Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Studio Art 398. Experimental Courses

Introduction to Illustration

Illustration is a powerful form of visual communication. This course will examine many applications of illustration in literary, editorial, scientific, and commercial contexts. Students will explore a variety of artistic materials and approaches used to convey information, articulate an idea, tell a story, or amplify a message. Creative problem solving and innovative visual thinking are critical skills in the field of illustration. Through play, research, experimentation, and discovery, students will be challenged to develop original visual inventions and authentic personal styles.


Artist Books and the Lithographic Mark

Artist books can assume many forms. They present the artist with limitless opportunities for conceptual invention, narrative expression, and sculptural possibilities through construction and bookbinding choices. They offer the viewer a rich, interactive and tactile experience through the unfolding of sequential or serial imagery across multiple pages.

In this course, students will create original artist books using alternative printmaking techniques that mimic effects achieved with traditional lithography. These more direct, yet no less seductive, materials that are safer for both artist and environment, such as polyester plate lithography, paper lithography and photopolymer plates, offer greater freedom to experiment with imagery development in both black and white, and color. Students will learn to layer and manipulate hand drawn and digital imagery, textures and text for unique, one-of-a-kind books and multiple copies (small editions) of the same book. Access to our extensive collection of artist books in the Wheaton Archives and Wheaton Permanent Collection will be a valuable source of inspiration.


Painting Process

This class explores both contemporary and traditional approaches to painting through an intense focus on process and materials. Selected projects include acrylic paint used as a medium for wash drawing and in fully developed compositions. Assemblage and paint additives further the exploration of surface and texture. Oil paint is used following the indirect method for glazing egg tempera and other under-painting bases. Color and composition will be studied through projects that include non-traditional tools and applications including pouring, squeegee, collage, and stencils.
Prerequisite: Painting I (ARTS 220)or permission of instructor.


Exploring Painterly Monotypes and Monoprints

This printmaking course will focus on painterly, contemporary, and safer, less toxic printmaking materials and techniques, with an emphasis on a more in-depth exploration of themes, ideas and various formats to enhance content. Students will develop a grounded creative process and expand their expressive mark-making vocabulary by exploring both additive and reductive techniques used to create monotypes and monoprints, often referred to as *unique prints*.


Painterly Printmaking to Create Print Suites and Artist Books

This printmaking course will focus on painterly, contemporary, and safer, less toxic printmaking materials and techniques, with an emphasis on a more in-depth exploration of themes, ideas and various formats, including artist books, to enhance content. Students will develop their creative process; they will explore materials and methods, exploiting their potential to create unique prints and multimedia prints; and they will experiment with different formats to see how content is affected by presentation.


Color Theory

Van Gogh, Matisse, Titian and even Warhol were masterful colorists whoused color deliberately to create powerful drama in their work. The dynamics of color are fundamental to virtually all design, illustration and painting. In this course, students explore how the concepts of value, hue and intensity relate to an image and how the use of color is integral to a piece’s effect and ultimate success. In this course students will explore the specific applications of color in a variety of materials, in two- and three-dimensional design. The expressive and psychological impact of color interaction will also be explored in this course, in the hopes of ultimately honing individual sensibility and personalized palettes.