Spring 2025

Image & Text

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-228


Douglas Culhane (Section 01)


The combination of language with visual information offers a rich range of possibilities. In this course we will investigate strategies of interweaving image and text to create works that draw upon the qualities of each to produce hybrid forms. The class will look at a variety of sources and respond to them in a series of hands-on studio projects. These sources include maps, diagrams, calligraphy, illustrations and manuscripts, as well as work from the history of art and literature. The projects can involve drawing, printing, erasures, book-making, writing, digital media and photography to produce works that deploy image and text to express narrative, poetic, political or informational content. Students from a range of disciplines and interests are encouraged to participate.

No prior studio experience is required. Limited to 16 students. Spring 2025: Visiting Lecturer Culhane.

How to handle overenrollment: Majors and students with studio experience will have priority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Studio art projects, class discussions, oral presentations, visual analysis, close reading of text, individual research.

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Spring 2025