2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    May 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

ARTS 280 - Advanced Studio in Painting and Drawing

This course addresses current or timely topics in the area of Studio Arts. Topics can vary from semester to semester. May be repeatable for credit.

Students will be charged a V & PA lab fee upon registering for this course.


The human head will be the primary focus of this studio class, but “portraiture” in a broad sense will be considered.  From Neolithic plastered skulls to today’s phone “selfie” - images of the human head are probably the most potent, frequent, symbolic, and enduring visual artifacts we create.  And for most children, a representation of the head is the very first image created.  The portrait engages mortality, celebrates the individual, reveals social mores - and fully challenges the artist.  We will look at many different examples of portraiture and examine why the portrait is such a compelling - and difficult - subject.  Students will work from life in the studio, while being encouraged to engage in more experimental interpretations of this topic outside of class.  At least one drawing or painting course is required as a prerequisite.

Prerequisites: Any ARTS Drawing Course

Anticipated Terms Offered: periodically