Core Lab 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
  • Visual Arts
  • Drawing
  • Painting
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. Topics in fall 2014 include the following:

Imagery & Mixed Media Strategies: This course will look into the history of explicit signs and images used to locate meaning and vitality in our work. Words, emblems and images are employed as references in works of art, and are guides that influence our understanding and responses. This use of imagery is then highly affected by the selection of materials. This class will explore decisions both in the realm of signs, icons and images as well as the means used to deliver them. Drawings, prints, collage, stencils, painting, photos, transfer methods, billboards, posters and old school record album covers will be explored. Students will be encouraged to use our shop facilities in conjunction with hand made methods. Students will also be asked to consider a various range of topics as their starting point throughout the semester (such as natural phenomena, science, politics, astronomy, architecture, sociology, earth science, music, sports, gardening etc.). Imagination, a rigorous work ethic and the ability to explore areas that are challenging will be encouraged.

Painting Past Present & Future: This course will investigate and develop each student’s understanding and creative relationship with the history of painting, contemporary painting and projections about the future of painting. Our considerations will explore the zeitgeist, the political, critical, sociological, and technical influences present in the painting of the past, present, and future, These investigations will be developed in the context of each student’s studio work with the aim of creating a viable understanding and relationship of their painting to art history, contemporary art, and a project of the future. The focus in this course will be on these issues as they are present in each student’s work, with a concern for the students’ conceptual and painterly development.

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 Lab 1: 2D, and at least one of the following: PUFA 2230 Core Lab 1: 3D or PUFA 2240 Core Lab 1: 4D.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Fine Arts students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.