Course Descriptions

Courses offered by the Department of Art and Art History during Spring 2014 include:


ARH 201 Introduction to Art History I: Outlines history of visual art, architecture, sculpture, and painting.  Visual arts from Italian Renaissance to present. 

ARH 202 Introduction to Art History II: Outlines the history of visual art, architecture, sculpture, and painting.  Visual arts from Italian Renaissance to present.

ARH 204 Introduction to African Art: Surveys artistic production across Africa in archaeological, colonial, modern and contemporary periods.  Considers sculpture, textiles, painting, photography, architecture, and multimedia works, such as masquerade, in their aesthetic, cultural, and historical contexts.

ARH 205 Introduction to Global Art: Introduces the visual arts of the Islamic world, South and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Oceania, Africa, and the native arts of the Americas.  Explores themes in the art world, including fakes, illicit digging, the art market, collectors, the role of museums, and restitution and repatriation.

ARH 237 Archaeology of Rome: Studies the material culture of Roman society from the 8th century BC to its demise in the 4th century AD.  Emphasis on the social, economic, and ideological structures played in creating a cohesive political identity across the Mediterranean, as well as the ways in which Rome, the first globalized culture, negotiated some of the same problems of globalization that we face today.

ARH 260 American Art: Overview of the major artistic movements and theories in art of 20th-century United States, including abstraction, cubism, abstract expressionism, and pop art, as well as the emergence of new art categories and media, such as environmental art.  Examines artistic expression in the context of the century's social and political upheavals.

ARH 280B Special Studies – Myth in Art: This course surveys Greek and Roman myths in Western Art.

ARH 281 Modernism to Post-Modernism - 20th-Century Art: Examines the art of the 20th Century, from the avant-garde movements of the World War I era to the disappearance of the art object in the 1970s and '80s.  Prerequisite: Sophomore status or instructor consent.

ARH 304 African Art and Colonialism: Studies late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African art within the context of European colonialism.  Focuses on episodes of change and collection in Africa and display and reception in Europe.

ARH 335K Special Studies - High Renaissance and After: .

ARH 424 Contemporary Art and Theory: An examination of postmodern art and theory (1960 - present) beginning with fine arts appropriation of popular culture in the 1960's and culminating with today's pluralistic range of traditional to virtual media.  Themes include temporary art forms, constructions of national, ethnic, and gender identity in a post-colonial world, and recent arts controversies and censorship issues.  Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

ART 110 Two-Dimensional (2D) Foundations: Introduces students to various methods and concepts in the visual arts practice.  Projects incorporate drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and basic color theory.  Required first course for studio art majors and minors.  Appropriate for nonmajors who wish to explore various media and basic visual art concepts. 

ART 120 Three-Dimensional (3D) Foundations: Introduces fundamentals of three-dimensional (3D) design with an emphasis on spatial awareness, problem solving, and the development of ideas related to traditional and non-traditional approaches to making art.  Readings, discussions, and group critiques complement the studio work. Suitable for majors and nonmajors.

ART 215 Artist’s Book: Concepts and Practice: Examination of the book as an art object.  Develops basic bookbinding, typesetting, and printing skills through individual and collaborative studio projects.  Suitable for majors or nonmajors.

ART 221 Drawing and Composition: Develops basic drawing skills with an emphasis on principles of composition, proportions, linear perspective, and perception of form in space.  Uses a variety of drawing materials, both traditional and contemporary. Experiential studio learning experiences with formal and informal critique sessions.  Required for majors, but suitable for nonmajors.

ART 243 / 343 Human Figure Drawing I and II: Challenges intermediate and advanced students to incorporate human figures into artwork. Stresses studio exercises, such as gesture drawings and in-depth anatomical studies, as well as individual and group critiques, and discussions with individual research. Prerequisites: ART 110, ART 221, or consent.

ART 251 Painting I: Introduces the basics of oil and/or acrylic painting techniques while encouraging development of compositional and conceptual language of intermediate students.  Intensive studio work, individual and group critiques, and individual research.  Prerequisite: ART 110 or ART 221 or consent.

ART 293 Photography I: Introduces techniques, processes, and creative possibilities of black and white photography, and traditional darkroom printing.  Considers aesthetic and stylistic issues and emphasizes conceptual concerns particular to the medium's history.  Suitable for majors and nonmajors.  Continuous access to a manually adjustable 35mm camera required.

ART 300 Photography II: Introduces students to the digital darkroom through work with digital cameras and/or scanned negatives, Adobe® Photoshop®, and Epson® inkjet printers.  Conceptual concerns of contemporary photography considered through engagement with critical theory via assigned readings and class discussions.  Prerequisite: ART 293.  Continuous access to a digital or film camera required.

ART 323 Graphic Design II: Intermediate graphic design course stressing creative problem solving as applied to single and multiple page layout, as well as typography and website design. Strengthens students' graphic design portfolios while introducing Adobe, InDesign, and world wide web development software. Prerequisites: ART 222 and ART 223.

ART 351 Painting II: Probes problems presented in Painting I.  Features studio work, individual and group critiques, and individual research.  Prerequisite: ART 251. 

ART 391 Screen Printing: Students create portfolio based on an over-arching concept and create multi-layered images using drawing fluid, photo emulsion, autographic positives and photography. Prerequisites: ART 110 or ART 120 or ART 215 orART 222 orART 230 or ART 293.

ART 450 Senior Seminar: Addresses career issues and helps students gain practical skills necessary for careers in the arts. Students learn discipline-specific resume writing, compose artist’s statements, create an artist's web site, and photographically document and prepare their work for exhibition. Students take part in Senior Exhibition and gain design and curatorial experience by assisting Cornell Fine Arts Museum staff in preparing and hanging of the exhibition. Required of majors in their final spring semester at Rollins and of minors who wish to participate in the Senior Exhibition. Prerequisite: ART 440.

CLP 102 Career and Life Planning: Making Any Major Marketable: Don’t know exactly what you are going to do with your major/minor after graduation?  Unsure how to talk about your curricular and co-curricular activities in professional settings?  Team-taught by College faculty and Career Services staff, this course helps you package and market your college experiences into a successful personal brand.  Topics include (but are not limited to) graduate school and fellowship personal statements, resumes, cover letters, professional networking, and interviews.

CLS 204 When in Rome: Identity and Empire in Ancient Rome:  An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of ancient Rome focusing on issues of changing identity from the foundation of the Roman state (8th century BC) to the conversion of the Empire to Christianity (4th century AD).