The Carthage offers courses in both studio art and art history. Studio art courses acquaint students with fundamental concepts of design, materials, and the tools of fine arts and crafts. Art history and theory courses provide the intellectual framework for understanding and interpreting visual culture.

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ARH 1700 (FAR)

Introduction to Art History

4 credits
This introductory art history course provides an intense chronological overview of artistic conventions from prehistoric cave painting to the 20th century. Students investigate not only what elements comprise a particular style, but also why and how artistic expression has been shaped by social, political, cultural, religious, and individual forces.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ARH 2100 (FAR)

History of Photography: Daguerre to Digital 

4 credits
This course introduces the history of photography from its experimental beginnings in the early 19th century to the digital practices of the present. The course focuses on the various social, cultural, scientific, and artistic uses of photography as a visual medium, as well as the broader themes and questions that have accompanied photography throughout its history.

ARH 2700

Art Survey I: Paleolithic to 1400

4 credits
An introduction to a global history of art, from the Paleolithic to 1400.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall

ARH 2701 (FAR)

Art Survey II: 1400 - 21st Century

4 credits
An introduction to a global history of art, from 1400 to the 21st century.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Spring

ARH 2710 (FAR)

Arts of the Americas

4 credits
An introduction to the indigenous art traditions of the Americas. This includes the Aztec, Maya, Inca, Amazon, and North American Indian traditions. The course content is primarily visual but will necessarily consider the historical, archaeological, social, and religious contexts of the works. The course will be of special interest to students studying history, religion, or Latin American culture. It is a dramatic and fabulously rich body of works that is a world apart from the Western European tradition, but as close to home as the dirt under our feet.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall

ARH 2800 (FAR)

Research Methods in a Global Art History

4 credits
An introduction to resources and methods of research of non-Western art. The class gives an overview of types of evidence, methods of scholarship, and historiographies of a selection of non-Western art histories such as Chinese, Japanese, East African, Oceanic, and Indian. A case study approach, focusing on non-Western art, is used for practical exercises in research and writing.
Prerequisite: None

ARH 3150 (FAR)

Women in the Literary and Visual Arts

4 credits
While doing library research on “women” for her guest lecture at Newnham and Girton colleges in 1928, the disconcerted Virginia Woolf learned that “it was impossible for any woman, past, present, or to come, to have the genius of Shakespeare … Cats do not go to heaven. Women cannot write the plays of Shakespeare.” Women in the Literary and Visual Arts takes up that famous feminist’s concern: WHY have there been no famous women artists? HAVE there been none? Now Women in the Literary and Visual Arts investigates women’s artistic work alongside those cultural forces that have shaped it. The course begins by establishing the historical context for women’s artistic expression. This includes the major events defining the moment in history and the material conditions that characterize it. Also included with each period will be some of those major voices that have achieved canonical status, as well as those women artists, writers, and performers who have been omitted from history.
Prerequisite: None

ARH 3155 (FAR)

Women in the Visual and Performing Arts

4 credits
Have there been any great women artists? Have there been ANY at all? This interdisciplinary Art History/Music/Women’s and Gender Studies course examines artifactual evidence to discover not only those women and their activities that have fallen from historical record, but also to discover just what women have been doing from eight in the morning until eight at night, what historical conditions have shaped their activities, and what roles they have played as art and music makers, patrons, muses, and subjects. Consider Vinnie Ream Hoxie, our own Madison teenager who sculpted the famous Lincoln statue in the U.S. Capitol!
Prerequisite: None

ARH 3710 (FAR)

20th Century American Art

4 credits
This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the artistic, sociopolitical, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual forces that forged a distinctly American art in that century when the United States rose to prominence on the world stage. Students will be introduced to the language and methodologies of art, and they will engage with American art’s quest for identity from its Gilded Age Eurocentric aspirations, through industry-driven modernism and Depression-era regionalism, to Cold War American heroes like Pollock and 60s superstars like Warhol. Our study will examine American art’s role in the age of information, pluralism, and diversity, and conclude with America’s postmodern identity crisis.
Prerequisite: None

ARH 3720 (FAR)

Arts of Africa

4 credits
An introduction to the art traditions of Africa through the study of selected works. Ten thousand years of African art will be explored, up to and including the African diaspora.
Prerequisite: None

ARH 3730 (FAR)

Masterpieces of Asian Art and Architecture

4 credits
Introduction to the art traditions and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East through the study of selected works and their context. Special emphasis on art and architecture related to major religious and philosophic traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Aesthetic systems will be explored in relation to key monuments.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall

ARH 3740 (FAR)

Modern Art

4 credits
Modern Art focuses on the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries, allowing students to engage with the artistic experimentation of their own era. This study of the arts, beginning with our Age of Anxiety, traces the competing and often rebellious styles of the Post Impressionists up through the Post Modernists. The course stimulates students to grapple with the question: What is art? Prerequisite: None

ARH 3750 (FAR)

Ancient Art

4 credits
Ancient art concentrates on the arts of prehistoric, preliterate, and ancient peoples, ending with the arts of the Romans to close the classical tradition. The course will be of interest to any student intrigued by the dynamic relationship between art, magic, ritual, myth, science, religion, and philosophy.
Prerequisite: None

ARH 3760 (FAR)

Women in the Arts

4 credits
WHY have there been no great women artists?? HAVE there been none? Prepare to be amazed! This course takes up Nochlin’s famous question by examining artifacts from prehistory and surveying evidence of women’s roles and creativity in the arts up through the present.
Prerequisite: None

ARH 4700

Senior Seminar in Art History

4 credits
Senior Seminar provides the art history major with an opportunity to design and pursue a substantial research project in the field. Intensive independent work is required, culminating in a major paper and formal presentation.
Prerequisites: ARH 2700, ARH 2701, and ARH 3700

ART 1030 (FAR)

Exploring Studio Art

4 credits
A study of design as the structural and unifying basis of the visual arts. Analysis of the elements of design and their use in solving two-dimensional and three-dimensional problems. Introduction to various media and techniques used in making art. A studio course containing theory and practice. Fulfills the fine art requirement for non-art majors only.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 1050 (FAR)

Crafts 

4 credits
Introductory analysis of the history and practice of various crafts. The course will focus on such areas as art metal, glass fusion, paper, fiber, and batik, depending on content in given terms.
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 1070 (FAR)

FOUNDATIONS, SURFACE: Images + Design

4 credits
A studio-based course designed to cultivate a student’s ability to understand and create images. Students will work fluidly across two-dimensional and three-dimensional processes and across material-based and digital-based projects. Projects will involve fundamental principles of design, color, and visual organization through drawing, printmaking, painting, fiber art, book arts, 3D media, technology, and lens-based media. Course content will explore the context of images in the larger culture and the potential of art and design to make inquiries into social, cultural, philosophical, scientific, political, or technological topics. Students will take projects through the creative design process, from ideation to contruction, presentation, and critique.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 1071 (FAR)

FOUNDATIONS, MATERIAL: Objects + Spaces

4 credits
An investigation of three-dimensional objects and spaces in art and design. Students will work fluidly across three-dimensional and four-dimensional processes and across material-based and digital-based projects. This studio course will cultivate a student’s ability to perceive, think, visualize, design, build, and reflect. Students will acquire a broad skill set of fabrication techniques, working with traditional and 21st-century materials, including paper, wood, wire, clay, plaster, mixed media, video, sound, digital 3D designs, and others. Through organizing visual and other sensory elements, students will learn formal and conceptual principles of three-dimensional design. Projects will emphasize which convey meaningful messages.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 1072 (FAR)

FOUNDATIONS, TIME: Movement + Digital

4 credits
This course is a study of design fundamentals in time-based media, with emphasis on content. Students will explore the interactions of time through the lens and the tactile world, using video, sound, animation, performance, installation, and/or new media. Projects will be interdisciplinary in nature, with the combining of time-based media, for example performance art and video, installation art and sound. Through individual production, group projects, and critical discussion, students will examine the relationships between image, sound, linear and nonlinear narrative, time, and space.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 2000 (FAR)

Drawing I

4 credits
This foundational studio course introduces students to basic drawing techniques and media. Focusing on observational drawing, students learn to create naturalistic images and the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional page. In addition, students are exposed to great artists and drawings through history, critique, and art theory.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 2110 (FAR)

Darkroom Photography

4 credits
This course focuses on the camera as a tool of expression and photography as a basic art form. Darkroom techniques will be taught, and each student will acquire the compositional and technical skills necessary to create original photographs. Students are required to have their own cameras.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

ART 2130 (FAR)

Color Photography

4 credits
Students will explore the conceptual, aesthetic, historical, and technical aspects of color photography as an art medium. Students will use DSLR cameras and the contemporary process of digital photography to produce work that is both visually engaging and conceptually challenging. The course will culminate in a portfolio of works that thoroughly explores an area of interest with technical proficiency. Students are required to have their own cameras.
Prerequisite: None

ART 2210 (FAR)

Oil Painting

4 credits
A beginning course in oil painting with emphasis on developing skills and techniques particular to the oil paint medium. Color theory and inventive compositional strategies based on the study of traditional and contemporary painters will be investigated. Individual attention will be given to discovery of personal artistic voice in the medium. Paintings will be based on both direct observation and the imagination. Oil painting is a studio course containing lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and theory.

ART 2220 (FAR)

Acrylic Painting

4 credits
A beginning course in acrylic painting with emphasis on developing skills and techniques particular to the acrylic paint medium. Color theory and inventive compositional strategies based on study of modern and contemporary painters will be investigated. Individual attention will be given to discovery of personal artistic voice in the medium. Paintings will be based on both direct observation and the imagination. Acrylic painting is a beginning studio course containing lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and theory.
Prerequisite: None

ART 2230 (FAR)

Watercolor Painting

4 credits
A beginning course in watercolor painting with emphasis on developing skills and techniques particular to the watercolor medium. Color theory, particularly as it relates to watercolor, will be introduced. Transparency, granularity, and permanence will be discussed as well as various watercolor mediums. Individual attention will be given to discovery of personal artistic voice in the medium. Paintings will be based on both direct observation and the imagination. Watercolor Painting is a studio course containing lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and theory.
Prerequisite: None

ART 2300 (far)

Printmaking: Silkscreen

4 credits
This studio course introduces the theory, practice, and history of silkscreen printmaking. Direct stencil production, resist methods, and photographic methods will be studied. Students will be encouraged to engage the printmaking process as a means of discovery as they learn to master traditional practices.
Prerequisite: None

ART 2310 (far)

Printmaking: Lithography

4 credits
This studio course introduces the theory, practice, and history of lithography as a fine art printmaking medium. Traditional stone lithography and more recent paper plate processes will be studied. Students will be encouraged to engage the printmaking process as a means of discovery as they learn to master traditional practices.
Prerequisite: None

ART 2320 (far)

Printmaking: Intaglio

4 credits
This studio course introduces the theory, practice, and history of intaglio printmaking. Etching, engraving, drypoint, and mezzotint will be covered. Students will be encouraged to engage the printmaking process as a means of discovery as they learn to master traditional practices.

art 2330 (far)

Printmaking: Relief

4 credits
This studio course introduces the theory, practice, and history of relief printmaking. Traditional woodcut and wood engraving as well as linoleum, collagraph, and new materials will be explored. Students will be encouraged to engage the printmaking process as a means of discovery as they learn to master traditional practices.
Prerequisite: None

Art 2400 (far)

Introduction to Sculpture

4 credits
This studio course explores traditional and contemporary sculpture materials and processes. Emphasis is on both additive and subtractive methods of working. Goals include acquiring technical skills, understanding the physical and expressive possibilities of diverse materials, and learning safe, appropriate use of tools. Students can anticipate working with wood, clay, stone, metal, and other materials.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

Art 2410 (far)

Wood Sculpture

4 credits
Students investigate techniques and concepts in wood sculpture leading to individual exploration and development. Students will work in a variety of types of wood, using hand and power tools and learning the related health/safety of the tools and woodshop. The projects will address a series of problems based on both traditional themes and contemporary developments in sculpture. Discussions and critiques will support students’ learning process.
Prerequisite: None

art 2500 (far)

Ceramic Hand-Building

4 credits
Introduction to ceramic hand-building techniques, ceramic sculpture, and basic ceramic processes including clay and glaze formulation and kiln firing.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

art 2510 (far)

Ceramic Wheel-Throwing

4 credits
Introduction to ceramic wheel-throwing techniques, functional pottery, sculpture, and basic ceramic processes including clay and glaze formulation and kiln firing.
Offered in Fall/Spring

art 2520 (far)

Ceramic Tile

4 credits
The objective of this course is to develop technical and conceptual skills for ceramic tile and brick making using fundamental hand-building and mold-making techniques. All projects have historical and/or conceptual components and require research, planning, development of ideas, and good craftsmanship. Formal, historical, and conceptual components of architectural ceramics will be explored. Working in both two and three dimensions, flat tiles, low- and high-relief tiles, and brick will be created. In addition, projects will investigate how abstract and representational images and patterns can be designed across multiple pieces. Composition, rhythm, and repetition will be a major focus.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Fall/Spring

Art 2600

Sophomore Seminar in Studio Art

4 credits
A combination writing-intensive seminar and studio art course introducing basic and intermediate art concepts and skills, including the writing and speaking skills necessary for discussion and critique of visual art. Through readings and discussions, students will be introduced to contemporary artists, movements, criticism, and theory. Students will also be introduced to studio and professional art practices necessary for careers and further study in the arts.
Prerequisite: None
Offered in Spring

asrt 2750 (far)

4D

4 credits
Time, space, and technology are fundamental in contemporary art practice. This course will be an introduction to the process of making art by utilizing technology and transaction among people, objects, locations, and situations. Through studio assignments, screenings, readings, lectures, discussion, and/or workshops, students will be introduced to contemporary time-based art practices. Depending on the specific topic offered, this will include video, sound art, performance art, installation, light, experimental film, social practice, web-based, and/or new media.
Prerequisite: None

art 3000 (far)

Advanced Drawing

4 credits
Advanced drawing with emphasis on the human figure. A studio art course containing theory and practice. Emphasis is on projects that focus on self-portraits, working from models, and narrative/figure assignments as part of the development of individual style. A studio art course containing lectures, demonstrations, theory, and practice.
Prerequisite: Art 2000
Offered in Fall/Spring

art 3010 (Far)

Illustration

4 credits
Illustration is an applied art that communicates specific content through image making. Drawing is emphasized as both a practice and a discipline in illustration. A variety of narrative approaches will be introduced with an emphasis on individuality of expression. Introduction to various media is based on class projects. The goal of the course projects will be to communicate ideas for commercial reproduction resulting in a varied portfolio of finished works. A studio art course containing lectures, demonstrations, theory, and practice. Previous drawing experience is highly suggested.
Prerequisite: None

art 3100 (far)

Studio Photography

4 credits
An introduction to the use of large format view cameras. Technical instruction includes the use of the camera, lighting equipment, film handling, exposure procedures, film development, and printing.
Prerequisite: ARH 2100

Art 3110 (far)

Advanced Darkroom Photography

4 credits
Advanced studio work in photography. Emphasis is placed upon darkroom photography as a creative and expressive medium and is taught from a fine arts perspective. In addition to the technical issues of image-making, the content, aesthetics, and formal qualities of the photographic image are explored. A 35mm camera with manual exposure capabilities is required. This course may be repeated up to three times. This class may be used as an elective in majors and minors in art.
Prerequisite: ART 2110

art 3130

Advanced Color Photography

4 credits
In this course, students will create an in-depth portfolio of photographic works that demonstrates technical proficiency, thorough historical knowledge, and advanced understanding of the aesthetic and formal concerns in photography. This course will emphasize content development and maximizing the creative and expressive potential of digital color photography. Students are required to have their own digital SLR camera with manual controls.
Prerequisite: ART 2130 or CDM 2500

art 3200

Advanced Painting

4 credits
Advanced studio work in painting with an emphasis on individual work and the formulation of individual language. Independent exploration in areas of interest is highly encouraged within the parameters of class assignments. This course may be repeated up to three times to encompass all media: oil, acrylic, mixed media, and watercolor.
Prerequisite: ART 2210, ART 2220, or ART 2230
Offered in Fall/Spring

art 3300

Advanced Printmaking

4 credits
Advanced studio work in printmaking with an emphasis on individual work and the formulation of a personal visual language. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Offered in Fall/Spring

art 3310

Graphic Production Techniques

4 credits
Camera-ready layout will be reproduced through serigraphic printing techniques. A studio art course containing theory and practice.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Offered in Fall

art 3400

Advanced Sculpture

4 credits
Advanced studio work in sculpture. Emphasis is on mastery of sculpture’s materials and techniques and the interaction of concept and form. Individual and collaborative projects may include working with time, motion, and site-specific installation as well as more traditional freestanding works. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: None

art 3500

Advanced Ceramics

4 credits
Advanced studio work in ceramics with an emphasis on individual work and the formulation of a personal visual language. Students may meet with other ceramics sections. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: ART 2500 or 2510
Offered in Fall/Spring

art 3700

Advanced 4D

4 credits
Advanced studio work in time-based media, emphasizing individual production in one or more of these areas: video, sound art, performance art, installation, light, experimental film, social practice, web-based, and/or new media. Students will refine their aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills through individual projects and continued study of the expanding critical role time-based media has in contemporary art and society. This course may be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisites: ART 2750

art 4000

Senior Seminar in Studio Art

4 credits
Senior Seminar in Studio Art provides the Studio Art major with an opportunity to create and install a capstone senior exhibition. The course focuses on development of personal artistic voice and critical ability with an awareness of contemporary artists and theory. Along with their artwork, students will exit the course with an artist statement, portfolio, resume, and website.
Prerequisites: Completion of four studio courses, junior review, and consent of instructor
Offered in Fall

art 4210 (far)

Art Curriculum and Methods: Early Childhood Through Early Adolescent (K-5)

4 credits
Candidates will learn techniques that they can use with elementary students to help them create elementary works of art as well as form an elementary appreciation for art. Emphasis will be placed on applying the National Visual Arts Standards K through 8 (developed by the National Art Education Association) to lesson plans. Candidates will explore methods for motivating, creating, and evaluating elementary students’ artwork, as well as methods for integrating art across all disciplines. Candidates will plan and implement art lesson plans in local elementary schools for their field experience requirement.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the TEP and EDU 2150

art 4220 (far)

Art Curriculum and Methods: Early Adolescent Through Adolescent (6-12)

4 credits
Candidates will learn techniques that they can use with middle and secondary school students to guide their artistic development and enable them to create works of art, as well as form an appreciation for art and art history. Emphasis will be placed on applying the National Visual Arts Standards 6-12 (developed by the National Art Education Association) to lesson plans. Candidates will explore methods for motivating, creating, and evaluating middle and secondary students’ artwork. Candidates will plan and implement art lesson plans in local middle and/or secondary schools for their field experience requirement.
Prerequisites: Admission into the TEP and EDU 2150