Fine Arts Course Offerings

 

Professors KaganL, Lewis; Associate Professors F. ArcherF, FoxL; Adjunct Associate Professor Prevo; Assistant Professor Salvage; Lecturers M. Archer, Dubroff, Woody

Chair: David D. Lewis

The requirements for a major in Fine Arts are 33 hours, to include Fine Arts 103, 108, 110 or 111, 420, and 499.

Students may complete the courses required for the major by following one of three possible tracks, or without a track.

For a track in Music, the remaining courses must be chosen from Fine Arts 211, 212, 231, 232, 233, 234, and 302.

For a track in Theatre, the remaining courses must include at least four courses in Fine Arts and be chosen from Fine Arts 208, 210, 303, 305, 308, and 407. Additional courses may be chosen from English 313, 314, 333, and 334; French 401; German 401; Spanish 405 and 408.

For a track in Visual Arts, the remaining courses must be chosen from Fine Arts 206, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 304, 306, 314, 315, 317, 318, and 319.

The department of Fine Arts offers two minors, one in the Visual Arts and one in Theatre.

The requirements for a minor in the Visual Arts are 15 credit hours from the Fine Arts courses listed below, including at least one studio, one history, and two 300-level courses: Fine Arts 110 (The History of Western Art I), Fine Arts 111 (The History of Western Art II); Fine Arts 206 (Western Art of 19th & 20th Centuries), Fine Arts 214 (Introduction to Photography), Fine Arts 215 (Beginning Drawing), Fine Arts 218 (Color and Two-Dimensional Design), Fine Arts 219 (American Photography); Fine Arts 304 (Topics in Visual Art: Lecture), Fine Arts 306 (Topics in Visual Art: Studio), Fine Arts 312 (Digital Photography), Fine Arts 314 (Intermediate Photography), Fine Arts 315 (Intermediate Drawing), Fine Arts 317 (Indirect Painting), Fine Arts 318 (Direct Painting), Fine Arts 319 (Portraiture).

The requirements for a minor in Theatre are 15 credit hours from the courses listed below, including at least three Fine Arts offerings: Fine Arts 108 (Introduction to Theatre), Fine Arts 208 (Acting), Fine Arts 210 (Asian Theatre), Fine Arts 303 (Topics in Theatre Theory and Literature), Fine Arts 305

(Topics in Theatre Practice), Fine Arts 308 (Directing), Fine Arts 407 (Theatre Design and Technology); English 313 (English Drama), English 314 (Modern Drama), English 333 (Shakespeare I), English 334 (Shakespeare II); French 401 (French Theatre), German 401 (German Theatre), Spanish 405 (Twentieth Century Latin American Theatre), Spanish 408 (Theatre of the Golden Age).

Students interested in going into arts management may want to consider Economics 101 as the prerequisite for the following helpful courses: Economics 222, 231, or 241; and may also want to consult with the chair of the Department of Fine Arts about courses in the Sweet Briar Arts Management Program.

FINE ARTS 100. (3)

FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of music notation and music theory. Students learn how to read treble and bass clefts, construct scales, identify key signatures and intervals, and write chord progressions. Students develop their ability to recognize musical structures aurally through taking musical dictation and acquiring basic keyboard skills. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.

FINE ARTS 101. (1)

MUSIC READING AND SINGING. The purpose of this course is to teach the ability to read music by applying in all class drill and practice the movable-do system of solmization and the English system of chanted and sung rhythmic syllables. Students practice reading music, in treble and bass clefs, of graded difficulty. Fundamentals of singing also are studied and applied. Prerequisite: none. Offered: on sufficient demand.

FINE ARTS 103. (3)

INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC LITERATURE. The aim of this lecture course is to develop listening skills, musical understanding, and knowledge of the standard repertoire. It examines music in its historical and cultural contexts through readings, guided listening, audio-visual materials, and lecture demonstrations. No special musical knowledge or ability is required. The course is open to all students. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.

FINE ARTS 105. (3)

INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS. This is an introductory lecture course in art appreciation, involving study and analysis of the various visual arts and their historical and contemporary relationship to society. No special artistic ability is required. The course is open to all students. Prerequisite: none.

FINE ARTS 108. (3)

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE. This is a general survey lecture course which aims to familiarize students with the history and practice of western theatre. Plays are studied chronologically from the Greeks to contemporary playwrights. Geographical coverage includes theatre of the world from Asia to South America. Students also participate in hands-on theatrical activities, ranging from playwriting to staging scenes. No previous theatrical experience is expected. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.

FINE ARTS 110. (3)

HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL. This introductory lecture course surveys the artistic traditions of ancient and medieval Europe framed against the art and architecture of ancient Near East and Egypt. Students examine representative works in their historical contexts and consider the ways art and architecture function as carriers of cultural meaning. Prerequisite: none. Offered: fall semester.

FINE ARTS 111. (3)

HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN. This introductory lecture course surveys painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and America from the early Italian Renaissance to the middle of the twentieth-century. Students examine representative works in their historical contexts and consider the ways art and architecture function as carriers of cultural meaning. Prerequisite: none. Offered: spring semester.

FINE ARTS 205. (3)

MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE. This lecture course focuses on the architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts produced in Europe between the fourth century and the early fourteenth century. While principally a survey of ecclesiastical architecture, it also includes castles and fortifications. Emphasis is on the construction, composition, and iconography of the monuments so that students develop skills in visual analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: Western Culture 102 or Fine Arts 110 or permission of the instructor. Offered: fall semester of odd-numbered years.

FINE ARTS 206. (3)

WESTERN ART OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES. This lecture course focuses on the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Europe and North America in the modern age, presented in the context of contemporaneous philosophical thought and historical events. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 105, 111, or permission of instructor.

FINE ARTS 208. (3)

ACTING. This studio course introduces students to acting, including basic proficiency in movement and vocal techniques. Students develop an approach to character and an understanding of theatre through extensive play-reading, scene work, and in-depth script analysis. The course also hones memorization, oral proficiency, and presentation skills. Prerequisite: none. The course is normally offered in the fall semester.

FINE ARTS 210. (3)

ASIAN THEATRE. This lecture course introduces students to the rich traditional theatre of various Asian countries, including India, China, and Japan. Historical and cultural analysis provides the context for detailed study of dramatic theory and scripts in translation. Students also are exposed to the different performance techniques through practical workshop sessions and video presentations. Students participate in hands-on theatrical activities, ranging from playwriting to staging scenes. No previous theatrical experience is expected. Prerequisite: none. Offered: spring semester of even-numbered years.

FINE ARTS 211-212. (3-3)

MUSIC THEORY I and II. These lecture courses are designed to teach the theoretical fundamentals of music as well as to refine music reading, writing, and analytical skills. Classwork regularly involves critical listening and exercises in music reading and writing. Topics include notation, scales, harmonic functions, basic counterpoint, basic musical forms, sight-reading, melodic-rhythmic dictation, and score study. Fine Arts 212, as an advanced continuation of 211, concentrates on study and analysis of the larger musical forms. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 100, or permission of the instructor. Fine Arts 211 is the normal prerequisite for Fine Arts 212. Offered: 211 in the fall semester; 212 in the spring semester.

FINE ARTS 214. (3)

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY. This is a studio course, with projects and readings that explore both the history and aesthetics of photography as a fine art. Along with instruction in using a 35mm camera and processing and printing photographs, this course deals with the sharpening of visual perception and emphasizes the creative use of photographic technique. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.

FINE ARTS 215. (3)

BEGINNING DRAWING. This is a studio course, concerned with the development of basic rendering (such as linear perspective and contour drawing) in accordance with the concepts of art. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.

FINE ARTS 218. (3)

COLOR AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN. This is a studio course which introduces and explores the use of color theory and the visual elements of line, shape, value, texture, and space in the visual arts and design. Drawing skills are not emphasized, though they would not be a disadvantage. Projects and problem solving include both fine arts assignments and graphic design applications. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: none.

FINE ARTS 219. (3)

AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY. This lecture course examines American photographic representation from mid-19th-century experimental processes to the current digital age. The study of the role of photography in the United States is used to explore themes in the arts, social and political history, popular culture, and personal expression. Readings, discussion, portfolio viewings, oral and written reports, and visits to photographic exhibitions compose the course of study. Prerequisite: none. Offered: spring semester of odd-numbered years.

FINE ARTS 231. (3)

MUSIC OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. This lecture course provides an intensive study of the art music of the past century. Significant composers and the musical, historical, philosophical, and social contexts of their works are explored; attendance at several concerts is required. Prerequisite: none. Offered: fall semester of even-numbered years.

FINE ARTS 232. (3)

AMERICAN MUSIC. This lecture course is a survey of the music of the North American colonies and the United States from the 17th century to the present. The course seeks to establish the continuity of American music with the Western European tradition while exploring the diversity of influences from other world cultures. The continuing interactions of classical, folk, and popular music, which give American music its uniqueness, are fully examined. Concert attendance is expected. Prerequisite: none. Offered: spring semester of odd-numbered years.

FINE ARTS 233. (3)

JAZZ HISTORY. This lecture course is an examination of jazz as both a musical and a sociological phenomenon. The course focuses on the musical developments that resulted in the creation of jazz, the major jazz styles from New Orleans origins to the present day, the musicians who perform jazz, and the influence the art of jazz has had on other areas of music. Attendance at a local jazz concert is required. Prerequisite: none. Offered: fall semester.

FINE ARTS 234. (3)

HISTORY OF OPERA. This lecture course is a study of opera from its origins in the work of the Florentine Camerata and Monteverdi, through the more familiar works of Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini, to the contemporary creations of Carlisle Floyd, Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, William Bolcom, and John Harbison. Films and telecasts of operas are shown, and a field trip to an opera performance is organized. Prerequisite: none. Offered: spring semester of even-numbered years.

FINE ARTS 302. (3)

TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY. This lecture course goes into considerable depth in the selected topic, such as music for the keyboard, chamber music, opera, or the works of a single composer or stylistic period. The course emphasizes analysis and interpretation through several written reports, listening and discussion in class, and outside listening. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 103, or permission of the instructor. Offered: spring semester.

FINE ARTS 303. (3)

TOPICS IN THEATRE THEORY AND LITERATURE. This lecture course explores a specific aspect of theatre with an emphasis on theory or history. The course may concentrate on a particular playwright (e.g., Shakespeare), a genre (e.g., the Comedy), or a topic interwoven with the discipline (e.g., Political Theatre). The course may examine its subjects through in-class reports, discussion, and exercises, as well as through papers and performances. Offered: in rotation with Fine Arts 305.

FINE ARTS 304. (3)

TOPICS IN ART HISTORY. This lecture course focuses on a specific topic in visual art, either of a specific period or style or discipline (e.g., Renaissance Art or early Christian Art, architecture, or decorative arts). The course emphasizes analysis and interpretation through written reports, observation, and discussion. Appropriate field trips may be undertaken. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered: in rotation with Fine Arts 306.

FINE ARTS 305. (3)

TOPICS IN THEATRE PRACTICE. This studio course explores a specific aspect of theatre with an emphasis on performance or craft. The course may concentrate on a particular playwright (e.g., Shakespeare), a genre (e.g., the Comedy), or a topic interwoven with the discipline (e.g., Political Theatre). The course may examine its subjects through in-class reports, discussion, and exercises, as well as through papers and performances. Offered: in rotation with Fine Arts 303.

FINE ARTS 306. (3)

TOPICS IN STUDIO ART. This studio course focuses on a specific studio discipline (documentary photography or digital art). The course emphasizes analysis and interpretation through examination of practices and portfolio development. Observation, discussion, and reports are also a part of the class. Appropriate field trips may be undertaken. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered: in rotation with Fine Arts 304.

FINE ARTS 308. (3)

DIRECTING. This studio course immerses students in the comprehensive approach to theatre required of the director. Through extensive readings, script analysis, character-delineation techniques, organizational exercises, time-management drills, and communication-strengthening approaches, students develop the skills necessary to mount a production. The semester culminates in the presentation of a one-act play festival which is open to the public. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 108. The course is normally offered every spring semester.

FINE ARTS 312. (3)

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. This studio course explores the aesthetic, conceptual and technical aspects of digital image making. Students develop proficiency using a digital camera and working with image editing software. Digital photographic techniques such as workflow, digital darkroom, image manipulation, and digital printmaking are addressed. Students work with color and learn basic color theory as it relates to photographic imagery. Students enrolling in this course are charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 214, or permission of the instructor. Offered: fall semester.

FINE ARTS 314. (3)

INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY. This studio course explores photography as a visual language. Projects help students to develop their capacity for creative thinking and communication. Topics include montage, digital imaging, photographic mixed media, fiber-base printing, and print-toning. Students create a self-directed project and develop a portfolio of images. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 214, or permission of the instructor. Offered: spring semester.

FINE ARTS 315. (3)

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING. This is a studio course that focuses upon identifying style, improving visual memory, working on a large scale, and using varied drawing materials. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 215. Offered: spring semester alternating with Fine Arts 319.

FINE ARTS 317. (3)

INDIRECT PAINTING. This studio course deals with color theory and painting through the indirect process. Students create several original works employing layers of thinly glazed transparent oil colors over carefully prepared dichromatic underpaintings. The painting supports are wooden panels. Students enrolling in this course are charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 215 or Fine Arts 218, or permission of the instructor. Offered: fall semester, alternating with Fine Arts 318.

FINE ARTS 318. (3)

DIRECT PAINTING. This studio course deals with color theory and painting through the direct process. Students create several original works employing largely opaque oil colors on painting supports of panel, canvas, or paper. Alla prima (single-sitting) approaches are included. Students enrolling in this course are charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 215 or Fine Arts 218, or permission of the instructor. Offered: fall semester, alternating with Fine Arts 317.

FINE ARTS 319. (3)

PORTRAITURE. This is a studio class that involves both drawing and oil painting. Topics and assignments include a brief history of the portrait, the anatomy of the head, portrait-drawing, and at least one portrait painting. There is some use of photography, so students need not feel that they must be accomplished artists. Students enrolling in this course will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of materials. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 215, or permission of instructor. Offered: spring semester, alternating with Fine Arts 315.

FINE ARTS 320. (3)

CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE ARTS. Readings of works by philosophers, critics, and artists ground a study of the value of drama, music, and the visual arts for society. The class is conducted as a seminar, with in-class discussion and presentation of individual research. Prerequisite: any 3-credit Fine Arts course. Offered: fall semester.

FINE ARTS 407. (3)

THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. This studio course focuses on the history and evolution of design and technology from the Renaissance to the present. Students work in conjunction with the department's theatre productions to create a working knowledge in such areas as set and light design and stage craft. Each student also devises his own set designs for prominent plays from the history of theatre. Prerequisites: Fine Arts 108 or consent of the instructor. Offered: alternate semesters.

FINE ARTS 498. (1)

PRE-THESIS STUDY. Each fine arts major must take this course the semester before taking Fine Arts 499 (Senior Thesis) to craft the thesis project proposal and to strengthen the skills required for the thesis. The student chooses and works with the thesis advisor to develop a plan for the upcoming semester that includes the wording of the thesis proposal and efforts sufficient to convince the advisor that he is prepared to undertake the thesis project.

FINE ARTS 499. (3)

SENIOR THESIS. This course involves the student in a project designed specifically to reflect his interest in the arts. In consultation with the faculty of the Fine Arts Department, and under the guidance of the appropriate member of that department, the project is undertaken in the student's senior year, and must include appropriate documentation. Prerequisites: Fine Arts 498 and senior status.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Within the Fine Arts Department is the general course area of Performance Studies. These courses can be identified by their numbering, which falls between 250 and 280 for the classes which count toward graduation and between 350 and 380 for the classes which do not count toward graduation.

All performance courses have the following in common: They are offered every semester; the classroom experience culminates in public performance(s); attendance is a necessary part of fulfilling the course requirements; students study the material for performance in the context of its period(s) and its critical reception, with attention to the terms and special considerations necessary for its appreciation; each student writes a paper upon an aspect of performance or the material used in performance, or takes an examination upon the same; grading is based on attendance and class participation, quality and effort in performance, and the paper or exam; in each course, 1 hour of academic credit can be earned; up to six 200-level performance courses can be taken for up to 6 credit hours counting toward graduation; as many 300-level performance courses can be taken as a student desires, but only for load credit, since the credit for 300-level courses does not count toward graduation.

FINE ARTS 251, 252, 253, 254, 351, 352, 353, 354. (1)

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CHORAL MUSIC. A sequence of courses involving a thorough study and analysis, leading to performances, of masterworks from the great Western choral tradition. Integral to the course is the study of basic music theory, terminology, sight-singing, and vocal techniques, as well as application of foreign languages, history, and other arts as they relate to the specific literature of the semester. Because of the special nature of this course, it is possible to register for it late without penalty through the second full week of the semester.

FINE ARTS 261, 262, 263, 264, 361, 362, 363, 364. (1)

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE MUSIC. The work of this performance class will culminate in the public performance of ensemble music in various venues. Also integral to the course is the study of basic music theory, terminology, sight-reading, solo techniques, and ensemble playing. Because of the special nature of this course, it is possible to register for it late without penalty through the second full week of the semester.

FINE ARTS 271, 272, 273, 274, 371, 372, 373, 374. (1)

THEATRE PRODUCTION. The work of this class will culminate in a publicly staged theatrical production. Students may be involved in any of several aspects of production, such as acting, directing, stage managing, designing, or dramaturgy. In every case students are required to demonstrate commitment to the production process through regular attendance and seriousness of purpose. Each student writes a paper on an aspect of production in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. Because of the special nature of this course, it is possible to register for it late without penalty through the fourth full week of the semester.