Visual Arts Courses


Art Courses

100 - Introduction to Art
An introduction to the study of the visual arts. Lectures focus on contemporary art practices and objects, design elements, media and methods, and the meanings and contexts that inform the making and reception of art works. This is not a studio or an art history course. *Note: Students may not receive credit for both ART 100 and INA 100.*

220 - Two-Dimensional Form
Through hands-on studio projects, you will draw, paint, use print media, photography, and intermedia processes to develop a working understanding of two-dimensional design principles. *Note: Students may not receive credit for both ART 220 and INA 220*

221 - Three-Dimensional Design
This foundation studio course is an introduction to three dimensional materials and processes. Students will explore the fundamentals of creating 3D artworks. They will work with materials such as paper, cardboard, wire, plaster, and clay, developing technical and material skills within a framework of contemporary 3D art practices. *Note: Students may not receive credit for both ART 221 and INA 221*

223 - Intro to Photo-Based Art
This studio course stimulates the creation of contemporary photo-based art grounded in experimentation. Students will gain familiarity with critical and historical precedents, alongside camera, software, scanning, and printing techniques. ***Pre-requisite: ART 100 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of Department Head*** *Note: Creative Technologies Program Option*

230 - Introduction to Drawing
Using a broad range of drawing media, students will develop observational and creative drawing skills. Class concentrations include still life and figure drawing.

240 - Introduction to Painting
Learn painting processes and representational techniques with reference to both historical and contemporary examples. *** Prerequisite: ART 220 and ART 100 (ART 100 may be taken concurrently) or permission of Department Head. ***

250 - Introduction to Sculpture
An exciting opportunity to explore studio processes, concepts and history relating to three-dimensional form. Focussed through the lens of contemporary sculptural practices, students will develop hands-on experience with a variety of media.

260 - Introduction to Ceramics
Studio course introducing the material of clay within the context of contemporary ceramics practices. Students will learn basic making techniques, focusing on hand-building and will also be exposed to the potter’s wheel, glazing, kiln loading and firing. ***Pre-requisite: ART 100 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of Department Head.***

270 - Introduction to Printmaking
A studio course that aims to foster a broad understanding of artistic printmaking through exposure to a variety of studio techniques and assignments, complemented by demonstrations and discussions of printmaking's historical and social importance. Intaglio, plate Lithography and hybrid Digital processes will be introduced. ***Prerequisite: ART 100 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of Department Head.***

290AC - Introduction to Graphic Design
Through a combination of studio projects and lectures, you will explore practical and theoretical principles of visual communication and perception applied to graphic design. By articulating these principles and engaging with sketches, models, and outlines we will give shape to new projects as they were realized in a professional environment. ***Prerequisite: Art 220 or Art 230 or permission of Department Head***

290AG - Art: Histories and Practice I
Gain new perspectives on how art and art history shape one another in this team-taught course combining studio and art history. Focussing on materials and techniques students will experience hands-on working with clay and plaster to create a work of art. Observing a bronze pour is included in this course.

290AH - Atmospheric Kiln Processes
Using outstanding kiln facilities, the course will be taught by a visiting expert in atmospheric kilns. Students will make work for, and fire, Raku, Wood and Soda kilns. The instruction will accommodate beginner through advanced level ceramic backgrounds. Students will have full access to the ceramic studio during the course.

290AI - Painting Portraits
Learn the secrets of creating realistic portraits while improving your painting skills in acrylic or oil paint. The course will focus on anatomy, composition, lighting, colour mixing and brushwork working from live models and photographs.

290AJ - Plants in Contemporary Art
In this course, observational studies of plant-life, in both painting and drawing, will intersect with discussion of key affective aspects of the depiction of botanics in contemporary art. Concepts such as ecology, place, cultural specificity and gender will factor heavily along with supplementary art-historical explorations. ***Prerequisites – Art 230 or Art 240***

290AK - Set It In Lead: Letterpress
A studio course that covers the history of printed text, setting lead type and exploring a letterpress collection of days past as a contemporary medium. Students will also become well versed with the intricate California job case and printing on an enchanting Chandler & Price printing press.

290AL - Mixed Reality Performance Art
In this course students will learn methods of augmented and virtual reality in creating embodied performance art works streamed to audiences on the Internet. *Note: Creative Technologies Program Option*

290AM - Wood Fired Ceramics
Using outstanding kiln facilities, the course will be taught by a visiting expert in wood firing. Students will make works in clay and fire Wood and Wood-Soda kilns. The instruction will accommodate beginner through advanced level ceramic backgrounds. Students will have full access to the ceramic studio during the course.

290JP - The Art of Kyoto
For hundreds of years, Kyoto has been the centre of traditional arts and crafts production in Japan. On this Study Tour, we will visit sites of artistic importance, and meet local artists and educators as a means to better understanding the local and global importance of this dynamic city. *Note: The cost of travel and accommodations will be borne by students.*

291 - Intro to Graphic Design
Through a combination of studio projects and lectures, students will explore practical and theoretical principles of visual communication and perception applied to graphic design. By articulating these principles and engaging with sketches, models, and outlines students will give shape to new projects as they are realized in a professional environment effective 202010. ***Student may receive credit for only one of ART 291 or ART 290AC.***

322 - Photo-Conceptualism
Students in this intermediate course will explore conceptual approaches to contemporary studio research and art making using photo-based media. The course includes self-directed and assigned studio work, individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite: ART 223 or permission of Department Head***

323 - Digital Photo in Contemporary Art
Students work on contemporary art projects (independent and directed) with instructor supervision exploring the creative and technological possibilities of working in digital photographic media. A range of contemporary art approaches to traditional photographic genres may be explored, including the pictorial, abstract, landscape, documentary, conceptual, figuration, and still life. ***Pre-requisite: ART 223 or permission of Department Head***

324 - Space, Time, and Photo-Based Art
In this intermediate-level course, students will explore physical and durational approaches to making photo-based art, including documented performance; time-lapse; experimental video; and conceptual serial processes. ***Pre-requisite: ART 223 or permission of Department Head***

325 - Prairie Landscape Photography
The landscape is particularly resonant subject matter in the prairies and has influenced generations of artists in Saskatchewan. This intermediate level course explores a range of seasonally guided approaches to creating contemporary art using photography and the landscape as subject matter. ***Pre-requisite: ART 223 or permission of Department Head***

326 - Alternative Photographic Processes
Working with the sun/uv light, natural materials, and digitally created negatives, students will create contemporary works of art through the exploration of historical processes. Approaches will include Cyanotype and Pinhole photography, amongst a wide range of possibilities. ***Prerequisite: ART 223 or permission of Department Head***

332 - Drawing the Human Form
This course focuses on the human body and includes various approaches to figure drawing. Observational drawing skills will be developed through live models, skeletons, photographs, and other sources. Examination of the drawings of historic and contemporary artists will take place as will individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite ART 230 or permission of Department Head***

333 - From Idea to Finished Drawing
This course takes ideas and turns them into finished drawings. Several projects will guide students through the development of ideas from initial stages to finished drawings. Examination of the drawings of historic and contemporary artists will take place as will individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite ART 230 or permission of Department Head***

334 - Expressive Drawing
Through guided exercises, students will try out various drawing approaches, styles, media and scale to find those that best suit their expressive intentions. Text, colour, and various papers will be explored. Examination of the drawings of historic and contemporary artists will take place as will individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite ART 230 or permission of Department Head***

335 - Alternative Drawing
Neither paper or rectangular formats will be used in this course. Projects will encourage exploration of media on a wide range of supports ranging from wood, ceramic, plastic, metal, sand and snow. Examination of the drawings of historic and contemporary artists will take place as will individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite ART 220 and ART 230***

336 - Drawing Media & Process
This course offers in-depth exploration into a wide range of drawing media including graphite, charcoal, conté, pen and ink and ink wash. Both conventional and contemporary drawing processes will be explored. Examination of the drawings of historic and contemporary artists will take place as will individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite ART 230 or permission of Department Head***

337 - Visual Storytelling
An introductory studio course on the techniques of visual story telling, including graphic novels and artists' books. *Note: Pop Culture Option*

341 - Painting and Colour
This course offers an in-depth examination of colour. Projects will focus on expressive possibilities and the development of an individual palette. Both object-based and non-objective painting will be explored. Group and individual critiques and discussions will be ongoing as will investigation into the work of historic and contemporary painters. ***Pre-requisite ART 240 or permission of Department Head***

342 - Expressive Painting
Explore brushwork and colour as expressive elements of painting. Projects will involve the figure and other image-based subjects, as well as abstraction and non-objective painting. Group and individual critiques and discussions will be ongoing as will investigation into the work of historic and contemporary painters. ***Pre-requisite ART 240 or permission of Department Head***

343 - Painting the Human Form
This course focuses on the human body and includes various approaches to portrait and figure painting. Skills will be developed through projects engaging live models, skeletons, photographs, and other sources. Examination of the paintings of historic and contemporary artists will take place as will individual and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite ART 240 or permission of Department Head***

344 - Representational Painting
Students develop representational painting skills through still-life painting and by working from photographs. Students also develop research and critical skills by studying contemporary and historical art works, through discussion, and group critiques. ***Pre-requisite: ART 240 or permission of Department Head.***

351 - Sculptural Materials and Ideas
A variety of approaches to contemporary sculptural practices will be explored. Students will move through a series of informative and engaging projects designed to challenge and enlighten. Materials and processes will vary and may include: DIY, advanced fabrication (wood and metal), modelling, casting, soft sculpture or contemporary crafting. ***Pre-requisite: ART 250 and or permission of Department Head***

352 - Lost Wax Bronze Casting
Learn a process discovered over 4000 years ago. Each step necessary in creating a finished bronze sculpture will be taught in this class. Re-live the processes that shaped many of the iconic works of the High Renaissance and the Classical Era with a modern twist. ***Pre-requisite: ART 250 or permission of Department Head***

353 - Multiples and Mould Making
Why make one when you can make a bunch? Learn the nitty-gritty of multiples and mould making. Discover the secrets of reproducing originals exactly, including the human body. Or take originals and cut and paste to create something new. Flexible moulds, plaster, plastics and alternative materials will be explored. ***Pre-requisite: ART 250 or permission of Department Head***

354 - Diarama
Explore the box. Learn basic skills that will take your ideas a long way. Explore narrative based art making using small handmade boxes, individual crafted items and relevant and fitting found materials. ***Pre-requisite: ART 250 or permission of Department Head***

355 - Installation Art
A variety of exciting and diverse approaches to contemporary Installation Art will be explored. Re-examine the artist’s relationship to the gallery, move beyond the confines of the classroom and interact directly with public/private spaces, build your own custom tailored environment or redefine space all together. ***Pre-requisite: Permission of Department Head***

356 - Lost Wax Processes
In preparation for ART 357 Bronze Casting, students will learn the initial steps to creating a work of art ready for bronze casting. Armatures, modelling, specialized mould-making and wax working will be covered. Relive processes that shaped the High Renaissance and Classical Era with a modern twist. ***Prerequisite ART 250, or Permission of Department Head.***

357 - Bronze Casting
Students will learn a process invented over 4000 years ago. Utilizing wax pieces created in ART 356, this class will focus on the next steps in bronze casting: investment moulds, kiln firing, pit pouring, bronze casting, welding, and patination. *** Prerequisite: ART 356 or permission of Department Head.***

361 - Contemporary Ceramic Processes
Students will further develop some of the making skills and knowledge about contemporary ceramics practices introduced in Art 260. Through making ceramic works there will be an emphasis on learning to glaze, fire various kilns, and make your own clay. Relationships between ceramics processes and creative content will be investigated. ***Pre-requisite ART 260 or permission of Department Head ***

362 - Contemporary Ceramic Multiples
Students will further develop some of the making skills and knowledge about contemporary ceramics practices introduced in Art 260. Through creative and experimental approaches to repetition and variation, students will have the opportunity to develop functional, sculptural and/or installation projects in wheel throwing, press-molding, slip casting, and various hand-building techniques. ***Pre-requisite ART 260 or permission of Department Head***

363 - Kiln Firing and Surfaces
Students will learn how to fire kilns, test and make glazes, produce other surface treatments, and make work that deepens skills and knowledge introduced in ART 260. Relationships between creative content, surface treatment, and firing processes will be investigated. ***Pre-requisite: ART 260 or permission of the Department Head***

364 - Experimental Ceramics
Students will explore ceramic-based experimental and multimedia practices. Building on skills and knowledge introduced in ART 260, students will undertake research, invention, and innovation in relation to both conventional and unconventional contexts and techniques of contemporary ceramics. ***Pre-requisite: ART 260 or permission of the Department Head***

365 - Ceramics: Size Matters
Students will deepen skills and knowledge of ceramics practices introduced in ART 260 with an emphasis on considerations of scale, including the miniature and gigantic. ***Pre-requisite: ART 260 or permission of the Department Head***

366 - Ceramics: The Wheel
Students will develop the skill of throwing on the potter’s wheel and will consider its uses as a tool for making within a range of ceramics contexts - from the traditional through the experimental. Relationships between technique, design, aesthetics, and creative content will be investigated. ***Pre-requisite: ART 260 or permission of the Department Head***

371 - Silkscreen and Stone
Drawing from opposite ends of the technological and historical spectrum, this intermediate level course introduces UV Silkscreen and Stone Lithography as means to develop and refine critical and aesthetic approaches to studio printmaking. ***Pre-requisite ART 270 or permission of Department Head***

372 - Lines and Letters
This intermediate level course examines aesthetic and conceptual implications of ink above and below the level of the printing matrix, through advanced instruction in Intaglio and Letterpress printmaking. ***Pre-requisite ART 270 or permission of Department Head ***

390AB - Intermediate Painting
Individual research in Painting under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. **Permission of Department Head required to register**

390AD - Intermediate Ceramics
Individual research in Ceramics under the direction of an Instructor chosen by the student. **Permission of Department Head required to register**

390AE - Intermediate Printmaking
Individual research in Printmaking under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. **Permission of Department Head required to register**

390AJ - Figure Painting
Students will learn the fundamentals of painting the human figure including anatomy and colour mixing. Live models as well as photographs will be used. Students may work in oil or acrylic.

390AK - Painting: Gender and the Body
An intermediate studio course in painting involving assignments, self-initiated projects, research and critiques focussed on building technical skill and meaningful content. The course will explore concepts of identity and gender relevant to individual students including LGBTQ perspectives. ***Prerequisite: ART 240***

390AL - Intermediate 2D Studio
An intermediate studio course in drawing and painting involving assignments, self-initiated projects, research and critiques focused on building skills and meaningful content. Students must have taken the introductory level in either drawing or painting, or both, to focus on their work in this course. ***Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Head***

390AM - Atmospheric Kiln Construction
Students will learn how to construct a Wood-Fired Soda Kiln and will work with a visiting artist/kiln building expert and the instructor to build an outdoor kiln. Students will also make work that is conceptualized specifically to be fired in this kiln. ***Prerequisite: ART 260***

390AN - Landscape and Ecology in 2D Art
This class focuses on contemporary approaches to Landscape pertaining to concepts of ecology, environment, and place. Students have the choice to work with either painting or drawing media, or both. ***Prerequisites: Art 230 or Art 240 or Permission of the Instructor***

390AO - Multimedia Still Life
Students will create still life works in a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink, embroidery, and relief printmaking. This course aims not only to expose you to a variety of techniques, but also encourage you to think conceptually about the genre and its applicability. ***Prerequisite: ART 220.***

400 - Professional Issues I
Hands on skill development and practical information about art as a profession. ** Permission of the Department Head is required to register. ** * Note: Graduating year of BFA. *

401 - Exhibition Preparation
Continued discussion of professional issues, practices, and preparation of graduating exhibition/project and artist statement. Guest lectures and group critiques. *** Prerequisite: ART 400 ***

416 - Senior Group Studio
Students may work in multiple mediums under the guidance of more than one professor and in a community of student artists. This does not restrict students from choosing to work in a single media. ***Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of ART 300 level courses***

417 - Senior Group Studio
Students may work in multiple mediums under the guidance of more than one professor and in a community of student artists. This does not restrict students from choosing to work in a single media. ***Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of ART 300 level courses***

418 - Senior Group Studio
Students may work in multiple mediums under the guidance of more than one professor and in a community of student artists. This does not restrict students from choosing to work in a single media. ***Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of ART 300 level courses***

419 - Senior Group Studio
Students may work in multiple mediums under the guidance of more than one professor and in a community of student artists. This does not restrict students from choosing to work in a single media. ***Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of ART 300 level courses***

422 - Senior Photography I
Students in this senior-level photography course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Through specific demonstrations and lectures, Students will further develop their photography practice through independent and directed studio work, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. ***Prerequisite: A minimum of 9 credit-hours of 300-level studio courses including ART 322, ART 390AI, or FILM 311***

423 - Senior Photography II
Students in this senior-level photography course will be actively engaged in independent photography practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 422***

424 - Senior Photography III
Students in this senior-level photography course will be actively engaged in independent photography practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 423***

425 - Senior Photography IV
Students in this senior-level photography course will be actively engaged in independent photography practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 424***

426 - Senior Photography V
Students in this senior-level photography course will be actively engaged in independent photography practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 425***

430 - Senior Drawing I
Students in this senior-level drawing course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Students will be actively engaged in independent drawing practice through directed studio work, specific demonstrations and lectures, individual and group critiques, and other relevant activities. ***Pre-requisite: 9-credit hours of 300-level studio courses including 6-credit hours from ART 332, 333, 334, 335, 336 and 337, or permission of the Department Head.***

431 - Senior Drawing II
Students in this senior-level drawing course will continue to develop their independent drawing practices through directed studio work, specific demonstrations and lectures, individual and group critiques, and other relevant activities, with increasing self-direction. **Pre-requisite: ART 430**

432 - Senior Drawing III
Students in this senior-level drawing course will continue to develop their independent drawing practices through directed studio work, specific demonstrations and lectures, individual and group critiques, and other relevant activities, with increasing self-direction. **Pre-requisite: ART 431**

433 - Senior Drawing IV
Students in this senior-level drawing course will continue to develop their independent drawing practices through directed studio work, specific demonstrations and lectures, individual and group critiques, and other relevant activities, with increasing self-direction. **Prerequisite: ART 432**

434 - Senior Drawing V
Students in this senior-level drawing course will continue to develop their independent drawing practices through directed studio work, specific demonstrations and lectures, individual and group critiques, and other relevant activities, with increasing self-direction. **Prerequisite: ART 433**

440 - Senior Painting I
Students in this senior-level painting course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Through specific demonstrations and lectures, Students will further develop their painting practice through independent and directed studio work, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. ***Prerequisite: 9-credit hours of 300-level studio courses including 6-credit hours from ART 341, 342, and 343, or permission of the Department Head.***

441 - Senior Painting II
Students in this senior-level painting course will be actively engaged in independent painting practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. **Prerequisite: ART 440**

442 - Senior Painting III
Students in this senior-level painting course will be actively engaged in independent painting practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. **Prerequisite: ART 441**

443 - Senior Painting IV
Students in this senior-level painting course will be actively engaged in independent painting practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. **Prerequisite: ART 442**

444 - Senior Painting V
Students in this senior-level painting course will be actively engaged in independent painting practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. **Prerequisite: ART 443**

450 - Senior Sculpture I
Students in this senior-level sculpture course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Through specific demonstrations and lectures, Students will further develop their sculpture practice through independent and directed studio work, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. ***Prerequisite: 9-credit hours of 300-level studio courses including 6-credit hours from ART 351, 352, 353, 354, and 355, or permission of the Department Head.***

451 - Senior Sculpture II
Students in this senior-level sculpture course will be actively engaged in independent sculpture practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. **Prerequisite: ART 450**

452 - Senior Sculpture III
Students in this senior-level sculpture course will be actively engaged in independent sculpture practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 451***

453 - Senior Sculpture III
Students in this senior-level sculpture course will be actively engaged in independent sculpture practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 452***

454 - Senior Sculpture IV
Students in this senior-level sculpture course will be actively engaged in independent sculpture practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 453***

460 - Senior Ceramics I
Students in this senior-level ceramics course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Through specific demonstrations and lectures, Students will further develop their ceramics practice through independent and directed studio work, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. ***Prerequisite: 9-credit hours of 300-level studio courses including ART 361 and 362, or permission of the Department Head.***

461 - Senior Ceramics II
Students in this senior-level ceramics course will be actively engaged in independent ceramics practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 460***

462 - Senior Ceramics III
Students in this senior-level ceramics course will be actively engaged in independent ceramics practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 461***

463 - Senior Ceramics IV
Students in this senior-level ceramics course will be actively engaged in independent ceramics practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 462***

464 - Senior Ceramics V
Students in this senior-level ceramics course will be actively engaged in independent ceramics practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 463***

470 - Senior Printmaking I
Students in this senior-level printmaking course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Through specific demonstrations and lectures, Students will further develop their printmaking practice through independent and directed studio work, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. ***Prerequisite: 9-credit hours of 300-level studio courses including ART 371 and ART 372, or permission of the Department Head.***

471 - Senior Printmaking II
Students in this senior-level printmaking course will be actively engaged in independent printmaking practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 470***

472 - Senior Printmaking III
Students in this senior-level printmaking course will be actively engaged in independent printmaking practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 471***

473 - Senior Printmaking IV
Students in this senior-level printmaking course will be actively engaged in independent printmaking practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 472***

474 - Senior Printmaking V
Students in this senior-level printmaking course will be actively engaged in independent printmaking practice through directed studio work, individual and group critiques, lectures, and other relevant activities. ***Prerequisite: ART 473***

490AA - Senior Drawing Studies
Individual research for students in the Drawing discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. ** Permission of the department head is required to register. **

490AB - Senior Painting Studies
Individual research for students in the Painting discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student

490AC - Senior Sculpture Studies
Individual research for students in the Sculpture discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student.

490AE - Senior Printmaking Studies
Individual research for students in the Printmaking discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. ** Permission of the department head is required to register. **

490AJ - Advanced Kiln Construction
Advanced students will work with the instructor and a visiting artist/kiln building expert to build an outdoor Wood-fired Soda (atmospheric) kiln. Students will also make ceramic works that are conceptualized specifically to be fired in this kiln and undertake research into related practices in contemporary ceramic art. ***Prerequisite: Two of ART 361, 362, 363, 364, 461, 462, 463, 464 or permission of the department head ***

490AK - Indigenous Land/Art Practices
This course will explore Indigenous land based artistic and curatorial practice from theoretical, critical and experiential perspectives. It will include land and water engagement, gathering and working with Indigenous materials, skill-based workshops, site interventions and performances. The course will include significant time on the land. ***ARTH 100 or INAH 100 and INDG 100 or permission of Instructor***

491AA - Senior Drawing Studies
Individual research for students in the Drawing discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. ** Permission of the department head is required to register. **

491AB - Senior Painting Studies
Individual research for students in the Painting discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. ** Permission of the department head is required to register. **

491AC - Senior Sculpture Studies
Individual research for students in the Sculpture discipline under the direciton of an instructor chosen by the student. ** Permission of the department head is required to register. **

491AE - Senior Printmaking Studies
Individual research for students in the Printmaking discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student. ** Permission of the department head is required to register. **

492AC - Senior Sculpture Studies
Individual research for students in the Sculpture discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student

493AC - Senior Sculpture Studies
Individual research for students in the Sculpture discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by student

494AC - Senior Sculpture Studies
Individual research for students in the Sculpture discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student

495AC - Senior Sculpture Studies
Individual research for students in the Sculpture discipline under the direction of an instructor chosen by the student

496AB - Senior Photography I
Students in this senior-level photography course will build upon the skills and concepts developed at the intermediate level. Through specific demonstrations and lectures, Students will further develop their photography practice through independent and directed studio work, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. ***Prerequisite: A minimum of 9 credit-hours of 300-level studio courses including ART 322, ART 390AI, or FILM 311***

 

Art History Courses

100 - Introduction to Art History
A survey of visual culture from prehistoric times to the present.

204 - Modern Art and the "Shock of the New"
Explore renowned and provocative objects and ideas—from art works and concepts that challenged the official Academy, and revolutionized conventions of representation to non-objective art. Discover fascinating stories, key works, and iconic figures, from the 1880s to the 1960s. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

210 - Curatorial Studies
What is curation, and what do curators do? This course will introduce you to the history, theories and practices of curation, addressing curators’ responsibilities in building and presenting collections in various institutional settings, as well as curators’ interactions with artists and other professional profiles involved in planning exhibitions.

211 - Introduction to Museum Display
Which values, traditions, and ideas regulate the public collecting and display of art? How do museums, galleries, and other institutions shape their visual messages? By investigating theoretical approaches, exploring professional practices, and engaging with hands-on experience, you will be introduced to fundamental notions regulating the museum profession. *Note: Students may only receive credit for one of ARTH 211 and ARTH 380AB* *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

212 - Renaissance Art & Architecture
A survey of the artistic production of Italy and Europe from around 1300 to 1600, focusing especially on artistic exchanges among prominent centres, workshop practices, and on the role of images for the formation of identities in different societal contexts.

213 - Seventeenth Century Art and Architecture
This course examines the art and architecture of the seventeenth century in Europe, concluding with the early eighteenth century. The course examines structures of patronage, especially in connection with European court societies, and artistic exchanges among international centres. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

222 - Critical Histories of Photography
The aim of this course is to understand the technical and creative aspects of photography organized in a semi-chronological manner in relation to the theoretical interpretations, beginning with ancient uses of the camera obscura, leading up to digital media in contemporary times. *Note: Cultures of Display Option* *Note: Creative Technologies Program Option*

230 - Art History Across Cultures
How did explorations, art market(s), travels, diplomatic exchanges influence artistic production, taste, and collecting? This course investigates material and artistic exchanges across cultures and casts light on how encounters among diverse societies and the constant circulation of objects have impacted on art and visual culture. *Note: Students may only receive credit for one of ARTH 230 and ARTH 390AF* *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

280 - History of Ceramics
Cross-cultural perspectives on ceramics, examining ceramics traditions in various cultures, mainly the West and Asia.

290AI - Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome
By visiting and studying some of the most important churches, museums, and palaces in Florence and Rome, this course will examine major aspects and the prominent protagonists of Italian art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Baroque.

290AP - African Art History
This course studies the art of Africa in its historical contexts from the traditional period to Colonization. The functions and cultural meanings of the precolonial art will be given, as well as the influence of African art on modern Western artists (Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso) will be taught. ***Prerequisites - ARTH 100 ***

290AQ - Landscape & Environment in Art
This course will consider how land has been represented in various media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, performance, cinema, and street art, and survey the cultural and aesthetic concepts that have shaped our representation, reception, and thinking on the landscape and environmental art from the nineteenth century to today.

290AR - Inuit and Circumpolar Art
The scope of Arctic art history includes ancient peoples, ceremony, environmental knowledge, personal ornamentation, historic trade and contemporary art markets. A historic survey will centre the art of Nunavut and Nunatsiavut (Labrador), then expand to circumpolar contemporary art, including the current shift towards collaboration and inclusion of global Arctic artists.

301 - Art Theory and Art Criticism
History and practice of critical thought, from the classical notion of beauty to contemporary concerns related to the body, power, race, gender, etc. Students will be introduced to conceptual tools and vocabulary of Marxism, semiotics, psychoanalysis and deconstruction. *** Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of completed course work or permission of Department Head. ***

302 - For the Love of It: Collecting in Context
This course examines histories, theories, and practices of collecting and display. Topics will range from the early modern period to contemporary museums and include: private collecting, cross-cultural collecting, the birth of modern museums, the way in which museums display art, the state and the individual, custodianship and provenance. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours or permission of Department Head*** *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

313 - Art and its Business
This course investigates selected topics in art and culture, such as the economic lives of artists, histories of patronage, the art market, wonder and curiosity, print culture and popular culture, artistic techniques, the body, and portraiture and identity. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

314 - Postmodernism and Institutional Critique
Explore an array of ideas and art practices from the 1960s to the present that challenge Modernism’s universalism. Conceptions of institutional critique and an explosion of new media and performance art practices inform this cultural turn. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours or permission of Department Head***

320 - Visual Culture of Women
This course examines the visual culture of women in relation to crafts, the major arts of painting and sculpture, performance art and new media. Especially important to this study is the changes in women's visual culture since the rise of the feminist movements in the world. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours or permission of Department Head*** *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

324 - Canadian Art and Cultural Identity
Art in Canada from the colonial period to the present. Students will be introduced to issues of culture, ethnicity and gender, in relation to the Canadian context. ***Prerequisite: ARTH 100 or INAH 100.***

340 - Contemporary Indigenous Art and Colonialism
This course examines provocative issues and themes related to colonialism and decolonization as reflected in contemporary Indigenous art practices in Canada and in global contexts. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours or permission of Department Head*** *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

350 - Special Seminar
The study of various fields of the history of art involving visits to major art museums and required individual research by participating students. Conducted by members of the faculty. *** Prerequisite: Any 200-level art history course or permission of Department Head ***

360 - Curating the New
This course offers students a practical course where theoretical concepts related to the display, curation, and engagement with time-based and new art processes are put into practice in gallery, museum, or site-specific contexts. *Note: Cultures of Display option*

380AD - Ceramics Theory
Student will be introduced to gallery practice, guided in academic research on the topics of museums and galleries and draft a report accounting for their experience during their internship. *** Prerequisite: One of ARTH 201, 202, 212, 213 and ARTH 204; plus two 300-level ARTH courses. ***

390AB - Exhibiting Culture on Location
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine and analyze cultures of display on location outside of the university setting. Students will consider collections, representation and/or marginality in a museum environment. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

390AE - Early Modern Visual Culture
This course will explore several aspects of Renaissance and Baroque visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the role of images, patronage and collecting in European court society.

390AG - Shaman Artist/Visual Stories
This course investigates Anishinaabe artist Morrisseau's performative role as a shaman artist, his influence in creating an Indigenous visual storytelling aesthetic, and his inspiration for the ongoing Woodland movement. *NOTE: COD option.*

390AJ - Topics in Arts Theory
This course will explore theoretical directions in contemporary art and and the history of art.

390AK - Indigenous Women and The Camera
Indigenous women have had a long and problematic relationship with the camera. The colonial lens created a visual legacy of exoticism and objectification, however, women also sought the camera for their own purposes, seizing control of their own representation, and ‘speaking back’. This course will explore both of these legacies. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

390AL - Narration and Visual Art
This class will explore visual narrative; beginning with a historical survey, including illuminated manuscripts, tapestries and other early works, shifting to the emergence of illustrated children’s books, comics and graphic novels. The class will include hands-on workshops. Evaluation will include: participation, mid-term exam, class presentations, and major project or essay.

390AM - The Radical Stitch
Radical Stitch explores historical and contemporary stitching through artistic practice and interdisciplinary study, and will consider its importance in contemporary Indigenous and feminist art. Indigenous pedagogy and experiential learning will be emphasized. The class will be closely integrated with the exhibition, Radical Stitch, at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. ***Prerequisites: ARTH 100, INAH 100, or permission of the instructor.***

410 - Exhibiting Culture
Museums and galleries shape the messages, perspectives and values that museums and galleries communicate to viewers. This seminar addresses theoretical and practical concepts related to cultures of display and issues of curation. ***Prerequisite: ARTH 210 and one 300-level course in Art History or permission of Department Head*** *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

440 - Curatorial Strategies and Applications
This seminar offers students a practical course where theoretical concepts related to cultures of display and curation are put into practice in a a gallery setting. This course allows students to develop specific skills for working in a gallery or museum setting. ***Prerequisite: ARTH 210 and one 300-level course in Art History, or permission of the Department Head*** *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

490AF - Issues in Exhibition
Theoretical investigations into the issues related to the development and framing of an exhibition. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

490AG - Advanced Topics in 17th-Century Art & Culture
The course will explore art and architectural history in Europe during the long seventeenth century. Topics will include the relations between artists and patrons, the art market, workshop organization, and the role of images in European court societies. ***Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours.***

490AI - Displaying Art in Public Institutions: Theory and Practice
This course offers students the opportunity to investigate historical, theoretical, and practical concepts related to collecting, display and curating in museums as well as in other public institutions. Which are the values, traditions, and ideas regulating public collecting and displaying of art? How do museums and other institutions shape their visual messages and contribute to the education of multiple communities by displaying art? After a theoretical introduction providing key concepts, we will engage with a first-hand experience and we will focus on Luther College’s art collection as a case study, investigating its formation, studying some of the art pieces, and developing an exhibition. *Note: Cultures of Display Option*

490AK - History of Collecting
The course will explore histories of collecting in early modern Western culture, as well as the development of the first modern museums of art.

490AM - Picturing Otherness, 1500-1750
This course, focusing on European representations of America during the early modern period, explores notions of otherness and alterity across diverse visual media.

490AN - Metis Clothing and Aesthetic
This class will explore the development of distinct clothing, aesthetics, and artistic practices that created a visual territory that mapped Metis identity. The course will include a historical survey and overview of current literature. Assignments will emphasize practical and applied explorations, including costume creation, portfolio development, beadwork, and embroidery. ***Prerequisite: ARTH 100, INAH 100, or permission of the instructor.***

491AB - Studies in Renaissance Art
This course will introduce students to advanced topics and methodological approaches to Renaissance Art in Italy and Northern Europe.

494AA - ArtH Hon. Thesis Bibliography
Thesis proposal outlining the chosen topic with a set of questions and a hypothesis.

495AA - ARTH Hon. Thesis
Completion of the honors thesis for which the work has begun in ARTH 494AA and an annotated bibliography.

495AB - Art History Honours Thesis
Completion of the honours thesis for which the work has begun in ARTH 490AH.