Inside Art (ARTH-110)

Inside Art (ARTH-110)

A student discusses a 17th-century painting by Abraham Janssens in the Art Museum.

Instructor: Paul Staiti

This course is a discussion-oriented version of Image and Environment (ARTH-100). Here, students actively use objects in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, which is our laboratory. Class experiments in illusionistic techniques range from linear perspective to the camera obscura.

Early in the semester, students are assigned a painting in the Art Museum, and over 10 weeks they take the picture through a series of exercises in description, visual analysis, illusionistic evaluation, iconography and comparative subject matter, all leading to an end-of-semester series of student talks in the galleries.