W40 An Introduction to Plein Air Painting. Working on location in and around Calvin College's Bunker Interpretive Center, this class emphasizes working poetically small, using as simple and portable a set up as possible. Each day the class starts with a discussion of what makes the landscape that we confront unique and how an artist best captures the feeling of each place. With sketch books students spend time developing small drawings which help solidify ideas and teach them to look more closely at what they are seeing. The rest of the time is spent working up small paintings and taking part in discussions about art, being an artist, and historical references. Student work (a minimum of fifteen paintings) provides the basis for evaluation. Students are expected to supply paint and materials. This course may fulfill an elective in the Studio Art major. Fee: $300. F. Speyers. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W80 French Art from Louis XIV to July 14th. Based in Paris, this course considers shifts in French society, art, architecture, and town planning that occurred between 1648 and 1848. The mid-seventeenth-century threats to monarchical power ironically laid the foundation for Louis XIV’s absolute rule. The course addresses the migration of power from Versailles back to the city of Paris in the eighteenth century, the implications of Enlightenment agendas that eventually ignited the 1789 Revolution, and a legacy of contested social change that persisted into the nineteenth century. With these two centuries as a focal point, the course also includes a prologue covering events prior to the seventeenth century (particularly the importance of Paris during the Gothic period) and an epilogue looking forward to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and twentieth-century avant-garde movements. Major sites in Paris will include St-Denis, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, the Musée de Louvre, the Musée de Cluny, the Hôtel des Invalides, the Jardin des Plantes, St-Sulpice, the Panthéon, La Madeleine, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Rodin, and Garnier’s Opera House. Day trips will take in Chartres, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chantilly, and Nancy. The first few days of the interim will be spent in Grand Rapids with discussion of readings and lectures outlining key themes of the course. The trip itself will last fourteen days. The course seeks to introduce students to 1) the landmarks of French art and architecture, 2) the history of the city of Paris, 3) French culture in the present, and 4) more generally how to approach travelling with cultural curiosity and intellectual rigor. Evaluations will be based on a test prior to the class’s departure, a book review, a journal kept during the trip, and a final paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the Art History major. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: ARTH 102 or ARTH 237 or permission of the instructor. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $3228. C. Hanson. Off campus.
W81 Used and Found Objects. This course investigates the technical and conceptual aspects of collage, assemblage, and image appropriation. Students will experiment with compositional problem-solving and produce both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work. All materials will be found or used, therefore students are required to bring to class materials they have previously purchased or collected. Supplemental materials will be provided as well. In addition to studio work, students will learn about the art historical role of image and object appropriation, and will view and discuss contemporary artists who are working in this medium. This course may fulfill an elective in the Studio Art major. Prerequisite: ART 153. M. Burrow. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ARTH 397 Methods in Art Historiography. A capstone seminar for all juniors and seniors majoring in art history, the course aimsto provide an understanding of the development of art history as an academic discipline and the major methodological approachesavailable for engaging art objects. Special attention is paid to connecting these methodological issues to the rest of the art history curriculum including the integration of ethics and faith commitments. In preparing students for future work in art history, the course strives to hone critical thinking skills and instill in students a richer appreciation of the stakes of intellectual positions. H. Luttikhuizen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.