About ARTS 221 A

Further exploration of formal and conceptual concerns through studio work and critique. Each student will develop a coherent body of paintings. Prerequisite: ARTS 012, and ARTS 121 or ARTS 122; minimum Junior standing.


Prereqs enforced by the system: ARTS 012, 121 or ARTS 122; $105 Lab Fee; Open to Degree and CDE students. Minimum Junior standing; SART, AHST, ARTE Majors; ARTS, AHST Minors only; Restrictions to be lifted the Monday following Registration;

Section Description

Projects in Painting asks students to create and document a unique, coherent, and self-directed body of work that explores points of view, iteration, and thematic development. Curiosity, experimentation, and hard work are the class requirements. Through studio work and critique the class looks at current issues of the discipline and addresses goals by turns technical, conceptual, intuitive, and process-based. Students develop their work semi-independently in this class. The work and the play of Projects in Painting are as follows: Studio Work looks at the how and the why of one’s art. It’s not about creating a single masterpiece; rather, emphasis goes to the development of an idea through multiple works and iterations. Critiques support each student in this endeavor. A critique may be individual, small group, or all-class, and some critiques are bookended with relevant readings, writings, or discussion prompts. Seminars are about the practical; documenting work, graduate school, professional opportunities, and other topics. The seminars often take advantage of local or regional exhibitions, visiting artists, and alumni artists who can speak to life beyond UVM. Taken together, the activities and outcomes of the Seminar are meant as jumping off points for graduating artists. In these times of “distance” we’ll do much of our work asynchronously, with small group in person meetings to discuss progress, critique work, and problem solve.



Course Dates



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