Fine Arts

StudentDescription

In an atmosphere of creativity and commitment students acquire practical techniques while engaging in a critical discourse that develops an understanding of the importance, diversity and richness of the arts in Northern New Mexico as well as in the world. The department offers an associate of fine arts degree and several different certificates within the various areas of the department. Courses are offered in the studio arts, applied arts and crafts, art history, dance, media arts, music and theater. 

 Chair: Sarah Stolar   sstolar@unm.edu

Degrees Offered in Fine Arts 

Current Courses Offerings

Schedule as of January 20, 2021

Film and Digital Arts

FDMA 1210 - Digital Video Production I

An introduction to digital video production. Students learn camera operation, lights and audio equipment. Hands-on production is completed in the studio and on location. Special fee required.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 56276

R 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Taos Online 1

Studio
Peter Walker - pedrowalker@unm.edu 3 6
FDMA 1520 - Intro Digital Media

This course is designed to provide students with a survey of the histories, innovative concepts, and creative possibilities of digital media. Within both the lecture hall and the studio lab, students will consider a wide variety of digital media processes and applications. Additionally, students will learn fundamental skills in teamwork, storytelling, and design. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 53717

R 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Taos Online 1

Laboratory
Peter Walker - pedrowalker@unm.edu 3 9
FDMA 2110 - Intro Film Studies

This course introduces students to the fundamentals in film history, criticism, and theory. Though viewing and analysis of a variety of narrative, documentary, and experimental films, students will advance their understanding of key issues in filmic representation and aesthetics. A range of approaches will be employed in understanding the aesthetic and cultural significance of the medium, including feminism, post-colonialism, critical race theory, and modernism. Special fee required. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 53944 Lecture Kelly Clement - clement8@unm.edu 3 Section Full
Waitlist: 13
FDMA 2195 - Beyond Hollywood

This course concentrates on the representation of children and adolescents in world cinema. The portrayal of children throughout world cinema has a long and rich complex history, which has been primarily shaped by family and national structures. Through film screenings, readings, and discussions class will center on the exploration of what it means to look at children and what cultural baggage are their bodies asked to carry. Also, what impact do national and global politics have on the lives of children? Through the establishment and use of basic vocabulary and analytic methodologies of film studies, larger theoretical and practical questions about how cinema functions as a cultural and ideological force, especially how it helps to construct ideas about the family, the nation, and national identities will be addressed. Class screenings will cover a breadth of children and adolescents in world cinema but readings, discussions, and outside film viewings will provide a more comprehensive overall picture. Course fee required.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 53945 Lecture Kelly Clement - clement8@unm.edu 3 16
801 57174

M T W R F 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Off Campus - Taos ONE

Lecture
Dustin J Sweet - dsweet@unm.edu 3 25
FDMA 2286 - Activating Digital Space

This class introduces students to the techniques of dramatic narrative and how those techniques can inform a visual grammar where form follows function. Prerequisite: 1210.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 57176

M T W R F 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Off Campus - Taos ONE

Laboratory
Jesse W Thompson - jethompson@unm.edu 3 25
FDMA 2610 - Directing I

Introduction to the creative process of a film director. Students will participate in hands-on workshops and develop stories for motion media, create screenplays and work with actors in short scenes using current technologies in film, television and web-based media production. Prerequisite: 1210 and (310 or 324).

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 56275

W 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Taos Online 1

Laboratory
Peter Walker - pedrowalker@unm.edu 3 19
FDMA 2714 - Intro Animation

This course will be entirely focused on laying the foundation of animation around the twelve principles of animation as defined by Disney master animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 56274

W 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Taos Online 1

Studio
David R Mansfield - dmansfield@unm.edu 3 Section Full
Waitlist: 13

Art History

ARTH 2120 - History of Art II

This survey course will explore the architecture, sculpture, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and glass objects from the 14th century to the modern era. While focused primarily on the art of the Western civilizations, this course will also provide insights into the works of other major cultures in order to provide alternate views of art and history. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of artworks to political, social, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural movements that affect and are affected by their creation and development. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 7: Arts and Design.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 56272 Lecture Paula C King - pk1ng@unm.edu 3 26
ARTH 2130 - Modern Art

This course is an overview of European and American art and architecture during the Modern era. Students will analyze the various movements in art as they relate to the historical settings in which the works were created. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of artworks to political, social, spiritual, intellectual and cultural movements as they affected and were affected by their creation and development.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
56273 Lecture Staff 3 35

Art Studio

ARTS 1230 - Art Practices II

This course introduces the exploration of processes, ideas, and diverse media of visual arts. It addresses the thematic concepts that are central to the nature of art making today, with emphasis given to issues of MOTIVE and CHANGE while developing concepts, techniques, and processes involved in working in the third dimension. Prerequisite: 1220.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 50092

F 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Taos Online 1

Studio
Martin F Wannam - martinwannam@unm.edu 3 14
ARTS 1310 - Intro Ceramics

This course introduces the technical processes and conceptual concerns of working with ceramic material. Various methods of forming functional and expressive works out of clay are explored. Methods used include handbuilding and throwing, basic clay bodies, slip and glaze, and atmospheric firing.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
50105 Studio Staff 3 6
Fees: $75
801 56994

T 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Taos Fred Peralta Hall 214

Studio
Luther Akins - lakins@unm.edu 3 Section Full
Fees: $75
ARTS 1320 - Ceramics I

An introduction to the medium of clay incorporating hand building and wheel throwing to introduce the student to both the sculptural and utilitarian uses of clay. The student will also be introduced to a variety of glazing and firing techniques. Prerequisite: 1310.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
50193 Studio Staff 3 6
Fees: $75
801 56995

R 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Taos Fred Peralta Hall 214

Studio
Luther Akins - lakins@unm.edu 3 Section Full
Fees: $75
ARTS 1410 - Intro Photography

This course introduces the making of photographic images from a broad viewpoint to consider both as an art practice and as a cultural practice. The course covers technical information on camera use and functionality, composition and visual design, digital workflow and editing, professional functions of manipulating and enhancing images, and printing correctly and effectively. The historical aspects of photography are also covered.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 56270 Studio Teena L Ryan - tlryan@unm.edu 3 1
Fees: $20
ARTS 1610 - Drawing I

This course introduces the basic principles, materials, and skills of observational drawing. Emphasis is placed on rendering a 3-D subject on a 2-D surface with visual accuracy. Other topics include historical and contemporary references as well as an investigation of linear perspective, line, value, shape, space and composition.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 50079

T 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Taos Online 1

Studio
Sarah Stolar - sstolar@unm.edu 3 1
Fees: $10
ARTS 1630 - Painting I

This course introduces the tradition of painting as a medium for artistic expression. Students will investigate materials, tools, techniques, history and concepts of painting. Emphasis is placed on developing descriptive and perceptual skills, color theory, and composition. Prerequisite: 1610.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
50123 Studio Staff 3 6
Fees: $75
801 56267

T 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Taos Online 1

Studio
Gary A Cook - gary@unm.edu 3 10
802 56992

F 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Taos Fred Peralta Hall 221

Studio
Gary A Cook - gary@unm.edu 3 3
Fees: $75
ARTS 1710 - Intro Printmaking

This course provides direct experience of exploring basic printmaking processes, including relief, intaglio, and monoprint processes, as well as the investigation of materials/media, tools, techniques, history, and concepts of printmaking. Emphasis is given to solving problems through thematic development while producing a portfolio of prints. Prerequisite: 1610.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
50196 Studio Staff 3 6
Fees: $85
801 56991

M 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Taos Fred Peralta Hall 229

Studio
Gary A Cook - gary@unm.edu 3 Section Full
Fees: $85
ARTS 2420 - Visualizing Ideas

The course is dedicated to teaching how to visualize ideas within the photographic medium by combining theoretical content and aesthetic form to create a conceptually rich body of work. It explores advanced digital photography, including perfecting use of the camera and relevant digital software, and honing inkjet printing skills. We will explore new techniques and workflows, and use them to respond to a variety of themes and concerns. We will look at a number of contemporary photographic practitioners, and discuss a multitude of historical and contemporary approaches to the same ideas we will be probing. Prerequisite: 1410.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 56269 Studio Teena L Ryan - tlryan@unm.edu 3 15
Fees: $20
ARTS 2523 - Video Art I

This studio class is an in-depth introduction to video as an art form; the focus will include theory, history and practice of video art as an extension of visual art and as a time-based medium. Video Art’s roots lie in consumer technology, TV, cultural, political and avant-garde film history. This time and light based medium, has a relatively short history and encompasses technological (and scientific) developments, cultural movements and has recently become a ubiquitous art practice. Set up as an online research laboratory, the class will help students to further develop their personal video work while experimenting with various styles and formats of video art. The equipment and demonstrations explored in the class are within a context defined by the history, aesthetics, and theory of video art practice. The emphasis of this class is on the student finding their own personal voice, and incorporating an innovative approach to their video work. Students are also expected to achieve a level of technical competence and confidence needed to undertake more ambitious and sophisticated work. Current and significant contemporary video works and critical writings will be viewed, read and discussed in online forums. This class aims to challenge notions of what video art is, and can be. Students are expected to think outside the box and try new approaches to this time-based media. Students will learn to seek out new audiences and create unique methods of presenting video online. Prerequisite: 1510.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
56271 Studio Staff 3 20
ARTS 2630 - Painting II

This course focuses on the expressive and conceptual aspects of painting, building on the observational, compositional, technical, and critical skills gained previously. Students will investigate a variety of approaches to subject matter, materials, and creative processes through in-class projects, related out-of-class assignments, library research or museum/gallery attendance, written responses, and critiques. Prerequisite: 1630.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
800 50161

W 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Taos Online 1

Studio
Sarah Stolar - sstolar@unm.edu 3 14
Fees: $10
ARTS 2996 - T:

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Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
800
56268 Topics Staff 3 6
Fees: $85
801 56993

W 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Taos Fred Peralta Hall 229

Topics
Gary A Cook - gary@unm.edu 3 1
Fees: $85