Art (AR)

AR 111  SE: Drawing  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 112  SE: Drawing  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 121  SE: Paint  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 122  SE: Paint  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 132  SE: Sculpture  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 171  SE: Photography  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 172  SE: Photography  3 Credits  

Foundations Media Labs are 15-week studio courses that introduce students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students develop work specific to the materials and lab chosen. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. A span of subjects is offered-- six in the Fall, six in the Spring.

AR 221  Paint: Individual Project  3 Credits  

This 15 week class is a place to develop and refine skills and techniques in support of personal project work. Much of the work in Media Lab is separate, but connected to, your personal practice. Throughout the semester, students are responsible for their own content, but are expected to leverage assigned exercises in support of an individual project. Junior projects must be agreed upon in conversation with faculty to determine how class time can best support individual student practice. Class time and homework will focus largely on observational painting, project development strategies, and independent work. The class format consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research.

AR 223  Integrative Studio I  3 Credits  

What are the concerns that drive your creative practice? This hybrid studio explores the larger concepts that surround studio practice and encourages students to make connections across disciplines. It provides you with a learning community that offers concentrated faculty mentoring, peer formative review, and interdisciplinary strategies that support the development of your individual practice as artists and scholars. In this 15 week class you will move through a sequence of modules, each one exploring themes from Contemporary Art Practices that is loosely shared across your visual arts, humanities & science, and critical & contextual studies classes. An exchange of thinking through making, and making through thinking, provides a dynamic platform from which to develop contextually informed work and a situated practice. Week 14 is a CrossCut Week in the Art Department, when we host cross year group critiques, presentations, exhibitions and special events. This course supports work in all visual arts media.

AR 224  Integrative Studio II  3 Credits  

What are the concerns that drive your creative practice? This hybrid studio explores the larger concepts that surround studio practice and encourages students to make connections across disciplines. It provides you with a learning community that offers concentrated faculty mentoring, peer formative review, and interdisciplinary strategies that support the development of your individual practice as artists and scholars. In this 15 week class you will move through a sequence of three modules, each one exploring a theme that is shared across your visual arts, humanities & science, and critical & contextual studies classes. The exchange of thinking through making, and making through thinking, provides a dynamic platform from which to develop contextually informed work and a situated practice. Week 10 is a CrossCut Week in the Art Department, when we host cross year group critiques, presentations, exhibitions and special events. This course supports work in all visual arts media.

AR 225  ST: Media Lab I  3 Credits  

This 15 week course will investigate numerous techniques and strategies for students interested in contemporary approaches to sculpture. We will explore various processes including wood fabrication, metalworking, assemblage, mold making, and installation. Prompts for each project will guide students through their exploration of narrative, utility, symbiosis, and mimesis. This course is structured around demonstrations of technique, the unconstrained making of objects & images, relevant readings / discussions, as well as individual & group critiques.

AR 226  ST: Media Lab II  3 Credits  

Media Lab II is a 15 week studio unit that introduces students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students will develop work specific to the media focus. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques.

AR 231  Sculpture: Digi vs. Trad  3 Credits  

This hands-on course will explore how non-object based art forms (film, literature, music, etc.) can function as a point of departure for exploring sculptural concepts and forms within the context of contemporary art. Students will begin to generate their own prompts for creating work based on their research and with the guidance of the instructor. We will expand our understanding of fabrication techniques through demonstrations of traditional and digital methods of production in wood, metal, and plastic, including 3D printing, laser cutting, Arduino, as well as working with found and nontraditional materials. This course will be structured around relevant readings, discussions, student proposals, as well as individual & group critiques.

AR 233  Critical + Contextual: Global Art  3 Credits  

AR233 is a 15-week co-curricular course taught through a sequence that is loosely integrated with the content of Integrative Studio l. Students will develop their understanding of critical and contextual frameworks that inform global art practice through lectures, seminars, tutorials, gallery and museum visits. C+CS supports students in developing the ability to research and understand art practices within a contemporary and historical cultural context. This unit will also enable students to develop verbal, written, and presentation skills.

AR 234  Critical & Contextual: Contemp Art  3 Credits  

AR234 is a 15-week course that traces Contemporary Art History, defined here as Post-World War II to the present. Students will engage in interpreting art, art movements, and exhibitions and will relate prevalent histories, theories, and practices to their own creative interests. Students will develop their skills in analysis, research, and communication and will apply those skills in their participation in lectures, seminars, museum/gallery visits, writing projects, and presentations.

AR 251  Print: Explore Process  3 Credits  

Building on basic printmaking techniques including etching and aquatint on copper plate, lithography on aluminum plate, and drypoint on illustration board, students are offered the option to work with processes such as vitreography, silkscreen, and sugar lift. Following week 10, students will generate an edition working with the process of their choosing, as well as creating a separate edition for a print exchange. The class format consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, and critiques.

AR 271  Photo: Something + Nothing  3 Credits  

Much of our understanding of the world, from geography to online shopping, instruction manuals to 20th century history, is understood through photographic images. There is no single art medium more prevalent in contemporary mass culture. We are awash in photographs, constant consumers of images. This is a15-week course that builds upon previous experience in photography, challenging students to refine their existing skills in both analog and digital photography. Juniors are expected to develop self-directed projects that continue their practice, while experimenting with interdisciplinary approaches to photography, exploring concepts & theories related to the medium, learning new techniques in large format printing, printing on alternative substrates, and utilizing photography-based installation.

AR 321  Paint: Individual Project  3 Credits  

This 15-week class is a place to develop and refine skills and techniques in support of personal project work. Much of the work in Media Lab is separate, but connected to, your personal practice. Throughout the semester, students are responsible for their own content, but are expected to leverage assigned exercises in support of an individual project. Junior projects must be agreed upon in conversation with faculty to determine how class time can best support individual student practice. Class time and homework will focus largely on observational painting, project development strategies, and independent work. The class format consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research.

AR 323  Inquiry + Practice I  3 Credits  

This 15-week course focuses on the development of a students’ creative practice within a community of artists. This course will direct your practice towards a selection and presentation of work for the Platforms of Exchange, the Junior-Senior group exhibitions, the theme of which will be decided by you and your peers. Other aspects of the course are focused on identifying and developing a personal practice through your research in Media Labs and other venues. Students will develop analytical, reflective, and expansive forms of writing to inform and stretch their studio practice. Class time will consist of lectures, seminars, presentations, studio work, creating a digital portfolio of your work and faculty-guided studio visits. This course supports work in all visual arts media.

AR 324  Inquiry + Practice II  3 Credits  

AR324 is a 15-week course that continues the development of a students’ emergent creative practice within a community of artists. This course consists of lecture, discussion, professional practice, hybrid studio, studio practice and research. Art faculty work collaboratively to support each student in developing an ongoing program of self-directed work through written proposals and visual presentations, that include identifying content, context, working methodologies, technical skills and documentation. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques.

AR 325  ST: Media Lab II  3 Credits  

Media Lab II is a 15 week studio course that introduces students to the basic visual language of a specific media or genre, focusing on skill building and an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students will develop work specific to the media focus. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques.

AR 326  ST: Media Lab II  3 Credits  

Media Lab II is a 15 week studio course that further develops the students exploration of of a specific media or genre, focusing on more advanced skill building in combination with an investigation of the formal elements and principles, in combination with appropriate concepts and theories. Students will develop work specific to the media focus. The course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques.

AR 331  Sculpture: Digi vs. Trad  3 Credits  

This hands-on course will explore how non-object based art forms (film, literature, music, etc.) can function as a point of departure for exploring sculptural concepts and forms within the context of contemporary art. Students will begin to generate their own prompts for creating work based on their research and with the guidance of the instructor. We will expand our understanding of fabrication techniques through demonstrations of traditional and digital methods of production in wood, metal, and plastic, including 3D printing, laser cutting, Arduino, as well as working with found and nontraditional materials. This course will be structured around relevant readings, discussions, student proposals, as well as individual & group critiques.

AR 334  C+CS: Theory & Practice  3 Credits  

AR334 is a 15-week course that explores what a theory is, what "Theory" means, and which particular theories are prevalent in contemporary art practice (and why). Students will identify how theory opens up opportunities for critical thinking and creativity and will engage with theories that are applicable to their own practices. Students will augment their knowledge of contemporary, global, and historical art practices and will explore those contexts in relation to their own practices. Skill-building in research, analysis, contextualization, and communication will prepare students for the written thesis the following semester.

AR 351  Print: Explore Process  3 Credits  

Building on basic printmaking techniques including etching and aquatint on copper plate, lithography on aluminum plate, and drypoint on illustration board, students are offered the option to work with processes such as vitreography, silkscreen, and sugar lift. Following week 10, students will generate an edition working with the process of their choosing, as well as creating a separate edition for a print exchange. The class format consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, and critiques.

AR 371  Photo: Something + Nothing  3 Credits  

Much of our understanding of the world, from geography to online shopping, instruction manuals to 20th century history, is understood through photographic images. There is no single art medium more prevalent in contemporary mass culture. We are awash in photographs, constant consumers of images. This is a15-week course that builds upon previous experience in photography, challenging students to refine their existing skills in both analog and digital photography. Juniors are expected to develop self-directed projects that continue their practice, while experimenting with interdisciplinary approaches to photography, exploring concepts & theories related to the medium, learning new techniques in large format printing, printing on alternative substrates, and utilizing photography-based installation.

AR 398  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student's choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Junior standing and permission from Department Chair required. Credits vary between 1 and 4.

AR 413  Works in Progress  3 Credits  

Critique sessions have been described as resting points along a continuum -a place to take pause, absorb thoughtful critical feedback, and possibly re-evaluate direction, but most certainly to reconsider goals and objectives, as you refocus, reboot and refresh for continued development within your personal practice. In this 15-week course students will install current works in progress for class review. There is no one correct way for evaluating art, yet several contemporary strategies/methodologies seem to overlap and connect. Drawing on these overlapping strategies “critique”, in the context of this class, will give preference to process over product. This Senior Critique Intensive is peer led, taught by Art Faculty, and seeks outside Professional input. Every class will include a Visiting Critic, Curator, Gallerists, Writer, or Artist. Many on-going professional relationships are established during class discussions and the VIP Studio Visits following student presentations.

AR 414  Curatorial & Installation Practices  3 Credits  

This 15-week course examines ideas and methods of contemporary curatorial and exhibition practices. From conceptualizing ideas for compelling exhibitions, selecting artists, and conducting studio visits; to editing, exploring reception theory, exhibition design, documentation and curatorial writing, students will gain experience about contemporary exhibition standards. In considering the exhibition as a container for the intersections of storytelling, history, philosophy, culture, community-building, and politics, we will read and discuss a broad array of authors, study curatorial styles from institutional to DIY and learn some practical exhibition-making skills such as labeling conventions, wall text and how to install and light a show. The course consists of lecture, discussion, technical demonstrations, on-site visits, personal research, and curatorial project work. Your final project will be a fully developed exhibition proposal for 5 artists of your choosing presented to the class.

AR 418  Internship  1.00 - 3.00 Credits  

This course promotes preparation for the expectations and realities of professional life by placing students directly in professional settings. Internship goals include facilitating students’ transition from college to the professional world, and increasing communication and partnerships between the Art Department and the Seattle arts community. Internship opportunities include providing administrative, artistic, and technical support to arts organizations, museums and gallery owners/directors, apprenticing to working artists, curators, and art therapists, assisting art teachers in studio and K-12 settings, and serving as lab technicians for open studios or as in-class TA’s for Art Department faculty. Department Authorization Required.

AR 419  BFA Thesis Exhibition  3 Credits  

AR419 is a 15 week unit taken in conjunction with AR424 Research Studio II, and focuses on the necessary preparation and presentation required for the BFA EXPO, culminating with an end of semester oral defense and presentation of selected works by each student. This course consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, professional practice, hybrid studio and research.The unit will provide in depth discussion to facilitate an individual student’s portfolio selection, strategies for installation and de-installation, gallery contracts and institutional expectations and deadlines as well as related best practices as a professional artist. Students will additionally develop the necessary professional materials that support their studio practice, including but not limited to an artists bio, a statement of intent, exhibition documentation, resumes, online materials and a strategic plan for success beyond graduation. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, seminars, and critiques.

AR 421  Paint 2D Studio  3 Credits  

This is a 15-week class that supports independent studio research and practice. Through studio practice, artist’s visits, group discussions, critiques and field trips, you’ll integrate materials, skills and techniques to develop a personal and coherent body of work at an advanced level. Bi-weekly prompts are self-assigned in collaboration with faculty, aimed to challenge your working methods and range. You are expected to find creative ways to leverage each prompt to expand your toolbox and further explore your themes. Class time will be spent working in your studio. Additionally, each week will alternate between group critiques and meetings with professional artists. Meetings will consist of visits to artists’ studios or exhibitions, with opportunities to speak directly with them about their work and practice. Readings are assigned as determined by your interests and influences. In a group cohort, you will refine a contextual understanding of the ideas and issues that inform your practice. Ongoing formative review takes place in both individual tutorials and work-in-progress reviews.

AR 423  Research Studio I  3 Credits  

This is a 15-week course that focuses on initiating the launch of a students’ emergent creative practice within a community of artists. This course consists of lecture, seminar, studio visits, studio work, exhibition and critique. Art faculty work collaboratively to support each student in developing a program of self-directed work through written proposals and visual presentations, including: identifying content/context, working methodologies, and expanding technical skills + documentation. Ongoing formative review takes place in both group and individual sessions. This course will be defined by methods of short and long-term approaches to studio work. Students will build their practice towards a selection and presentation of work for the Platforms of Exchange group exhibition. Your individual studio practice will be supported in a seminar format, reinforcing connections between your writing, personal research, and project work. Summative Reviews occur during CrossCut Critiques in Week 14.

AR 424  Research Studio II  3 Credits  

AR 424 is a 15-week course that will focus on self-directed project development (individual or collective) including critical and historical research in the contextualization of artistic goals and practice. Students will be expected to situate their practice within wider social, cultural, intellectual or institutional terms; as a professional practice; and in relationship to audience. This process will facilitate the development of a cohesive body of work that will contribute to the larger BFA Thesis Exhibition. Students will instigate a program of self-directed work via a written proposal and visual presentation, and track their thinking and making through documentation. Project development is supported through individual and group tutorials with faculty and peers, seminars (selected readings and discussion), writing workshops, field trips, social and critical interactions, guest speakers and curatorial studio visits. Formative review will take place on a regular basis.

AR 425  Advanced Directed Media I  3 Credits  

Advanced Directed Media I is a 15 week course that supports independent studio research and practice. Working directly with faculty mentors, student integrate materials, skills and techniques to develop an individual and coherent body of work at an advanced level. Students will additionally formulate a contextual understanding of the relevant ideas and issues that inform their practice, and in relation to the discipline. The course consists of individual meetings with faculty. Ongoing formative review takes place in individual tutorials and work in progress reviews.

AR 426  Advanced Directed Studies II  3 Credits  

Advanced Directed Studies II is a15 week course that supports independent studio research and practice. Working directly with faculty mentors, student integrate materials, skills and techniques learned in previous units to develop an individual and coherent body of work at an advanced level. Students will additionally formulate a contextual understanding of the relevant ideas and issues that inform their practice, and in relation to the discipline. The course consists of individual meetings with faculty. Ongoing formative review takes place in individual tutorials and work in progress reviews.

AR 431  SE: Sculpture  3 Credits  

This class will focus on self-guided work and conceptual explorations within the discourse of sculpture and digital media in the expanding field. Object making, installation, performance, digital works, and social practice will be explored through individual student research and practice. The course is designed for the self-directed advanced sculpture/digital-media art student. In-class work time for students pursuing digital directions consists of reviewing all aspects of image and sound acquisition, non-linear editing and post-production, encoding, transcoding and exporting. Advanced technical demonstrations of material fabrication, documentation strategies, and exhibition planning, will support the specialized needs of 3D students. The course is supplemented with relevant lectures, readings, and individual/group critique. All students will propose and execute individual projects with the support of the instructors. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal artistic vision and the creation of a cohesive body of work contributing to the senior exhibition thesis.

AR 433  Critical + Contextual: Thesis  3 Credits  

This is a 15-week course that supports self-directed research and writing, resulting in an extended written thesis at the end of the semester. Students will develop a set of ideas, terms, contexts, and references that inform and contextualize their creative practice(s) and augment their knowledge of art history and theory through independent research. Critical + Contextual Studies faculty and library faculty work as a team to produce an immersive research and writing experience. Students will work with both informal and formal art-related genres, share research methods and challenges, and provide peer feedback on written drafts and presentations.

AR 451  SE: Print  3 Credits  

Building on basic printmaking techniques including etching and aquatint on copper plate, lithography on aluminum plate, and drypoint on illustration board, students are offered the option to work with processes such as vitreography, silkscreen, and sugar lift. Following week 10, students will generate an edition working with the process of their choosing, as well as creating a separate edition for a print exchange. The class format consists of lecture, discussion, practical demos, studio practice and research. Ongoing formative review takes place in group/individual tutorials, work in progress reviews, and critiques.

AR 471  Advanced Photo Projects  3 Credits  

This 15 week class is designed to support the evolution of students’ personal practice as they continue to develop the ideas and media/techniques that will inform their work for the BFA thesis exhibition and beyond. Students will be expected to deepen their work + research, and to further refine image-making skills, while paying particular attention to questions of presentation format, and the relation to content and audience. Class time will be devoted to one-on-one tutorials, group demonstrations, lab time, on-going formative critique, and final summative review. Assignments, and readings, will be based upon students’ interests and individual projects.

AR 498  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student's choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission from Department Chair. Credits vary between 1 and 4.