (3 cr.) *
Appropriate for art majors, this class meets five hours weekly.  The New York area is the center of the art world.  Students will visit various galleries, museums and sculpture parks.  The course is based on the belief that traditional formal artistic skills must be supplemented not only with art historical relationships but also with a first-hand knowledge of the contemporary art scene.  The student will be required to keep a journal, documenting each experience and relating it to personal artistic discovery.  An emphasis will be placed on development of an aesthetic dialog with contemporary art.  The course is designed to benefit students in all of their art classes.