2017 Rotating/Special Topics Course List



ARS 495/595: Nature/Nuture
Nature/Nurture/Visual Ecology - This course emphasizes the student’s need to analyze, interpret and distill the complexities observed in natural forms and focuses on honing rendering technical and conceptual ability. Students produce work of both the known and imagined, the observed and unobservable. Instruction covers both classical techniques and new technologies and media.  Emphasis is placed on advanced development of personal style through an examination of content, materials and techniques. Over the course of the semester you will engage with case studies from across the history of science and art; and you will engage with the values that underlie our distinctions between cultural categories, the values that we also design into our everyday technologies, a space where science and art come together in the arena of biodiversity.

Instructor: Doug Baulos
Meeting: 14 week summer session, on-line
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARS 100 and ARS 101 and ARS 102 and ARS 103 and ARS 104 and ARS 110 and one 200 level course or instructor permission

FALL 2017

ARH 484/584. Special Topics: Contemporary Art: Birmingham Neighborhood Studies
This is an interdisciplinary course that explores the visual and material culture, history, and urban development of Birmingham neighborhoods in transition. It is taught jointly between Jessica Dallow (Art History), Pamela King (History), and Stacy Moak (Social Work). Students will learn about the history of select Birmingham neighborhoods, examine artifacts and documents related to them, and engage and collaborate with community members in order to develop written and creative projects based on their research. Projects will be presented at an exhibition at the end of the semester. Course is cross-listed with Social Work and History.

Instructor: Jessica Dallow
Meeting: T/Th 12:30-1:45
Prerequisites: ARH 203 or ARH 204 or permission of instructor

ARS 302/502: Figure Drawing
In this course, students will be introduced to formal figurative drawing and transition during the semester to considerations of the figure in contemporary art practice. Students will obtain the basic skill of drawing the human form, including anatomy, observation of the human form and fundamental exercises in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling. At the completion of this course, student will be able to: Understand basic anatomical relationships relevant to descriptive drawing of the human form. Demonstrate competence in linear methods of drawing images of the life model. Demonstrate competence in tonal methods of drawing images of the life model. Understand and be able to depict basic proportional relationships of the life model. Understand rhythms of the body and natural forms and how they exist in the whole and parts of the figure. Understand ideas, texts and practical concerns of figurative themes.

Instructor: Ty Smith
Meeting: M/W 5:45-8:15pm
Prerequisite: ARS 200 or instructor permission

ARS 312 / 512: Experimental Painting
Studio will explore experiments in the medium of painting. Specific and open assignments will challenge students to employ processes and skills gained from demonstrations provided and personal exploration of the medium; including creating a range of grounds, incorporating texture and more expressive mark making.  Students will also be challenged to expand their means and understanding of image making to include various transfer techniques, mixed media collage, text and by incorporating collaborative projects. Students will learn the value of expanding their painting vocabulary beyond, yet not excluding traditional, observational painting. Later in the class students will have a number of open assignments where they are challenged to explore and create work from their personally designed objectives.

Instructor: Gary Chapman
Meeting: T/Th, 11:00-1:30pm
Prerequisite: ARS 210 or instructor permission

ARS 322/522: Source Material
In this interdisciplinary approach toward sculpture course, students will engage in projects that consider alternative source materials for the construction of installations and sculptural-based artworks. Topics will include issues surrounding repetition, site, context and contemporary art practice.

Instructor: Stacey Holloway
Meeting: T/Th 5:00- 7:30pm
Prerequisite: ARS 230 or instructor permission

ARS 342/542: Intaglio
Designed as a comprehensive course that looks at techniques of plate-making and intaglio printing, students will learn to prepare and render the surface of a metal plate. Processes covered are dry point, line etching, hard and soft ground, rosin aquatint, spit bite, and multiple plate color printing.

Instructor: Derek Cracco
Meeting: T/Th, 2-4:30
Prerequisite: ARS 240 or instructor permission

ARS 352/ 552: Symbols, Semiotics, and Systems Development and study of symbols and logotypes and their application through identity systems.

Instructor: Erin Wright
Meeting: T/T, 11:00-1:30
Prerequisite: ARS 250 or instructor permission

ARS 362/562: Sound & Motion
This course will provide an understanding of sound as an independent art form within the contemporary art world. Sound as sculpture, topology and spoken word will be explored within the first half of the semester. As the semester progresses sound linked to video and animation will continue to reveal the impact of sound within the moving image. Historical context of sound as media art will be given through in-class sound and video screenings and short readings and response papers.

Instructor: Elisabeth Pellathy
Meeting: M/W, 2-4:30
Prerequisite: ARS 260 or permission of instructor

ARS 372/572: Alternative Photography
This class will explore alternative methods of making photographic images from historical media to contemporary trends, which may include Cyanotypes, Mordancage, Lumen Prints, Impossible Project, and Holograms.

Instructor: Sonja Rieger
Meeting: M/W, 11:15-1:45
Prerequisite: ARS 270 or instructor permission

ARS 495/595: Taking Place
Students will use a combination of installation, sculpture and photography to produce works in natural and urban settings with a focus on temporal works that rely on the photographic process to document them. Students will study artists and issues surrounding the course theme.

Instructor: Sonja Rieger
Meeting: M/W, 2:00-4:30
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARS 100 and ARS 101 and ARS 102 and ARS 103 and ARS 104 and ARS 110 and one 200 level course or instructor permission

ARS 495/595: Bloom Studio
BLOOM Studio is a student-run, design studio that focuses on “DESIGN FOR GOOD” projects for local non-profits, and under-served communities. Each semester we take on 3/4 community-based projects, working in small groups with local stakeholders to determine the problem and use design thinking to address the needs of clients. Students in this class use a mix of design, illustration, photography, design thinking, ethnographic studies, sketching, mapping, ground research, client and community meetings, and presentations to complete projects.

Instructor: Doug Barrett
Meeting: M/W, 8-10:30
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARS 100 and ARS 101 and ARS 102 and ARS 103 and ARS 104 and ARS 110 and one 200 level course or instructor permission

ARS 495/595: The Art of Protest
This course examines The Art of Protest through historical and contemporary practices. In particular, we will focus on the ways visual artists, filmmakers, and performance artists have used their practice to advocate for various social and environmental issues.  Informed by class readings, discussions, and individual research, each student will create a series of works exhibiting a culminating discourse and philosophy related to an issue of their choice.

Instructor: Christopher Davenport
Meeting: T/Th, 2:00-4:30
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ARS 100 and ARS 101 and ARS 102 and ARS 103 and ARS 104 and ARS 110 and one 200 level course or instructor permission