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Get a feel for the exciting variety of courses taught at Marlboro.

This is a list of courses that faculty felt was representational of the courses offered. It is not a complete list of courses, some courses are offered yearly, while others are infrequent. A course may be inspired by events or strong interests and taught only once.

Most advanced work is in the form of tutorials on specific subjects, a collaboration between one faculty member and one student or a handful of students.

Visual Arts

Architecture as Sculpture/Sculpture as Architecture
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Fall 2017

Sculptors and architects share a language of three dimensions that leads to diverse points of contact between their art forms. This course will be an artist's look at buildings and sculpture from various cultures and periods of history. Responses will be in three forms: written research projects, sculpture and building designs.  Prerequisite: Three Dimensional Design or permission Additional Fee: $75.00

Additional Fee:$80.

Art Seminar Critique
(2.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2020

This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. Additionally, studentw will focus on developing a CV and other materials for grant and exhibition applications. This is a required course for seniors on Plan in the Visual Arts. The class meets Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:20 except the days there will be visiting artists when the meeting time is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Preliminary or Final Plan Application on file or by instructors permission

Ceramics I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2011

This course will introduce students to the primary forming methods in ceramics as well as providing the building blocks for a technical understanding of the material and processes. Students will be encouraged in a variety of making techniques working both sculpturally and functionally. Prerequisite: None   Additional Fee: $90

DRAWING I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2014

A beginning course designed to develop skills and knowledge in seeing. A variety of tools and materials will be explored while working from the still life, landscape and the figure. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. Materials fee: $50. Prerequisite: None

Form & Place - The Art Of Site-Specific Sculpture
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Fall 2015

As sculpture moved off the pedestal in the first half of the 20th century it found new relationships to its place in the world. The development of earth art, installation art, and site-specific sculpture have created a realm of activity for sculptors which has been varied and rich. At first a male dominated and environmentally risky field it has been immensely broadened by the actions of many women like Anna Mendieta, Mierle Ukeles and others whose works were more in tune with their environment. Through a series of projects and investigations of places and objects, including light and sound, mapping, indoor and outdoor installations, and modelmaking, students will create a series of works. Prerequisite: Sculpture I and at least one other art course or permission of instructor

Additional Fee: $80.00

From Drawing to Print
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2012

A beginning course designed to develop skills and knowledge in seeing. A variety of tools and materials will be explored while working from the still life, landscape and the figure. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. From these strategies we will move into printmaking processes, to include intaglio, relief, mono-type and non traditional printing practices. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee:$75

Functional Ceramics Intensive
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2014

This workshop will examine all the components of a table service. Focusing on continuity and diversity within their designs, students will make settings that create a visual and functional feast. Making methods will not be limited to wheel-throwing. Readings will be drawn from Material Culture Theory, contemporary Craft Theory and Philosophy to expand the foundation of ideas functional production may draw from. There will be a written component and field trips required in this class. Prerequisite: Two ceramics classes or permission of the instructor

Additional Fee: $100

INTAGLIO PRINTMAKING/DRAWING
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2011

This course will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio, and monoprinting. In addition there will be opportunity to experiment with optional processes such as collagraph and silkscreen printing. The class will work from direct observation to include still life, landscape, the figure and a range of historical and contemporary sources. Active parallel work in drawing will be required. Concurrent registration in ART 2265, Theory in Art Practice, is encouraged. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2017

This course is designed to build on basic drawing skills by implementing a variety of tools and materials. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition, color and design elements will be our first basis of investigation, coupled with identification of personal directions in drawing, including working with the figure, narrative and conceptual strategies. Experiments in mono-printing will be included. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor

Additional Fee:$70

  • College level Drawing 1 course

Landscape Painting & Drawing
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Fall 2013

The core of this course will be working outside directly from observation, investigating our perception of the landscape through experimentation with various approaches and materials. Initially we will use drawing materials moving into water-based materials and color. Emphasis will be placed on individual response supported by directed assignments. Periodically we will frame our work towards environmental issues. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Studio Art or permission of instructorAdditional Fee: $50

Narrative Painting
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Fall 2014

Painting in the last 30 years has seen a struggle for a balance between form and content. Should the way a picture looks rule the artists' choices or should they be ruled by what the picture signifies?  The course asks students to approach this question. Prerequisite: Painting I, or Drawing 1, Studio Art, or permission of the instructor  Additional Fee: $75

Painting I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2013

This course will explore oil painting through a series of projects based on the model, still life, landscape and self directed projects. The class will begin by working on paper and expanding to include panel and stretched canvas. Emphasis is on close observation as well as individual response. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructorAdditional Fee: $75

Printmaking Intensive
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016

This course will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio and monoprinting. In addition there will be opportunity to experiment with alternative processes such as collagraph and large scale work. The class will work from direct observation to include still life, landscape, the figure as well as a range of historical and contemporary sources. Active parallel work in drawing will be required. This class requires collaboration and the ability to focus and sustain work outside of class time. Some experience with drawing is helpful.

Additional Fee: $100

  • Drawing 1 or Studio Art or permission of instructor

Sculpture I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2015

In this class students will be introduced to the language of sculpture through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques. Much of our time will be spent on sculpture assignments and independent work in the studios. We also will visit exhibitions, artists’ studios, view relevant films and create PowerPoint presentations to explore aspects of sculpture from the time of the cave-dwellers to today’s most innovative artists. Through rigorous discussion and debate, we will learn to evaluate our own place as makers of things, and above all, discover and develop our own sensibilities in a lively and safe environment.

Additional Fee: $90.00

Studio Art I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2013

Like stretching before the big race, this course is designed to get our creative juices flowing.  Focused on the formal elements of line, texture, shape, space and structure in a variety of materials, students will be asked to delve into developing a personal aesthetic vocabulary.  This is a foundation course for the visual arts designed to provide a base for further work in the visual arts curriculum. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee:$75

THE CONSTRUCTED REALITY
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2013

The histories of photography and, more recently, sculpture/installation art, are rife with examples of artists who are not content to simply observe reality as it exists but who find it necessary to construct their own. This course will focus on the conjunction of the disciplines of sculpture and photography and provide a venue for students to make work that reflects their own constructed reality. The end product of the work of this class will sometimes be photographs and, in other projects, sculpture. Both skills will be employed in each. Objects and spaces will be transformed and become the subject of new work. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively. Materials fee: $100. Prerequisite: Photography I or permission of instructors

Additional Fee:$100

Theory in Art Practice
(2.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2011

In this course we will trace the themes and questions that run across different art disciplines, with a focus on the role of the body in art production and experience. Throughout the semester students will be exposed to different art practices and movements, highlighting the connections, conceptual as well as material, between different art disciplines. Prerequisite: Enrollment in a practice based intermediate level course in either the performing or the visual arts.

Three Dimensional Design
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2017

This course explores the language of objects. We are surrounded by things and take them for granted, but each item was made by a process of design. In a series of problems, students will be asked to design and build a chair, a package, and a game. Problems will focus on structure, presentation, and invention. The development of design styles will be studied as well. While Sculpture I explores the language of three dimension from a representational and expressive point of view, this course approaches the same language from the point of view of a problem solver. The inventive artistic result of this problem solving is often remarkable. Prerequisite: None Additional Fee:$80.

Additional Fee:$100

  • None

Topics - A project-based semester of visual arts instruction
(3.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2014

This semester the Visual arts faculty will accept proposals from all students for projects in ceramics, sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. We have two themes that will frame the work of the semester.

1.      Work that explores issues of time, transition and sense of place

2.      Work that explores the human figure

Readings, visual presentations, and discussion sessions held though out the semester will form the context for these themes.

To register for this special semester, please fill out the application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G0DZpS11Rz_60CWmOs-1TY8uF1vi28ZN1ACnwm-KvHM/viewform. You will need to indicate the theme on which you will focus and the credit level you intend (2-3-4 or more by faculty approval) and write a paragraph describing your medium (s) and project and its basis in ideas. During intro-class period in January the faculty will review and help refine these proposals.

Once each week (Mondays 1:00 – 3:20) students will meet with a mixed-medium group of other students working within their chosen theme and a lead faculty member(s) for critique and instruction. The other session (Thursdays at 1:00pm) will be a medium-specific meeting i.e. photographers meeting together, ceramics together etc. or individual meetings to help with processes.

In addition the arts faculty will offer introductory courses for those who wish to begin working within a medium they have never attempted. This course is offered for variable credit.

Sculpture  – SegarPrintmaking – OsmanPhotography – WillisCeramics – Lantin 

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of the medium of your project

Works on Paper - Transformations & Experiments
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2015

With an emphasis on process, students will be encouraged to explore collage, mixed media, three dimensional relief and monoprinting as a way of generating opportunities for the unexpected; of subject matter, process and rethinking the definitions of working with and on paper. Prerequisite: None: but Drawing I or Studio Art would be helpful

Additional Fee: $75

For Visual Arts offerings, also see:

Digital Multimedia
Intermediate & Advanced Photography Plan Seminar
Introduction to Photography
Painting II
Photography & The Body
Sculpture II

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)