Course Descriptions

Art


ART 101
Art History
3 credits

This survey course includes the study and appreciation of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Paleolithic to modern times. A limited examination of contemporary painting and sculpture is also included. The approach is to investigate styles, periods, and artists as they relate to time and place. Museum or gallery trips are integral to the course of study.


ART 200
Creating Art from Life
3 credits

In this course, students will learn to see to see the world around them in a new way. By using discarded, impermanent, and often overlooked materials in their immediate surroundings, they will utilize these alternative media to explore the potential for creating art. Even students with no experience in traditional artistic media (drawing, painting, etc.) will be able to increase their depth of visual thinking and exercise creative problem solving through the arts by expanding their use of tools and techniques used to approach art projects.


ART 202
Romanticism, Modern and Contemporary Art
3 credits

Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Modern, and Contemporary art movements are examined in addition to major artists of these periods.


ART 203
Non-Western Art
3 credits

This course is an introduction to the visual arts of five geographic regions traditionally referred to as art(s) of the non-western tradition. The course examines the secular as well as religious art issues of the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania.


ART 210
Basic Design
3 credits

The materials and processes of design are considered in conjunction with the principles which influence form and function. Design is explored through hands-on application with a variety of media.


ART 245
The Art of Photography
3 credits

This introductory course for non-art majors emphasizes photography as both a fine art and communications medium. The focus is on major photographers, photographic imagery, the history of the medium, the use of photography for artistic communication, and the major themes used by photographers: the Human Condition, the Still Life, the Portrait, the Nude, Nature, and War. The history of the medium will be explored, along with the works and lives of many of the major photographers of the past and present. Technical aspects of the camera, film, and lighting will be examined in some depth to enhance the understanding of the creative intricacies of the making of photographic images. The use of a camera, although not required, is strongly recommended: specific instruction in the use of a 35mm camera is offered.


ART 301
Drawing and Painting
3 credits

The key compositional elements in drawing or painting are explored using visuals, lectures, and the application of the principles of design in studio work. This introductory course for non-art majors is designed to develop skills by the direct application of art media.


ART 302
Drawing
3 credits

The key compositional elements in drawing are explored using visuals, lectures, and the application of the principles of design in studio work. This introductory course for non-art majors is designed to develop skills by direct application of art media.


ART 303
Themes in Contemporary Art
3 credits

This course includes the study and appreciation of art in the 21st century. Students will investigate themes including art as social change, art as object, art as event, and art as concept. Students will use visual literacy and critical thinking skills to investigate the meaning and importance of art in modern society. This course will encourage active participation by fostering dialogue, discourse, and interpretation.


ART 304
Painting
3 credits

The key compositional elements in painting are explored using visuals, lectures, and the application of the principles of design in studio work. This introductory course for non-art majors is designed to develop skills by direct application of art media.


ART 310
Exploring Art Media
3 credits

This course explores and demonstrates a variety of art media and tools: tempera, water color, clay, collage, textiles and others. This course is recommended only for education majors.


ART 315
Watercolor Painting I
3 credits

This is an introductory course in watercolor using the study of design concepts, color exercises, and the application of fundamental watercolor techniques. Traditional and contemporary watercolor paintings are examined. Student work is used in evaluation and critique. Students’ portfolios are a requirement in grading the course.


ART 316
Watercolor Painting II
3 credits

This course is designed so students may study more in depth traditional and contemporary water color. Students will express their style using a variety of techniques. Composition, design and critiques are an important part of the student portfolio. They are a requirement for grading this course.

Prerequisite(s): ART 315 or permission of the instructor


ART 320
Fine Art Illustration
3 credits

Students will learn basic illustration techniques; design, layout, and composition as well as experimenting with various drawing and painting mediums. They will learn what is involved in the creative process of problem solving in visual communication.