Artists have produced
forms of human expression throughout history that embody cultural identities
and values in unique ways. In order to understand how such forms may
contribute to the constitutions of cultures, it is important to understand
their historical context and how they express meaning. Each artistic
discipline uses particular materials with distinct expressive qualities.
The artist learns what the significant qualities of the materials are
and how they may be manipulated to create and express meaning. Likewise,
the receiver of the work must also possess a certain familiarity with
the significant qualities of the material in order to actively find
meaning, analyze, and appreciate the art form.
In keeping with
the goals of a liberal education, Fine Arts aims to develop aesthetic
literacy, to cultivate a critical awareness of the aesthetic dimensions
of everyday life and culture, and to encourage an exploration of individual
creative expression. Because students arrive at St. Thomas with different
degrees of experience of the Fine Arts, the courses eligible for the
Fine Arts requirement have been selected for their accessibility to
people with a wide variety of experience in the particular disciplines.
Students in the
BA Programme will be required to select 12 credit hours in Fine Arts,
may choose some of them from the following cross-listed courses:
Fine Art Cross
ANTH 2633 Issues in Ethnomusicology
ANTH 3313 Anthropology of Art and Communication
ANTH 3673 World Music
IRSH 2003 Art of the Golden Age: the Book of Kells
JOUR 2043 Photojournalism
NATI 2206 Traditional and Contemporary Native Arts of the Atlantic Region
PHIL 2523 Introduction to Aesthetics
RELG 2283 Religion and Art
SOCI 3563 Sociology of Music
SOCI 3573 Sociology of Art and Culture
In addition to
these courses, there will be a list of FNAR (Fine Arts) courses offered
regularly in the FNAR Programme.
courses will be offered in 2005-6.
& B & C: A Practical Introduction to Art Fundamentals -- Robin
Peck - Fall 2005 and Winter 2006
This course is a practical introduction to concepts, basic materials
and processes in art and design through assigned projects introduced
by slide lectures and readings. The concepts introduced in this course
are applicable to a wide range of art and design practices. There may
be special presentations including visiting artist presentations, film
screenings, trips to art galleries, etc. 3 credit hours.
Introduction to Choral Singing – Bjorn Runefors --Winter 2006
Everybody can sing. Each class will start with warm up exercises to
help you relax, find your voices and learn how to blend as a group.
The music selected will be from different time periods and musical styles,
and adapted to the skills of the group. You will learn both by heart
and with introduction to reading music. The course will conclude with
a concert. 3 credit hours.
& B: Introduction to Music Literacy -- Martin Kutnowski –
Fall 2005 and Winter 2006
An introductory, chronological survey of Western Art Music, from the
Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The course examines the musical
styles in Western Art Music from the middle ages to the present, and
provides the tools for understanding and appreciating the works of great
composers of all eras. Emphasis is placed on attentive listening and
analysis of representative works of the literature. No previous musical
experience is required. 3 credit hours.
Music Theory and Performance -- Martin Kutnowski – Winter 2006
An introduction to music theory and performance, with a special focus
on recognizing and notating rhythm and pitch. The course will examine
the basic elements of music (intervals, keys, scales, chords, meter,
among others) from a practical, hands-on perspective. No previous musical
experience is required. 3 credit hours.
Visual Art and Aesthetic Literacy – Peggy Woolsey – Winter
This course delves into the nature and meaning of aesthetic experience
in order to better understand the impact of art on everyday life. Students
explore the history of mark making, philosophical approaches to art
and beauty, and forms and uses of imagery from ancient to modern times.
The language of art, the elements and principles of design, are applied
to critical analysis of art history iconography. The course includes
group and written work, field trips and some studio exercise. 3 credit
& B: Intro to History of 20th Century 3-D Art and Architecture --
Robin Peck- Fall 2005 and Winter 2006
This course is a survey of significant developments in the history of
20th c. (1876-1996) sculpture, architecture and 3-D design through a
series of slide lectures and an accompanying series of directed readings.
Sculpture is presented as a distinct practice as well as in relationship
to contemporary architecture and three dimensional design. 3 credit
Musical Theatre History and Performance -- Leigh Rivenbark – Fall
Musical Theatre History and Performance explores the development of
musical theatre from the nineteenth century to the present. Lectures,
recordings, films, scores and librettos are used to examine the evolution
of performance, writing, musical style and theatrical design. Students
learn techniques in acting, voice, singing and movement and perform
selections from modern and contemporary musicals. The course culminates
in a cabaret-style performance in the Black Box Theatre for a public
audience. 3 credit hours.
Dance History and Performance – Zsuzsa Szabo-Nyarady – Fall
This course offers a cultural, historical and personal dance experience.
Explore the history of dance worldwide with an emphasis on western theatrical
dance (ex: ballet and modern dance ). Attend and review dance performances.
Improve your dance skills and perform in an informal
studio setting. Students with or without previous training are welcome.
Active participation is required. 3 credit hours.
Appreciating the Visual Arts – Reneé Losier – Winter
Art is a vital and persistent aspect of everyday life, inextricably
connected to human existence. It has been with us since the beginning
of civilization and will be with us. This course is about the appreciation
of art, that is, to learn to see, to understand, and to enjoy so as
to take an active interesting our visual world. By looking at numerous
examples of art from different periods, countries and civilizations,
this course will define what art is, review the themes and purposes
of art, and determine the language of the visual artist. The various
media used by artists will also be reviewed. 3 credit hours.
The Artist’s Gaze – Kim Jones – Winter 2006
Students will be introduced to ways of understanding how artists translate
the world around them. Taking a thematic (rather than strictly chronological)
approach, we will explore how different genres of art have engaged in
dialogue with a multiplicity of influences. Important topics will include
master-student relationships, individual inspiration and social commentary.
A hands-on approach will allow students to create their own artistic
expressions in conversation with the writings and visual creations of
other artists. 3 credit hours.
Medieval Art – Jennifer MacDonald – Winter 2006
The art of the Middle Ages is powerful, varied and often surprising.
In this course we will look at many genres of medieval art, including
manuscript illumination, architecture, painting, stained glass and sculpture,
considering examples from Western Europe, the Islamic World (especially
Spain) and Byzantium. We will examine innovations made during the period
and will study the preservation and conservation of these precious works
of art. You will learn about artistic techniques and developments, as
well as a vocabulary that will help you when looking at different genres
from diverse periods and places. 3 credit hours.
Visual Art Through Photography – Dan Gleason – Fall 2005
This course uses photography to gain understanding and critical appreciation
of the visual arts. It traces the historical development of photography
and examines its various uses, such as artistic expression, documentation,
social commentary, and persuasion. This lead students tot consider how
photography, in these applications relates to the areas of study in
the liberal arts. 3 credit hours.
Introduction to Print-making – David Brewer – Winter 2006
This course will introduce students to print-making as a fine art form.
Lecture and discussion will approach the subject from a historical and
developmental perspective that will include various demonstrations.
A studio component will include instruction with students working
toward creating a print edition of an image of their own design. 3 credit
Music and Meaning -- Martin Kutnowski – Fall 2005 and Winter 2006
Is music a language? Do musical works have ‘meaning’? Is
there universality in the semantics of music? Are there, for instance,
universal ways to represent love, anger, or sadness? This introductory
course explores various types of music (folk, classical, film, TV) from
a semiotic perspective; examples are not presented in chronological
order. The main objective of this course is to develop in the student
a critical aural/analytical habit. No previous musical experience is
necessary. 3 credit hours.
Images of Women – Colleen Wolstenholme – Fall 2005
This class looks at imagery of women found throughout pre and recorded
history as a unique opportunity for gauging women’s value and
determining how our existence has been variously defined. Divergent
cultural approaches within our converging world to the question of the
power and place of women in the world make it crucial to look at the
issues raised. To this end, it seems useful to study how images of women
have been used or obliterated throughout pre and recorded history and
what these images say about the place of women in the world(s) they
inhabit. This class will be a survey of these images. 3 credit hours.
Reading and Writing Art -- Robin Peck- Winter 2006
“Art Floats on a sea of words, Robert Morris, Splashes in the
Ebb Tide” Artforum 1971.
This seminar class introduces art, architecture and design (primarily
over the course of the last century and the beginning of this century)
through a series of readings and associated seminar discussions. The
emphasis will be on the writings of artists and designers themselves.
Manifesto, expository, narrative, interview, and personal correspondence
texts will be discussed. 3 credit hours.