Fall 2024

The Practice of Art

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-102


Douglas Culhane (Section 01)


An introduction to two- and three-dimensional studio disciplines through hands-on engagement with materials supplemented by lectures, demonstrations and readings. Students will work through a variety of projects exploring drawing, sculpture, painting and hybrid forms. Work will be developed based on direct observation, memory, imagination and improvisation. Formal and conceptual concerns will be an integral aspect of the development of studio work. Historical and contemporary references will be used throughout the course to enhance and increase the student’s understanding of the visual vocabulary of art. Class time will be a balance of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, discussions and critiques. Weekly homework assignments will consist of studio work and critical readings. No prior studio experience needed.

Not open to students who have taken ARHA 111 or 215. Limited to 16 students. Fall semester. Visiting Lecturer Douglas Culhane.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to ARHA and ARCH majors. Others admitted to balance by class year and major.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: In-class studio work, oral presentations, in-class critiques including visual and verbal analysis. Significant time working outside of class. Working independently.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024