Art Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
ART 100 Survey of Western Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

History of art from prehistory to the present examined in relation to the cultural background in which it was shaped.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 101 Basic Studio
Prerequisites & Notes

Open to first- and second-year students only.
(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Introduction through the studio to the work of the artist-tools, way of seeing, methods and media. Emphasizes basic principles of visual organization.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 124 American Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Smith

American art from the early colonial period to the present. Emphasis on Copley, West, Cole, Eakins, Homer, Bellows, Wood, Hopper, and Pollock.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ART 200 Greek Art and Architecture (= CLA 141)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Toumazou

(Register for Classics 141.) Minoan-Mycenaean art and architecture of the Aegean Bronze Age; later Greek art and architecture from the Geometric to the Hellenistic Period.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 201 Basic Drawing
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

A foundation of drawing principles in a variety of media. Encourages an examination of drawing and image making in the context of contemporary art practices.  Exploration of observation, abstraction, and the fundamentals of mark-making.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 202 Roman Art and Architecture (= CLA 142)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Toumazou

(Register for Classics 142.) Art and architecture of the Roman Republic and Empire, including influences of earlier Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek art upon the Romans.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 203 Basic Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

Provides foundation of painting principles in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  Encourages examination of painting and image making in context of contemporary art practices and in correspondence with intellectual and critical explorations.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 204 Figure Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Explores classical and contemporary approaches to figure painting.  Provides foundation of painting principles in oil and acrylic using live models as well as photography and digital manipulations.  Issues related to the body in contemporary art practices, art theory, and contemporary painting practices will be discussed and used as a catalyst for the painting process.

Satisfies a major requirement in Art.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 206 From Catacombs to Cathedrals
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

A survey of Christian art in the Middle Ages including art and architecture from the Early Christian catacombs in Rome to the earliest illustrated Bibles, Byzantine mosaics, and the Gothic cathedrals in France.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 208 Origins of the Modern in Northern Renaissance Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

When King Charles V ascended the French throne in the mid-fourteenth century, he and his three brothers vied with one another as to who could commission the most elaborate illuminated manuscript, the most highly bejeweled reliquary, or the most sumptuously painted altarpiece to decorate their private chapels in their numerous palaces and castles in Paris and the provinces.  Two hundred and fifty years later that sort of patronage was a distant memory.  Events such as the invention of the printing press and the Protestant Reformation had a profound effect on material culture.  A feudal economy was transformed into a mercantile economy, inaugurating "modern" social structures that remain with us today.  Art changed accordingly:  street vendors hawked cheap woodcuts of patron saints on market days; engravings of peasants behaving boorishly were a little more expensive, but suited the middle class; wealthy merchants from the flourishing port city of Antwerp sought paintings of their peasants at work and play.  We will study the profound changes that took place in the production of art between 1350 and 1580 in northern Europe within the context of the rise of early modern culture.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 209 Basic Sculpture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Savage

Three-dimensional concepts using a variety of media. Emphasis on material and spatial relationships, technical processes and critical dialogue.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 210 Renaissance Art in Italy
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from 1300 to approximately 1570. Works by artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the writers who were their contemporaries: Alberti and Vasari.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 211 Introduction to Digital Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall and Spring)

 

Instructor
Staff


ART 211 is an introduction to digital art studio practice with a focus on digital imaging, sound, filmmaking, and the web. Using DSLR cameras and the Adobe Master Collection software, the course builds skills, techniques, and critique of digital art through cross-media experimentation. Readings and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists.

Satisfies a major requirement.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 212 Seventeenth-Century Art & Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Catholic-Reformation Italy and the Golden Age of Protestant Holland. Artists including Caravaggio, Rubens, and Rembrandt, as well as issues such as how the differing demands of a Catholic culture and a Protestant economy affected the art of the period.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 214 Eighteenth-Century Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Smith

Eroticism and revolution in painting and sculpture from Tiepolo to David.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 215 Introduction to Print Media
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Starr

An introduction to contemporary studio art practices through hands-on experimentation with print media.  This course offers a broad survey of print media techniques including etching, lithography, woodcut and monotype.  Introduces traditional and digital printmaking processes along with art historical context.  There is a civic engagement project in the course utilizing printmaking skills to collaborate with local organizations. 

Satisfies a major requirement in Art.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 216 The Age of Artistic Revolutions - 19th Century European Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring) 

Instructor
Ligo

The hundred year period from 1790 to 1890 witnessed the greatest series of revolutions in painting in the entire history of western art.  When these hundred years began art was produced for the sake of the church or the king; when these hundred years ended art was being produced for the sake of art.  This remarkable revolution took place though a series of clearly definable mini revolutions or "isms". Neo-classicism was revolted against by Romanticism; Romanticism was revolted against by Realism; Realism was revolted against by Impressionism; Impressionism was revolted against by Symbolism; and Symbolism was revolted against by Expressionism. In order to trace the emergence and development of the above stated revolutions, we will be studying the work of leading nineteenth-century artists from France, England, Germany and Spain in light of the political, theological, philosophical, psychological and art historical influences that shaped their work.  As is true of all my courses, why a particular work of art looks as it does is more important than being able to identify the title of the work or the precise date in which it was painted.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 217 Works on Paper
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Starr

This course utilizes printmaking processes to explore the fundamentals of drawing. A mixed media approach to constructing images on paper is studied through assignments that stress a hybrid of innovative printmaking and direct drawing techniques. Introduces a no-holds-barred approach to taking advantage of numerous technologies to develop artwork - from digital photography to medieval woodcut.

Satisfies a major requirement in Art.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 218 Modern Painting and Sculpture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Ligo

An examination of the developments in painting and sculpture from the reaction against Impressionism through the emergence of Abstract Expressionism (1890-1960).  This course will focus primarily upon these developments in Western Europe.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 219 Contemporary Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Smith

Major developments in 20th-century painting and sculpture from the beginnings of Pop Art (c. 1955) to the present.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 220 The Greening of Modern Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Ligo
 

Architecture and Environmental Studies are natural companions.  Unfortunately developments in the history of modern architecture until the final third of the twentieth century rarely acknowledged their companionship.  During the past fifty years, however, there has been an explosion of theoretical writing and architectural practice to redress this oversight.  The focus of the assigned readings in this course will familiarize the participants with the leading theorists in the field of sustainable architecture, and enable them to design a private dwelling that is both modern and sustainable.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 222 Painted Women, Women Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

As a survey of gender in art, this course's first half examines how women have been represented in Western art and what that implies about the balance of power between the genders over the centuries. The second half of the course deals with the gradual growth of art made by women, the issues addressed by that art, and its reception in American culture of the past century.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 226 Survey of Western Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Ligo

Major developments in western architecture that occurred from Stonehenge to the present.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 228 Seminar in Art: French Impressionism
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor

Shaw

 

What is French Impressionism and why do we all seem to love it so?

What was once derisively called "mere impressions" of "ugliness" is still almost a century and a half later, arguably the most popular art of our time.  The works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, Berthe Morisot, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Mary Cassatt, and many others known as "The Independents," were shown in eight exhibitions from 1874 to 1886.  This seminar will examine the beginnings, techniques, historical context, critiques, and legacies of these artists who are now considered as having some of the most beautiful paintings ever made. 

ART 230 Earth Art-From Lascaux to Lutyens
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Ligo

The world history of garden design as a manifestation of humanity's ever-changing relationship with the natural world. Important gardens and their creators will be studied in light of the theology, politics, architecture, painting, theatre and stage design, poetry, and philosophy that shaped them.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Humanities track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 232 Classics Abroad: Greek and Roman Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Toumazou

Survey of major and minor forms of classical art and architecture. Includes the arts of Byzantium and examples of Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture derived from the classical tradition.

ART 270 Special Topics in Digital Art
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

Rotating studio course in digital and new media techniques, disciplines, and theory emphasizing individual creative development and skilled approaches to technical problem solving in visual art.  Topics include exploring the computer as an artistic medium, digital performance, digital storytelling, video art, and code as art.  Through interdisciplinary exploration, students employ a combination of digital and traditional methods, using the computer to establish various digital techniques.  May be repeated twice when topics vary.

Satisfies a major requirement in Art.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

 

ART 301 Advanced Drawing
Prerequisites & Notes

Art 201. (Spring)

Instructor
Staff

A continuation of concepts and skills introduced in Basic Drawing.  Designed to strengthen skills in drawing technique and process through development of individualized projects.  Discussions of advanced topics in contemporary art theory and practice are used.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 303 Advanced Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

ART 203 or 204. (Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Course is designed to strengthen technique in a chosen medium and developing personal projects.  Wide interpretation of painting will be applied.  Discussion of advanced topics in contemporary art theory and practices are used.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 304 The Gothic Cathedral
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Ligo

Developments in architecture in western Europe between 1000-1500, from the emergence of the Romanesque to the demise of the Gothic.  Political, socio-economic, theological context from which these architectural styles emerged.  Development in sculpture and stained glass during this period.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 305 Advanced Printmaking
Prerequisites & Notes

ART 205, 207, 215, 217 or 331. 
(Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Starr

Expands on skills learned in Art 215 - Introduction to Print Media and/or Art 217 - Works on Paper to develop individualized projects.  Introduces screen printing and advanced printmaking techniques.  Multimedia applications of printmaking processes are explored.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 309 Advanced Sculpture
Prerequisites & Notes

ART 209. (Spring)

Instructor
Savage

Sculptural concepts with attention to complex processes such as large-scale fabrication and bronze casting. Individual development of particular media chosen by the student.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 311 Advanced Digital Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Art 211. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Staff

ART 311 is an advanced digital art studio course with a focus on interactive and narrative forms of digital art, 3d printing, projection mapping, performance, and installation. Students will conceive of project concepts independently or collaboratively. Readings and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists.

Satisfies a major requirement in Art.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts and cultural diversity distribution requirements.
 

ART 320 Seminars
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Courses numbered with even numbers from 320 through 370 are art history seminars limited to ten upperclass students with preference given to art majors. They are offered on an irregular basis in areas of special interest to the faculty, including such topics as history of photography, modern and contemporary critical theory, and individual artists.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

ART 321 Seminars
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Courses numbered with odd numbers from 321 through 371 are studio art seminars limited to ten upperclass students with preference given to art majors. They are offered on an irregular basis in areas of special interest to the faculty.

ART 322 Seminars in Ancient Art and Archaeology (= CLA 441)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Further information from Professor Toumazou.)

(Spring)

Instructor
Toumazou

(Register for Classics 441.)  

ART 390 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors.

Instructor
Staff

For the student who wishes to pursue some special interest in art history under the supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the student's work on a regularly scheduled basis. The project must be initiated by a qualified student and approved in advance with a substantial paper as the end result.

ART 391 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors. Students must have completed 200- and 300-levels of studio discipline in which they are requesting Independent Study.

 

Instructor
Staff

For the student who wishes to pursue some special interest in studio art under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who evaluates the student's work. Evaluation will be based upon the quality of work produced weekly by the student. The project must be initiated by a qualified student and approved in advance.

ART 397 Junior Advanced Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to majors. (Spring)

Instructor 
Staff

Exploration of self-directed studio work during the junior year, determined upon consultation with the course instructor leading to the senior exhibition.  Preliminary readings and writings on material required for ART 401.

ART 400 Perspectives in Art History
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors. (Fall)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

Required during the fall semester for all senior art majors with an emphasis in art history.

 

 

ART 401 Senior Exhibition and Examination
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to majors. (Fall)

Instructor
Staff

This course is focused on the creation of a focused body of work based on independently conducted research, writing and studio production.  Course components include periodic faculty/peer critique, an exhibition of work created, and a public presentation regarding the research conducted.

ART 402 Capstone Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Normally limited to majors. 

(Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Topics in art history. Required during the spring semester of all senior art majors with an emphasis in art history. May include a study tour of appropriate sites.

ART 496 Senior Art History Honors Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor/adviser.

Instructor
Staff

Students submit a written proposal for a topic in the spring of their junior year. If the topic is accepted, the student enrolls in Art 496 during the fall semester of the senior year. A draft of the thesis is submitted by the end of the semester, whereupon an "Incomplete" is assigned. The final draft is defended during the spring semester in a one-hour oral examination.

CLA 141 Greek Art and Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Fall)

May be applied toward a major in Art History.

Instructor
Toumazou

Minoan-Mycenaean art and architecture of the Aegean Bronze Age; later Greek art and architecture from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 142 Roman Art and Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Offered in alternate years.)

May be applied toward a major in Art History.

Instructor 
Toumazou

Art and architecture of the Roman Republic and Empire, including influences of earlier Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek art upon the Romans. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 441 The Parthenon
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Toumazou

Exploration of the architectural, aesthetic, religious and political contexts of the Parthenon, including its impact through the ages. The class will visit the recreation of the Parthenon in Nashville.

DIG 333 Digital 3D Studio
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Staff

A studio art course focusing on the production of digital three-dimensional images, objects, and animations. Assignments focus on concepts and techniques of 3-D modeling, printing and animation. Weekly exercises improve our digital literacy, visual thinking and technical craft. Emphasis on digital experimentation, production and critique.

Satisfies a major requirement in Art.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.