Courses in Art

 

ART 100: Introduction to Art (3)
Prerequisite: Freshman status or permission of instructor
A general survey of visual art 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 101: Basic Design (3)
Prerequisite: ART 100 or permission of instructor
Basic principles and elements of design and composition with problems in line, shape, form, texture, and color theory. Projects include basic printmaking as an extension of these principles. A variety of media and techniques will be explored.

ART 120: Basic Painting (3)
Prerequisite: ART 101 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 221: Theory and Practice of Drawing (3, 3, 3)
Materials and techniques of drawing using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, conte, pen and ink, brush and ink, and scratchboard. Emphasis on line, form, space, light, texture, and composition. Traditional and innovative drawing methods and use of drawing as a commercial tool will be explored. May be repeated twice for credit.

ART 223: Theory and Practice of Ceramics (3, 3, 3)
Introduction to the design and construction, glazing and firing of hand built ceramics. Creative exploration of the various hand building processes and decorating techniques will be covered. May be repeated twice for credit.

ART 231: Theory and Practice of Sculpture (3)
Prerequisite: ART 101 or permission of instructor
Design and construction of three-dimensional forms by additive, subtractive, and manipulative, sculptural processes of modeling, casting, carving, and assembling plaster, wire, paper, clay, wood, and various fibers and fabrics (soft sculpture).

ART 300: 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 320: Intermediate Painting (3, 3)
Prerequisite: ART 120 or permission of instructor
Theory and technique of painting. Problems in space, form, color, composition, and materials, using oil, watercolor, 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 321: Watercolor (3)
Prerequisite: ART 120 or permission of instructor
Introduction to basic watercolor techniques and materials as well as basic color theory as it applies to watercolor painting.

ART 331: Wheel Thrown Ceramics (3, 3, 3)
This course investigates the properties of stoneware 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 for a total of nine credit hours.

ART 350: History of Art I (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103H
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 351: History of Art II (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103H
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 352: 20th Century Art (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103H
The development of progressive art in the 20th century. Exploration of the plurality of styles and concepts in contemporary art and art theory.

ART 353: Art in the United States (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103H
A study of the arts in America from Colonial times to the present as they reflect upon the American experience.

ART 354: World Art (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103H
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 385, 386: Junior Studio Seminar I, II (3,3)
Prerequisites: ART 101 or 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.

ART 420: Advanced Painting (3, 3)
Prerequisite: ART 320
Further pursuit of individual interest area in watercolor, oil or acrylic, 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 485, 486: Senior Studio Seminar I, II (3,3)
Prerequisites: ART 101 or permission of instructor, ART 385, 386 and entry portfolio approval
The course will establish 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.

ART 491, 492: Special Projects (3, 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ART 495, 496: Special Studies in Art (1-6, 1-6)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

ART 497: Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor