Fall 2024

Translating Nature: Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-224


Gabriel Phipps (Section 01)


This course explores the visual structures of natural things. The processes and disciplines of drawing, acrylic painting, watercolor and sculpture will be used to examine natural subjects such as plants, animals, landscape and the figure. We will work directly from life. Out-of-class trips will be frequent to access natural subject matter not found in the classroom.

Requisite: One of ARHA 111, ARHA 214, or ARHA 215 (because of the diversity of subject and materials used). Limited to 12 students. Fall 2024: Visiting Lecturer Phipps.

How to handle overenrollment: give preference to art, art history, architecture and other creative disciplines

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


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2024