Courses

  • CFA AR 346: Senior Paint Studios
    A continuation of CFA AR345. Work from figure, memory, landscape, and objects, stressing personal expression and evolving significant forms and symbols. Concentration on individual projects. 6.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 361: Elementary Methods of Art Education (4 credits; fall semester)
    From the kinesthetic experiences of rhythmic movement experienced by very young children to the development of individual symbol systems to develop a personal artistic language, this course provides an introduction to the methodology of teaching art to children in grades pre K-8. It aims to help students develop a personal philosophy of teaching and to translate evidence and theory into strategies that support children's learning in the visual arts. Topics of study include the artistic development of children in relation to cognitive, emotional, linguistic, and social growth; approaches to studio pedagogy and general communication skills; and lesson planning that addresses voluntary and mandated national, state, and local district curriculum standards. Drawing in the Galleries is a pre-practicum Saturday program offered one or two times during the fall by the Department of Art Teacher and Museum Education. Students who are taking this course engage K-8 grade level learners from Boston metropolitan area elementary schools in producing art work that is thematically aligned with current exhibitions in University galleries.
  • CFA AR 362: Secondary Methods of Art Education (4 credits; spring semester)
    This course is designed to acquaint the learner with the role of an art educator in the secondary setting. Art content and concepts are used to teach the ways in which the design of studio learning experiences can enhance students' artistic, creative, and aesthetic development. The cognitive, socio-cultural, and physical characteristics of pre-adolescent and adolescent learners that impact sound instructional methodology and planning as perceived by the school, the student(s), and the teacher are considered.
  • CFA AR 365: Practicum PreK-8
    Undergraduate art education majors complete student teaching at the preK -- grade 8 levels. The student intern, who is supervised by art education faculty in collaboration with the cooperating teacher, completes an eight-week practicum. A preliminary visit by the supervising faculty member occurs during the first two weeks and is followed by three announced formal observations recurring on a two-week cycle during which the student assumes responsibilities for one-third, two-thirds, and the full cooperating teacher's duties.
  • CFA AR 366: Practicum 5-12
    Undergraduate art education majors complete student teaching at the grades 5-12 levels. The student intern, who is supervised by art education faculty in collaboration with the cooperating teacher, completes an eight-week practicum. A preliminary visit by the supervising faculty member occurs during the first two weeks and is followed by three announced observations recurring on a two-week cycle during which the student assumes responsibilities for one-third, two-thirds, and the full cooperating teacher's duties.
  • CFA AR 381: Junior Graphic Design Fall: Audience, Authorship
    Junior graphic design exercises a student's knowledge of graphic design fundamentals--form development and communication strategies--to solve more complex design problems. Variables such as audience, context, authorship and issues relevant to contemporary practice will be investigated and discussed. Context driven platforms for communication will be explored as students consider how to reach both narrow and broad audiences across multiple mediums.
  • CFA AR 382: AR382 Junior Graphic Design Spring: Audience, Authorship
    Students examine design as cultural practice as they explore their own design sensibilities and interests through a sequence of self-authored projects in preparation for senior year. Projects and discussion focus on how narrow and broad social contexts/environments impact the way in which graphic design lives and functions.
  • CFA AR 385: Sophomore Type Fall: Rules of Typography
    In this introductory course for sophomore graphic design majors, students will study the fundamentals of typography, from its history and anatomy to organizational structures, legibility and hierarchy. Legibility and hierarchy will be examined with increasing complexity from the letterform, to the word, sentence, paragraph and page. Students will learn characteristics of major type families, how to create and use a typographic grid and to work with type in a dynamic environment.
  • CFA AR 386: Sophomore Type Spring: Hierarchy, Composition
    In the second sequence of sophomore typography, students will learn (1)aspects of working with and refining bodies of text, from letter spacing, word spacing and line spacing, (2) basic ideas associated with connotative typography and visible language and (3) how to create a simple typographic system and apply it to a sequence of pages. Students will develop a sensitivity toward defining and controlling multiple typographic hierarchies. Students will explore dynamic typographic variables like rate, pace and sound to express an abstract concept typographically.
  • CFA AR 401: Directed Study Sculpture
    Undergraduate only. With Permission of faculty. 2.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 402: Directed Study Ceramics
    Undergraduate only. By permission of faculty.
  • CFA AR 403: Directed Study Printmaking
    Undergraduate only. With permission of faculty. Credit amount varies.
  • CFA AR 404: Directed Study Graphic Design
    Undergraduate only. With permission of faculty. Credit amount varies.
  • CFA AR 406: Directed Study Painting
    Undergraduate only. With permission of faculty.
  • CFA AR 410: Visual Arts Directed Study
    Undergraduate only. With permission of faculty. Credit amount varies.
  • CFA AR 415: Photography 1
    Designed to assist the student in mastering the basic techniques of black-and-white photography, including negative exposure, film development, and print production. Critical evaluation of photographs, relationship of photography to other visual media, and study of both historical and contemporary precedents. 4.0 credits.
  • CFA AR 418: Glassblowing
    This course is designed to provide beginning students with a core understanding of glassblowing, fusing/slumping, flame-working, hot-pour casting, and cold working techniques. The course is intended for students committed to finding their own voice in any medium of expression in contemporary art through critical thought, technique, perseverance, and experimentation. Students will be expected to demonstrate potential ideas through sketching and/or sculpture in other mediums. The course will include lecture and research on ancient through contemporary glass making methods. Students will have allocated class time in all studio shops as well as 3 hours per week of private practice to complete work and assignments. There is an $80 lab fee for the class, and transportation via T/car to Diablo Glass is the responsibility of the student. 4cr.
  • CFA AR 419: Murano Glass
  • CFA AR 425: The Artist and the Book (4 credits Spring term)
    By creating artist's books, students explore developing the series image, written text, and spatial and conceptual aspects. Students may work with collage and drawing, photo-based and traditional print forms, and digital and polymer-based letter press processes to produce books. Studio work will be augmented with visits to the Houghton Library Rare Book Collection and the Fogg Museum. Open to non-majors. 4 cr, 2nd semester.
  • CFA AR 432: Advanced Drawing
    AR432 is an exercise in expanding students' command of the medium of drawing beyond its more classical definition. The working definition of drawing in this course tends toward a more contemporary one - encompassing any mark or alteration made to any surface, by means not always executed by the artist's own hand. Fleeting moments in time, our subjective experience of walking through a city, or improvised and unpredictable interactions with image capturing devices like cell phones or scanners can all be brought into the realm of drawing in this context. The format will consist of a collection of assignments emphasizing the performative, the interpretive, the mark, the remnant and beyond. Extensive drawing experience is not required to make great drawings in this class. Due to expanded nature of drawing the course will explore, students who are specifically looking to refine their representational drawing skills may want to look at other drawing elective courses.