• Studio Foundation

    Required for all VA and RISD courses (with the exception of VISA0120, VISA0130, VISA0140, VISA0150 and VISA0160). Covers the basics of drawing and 2D design while cultivating the capacity for visual thinking.
    VISA 0100 S01
    Students approved by the University to take courses remotely, please register for this section. If you are in-person and on campus in the Fall, please choose another section. Students who are remote will be given priority when registering for this course. All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeP8z4URie_fLK-PWa__-kraIIeRhJUKMQ0VBe3qt-piw142w/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Davis
    VISA 0100 S02
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf54j4Po7iFEUzfZeDAJkdd5JA-pqE9eld4LVcdfFqnVe1SDQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Davis
    VISA 0100 S03
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNp_CjYsLC4XWzsdBnbPYP15Asc-PjiJX2sLc7AtX5hcFBqQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    McMordie
    VISA 0100 S04
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3FmY24rUPyFWYrjjPCuUrOGDvv5R5bJJHc-jAK3DCRyI-Wg/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    McMordie
    VISA 0100 S05
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeX69tJUa7ZKWEWvjxwsCDah0CCGcNnX9PcfYOOQVDNIm3qFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Sanders
    VISA 0100 S06
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScznTEcXeW46rRRtOQiY62Wih9RWM3HPvv9d95rYqhyN5HhnA/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Mattia
    VISA 0100 S07
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfniOvTWb2B_1pGf1G8CAKyUUqklb1xPxypunF5v__nMdFujA/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Mattia
    VISA 0100 S08
    All students interested in registering for VISA0100 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. Freshmen and sophomores will be given priority when registering for this course. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFz8q1bIaJl6Qu_RX7eI83XSB3cWmB_mOhMn6f6hOWaQE-SQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Tyson Osorio
  • Foundation Media

    Foundation media focuses on the production and theory of time-based digital media and introduces the computer as a medium and a tool for art. Students will experiment with the production of video, sound, and interactive media. Students will examine and produce work that is multidisciplinary in nature, combining aspects of critical discourse, art, and technology.
    VISA 0120 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Beeferman
  • Sculpture Foundation

    This is an extensive study in form and structure. It is designed to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of common materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural processes. Students will learn safe usage of power and hand tools, casting techniques, wood and metal work. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on creativity, critical thinking and the ability to successfully articulate ideas visually.
    VISA 0130 S01
    All students interested in registering for VISA0130 should fill out the Google Form below to have your name added to the lottery pool. Do not contact the instructor. Instructors will issue override codes to students chosen by lottery who complete the Google form below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdytROuMqujcCczRwOL98uuKqdctum7dn2d8xIxdP8tXOGrKA/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Primary Instructor
    Stupar
  • Photography Foundation

    This class is a wide ranging technical and conceptual introduction to photography. Through weekly projects, students will be exposed to 19th-21st century photo processes.Topics covered include cameras, lenses, software, darkroom overview, scanning, natural and artificial lighting, alternative processes as well as concepts such as selective focus, color temperature, composition. Short readings and in-class slide presentations on a diverse range of photographers will introduce students to the history of photography. This course will prepare students for upper level Photography classes at Brown and RISD.
    VISA 0140 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Krinsky
  • Digital 2D Foundation

    This foundation studio course introduces the basic practices and concepts of two-dimensional digital media production including image acquisition, editing and manipulation, vector illustration, and preparation for online and offline viewing. Through studio exercises, readings, and assignments we will experiment with the production of electronic images. We will be looking at and producing work that is conscious and critical in nature, and which combines aspects of contemporary art, media, and technology. Collaboration and group work will be encouraged to share learning techniques and skill resources.
    VISA 0150 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Beeferman
  • Foundation Painting

    Painting in acrylics for a variety of interests and aptitudes - basic instruction in media and painting procedure, emphasis on development of the image as a visual statement. Will cover basic color principles, painting techniques and concepts. Assignments cover a wide range of approaches including painting from observation, the model, individual research, and imagination. Images, related books, and articles are discussed. Individual criticism is given; participation in group discussions is required. Students not admitted during pre-registration should attend the first class.
    VISA 0160 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Sanders
  • Drawing

    This course focuses on drawing from models, observation, and imagination in a variety of media with an emphasis on creative work and classroom participation. A continuing series of outside assignments is emphasized. Visits to galleries, museums and pertinent exhibitions may be undertaken. The later part of this course will introduce ideas of conceptual and political art into the drawing process. Enrollment restricted to 18 students.
    VISA 1110 S01
    Students approved by the University to take courses remotely, please register for this section. If you are in-person and on campus in the Fall, please choose another section. Students who are remote will be given priority when registering for this course. VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Myoda
  • Silkscreen

    This course will provide students with a thorough knowledge of both water-based screen printing techniques and digital imaging. The intersection of digital printing processes and screen printing within the context of contemporary works on paper will be explored through a series of experimental mixed-media projects. Work will be in both black and white and color. Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or VISA 0110. This course restricted to 17 students. Students who are not admitted during pre-registration or were unable to pre-register should attend the first class.
    VISA 1210G S01
    Students approved by the University to take courses remotely, you may register for this course. Students who are remote will be given priority when registering for this course. VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    McNeary
  • Art of the Book

    Will examine the book, structurally and conceptually, as artist's medium. Students will learn the materials, tools and techniques of making books, as they explore the expressive and narrative possibilities of the book form. Topics and projects may include digital imaging, combining text and image, traditional binding or digital publishing. Students who are not admitted during pre-registration or were unable to pre-register should attend the first meeting.
    VISA 1240 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Cozzens
  • Painting I

    This painting course explores ideas and concepts in contemporary painting and emphasizes individual projects based on prompts. Students will experiment with materials, color and scale strengthening ideas through individual investigations into content and context. Critiques, readings, writing assignments and final projects will be supplemented by research into artists and movements that have developed within the last several decades. Enrollment limited to 14. Prerequisites: VISA 0100.
    VISA 1310 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Tarentino
  • Radical Outsiders: Performance Art as Acts of Activism, Communion, Rebellion, Humor and Meditation

    In this course, we will divide our time equally between studying the works/styles of contemporary performance artists and practicing performance art techniques and various modes of physically engaging in this art form. (Note: Performance art is not to be confused with the term performing arts. This class is not a theater or poetry presentation course, but can be applied to the ways in which both are presented.) This course will focus on the genre of performance art which lies between most other art disciplines and includes raw feelings (not acted emotions), political views and above all else, the embodiment of physical actions as art.
    VISA 1400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Evans
  • Sculpture: Material Investigations

    This studio course addresses basic sculptural methods, i.e., additive + subtractive modeling, casting, and assemblage, and common sculptural materials, i.e., wood, metal, plaster, and found objects. Demos + workshops on a number of sculptural tools and materials form the foundation for this studio. Students develop sculptural solutions to a given set of problems. Contemporary issues raised in critiques and readings. Extensive outside work is expected. Students who are not admitted during pre-registration or were unable to pre-register should attend the first meeting of the class.
    VISA 1410 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Myoda
  • Black and White Photography

    This course offers introduction to traditional black and white 35mm darkroom techniques, including processing film, silver gelatin printing and related techniques. While the class is primarily a studio course, it will be supplemented by weekly slide presentations and discussions of assigned readings. Slide presentations will focus on individual photographers in the history of the medium. Topics of discussion will include photographic genres, the photo essay, editing and sequencing a body of work, personal visions, social and political context, documentary versus art photography. Students may check out 35 mm film camera from the Dept.
    VISA 1510 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    DeVille
  • Digital Photography

    Over 1.8 billion photographs are uploaded to the Internet each day. Since everyone’s a 'photographer', what type are you? While we constantly produce images for ourselves and others in private and public, this course will ask students to critically rethink this tool. Image-making, from “capture” to “color-correction” and beyond will be consciously addressed, as we approach photography from the perspective of contemporary art practice and produce a final portfolio of prints. Class will be discussion, slideshow, studio and critique. Prior experience in photography preferred not required. A digital SLR type camera may be checked out from the Department.
    VISA 1520 S01
    VISA Concentrators have priority when registering for this course. Should you have an interest in enrolling in this course and were not able to secure a spot via pre-registration, please contact the instructor to have your name placed on a waitlist.
    Primary Instructor
    Alario
  • Honors Seminar

    Required for students who have been accepted as candidates for honors. The seminar meets weekly to discuss readings and for group critiques. Includes group trips to New York and Boston, to visit galleries, museums, and artists' studios. Instructor permission required. Must be accepted into Honors Program.
    VISA 1800C S01
    Override code(s) will be issued to this year's approved VISA Honors cohort. Please contact the instructor to obtain your individual registration code.
    Primary Instructor
    Osborn
  • Individual Study Project in the Practice of Art

    Work on an approved project leading to the presentation of a portfolio, under supervision of an individual member of the staff. Project proposals must be filed with the department no later than the first week of the semester. Section numbers vary by instructor.
    VISA 1910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bostrom
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Ganz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Edwards
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Osborn
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Fishman
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Tarentino
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Myoda
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Ross
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    VISA 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Evans
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research