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Departmental Course Listing

371.131 Studio Drawing I

This course focuses on developing fundamental drawing skills for the serious student with little or no previous studio experience. Basic concepts of form and composition are taught through exercises based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and with the aid of still-life setups and live models. Weekly readings and critiques; working sketchbook; final portfolio review.


Max. 15 students :: Hankin :: Spring/Fall :: 2 credits

371.133 Painting Workshop I

This course develops fundamental oil painting techniques for the serious student with minimal prior studio experience. Observational skills are taught through the extensive use of still-life setups, with particular attention paid to issues of light, color and composition. Slide lectures and a museum trip give students an art historical context in which to place their own discoveries as beginning painters. Prerequisite: 371.131 or equivalent. Periodic critiques; final portfolio review.

Max. 12 students per section :: Hankin, Gruber :: Spring/Fall :: 2 credits

371.134 Painting Workshop II

Students who have mastered basic painting skills undertake sustained projects, including figure and plein air landscape work. Slide lectures and handouts deepen student appreciation of representational traditions. Advanced techniques, materials, and compositional issues are also investigated. Weekly critiques; final portfolio review. Prerequisite: 371.133 or permission of instructor.

Max. 12 students :: Gruber :: Fall :: 2 credits

371.135 Studio Drawing II

Building on basic drawing skills, this course explores various media, techniques, and compositional elements with special emphasis on portrait and life drawing. A visit to the Baltimore Museum of Arts Print and Drawing Library supplements lectures and enriches the student’s understanding of the history of artists’ drawings. Weekly critiques; working sketchbook; final portfolio review. Prerequisite: 371.131 or permission of instructor.

Max. 15 students :: Hankin :: 2 credits

371.136 Drawing: The Portrait

An intensive look at the traditions and techniques of portrait drawing. Students work from live models in a variety of media and study master portraits by Holbein, Rembrandt, Ingres, Degas, etc. Weekly critiques; working sketchbook; final portfolio review. Prerequisite: 371.131 or permission of instructor.

Max. 15 students :: Hankin :: 2 credits

371.139 (H) Still Life/Interior/Landscape

This intermediate drawing class will examine three grand traditions in representational art. We will explore problems in still life that have occupied artists from Chardin to Morandi; in interiors from Vermeer to Giacometti; in landscape from Corot to Diebenkorn. We will also look at where the boundaries between these genres blur and how they overlap. BMA Print & Drawing Library visit. Weekly critiques; working sketchbook; final portfolio review. Prerequisite: 371.131 or permission of instructor.

Max. 15 students :: Hankin :: 2 credits

371.140 (H) Cartooning
Cross-listed with the Humanities Center

Not open to freshmen. A history-and-practice overview for students of the liberal arts. The conceptual basis and historical development of cartooning is examined in both artistic and social contexts. Class sessions consist of lecture (slides/handouts), exercises, and ongoing assignments. Topics include visual/ narrative analysis, symbol and satire, editorial/ political cartoons, character development, and animation. Basic drawing skills preferred but not required. Midterm exam; final paper/project.

Max. 15 students :: Chalkley :: Spring :: 3 credits

371.149 (H) visualreality/alt.sim
Cross-listed with the Humanities Center

In art, Realism is a simulation of visual reality. But art can also simulate alternative realities, those realities or truths that exist only in daydreams or nightmares. In this class, we will learn to explore and create representations of these additional moments of existence. This will require thinking creatively or “outside the box,” a useful skill in any field. Using a variety of media, students are asked to solve problems to which there is no one correct answer. Weekly discussions and critiques; final project; portfolio review. Prerequisite: Imagination (and some prior studio experience).

Freshmen may only enroll with instructor permission.

Max. 12 students :: Bakker :: Fall :: 3 credits

371.150 (H) Life Drawing

An intermediate drawing course focusing on all aspects of the human form. Beginning with infrastructure (skeletal and muscular systems), we will work directly from the model using a variety of media and techniques to address problems in figurative art from the Renaissance to the present. BMA print and drawing library visit. Weekly critiques; working sketchbook; final portfolio review. Prerequisite: 371.131 or permission of instructor.

Max. 15 students :: Hankin :: Spring :: 2 credits

371.151 (H) Photoshop and the Digital Darkroom
Cross-listed with the Humanities Center

In this course, students use Photoshop software as a tool to produce images from a fine art perspective, working on projects that demand creative thinking while gaining technical expertise. Run as a companion to traditional photography classes, students will make archival prints, have regular critiques, and attend lectures on the history of the manipulated image and its place in culture. Students will look at art movements which inspire digital artists, including 19th century collage, dada, surrealism, and the zeitgeist of Hollywood films. They will meet with artists who work in this medium as well as visit the BMA to see its growing collection of digital images. Prior knowledge of Photoshop is not required.

Students must have a digital camera.

Max. 10 Students :: Ehrenfeld :: Fall/Spring :: 3 credits

371.152 Introduction to Digital Photography
Cross-listed with the Humanities Center

Students learn to use their digital cameras through a variety of projects which help them develop technical and creative skills. Students explore documentary, landscape and portrait photography. Critiques and slide lectures of historic photographs, which range from postmortem daguerreotypes to postmodern digital imagery, help students develop a personal vision. Students gain camera proficiency with one-on-one instruction in the field. Basics for print adjustment and output will be covered.


Students must have a digital camera with manual aperture and shutter speed.

Max. 10 Students per section :: Ehrenfeld :: Spring/Fall :: 3 credits

371.154 Introduction to Watercolor

Watercolor is simultaneously the most accessible of all painting media and the most misunderstood. Through a structured approach of demonstration and experimentation, and also by examining master artists, students will explore a wide range of approaches to watercolor. Technical aspects include painting techniques, properties of transparent and opaque media, color mixing, and types of paper. Students will also learn how to observe interactions of color in nature and to use these color relationships in figurative and abstract works. Painting indoors and out, students will explore subjects of still life, landscape, and portrait in increasing degrees of complexity as the semester progresses. Students will keep a sketchbook journal to record their visual thoughts and to collect and catalogue their newly acquired vocabulary of techniques and skills.

Max. 12 students :: Ober :: Fall :: 2 credits

371.155 Introduction to Sculpture

Seniors only. A studio course introducing students to sculptural concepts and methods. Emphasis is on the process of creating. Even the simplest materials can effectively activate space, convey meaning and elicit emotion when used thoughtfully and imaginatively. Students will learn different methods including additive and reductive techniques, construction, modeling and mold-making. No prerequisites except a willingness to experiment, make mistakes...and clean up when you are done.

Max. 12 students :: Premo :: Spring :: 2 credits

371.162 Black & White: Digital Darkroom

In this digital course, students explore the black-and-white aesthetic. They develop camera skills on numerous field trips including Ladew Topiary Gardens, the Maryland Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and an optional weekend trip to Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware. Students meet frequently for critiques and discussions based on historic and contemporary imagery. They will learn to use Photoshop for image adjustment. Techniques such as high dynamic range, duotone, panorama and infrared will be covered. Students work on a project of their choice and produce a portfolio of ten prints. Digital SLRs are provided.


Max. 10 students :: Berger :: Fall :: 3 credits

371.164 Introduction to Printmaking

Working with non-toxic/water based inks and both an engraving press and hand tools, students will explore several types of printmaking. Methods will include intaglio, collograph and both simple and multi-plate relief. As tehy develop their prints, students can then observe and exploit the strengths that each method has to offer. Drawing and Photoshop skills are helpful but by no means required.

Spring :: 3 credits

371.165 Location Photography

Working in the studio and in various locations, students will learn the fundamentals of lighting interiors and strategies for working in almost any environment. Field trips will include the National Aquarium, Evergreen Museum & Library, a Howard County horse farm, a Tiffany-designed church and a Hampden photo studio. Students will also concentrate on the fine art of printing in our new digital lab. They will develop a final portfolio of 10 photographs which express a personal vision about a location of their choice. A basic knowledge of digital photography is helpful, but not required.

Max. 10 students :: Ehrenfeld :: Spring :: 3 credits

371.172 DIY Art: You Are the Medium

Art is not confined to the maker's labors with traditional art materials. Art is transactional and can be made of anything. It brings forth personal narrative - one's internal experience in a concrete form - and seeks resonance with the viewer. Art-making is a shared place of possibility and self-revelation, available to anyone with a desire to make visible their thoughts and feelings. Students will engage with novel creative processes and materials and will be challenged to broaden their perspectives on the essential nature of art. Personal narratives will be deepened through a class visit to the American Visionary Art Museum, as well as a short-term group residency with the artists of Make Studio.

Max. 10 students :: Staff :: Spring :: 3 credits

371.303 Documentary Photography
Cross-listed with the Humanities Center

In this course, students will work on a semester-long photo-documentary project on a subject of their choice. During this process they will explore different genres of documentary photography including the fine art document, photojournalism, social documentary photography, the photo essay and photography of propaganda. Several field trips will be planned to fuel student projects. Camera experience is a plus, but not a prerequisite. A digital SLR camera will be provided for each student. Students who have taken 371.156 or 371.300 may work in the darkroom. Cross-listed with Humanities Dept.

Max. 10 students :: Berger :: Spring :: 3 credits

389.370 (H) Camera Arts: Photographing Evergreen Museum and Library
Cross-listed with Programs in Museum & Society

Curator and photography instructor lead students in a photographic exploration of the Evergreen collection. Fine art approach to digital photography and printing. Final project exhibition at Evergreen. Digital SLRS provided. M&S practicum course.

Max. 10 students :: Berger :: 3 credits

389.371 The Artist in the Museum: Making Books
Cross-listed with Programs in Museum & Society

Hopkins curatorial staff and photography instructor introduce the concept of books as art. Students create artist's books inspired by campus collections for inclusion in an Evergreen exhibition. M&S practicum course. Cross-listed with Homewood Art Workshops.

Max. 10 students :: Berger :: 3 credits