Course Descriptions Fall 2020

Art Course Descriptions
Art History Course Descriptions

ART 210-01 Digital Media Arts TTH 12:30-3:15 PM
Paula Levine
The fundamentals, principles, and tools for 2D/3D graphics, time-based media, and interactive art. Examination of aesthetics, visual and verbal language and art historical and current practices in the media.

ART 222-01 Introduction To Textile Art M 5:00-7:45 PM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Victor De La Rosa
Studio experiences correlating textile media with basic techniques and processes. Activity. Extra fee required.

ART 222-02 Introduction To Textile Art T 3:30-6:15 PM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Bronwyn Dexter
Studio experiences correlating textile media with basic techniques and processes. Activity. Extra fee required.

ART 231-01 Introduction To Drawing MW 9:00-11:45 AM
Lisa Solomon
This is a survey course that hopes to present drawing concepts in a technical atmosphere. The course will build through skillsets;  topics include, but aren’t limited to: Contour, Negative Space, Gesture, Organizational Line, Perspective and Value. There will be an emphasis on exploring various wet and dry media and an assortment of approaches. Students will be asked to consider the possibilities/implications of rendering 3D in a 2D setting, as well as development of a personal approach to art making and communicating. Foundational concerns such as composition, conceptual content, consequences of artistic choices and development of visual vocabulary - through writing, speaking about one’s work, and critiques - will also be addressed. In a hybridized format there will be zoom lectures and group activities, along with breakout rooms and one on one check ins to simulate the classroom as best as possible in a distance learning environment. Students will be responsible for completing work and other assignments outside of synchronous zoom meetings. There will also be group critiques - where everyone must show and comment on one another’s work, both in zoom and other discussion forums/formats.

ART 231-03 Introduction To Drawing T 12:30-3:15 PM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Kristen Wong
Semester long introduction to the foundations of two dimensional drawing ranging from real to imagined, Synchronous meetings on Tuesday's as well as technical demonstrations and video tutorials uploaded weekly.  Emphasis on using a variety of drawing materials and methods, as well as mixed media projects.

ART 235-01 Introduction To Printmaking MW 10:30-11:45 AM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Mario Laplante
Printmaking is a process-oriented medium that involves drawing on or carving into one material, usually wood, stone or metal, and then transferring that image onto another material, usually paper. Projects will cultivate a balance between methodical precision with expansive room for creativity Students will explore a variety of drawing tools and hands-on applications that will prepare them to understand intaglio, lithography, relief, and creative bookmaking. Unique prints and multiples will be produced. While engaging in the practical study of printmaking techniques, students will also look at the history of the discipline and discuss related critical issues in contemporary art. The class will be partly synchronous, with short class meetings twice each week. The course will blend traditional written instruction manual (downloadable as PDF) with demonstration videos of every techniques. Private student support group where they can share their work and experiences will be available including resources, and optional assessment. Weekly Zoom meetings will permit students to present work for feedback and critique, whole-class and small group discussions, and to review assignments. Individual meetings with instructor will be scheduled throughout the semester. (via zoom or telephone) Course Attributes: C1: Arts

ART 240-01 Intro To Contempo Sculpture TTH 9:00-11:45 AM
Natasha Loewy
Studio experiences exploring sculptural, theoretical, and visual processes using a variety of materials, methods, and context as means of investigation. Emphasis on personal creative growth and development. Activity. Extra fee required. Course Attributes: C1: Arts

ART 245-01 Introduction To Ceramics MW 10:00-11:30 AM plus 3 hours by arranged
Ilana Crispi
This is an introduction to ceramics. We will explore ceramic materials, history and contemporary practice. Emphasis will be on process and experimentation rather than conventionally finished works. Students will share works in progress and a final portfolio with the class. Note: This course will be taught online meeting together for a portion of what was previously scheduled to be a 6 hour per week studio course. Some of this synchronous course time will be reserved for small group discussion and individual consultations with the instructor. When not meeting together students will work independently on research and fabrication of projects. Students will be working with ceramic materials however works will not be fired and may be completed with mixed media. Clay will be used to create gestures and actions that are engaged with historic and contemporary ceramic practice. Course Attributes: C1: Arts

ART 260-01 Introduction To The Darkroom MW 10:00-11:45 AM plus 2 hours by arrangement
Sean McFarland
Introduction to black and white film processing, darkroom printing, operation of 35mm film cameras, and photography as a creative medium. 35mm camera with manually adjustable apertures and shutter speeds required. Activity. Extra fee required.

ART 260-02 Introduction To The Darkroom TTH 9:00-11:45 AM
Kimberley Arteche
Introduction to black and white film processing, darkroom printing, operation of 35mm film cameras, and photography as a creative medium. 35mm camera with manually adjustable apertures and shutter speeds required. Activity. Extra fee required.

ART 310-01 Digital Media Art Foundations TTH 9:00-11:45 AM
Paula Levine
Prerequisite: A 200-level ART course or consent of the instructor. Exploration and development of digital media and skills within an interdisciplinary studio art context with an emphasis on concept-driven strategies. Includes 2D and 3D graphics, time-based media (video/sound), and topics such as 3D printing, web development, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 360-degree video productions, and interactive media. Activity.

ART 330-01 Foundations In Painting M 9:00-11:45 AM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Chris Finley
Prerequisites: Restricted to Art majors and minors; ART 231 or equivalent. Exploration and development of oil painting practice with an emphasis on translating three dimensions into two using color, value, and mark-making toward representational ends. Traditional and non-traditional approaches to starting, developing, and resolving paintings. How to distinguish and articulate quality and meaning in works of art. Activity. Extra fee required. [Formerly ART 430]

ART 330-02 Foundations In Painting M 12:30-3:15 PM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Chris Finley
Prerequisites: Restricted to Art majors and minors; ART 231 or equivalent. Exploration and development of oil painting practice with an emphasis on translating three dimensions into two using color, value, and mark-making toward representational ends. Traditional and non-traditional approaches to starting, developing, and resolving paintings. How to distinguish and articulate quality and meaning in works of art. Activity. Extra fee required. [Formerly ART 430]

ART 335-01 Foundations In Printmaking TTH 10:30-11:45 AM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Susan Belau
This course introduces traditional printmaking processes of relief and monotype within the context of print as multiple and its inherent ties to drawing and variation. No prior printmaking experience is required, and projects focus on the adaptable nature of prints through variable impressions, repeat pattern, hand-coloring and mixed media processes. Work in this course will introduce the use of research and writing in visual art, tools for presentation and documentation of works on paper, printmaking history and print theory in relation to contemporary art. Course content will be consistent with the goals of a fully in-person class. We will be using inks that can safely be used at home, and learn hand-printing techniques that allow the production of prints independent from a press. The class will be partly synchronous, with short class meetings twice each week. These meetings will be used for students to present work for feedback and critique, whole-class and small group discussions, and to review assignments. Each student will also have a minimum of two individual meetings with instructor during the semester. (via zoom or telephone) Demonstrations will be presented through pre-recorded video. Readings, viewing online-exhibitions, research on contemporary artists, student-led research, and short writing assignments will be included in this studio class as a critical component of art practice and making.

ART 340-01 Foundations Contemp Sculpture TTH 12:30-3:15 PM
Mark Baugh-Sasaki
Students will be expanding the boundaries of the “studio”, with an emphasis on the home studio. They will use non-conventional art materials and methods to challenge dominant paradigms and to break with traditional modalities. Students will be encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to art making. They will broaden their own practice through workshops, personal investigations, lectures, group discussions, critique, and visiting artist workshops/presentations.

ART 360-01 Foundations In Photography TTH 12:30-3:15 PM
Lewis Desoto
This course takes up where Art 260 ends with projects in digital black and white, progressing to color using Adobe Lightroom software.  Digital camera techniques will be emphasized.  RAW file processing required.  Students will end the semester with a picture book created using Adobe Lightroom and Blurb plug-ins.  Synchronous teaching will attempt to echo the lecture/lab environment with a combination of demonstrations and private room workshops helping students with skills individually.

ART 411-01 Interactive Arts MW 6:30-9:15 PM
Jules Litman-Cleper
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of the instructor. Skills, knowledge, concepts, and aesthetics in designing interactive artworks using basic electronics, microcomputers, and microcontrollers in a fine arts context. Activity. Extra fee required. [Formerly ART 311]

ART 413-01 Video Art F 9:00-11:45 AM & 12:30-3:15 PM
Paula Levine
Prerequisites: Restricted to Art majors and minors; upper-division standing; ART 210; or consent of the instructor. Introduction to digital video art and sound, including video art production, history, and current practices. Activity. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. Extra fee required. [Formerly ART 513]

ART 431-01 Intermediate Painting F 12:30-3:15 PM plus 3 hours to be arranged
Chris Finley
Prerequisites: Restricted to Art majors and minors; ART 231 or ART 330 or equivalent. Concepts, techniques, and disciplines of painting. Activity. Extra fee required.

ART 435-01 Intermed Printmaking Workshop Relief MW 12:30-1:45 PM plus 3 hours by arranged
Mario Laplante
This course is designed to introduce students to the art of Relief printing. There will be an exploration of both black and white and color printing. The goal is a fluent understanding of the medium and an adept ability to create images using Relief processes. Technical and conceptual skills including design, cutting, inking, hand printing, and presentation and criticism will be ongoing. To address technique, imagery, and production in a critical, cooperative and cogent manner both orally and in written formats is expected Through assigned projects, Powerpoint lectures, online demonstrations and field trips student will be expected to gain cultural, historical and working knowledge of relief printmaking, including the ability to plan for, develop, and execute prints in a sophisticated manner; the ability to print clean and consistent editions; knowledge of ink and ink modifications for the various techniques; familiarity with the uses and qualities of various papers for printing; the ability to work independently and responsibly. The class will be partly synchronous, with short class meetings twice each week. The course will blend traditional written instruction manual (downloadable as PDF) with demonstration videos of every techniques. Private student support group where they can share their work and experiences will be available including resources, and optional assessment. Weekly Zoom meetings will permit students to present work for feedback and critique, whole-class and small group discussions, and to review assignments. Individual meetings with instructor will be scheduled throughout the semester. (via zoom or telephone)

ART 435-02 Intermed Printmaking Workshop Monoprinting TTH 12:30-1:45 PM plus 3 hours by arranged
Susan Belau
Monoprinting encompasses a range of techniques and materials that utilize the transferred mark to produce unique prints. Projects explore monoprint strategies including painterly, photo-based, stencil, trace monoprint, and mixed media processes, with an emphasis on developing a visual language responsive to subject and concept. Course content will be consistent with the goals of a fully in-person class. We will be using inks that can safely be used at home, and learn hand-printing techniques that allow the production of prints independent from a press. The class will be partly synchronous, with short class meetings twice each week. These meetings will be used for students to present work for feedback and critique, whole-class and small group discussions, and to review assignments. Individual meetings with instructor will be scheduled throughout the semester. (via zoom or telephone) Demonstrations will be presented through pre-recorded video. Readings, viewing online-exhibitions, research on contemporary artists, student-led research, and short writing assignments will be included in this studio class as a critical component of art practice.

ART 460-01 Intermediate Photography TTH 4:00-6:45 PM
Lewis Desoto
This course introduces the finer controls of Adobe Photoshop software, with emphasis on examining and controlling color in image files.  Projects will grow from color control to fine retouching and adding images from disparate sources into single images.  The course will finish with a ten image portfolio and statement.  Synchronous teaching will attempt to echo the lecture/lab environment with a combination of demonstrations and private room workshops helping students with skills individually.

ART 525-01 Textiles Studio Process T 6:30-9:15 PM plus 3 hours by arranged
Victor De La Rosa
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art majors or minors; two upper-division ART courses; or consent of the instructor. Activity. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.  [Note: this class is still listed on the schedule as “Textiles Studio Process” but has now been updated to include all studio processes—see description below. Also it will fulfill the capstone requirement.] Intradisciplinary or cross-discipline course – open to all studio students. Advanced studio experience toward individual in-depth art works. Research, exploration and investigation of technique and materials necessary to create fully resolved and in-depth works of art in any media. Students have used this course to create personal artworks for exhibition, graduate school application and portfolio development. Course has allowed student artist to complete larger or more time consuming pieces. Course is comprised of development and production of two large projects of 8 weeks duration each. The online version of this course will be a mix of lecture, individualized research, self-guided studio time, one-on-one meetings and group critique. Troubleshooting ways to produce studio work during shelter in place or social distancing conditions will be discussed. Methods to remotely gather visual research will be introduced.

ART 530-01 Advanced Topics In Painting Contemporary Watercolor MW 12:30-3:15 PM
Lisa Solomon
Through personalized instruction this course will cover the fundamentals of watercolor usage including, but not limited to: types of watercolor paints and how they work, understanding brush functions, color mixing, color application/blending, an introduction to special techniques,  mixed media, materials and papers, as well as different approaches to subject matters.  A series of very technical exercises will be balanced with a conceptual approach. Foundational skills will be practiced leading to a development of personal approach to the media. In a hybridized format the class will meet synchronously for assignment explanation and technical work, along with break out rooms and one on one check ins to simulate the classroom as best as possible a distance learning environment. Students will be responsible for completing work and other assignments outside of bi-weekly zoom meetings. There will also be group critiques where everyone much show and comment on one another’s work, both in zoom and other discussion forums/formats.

ART 535-01 Artist's Books F 10:30-11:45 AM & 12:30-1:45 p.m. plus 3 hours by arrangement
Mario Laplante
Students will explore the book from three perspectives, that of the bookbinder, printmaker and writer. The class will explore the ways in which contemporary artist self-publish and will include units on:  creative process, bookbinding, and archival digital printing. Students will experiment with various binding approaches. Exercises will be assigned to be completed before, during and in-between workshop sessions. Various methods for getting text onto book pages will be demonstrated through mark making, transfers, stencils, Pochoir and stamps. The end product will be:  (1) a direct experience of bookbinding processes and  (2) A unique educational opportunity of participating in all phases of two major projects: An edition of Broadsides with Clamshell box  An edition of Artist’s books The class will be partly synchronous, with short class meetings twice each week. The course will blend traditional written instruction manual (downloadable as PDF) with demonstration videos of every techniques. Private student support group where they can share their work and experiences will be available including resources, and optional assessment. Weekly Zoom meetings will permit students to present work for feedback and critique, whole-class and small group discussions, and to review assignments. Individual meetings with instructor will be scheduled throughout the semester. (via zoom or telephone)

ART 541-01 Installation Art F 9:00-11:45 AM & 12:30-3:15 p.m.
Nicole Shaffer
Prerequisite: a 300 or 400 level ART course, open now to all non-art majors and minors. This course will focus on site-oriented installations and utilize remote learning to develop projects outside of the institutional setting. Emphasis will be placed on the unique context in which the work is created and the relationship between the work of art and the environment in which it is installed. This course is not medium-specific, and invites students to expand the potential of their preferred medium, experiment with new and unusual materials, and consider the immersive qualities of multi-sensory engagement with art.

ART 545-01 Ceramic Sculpture F 9:00-11:45 AM & 12:30-3:15 p.m.
Jeanne Ichimura
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; priority enrollment for Art majors; ART 245. Problems in ceramics. Activity. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. Extra fee required.

ART 549-01 Special Topics In Ceramics Clay In Action MW 1:00-2:30 PM plus 3 hours by arrangement
Ilana Crispi
Clay In Action is an exploration of ceramic materials as a vehicle for constructing communities, performance, interactive experiences, ceremony and social exchange. Emphasis is placed on process, experimentation and context of ceramic works. We will examine historic and contemporary examples of ceramics that is engaged with the world. Works in progress and finished works will be shared with the class. Process and concept will be prioritized over conventional ceramics. Students will investigate the relevance of ceramics as a medium with the potential for social impact. Note: This course will be taught online meeting together for a portion of what was previously scheduled to be a 6 hour per week studio course. Some of this synchronous course time will be reserved for small group discussion and individual consultations with the instructor. When not meeting together students will work independently on research and fabrication of projects. Students will be working with ceramic materials however works will not be fired and may be completed with mixed media. Clay will be used to create gestures and actions that are engaged with historic and contemporary ceramic practice.

ART 563-01 Advanced Topics In Photography Prof Practice For Photographer TTH 7:00-9:45 PM
Lewis Desoto
This course is about portfolio building and writing to help applying for free-lance jobs, editorial photography, private sales websites and master of fine arts programs.  The class will “visit” numerous schools and photographer studios for discussions about post BA careers and advancement.  Synchronous teaching will attempt to echo the lecture/lab environment with a combination of artist and institutional interviews and private room workshops helping students with skills individually.

ART 600-01 Studio Process & Practices MW 1:40-3:15 PM plus 2 hours by arrangement
Sean McFarland
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art majors; one 500-level Studio Art course. Interdisciplinary studio capstone that combines research, writing, art making, seminar, and critique to reflect upon work made in previous studio courses and contextualize it within professional and institutional practices. Instruction and practice in developing and sustaining a studio practice including generating ideas, project management, and completion, understanding process, documentation/presentation strategies, exhibition contexts, writing an artist's statement, speaking about work, and preparation for professional opportunities after graduation. Activity. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

ART 619-01 Exhibition Design F 9:00-11:45 AM & 12:30-3:15 p.m.
Kevin Chen
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art majors and minors, Art History majors and minors, Museum Studies minors, or graduate students. Theory and production of exhibitions, including planning, collecting, preparation, annotation, and criticism. Activity. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

ART 619-02 Exhibition Design TTH 9:00-11:45 AM
Kevin Chen
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art majors and minors, Art History majors and minors, Museum Studies minors, or graduate students. Theory and production of exhibitions, including planning, collecting, preparation, annotation, and criticism. Activity. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

Art History Course Descriptions
ARTH 202-01 Western Art History II M 4:00-6:45 PM
Anne Glaros
Western Art History II is delivered as a synchronous live lecture via Zoom video and consists of a lecture, slide show, and class discussion via chat. This course fosters a sense of community even though it is virtual. You can join from any location with your computer, laptop or tablet. All assignments and exams will be accessed via iLearn, the SFSU learning platform. Although we explore the history of art in Northern and Southern Europe the course emphasizes how art is global. We will examine the intersections between European art and the art of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and indigenous people. The course addresses the conceptual and technical relationship of visual culture to the social, political, and economic life of the Northern Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modernist periods and considers race, gender, class and sexuality. GE course:  C1: Arts

ARTH 205-01 Asian Art History TH 12:30-3:15 PM
Deborah Stein
Conceptual and technical relationship of visual form to values in the art of China, Korea, Japan, India, Tibet, and South-East Asia. (This course is offered as ARTH 205 [Formerly ART 205] and HUM 205. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.) GE course: C1:Arts, Global Perspectives

ARTH 306-01 Modern And Contemporary Art TH 5:00-7:45 PM
Kathy Zarur
Prerequisites: Restricted to Art and Art History majors and minors and M.F.A. Art students; sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor; ARTH 202 or equivalent recommended. A survey of major movements and themes in art internationally since 1945. [Formerly ART 306 and ART 506].

ARTH 400GW-02 Writing About Art - GWAR T 5:30-8:15 PM
Abigail Lapin
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art and Art History majors; GE Area A2 http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/; or consent of the instructor. Introduction to basic art historical methodologies with an emphasis on formal analysis and formal description of works of art. [Formerly ART 400GW] GE course: GWAR

ARTH 400GW-03 Writing About Art - GWAR W 9:00-11:45 AM
Abigail Lapin
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art and Art History majors; GE Area A2 http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/; or consent of the instructor. Introduction to basic art historical methodologies with an emphasis on formal analysis and formal description of works of art. [Formerly ART 400GW] GE course: GWAR

ARTH 401-01 Art & Arch Of Ancient Greece TTH 2:00-3:15 PM
David Smith
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Survey of Greek material culture (art, architecture, city planning, etc.) from the Bronze Age to the second century CE. (This course is offered as CLAR 420 and ARTH 401 [Formerly ART 401]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

ARTH 402-01 Art & Arch Of Ancient Rome by arrangement
Michael Anderson
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of the instructor. Survey of Roman material culture (art, architecture, city planning, etc.) from the foundation of Rome to the reign of Justinian. (This course is offered as CLAR 425 and ARTH 402 [Formerly ART 402]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

ARTH 407-01 ART & ARCH OF ANCIENT EGYPT by arrangement
Michael Anderson
Prerequisites: GE Areas A1*, A2*, A3*, and B4* http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/ all with grades of C- or better or consent of the instructor. Ancient Egyptian civilization from Pre-dynastic through Ptolemaic times: art, archaeology, literature, and religion. (This course is offered as CLAR 500 and ARTH 407. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.) GE course: UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

ARTH 417-01 Art & Architect Of Islam M 4:30-5:15 PM plus 2 hours, by arrangement
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of the instructor. Case study examination of the tradition and practices of Islamic art and architecture, artistic developments from the seventh century to the present, and regional variations in Africa, Asia, and Europe. [Formerly ART 417 and ART 504]

ARTH 419-01 Art Hist: 20th-21st Century Feminist Art Practices T 4:00-5:35 PM plus 1 hour by arrangement
Kelly Filreis
This course will explore the impacts of feminism on art making from the late 1960s to the present day, with an emphasis on intersectional, decolonial, and intergenerational frameworks. Topics include: the legacies and limitations of second-wave feminism; porn, sexuality, and the gaze; institutional critique; gender essentialism; abolition feminism; self- and community-care; and the exclusion of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists from mainstream art history.

ARTH 516-01 Advanced Topics In Art History African Diasporic Art T 9:00-11:45 AM
Abigail Lapin
This course charts the history of African diasporic art in Latin America from the sixteenth century to the present. Covering a broad range of media including painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, installation, and printmaking as well as architecture, urbanism, and exhibition practices, this course investigates a range of topics including cross-cultural relations with West Africa, East Asia, Europe, and North America; the impact of political agendas on artistic production; mobilization and resistance; shifting racial identities; racism and the erasure of blackness; and the relationship of the fine arts and popular culture. An important focus of this course is the emphasis on theoretical frameworks produced in the Caribbean, Latin America, and West Africa, excavating the production of African diasporic art and its interpretation on its own terms. This approach puts such discourses in conversation with theoretical texts from other places that students may have read in other courses. By employing these frameworks, we will examine artworks as well as the historiography built around them, looking at the consistencies as well as inconsistencies in the construction of African diasporic art history in the region.

ARTH 602-01 Art History Seminar Art & Utopia M 12:30-2:00 PM plus 1.5 hours by arrangement
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer
Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Art and Art History majors and minors and M.F.A. Art students; one upper-division Art History course; or consent of the instructor. Advanced seminar on specific topics, themes, and research methods in Art History. Topics to be specified in the Class Schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed) [Formerly ART 602]

ARTH 701-01 Art History: Images & Meaning W 5:30-7:00 PM plus 1.5 hours by arrangement
Santhi Kavuri-Bauer
Prerequisites: Graduate standing; ARTH 602 and ARTH 700; or consent of the instructor. Advanced research seminar in Art History. Historical area studies, iconography, and textual analysis. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [Formerly ART 701]
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