This course is a study of drawing fundamentals, with emphasis on line, value, and shape organization as instruments of precision and expression. Students planning to major or minor in art should take this course by the spring quarter of the sophomore year.

This practical studio course serves as an introduction to drawing media—its basic principles and techniques, perceptual theory, and experimental as well as conceptual approaches. It is designed to develop observational and non-observational drawing skills through hands-on in-class studio experience, assignments (twice per week), critique of students’ work, and group exercises. Students will gain knowledge of historical and current approaches to drawing media through visual presentations, reading and research. The course will begin with basic drawing principles, techniques and experimental markmaking exercises that will gradually advance towards a more complex use and understanding of the media to convey personal ideas and conceptual issues.

This interdisciplinary course explores connections between contemporary art practices and environmental justice. The course is designed as a hybrid research laboratory combining readings, writings, presentations and group discussions with hands-on exercises, fieldwork and development of art projects. The course examines how visual artists respond to ecological crises and environmental injustice through various strategies and modes of expression, ranging from the poetic to the disruptive, and working in diverse mediums including printed matter, installation art, video, performance, socially-engaged projects and artivism. Site visits, trips and attending visiting artist and speaker events are crucial components of the course. Regardless of prior experience in art, this course takes advantage of the potential of expanded collaborative research among students from multiple disciplines and majors. Cross-listed with the Environmental Studies Concentration.

Advanced Studio is a senior-level “Shared Passages” seminar for studio art majors and/or students planning a studio SIP. The many facets to this course are designed to emulate both the SIP process and an independent studio practice and include a) the creation of a body of artwork b) research of topics relevant to your project c) contextualizing your work by deepening your knowledge of contemporary artists/theory in your area of focus and d) participating in professional practice exercises, exhibitions and written work. Students in this course come together, regardless of preferred media, to support and challenge each other as they develop their own contemporary practice. Class time is used for critiques, presentations, discussions and professional exercises and does not usually include open studio time.