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The Department of Art faculty consists of six artists and seven art historians. These numbers underscore the Department's interest in, and commitment to, a balanced study of the visual arts in a liberal arts curriculum. The Allen Memorial Art Museum is an important resource for art students. Courses routinely meet there and students have the opportunity to participate in the Museum's Docent program. Introductory courses -- whether in studio or art history --presuppose that the student has no prior experience in art. The three majors offered -- art history, studio, and visual arts --are designed to offer individuals a solid preparation for graduate school or a career in art-related fields.

Advanced Placement. The Department of Art grants 3 credits in Art History for a score of 5 on the AP test in Art History, as well as exemption from the major requirement of one 100-level,
3-credit course in Western Art History; the same exemption, though not the credit, may be extended to students who score a 4 on the AP test in Art History. The Department offers no credit and no exemption for AP work in Studio Art.

Entry-level course suggested sequence:

1. Art History. Prospective majors are advised to take all required 100-level introductory courses and to fulfill the history and language requirements as early as possible in their college careers.

2. Studio Art. It is highly advisable for those intending to major in Studio Art to take one or more "Visual Concepts and Processes" courses as early as possible. First-year students and sophomores considering the major should consult with one of the studio instructors in planning their programs.

Major Overview
Majors in the Art Department: The Department of Art insists that its programs of major study be deeply integrated with the overall liberal arts education that Oberlin both endorses and offers. In planning their programs of study, students should therefore keep in mind the fact that all three major programs may be completed within the two final years of work towards the B.A. degree. Requirements for the three majors are as follows:

Art History. No fewer than 32 credits in the Department of Art, to include at least 26 credits in Art History and 3 credits in Studio Art.

Requirements within the department are:
a. One 3-credit 100-level course in Western Art History

b. One 3-credit course in East Asian Art History

c. At least one 200-level course in any four of the following fields taught by the Department: (1) Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern; (2) Medieval and Byzantine; (3) Renaissance and Baroque; (4) Modern; (5) History of Architecture; (6) East Asian Art

d. At least two 300-level seminars, one of which must be taken for 3 credits

Other requirements for the major are:

a. Two 3-credit History courses in two different periods or cultures (may be courses cross-listed with History by other departments, such as Classics, African American Studies, or East Asian Studies)

b. One year of a foreign language, or a demonstrated competence of the equivalent. Students considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to take advanced language courses. In general, graduate study of East Asian Art requires a working knowledge of Japanese and/or Chinese, while French and German are the most important languages for Western Art History. Depending on the area of specialization, other languages may also be necessary; e.g. Italian.

Studio Art. No fewer than 30 hours. A Studio Art major must have taken at least one course with at least four different studio instructors before enrolling in the Senior Studio and Thesis.

Required courses are:

a. Four "Visual Concepts and Processes" courses (Senior Studio and Thesis may substitute for one of the four required "Visual Concepts and Processes" course).

b. Two "Problems in: (Discipline): (Title)" courses (These courses may be repeated one time only for credit). Note: Courses offered by the Luce Professor in the Emerging Arts can count as a Problems level course requirement.

c. Two courses in Art History, one of which must be in nineteenth and/or twentieth-century art and one in an earlier field

Visual Arts. This major allows individuals more flexibility to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the visual arts. Concentrations in this major can permit students to study art or architectural history within a particular social, historical, or critical context, museum studies, or art conservation. In addition, this major can serve students wishing to pursue projects in the creative arts that may combine creative writing, theater, dance, music, performance art or architectural design. It may also be designed to accommodate students who wish to study art in the context of another discipline such as psychology, sociology, or philosophy, urban studies or architectural theory, critical or cultural studies, art and the law, arts management or multi-media work in computer science or music. Students interested in this major are invited to consult with members of the Art Department for further information. In consultation with an advisor in the Art Department, intended majors should devise a proposed major to meet their particular interests. A visual arts major who chooses to take twelve hours outside the Art Department should consult an additional advisor in the appropriate department or program and provide a short rationale for the choice of these courses. All proposals for this major are to be submitted to the Chair of the Art Department for final approval. The proposal should be submitted on a visual arts form (obtained from advisor or departmental office) along with the standard declaration of major form. Because the Visual Arts major requires more advanced planning than the standard Art History and Studio Art majors, it is strongly suggested that it be declared before the beginning of the junior year. Any revisions to the proposed visual arts major must be resubmitted to the Department Chair with the appropriate advisor's consent.

Requirements for the major are:

a. No fewer than 36 credits, of which a minimum of 24 must be taken within the Art Department; the other 12 credits may be chosen according to the individual student's special interests, as determined in conference with the student's advisor in the Art Department. These credits may include additional courses from the Art Department or related courses offered by other departments and programs in the College or Conservatory. If they wish, students may name a concentration for this major that will appear on their transcript.

b. Of the 24 minimum credits in the Art Department (Art History or Studio courses), there should be at least 6 credits of courses on the lower, intermediate, and upper levels.

Note: Instead of upper-level courses in Studio Art, Visual Arts majors may take two more intermediate courses in Studio Art; one of these may be an advanced Private Reading course to be designed in consultation with a Studio instructor, preferably in collaboration with one or more other Visual Arts majors.

Transfer of Credit/Major Credit for Off-Campus Study. The Art Department's preliminary approval must be obtained before beginning work away from Oberlin if this work is to be counted as credit for the major. Students must receive tentative prior approval from the Chairperson of the Art Department before leaving campus. On return, students must supply both an official transcript and evidence of the nature of the work done. Such requests, as well as those of transfer students, will be handled on an individual basis. The Department is not obliged to give credit for work that fails to fit the general patterns of the Oberlin curriculum or that fails to come up to Oberlin's standards, no matter how valuable a student feels the experience has been, or how much time and effort has been expended.

Art History: No more than 12 credits may be transferred to an Art History major, unless the courses were taken in an Oberlin-affiliated program. Students should submit transcripts, syllabi, class notes, term papers, and examinations in order to obtain final approval for credit.

Studio Art: No more than 6 credits may be transferred to a Studio Art major, unless the courses were taken in an Oberlin-affiliated program. Students may petition the Art Department to count towards the major those studio credits already transferred into Oberlin College as general credit from accredited programs in the U.S. Any studio work done abroad, even in a program affiliated with a U.S. institution, must be reviewed by the Art Department before major credit may be transferred.

Visual Arts: No more than 12 credits may be transferred to a visual arts major; of these, no more than 6 may be in either Art History or Studio Art.

Minor in Art History or Studio Art. Students with 15 or more credits in Art History may graduate with a minor in Art History entered on their transcripts. Students with 15 or more credits in Studio Art may graduate with a minor in Studio Art entered on their transcripts. These Studio Art courses must be taken in at least three fields with three instructors. There is no minor in Visual Arts.

Transfer of credit: No more than 3 credits may be transferred for the minor in Art History; departmental approval is required for such transfers (see section on Major or Minor Credit for off-campus study). No credit may be transferred to the minor in Studio Art.

Note: Students are responsible for notifying the Registrar if they wish to have the minor either in Art History or Studio Art entered on their transcripts.

Honors Program. Admission to the Honors Program is at the discretion of the Department. Projects generally begin in one of two ways. An instructor may approach a student in his or her junior year and indicate a willingness to work with that student towards Honors. Alternatively, before Spring Break of their junior year, students may broach the topic with their academic advisor, following which they may then approach a specific instructor whose interests coincide with the students'. Studio art majors admitted to Senior Studio and Thesis will be assumed to be taking Honors in studio art. If the instructor agrees, the student collaborates with the instructor to develop a project proposal. This proposal must be submitted to the Art Department faculty by the instructor who will sponsor the Honors project well in advance of the end of the spring semester of the junior year. Final credit will depend upon effective presentation of the results of such studies.

In Studio Art, the utmost flexibility and maximum independence is stressed in the programs of students invited to do Honors work.

In Art History, Honors students are required to take Art 310: Art Historiography and Methodology, a 3-credit private reading with their research advisor in the first semester of the senior year; in the second semester, they enroll for Art 399: Honors, for 3 credits. GLCA Arts Program in New York. The program consists of a semester of work, normally in the junior year, combining an internship in an artist's studio, or one of a variety of other art-connected organizations and agencies, with a seminar in the arts of the city and an independent study. Successful completion earns 15 hours of credit towards graduation; these credits cannot count as major credit towards any of the departmental majors.

Winter Term. Various Winter Term projects, including off-campus projects such as gallery or museum internships or studio assistantships with artists, and on-campus ones such as supervised individual or group research projects, are typically sponsored by members of the Art Department.

Preparation for Further Professional Study. Students interested in preparing for graduate studies in Studio Art, Museum Studies, and Art Conservation should consider the following programs of study:

1. Studio Art. It is suggested that studio art majors who wish to prepare for graduate study leading to the M.F.A. degree take as many studio courses as allowed and it is strongly recommended that they apply for Senior Studio and Thesis. Many of the candidates competing for the limited number of placements in graduate schools will have received the B.F.A. (studio) degree (not offered at Oberlin) and have earned a substantially higher number of studio credits than those required for the studio major at Oberlin.

2. Museum Studies. It is suggested that art history students interested in a museum career take the Museum Course, Art 300. Either an Art History or a Visual Arts major would provide suitable preparation for this field. Research training and knowledge of German and French and/or Italian are essential for museum curatorial work and helpful preparation for other areas of the museum profession, such as administration or education.

3. Conservation of Art. It is suggested that students who wish to prepare for graduate study in Art Conservation fulfill the requirements for the B.A. with a major in either Art History, Visual Arts, or Studio Art. Most schools of conservation require between 18 to 21 hours of art history, between 8 and 15 hours of studio, and a portfolio. Additionally, most schools require: a reading knowledge of German, French or Italian, 2 classes in organic chemistry with labs, and an additional one or two science courses with labs. The following may also be useful: Art 300 (Museum Course); Physical Chemistry 309; Geology 201 Mineralogy, Physics 103-104 or Physics 110, 111. For further information, consult with Mr. Inglis.

4. Classical Archeology. Students interested in classical archeology as a profession should note the availability of a concentration in classical archeology within the Archeological Studies Major. For further information, see the separate listing under Archeological Studies above, or consult Ms. Kane in the Art Department.

 

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Introductory Courses

101. Approaches to Western Architectural History 3 hours
3HU
This course serves as a topical introduction to the history of architecture. Beginning with mythologies of the first building and ending with issues in contemporary architecture, the course will introduce students to different ways of seeing buildings and thinking about architecture. Emphasis will be placed on buildings as complex cultural artifacts, rather than purely on a canonical history of style. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2 ARTS-101-01 MWF10-10:50 Mr. Shanken
ARTS-101-02 MWF 12-12:50 Mr. Shanken

102. Approaches to Medieval Art History 3 hours
3HU
Sem 2 ARTS-102-01 MW 12:00-1:15 Staff

103. Approaches to Western Art 3 hours
3HU
First semester. An introduction to the conceptual tools (including visual analysis) necessary to the study of western art through an examination of issues and methods used to interpret it. Various modes and techniques for making art will also be addressed. This course only indirectly offers a chronological overview of the history of Western art. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 1 ARTS-103-01 TuTh 8:30-9:50 Ms. Mathews
ARTS-103-02 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Ms. Mathews

104. Approaches to Chinese Art History 3 hours
3HU, CD
Introduction to the major artistic traditions of China, from the Neolithic period to the present, and to the fundamental methods of the discipline of art history. Approaches will be chronological, considering how the arts developed in and through history, and thematic, discussing how art and architecture were used for philosophical, religious and material ends. Several sessions at Allen Memorial Art Museum. No prerequisite. Identical to EAST 141. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem 1 ARTS-104-01 MW 12:00-1:15 Ms. Davis

106. Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to Art History 3 hours
3 HU
This course is designed to introduce students to aims, methods, and issues in the discipline of art history. Readings, projects, and in-class discussions will focus on the many ways to look at art objects, as well as how to think and read critically about the history of art and architecture. Integral use is made of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 ARTS 106-01 MWF 1:30 ­ 2:20 Ms. Kane

107. Looking at Objects: Art and Archaeometry 3 hours
3HU
Can objects answer questions about where, how, and when they were made? Can forgeries be detected? The interdisciplinary study of archaeometry can help to determine answers to these questions. Through lectures, laboratory exercises, and use of the Allen Memorial Art Museum collection, selected case studies will be examined and students will also pursue individual research projects on specific objects. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 2 ARTS-107-01 TuTh 1:30 ­ 2:45 Ms. Kane

108. Approaches to Japanese Art History 3 hours
3HU
Introduction to the major artistic traditions of Japan, from the Neolithic period to the present, and to the fundamental methods of the discipline of art history. Approaches will be chronological, considering how the arts developed in and through history, and thematic, discussing how art and architecture were used for philosophical, religious and material ends. Several sessions at Allen Memorial Art Museum. No prerequisite. Identical to EAST 142. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem 2 ARTS-108-01 MW 12:00-1:15 Ms. Davis

109. Approaches to Byzantine or Islamic Art History 3 hours
3 HU
Sem 2 ARTS-109-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Staff

110. Monument and Memory in Western Art 3 hours
3 HU
We will study how monuments create and preserve memory, approaching this broad topic in three ways: case studies of important monuments; examining Washington, D. C., the most important monumental complex in the United States; and looking at Oberlin's monuments. We will consider how a monument's meaning is produced by its iconography, historical context, materials, and location. For their final project, students will design a new monument for Oberlin
Enrollment Limit: 15 first-year students.
Sem 2 ARTS-110-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Inglis

141. The Persistence of Memory: Basic Issues in Western Art 3 hours
3HU
This course introduces students to major recurring themes in European art and its derivatives, from Classical Antiquity to the present. The course focuses on works of art in the Allen Memorial Art Museum; students may expect a learning experience that puts special emphasis on discussion and other forms of frequent class participation. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 ARTS-141-01 TuThu 11:00-12:15 Mr. Hood
Sem 2 ARTS-141-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Hood

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Intermediate Topical and Historical Courses

200. Archeological Field Course 4 hours
4HU, CD
A summer course in field archeology offered in conjunction with Oxford University. The excavations will be conducted at the Samnite/Roman site of Monte Pallano in the Abruzzo, Italy. Participants will learn the cultural history of the area, as well as theoretical and practical aspects of excavation. Identical to ACHS 200. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 6.
Summer ARTS-200-01 To be arranged Ms. Kane

216. Topics in Chinese Art History: "Landscape" 3 hours
3HU, CD
Investigation of the way the concept of "landscape" is represented in two- and three-dimensional objects in Chinese cultural practices. Topics include the painted traditions, garden building, geomancy, mapping, travel, and how "landscape" is discussed in period and modern accounts. Sessions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, possible film viewings. Prerequisites: Arts 104/EAST141 or equivalent coursework in Chinese studies; consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2 ARTS-216-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Ms. Davis

217. Topics in Japanese Art History: Japanese Prints 3 hours
3HU, CD
Study of Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th through 20th century. Most of the course will be concerned with "ukiyo-e" prints from the Edo, or Tokugawa, period (1615-1868) and the culture that produced them; the continuation and adaptation of woodblock printing in modern print movements will also be discussed. Note: Wednesday sessions will be held in the Print Study Room of the AMAM; additional sessions will be scheduled to work with Baldwin and Shansi Visiting Professor Tadashi Kobayashi of Gakushuin University on the connoisseurship of prints during the first two weeks of November. Prerequisite: Background in Japanese art history or equivalent coursework in Japanese studies. Due to the extensive use of the Museum, enrollment will be limited to 14. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 14.
Sem 1 ARTS-217-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Ms. Davis

220. Egypt, the Near East, and the Aegean 3 hours
3HU, CD, WR
Next offered 2002-2003. Ms. Kane

222. Greek and Roman Sculpture 3 hours
3HU, CD, WR
A study of the origins and development of Greek and Roman sculpture. Why, how, and for who was this art form made? Special emphasis will be given to the study of its place in the development of figural art. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 1 ARTS-222-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Ms. Kane

224. The Technology of Greek and Roman Architecture 4 hours
4HU, QPh
The buildings of the Greeks and Romans have a justifiable place in the history of western architecture. Beyond consideration of their historical significance, this course will investigate how they were actually built and the corresponding social and economic consequences of their construction. A series of design projects and calculations will offer insights on how ancient architects might have worked. One 100-level art history course or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 2 ARTS-224-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Kane

226. Modern Architecture 3 hours
3HU
Picking up where Art 280 leaves off, this course is a topical survey of the Modern Movement from 1900-present. Emphasis will be placed on key figures and monuments, but also on the history of architectural theory through manifestoes, primary texts, and paper architecture. Students will be required to write several critical response papers as well as a larger research paper. Prerequisites: One 100-level course in art history or consent. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 1 ARTS-226-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Shanken

228. The History of Urban Form 3 hours
3HU
A survey of the form of the city from the planning of Greek cities to Disney's sponsorship of the New Urbanism at Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Students will study a combination of the history, theory, and design of urban environments with an emphasis on understanding the form of the city as a form of culture. Cities include: Athens, Rome, London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago. Prerequisites: one course in architectural history or consent. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem 2 ARTS-228-01 MW 7:00-8:15 Mr. Shanken

231. Topics in Byzantine or Islamic Art History 3 hours
3HU
Sem 1 ARTS-231-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Staff

234. Topics in Medieval Art History 3 hours
3HU
Sem 1 ARTS-234-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Staff

238. Northern Renaissance Art from Dürer to Goltzius 3 hours
3HU
The Art of Northern Europe from 1480 to 1600. We will study this matter thematically, not chronologically. Topics to be covered include the rising status of artists, humanist themes in Northern art, the impact of the Reformation on art, book illustration, print-making, and portraiture. Prerequisite: one, 100-level course in art history. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 2 ARTS-238-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Inglis

243. The Art of Papal Rome, 1534-1670 3 hours
3HU
The history of Roman art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is integral to the development of European art as a whole. As the cultural, political and religious capital of the Western world, the Eternal City enjoyed a period of building activity not rivaled since the days of the Roman Empire. Therefore, this course treats the history of Roman art in close association with the social forces that brought it into being. Consent of the instructor is required for first- and second-year students. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 1 ARTS-243-01 TuThu 3:00-4:15 Mr. Hood

244. French Art under the Bourbon Kings, 1661-1789 2 hours
2HU
After sketching the background of French art from Francis I through the Regency following the death of Louis XIII (ca. 1520-1660), this course focuses on painting, sculpture, and architecture under Kings Louis XIV, XV, and XVI. Students will be expected to have studied Art History at the college level or the equivalent, or to command some proficiency in French. Consent of the instructor is required for first- and second-year students. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 2 ARTS-244-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Hood MODULE 1

246. Spanish Painting in the Golden Age, 1600-1700 2 hours
2HU
This course surveys the careers of the major Spanish painters of the seventeenth century, particularly Velazquez, Murillo, and Zurbaran. It will also consider the consequences of developments in sculpture and architecture for the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Students will be expected to have studied Art History at the college level or the equivalent, or to command some proficiency in Spanish. Consent of the instructor is required for first- and second-year students. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 2 ARTS-246-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Hood MODULE 2

267. Art since 1960 3 hours
3HU, WR
Second Semester. A revisionist examination of the major trends, primarily in American art, from 1960 to the present. Art historical and critical approaches will be used to survey the art and to deal with issues confronting and confronted by the contemporary artist. The course will also highlight issues of diversity and gender in art. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2 ARTS-267-01 TuTh 12:00-1:15 Ms. Mathews

268. Roots of Modernism: The Avant-Garde in Fin-de-Siecle France 3 hours
3HU, WR
First Semester. Through a critical examination of the works of late 19th century artists in France, from Cezanne to Van Gogh, Gauguin, Suzanne Valadon, Mary Cassatt, Seurat, and others, we will study the roots of the modernist avant-garde from the perspective of the developing principles of modernism. We will also analyze the way in which these principles interact with cultural constructions of diversity, class, and gender. Identical to WOST 268. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 ARTS-268-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Mathews

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Advanced Courses and Seminars

Open to upper-level students, typically junior and senior majors. Entrance is by consent of the instructor. Any seminar course may be omitted if the numbers registered do not warrant its being given.

301. Research Methods and Resources in the Visual Arts 1 hour
1HU
Examination of visual arts research and bibliography. Analysis of specific titles, categories of publications, electronic resources will be done within context of actual research practices and specific information needs. Basic steps of research process, database structure and searching, search engines, critical analysis of information, researching artists and artworks will be discussed. Prerequisite: Simultaneous enrollment in Art 310. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 ARTS-301-01 F 10:00-11:00 Ms. Prior

303. Practicum in Tutoring in Art History 1-2 hours
1-2HU
For students interested in tutoring and being a teaching assistant for art history 100-level courses. Must have taken at least the course in which they will assist. Apply to relevant instructor.
Sem 1 ARTS-303-01 To be arranged Staff

Sem 2 ARTS-303-01 To be arranged Staff

314. The Concept of the "Artist" in China and Japan 2-3 hours
3HU
Significant shifts in the construction of the "artist" occur in China and Japan along certain paradigmatic lines, including the status of the maker changing from being a producer to being a "name," and from being a master craftsman to an eccentric "genius," among others. How these concepts are forged will be explored through period accounts and theoretical analyses. Background in East Asian art history and/or East Asian studies; consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-314-01 Th 1:30-3:20 Ms. Davis
ARTS-314-02 W 1:30-3:20 Ms. Davis
W 3:30-4:20 Ms. Davis

315. Seminar in Medieval Art 2-3 hours
3HU
Sem 2 ARTS-315-01 Th 1:00-2:50 Staff

316. Yesterday's Tomorrows: The History of Visionary Architecture 2-3 hours
3HU
This seminar will explore the history of the future through architectural visions. From Thomas More's Utopia to Archigram and the Situationist City, the architecture of the future will be placed in its historical context in order to examine the modern obsession with imagining the architecture of the future. Emphasis will be placed on the changing quality and quantity of the future, on technological feats and target dates, with an eye towards wondering whether we have a significant future in our present. Consent required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 ARTS-316-01 Tu 7:00-9:00 Mr. Shanken

350. Seminar in Renaissance and Baroque Art 2-3 hours
3HU
Illusion and Allusion in Italian Architecture. This seminar will study the ways in which Italian artists of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries used architecture to create the illusion of place. Topics to be considered include: architectural backgrounds in paintings; the invention and development of vanishing-point perspective; the painterly deployment of building materials; urban facades; and stage sets. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-350-01 W 1:30-3:20 Mr. Hood
ARTS-350-02 W 1:30-3:20 Mr. Hood
W 3:30-4:20

352. Illuminated Manuscripts in Oberlin Collections 3 hours
3HU
Oberlin College has a significant collection of medieval and Renaissance miniatures that have not received much study. In this class, we will begin to catalogue them. Students will be taught fundamental skills in researching and describing manuscripts, after which they will be assigned one or more works to research and write about. As most of the leaves are fragmentary, we will be particularly concerned with finding related material. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 ARTS-352-01 W 1:30-3:20 Mr. Inglis

361. Modern Seminar: The Femme Fatale and Other Forms of 3 hours
Female Identity in Twentieth-Century Film
3HU, CD, WR
Second semester. A feminist look at female roles in various 20th-century (mostly) Hollywood films from "Imitation of Life" to "Fatal Attraction." The reading for the seminar will include writings ranging from discourse theory to Lacanian and French feminist psychoanalytic theory, film theory and feminist art history. Identical to WOST 361. Consent of instructor required.
Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 ARTS-361-01 Tu 1:30-4:30 Ms. Mathews

399. Honors 3-4 hours
3-4HU
For Honors candidates only under the supervision of one or more members of the staff. Consent of chair required.

995. Private Reading 1-3 hours
1-3HU
Consent of instructor required.

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Studio

The aim of all studio courses is to enhance students' awareness of and sensitivity to the visual arts through engaging in the actual intellectual and technical processes by which works of art come into being. Students learn to perceive the world in visual terms and to conceptualize their perceptions through their own work. They also become familiar with selected techniques of art-making and with examples of those techniques by significant artists through the study of the art of both past and present.

Students planning to complete their studies with the Bachelor's degree in art should recognize that the fine arts curriculum at Oberlin is designed primarily as an integral part of the liberal arts program of the College, and not as specialized technical training. While not designed as a complete preparation for professional careers in art, studying art at Oberlin does provide a solid foundation for students who wish to proceed into formal professional training at the graduate level or to continue their development as artists on their own.

The purchase of textbooks is not usually required for studio courses and the College provides such equipment as easels, drawing boards, etc. It is necessary for each student to purchase expendable supplies as required or to pay a fee for expendable materials supplied by the department or both. Students should realize that studio art activities are often expensive.

Because the size and facilities of the department are limited, it is impossible to offer work in every field of student interest; however, credit can be arranged for off-campus study in areas not available at Oberlin. A program of study must have the prior approval of the department. See Introduction: Major or Minor Credit for Off-Campus Study.

Note: Vis/Pro courses may be repeated for credit if taken with a different instructor. "Problems in (Discipline): (Title)" courses may be repeated with the consent of the instructor. Names of students absent from the first studio session in any course will be dropped from the enrollment list.

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Courses Without Prerequisites: Visual Concepts and Process Courses

Read the following course descriptions carefully. The courses listed below are designed to offer students an introduction to art by encountering a diverse range of concepts, attitudes, and approaches through the direct "hands-on" procedure of exploring a wide variety of art media and processes. General focus will be upon the disciplines specified in the course title suffix, but coverage will not be limited to the conventional assumptions about these disciplines. These courses may be repeated if taken with a different instructor.

039. Visual Concepts and Processes: Drawing 3 hours
3HU
This course is an introduction to basic drawing concepts, vocabulary, media, skills and techniques essential for advanced study in the visual arts. The drawing experience will be explored through slide lectures, directed readings, demonstrations and studio problems. Initial problems will address the basic concepts of gesture, linear perspective, and value systems.
Subsequent projects will expand to address the relationship of form and content. Traditional and non-traditional drawing media will be utilized. Primary subject matter for this course to include: the still life, architectural forms, and the figure. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 ARTS-039-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Yanko
ARTS-039-02 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Mr. Yanko
Sem 2 ARTS-039-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Yanko

040. Visual Concepts and Processes: Drawing 3 hours
3HU
Course will initiate practice and appreciation of graphic expression, emphasis on developing conceptual understanding of traditional and contemporary pictorial concerns beginning with traditional observation drawing to sharpen perceptual awareness. Diagrammatic line and principles of perspective will be presented as spatial and compositional concepts. Assignments: ability to graphically locate objects on a ground plane: use of line, value, shape, texture as descriptive design vocabulary: human figure as dynamic form: engaging representation and abstraction as responsive narrative. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 ARTS-040-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Mr. Sanderson
Sem 2 ARTS-040-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Mr. Sanderson
ARTS-040-02 MW 1:30-4:30 Mr. Sanderson

042. Visual Concepts and Process: Sound and Image 3 hours
3HU
This is an introductory audio production course which will examine the structural correspondence between the acoustic material of sound and the semantic material of film and video. We will explore the history of sound, radio, the avant-garde and how sound is utilized in film, video and installation. This course concerns itself with the development of both the technical skills required for the craft of audio production and post-production and the development of a creative style/voice. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 ARTS-042-01 MW 7:00-10:00 Ms. Brown-Orso

048. Visual Concepts and Processes: What's Natural Isn't Real 3 hours
3HU
An interdisciplinary study course including many lectures and presentations given in areas outside of visual arts. The area of study will be focused on 17th and 18th century concepts of nature and on how concepts are visualized in American landscape painting. The aim is to infuse practice of perceptual painting with an understanding of cultural and artistic conventions within which this practice exists. We will spend a portion of our time in the museum looking at art. Cross-referenced in Environmental Studies. Enrollment Limit: 18.
Sem 1 ARTS-048-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Ms. Schuster
Sem 2 ARTS-048-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Ms. Schuster

049. Visual Concepts and Processes: Intro to Sculpture 3 hours
3HU
Referencing your own body as it traverses daily through time and space, students will explore the basics of three-dimensional space. Using paper, cardboard, plaster, wood and found objects in addition to form, texture, sound, scale, and proportion, students will complete three major projects. Weekly homework assignments will expand upon classroom projects. Although craft and technique are important, they are not a driving force. Required forms of participation also include critiques, weekly discussions, and reading assignments. A sketchbook will be required. Students should expect to spend 12 hours outside of class to meet the minimum requirements.
Enrollment Limit: 18.
Sem 1 ARTS-049-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Ms. Macias
ARTS-049-02 MW 1:30-4:30 Ms. Macias

052. Visual Concepts and Processes: Photography 3 hours
3HU
This is an introductory course to B&W photography. Studio assignments are designed to contextualize photography in terms of its history, its relationships to the other art medium, and its cultural implications. Besides studio assignments and group critiques there also will be slide lectures, technical demonstrations, reading and writing assignments. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 ARTS-052-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Mr. Nguyen Duy
ARTS-052-02 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Mr. Nguyen Duy
Sem 2 ARTS-052-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Mr. Nguyen Duy

053. Visual Concepts and Processes: Silkscreen 3 hours
3HU
This course is designed to introduce all silkscreen processes plus its interaction with photography and other reproductive media. Assignments are structured to expand the understanding of art through the exploration of relevant personal concerns, whether they are driven by gender, political, moral, spiritual, philosophical or conceptual issues. Group critiques, slide lectures, and labs are essential ingredients of the course. Enrollment Limit: 14. 6 places reserved for freshers/sophomores.
Sem 1 ARTS-053-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Pearson
ARTS-053-02 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Mr. Pearson
Sem 2 ARTS-053-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Pearson

055. Talking Book 3 hours
3HU, CD
This class is a hands on exploration of spoken/written narrative within African American visual tradition(s). We will view works by Carrie Mae Weems, Faith Ringgold, David Hammons, Lil' Willie, Glen Ligon, and many more. These artists will serve as models for the layering of voices gathered and conjured within class projects. Students will be required to write, perform, compose (visually, and/or sonically) tapestries of voices carried within themselves. Projects will range from portraits of self, to portraits of place and time. Sound equipment will be made available to students enrolled (no previous experience necessary). Consent of the instructor is required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-055-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Coleman

056. Something From Something 3 hours
3HU, CD
This course is a 'hands on' exploration of vernacular visual traditions existing within African American Culture. We will examine design choices/material processes used to define and describe the specificity of lived experience within African American culture. Our focus is upon elders within black communities and the stories that they tell through their work. These 'folk artists' function as influences upon contemporary African American artists ranging from Alison Saar, to Renee' Stout. These vernacular traditions will serve as resources that extend our own working processes as we tell our own stories. Consent of the instructor is required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-056-01 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Mr. Coleman

059. Visual Concepts and Processes: Digital Video 3 hours
3HU
This is an introductory "hands-on" technical course in digital video production and editing with a history and theory component. This course is designed to provide an overview of the history and practice of the time-based media. The goal is to outline the various terrain of the art of the moving image, and to examine the vocabulary of constructing sequences, editing, otherwise known as "sculpting in time." Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 ARTS-059-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Ms. Brown-Orso

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Courses With Prerequisites: "Problems in (Discipline): (Title)" Courses

Material covered in these courses will correspond generally with the boundaries as specified in the course descriptions listed below. The instructors in each course will pay special attention to the individual requirements of each student. Courses in this sequence may be elected more than once. These courses may be taken only by consent of the instructor.

060. Problems in Drawing 3 hours
3HU
This course is intent on developing skills and methodologies introduced in drawing 040. Assignments will engage postmodern strategies relevant to graphic representation. Emphasis will be placed on formal concerns of subject, image, material, and technique. Projects will explore the nature of figuration and the use of figure in a narrative pictorial context. Other projects will research symbolism in painting and the sequential development of abstraction as an expressive method and metaphoric iconography. Prerequisite: completion of Visual Concepts and Processes Art 040 or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 ARTS-060-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Mr. Sanderson
Sem 2 ARTS-060-01 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Mr. Yanko

062. Problems in Intermedia/Drawing: The Nature of the Abstract 4 hours
4HU
What is Abstract Art? How did it come into being? Does it have content? Is it founded in concrete ideas? Is it divorced from social accountability? Is it entropic? What does it communicate or express? These are a sample of the questions to be raised and addressed in this class. They will be addressed through a series of controlled drawing assignments designed to develop both critical thinking and technical drawing skills. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 14.
Sem 1 ARTS-062-01 MW 9:00-12:00 a.m. Mr. Pearson MODULE 1
MTuW 7:00-10:00 p.m. Mr. Pearson

063. Problems in Installation 3 hours
3HU
This is an upper level course designed for students who have taken at least two previous sculpture courses or a combination of sculpture and painting, photography, silkscreen or time-based media. During the semester we will explore some of the parameters of Installation, a relatively new genre loosely defined as a purposeful arrangement of materials and concept within a chosen site. Students will be encouraged to work with a variety of materials which could include found objects, wood, sound, slide projection, and video. Three large-scale installations will be completed, one of which will be site-specific. Readings, one oral presentation, and frequent discussions are required forms of participation. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 1 ARTS-063-01 MW 1:30-4:30 Ms. Macias

064. Problems in Photography 3 hours
During this class students will be introduced to more advanced photographic topics. Among other topics, studio lighting and large format photography, as well as the zone systems, will be covered. Studio assignments are research-based and are designed to address a variety of critical topics within the medium. Along with studio projects and demonstrations there will be writing assignments and class presentations. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-064-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Nguyen Duy
Sem 2 ARTS-064-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Mr. Nguyen Duy

065. Problems in Painting: What's Real Isn't Natural 3 hours
3HU
Students will be asked to understand nature as an abstraction and construct by studying texts and art. They will examine existing mainstream paradigms in "representational" or "realist" art and then consciously use the traditions of American Realism to re-construct or re-envision their human relationship to nature and the environment through the medium of paint. The class will read articles and study contemporary ideas in Environmental Ethics, Eco-Feminism, and contemporary art criticism. Cross-referenced in Women's Studies and Environmental Studies. Prerequisites: ARTS 048. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 1 ARTS-065-01 TuTh 9:00-12:00 Ms. Schuster
Sem 2 ARTS-065-01 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Ms. Schuster

066. Problems in Printmaking: Silkscreen and Related Media 3 hours
3HU
An extension of ARTS 053 "Visual Concepts and Processes: Silkscreen" course. Emphasis will be on concept rather than technical processes; however, the cross-fertilization of duplication and other media such as painting, photography, xerography, and three dimensional media will be emphasized. This course will investigate how visual form and structure mediate conceptual intent. Prerequisites: ARTS 053 "Vis/Pro" course in silkscreen. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 2 ARTS-066-01 TuTh 1:30-4:30 Mr. Pearson

067. Problems in Time-Based Media 3 hours
3HU
This course will introduce various forms of more advanced digital video production and editing techniques. Some of these techniques will include time-lapse imaging, performance, lighting techniques, as well as interfacing the software programs Final Cut Pro with Photoshop and AfterEffects. We will closely examine various genres of storytelling; documentary, essay, narrative and experimental. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-067-01 MW 1:30-4:30 Ms. Brown-Orso

069. Problems: Re-imagining the Book 3 hours
3HU
This course seeks to explore and expand upon our notion of the book as both object and conveyor of idea. Using narrative and non-narrative techniques in relation to content, image, and form, students will construct a series of books. Materials and technics such as collage, type and design will be covered. Readings, discussions, and critiques are required forms of participation. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-069-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Ms. Macias

072. Blues Aesthetic: Continuity and Transformation 3 hours
3HU, CD
This seminar is constructed as an intense dialogue regarding the nature of a culturally derived attitude that informs African American expressivity. Across each of the artist disciplines, specific intentionality and themes recur: we will examine them as they arise. The work of John Biggers,
Carrie Mae Weems, and David Hammons will be our initiation into a range of contemporary visual artists engaged fully within a Black Aesthetic. We will read three contemporary novels, and numerous essays, while simultaneously listening to the musics that emerge from within the social, political, and spiritual realities that shape African American experiences in the U.S. Student presentations within the seminar are a requirement. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12. Identical to AAST 072.
Sem 2 ARTS-072-01 TuTh 1:00-2:50 Mr. Coleman

082. Problems in Sound: Workshop 3 hours
3HU
The eye points outward and the ear inward. Sound is a force which is emotional, perceptual and physical. It can excite feeling, convey meaning and resonate through the body. How has sound contributed to visual culture in the production of intermedia forms of expression? This course is an interdisciplinary workshop on sound in relation to film/video, dance/performance and installation. For advanced students only. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 2 ARTS-082-01 MW 1:30-4:30 Ms. Brown-Orso

084. Problems in Visual Narrative: The Site of Memory 3 hours
3HU
The focus of this course is to critically examine the spaces between the stories that we intend to tell, and the stories that we discover in our efforts to craft them. This is an advanced studio workshop focused upon the honing of the narrative content or processed of the artists present. Projects will be individually selected by students enrolled. Prerequisites: visual processes courses in both drawing and sculpture. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 ARTS-084-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Mr. Coleman
Advanced Studio Courses

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Advanced Studio Courses

095. Senior Studio and Thesis 6 hours
6HU
A one-year team-taught course -- two different faculty per semester. Each student will produce work for a one-person exhibition or performance and accompanying supporting paper by end of second semester. There will be interim exhibitions throughout the year. Faculty will conduct group critiques and discussions weekly and give slide presentations and lectures on a wide range of topics. Admission by portfolio review only. It will be administered during prior spring semester. Support from two studio art faculty required. Seminar thesis students should have completed all Winter Term credits prior to enrollment. Students will be required to continue working toward their final exhibition during Winter Term. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 ARTS-095-01 TuTh 7:00-10:00 p.m. Mr. Coleman
Ms. Schuster
Sem 2 ARTS-095-01 TuTh 7:00-10:00 p.m. Ms. Brown-Orso
Ms. Macias

 

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