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ART 1001: Introduction to Drawing
Drawing from the Environment is a field-based studio course introducing students to observational drawing. Landscape, constructed forms, and natural forms will form the basis for developing observational skills while providing a foundation for personal imagery.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 1002: Figure Drawing
The basis for this beginning drawing course begins with an understanding of the human figure, its anatomy and underlying structure. Students will use the figure as a means to develop observational skills and personal imagery.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 1015: Art Foundations
Foundations in Studio Art is an introduction to the Elements of Design and Composition where students will explore creative possibilities in most of the media areas available at the college. The 2-D and 3-D design core will involve students in creative challenges geared toward understanding the elements of art and art making. This experience allows a student to explore concepts and build skills that apply to contemporary art practice in a variety of media. Media will be chosen to approximate an equal number of projects utilizing 2-D and 3-D concepts.
3 credits

ART 2021: Introduction to Painting
This course introduces students to the basic elements of oil painting. We will first focus on the technical requirements necessary to create a painting. We will also investigate elements of color theory, composition, and conceptual content in reference to students' work in addition to the work of classical and contemporary painters. Each student is held responsible for merging these basic painting elements, materials, and techniques with his or her emerging concept of self-expression. Prerequisites: ART 1001: Introduction to Drawing and ART 1002: Figure Drawing, or permission of the instructor based upon portfolio review.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work each week
3 credits


ART 2037: Ceramics I: Hand-building
Hand-building provides technical and aesthetic skill development through clay-working techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab. Local clay and glazes from indigenous sources may be used. Firing methods including the use of electric, gas, pit, and raku kilns may be explored. Through these tools and techniques students will gain familiarity with a variety of processes and produce a body of fired work, which demonstrates well-developed skills and concepts. Lectures, videos, demonstrations, and critiques support individual instruction, studio work, and a historical overview.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work each week
3 credits


ART 2045/3045/4045: Figure Studio: 2-D
Figure Studio is an advanced level course that provides opportunities for students to study from the life model and translate their ideas in a wide variety of media. Students will develop a further understanding of anatomy, figure movement, the ways that the figure might define and shape space, and the potential of the figure as an expressive compositional element. Prerequisite: ART 1002 Figure Drawing, and at least one other 2000 level studio course. Course may be repeated for credit at 3000 and 4000 level.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART/COM 2055: Graphic Communication
Theory, graphic design, and publishing processes for print, multimedia, and interactive publications form the basis of this course. Focus includes integration of text and imagery, analysis of audience interaction with media, and role of media design in cultural change and values. Student projects feature the planning and publishing of a comprehensive portfolio of media projects: communications portfolios will show enhanced focus in text applications, and arts portfolios will demonstrate concentration in traditional design and layout skills.
3 credits

ART 2061: Photography: Analog Media Students will learn to use their own 35mm manually operated SLR camera, process black and white film, and use the enlarger to make their own custom prints. Emphasis will be on exploring the potential of the photograph as an expressive-interpretive medium. A 35mm camera that can be manually operated with separate controls for aperture and shutter speed is required. Students will be responsible for some of their own film and paper.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work
3 credits


ART 2093: Stone and Wood Carving
This course will introduce all the techniques and tools necessary for basic stone carving. Student will choose a marble block to carve, and will design their own form. Harmonious integration of materials will be incorporated. Instruction will include an introduction to geology and properties of carvable stone, drilling and splitting stone, roughing-out of forms using pitching tools and point chisels, refining the form using tooth and flat chisels, texturing and polishing. The course is conducted at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center (CSSC) in West Rutland, VT. Use of all CSSC tools and equipment, and a moderate amount of marble are included in the studio fee for the course. Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work
3 credits


ART 3009/4009: Studio Seminar in Drawing
The purpose of this class is to move past the basic tenets of technical skill in drawing and into the realm of mature discourse and application of the subject. Through critical reading, writing, seeing, thinking, discussing and doing we will together create a meaningful understanding of what drawing is and how it functions within and through various societal contexts. This multi-sensory exploration is necessary to undertake the ultimate task of defining preconceived boundaries (within a medium, within culture, within the self), and pushing outward beyond them. Prerequisite: ART 1001 Introduction to Drawing and ART 1002 Figure Drawing.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work each week
3 credits


ART 3012: Printmaking
Emphasizes relief printing such as woodblock and lino prints, dry-point and mono-prints as a method of developing personal imagery. Studio fee established yearly. Prerequisite: ART 1001 Introduction to Drawing and ART 1015 Foundations in Studio Art.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work
3 credits


ART 3015: Ceramics II: Wheel Throwing
Students will be exposed to basic and intermediate throwing techniques and forms through demonstrations, research, videos and practice. Glazes will be developed from raw materials and tested, and students will learn efficient processes of firing electric and gas kilns. A journal of techniques, methods and ideas will be required. Emphasis will be on function and form. Prerequisite: ART 2037 Ceramics I: Hand-building or permission of instructor.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits

ART/SOC 3016: Asian Art
The course represents an overview, across the ages, of how various oriental religions and cultures transformed their artistic impulses into distinctive forms of aesthetic expression. The course will explore not only painting, but also sculpture, architecture, and everyday (antique) objects. Historical, sociological, and anthropological insights will be applied to interpret common and divergent styles of art. Prerequisites: at least one course in Sociology/Anthropology, Art, or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.
3 credits

ART 3020/4020: Ceramics III: Low-fire Techniques
This course focuses on the use of special clays and glazes formulated for use in low temperature firings. Low-fire techniques allow for a wide range of possibilities for the development of surface and color that are not easily obtained using high fire methods. Hand building and wheel throwing techniques may be used to create work that explores form, function, and concept within the rich palette of low fire glazes and clays. Majolica, China painting, decals, and terra sigilatta are some of the surfacing techniques that may be addressed. Work may be fired in electric, gas, raku, and pit kilns. Prerequisite: ART 2037 Ceramics I: Hand-Building and ART 3015 Ceramics II: Wheel Throwing.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits

ART 3021: Figure Studio: 3-D
Following a tradition thousands of years old, students will learn to construct complete and partial figures and portrait heads from life, using the medium of clay. Sculptural modeling will be based on careful observation of the natural form. The student’s work will be considered as a historical motif as well as an exercise in seeing and a venue for personal expression. Castings may be made of appropriate models. Models, armatures, sculpture stands, plaster and latex are provided, but students must purchase tools and clay. Prerequisite: ART 1001 Introduction to Drawing, ART 1002 Figure Drawing, and ART 1015 Foundations in Studio Art, or with the permission of the instructor.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 3027/4027: Studio Seminar in Painting
Instructors may propose courses under this heading which focus upon particular areas of interest. These may include traditional and alternative media such as Watercolor, Egg Tempera, Encaustic, Fresco, Synthetic Painting Media and Airbrush. Prerequisite: ART 1001 Introduction to Drawing, ART 1002 Figure Drawing, ART 1015 Foundations in Studio Art, and ART 2021 Intro to Painting or with the permission of the instructor.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work each week
3 credits


ART 3032: Intermediate Painting
Painting at the intermediate level will develop the student’s understanding of the visual language of painting, as well as a sense of one’s own individuality as expressed in their art. Students will work on both group assignments and individualized projects designed to suit individual needs. Prerequisite: ART 2021 Intro to Painting.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits

ART 3047/4047: Studio Seminar in Sculpture
Topics in sculpture may focus on a particular material or subject area or both. Sculpture addresses ideas of space and volume. Courses in the subject area may involve environmental, installation, specific audience/space or others. Media may be direct carving in wood or stone, assemblage and found objects, welding, casting, or metals. Pre-requisite: ART 1015 Foundations in Studio Art, and one other 3D course at the 2000 level or permission of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit when it is offered under a different subtitle.
Studio fees established yearly.
3 credits

ART 3049: Environmental Sculpture
This course focuses on the creation of sculpture that addresses a variety of ideas about how we affect and are affected by our environment. The history and evolution of environmental sculpture and other contemporary art movements will be presented as a foundation for the development of works that may explore the following topics: earth works, natural materials, found objects, installation, and collaborative projects. Through these investigations students will use their pieces to communicate new and significant ideas about the world around them. The creation of project proposals and designs will be critical in the development of longer-term projects. Demonstrations, presentations, videos, critiques and field trips will be used to explore a wide range of techniques and ideas. Prerequisite: 3-D experience at or above the 2000 level or permission of instructor.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 3051: Illustration
Students in Illustration will learn to visually interpret and communicate the written word through a variety of black-and-white and color media. Computer-based programs will be an area of focus in addition to traditional media. Prerequisite: ART 1001 Introduction to Drawing or ART 1002 Figure Drawing, ART 1015 Foundations in Studio Art.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work
3 credits


ART 3057/4057: Studio Seminar in Design
Design seeks to understand the way various elements are planned, structured, or composed in order to accomplish an aesthetic, communicative or functional purpose. Topics in Design may include specialized courses in environmental design; landscape, furniture, or architectural principles, or even display, theatrical, packaging, product, web or graphic design. Topics may also include courses related to special areas of design theory such as media and color use. Prerequisite: ART/COM 2055 Graphic Communication or permission of the instructor.
3 credits

ART 3061/4061: Studio Seminar in Photography
Topics in Photography offers the student who has a basic understanding of photography an opportunity to take courses in specialized areas of interest such as studio lighting, figure or portrait photography, or in areas with a special technical focus including such things as large format photography, digital photography, or special darkroom techniques. Studio fee established yearly. Prerequisite: ART 2061 Photography: Analog Media.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work each week
3 credits


ART 3062: Digital Photography
Students will learn to use their own Digital SLR camera, to record images for digital translation, manipulation, or enhancement. Field images will then be transferred to the computer, where instruction in standard image-manipulating programs such as PhotoShop will allow students to make their own custom prints. The course will continue to expand the visual literacy of photography as an expressive-interpretative medium. A survey of photographic applications in popular media such as fine art photography, print journalism, desktop publishing and design for web page publishing will also be integral to the classroom experience. Prerequisite: ART 2061 Photography: Analog Media.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 3067/4067: Studio Seminar in Printmaking
Printmaking assumes a general competency and literacy in drawing. Topic areas may have a conceptual, technical, or historical basis. Students may take this course more than once when a different subtitle is used. Studio fee established yearly. Prerequisite: ART 3012 Printmaking
4 studio hours
6-10 hours independent work
3 credits


ART 4013: Internship
The art department internship is a requirement for the B.F.A. degree. The Internship is an off-campus activity involving either the development of an independent body of studio work or a practical on-the-job work experience in a selected area of concentration. Commitment includes a negotiated number of hours per week and regular evaluation by a department internship advisor. Students should see their advisor at least two months in advance to receive approval to undertake the internship. The internship can be undertaken after the completion of the junior year unless otherwise arranged and requires that a contract be agreed to by the student, the faculty internship advisor, and the off-campus supervisor. If the student elects to do the internship outside of the normal semester calendar then the fees for the internship will be based upon the per credit rate in effect during that academic year. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing, a 2.0 minimum overall grade point average, and a 2.5 grade point average in the major.
240 hours: 6 credits
360 hours: 9 credits


ART 4015/4016/4017Senior Exhibition/Presentation & Portfolio
This course prepares students to further their careers as working artists upon completion of their studies at GMC. Focus will be placed on the business aspects of a career as a practicing artist through the exploration of topics including: graduate school research and applications, photographic documentation of artwork, marketing, career opportunities, the gallery system, grant applications, taxes, contracts, and copyright. A major component of the course is the required senior exhibition/presentation. During this phase of the course students will select from work completed during their study at Green Mountain College, then organize and display a refined body of work to the public in a professional manner. They will also be required to document their work photographically and prepare a portfolio and resume for presentation to the faculty. Prerequisite: Senior standing, a 2.0 minimum overall GPA, and a 2.75 GPA in the major.
2 hour seminar each week (fall) and minimum 30 hours Senior Show preparation: 4 credits
Students who are scheduling their senior exhibition for spring semester will take:
Senior Exhibition/Presentation &Portfolio as ART 4016 in the fall: 2 credits
Senior Exhibition/Presentation &Portfolio as ART 4017 in the spring: 2 credits

ART 4031: Advanced Painting
Students in advanced painting will work closely with the instructor to develop an individualized program of study. Seminars and critiques will bring students together to help them assess the historical context of their work and to evaluate their individual progress. Prerequisite: ART 1001 Introduction to Drawing, ART 1002 Figure Drawing, or with the permission of the instructor.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 4034: Ceramic Sculpture
Visual imagery, design, and exploration of ideas within the context of the language of ceramics constitute the backbone of this course. Hand-building and wheel throwing techniques will be explored in conjunction with more advanced techniques including mold making, slip-casting, the use of paper clay, and special firing processes. These methods will serve as the basis for the conceptual development of works informed by the history of ceramics. Work may vary dramatically in size from the small-scale to the large-scale, and may address form, function, and idea. Prerequisite: ART 1015 Foundations in Studio Art, ART 2037 Ceramics I and ART 3015 Ceramics II, or permission of instructor.
Studio fee established yearly.
4 studio hours
6-10 hours of independent work each week
3 credits


ART 2001: Art History I: Paleolithic through Romanesque
A survey of world architecture, sculpture, painting and applied arts from Paleolithic through Romanesque. The course will address the major artistic achievements of early world civilizations as it explores the cultural values and beliefs in historic contexts.
3 credits

ART 2002: Art History II: Gothic through Dada
A survey of world architecture, sculpture, painting and applied arts from Gothic through Dada and into the 20th century. The course will address the major artistic achievements within individual cultures as it continues survey of historic contexts.
3 credits

ART 4005: Special Topics in History & Theory
Special topic courses in History and Theory will afford students an opportunity to explore content areas outside traditional survey limits. Presentation may focus on areas such as Issues in Contemporary Art, Art and Women Artists, Art in Public Places, Nature in Art. Students may take this course more than once when a different subtitle is used. Prerequisites: ART 2001 Art History I or ART 2002 Art History II or permission of instructor.
3 class hours
3 credits


ART 4022: Issues in Art
Issues in Art is primarily a lecture/seminar focusing on current issues in the art world. Core to the course will be the relationship between the artist and society from the Dada and Surrealist artists of the 1930s and 1940s to the current art scene. Course projects will include research on contemporary issues as well as studio projects that are aimed to provide the student with hands-on applications of ideas under discussion. Prerequisite: ART 2001 Art History I or ART 2002 Art History II or permission of instructor.
3 class hours
3 credits

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