2018 Rotating/Special Topics Courses

FALL 2018

ARS 301-AK Illustration
Studio projects that explore a variety of illustration techniques and professional issues. 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. This course will explore drawing and illustration with a strong emphasis on concept. Only students with a strong interest in design and drawing should attempt this class. Students will be exposed in this class to the conceptual framework of illustration, which includes, but is not limited to selection, narration, translation, transformation, pattern, metaphor and abstraction. Students will research how to develop ideas and put them into professional practice. More importantly, in this class students will be encouraged to develop both a physical portfolio and independent thinking, as well as develop an ability to generate ideas and discover sources of inspiration quickly.

Meeting: MW 11:15 am - 1:45 pm
Instructor: Douglas Baulos
Prerequisites: ARS 210 + foundations sequence; students who have taken ARS 250 may enroll with permission of instructor

ARS 311-AO Observational Painting with a Conceptual Purpose
Students will explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to painting from observation; including direct observation, the use of personal photographs and appropriated imagery. Specific and open assignments will challenge students to employ various narrative, symbolic and metaphoric devices in order to create paintings with conceptual purpose. Students will begin the class working from specific, conceptually challenging assignments designed to push their understanding of how to conceive of and produce a painting. Later in the class students will have a number of open assignments where they are challenged to explore and create work from personally chosen objectives.

Meeting: TR 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Prerequisites: ARS 210 + foundations sequence

ARS 321-AP Metal Fabrication & Casting
This course will explore the traditional techniques, materials and concepts of traditional and contemporary mold-making and metalwork. Students will investigate methods of metal casting, such as lost-wax, resin bonded sand molds and the physical possibilities of aluminum, iron and bronze, while enhancing their skills in metal fabrication, such as blacksmithing, arc welding, and oxy-acetylene torch techniques. This course will also participate in a traditional on-site iron pour at Sloss Historical Furnaces with the Sloss Metal Arts Program. Utilizing these traditional methods, students will adapt conventional industrial manufacturing craft to create contemporary sculptural works.

Meeting: TR 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Stacey M Holloway
Prerequisites: ARS 220 + foundations courses

ARS 341-AP Photographic Print
This class will explore the relationship between photography and printmaking. Students will explore mediums such as inkjet printing, gum bichromate printing along with photographic intaglio, lithography, and silkscreen.

Meeting: TR 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Derek A Cracco
Prerequisites: ARS 240 + foundations courses

ARS 351-AO Art of the Poster
The study of the history, design, and impact of posters as instruments of information and persuasion.

Meeting: TR 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Erin Wright
Prerequisites: ARS 250 + foundations sequence

ARS 361-DM Digital Fabrication
This course is designed to provide an understanding of new ways of working through techniques such as laser cutting, 3D printing and projection mapping. Historical context of media arts are given through in-class video screenings and readings and response papers. Technical workshops given throughout the semester.

Meeting: MW 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Elisabeth Pellathy
Prerequisites: ARS 260 + foundations sequence

ARS 371-AH Documentary Photography
This course is designed to explore documentary photography through a series of assignments that cover different approaches to documentary work, including personal, environmental, and portraiture both in and out of context. Each student will build a portfolio which will assist in refining a personal documentary style. There will be several field trips and students will learn about the history of documentary photography through lectures, exhibitions and readings.

Meeting: MW 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Instructor: Sonja O Rieger
Prerequisites: ARS 270 + foundations sequence

ARS 495-AO Color Theory
The class will explore the optical properties of color with the goal of understanding the limits of our visual perception with regards to color. We will work from Joseph Albers's book "Interactions of Color" for the first half of the class. The second half of the class will be devoted to assignments that focus on the mixing of paint as well as understanding issues like hue, saturation and value.

Meeting: TR 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Derek A Cracco
Prerequisites: foundations sequence

ARS 495-AP Neighborhood Studies
Birmingham Neighborhood Studies explores the visual and material culture, history, and urban development of Birmingham neighborhoods in transition. It emphasizes community engagement through active study of Birmingham's historic neighborhoods. Studio students will conduct research and create visual art projects based on their research.

Meeting: TR 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Jared Ragland
Prerequisites: foundations sequence