Mason School of Art | New AVT Course Offerings
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New AVT Course Offerings

New AVT Course Offerings for FALL 2023

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AVT 309 – Art as Social Action

3 credits 
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Instructor: Benjamin Ashworth

Interdisciplinary exploration of work by citizen-artists whose artmaking engages the social world. Students learn about the history of socially engaged artmaking and experiment with individual and collaborative projects addressing social issues.

AVT 324 – Clothed Figure Drawing

3 credits 
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
Instructor: Peter Petrine

Drawing with an emphasis on the observational study of the human body. Human anatomy and proportion are examined through a series of methodological approaches, including gesture, contour, mass, and modeling.


AVT 380 – Thinking Through Animation

3 credits 
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Instructor: Gail White

This course encourages students to openly investigate historical, cultural and theoretical forces that have influenced both established and experimental animation practices. Readings and screenings will challenge students to expand their thinking about animation and to develop innovative approaches to their own creative work. Projects will provide students with a framework to animate lived experiences, invented realities, and to jump the gap between bits and atoms.

AVT 382 – 2D Experimental Animation

3 credits 
Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Instructor: Victor Torres

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. and 1:30 PM – 4:10 p.m.
Instructor: Gail White

This course emphasizes the “Art” of animation and takes a creative and critical approach to making experimental animations where “the story” collides with the codes and conditions of life on planet Earth. Experimental animations will be considered in the context of, and critically engaged with, entertainment and commercial animations. Elements from film production, popular and remix culture, experimental and traditional animation, the visual and performing arts, creative writing, and storytelling may be combined to bring distinctive perspectives to completed projects.

Special Topics Courses:

AVT 385 – Eco Art Class 

3 credits
Instructor: Mark Cooley

EcoArt is a university synthesis course designed by Professor Mark Cooley and offered by the School of Art. The course brings together ideas, tools and methods from across a spectrum of arts, sciences, humanities, progressive agriculture, and folk traditions with an ultimate interest in forming sustainable and creative relationships with the earth’s life support systems. The course assumes that the environmental problems we face are largely the product of culture, and as such, require cultural responses. EcoArt explores current discourse on art, ecology, and environmentalism, while challenging students to conceptualize and make engaging, creative, and ecologically informed responses to their world.

The course serves as an introduction to EcoArt by creating a context for course members to:

  • Examine the precedence and present case for making art as an ecological practice by studying the history of ecologically informed art practice and considering the political/economic (and therefore ecological) function of the modern art canon;
  • Develop vocabulary, knowledge and practical skills useful in making creative, ecologically informed decisions in art and life;
  • Create individual and group projects that respond to cultural and ecological conditions;
  • Developing methods of evaluating human works in relation to their ideological and material impacts on the world.

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AVT 496 – Woodworking & Furniture Design

3 credits 
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-1:10p.m.
Instructor: Cristian Wicha

This course is designed for students with an interest in woodworking and furniture design. The fundamentals of both traditional and contemporary design are explored. Taking cues from historical and contemporary movements, students will have the ability to construct a work of their own design. Over the course of the semester, students will work with the instructor on the design and building of their own piece of furniture. Instruction in the usage and techniques of both machine and hand tools are covered in conjunction with the execution of the finished piece.


AVT 496 – Botanical Illustration 

3 credits
Friday, 1:30 p.m.- 4:10 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Beach

Learn botanical illustration by observing and drawing from live plant specimens. Students will bring in plants and flowers and by careful observation learn how to draw them. We will start in graphite, and then go on to colored pencil, using a full palette to illustrate the incredible colors found in nature. Students will learn how to layer the colored pencil to get a realistic, vibrant portrait of the plant.

AVT 496 – Woodworking & Furniture Design II

3 credits 
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:10 p.m.
Instructor: Cristian Wicha

AVT 496 – Arabic Calligraphy 

3 credits 
Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
Instructor: Abdulrahman Naanseh

Arabic calligraphy is the artistic practice of handwriting Arabic script in a fluid manner to convey harmony, grace, and beauty. In this course, students will be introduced to Arabic Calligraphy as an art form and instructed by CVPA’s visiting artist Abdulrahman Naanseh. Knowledge of Arabic is not required.

AVT 390 – Video Art Studio

3 credits
Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Instructor: Justin Plakas

Integrates study of contemporary art theory, montage theory, and artistic practices with application to new media and technology. Special focus on visual culture and video art, sound design, and the sociopolitical implications of media.