Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Studio Art 298. Experimental Courses

Introduction to Illustration

Illustration is a powerful form of visual communication. This course will examine many applications of illustration in literary, editorial, scientific, and commercial contexts. Students will explore a variety of artistic materials and approaches used to convey information, articulate an idea, tell a story, or amplify a message. Creative problem solving and innovative visual thinking are critical skills in the field of illustration. Through play, research, experimentation, and discovery, students will be challenged to develop original visual inventions and authentic personal styles.


Digital Editing

A study of film and video editing from both technical and aesthetic perspectives. Students will utilize Adobe Premiere, AfterEffects, and Photoshop to engage in multiple editing projects spanning a variety of modes; Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Remix, and Video Essay. Students will examine how a story/idea is most effectively assembled and enhanced through the editing process. In addition to the technical aspects of digital editing, we will discuss concepts such as sound/picture relationship, juxtaposition of images, shot duration, pacing and rhythm, and continuity.


Experimental Filmmaking

An intensive hands-on film/video class that is focused on the production of experimental films. Students will produce three short experimental films, utilizing a variety of shooting media and sound design tools. Furthermore, students will debate the definition of “experimental film” as we explore works by early practitioners such as Maya Deren, Josephy Cornell, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger and contemporary artists including David Lynch, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and Reynold Reynolds.