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ARTS 298

Intermediate Studio Art Topics

Intermediate level studio art courses in specific media. Areas of study may include: A. Drawing, B. Painting, C. Ceramics, D. Sculpture, E. Photography, F. Video, G. Digital, H. Interdisciplinary Study. Prerequisite will vary. Not offered Pass/Fail

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities Varies according to the topic offered. 1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

John Berry

298BA: IntermedStudio:Painting


Cynthia O'Dell

298EA: IntermedStudio:Landscape Photography and Environmental Activism

Would you like to know how to create a compelling landscape photograph while learning to navigate the nature park? Are you interested in learning how photographs have been used as a tool to educate the public about environmental crisis and climate change?

In this seminar/studio class, we will examine the role of photography in documenting environmental crisis since photography was invented, in the mid 1840's. We will photograph regularly in the quarry and examine the landscape in detail while we learn about the work of landscape photographic activists.

Students will be expected to complete readings, view films, develop and present a research project and create their own photographic portfolio based in the genre of, landscape photography. Students do not need any previous experience to take the 200 level course. Students should only take the 300 level course if they have already had Digital Photography @ the 200 level. Students will need a digital camera such as a DSLR camera and a laptop with image editing software (preferably, Lightroom with 16GB of Ram). Some cameras are available for check out. Please let Professor O'Dell know if you need one.


Dan Solberg

298GA: IntermedStudio:Digital Art


Winter Term information

Lori Miles

298HA: IntermedStudio:Interdsc


Spring Semester information

Cynthia O'Dell

298EA: Documentary Photography: The Ethics of Representation

This studio/seminar course will provide a foundation for students to create informed, ethically grounded and historically aware creative documentary photography projects. Through assignments, lectures, readings, presentations, reflection papers and projects-- students will learn and documentary photography and storytelling. Students will be introduced to the history of documentary practice, consider theoretical concerns-- as identified by key scholars since the 1920's, and examine ethical case studies.

During the term, students will make their own contributions to the field of creative documentary photography, aware of the implications of their work within an ethical context. Some assignments may include rephotography, word and image combinations, street photography and environmental portraiture.

There is no pre-requisite for the course (and students new to photography will be trained in basic digital camera work) but students need to provide their own digital camera (a camera phone is an option). Students will work in Lightroom/Photoshop software and will also print their images. There will be a lab fee for this course and required texts.