Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Studio Art 298. Experimental Courses

Printmaking: Artist Books

In this course, students will create original artist books using contemporary printmaking techniques. The structure of book formats — with its interactive unfolding of sequential or serial imagery, not to mention the variety of bookbinding options and sculptural possibilities — offers students an extended platform across multiple pages to develop inventive, creative concepts and visual narratives.

Contemporary pioneers in printmaking have developed new materials and alternative techniques in a variety of printmaking disciplines that are less toxic and safer, more environmentally friendly to use. Students will experiment with and learn to exploit alternative techniques that innovatively mimic effects achieved with traditional lithography, a planographic printmaking medium. Using these more direct, yet no less seductive, materials, such as polyester plate lithography, paper lithography and photopolymer plates, students will have the opportunity to layer and manipulate both hand drawn and digital imagery, textures and text, in black and white and color.



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Digital Editing

A study of film and video editing from both technical and aesthetic perspectives. Students will utilize Adobe Premiere, AfterEffects, and Photoshop to engage in multiple editing projects spanning a variety of modes; Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Remix, and Video Essay. Students will examine how a story/idea is most effectively assembled and enhanced through the editing process. In addition to the technical aspects of digital editing, we will discuss concepts such as sound/picture relationship, juxtaposition of images, shot duration, pacing and rhythm, and continuity.


Experimental Filmmaking

An intensive hands-on film/video class that is focused on the production of experimental films. Students will produce three short experimental films, utilizing a variety of shooting media and sound design tools. Furthermore, students will debate the definition of “experimental film” as we explore works by early practitioners such as Maya Deren, Josephy Cornell, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger and contemporary artists including David Lynch, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and Reynold Reynolds.