Summer at City: from the heart of the NYC art world to your living room ​



Summer Session 1 (June 1- June 25)

Art 31929 Designing Children’s Books

In this course, we will explore the art and words of classic picture books and examine how children develop comprehension through both images and words. How does the way that illustrators design and organize pictures help to convey meaning? We will look closely at several well-known books, examine what makes them work, and create some sample children’s book page designs of our own. No art or writing experience is necessary. 

Art 31931 Arts, Education and Human Rights

Through an exploration of visual art that has been used in prominent human rights campaigns, from protest art to large-scale public installations, this course will explore the intersection of the arts and human rights and how the two intersect to catalyze social change in communities across the globe, and inspire human rights movements. Throughout this course, will become familiar with artists, movements and/or institutions, and practitioners and organizations working at this intersection. Lastly, through collaborative activities and class discussions, students will understand use of the visual arts, as a tool for understanding how societies process and critically reflect upon human rights issues directly impacting them. 

Art 31937 Drawing portraits of everyone you know

Using observational techniques we’ll investigate the concepts of confidence and trust through drawing. Portraiture becomes the medium through which we come to know others and ourselves, and, in this class, we’ll learn techniques for illustrating a face and using mark-making for creating texture and definition in drawings while making portraits of your friends and family.

Art 31933 Art & Social Entrepreneurship: Making a Living & Making Change from Your Art

Now more than ever making a living from your artwork seems near impossible. In this course students will learn how contemporary artists and artisans are earning livable wages from their work. They will leave this course with strategies and an action plan for ethically monetizing their art.

Art 31938 and ART A6920 Counterfactuals

Instructor: Tyler Coburn

A counterfactual is part of a thought experiment that speculates on the possible paths events could have taken. We commonly encounter counterfactuals in sweeping historical reimaginings (What if the Third Reich had won the Second World War?), but they can also help us ask critical questions about the forms of reparation and restitution owed to communities for past wrongs. A counterfactual is not an “alternative fact,” Kellyanne Conway’s means of distinguishing “fake news” from the Trump administration’s view of reality. Nonetheless, counterfactual thinking may provide some perspective on the disinformation campaigns destabilizing governments and populations worldwide.

Counterfactuals surveys this subject over three thematic blocs. The first provides historical context for counterfactual artistic practice by studying fictional and pseudonymous artists, parafictional strategies, and so on. The second focuses on reparations and restitution, with particular consideration given to the United States. The third looks at the spread of disinformation and measures taken, in the United States and beyond, to counter it. These topics are explored through lectures, readings, assignments, and online group activities.

Summer Session 2 (July 6 – July 30)

Art 31934 South Africa and Mexican Printmaking

The Taller Grafica Popular in Mexico and the Medu Arts Ensemble in South Africa are both examples of artists collaborating for the rights of others. In this class we’ll explore, through studio artmaking projects, the role of drawing, illustration, printmaking and more. We’ll also guide you through a historical look at these activist art communities of the 20th Century. 

Art 31935 Arts Administration & Equity

This course will examine contemporary issues of (in)equity in the administration and facilitation of visual art education programs in the U.S. Students will investigate theoretical frameworks for interrogating the intersection of power, culture and art education, including discourses in critical race theory, feminism, and disability studies among others. Students will be leave with practical approaches for integrating equity-centered choices in their professional work. 

Summer Session Extended (June 1 – July 22)

Art 1000 Introduction to Art Principles

Concepts underlying content, formal structure, and historical development of the visual arts; art as a global phenomenon from prehistory to the present; relationship of art to the natural world, the built environment, political and other human institutions, and the realm of spirituality.

Art 10100 Two-dimensional Design

Introduction to the principles of two-dimensional concepts to explore visual vocabulary in design. Particular emphasis is made on representational and abstract aspects of composition to describe shape, structure, and space. Other design issues focus on the application of pictorial elements through pattern, texture, rhythm, balance, gravity, line, and the illusion of three-dimensional effects on two-dimensional surfaces. Color principles, the interaction of color, color phenomena, and the function of color in design are closely examined.

Art 10200 Introduction to Drawing

Drawing emphasizing fundamentals of visual perception, representation, abstraction, and pictorial organization. Introduction to the practice and articulation of elements of drawing involving composition, armature, structure, form, volume, line, texture, value, and space. Observation and specific problems stress experimentation with a variety of drawing materials including dry and aqueous media. Various papers and drawing surfaces are also examined during the course.

Art 10410 Photography and Visual Perception

In this introductory course, students use their digital cameras and the college’s lab in a hybrid, hands-on approach to creating work that expresses a personal photographic vocabulary. Students will gain an understanding of the medium by looking analytically at photographs, through critiques, workshops, and demonstrations, as well as in readings and class discussions.

Art 10500 Introduction to Art Education

An introduction to the field of art education within schools, museums, and community organizations. Integrates studio activities with development of effective teaching strategies.

Art 21068 History of Graphic Design

The study of graphic design as a tool for communicating, reinforcing and shaping socially constructed ideals by tracing the role of communication arts from pre-historic to contemporary postmodern aesthetics. (Required for the B.F.A. in Electronic Design & Multimedia. (Choice of either History of Design or Hist y of Graphic Design.) 

Art 23200 Introduction to Bookbinding

This introductory course will familiarize students with the basic materials (paper, cloth, board, and adhesives), and techniques (folding, sewing, gluing) used in bookbinding. Students will make several structures, including a pamphlet, an accordion, a stab bind, a glue bind, and a bound multi-section book.

Art 29500 Typography I

Type as abstract structure and its relation to problems of graphic communication. Application of typographic design in the creation of posters, brochures, magazine and book design, print ads and packaging.  

Art 29510 Graphic Design Concepts

Exploring the relationship of image and type in graphic design, with emphasis on developing conceptual and visualization skills. Design and imaging using traditional tools and technology in projects ranging from the development of graphic icons to the design of promotional materials.  

Art 31186 Graffiti and Street Art

Graffiti and street art have been made from the ancient world of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to the 20th and 21st centuries In this course, we will explore “train bombing” graffiti in the Bronx to the current global boom of street art that includes stencil graffiti, sticker art, and culture jamming, including highly cultural and political statements. Art has always been broader and messier — and more subversive –than what is displayed in museums and galleries. “Graffiti and Street Art” includes visits to artists’ studios and lectures by artists on the street.

Art 31932 and Art A6915 (undergrad and grad) Surrealism and Ink Drawing

Juxtaposition and Fusion are mainstays of illustration and mixed media art. In this class we’ll explore the function of these strategies through a look at the genre of surrealism in the 20th and 21st centuries. This class is built around dialogue and studio artmaking techniques. 

Art 34300 Digital Art and NYC Galleries

In this multi-level course, we will visit exhibitions in New York City each week focusing on contemporary trends in art photography along with the historic works out of which the trends grow. The heart of the class will revolve around lively group discussions in which students gain insight into ideas and debates occupying photographers and curators in this particular cultural moment. Throughout the course students will create photographic artwork in response to the exhibitions we visit and readings assigned. New York City is the home of institutions that brought art photography to the same stature as painting and sculpture. Beginning with institutions like Stieglitz’s historic 291 Gallery to the numerous museum departments and galleries dedicated to photography today, New York City is a center for debate and presentation of the most innovative contemporary photographic work. Student work will be presented to the group in slideshow presentations. Presentations must highlight how they are engaging or challenging new and fresh territories both aesthetically and conceptually. By identifying their position with respect to the greater array of existing photographic work being produced today students are taking a vital developmental step in their photographic life.​

Art 39510  Electronic Design I

Design for print media with special focus on page layout, integration of text and graphic illustration, and corporate identity systems. Use of the computer as a design and production tool, with an introduction to vector and raster-based software for design and illustration. 

Art 39540 Web Design I

Interface design, information structuring, and interaction design for the Web. Sites will be examined from the perspective of design, utility, and interactivity. Design and development of HTML documents, CSS style sheets, text and images for websites including prototype testing. Students will work individually and in teams, and will exit with an online portfolio.

Art 49590 Digital Design Portfolio

Advanced projects and portfolio evaluation for students planning a career in digital design, illustration, web design and animation. Exploration of presentation techniques; introduction to the business of design, career resources and business practices. Portfolio preparation; practical experience in making portfolio presentations; creation of self-promotion materials. Use of social media to develop a personal profile as a designer. 

Art A6430 Early 20th Century Art in Europe (GRAD)

The development of early modern art styles in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and the U.S. including Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism.

Art 31133. Graphic Novel

The class will cover the basic writing, drawing, and reproduction techniques for creating comics. Traditional production methods of cartooning such as penciling, inking, and lettering will be taught in relation to visual storytelling. Class topics will focus on combining images and text, page layouts, clear and concise presentation of narrative action, panel composition, storytelling, and character design. Principles covered in relation to comics will translate to other applications in graphic design and illustration. In addition to developing students skill set in cartooning, the class will introduce them to a wide range of comics and graphic novels from early cartoon strips, classic superhero books, and contemporary graphic novels.  

Art 31931 Interactive Storytelling

This course will explore adaptive and nonlinear narratives in visual novels, interactive films, and dialogue systems. Students will develop interactive stories to focus on new techniques in narrative development in video games and film and will discuss the history of interactive media. Students will learn to integrate audience participation and decision-making into the media of their choice.  The course will utilize flow-chart software in the creation of these narratives, and the game engine Unity to deploy them and utilize animation, film, and programming to develop collaborative projects. Unity is an industry-standard software in the development of video games and interactive media.

Summer Session Three (July 31 0 August 21)

Art 31927 and A6909 (undergrad and grad) Botanical Art

Positive and Negative space is the key to describing objects in drawing and illustration. In this class we’ll explore this art element in-depth through a look at contemporary artists and a variety of drawing activities, all while drawing and illustrating plants.

Art 31925 Participatory and Socially Engaged Art

This course examines the history of participation and social engagement as artistic practices. These strategies involve the interaction of publics, spectators, and audiences in video, photography, performance, and installation. We consider antecedents from the historical avant-gardes and international art movements in the 1960s, which lead to the proliferation of such practices in the 1990s and beyond. This more recent history of contemporary art is inherently global. Emphasis will be placed on balancing theoretical texts arguing for participatory approaches—such as Nicolas Bourriaud’s influential Relational Aesthetics (2001)—with artist statements and understandings of this type of work, from Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Adrian Piper, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ai Wei Wei, and many more.

ART 31701  Animals and Ecology in Contemporary Art

This course will examine the growing visibility of animals in contemporary art and eco-political practices. Historical precedents, like Joseph Beuys’s performances and the films of Chris Marker, will form the backdrop to the course’s main focus on more recent forms of advanced art, such as bio-art, ecological art, and inter-species collaborations. Emphasis will be placed on tracing the profound ways animals have come to be reconfigured in art, online culture, and climate politics. To further their own thinking and practice in relation to these themes, students will also gain critical proficiency through essential readings across a number of different fields, including animal ethics, bio-politics, cognitive ethology, ecofeminism, environmental studies, postcolonial studies, and posthumanist theory.

Hello CCNY Art students:

March is advisement month in preparation for Fall 2024 enrollment. 

Please schedule an advisement appointment with our art academic advisor, Lily Ivanov, through EAB Navigate ( Registration for Fall 2024 will begin March 19th; please check your CUNYFirst for your Enrollment Date and make an appointment with Lily Ivanov once a semester to check your progress toward your degree requirements.

Summer 2024 registration is still open. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about our summer course offerings.

We encourage everyone to register early!

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For general Art Department inquiries, email or call 212-650-7420. Art Department Faculty & Staff emails can be found here & here.

Reminder: It is critical that you use your CCNY email accounts to receive instructions from your professors, CCNY and CUNY. Please also check your courses on Blackboard; announcements from individual professors may be posted there or sent to your CCNY email account.

We wish you a productive and enjoyable Spring term!

(Updated 2/7/24)


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