USM Art Department
ART 416 Gallery Practices
A practical introduction to everyday operations and possible careers in museums and galleries as well as creative exploration of the blurring of boundaries between museum and contemporary art practices. The course includes hands-on experience, field trips, readings, and discussions. Students will develop an art exhibition proposal and participate in an exhibit that creatively employs gallery practices such as curating, archiving, and collecting. Cr 3.
ARH prefix designates an art history course. 100-level art history courses begin to develop skills that students will need to pursue study in the discipline. Students will learn strategies for interpreting visual art and for understanding and writing formal academic prose.
ARH 110 Visual Environment
This course focuses on understanding, designing, and interpreting the visual environment through analysis of visual forms, hands-on exercises, and in-depth investigation of works in their cultural context. The course covers the power of images, the role of illusion, and the interpretation of visual forms in daily life. Students will learn how to analyze effective uses of color, shapes, and spatial relationships in examples such as street signs, fine art, meeting spaces, city planning, bar graphs, and photographs. Cr 3.
ARH 111 Art History: Prehistoric through Medieval
Examination and discussion of the painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric cultures to the late Middle Ages. The course emphasizes the relationship of the visual arts to social, political, religious, and cultural trends, and introduces students to various methods of art-historical interpretation. Prerequisite: College Writing or equivalent. Preference given candidates for matriculation in the Department of Art, or those with permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ARH 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
Examination and discussion of the painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. The course emphasizes the relationship of the visual arts to social, political, religious, and cultural trends and introduces students to various methods of art-historical interpretation. Prerequisite: College Writing or equivalent. Preference given to candidates for matriculation in the Department of Art, or those with permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
Upper-level art history courses further develop students' skills of art historical analysis. Students will continue to work on formal academic prose and complete at least 15 total pages of written work during the semester. Students will also learn research sources and methods; become familiar with varied art historical writings from period documents, articles, and scholarly books; tackle the issue of interpretation; and learn about recent approaches to the field. Whenever possible, students will study original art works.
ARH 310 Art History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
The course covers global issues in art history. Major topic areas include a) how art conveys cultural values and biases, b) why foreign styles are adopted, c) why different values produce different forms. Prerequisite: College Writing or equivalent. Cr 3.
ARH 311 Gender Identity and Modern Art
This course examines the construction of gender and sexuality in Western visual arts from the late eighteenth century to the present. Students will analyze both the art and art criticism of the period, focusing on the work of female, feminist, and gay artists. Cr 3.
ARH 312 Art as Social Action
This course will study art as social action and the artist's social roles and responsibilities. The primary focus will be on modern and contemporary art and related theoretical issues that address the role of art in society. Prerequisites: Successful completion of an upper-level art history course with a grade of C or better. Cr 3. (Satisfies the EISRC Core requirement. Core Prerequisites: any three of Creative Expression, Cultural Interpretation, Science Exploration, Social-cultural Analysis.)
ARH 318 History of Photography
This course studies photography from its invention in the 19th century to the present day. It considers photography from historical, theoretical, social, and artistic perspectives. Prerequisite: ARH 112 or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ARH 321 Classical Art
A survey of ancient art and architecture with special emphasis on the key monuments of Greek and Roman art and their influence on later artistic periods. This course is equivalent to CLA 321. Prerequisite: ARH 111. Cr 3.
ARH 322 Medieval Art
A survey of the various medieval styles from the Early Christian through the Gothic period with a special section on Islamic art. The relationship of culture to art will be examined for architecture, painting, and sculpture. Prerequisite: ARH 111. Cr 3.
ARH 323 Renaissance Art
An examination of the art and architecture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries both north and south of the Alps. Emphasis will be given to the cultural traditions, historical events and theoretical foundations that contributed to the development of Renaissance art. Prerequisite: ARH 112. Cr 3.
ARH 325 American Art
Survey of North American painting, sculpture, and architecture from the sixteenth century to 1940. The art will be examined in the context of aesthetic and cultural ideals, historical events, and multiculturalism. Field trips to local museums and architectural sites. No prerequisite. Cr 3.
ARH 326 Nineteenth-Century European Art
Examination and discussion of European painting, sculpture, and architecture from neoclassicism through post-impressionism (1790-1900). The course will focus on the relationship between the visual arts and the political, social, and aesthetic revolutions of the century. Prerequisite: ARH 112 or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ARH 327 Modern Art
Examination of modern art and artistic movements from the end of the nineteenth century to World War II. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the history and theories of modern art in social and cultural context. Prerequisite: ARH 112. Cr 3.
ARH 328 Contemporary Art
Examination of developments in the visual arts from World War II to the present. Prerequisite: ARH 112. Cr 3.
ARH 329 Asian Art
A survey of some major styles in Asian art (India, China, Japan). The course emphasizes the cultural and religious factors that influenced the art. Cr 3.
ARH 410 Seminar in Art History
This course is a requirement for students concentrating in art history. Designed for the advanced student, the course probes different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study and interpretation of the visual arts. Students will examine the writings of pioneers in the field, long-standing art historical methods, and the "new" art history. This course is also a research seminar. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cr 3. . (Satisfies Capstone requirement.)
ARH 411 Philosophy of Art
Examination of the aesthetic theories of philosophers, artists, writers, and critics that form the basis for understanding the fine arts. Readings and discussion of texts from ancient to modern times. Prerequisite: senior art majors and permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ARH 412 Topics in Art History
A seminar on a selected topic in art history that will be the focus of in-depth research and discussion. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ARH 418 Independent Study in Art History
An opportunity for the student who has demonstrated competence in a specific area of study to work independently with scheduled tutoring from a faculty member of the student's choice. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and Art Department chair. Cr 1-6.
ART 141 2-D Design
Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of 2-D design and color theory through a series of exercises and applied problems in visual organization. Development of a personal design sensibility will be encouraged. Cr 3.
ART 142 3-D Design
Through a series of projects, demonstrations, and discussions students will develop an awareness of and an ability to work in three dimensions. Cr 3.
ART 151 Drawing I
An introduction to the basic materials, techniques, and principles of drawing. Emphasis placed on seeing and translating the three-dimensional environment onto two-dimensional surfaces. The expressive and communicative role of drawing will be considered. Cr 3.
ART 152 Drawing II
Builds on principles and techniques presented in Drawing I. Expanded use of basic materials with an introduction to mixed media. Increased emphasis on expressive and conceptual approaches to drawing. Prerequisite: ART 151. Cr 3.
ART 221 Introduction to Digital Art
This course will address aesthetic, historical, and theoretical perspectives on digital media in the arts and contemporary culture. The students will use industry-standard software to create and process digital imagery. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ART 231 Introduction to Ceramics
An introduction to methods and processes of clay forming, including modeling, press molding, hand-building, and the potter's wheel. Emphasis on form and texture, with aspects of glaze composition and firing procedures. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ART 241 Introduction to The Visual Book
This course will use the visual artist's book as a medium for personal expression. Students will incorporate 2D and 3D skills to create a collection of unique books. A variety of traditional and nontraditional books, arts, and techniques will be used to develop both form and content. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 249 2-D and 3-D Figure Study
A studio course in the study of the human figure, including drawing, modeling, and readings in artistic anatomy, supplemented by historical study of figurative art. (Offered summer only.) Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 251 Drawing: Media and Strategies
Course explores various drawing media to expand students' conceptual image-making skills. Emphasis will be placed on the role of subject matter and imagery through projects and through examination of historical and contemporary art. Cr 3.
ART 259 Landscape Drawing
Course concentrates on drawing the landscape at various Maine locations. Assigned problems will focus on aspects of the following: pictorial composition and design, analysis of landscape forms and structures, and methods for creating the illusion of outdoor light and space. A variety of both wet and dry media will be used. The course will include frequent critiques, illustrated talks using original works as well as reproductions of historical artists, and museum visits. (Offered summer only.) Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 261 Introduction to Painting
An introduction to the basics of water-based media. Students will gain a working knowledge of the materials and techniques of painting, its various supports and grounds and pigments. Work is primarily from observation and will include still life, figure and landscape. Studies will focus on physical properties of color and color mixing, principles and concepts of spatial organization, and pictorial form. Cr 3.
ART 269 Landscape Painting
This course focuses on the natural world through painting enplein air in southern Maine locales. Each day will include an illustrated lecture and critique in addition to intensive work from nature. (Offered summer only.) Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 271 Introduction to Photography
An introduction to the fundamentals of black-and-white photography. Students will learn how to use a manual camera and how to develop and print film. These technical skills will be taught in conjunction with an introduction to the historical, stylistic, and visual communication characteristics of photography. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 281 Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief
This course introduces intaglio and relief printmaking techniques. The class includes traditional dry and wet processes for intaglio such as drypoint, engraving, etching, and aquatint. It also addresses color printing methods for linoleum and woodcut. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 282 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screen Printing
This course introduces planographic methods of printing. Students will explore traditional lithography on stone as well as direct hand methods and photomechanical methods for screen printing. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 291 Sculpture: Additive and Subtractive Processes
An introduction to fundamental processes of sculptural expression employing additive and subtractive processes. These will include observational modeling, aggregate forming and casting, basic mold-making and carving and studio safety. Students will become acquainted with contemporary and historical approaches through ongoing studio work, process centered projects, demonstrations, critiques, individual and group discussions, and readings. (Fall semester) Cr 3.
ART 292 Sculpture: Altered and Constructed Processes
An introduction to fundamental processes of sculptural expression employing altered object and construction forms. Topics and processes will include basic wood and metal fabrication techniques, acquired objects and site based works, and studio safety. Students will become acquainted with contemporary and historical approaches through ongoing studio work, process centered projects, demonstrations, critiques, individual and group discussions, and readings. (Spring semester) Prerequisite: Art Foundations or by permission. Cr. 3.
ART 321 Digital Video Applications
This course provides an in-depth introduction to capturing and editing digital video. Students will view and analyze historical and contemporary film and video projects to gain an understanding of time-based media. Prerequisite: ART 221.
ART 322 Multi-Media Applications
This course will introduce the tools and methods for creating interactive projects incorporating still images, animation, video, sound, and text. Readings concerning aesthetic, theoretical, and historical perspectives on digital media will be discussed. Prerequisite: ART 221. Cr 3.
ART 323 Web Art: Concepts and Construction
Students will study the conceptual and structural framework for Web site development and Internet art. Alternatives to the conventional Web page and unique approaches to Web dynamics will be explored. The course will provide a working knowledge of hypertext markup language (HTML) and will address new developments in Web authoring. Interface design and the social implications of Internet art will be considered. Prerequisite: ART 221. Cr 3.
ART 331 Intermediate Ceramics I
This course extends the basic processes and methods of forming clay into teapot fundamentals, glaze study, and figure work. Students keep accurate records of their own progress and development. Prerequisite: ART 231. Cr 3.
ART 332 Intermediate Ceramics II
Students combine several methods of forming clay in one work and explore the complex use of nature and design. Students engage in historical research and presentation, keep accurate records of their development, and help fire kilns. Prerequisite: ART 331. Cr 3.
ART 341 The Visual Book II: Historical Influences on Contemporary Artists' Books
With attention to content and design, students will create a group of Artist's Books with specific historical references inspired by research into particular cultures and contemporary art movements. The Special Collections of USM Libraries and other local university and college libraries will be important course resources. ART 241 or permission of the instructor. Cr. 3.
ART 342 Book Arts at Stone House
This course begins with a series of workshops during a seven-day session at Stone House. Students will study skills and techniques that give them insights into design, history and aesthetics specific to Book Arts. Each student creates an artist's book for a September exhibition at the USM Glickman Family Library. ART 241 or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken multiple times as the workshop changes each summer. Cr. 3.
ART 343 New Media Book Arts
This is a digital imaging and book arts course. Students will design and self-publish limited edition artist's books using digital technologies. The focus of the course will be content driven book design using the computer to create and process images. Note: This course counts as an intermediate digital art requirement. ART 221 or ART 241, or permission of the instructor. Cr. 3.
ART 351 Intermediate Drawing I: The Figure
Course focuses on study of the human figure in various contexts employing both wet and dry media. Extensive use of models. Prerequisite: ART 251. Cr 3.
ART 352 Experimental Drawing Techniques
Course explores combining media, color and colored grounds, supports, and drawing that goes beyond two dimensions. Students will study contemporary developments in drawing and the use of non-traditional media. Prerequisite ART 251. Cr 3.
ART 356 The Visual Culture of Latvia and Northern Europe
A studio-based academic experience in Riga and the Latvian countryside, with on-site lectures by resident artists and scholars. The course encompasses the history of northern Europe, art history of Latvia, history of architecture of Riga, and contemporary art in Latvia. It includes studio-based instruction at the Latvian National Academy of Art. Only offered during Summer Session. Prerequisite: art foundation or permission of instructor. Cr 6.
ART 361 Intermediate Painting: The Figure
Course focuses on figure study in oil and water-based media. Students are encouraged to develop personal interpretations. Emphasis is on exploring paint and techniques in the western tradition. Frequent sessions working from the model. Prerequisite: ART 261. Cr 3.
ART 362 Intermediate Painting: Mixed Media
Course will develop approaches to multi-media in two and three dimensions. Projects will consist of collage, painted constructions, shaped canvases, assemblages and installations. Emphasis will be placed on imagination and experimentation with these non-traditional formats. Prerequisite: ART 261. Cr 3.
ART 371 Intermediate Photography
Refinement of the black and white technical skills, aesthetic decision-making language, contemporary strategies, and critical analysis of fine art photography. Medium and large format cameras and alternative processes are utilized. Distinctions between photographic series and sequences are studied. Presentations of historical and contemporary works provide examples of distinction and inspiration. Prerequisite: ART 271. Cr 3.
ART 372 Color Photography
This course introduces students to the processes, applications, and theory of color photography as an artistic medium. It covers processing, printing methods, color theory, and color management. Students are introduced to image editing software for color correction, image manipulation, and digital output. A series of assignments introduce students to the formal issues presented by color as an element of the medium, as well as analyze visual content in the broader project of photographic image-making. Prerequisites: ART 221 and ART 271. Cr 3.
ART 381 Special Topics in Printmaking
This course addresses historical approaches to, as well as emerging contemporary strategies in, the studio practice of printmaking. Students will be engaged in the exploration of thematic social and political concepts pertaining to the idea of the multiple. Prerequisites: ART 221, and ART 281 or ART 282. Cr 3.
ART 382 Experimental Printmaking
This course introduces methods of printmaking that are experimental, photographic, and digital in nature. Students will learn contemporary approaches to topics such as photogravure and duotones through direct and photomechanical methods for intaglio and lithography. Prerequisites: ART 221, and ART 281 or ART 282. Cr 3.
ART 391/392 Intermediate Sculpture
The theory and practice of sculptural composition using a variety of techniques with traditional and new materials. Prerequisite: ART 291. Cr 3.
ART 400 Internship in the Visual Arts
The purpose of the internship is to allow students to work in an area that pertains to the visual arts and is related to their own activities and career intentions. Possibilities for internships include, but are not limited to, galleries, arts-related businesses, museums, practicing artists, scholars, nonprofit organizations, and cultural institutions. Pass-fail only. Prerequisite: Junior status or above and permission of the Art Department Chair. Cr 1-6.
ART 401 Senior Seminar in Studio Art
Designed for BFA graduating senior students, this course will provide a cross-disciplinary critique of the student's project and will culminate in a senior exhibition. Questions regarding current theoretical practices and strategies will be examined through readings, slides, and visiting artist lectures in order to provide a basis for understanding the student's artistic choices. Prerequisite: senior status/BFA degree students. Cr 3. (Satisfies Capstone requirement.)
ART 407 Advanced Problems in Art
An opportunity for the student to do advanced work in the discipline of his/her choice, culminating in a related project. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and Art Department Chair. Cr 1 to 6.
ART 408 Independent Study in Art
An opportunity for the student who has demonstrated competence in a specific area of study to work independently with scheduled tutoring from a faculty member of the student's choice. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and Art Department Chair. Cr 1 to 6.
ART 412 Topics in Studio Art
A course on a selected topic in the studio arts. To be offered at least once each year. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cr 3.
ART 420 Advanced Studio in Digital Art I
Students will work with the instructor to develop a digital art project based upon their interests and goals as a digital artist. Aesthetic, theoretical, and historical issues related to digital art and electronic media will be discussed. Prerequisites: ART 221 and at least one 300-level digital art course. Cr 3.
ART 421 Advanced Studio in Digital Art II
Students will further refine the skills acquired in Advanced Studio in Digital Art I. A semester-long capstone experience will be designed and completed by each student. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 420. Cr 3.
ART 431 Advanced Ceramics I
Students work in series, research and present information on a ceramic artist, and perform tests and experiments in forming clay, firing kilns, and glazing. Students are expected to fire all kilns, mix glazes, and keep accurate records of their development. Prerequisite: ART 332. Cr 3.
ART 432 Advanced Ceramics II
Students focus on the evolution of earlier studies into a series of work that may be used for the senior exhibition. Students research and present information about a ceramic artist, load and fire all kilns, mix glazes, and are encouraged to enter competitions and arrange a portfolio. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 431. Cr 3.
ART 441 Advanced Studio in Book Arts
This course creates an opportunity for in depth study and personal exploration with the Artist's Book. Every student will create a collection of Artist's Books while simultaneously gaining a confidence with and a strong aesthetic for the medium. ART 341, 342,343 or permission of the instructor . Cr. 3.
ART 451 Advanced Drawing I
Course focuses on drawing in series and developing a conceptual approach to a long-term drawing project. Students will expand their technical skills and individual creative vision in relation to historical and contemporary artistic examples. Prerequisite: ART 351 or 352 Cr 3.
ART 452 Advanced Drawing II
Advanced students will develop and refine a final drawing project either in series or a process-oriented approach culmination in an integrated body of work either for senior exhibition or publication. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: ART 351 or 352. Cr 3.
ART 461 Advanced Painting I
This course for advanced painting students will stimulate individual vision through series and thematic projects devoted to expanding expressive, conceptual and technical abilities. Students will study historical and contemporary artists as an adjunct to enlarging their own creative interests and awareness. Prerequisite: ART 361 or 362. Cr 3.
ART 462 Advanced Painting II
Continued investigation of the painting process to express personal themes in the context of a senior thesis exhibition. Emphasis is on individual concepts and personal expression. The thesis project will be developed within a dedicated workspace with individual critiques by joint faculty and visiting critics. A writing component will accompany the final preparation of the thesis. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 361 or 362. Cr 3.
ART 471 Advanced Photography I
Students will develop a photographic project that emphasizes their interests and goals as visual artists. Individual and group critiques will explore and evaluate students' strategies and choices in respect to intention, investigation, discovery, judgment, and final production of imagery. Readings, lectures, and presentations will further inform student decisions and directions. Prerequisite: ART 372 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.
ART 472 Advanced Photography II
Students will further refine the skills acquired in the first semester of advanced photography A semester-long project will be designed and completed by each student. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 471. Cr 3.
ART 481 Advanced Printmaking I
This class is intended for students who are proficient in two or more methods of printmaking (relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, or experimental methods). Students will refine their technical skills while pursuing in-depth investigation of subject matter and imagery. Knowledge and practice of image-making as both an aesthetic and conceptual activity will be addressed. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, or two courses from ART 281, ART 282, ART 381, and ART 382. Cr 3.
ART 482 Advanced Printmaking II
This class is for the student who can work proficiently in two or more methods of printmaking. Students are expected to develop their imagery based on well-conceived ideas, which can be successfully expressed in one or more printing techniques. Experimentation with new techniques is encouraged, as is an exploration of combining several methods of printmaking effectively in one print. Students develop and pursue independent portfolio projects. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ART 481. Cr 3.
ART 491/492 Advanced Sculpture
Continuation of Intermediate Sculpture with emphasis on the pursuit of personal imagery. Course may be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: ART 391 and 392. Cr 3/3.
ART Independent Study Term
An opportunity for the student who has demonstrated competence and exceptional independence in a specific area of study to work with scheduled supervision from a faculty member of the student's choice. Prerequisites: permission of the Department of Art and the dean of the College. Cr 12-15.
AED 221 Practicum in Art Education
An introduction to art education theories and processes through readings, writings, discussion, observation, and clinical experiences with children. The examination of the relationship between art-making and learning is relevant to prospective art and classroom teachers. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or above and art foundation. Cr 3.
AED 321 Principles and Procedures in Art Education
History and philosophy of art education, theories of child art, relationship of goals to art education strategies, development of a workable set of beliefs about art education through readings, writings, discussion, observation, interview, and field experiences. Intended for the art education major. Prerequisites: AED 221 and art foundation. Cr 3.
AED 407 Advanced Problems in Art Education
An opportunity for the student to do advanced work in art education related problems. A total of 6 credits may be taken. Prerequisites: completion of the sequence of courses in the related discipline and permission of the instructor and Art Department Chair. Cr 1 to 6.
AED 421 Seminar in Art Education
This seminar examines art curriculum design and evaluation. Critical issues in art education for the emerging art education professional today are explored through discussion, writings, and readings. This course is to be taken while student-teaching. Prerequisite: AED 321. Cr 3. (Satisfies Capstone requirement)
AED 428 Independent Study in Art Education
An opportunity for the student who has demonstrated competence in a specific area of study to work independently, with scheduled tutoring from a faculty member of the student's choice. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and Art Department Chair. Cr 1 to 6.
EDU 324 Student Teaching
The student teaching year consists of two semesters. During the fall semester, students are in an elementary school half-time for eight weeks and in a secondary school half-time for the remaining eight weeks. During the spring semester, experiences are in the same schools, full-time, for eight weeks each. Students are under direct supervision of supervising teachers and a University supervisor. Cr 12.
USM Visiting Artist: Ceramicist Shawn O'Connor
Ceramicist Shawn O'Connor will be a USM Visiting Artist March 3-11. Click the Learn More link to see what he'll be working on with USM art students.Learn More