Courses in Art

Courses in Art

1000-level

ART 1000: Introduction to Art (3)
Prerequisite: Freshman status or permission of instructor
A general survey of visual art for non-majors which introduces students without previous art experience to studio exercises in drawing, painting, and two-dimensional design. Emphasizes perception and visualization skills, using examples of historically significant works of art.

ART 1010: Basic 2-D Design (3)
Prerequisite: Art 1000 or permission of instructor
Basic principles and elements of design and composition as they relate to two dimensional studio work. Projects will explore line, shape, form, texture, balance and color theory through a variety of media.

ART 1030: Basic 3-D Design (3)
Prerequisite: Art 1010
An introductory study in the elements, organization and implication of three-dimensional design. This course will explore the complexities of mass, form, volume and space in relationship to primary design concerns through reading and visual studies, lecture, studio assignments and project critique

ART 1040: Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
An introduction to design principles, and mechanical and conceptual skills as they relate to commercial art and printing processes. Studio work will include both digital and manual production.

ART 1200: Basic Painting (3)
Prerequisite: ART 1010 or permission of instructor
Fundamentals of painting with projects including painting from still life, the figure, landscape, and innovative subject matter. Emphasis on form, composition, texture, color, value, and techniques of application.

ART 1210: Drawing I (3)
An introductory course in theory and practice of drawing using a variety of media and mark making tools. Emphasis on line, form, space, light, texture and composition.

ART 1920: Printmaking (3)
An introductory course to the basics of printmaking, covering a variety of printmaking media. The format of this class will primarily be a lecture/lab.

2000-level

ART 2230: Theory and Practice of Ceramics (3, 3, 3)
Introduction to the design and construction, glazing and firing of hand-built ceramics. Creative exploration of various hand building processes and decorating techniques will be covered. May be repeated twice for credit.

ART 2310: 3-D Design (3, 3)
Prerequisite: Art 1010 or permission of instructor
Design and construction of three-dimensional forms by additive, subtractive, and assemblage methods.  Maybe repeated once for credit.

ART 2400: Digital Imaging (3)
A hands-on exploration of the computer, using PhotoShop and Illustrator techniques, as well as an introduction to basic composition and digital history. The format of the class will be primarily lecture/lab, with the majority of the class devoted to lab.

3000-level

ART 3000: Theory and Practice of Critique (1, 1, 1, 1)
Prerequisite: Art major status
Enrollment in this course is limited to declared art majors. In-depth consideration of the process and value of critique within the artist’s practice. Students will engage in intense private and group critiques with a professional artist through the term, for the purpose of significant advancement of the studio practice. This course may be repeated three times for credit.

ART 3100: Black and White Photography (3, 3, 3)
Fundamentals of black and white photography with an emphasis on the photographic process as an artistic medium. Topics include control and understanding of the camera, film, paper, and the basic photographic processes of development and printing. May be repeated twice for credit.

ART 3200: Intermediate Painting (3, 3)
Prerequisite: Art 1200 or permission of instructor
Theory and technique of painting. Problems in space, form, color, composition, and materials, using oil, acrylic, or mixed media. Emphasis on understanding and appreciation of past and contemporary painting, the variety and relationship of art styles, and techniques and analytic principles of these styles. May be repeated once for credit.

ART 3201: Watercolor (3)
Prerequisite: Art 1200 or permission of instructor
Introduction to basic watercolor techniques and materials as well as basic color theory as it applies to watercolor painting.

ART 3230: Wheel Thrown Ceramics (3, 3, 3)
This course investigates the properties of earthenware clay in forming wheel-thrown vessels. Emphasis is on consistency and proficiency in centering and throwing. Students will experiment with construction techniques and surface finishes. Course may be repeated twice for credit.

ART 3500: History of Art I (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 1020 or ENG 1030
History and interpretation of architecture, sculpture, and painting beginning with prehistoric art and following the mainstream of civilization to the end of the Medieval period. Emphasis on relationship of art styles to the social, economic, political and religious conditions of the times, the relationships between works of different periods, and the influence of art on past and present cultures.

ART 3510: History of Art II (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 1020 or ENG 1030
History and interpretation of architecture, sculpture, and painting from 1400 to the present, with emphasis on relationship of art styles to the social, economic, political, and religious conditions of the times, the style relationships between works of different periods, and the influence of art on past and present cultures.
Includes study of major trends, developments, philosophy and major artists.

ART 3520: 20th Century Art (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 1020 or ENG 1030
The development of progressive art in the 20th century. Exploration of the plurality of styles and concepts in contemporary art and art theory.

ART 3530: Art in the United States (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 1020 or ENG 1030
A study of the arts in America from the Colonial era to the present as they reflect upon the American experience.

ART 3540: World Art (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 1020 or ENG 1030
The historical development of non-Western art. Emphasis is on the social and philosophical relationships of art to the various non-Western cultures and how these relationships contrast with the role of art in Western cultures.

ART 3980, 3990: Junior Studio Seminar I, II (3,3)
Prerequisites: ART 1010, permission of instructor, and entry portfolio approval
The purpose of this course is to allow individual creative exploration of various studio methods and materials, in multiple contexts, for the purpose of developing a personal artistic initiative. Students are required to complete a body of creative work (to be exhibited at the end of each term), as well as participate in group projects, discussions, and lectures on historic and contemporary art issues. The course is specified for art majors of junior status who have completed a minimum of 15 of the required hours toward the major and who submit an acceptable entry portfolio of work. The structure of the course is variable to accommodate relevant learning opportunities beyond the scope of the college classroom.

4000-level

ART 4200: Advanced Painting (3, 3)
Prerequisite: Art 3200
Further pursuit of individual interest in oil, acrylic, watercolor or mixed media; further knowledge of the theory and technique of past and contemporary painting; awareness of the variety and relationship of art styles and techniques, and analytic principles of these styles. May be repeated once for credit.

ART 4700, 4710: Special Projects (3, 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ART 4950, 4960: Special Studies in Art (1-6, 1-6)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ART 4970: Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ART 4980, 4990: Senior Studio Seminar I, II (3,3)
Prerequisites: ART 1010, ART 3980, ART 3990 and permission of instructor
The course establishes a springboard for the student to enter the next phase of artistic development (i.e., professional art school, graduate school, commercial or freelance career) through intense investigation of production and aesthetic problems in art. The student will work independently on a body of work and his/her philosophical initiative, as well as participate in group context for critique, guest lectures, field trips, and exhibitions. The course is specified for art majors of senior status who have completed a minimum of 27 hours required toward the major and who submit an acceptable entry portfolio of work. The structure of this course is variable to accommodate relevant learning opportunities beyond the scope of the college classroom. The student will have responsibility for all aspects of his/her senior exit exhibit at the end of each term.