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Art Courses

ART 101, 201 Basic 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. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy - 3 credits

This course will present an introductory experience to the field of art therapy. It is for anyone wanting to explore the relationship between art and artistic techniques that support change and transformation in individuals and communities. Students will be introduced to art therapy theory and practice, art therapy history and its pioneers, as well as contemporary issues in the field. Throughout the semester both in and outside of class we will engage in art making to further delve into these concepts, as well as the readings and class discussions. Prerequisite for this course includes General Psychology, PSY 100. Completion of this course will meet 3 of the 6 credits for the Arts LAC requirements for graduation.

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. During upper level studios 207, 307, 407 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 211, 311, 411 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 213, 313, 413 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 223, 323, 423 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 224, 324, 424 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 225, 325, 425 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 227, 327, 427 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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 129 is a prerequisite for ART 229.

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. During upper level studios 231, 331, 431 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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. During upper level studios 239, 339, 439 additional concepts and techniques will be added to the studio foundation and expectations. Accelerated weekend studio courses only serve 100 level studios.

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 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 250 Studio Concepts 2D

Studio Concepts 2D is designed to address the challenges of a 200 level studio course by reinforcing technique established in the 100 level studios while advancing students with in-depth studio processes that relate to a conceptual foundation for art making.

Studio Concepts 2D will provides a comprehensive investigation into form as it relates to content and color theory as a formal device and materials in relationship to ideas. Mapping imagery through transfers and projections will provide the foundation for the 2D course. This course will serve the Art and Art Therapy students intending on concentrating in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing. This course qualifies as a requirement for the major and is available as an elective to non-majors who have taken the 100 level pre-requisite and have permission from the instructor.

ART 251 Studio Concepts 3D

Studio Concepts 3D is designed to address the challenges of a 200 level studio course by reinforcing techniques established in the 100 level studios while advancing students with in-depth studio processes that relate to a conceptual foundation for art making.

Studio Concepts 3D will provide a comprehensive investigation into form as it relates to content and the relationship of 2D and 3D space. Processes in mold making, armature building and fabrication in wood and metal will provide the foundation for the course. This course will serve the Art and Art Therapy students who intend to on concentrating in Sculpture, Jewelry/Metals and Ceramics. This course qualifies as a requirement for the major and is available as an elective to non-majors who have taken the 100 level pre-requisite and have permission from the instructor.

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 303 Applications in Art Therapy - 3 credits (spring only)

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 accessibility will be explored throughout the semester. Pre-requisite coursework: ART 103.

ART 335, 435 Advanced Studio Problems 3 credits each term

This course is designed around production in the studio for advanced level art and art therapy majors as they build a “body of work” reflecting independent research and investigations into studio practices. Theory based readings and discussion will be integrated throughout the semester in support of studio production. This course is for Art and Art Therapy majors only. Prerequisite for ART 335 is a 200 level studio. Prerequisite for ART 435 is ART 335

ART 390 Independent Study in Art
ART 403 Art Therapy Practicum I - 3 credits (fall only)

Taken in the senior year, this course integrates the knowledge students have learned in the various subfields of art, psychology and art therapy. Students participate as an art mentor with older adults in a service-learning based practicum. In addition, the course involves writing a comprehensive literature review on art and gerontology. Pre-requisite coursework: ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy, ART 303 Applications in Art Therapy. REQUIRED: Senior Standing

ART 404 ART Therapy Practicum II-3 credits (spring only)

Continuation of the year-long art mentorship; this semester students participate in a service-learning based practicum with youth. This course also focuses on the development and completion of the senior capstone project. The images created as part of the capstone are included in a senior art exhibit and presentation. Pre-requisite coursework: ART 403.

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. Pre-requisite ART 335

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


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