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Visual Art

A Visual Art education at Brown is a rich experience of conceptual challenge, skill-building, and self-discovery. Our students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to make art, as well as to interpret and critique the world of images. We offer a range of courses: digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Our students also have opportunities to take classes at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design.

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VISA 0062. Printmaking Workshop.

No description available.

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VISA 0064. Sculpture/Installation/Site Work.

No description available.

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VISA 0070. From Beginning to End: Process and Creation.

This course, collaboratively offered by the Visual Art Department and Brown Arts Initiative, will be based in Los Angeles and focus on the intersection of visual art, film and the music industry while addressing artistic practice throughout the creation process. Each week will follow a three-part analytical framework based on the notions of idea, creation, and public presentation. Discussions with artists, musicians, curators, filmmakers, writers and actors will provide professional perspectives to students who have an interest in one or more areas within the arts. Meetings with artists will be supported by studio and museum visits, screenings and concerts.

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VISA 0100. Studio Foundation.

Required for all VA and RISD courses (with the exception of VISA0120, VISA0130, VISA0140, VISA0150 and VISA0160). Covers the basics of drawing and 2D design while cultivating the capacity for visual thinking.

Fall VISA0100 S01 18410 TTh 4:00-5:50(03) (Z. Coc-Chang)
Fall VISA0100 S02 18411 MW 10:00-11:50(03) (J. Laustsen)
Fall VISA0100 S03 18412 MW 1:00-2:50(03) (J. Laustsen)
Fall VISA0100 S04 18413 TTh 1:00-2:50(03) (V. Scheff)
Fall VISA0100 S05 18414 TTh 4:00-5:50(03) (B. Davis)
Fall VISA0100 S06 18415 W 4:00-7:50(03) (W. Sanders)
Spr VISA0100 S01 26736 MW 1:00-2:50(12) (H. McMordie)
Spr VISA0100 S02 26737 TTh 10:00-11:50(12) (S. Koetter)
Spr VISA0100 S03 26744 F 10:00-1:50(12) (W. Sanders)
Spr VISA0100 S04 26745 MW 1:00-2:50(12) (Z. Coc-Chang)
Spr VISA0100 S05 26746 MW 3:00-4:50(12) (Z. Coc-Chang)
Spr VISA0100 S06 26747 TTh 4:00-5:50(12) (B. Davis)
Spr VISA0100 S07 26748 TTh 1:00-2:50(12) (V. Scheff)
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VISA 0110. Advanced Studio Foundation.

Some students arrive at Brown with a greater understanding of visual art principles than most, yet need an introduction to other aspects before taking more advanced courses. Figure drawing is practiced throughout the semester, utilizing a variety of media. Weekly outside assignments explore diverse themes and become the subject of comprehensive class discussions. Portfolio review required for admission submitted one week prior to the start of classes. See morning mail & department website for details. Students will be notified by the end of the first week of classes.

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VISA 0120. Foundation Media.

Foundation media focuses on the production and theory of time-based digital media and introduces the computer as a medium and a tool for art. Students will experiment with the production of video, sound, and interactive media. Students will examine and produce work that is multidisciplinary in nature, combining aspects of critical discourse, art, and technology.

Fall VISA0120 S01 18434 TTh 1:00-3:00(06) (B. Davis)
Spr VISA0120 S01 27190 TTh 10:00-11:50 (E. Osborn)
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VISA 0130. Sculpture Foundation.

This is an extensive study in form and structure. It is designed to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of common materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural processes. Students will learn safe usage of power and hand tools, casting techniques, wood and metal work. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on creativity, critical thinking and the ability to successfully articulate ideas visually.

Fall VISA0130 S01 18435 W 1:00-4:50(08) (H. Metaferia)
Spr VISA0130 S01 27191 W 1:00-4:50 (J. Laustsen)
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VISA 0140. Photography Foundation.

This class is a wide ranging technical and conceptual introduction to photography. Through weekly projects, students will be exposed to 19th-21st century photo processes.Topics covered include cameras, lenses, software, darkroom overview, scanning, natural and artificial lighting, alternative processes as well as concepts such as selective focus, color temperature, composition. Short readings and in-class slide presentations on a diverse range of photographers will introduce students to the history of photography. This course will prepare students for upper level Photography classes at Brown and RISD.

Fall VISA0140 S01 18436 Th 4:00-7:50(04) (M. Krinsky)
Spr VISA0140 S01 27192 Th 4:00-7:50 (M. Krinsky)
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VISA 0150. Digital 2D Foundation.

This foundation studio course introduces the basic practices and concepts of two-dimensional digital media production including image acquisition, editing and manipulation, vector illustration, and preparation for online and offline viewing. Through studio exercises, readings, and assignments we will experiment with the production of electronic images. We will be looking at and producing work that is conscious and critical in nature, and which combines aspects of contemporary art, media, and technology. Collaboration and group work will be encouraged to share learning techniques and skill resources.

Fall VISA0150 S01 18476 TTh 9:00-10:50(05) (W. Gier)
Spr VISA0150 S01 27195 TTh 1:00-2:50 'To Be Arranged'
Spr VISA0150 S02 27196 TTh 4:00-5:50 'To Be Arranged'
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VISA 0160. Foundation Painting.

Painting in acrylics for a variety of interests and aptitudes - basic instruction in media and painting procedure, emphasis on development of the image as a visual statement. Will cover basic color principles, painting techniques and concepts. Assignments cover a wide range of approaches including painting from observation, individual research, and imagination. Images, related books, and articles are discussed. Individual criticism is given; participation in group discussions is required.

Fall VISA0160 S01 18409 F 10:00-1:50(14) (W. Sanders)
Spr VISA0160 S01 27197 Th 1:00-4:50 (W. Sanders)
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VISA 0710. Introduction to Filmmaking: Time and Form (MCM 0710).

Interested students must register for MCM 0710.

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VISA 0730. Introduction to Video Production: Critical Strategies and Histories (MCM 0730).

Interested students must register for MCM 0730.

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VISA 0750. Digital Art (MCM 0750).

Interested students must register for MCM 0750.

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VISA 0800H. TV/Not TV: Theory and Production (MCM 0800H).

Interested students must register for MCM 0800H.

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VISA 1000. The Arts Workshop for Practice and Practice-Oriented Research (LITR 1000).

Interested students must register for LITR 1000.

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VISA 1080. The School of Arte Útil.

Arte Útil was conceived by artist Tania Bruguera in 2013 to address art’s use as a tool for social & political change. Whether through self-organized groups, individual initiatives, or rise of user-generated content, people are developing new methods and social formations to deal with issues that were once the domain of the state. These initiatives are not isolated incidents, but also part of an art history that has been neglected, yet shapes our contemporary world. Interested students must complete this form (, and must attend all scheduled classes during shopping period for consideration. Questions? Contact: TA,

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VISA 1110. Drawing.

This course focuses on drawing from models, observation, and imagination in a variety of media with an emphasis on creative work and classroom participation. A continuing series of outside assignments is emphasized. Visits to galleries, museums and pertinent exhibitions may be undertaken. The later part of this course will introduce ideas of conceptual and political art into the drawing process.

Fall VISA1110 S01 18444 TTh 9:00-11:50(05) (V. Scheff)
Spr VISA1110 S01 27198 TTh 9:00-11:50 (V. Scheff)
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VISA 1120. Drawing II.

Drawing from the imagination, the model, and landscapes in a variety of media. Great emphasis is placed on creative work and on classroom participation. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or 0110. This course restricted to 20 students. 18 seats will be available during pre-registration. This class will satisfy VA concentration requirement for drawing. Students who are not admitted during pre-registration or were unable to pre-register should attend the first meeting.

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VISA 1130. Drawing for Projection.

A studio course which will address the issues and techniques of drawing for motion, animation and/or projection. We will undertake one semester- long project undertaken with several short parallel works.

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VISA 1140. Monumental Drawing.

Monumental Drawing is an immersive studio art course exploring expansive, experimental approaches to drawing. Large-scale, ambitious projects will engage risk-taking and developing meaning through intensive studio work. Contemporary drawing has become a powerful medium in its own right. From process and experiential beginnings to site-specific and conceptual directions, artists have pushed the medium with ideas and projects that challenge any restrictive definition of the medium. Through innovations in concept, materials, form and location, there are limitless ways of approaching the making of and defining what a drawing can be. Studio projects assigned will explore and expand upon these ideas.

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VISA 1150. Illuminated Sculpture.

This immersive summer course is an introduction to light as a sculptural medium. Through a series of projects focused on different aspects of illumination, students will develop visual and spatial literacy, explore different fabrication techniques, and investigate a range of different lighting technologies. Combining studio art practice and design, this course offers students the unique experience of creating objects, installations, and performances that engage spatial reasoning, iterative design practices, and alternative material solutions. Extensive outside work is expected. Enrollment limited. Besides in-class studio time, students should expect to work an additional 17 hours per week. This includes independent studio work, readings, responsive writing and research.

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VISA 1160. Drawing with Watercolor.

This course will be a rigorous examination of the possibilities of drawing with watercolor, with an emphasis on unorthodox use of the watercolor medium. Because the basis of watercolor is sound drawing, there will be considerable instruction and practice in drawing fundamentals such as perspective, value, composition, scale, rendering, etc. Required prerequisite: VISA 0100 or by permission.

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VISA 1170. Nature of Interpretation: Information and Abstraction.

Nature of Interpretation is a studio art course with a seminar component. We will consider science and scientific images as conceptual frameworks for making and looking at art images. Students will learn the basics of digital image acquisition and production, and develop a series of digital and/or digital-photographic artworks that respond to the themes and methodologies of the course. Art, History of Art, and Science background desired– Not required.

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VISA 1210A. The Big Print.

The Big Print is a course that emphasizes the experimental aspects of printing, and how printmaking methods can be used in unique ways to create large, powerful images. This course utilizes relief printmaking—one of the oldest simplest and most “democratic” printmaking methods—to explore the scale and impact of print. Extensive technical exploration in linocut and woodcut techniques will be complemented by research into and discussion of the history of print workshops, public print installations, and the role of printmaking in grassroots political movements. Students will complete a series of four print projects getting successively larger in size and culminating with a collaborative woodcut composed from four sheets of plywood and printed with a road roller Prerequisite: VISA 0100.

Spr VISA1210A S01 27201 MW 9:00-11:50 (H. McMordie)
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VISA 1210B. Etching.

Covers all aspects of black and white etching, using zinc plates. Combines an emphasis on traditional skills and craft with a critical and theoretical approach to images. Extensive outside work required. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or VISA 0110.

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VISA 1210C. Investigating Collage.

This course will be an artistic and intellectual investigation of 2 dimensional collage, which is the juxtaposition or arrangement of multiple images or parts of images to create fresh meanings and narratives. We will be working mostly with scissors, paper, printing, painting, and glue, supplemented with slides and reading. Use of the computer to complete some assignments will be optional. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or VISA 0110.

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VISA 1210D. Lithography I & II.

Lithography is the most versatile printmaking process. Working on limestone and aluminum plates, students will learn to produce, process and print their work. Class participation is vital, as students will be aiding each other in this complicated process. This course requires considerable time outside of class. Lithography can repeated, with experienced students learning multi-plate color processes.

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VISA 1210E. Printmaking.

This course covers a range of traditional and digital printmaking processes. The course will explore how traditional and digital techniques can be used together and how they may interact with and influence one another. Work will be in both black and white and color. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or VISA 0110.

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VISA 1210F. Relief Printing.

No description available. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or VISA 0110.

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VISA 1210G. Silkscreen.

This course will provide students with a thorough knowledge of both water-based screen printing techniques and digital imaging. The intersection of digital printing processes and screen printing within the context of contemporary works on paper will be explored through a series of experimental mixed-media projects. Work will be in both black and white and color.

Fall VISA1210G S01 18433 MW 9:00-12:50(09) (S. Koetter)
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VISA 1210I. Woodcut.

Woodcut, the simplest printmaking method, has been used as a communication device for more than a thousand years. Students will work in both black and white and color to address contemporary issues. The history and aesthetics of the political poster will provide the foundational knowledge for the class. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or VISA 0110. Enrollment limited to 17. Students who are not admitted during pre-registration or who were unable to pre-register should attend the first class.

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VISA 1210J. Making Monotypes: Ideas Through Printed Variation.

The aim of the course is to understand the variability, sequencing potential and the inherent luminosity of the monotype medium and to use these attributes to discover and advance one's own visual ideas. Monotype refers to the making of a single unique print through press and non-press means. Several rapid projects with themes will precede a longer series culminating in a final epic portfolio of independent content. Individual, peer, and small and large group critiques will occur weekly for feedback.

Fall VISA1210J S01 18656 TTh 1:00-4:50(06) (H. McMordie)
Spr VISA1210J S01 27199 TTh 1:00-3:50 (S. Koetter)
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VISA 1210K. Digital Printmaking.

This studio art course investigates possibilities for using the computer along w/traditional painting and printmaking processes to produce image-based intermedial work. We will explore how computers and computer networks have changed the creation, content, form, distribution, and exhibition of artwork through a series of assignments, readings, discussions, and slide lectures, and how computers and digital media can intersect with a traditional studio practice. Students will produce a portfolio of mixed-media work. Photoshop, Illustrator, the internet, and digital printers, along with traditional painting, drawing, and printing mediums will be used as tools for art-making.

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VISA 1210L. Political Constructions.

Arranged as a collective, the class will make art using various media, such as digital printing, silkscreen, woodcut, collagraph, Xerox, on-line blogs and wikis to create and distribute activist political images related to one or more topics (class choice).
The class will research the history and theory of political art and its contribution and power in political movements of the recent past.

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VISA 1210M. Collaboration & Community in Print.

Students will be introduced to printmaking through four main techniques: relief, drypoint, collograph, and paper stencils. Just as each collaborator brings a new voice to a project, each medium affords a different mark-making style to a print. Working within these mediums, students will explore the potential for rich layered imagery, and robust variable editions. Course material will be presented through demos, lectures, in-class workshops, and critiques, and weekly feedback will be provided through individual, peer, small and large group critiques.

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VISA 1240. Art of the Book.

Will examine the book, structurally and conceptually, as artist's medium. Students will learn the materials, tools and techniques of making books, as they explore the expressive and narrative possibilities of the book form. Topics and projects may include digital imaging, combining text and image, traditional binding or digital publishing.

Fall VISA1240 S01 18406 MW 1:15-5:15(01) (A. Bassuet)
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VISA 1250. Art of the Book.

We will examine the artist’s book from the printer/publisher perspective. Students will learn the basics of book design, traditional typography & letterpress printing. Students will consider the book and its related printed matter in service of its content. The course will be run as a fine press publishing house. Students will produce individual and group projects, including bookplates, broadsides, and books. Studio work will be augmented with field trips, artist visits, and guided exploration of the special collections at the John Hay Library.

Spr VISA1250 S01 27206 MW 1:00-4:50 (A. Bassuet)
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VISA 1300. Words in Painting.

Words in painting introduce sound into what is usually a silent experience; they force the viewer to both look and read. Writing is a form of drawing. Words can be poetry, advertising, or labeling. Words can be admired abstractly for their form. For much of history, words and pictures have been used to tell important stories, deliver political content, or sell consumer goods. This course will examine the use of words in contemporary painting through readings, slides, and discussion. A series of painting assignments will address the artistic problems of using words.

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VISA 1310. Painting I.

This painting course explores ideas and concepts in contemporary painting and emphasizes individual projects based on prompts. Students will experiment with materials, color and scale strengthening ideas through individual investigations into content and context. Critiques, readings, writing assignments and final projects will be supplemented by research into artists and movements that have developed within the last several decades.

Fall VISA1310 S01 18397 TTh 1:00-3:50(06) (Z. Coc-Chang)
Spr VISA1310 S01 27207 MW 1:00-3:50 (L. Tarentino)
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VISA 1320. Painting II.

This course is an in-depth investigation of contemporary painting practices and concepts, with a strong emphasis placed on critique. Experimentation and exploration of individual themes is emphasized. Affords an opportunity for in-depth investigations of painting techniques and ideas and the development of a series of works reflecting an individual creative vision.

Fall VISA1320 S01 18403 MW 1:00-3:50(08) (L. Tarentino)
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VISA 1320A. Painting The Mediated Image.

In this themed painting course we will explore how painting might serve as a lens through which to view and respond to the digital world. An emphasis will be placed on exploration of individual interests; students will choose a subject to research (i.e. digital aesthetics, computer graphics, photography, video, gaming, automation, social media, digital culture, privacy, identity, online shopping, etc) and will work on painting projects related to their chosen topics. The course introduces photo-silkscreen, digital painting and printing, and image transfer techniques into experimental painting-based studio practices. Course is restricted to Visual Art concentrators or by permission of the instructor.

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VISA 1330. Drawing with Watercolor.

This course will be a rigorous examination of the possibilities of drawing with watercolor. We will do a lot of work outside and there will be an emphasis on unorthodox use of the watercolor medium. Because the basis of watercolor is sound drawing, there will be considerable instruction and practice in drawing fundamentals such as perspective, value, composition, scale, rendering, etc. Recommended prequisite: VISA 0100, 0110, or comparable foundation level course is expected, or by permission.

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VISA 1340. Accessorizing Painting: The Exalted Surface.

This studio course will examine the crossover between decorative arts and painting. Drawing upon sources such as fashion, textiles, adornments, jewelry, furniture, hair and architecture we will study how design aesthetics demonstrate class, position, lineage or a particular period in the history of painting and embellishment. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of media and work on projects based on their selected researched subject areas. Enrollment limited to 14.

Spr VISA1340 S01 27208 MW 9:00-11:50 (L. Tarentino)
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VISA 1350. Art Fluids Engineering (ENGN 1350).

Interested students must register for ENGN 1350.

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VISA 1400. The Artist's Body: Performance Art as Acts of Activism, Communion, Rebellion, Humor and Meditation.

In this course, we will divide our time equally between studying the works/styles of contemporary performance artists and practicing performance art techniques and various modes of physically engaging in this art form. (Note: Performance art is not to be confused with the term performing arts. This class is not a theater or poetry presentation course, but can be applied to the ways in which both are presented.) This course will focus on the genre of performance art which lies between most other art disciplines and includes raw feelings (not acted emotions), political views and above all else, the embodiment of physical actions as art.

Fall VISA1400 S01 18402 T 1:30-6:20(12) (H. Metaferia)
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VISA 1410. Sculpture: Material Investigations.

This studio course addresses basic sculptural methods, i.e., additive + subtractive modeling, casting, and assemblage, and common sculptural materials, i.e., wood, metal, plaster, and found objects. Demos + workshops on a number of sculptural tools and materials form the foundation for this studio. Students develop sculptural solutions to a given set of problems. Contemporary issues raised in critiques and readings. Extensive outside work is expected.

Spr VISA1410 S01 27212 TTh 1:00-4:50 (D. Stupar)
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VISA 1420. Sculpture II: Conceptual Propositions.

This studio course explores a number of contemporary sculptural theories and practices. Contemporary issues raised in critiques and readings. Completion of VISA 1410 is suggested, but not required. Demos and workshops on a number of tools and materials will be given as needed. Students may take this course more than once, as the problems can be customized for those with more experience. Extensive outside work expected.

Fall VISA1420 S01 18399 TTh 1:00-4:50(06) (D. Stupar)
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VISA 1430. Elm Tree Project.

This is an intensive studio course requiring a considerable out of class time commitment.

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VISA 1510. Black and White Photography.

This course offers introduction to traditional black and white 35mm darkroom techniques, including processing film, silver gelatin printing and related techniques. While the class is primarily a studio course, it will be supplemented by weekly slide presentations and discussions of assigned readings. Slide presentations will focus on individual photographers in the history of the medium. Topics of discussion will include photographic genres, the photo essay, editing and sequencing a body of work, personal visions, social and political context, documentary versus art photography.

Fall VISA1510 S01 18400 MW 9:00-11:50(09) (T. Ganz)
Spr VISA1510 S01 27214 MW 9:00-11:50 (T. Ganz)
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VISA 1520. Digital Photography.

Over 1.8 billion photographs are uploaded to the Internet each day. Since everyone’s a 'photographer', what type are you? While we constantly produce images for ourselves and others in private and public, this course will ask students to critically rethink this tool. Image-making, from “capture” to “color-correction” and beyond will be consciously addressed, as we approach photography from the perspective of contemporary art practice and produce a final portfolio of prints. Class will be discussion, slideshow, studio and critique. Prior experience in photography preferred not required.

Fall VISA1520 S01 18401 MW 1:00-3:50(08) (R. Ross)
Spr VISA1520 S01 27213 MW 9:00-11:50 'To Be Arranged'
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VISA 1540. Medium and Large Format.

This class will be an advanced darkroom photography course using medium and large format cameras. Students will learn to use various cameras owned by the department and are welcome to use their own as well. Class time will be divided into lab days in which students we are processing and printing, field days where we are out shooting and getting to know the cameras better and classroom days that will consist of critique, slide presentations and reading discussions. The department has cameras available for students to borrow. Course materials will include film and paper. I will also provide appropriate readings and slides. Artists considered will include Carleton Watkins, Vivian Meier, Walker Evans, Carrie Mae Weems, August Sander, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Candida Hofer, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Dyanita Singh, Justine Kurland, Deana Lawson, Ang My Le, Trevor Paglen and others.

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VISA 1600. Social Practice: Art in Everyday Life.

This interdisciplinary course explores theoretical and practical ways that art can engage community. We will explore methods for social interventions, collaboration, and the notion of art as activism. Part studio and part seminar, this course examines our role in society as cultural producers. Students will engage in a series of readings and assignments that will help them prepare for a self-directed, socially engaged project of their choosing. They may work in any artistic medium and in communities of their choice. Students will work outside of class on their projects and present documentation of its development for class critique.

Spr VISA1600 S01 26735 W 2:00-5:50 (H. Metaferia)
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VISA 1700D. Reframing Documentary Production: Concepts and Questions (MCM 1700D).

Interested students must register for MCM 1700D.

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VISA 1700N. Open Source Culture (MCM 1700N).

Interested students must register for MCM 1700N.

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VISA 1700P. Radical Media (MCM 1700P).

Interested students must register for MCM 1700P.

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VISA 1700R. The Art of Curating (MCM 1700R).

Interested students must register for MCM 1700R.

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VISA 1700S. Narrative and Immersion (MCM 1700S).

Interested students must register for MCM 1700S.

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VISA 1710. Site and Sound.

This studio course provides an overview of contemporary sound art, facilitates the development of site-based sonic artwork, and encourages a critical approach to sound and audio practice. Work will be developed for and from specific sites with special emphasis placed on modes of listening and the physical characteristics of sound itself. Examples of site-specific sound work in a variety of formats including performance, installation, sculpture, literature, and radio are presented and analyzed.

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VISA 1720. Physical Computing.

This studio course is an intensive introduction to electronic devices for use in artmaking and includes hands-on experience working with sensors, motors, switches, gears, lights, simple circuits, microprocessors and hardware-store devices to create kinetic and interactive works of art. Demonstrations, lectures and critical discussion of work will be given to develop concepts and technical skills. Demonstrations, lectures and critical discussion of work will be given to develop concepts and technical skills.

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VISA 1730. Exploration in Video Art.

This studio course provides an overview of contemporary video art and video installation practices, facilitates the development of video work in expanded space, and encourages a critical approach to interactive moving image practice. Students will develop a set of video installation pieces for particular spaces and situations beyond the standard single-screen video format. Basic video production and post-production techniques will be covered and complimented by readings and screenings.

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VISA 1740. Time Deformation.

This studio course explores modes of electronic media by focusing on time as a primary material. Students will develop projects for specific sites and situations in response to assigned topics individually and in groups. Selected works in video, sound, performance, and online media that make innovative use of temporal strategies will be examined. Production work will be complimented by technical lectures, readings and discussions, and screenings.

Fall VISA1740 S01 18417 W 1:00-3:50(08) (E. Osborn)
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VISA 1800B. Elm Tree Project: Site and Material.

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VISA 1800C. Honors Seminar.

Required for students who have been accepted as candidates for honors. The seminar meets weekly to discuss readings and for group critiques. Includes group trips to New York and Boston, to visit galleries, museums, and artists' studios. Instructor permission required. Must be accepted into Honors Program.

Fall VISA1800C S01 18405 MW 9:00-11:50(09) (R. Ross)
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VISA 1800D. Inside Out: Queering Art Theory and Practice.

An exploration of "queer" work explored through readings, slides, videos, and studio projects. Discussion of foundational texts of queer theory and how they have influenced art of the last decade. Requires serious commitment to both intellectual work and studio practice.

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VISA 1800E. Installation of Mixed Media.

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VISA 1800F. Interactivity and the Intersections of Virtual and Physical Space.

A multidisciplinary study of interactivity and production and installation of interactive sculpture. Students revisit methods in drawing, painting, sculpture; consult research studies in the psychology of interactive tasks; and survey theoretical discussion in New Media. These principles are directly applied to produce artwork that merges, or hybridizes, virtual and physical space. Applications required.

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VISA 1800G. Junior Seminar in Visual Art.

Contemporary artists are makers, researchers, writers, curators. This is a hybrid seminar/ studio course on the global practice of contemporary art and how we can apply those lessons to our own artmaking. We will focus on questions such as “How do artists run their studios”, “What is the place of history and identity?” and “How does art function as a commodity?” Class projects will include short writings and making objects. We will visit artists studios and have artists come to talk to us. Department trips to New York will be a part of the curriculum.

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VISA 1800H. Negotiating the Everday.

This seminar contains three chapters; maps, public art and the art of everyday. Through these three lenses we will investigate the ways in which art has tried to negotiate and respond to the everyday world. Each section will involveboth reading/discussion production and critiques.

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VISA 1800I. Painting III.

No description available.

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VISA 1800K. Microscopy in the Visual Arts.

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VISA 1800M. Sound and Art.

This course will explore sound art as a multidimensional medium situated between physical, psychological and cultural spaces. Students will gain an introduction to the practical, technical and historical aspects of sound art through studio work and will learn about and apply concept development ans installation strategies.

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VISA 1800N. Video Production.

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VISA 1800P. Art/Work: Professional Practice for Visual Artists.

Unlike other creative professionals, visual artists don't have agents or managers—you handle the business yourself, with the support of your community. This class covers business basics including tracking inventory and preparing invoices; taking legal precautions such as registering a copyright and drafting consignment forms; using promotional tools; diversifying income; and making career decisions such as choosing the right venues to show your work. We will discuss grants, residencies, budgets, do-it-yourself strategies, financial health, and professional relationships. Discussion and assignments will emphasize community, the sharing of resources, and the practical, hands-on skills necessary to thrive as a visual artist.

Fall VISA1800P S01 18404 W 3:00-6:50(10) (H. Bhandari)
Spr VISA1800P S01 27215 W 3:00-6:50 (H. Bhandari)
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VISA 1800Q. Experimental Musical Instrument Design.

Will explore experimental musical instrument design, and by extension, experimental musical composition and performance. Students will develop an understanding of the science and art of instrument design through readings, listening exercises, and workshops. Concurrently, students will learn how to conceptualize, design, and fabricate their own experimental instruments using a variety of hand and machine tools. Percussive, stringed, and wind instruments will all be considered. Additionally, a select number of electronic devices and digital processing techniques will also be introduced. Individual and group musical compositions will be developed over the course of the semester, and performed in midterm and final concerts. Enrollment limited to 20. Instructor permission required.

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VISA 1800R. Sonic Psychogeography (MUSC 1240A).

Interested students must register for MUSC 1240A.

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VISA 1800U. The Art and Science of Visual Perception.

This course will explore the connections between the science of visual perception and art and design. A variety of visual systems will be studied, including those beyond human perception. Pivotal visual issues in nature and design such as coloration, contrast, patterning, and the role of edges in nature and design will be central to our work. Through a combination of lectures, visiting artists and scientists, hands-on design assignments and scientific experiments, the class will explore connections between camouflage and signaling communication in the animal world and their adaptive use as shared principles in art, advertising, logos and symbols. The class will pay particular attention to the physics of light, and its effect on visual perception and visual illusion. Enrollment limited to 12.

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VISA 1900. Other Lives of Time.

Other Lives of Time takes a decidedly poetic approach to moving image and cinema. Part studio, screening, discussion and critique, we will watch, discuss and dissect works by artists and filmmakers from across the globe that use personal form and distinct techniques to communicate idiosyncratically. Readings will explore contemporary notions of time and cinema while screenings prioritize nonfiction and fiction works that have mainstream audience potential. Assignments will expand student’s filmic language as they work over the semester toward the completion of a short film that employs a singular structure.

Spr VISA1900 S01 27216 MW 1:00-4:50 (R. Ross)
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VISA 1910. Individual Study Project in the Practice of Art.

Work on an approved project leading to the presentation of a portfolio, under supervision of an individual member of the staff. Project proposals must be filed with the department no later than the first week of the semester. Section numbers vary by instructor.

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VISA 1920. Russian Cinema (RUSS 1250)..

Interested students must register for RUSS1250.

Fall VISA1920 S01 18606 Arranged 'To Be Arranged'
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VISA 1990. Honors.

Section numbers vary by instructor.

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VISA 2450. Exchange Scholar Program.

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VISA XLIST. Courses of Interest to Visual Arts Concentrators.

Visual Art

The Visual Art concentration engages in artistic practice across a wide range of media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, digital imaging, book arts, and film. Courses in art history combine with these to frame the direction of the concentrator's work and to develop their critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to cultivate an informed and thoughtful individual perspective. Students in the Department of Visual Art enjoy cutting-edge facilities and a knowledgeable faculty. These two resources inspire creativity and pleasure in our concentrators while they explore the discipline. Students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to make art as well as to interpret and critique the world of images. Students also have the opportunity to take courses at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). All Visual Art (VISA) courses are graded S/NC.

Concentration Program Requirements

Concentration Requirements:
VISA 0100Studio Foundation (Prerequisite for all upper-level studio courses)1
2 of the following 5 discipline-based foundation courses are required.2
Foundation Media (This course is a prerequisite for upper-level Media courses such as New Genre and Video Art)
Sculpture Foundation
Photography Foundation
Digital 2D Foundation
Foundation Painting
5 additional upper level studio courses are required. A minimum of three elective studio courses must be taken in the Brown Visual Art Department5
3 HIAA courses are required:
HIAA 0010A Global History of Art and Architecture1
1 course covering Modern or Contemporary Art History such as those listed below1
Art After ‘68
20th Century Sculpture
20th Century British Art: Edwardian to Contemporary
One additional History of Art and Architecture course.1
Senior Thesis Exhibition: which does not carry academic credit, is required for graduation (usually presented during the seventh or eighth semester).
Total Credits11


The project is a two-semester enterprise and counts as two courses taken for graduation credit VISA 1800C (Sem I) and VISA 1990 (Sem II) but will not count as two of the eleven courses needed for the visual art concentration. Students that are planning to complete their degree requirements in December must apply for honors by December 5 of the previous year.