Art Courses

ART 101, 201 Beginning Drawing - 3 credits each term

Introduction to the problems and methods of basic drawing, with attention to line, tone, space and composition. Students work from the human figure, still life and landscape using various media. Emphasis is placed on learning to see and on understanding the process of transforming what is seen into art. Students also spend time looking at and talking about the drawings of various artists, both historical and contemporary, to supplement and enrich studio time spent drawing.

ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy - 3 credits

This course will present an introductory experience to the field of art therapy. The course will include principles and practices of art therapy and the use of art making as a healing modality. Students will be introduced to art therapy theory and practice, art therapy history and its pioneers as well as the present day art therapy community and the American Art Therapy Association. Students will explore, through discussion and experiential work, the curative aspects of image and art making.

ART 105 Introduction to Art History I - 3 credits

An introduction to art history, surveying important works with attention to their historical and cultural contexts, this course covers the Paleolithic period through the end of the Medieval period.

ART 106 Introduction to Art History II - 3 credits

An introduction to art history, surveying important works with attention to their historical and cultural contexts, this course covers the early Renaissance through the 19th century.

ART 107, 207, 307, 407 Structures in Book Arts - 3 credits

This is an introductory course for students to explore aspects of structure through the exploration of bookbinding. Slide presentations, technique demonstrations, handouts, project assignments and critiques allow for exploration and understanding of decorative and functional designs in bookbinding.

ART 110 Principles of Visual Organization - 3 credits

An introduction to the basic terminology and phenomena of visual organization studied through a series of lectures, assigned problems and critiques. The course is intended as a cognate course for students in education and communications as well as for students concentrating in studio art or art history.

ART 111, 211, 311, 411 The Printed Image - 3 credits each term

An investigation of the various techniques of printmaking, specifically monotype, dry point and intaglio techniques. The technique of bookmaking is introduced in relation to a developed series of images and as an art form with its own history and expressive potential. Projects and class discussions focus on how visual images convey meaning in works of art; how series of images react and respond to one another; and how the book itself as a container of meaning can be visually and conceptually linked to printed images in works of art.

ART 113, 213, 313, 413 Illustration and Advanced Drawing - 3 credits each term

The techniques, objectives and qualities of drawing are explored through a series of critical sessions based on out-of-class drawing assignments

ART 123, 223, 323, 423 Painting Studio - 3 credits each term

This course focuses on the development of a painterly vocabulary. The problems of direct observation, memory and abstraction are addressed. Students are encouraged to experiment with the painting medium and materials and expected to become familiar with contemporary concerns and relate them to their historical precedents. Field trips and visiting artists offer insight into contemporary themes and issues.

ART 124, 224, 324, 424 Structures through Papermaking - 3 credits each term

The focus of this course is designed to introduce students to the process of making paper with applications in sheet forming, bookbinding and 3D structures. Investigations into the history of papermaking and contemporary applications will supplement the hands on studio environment of this course.

ART 125, 225, 325, 425 Jewelry and Metalsmithing - 3 credits each term

The focus of this course is a deep exploration of the historical and contemporary concepts and processes of jewelry-making and body adornment. Emphasis is placed upon the creation of jewelry as objects of personal language and expression. The basic jewelry and metalsmithing techniques of construction and casting are demonstrated, learned and utilized in the creation of jewelry-based objects of art.

ART 127, 227, 327, 427 Sculpture Studio - 3 credits each term

The focus of this course is an introduction to the process, principles and practice of sculpture. The course exposes the student to art and ideas through field trips, visiting artists, reading and presentation together with the creation of sculpture. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal expression through a thorough understanding of the form.

ART 129, 229 InDesign Computer Graphics Workshop: I & II - 1 credit each workshop

The focus of this course is an introduction to the basics of InDesign, a computer text and image, lay-out based program used in graphic design. This course is offered in an accelerated format. InDesign II goes into the potential of the software at a greater depth.

ART 131, 231, 331, 431 Ceramics Studio - 3 credits each term

The focus of this course is an examination of the processes and history of ceramic art in the context of human societal development. Students utilize the various skills and techniques of wheel-throwing, slab-building, glazing and firing to produce ceramic objects as vehicles of personal expression.

ART 134 Photoshop Computer Graphics Workshop - 1 credit

The focus of this course is an introductory course to the basics of Photoshop, a computer image-based program used in graphic design. This course is offered in an accelerated format.

ART 139, 239, 339, 439 The Book as Art - 3 credits each term

The focus of this course will be on the investigation into the process of bookmaking from simple zines to unique artist books. We will learn several different structures and produce books with and without text. Students will work individually and collectively to explore different ways of creating. Ideas of narrative, found language, concrete poetry and illustration will be addressed.

ART 200 Modern Art 1880-1945 - 3 credits

The focus of this course is the study of selected works of art and texts from the period. Primary source documents such as artists’ statements, manifestos and important works of criticism and poetry are studied alongside the painting, sculpture and performance that they address. Postimpressionism, symbolism, fauvism, expressionism, cubism, futurism and surrealism are some of the movements to be considered.

ART 203 Applications in Art Therapy - 3 credits

This course offers a survey of applications in art therapy as related to media selection and methods in diverse settings and with a variety of populations. Consideration of developmental issues, environmental factors, cultural diversity and adaptations for individual challenges will be explored. (Pre-requisite: ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy)

ART 210 Contemporary Art 1945-Present - 3 credits

The focus of this course is the study of selected artists and works from the period 1945-present. Emphasis is on work exhibited in the United States, regardless of the place of origin, and on theoretical and critical thought that accompanied the development of abstract expressionism, pop art, minimal art and other recent movements.

ART/HIS 215 Selected Movements in Art and Architecture 1750-1900 - 3 credits

A study of the major artistic styles of the late 18th and 19th centuries, a period characterized by revolution and the birth of the modern era. Topics include neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, the academic style and symbolism. These movements are studied against a background of dramatic political and social change and in the context of a continually evolving market for artistic production. Careful analysis of individual works, together with readings from primary source material, structure this investigation.

ART 220 Women Artists - 3 credits

The focus of this course is a redefinition of well-established assumptions about the history of art and heightened awareness of the work of the many women artists who have participated in the history but whose work has been overlooked or undervalued. Students look closely at the historical circumstances that resulted in some women artists’ reputations, influence and work being virtually lost to subsequent generations. Questions are raised that challenge and explore the criteria used to determine what constitutes “great” art, including the varied points of view raised within feminist art criticism itself.

ART 238 Elements of Design - 3 credits

The focus of this course on an introduction to the visual and conceptual issues of graphic design with an emphasis on creative problem solving. Exploration of design, visual communications, and graphic theory through applied problems will be addressed. Hands on use of painting, illustration and pagination software.

ART 245 Anatomy for the Artist - 3 credits

This course will explore various aspects of the creative use of the human body in the visual arts. Although a majority of time will be spent drawing directly from the human figure there will be significant attention focused on developing a deeper understanding of the mechanics of human movement potential and the historical use of the human body in art.

ART 260 Special Topics in Studio Art - 3 credits

Media or form problems of special interest to students and faculty that are within the scope of existing facilities are studied in these courses.

ART 261 Special Topics in Art History - 3 credits
ART 272 Junior Art Seminar 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with several opportunities for art-making in new genres, in order to allow for a broad experience base as they move into their senior year. The class focuses on collaboration and critical group discussion.

ART 335, 435 Advanced Studio Problems 3 credits each term

This course is for advanced students working in different areas of concentration. Third and fourth level studios may be taken as Advanced Problems. Fourth level (400 level) studios must be taken as Advanced Problems. Third level (300 level) studios may be taken as Advanced Problems with consent of the instructor.

ART 390 Independent Study in Art
ART 403 Art Therapy Practicum - 3 credits

This course is designed to give senior students an opportunity to clarify and focus their professional intentions and to obtain experience that will be useful in pursuing further educational opportunities. It is appropriate for art therapy majors who plan to do graduate work in the field of art therapy. The central focus of the course is the practicum. The student is expected to all hours of scheduled observation time in an approved facility. The observations must be performed under the supervision of a master’s level art therapist who will be available to supply feedback and discussion of art therapy concepts and approaches. Students are included in a senior art therapy exhibit of work created during their practicum hours.

Pre-requisite: ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy and ART 203 Applications in Art Therapy

ART 470 Senior Studio Seminar - 3 credits (fall only)

This course is offered every fall semester as a requirement for the art major. Students will focus on the creation of their own art work determined by their area of interest be it painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry/metal smith. Expectations of this course involve research, written work such as artist statements, resumes and other marketing material, and the creation of new works of art. Through in-progress and group critiques the student will present their investigations and articulate their own interests and vision through visual work.

ART 472 Senior Art Exhibition - 3 credits (spring only)

The Senior Art Exhibition will challenge the graduating Art Major to develop a body of work culminating in a group exhibition. Content, presentation, current art world issues will be addressed. The focus of the course is the historical evolution of exhibition space and specific artists and writers concerned with exhibition.
The course meets weekly for presentations, discussions, conversations, individual and group critique.
The course also offers the opportunity to meet professionals in the art field to further the students understanding of the art world.
Prerequisite: ART 470 Senior Studio Seminar