ART*100, Art Appreciation (3 credits)
This initial course in the visual arts explores the constantly changing world of art, discovering how this form of expression is defined and the rich, varied ways in which it can be appreciated. The study of the individual elements and principles that constitute a work of art is undertaken in this exploration of creativity. Visits to galleries, studios, and museums are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101, ENG*101E, or ENG*101ALP. This is a ‘D’ course.
ART*101, Art History I (3 credits)
A study of Western art and architecture from prehistory through the fourteenth century. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101, ENG*101E, ENG*101ALP, or permission of the instructor. This is a “D” course.
ART*102, Art History II (3 credits)
Painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Early Christian and Byzantine through the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods, with consideration of the political, social, economic, and religious influences of the times. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101, ENG*101E, ENG*101ALP, or permission of the instructor.This is a”D” course.
ART*109, Color Theory (3 credits)
This course is an examination of the action and interaction of color and a study of the visual and psychological factors related to color perception. Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies.
ART*111, Drawing I (3 credits/4 contact hours)
A study of form through gesture, contour line, and the use of light and shade.Various mediums including conte crayon, charcoal, and ink are used in the study of still life and controlled subject matter. Composition is emphasized.
ART*112, Drawing II (3 credits/4 contact hours)
Continuation of ART*111 applied to the human figure through the use of”life” models. The course also includes experimental and creative use of materials. Prerequisite: ART*111.
ART*116, Perspective Drawing (3 credits/4 contact hours)
The system of linear perspective as a method of producing a two-dimensional representation of the three-dimensional world. Problems in one, two, and three-point perspective with some use of projection methods.
ART*121, Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits/4 contact hours)
Background in the fundamentals of art through an examination of the basic elements and principles of design. Exercises in composition using paper, ink,and paint. The second half of the semester consists of the study of color and includes problems dealing with physical and relative properties.
ART*122, Three-Dimensional Design (3 credits/4 contact hours)
Use of a variety of materials to investigate the interrelationships of spaces,planes, and volumes.
ART*131, Sculpture I (3 credits/4 contact hours)
An introduction to the language of sculpture in its many facets. Projects will include modeling in clay, mold making, cement casting, direct carving, and found object composition. Personal expression through both representation and abstraction is encouraged. Students will need to purchase their own materials and tools. Prerequisite: ART*121 or permission of the instructor.Recommended: ART*122.
ART*147/COM*147,Digital Cinematography (3 Credits)
An introduction to photographic principles as they apply to movies and video.This course will use both digital still and video cameras, and cover topics such as composition,depth-of-field, lenses, focal length, exposure, focus, filters, camera angles,camera operation, camera movement, visual effects, and principles of lighting and color; as well as the roles of the Director of Photography and other camera and lighting crew on a production.This is a hands-on course with students completing a series of practical exercises and production assignments.
ART*155, Watercolor I (3 credits/4 contact hours)
In this introductory course basic methods and techniques of watercolor and opaque water-media are presented. Assignments and exercises in acrylic/gouache and watercolor are designed to encourage exploration of the wide range of effects possible with water-media. Experimental methods will be demonstrated as well as traditional techniques such as glazing, wet on wet, and layering. Students will be introduced to the transparent,translucent, and opaque capabilities of water-media painting. Composition, color, design, and art historical reference are emphasized in each of the media. Prerequisite: ART*121
ART*163, Ceramic Handbuilding (3 credits/4 contact hours)
An Introduction to the fundamentals of ceramic design and construction. Pinch, coil, slab, and modeling techniques will be employed to create functional and sculptural works in clay. Surface treatments, glazing applications, kiln loading and firing processes will be covered. Historical and contemporary approaches to ceramics will be emphasized. Students will need to purchase their own materials and tools. This is a”D” course.
ART*165, Metal and Jewelry Design I (3 credits/4 contact hours)
An introduction to basic jewelry techniques such as metal forming, metal weaving, sawing, soldering, and working with hand tools. Students work in base metals such as copper and bronze, or in sterling silver. Design will be heavily emphasized. Students will furnish their own hand tools and materials which will cost about $50.
ART*166, Metal and Jewelry Design II (3 credits/4 contact hours)
An introduction to casting techniques: the primitive techniques such as coal casting, drop casting, cuttle bone casting that are used in less developed countries, as well as the sophisticated technique of lost-wax casting; students will learn how to carve wax, make temporary molds, and ultimately spin molten metal, translating their wax patterns into finished pieces of jewelry. Some materials and tools to be provided by the student which will cost about $50.
ART*167, Printmaking I (3 credits/4 contact hours)
Basic concepts of printmaking are introduced, though mainly relief processes are studied. These include lino cut, woodcut, collage, and mono printing, in black and white and color. A working knowledge of the tools, materials and process of the traditional relief print will be learned, and an imaginative approach taken to the print as a work of fine art. Prerequisite: ART*121.
ART*168, Printmaking II (3 credits/4 contact hours)
The basic intaglio processes of printmaking as an art medium. Techniques of etching, aquatint, engraving, and dry point. Prerequisite: ART*167.
ART*215, Illustration (3 credits/4 contact hours)
Creative exploration of the processes of illustration including design,visualization and sequential imaging, lighting effects, and advanced rendering techniques. Problems presented to develop conceptual, compositional, and technical skills. Students who have taken GRA*220 will not earn credit for ART*215. Prerequisite: ART*121 or ART*111 or permission of the instructor.
ART*250, Digital Photography (3 credits)
An introduction to digital photography including hardware and software, camera handling and creative controls, file formats and management, image editing,manipulation and output options using Adobe Photoshop. Through demonstrations and assignments, a survey of imagery and a final portfolio, students will be introduced to the basic vocabulary, concepts, tools, and expressive possibilities of digital photography. Students must own a 3 megapixel (or greater)digital camera with manual, aperture priority and/or shutter priority exposure modes, There will be some additional expenses. Basic computer and photographic experience preferred.
ART*253, Oil Painting I (3 credits/4 contact hours)
An introduction to the materials and techniques of oil painting. Development of composition through color, form, and textures to meet requirements of a controlled aesthetic concept. Prerequisites: ART*121 and ART*111.
ART*254, Oil Painting II (3 credits/4 contact hours)
Continuation of ART*253 with an emphasis on artistic growth and development of painterly skills. Critical exploration of paint properties and the illusionary effects of color. Prerequisite: ART*253.
ART*280, Advanced Digital Photography (3 credits)
Advanced study of photographic aesthetics, capture and printing techniques, and the history of photography. Students will utilize the latest image editing software to create a portfolio of sophisticated digital images that reflect their personal creativity and vision. Other projects will explore studio lighting, high dynamic range (HDR) imaging and fine art. Students will review the fundamentals of exposure and creative camera controls, learn a non-destructive workflow, advanced masking techniques, and how to process RAW files inkjet output. Students are required to provide their own manually adjustable digital cameras (SLR preferred), printing substrate as specified, and other photographic equipment and materials; a complete list is available from the instructor. A manually adjustable digital camera is a requirement for this course. Prerequisites: ART*250 or Demonstrated knowledge of strong computer skills as determined by the Program Coordinator
ART*299, Independent Study (1-3 Credits)
Students will have an opportunity to pursue with greater depth studio or research projects of particular interest. Must be arranged in the semester prior to registration with departmental approval and with the supervision of an art faculty member. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.