Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate Courses


VAH 1041A Art, Visual Culture and Power
Plus Tutorial Sections 002, 005, 007, 009, 011
VAH 1044B Art, Media & Popular Culture
Plus Tutorial Sections 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 010, 011
VAH 2236G What (Not) To Wear
Topic: Arts & Fashio
VAH 2242G History of Photography Bassnett
VAH 2254F Romanesque Art Brush
VAH 2263G Baroque in Europe & Iberian Villar
VAH 2272G Canadian Art Bassnett
VAH 2292F Introduction to Gallery, Museum & Curatorial Studies Robertson
VAH 2293F Art & Mass Media Sprengler
VAH 3386G Histories of Collecting Capuccitti
VAH 3388G History of Architecture & Urbanism Santala
VAH 3390F Special Topic - Celestial Architecture: Artistic Renderings of the Night Sky Hatch
VAH 3391F Special Topic - Hollywood Film and Contemporary Art Sprengler
VAH 3393F Special Topic - Art and the Cold War Bassnett
VAH 4451F Seminar in Medieval Art Brush
VAH 4477G Seminar in 20th Century Art Elliott
VAH 4485E Museum & Curatorial Practicum Robertson
Course Number Course Title Instructor
VAS 1020 Visual Arts Foundation Studio Johnson
VAS 1025 001 Advanced Visual Arts Foundation Studio Merritt
VAS 1025 002 Advanced Visual Arts Foundation Studio Madelska
VAS 2100A Image Explorations Shepherd
VAS 2104A Drawing Explorations Farnan
VAS 2104B Drawing Explorations Shepherd
VAS 2105B Explorations 3: Making Art with Accessible Technology Solti
VAS 2204A Inroduction to Drawing Farnan
VAS 2210 001 Drawing/Painting Klassen
VAS 2210 002 Drawing/Painting Glabush
VAS 2216B Introduction to Painting Neudorf
VAS 2222A Sculpture, Installation and Performance I Hallows
VAS 2236A Introduction to Printmaking  Johnson
VAS 2236B Introduction to Printmaking  Johnson
VAS 2246A Digital Photography Nazzal
VAS 2246B Digital Photography Solti
VAS 2252A Introduction to Contemporary Media I Sneppova
VAS 2254B Introduction to Contemporary Media II Carney
VAS 2274A Art Now! I Edelstein
VAS 2275B Art Now! II Migone
VAS 2282A Honours Studio Seminar I Moodie
VAS 3300 Advanced Drawing Term 2 Carney/Merritt
VAS 3310 Advanced Painting Glabush
VAS 3330 Advanced Printmaking Term 2 Johnson/Mahon
VAS 3340 Advanced Photography Wood
VAS 3356B Advanced Media Art Sneppova
VAS 3382B Honours Studio Seminar II Eurich
VAS 3392B Special Topics in Visual Arts Eurich
VAS 4430 Practicum Moodie/Wood
VAS 4485E Museum and Curatorial Practicum Robertson

VAS 3392B (001): Special Topics in Visual Arts
Sculptural Practices: The Simulated And The Real (Tentative)

This special topics course will explore contemporary sculpture as it engages with juxtapositions between the simulated and the real. Accordingly, projects will take students through concepts pertaining to mimicry, authenticity, functionality and the readymade. While beginning within the sphere of representation, work may also extend towards abstraction. Students will experiment with a variety of fabrication methods, including woodworking, moldmaking, casting, and 3D rendering. Rachel Harrison, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Franz West, Donald Judd and Marcel Duchamp are among the artists we will look to.

Tuesdays: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Prerequisite: VAS 1020 or VAS 1025

VAH 2293F: Art and Mass Media
Prof. Sprengler

This course examines the various intersections between art and the mass media, particularly film, television, and advertising. In doing so, it explores a series of issues around the development of consumer culture and the formation cultural hierarchies. It also considers the many ways in which art has been represented, mobilized, and defined by popular media. This course is primarily lecture-driven. There is no final exam.

VAH 3390F: Celestial Architecture: Artistic Renderings of the Night Sky (cross listed with SASAH)
Prof. Hatch

The fascination with the heavens dates back to some of our earliest monuments and continues to the present day. The nature of this interest has obviously changed over time, as has our rendition of it in art and architecture. In this course we will study the representation of the celestial, looking back as far as Neolithic monuments, but the bulk of our attention will focus on Western Art from the 19th century to the present. Artists of particular interest will include Giovanni Di Paolo, Vincent van Gogh, Joseph Cornell, Nancy Holt, Max Ernst, James Turrell, Patterson Ewen, Anselm Kiefer, Shi Zhiying, and Olafur Eliasson. Each provides a very unique vision that moves beyond simple representations of the celestial objects that populate the universe.

VAH 3391F: Special Topics in Art History: Hollywood Film and Contemporary Art
Prof. Sprengler

The relationship between film and the visual arts is a long and complex one, stretching back to cinema’s very first years. It is one defined by reciprocity, experimentation, and inspiration. This course will begin with a brief survey of this historical relationship and then consider the myriad ways in which contemporary visual artists have made Hollywood film the subject of their work.

VAH 3393F: Special Topics in Art History: Art & the Cold War
Prof. Bassnett

By the time the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers after the Second World War, the utopian dreams of pre-war modernism had shattered. Artists, intellectuals, and other cultural practitioners, struggling to come to terms with the horrors of the war and the threat of nuclear annihilation, explored alternate visions. Taking a thematic approach, this course examines the art of the Cold War (1947-1991) in Europe and North America in relation to the social and political context of the period. We consider major trends in art, alongside the issues that influenced them: abstract expressionism and individualism versus collectivism; international exhibitions and cultural diplomacy; pop art and the rise of mass consumerism; conceptual art, performance, and political radicalism; appropriation and the growth of corporate culture, and more. This is a blended course with online content in addition to weekly class meetings (9:30-11:30 am).

VAH 3394G: Visual Culture and Animal Studies
Prof. Aylen

In recent years, Visual Culture has become an important focus in Animal Studies, just as Animal Studies has become a key research trajectory in Art History and in contemporary art practices.

This course situates the presence of animals in the visual culture of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries in relation to Modern and contemporary anxieties about the boundaries between nature and technology, the “primitive” and the “civilized,” and the human and non-human. We will also consider how art and nature museums, zoos and circuses, sports and animal therapy establish the ground for both differentiating the human spectator from animal as spectacle, and challenging the opposition between animal and human. Readings focus on specific artists, and such key thinkers as Darwin, Freud, Jacques Derrida, and Donna Haraway.