200 Level Courses

Art 211 students working on their stained glass panels

ART STUDIO

200 Painting I
202 Introduction to Scenic Design
211 Stained Glass Studio I
212 Stained Glass Studio II
221 Batik Studio
222 Weaving Studio
231 Etching Studio I 
232 Etching Studio II
240 Pastels
255 Watercolour - Techniques and Approaches
297 Selected Topic - Digital Photography
298 Selected Topic - Printmaking
299 NEW! Selected Topic - Introduction to Painting

 

ART HISTORY

244 History of Photography
251 Medieval Art
252 Baroque Art
258 Impressionism
260 20th Century: Modern Art
261 Contemporary Art
 

ART STUDIO

200 Painting I

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StFX students learn to paint with
a still-life as subject matter
Jasmine deZeeuw
Self-portrait, grayscale study, 2015
Andrew Litke
Colour Study, 2012
Stephanie Robertson
Still-life, 2015

This course 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.
6 Credits

Prerequisite: 100 Drawing, or portfolio submission

Instructors: Michael MacFarlane, Adele McFarlane

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202 Introduction to Scenic Design

InsideMullingarTheOldKitchen InsideMullingarTheBedroom DraculaSunrise
Outside Mullingar
Act I, Scene I - The Old Kitchen
Festival Antigonish
Outside Mullingar
Act I, Scene III - The Bedroom
Festival Antigonish
Dracula
Sunrise
Theatre Antigonish

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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211 Stained Glass Studio I

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StFX student working in the Stained Glass studio
Rowan Murphy
Landscape, 2016
Tianne Lewis
Freeform, 2016
Zihao Jiang
Pandas, 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: 100 Drawing  or 115 Introduction to Design 

Instructor: Janette Fecteau

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212 Stained Glass Studio II

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StFX student preparing to construct her lamp
Stained-glass lamp
created in class
Emma Tompkins with her lamp inspired by song birds
Design and technique
applied to a 3-dimensional
form
Sea and sail lamp

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 

Instructor: Janette Fecteau

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221 Batik Studio

Batik Studio
hannah soules Batik
221 Batik Studio
At work in the Batik Studio
Batik by Hannah Soules, 2014
Image courtesy of: Indonesia Batik Corner

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: 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

StFX student weaving
Elizabeth MacMillan Buddha
JillFranklinRobin
Trippy Sun, Micael Pierce, 2015
 
StFX student, Parnell MacNevin, tapestry weaving
Elizabeth MacMillan
Buddha
Jill Franklin
Robin and Strawberries
Michael Pierce
Trippy Sun

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
Website

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231 Etching Studio I

not offered 2017/18 academic year

See 298 Selected Topic: Printmaking (below)

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 232 Etching Studio II

not offered 2017/18 academic year

See 298 Selected Topic: Printmaking (below)

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240 Pastels

Pastel Studio
Boat Drawing
Horses
Still-life
 
StFX students exploring pastels while drawing from the model
StFX student Nicole
Boat, 2012
Pastel
18 x 22 inches
 
StFX student Becca
Horses, 2012
Pastel
18 x 22 inches
 
StFX student Hilary drawing from a still-life

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: Odile Têtu

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255 Watercolour - Techniques and Approaches

WatercolourPalette Tulips Landscape Cactus Tulips  
A watercolour palette
Still-life
Landscape
Cactus
Wet-on-wet technique
Tulips, detail

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: 100 Drawing
Or, a portfolio

Instructor: Kate Brown-Georgallas

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297 Selected Topic - 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: Kristy Depper

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298 Selected Topic - Printmaking

StudentAtPress
 
StFX student, Yudi Jinang, at work in the press room of the printing studio
Elizabeth Catlett
Sharecropper, 1952
Lino cut
 
Cyndey Taylor
Tesserae #9, 2010
Chine-collé and etching
Elizabeth Catlett
Malcolm X
 Speaks for All of Us, 1969
Lino-cut
Print artist Lynn Bailey demonstrating a collograph mono-print using found objects

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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299 Selected Topic - Introduction to Painting

This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals and techniques of oil painting. By learning colour theory and colour mixing we will explore a painter's materials and tools. We will progress to the direct and indirect approaches to producing a painting supplemented with lectures aimed at placing your practice within a contemporary context.
3 Credits

Instructor: Adam Tragakis

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ART HISTORY

244  History of Photography

Not offered 2017/18 academic year

Muybridge Woman jumping over a chair
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
GoodShepherd
Lindisfarne
Chartres
 
Catacombs of Peter and Marcellinus, Rome
2-4 C.
The Good Shepherd
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna
5th C.
Lindisfarne Gospels
Carpet Page
c.700
Chartres Cathedral
Jamb Statues of Saints
12th 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: Dr. Alyssa Abraham
 

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252 Baroque Art

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

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: Dr. Alysssa Abraham
 

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258 Impressionism

Not offered 2017/18 academic year

Renoir
Seurat
VanGogh
Monet
 
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Girl with A Watering Can, 1876
Georges Seurat
Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1885
 Vincent Van Gogh
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: TBA

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260 20th Century: Modern Art

Picasso
Demuth
Dali
Kahlo
 
Pablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907 
Charles Demuth
I Saw the Number 5 in Gold, 1928
 
 
Salvador Dali
The Persistence of Memory, 1931
 
Frida Kahlo
Self-portrait, 1940
 

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: Bruce Sparks

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261 Contemporary Art

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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: Bruce Sparks

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