College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
    May 08, 2021  
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Art and Art History


 Courses   


Faculty

SYDNEY L. CARPENTER, Professor of Art1
PALOMA CHECA GISMERO, Assistant Professor of Art History
RANDALL L. EXON, Professor of Art
BRIAN D. GOLDSTEIN, Assistant Professor of Art History and Art History Coordinator
LOGAN GRIDER, Associate Professor of Art and Chair
TIFFANY LEE, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History5,6
NEIL PATTERSON, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art5
PATRICIA L. REILLY, Associate Professor of Art History2
RON TARVER, Associate Professor of Art 
ERIN WHEARY, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art5,6
ANDREA PACKARD, List Gallery Director
TESS WEI, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, List Gallery Assistant
STACY BOMENTO, Visual Resources Curator
DOUG HERREN, Studio Technician
CAREN BRENMAN, Administrative Assistant


1 Absent on leave, fall 2020.
2 Absent on leave, spring 2021.
3 Absent on leave, 2020-2021.
4 Absent on administrative leave, 2020-2021.
5 Fall 2020
Spring 2021

 


 

The Academic Program


THE MAJORS: The Department of Art & Art History offers two majors: Art History and Art.


The Art History Major consists of eight credits in art history (ARTH) and one credit in studio art (ARTT).
 

The Art Major for 2021 and 2022 graduating classes consists of seven credits in studio art (ARTT) and three credits in art history (ARTH).

The Art Major for 2023 and later graduating classes consists of five courses in one art concentration (includes Independent Thesis Project), two elective (ARTT) studio courses, two (ARTH) Art History survey courses, one upper level (ARTH) Art History course.

(ART Major, Minor and Honors program requirements for graduating classes 2023 and later have new ART requirements which are noted throughout. Please visit http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-art-history/major-minor-and-honors-art for a complete overview.)

First course recommendations 


The Art Major for graduating classes 2021 and 2022:

 

ARTT 001 . Foundation Drawing 

This (1) credit course is designed as an introduction to drawing as the basis for visual thinking and perception. The class will focus on concepts and practices surrounding the use of drawing as a visual language rather than as a preliminary or planning process. Whether students are interested in photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, installation or performance, the ability to design and compose visually is fundamental to their development. The course follows a sequence of studies that introduces students to basic drawing media and compositional elements while they also learn to see inventively. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

 

ARTT 002  First-Year Seminar

 

This (1) credit studio art experience is designed for first-year students who have demonstrated through a portfolio presentation their knowledge of the elements of design, composition, and visual thinking. This course is similar in content to the foundation drawing class ARTT 001. However, it will be more in depth, with more emphasis on individually designed studio and research projects. Portfolios of actual or photographed work must be submitted for evaluation during orientation week. This portfolio should include, in addition to whatever medium you choose to present, several drawing examples demonstrating proficiency in drawing. Contact the department for details. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in studio art.

 

The Art Major for graduating classes 2023 going forward:

 

ARTT 100 Painting I: Design and Composition

cleardot.gifThis course provides an intensive exploration of the foundational elements of drawing and painting through the practice of direct observation. Subjects of study will include; still life, the figure, interiors, and the landscape. The development of perceptual skills and the capability to translate visual relationships onto a two dimensional surface is central to this course. No prior painting or drawing experience is necessary. Throughout the semester we will engage in frequent discussions addressing historical and contemporary painting problems. The purpose of these discussions is to provide art historical context and concrete examples of the painting issues we confront in class. In addition to learning about the formal principles of painting, the class will provide an overview of practical tool usage and techniques. An emphasis will be placed on good studio habits, making the environment safe, clean, and productive for everyone.

ARTT 110 Painting I FYS

This course is open to all first year students who desire an intensive studio painting experience. The class will explore the elements and principles of drawing and painting through the practice of working from direct observation while also coveing other subjects, methods and approaches to painting. The class will gradually transition from directed assignments to self-directed study, culminating in a final project. The class is structured so each student will receive individual feedback and critique during the daily exercises. Group discussions and group critique of work will be held frequently to reflect on current work.


The Art History Major:

Most Art History courses do not have pre-requisites, except for 2-credit seminars that are intended for juniors and seniors.  While students may elect mid-level topics that interest them, we recommend that for a 1st course students take either a First Year Seminar or an introductory survey.  These courses are valuable even for students who may arrive with AP credit.

A First Year Seminar introduces students to the discipline of art history - questions, methods of inquiry - through an in-depth focus on a topic such as “Architecture of Philadelphia,” “Animation in East Asia”  or “Michelangelo.”  There is no presumption of prior study of art history or engagement with studio arts; the course is ideal for art history and studio students, but equally for those who may not think they will take other art history courses (though they may, completing a major or minor).  Limited to 12 students, these courses foreground discussion and individual and group presentations, as well as writing.

Introductory surveys focus on broader coverage of major topics in art history:  Western Tradition (ARTH 002  ), Asian Art (ARTH 003  ), Modern Art in Europe and the US (ARTH 005  ), Global History of Architecture: 1800-Present (ARTH 073  ).  With slightly larger enrollments, these courses may be more lecture-driven, but also entail writing and often discussion.  

 

 

 


 

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Course Major


REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE MAJORS

ART HISTORY:

  1.  Overall average of C or better in all courses taken during the two semesters preceding the time of application.
  2.  Completion of at least two courses in art history at Swarthmore with grades of B or better. For a double major the grade minimum is also B.

ART for  Graduating Classes 2021 and 2022:

  1. ​Overall average of C or better in all courses taken during the two semesters preceding the time of application. For a Double Major the overall average must be B.
  2. Completion of at least one course in art history and one course in studio art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.
  3. A student may be asked to present a portfolio as evidence of ability to see, describe, and analyze visual phenomena critically.

ART for Graduating Classes 2023 and later:

  1. Completion of at least one course in art history and one course in art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.

Art History


All Art History Majors, Course and Honors, are required to take 9 credits to fulfill major requirements. Nine credits must include one 2-credit seminar and the following:

  1. ARTH 002: The Western Tradition (students are encouraged to take this early in their major program)
  2. One course or seminar on art in the western tradition post-1800
  3. One course or seminar on art outside the western tradition
  4. ARTH 095: Cracking Visual Codes (strongly recommended in the junior year)
  5. One credit in studio art

The remaining four credits will consist of other 1-credit art history courses and/or 2-credit art history seminars and/or a 2- credit thesis. For those majors considering graduate study in art history, it is strongly advisable to choose a series of courses that will provide geographical and historical breadth.

The Comprehensive Requirement


During the senior year, Course Majors will complete a comprehensive project. The requirement can also be satisfied by a 2-credit thesis (ARTH 097 ).

Art


For Graduating Classes 2021 and 2022: All Art Majors, in both Course and Honors Programs, are required to take 10 courses to fulfill major requirements:

  1. Seven credits of studio art and three credits of art history, which must include ARTH 002  The Western Tradition:
    • ARTT 001  Foundation Drawing, (Or, ARTT 002  First-Year Seminar: Drawing)
    • A level I 2-D course
    • A level I 3-D course
    • A level II course, (2D or 3D)
    • A level II course, (2D or 3D)
    • ARTT 090   Senior Workshop I
    • ARTT 091  Senior Workshop II
  2. Art majors can complete an art history minor as well with the completion of 4 art history credits in addition to those required by their art major.
  • Five credits in studio art must be completed before entry to ARTT 090 Senior Thesis Workshop I. 
  • Students are encouraged to consult with professors and advisorsPaste about art history selections relevant to their interests.
  • The Senior Art Major is required to mount a one-person exhibition in the school gallery representing a culmination in their studio work. This exhibition-and accompanying artist statement (of no less than 2500 words), is the comprehensive examination for the art major. Senior exhibitions are scheduled during the last weeks of the spring semester each year.
  • There is no course minor in art.
  • CR/NC designations cannot be accepted for courses inside the major (two exemptions: first semester C/NC policy and Spring 2020 C/NC courses).

For Graduating Classes 2023 going forward: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-art-history/major-minor-and-honors-art

All Art Majors, in both Course and Honors, are required to take 10 courses (seven credits of art and three credits of art history) to fulfill major requirements.

Five art credits in a chosen medium will form an art concentration. In addition to the five studio credits in one concentration (Painting, Ceramics, Photography, Sculpture), students must complete two additional studio courses outside their area of concentration. Of the three credits of art history, two must be survey courses and the third needs to be an upper level art history course.

  • Five courses in one art concentration (includes Independent Thesis Project)
  • Two elective art courses
  • Two art history survey courses
  • One upper level art history course
  • CR/NC designations cannot be accepted for courses inside the major (two exemptions: first semester C/NC policy and Spring 2020 C/NC courses).

Course Minor


Art History Minor


The course minor in art history will consist of 5 credits in art history; four of the 5 credits must be taken at Swarthmore. Art majors can complete an art history minor with the completion of 4 art history credits in addition to those required by their art major.

Honors


Honors in Art History


Requirements for admission to Honors do not differ from those for admission to the Course Major. Once admitted to the Honors Major, students will be expected to maintain an average of B+ or better in all courses in art history.

Major


  1. An Honors Major in Art History requires three 2-credit preparations, consisting of three 2-credit seminars. The normal prerequisite for any art history seminar is 2 credits of previous art history course work. Each seminar will be examined in a three-hour written examination and an individual 30-minute oral.
  2. An Honors Major in Art History must fulfill the requirements for a 9-credit Course Major.

Minor


An Honors Minor in Art History will take one 2-credit seminar, and must have done at least two other courses in Art History. Only one of those credits can be a transfer credit.

Honors in Art


For Graduating Classes 2021 and 2022:

Requirements for admission to Honors do not differ from those for admission to the Course Major. Students will be expected to maintain an average of B+ or better in all courses in studio art.

For Graduating Classes 2023 going forward: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-art-history/major-minor-and-honors-art

Requirements for admission to Honors do not differ from those for admission to the Course Major. Students will be expected to maintain an average of B or better in all courses in art.

Major


For Graduating Classes 2021 and 2022 

  1. An Honors Major in Art will present 2 preparations in studio art and 1 preparation in art history.
  2. Each of the two studio preparations will consist of two paired studio courses. The examiner of each preparation will receive the syllabus for both courses and slides representing the body of work produced in them and will examine the student in an individual oral examination of 30 minutes.
    1. One preparation pair will consist of ARTT 030 Senior Workshop I and ARTT 040 Senior Workshop II.
    2. The second pair might consist of an intermediate and an advanced course in a specific medium OR two courses with a different approach to the same medium (ex: Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture, Drawing and Life Drawing), OR two related courses (ex: Ceramic Sculpture and Sculpture, Drawing and Photography, Drawing and Works on Paper, Drawing and Painting.

ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HONORS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE DEPARTMENT.

  • Studio courses taken at an institution outside of Swarthmore cannot count towards an honors studio preparation.
  • Only courses taught by regularly teaching faculty in studio art can be applied toward a preparation. Courses taught by regularly returning adjuncts might be applied pending department approval.
  • Honors preparations approved in the sophomore year must be adhered to. Any later changes to your program as it relates to preparations, must be approved by the department.
  1. The preparation in art history will consist of one 2-credit seminar.
    1. The prerequisite for any art history seminar is 2 previous credits in art history, including ARTH 002.
    2. All Majors in Art, whether Course or Honors, must do 3 credits of art history work. Studio faculty may recommend particular art history courses as most relevant to a student’s studio interests.
  2. Honors candidates in Art must fulfill the Course Major Requirements. The prerequisite for all studio work, unless waived, is ARTT 001. The distribution requirements for 2-D and 3-D for the Honors Major in Art are the same as those in course.
  3. Honors study in Art is comprised of a culminating exhibition of the student’s studio work, with an accompanying artist essay of 3750 to 5000 words. Some of this work may figure in the selections of work presented for one or both of the course pairs described above, but the rationale for inclusion in the exhibition will differ. The artist essay will be sent to both examiners of studio preparations. A revision of a paper written previously for the art history preparation will be sent to the art history examiner.The senior honors study essay will differ from the artist essay written by course students in that it will integrate the preparations in studio and art history.
    1. The SHS essay will differ from the artist essay written by course students in that it will integrate the preparations in studio and art history.
    2. For Honors Majors, ARTT 040 will count outside the Major for purposes of calculating the 20-course rule, since it serves as Senior Honors Study. It will be listed on the transcript not as ARTT 040 but as Senior Honors Study.
    3. If a student drops out of Honors after the drop/add period in the last semester, the SHS credit will receive a grade of NC. Senior Workshop II (ARTT 040), assuming it had been successfully completed in the Spring, will then be listed on the transcript with the appropriate grade.
    4. WARNING: if a student drops out of Honors, Senior Workshop II no longer counts as outside the major, but as within. A student who has taken 12 other credits within the department, and who is graduating with the minimum of 32 credits will then have 13 in the major and only 19 outside. Honors Art Majors should be especially careful to take enough credits outside the department if they contemplate withdrawing from Honors.

For Graduating Classes 2023 and later: http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-art-history/major-minor-and-honors-art

Honors in Art (Major and Minor)

Requirements for admission to Honors do not differ from those for admission to the Course Major. Students will be expected to maintain an average of B or better in all courses in art. The Honors Art major is an 11 credit major with the additional credit (to the Course Major) added from the required 2 credit art history seminar. ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HONORS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE DEPARTMENT.

Major

  • An Honors Major in Art will present 2 preparations in art and 1 preparation in art history. The preparation in art history must be a 2 credit seminar.
  • Each of the two art preparations will consist of two paired art courses.  The examiner of each preparation will receive the syllabus for both courses and images representing the body of work produced in them and will examine the student in an individual oral of 30 minutes.
  • Each pair of art courses can consist of an intermediate and an advanced course in a specific medium OR two courses with a different approach to the same medium OR, two related courses 
  •  Art courses taken at an institution outside of Swarthmore cannot count towards an honors studio preparation.
  • Only courses taught by regularly teaching faculty in art can be applied towards a preparation. Courses taught by regularly returning adjuncts might be applied pending department approval.
  • Honors preparations approved in the sophomore year must be adhered to.  Any later changes to your program as it relates to preparations, must be approved by the department.
  • The prerequisite for any art history seminar is 2 previous credits in art history
  •  Honors candidates in Art must fulfill the Course Major requirements.
  • Honors study in Art consists of a culminating exhibition of the student’s studio work, with an accompanying artist essay of 3750 to 5000 words.  Some of this work may figure in the selections of work presented for one or both of the course pairs described above, but the rationale for inclusion in the exhibition will differ. The artist essay will be sent to both examiners of studio preparations.  A revision of a paper written previously for the art history preparation will be sent to the art history examiner.

 

 

Minor


For Graduating Classes 2021 and 2022 

  1. An Honors Minor in Art will present to the honors examiners one studio preparation consisting of ARTT 030 Senior Workshop I and ARTT 040 Senior Workshop II.
  2. An Honors Minor in Art must fulfill the requirements for the Course Major in studio art (see Major in Art.)
  3. During the Spring semester of the senior year a minor will write a 2500 word artist essay to be sent to the examiner, along with the relevant syllabi and slides for the two-credit preparation.

 

For Graduating Classes 2023 going foward http://www.swarthmore.edu/art-art-history/major-minor-and-honors-art

  1. An Honors Minor in Art will present to the honors examiners one studio preparation which must be a combination of the Independent Thesis Project and another related course.
  2. An Honors Minor in Art must fulfill the requirements for the Course Major in art.
  3. During the Spring semester of the senior year a minor will write a 2500 word artist essay to be sent to the examiner, along with the relevant syllabi and slides for the two-credit preparation.

Major Application Process


Requirements for admission to the majors:

Art History


  1. Overall average of C or better in all courses taken during the two semesters preceding the time of application.
  2. Completion of at least two courses in art history at Swarthmore with grades of B or better. For a double major the grade minimum is also B.

Art


For Graduating Classes 2021 and 2022:

  1. Overall average of C or better in all courses taken during the two semesters preceding the time of application. For a double major the
    overall average must be C. Completion of at least one course in art history and one course in art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.

  2. Completion of at least one course in art history and one course in art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.

For Graduating Classes 2023 and later: 

  1. Completion of at least one course in art history and one course in art at Swarthmore with grades of B or better.

Art Department Majors and the 20-Course Rule


It is a college requirement that 20 of the 32 credits required for graduation must be OUTSIDE the major. This means that one can take no more than 12 courses in the major, unless one graduates with more than 32 credits, in which case the surplus can also be in the major.

For Art History Majors, the one required credit of studio art course work counts as within the Major, but additional credits of studio art count as outside. Thus, an Art History Major graduating with 32 credits could take no more than 3 additional art history credits beyond the 8 art history credits that are required for the Major. But an Art History Major could take as many more studio credits as desired.

For Art Majors, the required three credits in art history count within the major, but additional credits in art history count outside the major.

 

Advanced Placement Credit


Credit for an AP5 will be given upon completion of an art history course in the department. For majors this credit will cover the requirement for ARTH 002  .

Transfer Credit


A maximum of two transfer credits will count toward the major, either from study abroad or other U.S. institutions. Students transferring into Swarthmore from another institution should consult with the art history coordinator regarding their specific situation. 

Off-Campus Study


The Art Department strongly encourages those with an interest in art and its history to consider incorporating study abroad–either during a summer or a regular academic term–into their Swarthmore program. Important examples of art and architecture are scattered throughout the world, and the encounter with works still imbedded in their original context is vital to an understanding of their historical and contemporary significance. Past experience has shown, however, that art courses in most foreign study programs fall considerably below the academic standards of comparable courses at Swarthmore. Students who are interested in bettering their chances of gaining a full Swarthmore credit for a course taken in a forgeign program are advised to meet with the Art Coordinator and/or the Art History Coordinator before leaving the campus. PLEASE NOTE: to receive transfer credits in art history, you must have taken at least one art history course at Swarthmore (normally before going abroad).

Art History Courses


Art Courses