200 Level Courses

ART STUDIO

202 Introduction to Scenic Design
204 Intorduction to Painting I
205 Introduction to Painting II
211 Stained Glass Studio I
212 Stained Glass Studio II
221 Batik Studio
222 Weaving Studio
233 Introduction to Printmaking
240 Pastels
255 Watercolour - Techniques and Approaches
271 Introduction to Digital Photography
ST297 Introductory Animation
ST298 Introduction to Architectural Design

ART HISTORY

244 History of Photography
251 Medieval Art
252 Baroque Art
258 Impressionism
260 20th Century: Modern Art
261 Contemporary Art
ST295 Romanticism to Impressionism: 19th Century Art
ST299 Global Contemporary Art

 

ART STUDIO


202 Introduction to Scenic Design

202 Introduction to Scenic Design

 

This course will cover the steps in the creation of theatre sets and lighting designs. Both sections of the course will be, principally, project based with ‘hands on’ experience at each stage of the growth from conception to finished project. Facts and theory, while covered, will be subordinate to the creative process. There will be a series of smaller projects each week, which in turn will lead to the completion of a major design project for a play chosen by the instructors.

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 100 Drawing or permission of the instructor based on the student’s resume of theatre experience or letter of interest

Instructor: Ian Pygott

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204 Introduction to Painting I
205 Introduction to Painting II 

formerly Art 200 Painting I

StFX student artworks

This pair of complementary courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles of representational painting. You’ll begin by exploring colour, the formal language of painting, and the techniques and tools available to an artist to create expressive and dynamic paintings. In the first semester, there is an emphasis placed on developing a disciplined, healthy working practice by managing time, materials and methods effectively. As foundation skills develop, individual exploration is encouraged and fostered by critiques and the exchange of ideas. There will also be lectures on historical themes to provide you with knowledge of the rich history of the medium. Other discussions delve into theory, critical issues and the exciting developments of painting in contemporary art.
Students who have previously taken Art200 Painting I or ST Art299 Introduction to Painting may not enrol in these courses.

Art 204: 3 Credits
Prerequisite: 102 Drawing or portfolio submission

Art 205: 3 Credits
Prerequisite: 204 Introduction to Painting I

Instructors: Andy MacLean

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211 Stained Glass Studio

Details from art student Rowan Murphy, Landscape, 2016

There is nothing quite like a beautiful stained glass artwork to grace your home! Imagine if it were created by---you! Step by step, I'll introduce you to the techniques of working with stained glass using the copper-foil technique: transferring patterns, cutting and grinding, soldering (yes you will melt metal), assembling and soldering, and finishing. Over the course of the term, you will produce a panel using your very own original design that shows off your ability in drawing, design, and/or colour theory. Major "ooohh/aaaaw" factor when you bring your project home!

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 102 Drawing (formerly Art 100) or 115 Introduction to Design

Instructor: Janette Fecteau

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212 Stained Glass Studio II

StFX student artwork

Instructor: Janette Fecteau Everything you loved about Stained Glass I, only more! (and in 3 dimensions) This hands-on studio course is a continuation of Stained Glass Studio I, introducing intermediate-level techniques in the copper-foil method. I'll show you how to design a 3D stained glass lamp, as well as do all the steps in the technical process of making the lamp: transferring patterns, cutting and grinding, soldering panels, assembling and soldering the lamp, and finishing. You will design and complete one four-sided lamp that you get to take home, and show off to the amazement of your family and friends!

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 211 Stained Glass Studio I 

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221 Batik Studio

221 batik

Have you ever heard of Batik? Not everybody has. But if you have ever seen sarongs from Bali or traditional cloth from West Africa or India, you have probably seen batik! Batik is an ancient art form practiced in various parts of the world, dating from at least 1000 BCE. Designs and images are created on textiles by the alternate application of dyes and wax resist: in other words, waxing the parts not to be dyed. I look forward to giving you a hands-on introduction to batik, which I love to do! The course also touches on other forms of resist dyeing, such as tie-dye and tritik (shibori).

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 102 Drawing (formerly 100 Drawing), 115 Introduction to Design or 145 Introduction to Colour or, a portfolio demonstrating drawing and design skills

Instructor: Janette Fecteau

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222 Weaving Studio

Student Work L-R: Aggie Hennessy, Theora Holden, Danielle Makar

Hello - let me tell you a bit about this course. Weaving is one of humankind’s oldest technologies, and tapestry is a specialized weaving technique that is at least 2000 years old. In the first part of the term you will create a small tapestry that I have designed so I can guide you as you learn the basics of tapestry weaving. At the same time you and I will work together to design your own small tapestry that you will weave during the second part of the term. I always give a short history lecture so that you can understand where you, as a new tapestry weaver, exist in this 2000 year-old continuum of practice. I can pretty much guarantee that you will be proud of your final project. Thanks for considering this course, and contact me if you have any questions.

3 Credits

Instructor: Murray Gibson
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231 & 232 Etching Studio I & II

Not longer offered. See 233 Introduction to Printmaking.

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233 Introduction to Printmaking

formerly Selective Topic 298 Printmaking

An introduction to printmaking, this course presents intaglio and relief print through three printmaking techniques: line etching, 2-plate linocut and 4-colour reductive linocut. Each technique is explained through instructional demonstrations following examination of printmaker’s works. While creating three original images, students will acquire design skills, learn to use safely etching and carving tools on metal and linoleum blocks, gain appreciation for materials such as specialty papers and inks, and learn how to print on a traditional intaglio press and by hand with a spoon. This course will foster artistic expression while developing technical accuracy and precision. There is no pre-requisite for this course, all are welcome. Find out more about printmaking from the Museum of Modern Art, New York - What is a Print?

3 Credits

Instructor: Odile Têtu

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240 Pastels

 

The essence of pastels is the aesthetic experience of drawing with colour. The course is designed to introduce chalk pastels as a painting medium. With the various techniques that create the beautiful effects of pastel painting, the student will learn basic colour theory and composition. Class participation in problem solving discussions about painting will be encouraged. The course will explore the various ways to mix, layer and blend colours with chalk pastel. Class assignments will explore the genres of still life, landscape and portrait. Drawing skills are strongly recommended.

3 Credits
Pre-requisite: 100 Drawing or, equivalent portfolio

Instructor: Not offered 2019/20

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255 Watercolour - Techniques and Approaches

 

In this course students familiarize themselves with the materials and the basic techniques of transparent watercolour painting. Instruction will include various classic and innovative approaches to this versatile medium, using works by well-known masters of watercolour painting as a jumping-off point for student's own exploration in the medium.

3 Credits
Prerequisite: Art102 Drawing (formerly Art100 Drawing) or, a portfolio

Instructors: Not offered 2019/20

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271 Introduction to Digital Photography

Image: Kevin Dooley

This class is designed for students interested in learning to effectively use digital photography as a means for self-expression, artistic medium, or cultural comment. The class aims to provide students with a rigorous training in the mechanics of the digital camera, digital processing, key photography concepts, and the use of electronic devices in these matters. Students will be assessed through written assignments, exams, and photography assignments.

3 Credits

Instructor: Not offered 2019/20

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297 Selected Topic - Introductory Animation

formerly Selected Topic 297 Digital Photography

In this course, students will learn the basics of animation. Projects include simple 2D animation (flip-book and hand drawn animation) and stop-motion. There is a self-directed final project in which students will expand on acquired technical and theoretical knowledge of animation fundamentals. There are many different ways to approach animation, so a high level of drawing skill is not necessary. A laptop and digital camera is necessary. Open-access free animation software will be used.

3 Credits

Instructor: Leigh Gillam 

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298 Selected Topic - Introduction to Architectural Design

Sample floor planImage source: Pixabay

This course will cover the fundamentals of architectural design structured around each student’s design of a small building.  Students learn the basic elements of architectural graphics, perspective, knowledge of spatial requirements and construction techniques while producing a set of working drawings for the building they design.

3 Credits

Instructor: Margaret Nicholson

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Art History


244 History of Photography

Eadweard Muybridge, Motion Study (Woman jumping over a chair), 1867; Collotype, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From the public announcement of a viable process in 1839, to the present day, photographic images have come to dominate our visual world. This course will examine the history of photography through its technology and through the work of key photographers, styles, and purposes. It will also consider photography as a medium for art in itself, its position and relationships with the traditional arts, and its extraordinary power to construct a world.

3 Credits
No Prerequisite

Instructor: Bruce Sparks

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251 Medieval Art

Catacombs of Peter and Marcellinus,Rome 2-4 C.; Chartres Cathedral, Jamb Statues of Saints, 12th C.; Lindisfarne Gospels, Carpet Page c.700; The Good Shepherd, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna 5th C.

This course examines major developments in art and architecture of the Middle Ages, from the triumph of Christianity in Imperial Rome through the late Gothic period of the 14th Century. The Bible and most early Church theologians associated images with idolatry and paganism, yet this 1000-year period was one of exceptional richness and diversity in Christian visual arts. We will see how medieval art and architecture reflect and respond to changing theological, devotional and societal needs.

3 Credits

Instructor: N/A Not offered 2019/20

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252 Baroque Art

Caravaggio, The Conversion of St Paul, 1601; Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait, c.1665; Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, detail, 1661; Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, c.1665; Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Ecstasy of St Teresa, 1647-52

This course explores developments in the visual arts in Europe during the 17th Century. Works of art and architecture will be examined in their social and cultural contexts, including discussion of the Italian Counter-Reformation and new ideas about the function of religious images and buildings, urban planning and the glory of Rome, absolutist monarchies and visual propaganda, specialization in the art market and Dutch genre painting, and the rise of art academies and art theory.

3 Credits

Instructor: N/A Not offered 2019/20

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258 Impressionism

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Girl with A Watering Can, 1876; Georges Seurat, Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1885; Vase with 12 Sunflowers,1888; Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1906

An important movement in French painting during the second half of the 19th century, Impressionism greatly influenced Modern Art. This course will critically examine the subject in an historical and international context.

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 141 History of Art I, 142 History of Art II (or equivalent)

Instructor: N/A Not offered 2019/20 - See ST295 for a complementary area of study

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260 20th Century: Modern Art

Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait, 1940; Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931;

This course examines the origins of modernist endeavor in the late 19th century and covers art up to the end of World War II. Attention will be paid to major movements and artists, parallel movements in literature and music, the social and political context, and new technologies.

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 141 History of Art I, 142 History of Art II (or equivalent)

Instructor: N/A Not offered 2019/20

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261 Contemporary Art

Peter von Tiessenhausen, Sanctuary, 2012, Installation and performance

This course examines art from the end of World War II to the present day. Attention will be paid to major movements and artists, the social and political context, and the changing assumptions of what art should be and do.

3 Credits
Prerequisite: 141 History of Art I, 142 History of Art II (or equivalent)

Instructor: N/A Not offered 2019/20 - See ST299 for a complementary area of study

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295 Selected Topic:
Romanticism to Impressionism: 19th Century Art

L-R: George Stubbs, Horse Attacked by a Lion, 1762, Yale Center for British Art: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Grande Odalisque, 1814, Louvre, Paris: Claude Monet, Waterlilies, 1916, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The 19th Century was a period of dramatic change in Europe and North America. Beginning with art movements and institutions just before the Revolutionary period in Europe, and ending with the Impressionists and the Arts and Crafts Movement, this course will consider how art reflects these changing aspects of society, such as urbanization and industrialization, the diminishing power of the church, and the rise of new political and social structures.

3 Credits

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Gregory

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299 Selected Topic:
Global Contemporary Art

Zacharias Kunuk, Isuma Collective, Silakut: Live From the Floe Edge, 2018

This course will investigate art made between the late 1980s and the present day seen via a global perspective and the concept of globalization. The growing importance and diversity of art made around the world, other than in the Euro-American sphere, and the replacement of traditional centres of art-making with an astonishing array of alternative venues, make the art of our time both exhilarating and challenging.

3 Credits

Instructor: Bruce Sparks

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