Core Studio 2: Topics in 2D
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Fine Arts
Course Number: PUFA 3220
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course offers a focused investigation into a single topic. The topic can be, for example, focused simply on one specific techniques or materials, or can allow for hybrid practices, context-driven strategies, and take on larger themes. The Topics class will allow students to explore the respective areas in more focus and depth, through research-based studio work. Reading in this class is seen as an integral part of student’s studio practice. The following will be offered in spring 2016:
Non-Fiction drawing: In this course we will explore indexicality as a way of making drawing as opposed to, say, representation or formalism. Many fields of endeavor employ drawing strategies: mapping, charts, choreographic and forensic diagrams, spiritual diagrams, etc. We will explore these as well as evidence of the indexical in use among contemporary and historical artists. Students will learn to research tools necessary to develop a body of work using their indexical system. As we proceed and develop individual work based on findings, we will also call into question the inherent biases, and the verity of any given indexicality.

Painting in the Digital Age: The gradual shift from analog to digital media has been one of the most significant transformations of our time: one that permeates every aspect of our visual culture and profoundly informs the ways by which we produce, distribute and consume images. Projects will focus on the impact and relevance of digital technology on the form, content and modes of production of contemporary painting. We will work with both traditional and non-traditional media and studio work will be supplemented with independent research into the complex multiple histories of painting in relation to the digital.

Critical Abstraction: Although abstraction generally has a reputation for concerning itself purely with form, the history of abstraction in Modern art proves otherwise. Early Modernist approaches to abstraction were born out of socio-political contexts. Furthermore, as the Eurocentric model of art-making has begun to break down over the last few decades, many contemporary artists are revisiting the forms of the past with critical new perspectives. Looking to the social context in which abstraction in Modernism was born (e.g. Bauhaus and Suprematism) and following this trajectory of abstraction to contemporary art, this course will challenge students to approach social, historical or political content through abstraction. Students will not be required to make “purely” abstract work, but will be challenged to find the potential for form to function critically within their own practices. This course is open to students working in any 2D media. Students will be required to work independently.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majors, others by permission of the Fine Arts program. Pre-requisite(s): PUFA 2200 Core Studio 1: Sign & System, PUFA 2220 Core Studio 1: 2D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2230 Core Studio 1: 3D or PUFA 2240 Core Studio 1: 4D.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.