Course Descriptions | Studio Art

ARTS 120 Introduction to Painting (Gen. Ed. Goal 5; Domain I-A)
A beginning course in painting designed for non-majors. Emphasis is on development of basic skills in visual expression. Some previous drawing experience is helpful. This course does not satisfy the Art major requirement.

ARTS 167 Introduction to Studio Art (Gen. Ed. Goal 5; Domain I-A)
A beginning course for students with little or no prior art experience. The course explores the fundamental concepts of visual art through projects in various two- and three-dimensional media. The emphasis is on participation, effort, and sensitivity to the principles of visual organization. Studio exercises are supplemented by slides, lectures, and discussion.

ARTS 222 Color and Design
A lecture/studio course designed to help the student establish a basis for the evaluation of the visual arts. Intrinsic qualities of various media are learned through structured studio experiences. Lecture and discussion sessions introduce thought and theories of the past and present.

ARTS 203 Three-Dimensional Design 
A course in which problems in the nature of form, concepts of structure, and principles of design are executed in paper, cardboard, wood, clay, plaster, and masonite. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s ability to conceive three-dimensional forms and execute them skillfully in space.

ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals (Gen. Ed. Goal 5; Domain I-A)
A course to help the student gain knowledge, skills, and sensitivity that aid in the expression of ideas and feelings through drawing. Pencil, charcoal, chalks, and pen and ink are the major media used. Experimentation, development of personal techniques through observation and the participation in the creative process are the main areas of emphasis.

ARTS 234 Children's Book Illustration (Gen. Ed. Goal 5; Domain I-A)
An introduction to the art of children’s book illustration. Students work from existing, revised, or self-authored texts in the creation of narrative imagery. This course leads students through the artistic process, from initial character development and concept sketches, to dummy books, finished illustrations, and the placement of image and text. In classroom exercises, students are introduced to various wet and dry media including acrylic, colored pencil, and collage. Additional topics include the development of individual voice for picture book illustration and illustrating for a particular age group.

ARTS 241 Ceramics (Gen. Ed. Goal 5; Domain I-A)
An introduction to basic techniques in both handbuilding and wheel- working. Students begin to explore ways to make their work more personal by combining technical skills with form and concept. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s ability to conceive three- dimensional forms and execute them skillfully in space. Various methods of glazing and firing are addressed as they relate to student work on specific projects.

ARTS 254 Painting Methods
An introductory course designed to strengthen the students’ awareness of the history and techniques of the craft of painting while exposing students to contemporary styles and ideas about visual art production. This course is meant to aid in the development of the students’ technical and observational skills. Students concentrate on the essential elements of painting, its materials, methods and craft. The structure of this course is centralized around a series of exercises that prepare students for higher levels of problem solving, increase their self-discipline, and develop an understanding of the articulation of brushwork, composition and color. Note: Students may not receive credit for both ARTS 221 Painting I and ARTS 254 Painting Methods.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals or permission of the instructor. 

ARTS 261 Printmaking
An exploration of various printmaking techniques, including screen printing, monotype, relief printing, drypoint, etching, and collograph. Emphasis is on understanding the social and artistic concerns of producing imagery in multiples.

ARTS 266 Wheelworking
An intensive introduction to working on the potter’s wheel. Students learn the basic techniques of centering, opening and raising the walls of pots. Once familiar with these techniques, students learn how to create such functional objects as plates, bowls, mugs, teapots and other lidded vessels. The wheel is also considered as a tool for making more sculptural works. While being exposed to a full range of historical and contemporary pottery, students develop a personal sense of material, form, and design along with methods of glazing and firing.
Prerequisite: ARTS 241 Ceramics or ARTS 203 Three-Dimensional Design, or permission of the instructor. 

ARTS 290 Study Tour: Art & Architecture (Gen. Ed. Goal 5; Domain I-A)
A studio art or art history course taught through an extensive field trip or series of field trips, in addition to more traditional methods of teaching. Students gain direct experience of art and architecture in historic, social, and geographic contexts. The topics/locations may vary from year to year and are announced in the course schedule bulletin. This course, in a different topic/location, may be repeated for credit.

ARTS 300 Life Drawing
A focus on the imaginative and sensitive communication of ideas through skillful drawing. Consideration is given to expressive interpretation of the human figure, landscapes, objects, and abstract concepts. Particular emphasis is placed upon drawing from the figure. An extensive project is required along with an end of course portfolio.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

ARTS 305 Comix and Graphic Novels
A study of the methods and techniques of sequential narration within the contemporary art forms of comix and graphic novels. The focus of this course is on the development of a personal vision in the crafting of illustrated stories. Students are exposed to a variety of media possibilities while exploring the dynamics of pacing, framing, and the interaction of text and image.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals

ARTS 307 Functional Ceramics
An exploration of the creative possibilities within studio production ceramics. Emphasis is on the design and fabrication of a complete dinnerware set. Additional smaller sets of various types are also assigned. Students work with appropriate glazing and firing methods for functional ceramics.
Prerequisite: ARTS 241 Ceramics or ARTS 266 Wheelworking

ARTS 308 Woodcut
A study of woodblock relief printing techniques including black and white, reduction, multi-block, jigsaw, monotype/monoprint, and mixed media manipulation. Students explore the creative possibilities of the medium by developing a portfolio of color and black and white woodcuts. Note: Students may not receive credit for both ARTS 308 and 11.263 Woodcut.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals

ARTS 310 Art and Motion
A course in which students create simple sculptural forms and bring them to life by photographically recording their movements over time. Students learn to manipulate these sequences into short animated narratives using editing software. Students also learn to create and record their own sound effects in conjunction with audio software. The course is designed not only to introduce students to the world of animation as an artistic form, but also to provide them with the experience and skills to experiment with artwork digitally in a time-based aesthetic approach. Students meet artists and engineers working in animation and digital media.
Prerequisite: ARTS 211 Drawing I or permission of the instructor

ARTS 315 Collage and Mixed Media
An exploration of the many creative possibilities of collage and mixed media. Students work in collage, assemblage, and solvent transfer, as well as in a variety of drawing and painting media. Supports used include paper, canvas, and wood. The use of mixed media by modern masters and contemporary artists is also studied. Students complete specific project pieces, several focused projects to complete a series of work, and a major project due at the end of the semester. Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ARTS 315 Collage and Mixed Media and ARTS 473 Special Topics in Studio Art: Collage and Mixed Media
Prerequisite: ARTS 254 Painting Methods.

ARTS 328 Intaglio
A study of intaglio printmaking techniques including drypoint, engraving, mezzotint, etching, aquatint, sugarlift, open bite, spit bite, and single and multiplate color printing. Students explore the creative possibilities of these techniques and develop a portfolio of color and black and white intaglio prints. Note: Students may not receive credit for both this course and 11.268 Intaglio.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

ARTS 330 Digital Art
Designed for art students and non-art students who are interested in designing artwork on the computer. Students gain experience working with current software programs using the Mac computer for painting, drawing, watercolor, and image collage on paper. Students are also exposed to mixed media and simple computer animation. Prerequisites: ARTS 110 Introduction to Drawing or ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

ARTS 338 Lithography
A study of stone and plate lithographic techniques including pencil, crayon, lithographic tusche, xerox transfers, gum stop-outs, two- and three-color printing. Students explore the creative possibilities of the medium in developing a portfolio of color and black and white lithographs. Emphasis is on the study of line, tone, shade, and color. This is balanced with the technical aspects of etching procedures and printing methods. Note: Students may not receive credit for both 11.260 and ARTS 338 Lithography.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

ARTS 351 Watercolor 
An intermediate-level course which focuses on strengthening the students’ awareness of the history and techniques of watercolor and gouache while exposing students to contemporary styles and ideas about these media and aiding in the development of the students’ conceptual, technical and observational skills. Students concentrate on the essential elements of these media and their materials, methods, and craft. Note: Students may not receive credit for both ARTS 250 Watercolor and ARTS 351 Watercolor.
Prerequisite: ARTS 254 Painting Methods. 

ARTS 354 Painting Composition
An intermediate-level course that focuses on the applied study of pictorial manipulation through color and design principles. The primary goal is to strengthen the students’ awareness of the history and techniques of the craft of painting while exposing the students to contemporary styles and ideas about painting. It is designed to aid in the development of skills in dealing with color, form and concept. Note: Students may not receive credit for both ARTS 322 Painting II and ARTS 354 Painting Composition.
Prerequisite: ARTS 254 Painting Methods.

ARTS 356 Illustration
An introduction to the practical application of drawing and painting in communication design and narrative. Students employ a variety of materials used in magazine, book, and product illustrations, including pen and ink, water color, and dry drawing media. Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

ARTS 357 Fashion Illustration
The study and application of principles of fashion illustration. Anatomy, proportion, and drawing of both the nude and clothed figure are emphasized. Students use various techniques, including pen and ink, marker, pastels, and brush and wash. They also learn to compile a portfolio of fashion illustrations.
Prerequisite: ARTS 200 Drawing Fundamentals.

ARTS 358 Landscape Painting
An opportunity for the student to work within the rich and complex tradition of landscape painting, working from observation on location and in the studio. Students explore issues that affect the environment and look at the artists who tackle the sbuject of the landscape from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: ARTS 354 Painting Composition.

ARTS 361 Graphic Design I
An introduction to the visual vocabularies and concepts of typography. Students learn to define type style and other various type elements, to design types, and to develop an aesthetic concept of typography in visual communications. A portion of the course examines the basic functions and aesthetic concepts in graphic design based on typography, other elements of layout, and image making.
Prerequisite: COMM 200 Introduction to Computer Graphic Design or permission of the instructor, and ARTS 222 Color and Design.

ARTS 369 Figure Painting
An intermediate level painting course designed for students who wish to explore various ways to incorporate the human figure into their studio practice. This course fosters the student’s ability to work conceptually, employing experimentation with various idioms to promote an understanding of contemporary and critical issues in painting.
Prerequisite: ARTS 354 Painting Composition.

ARTS 377 Abstract Painting
An exploration of Abstraction through the discipline of painting. Topics may include organic abstraction, geometric abstraction, and non-objective imagery. The course emphasizes the position, importance and meaning of abstract painting in contemporary art and examines the Modernist tradition of abstraction as it developed throughout the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: ARTS 354 Painting Composition.

ARTS 403 Sculpture (Media to be designated)
Exploration of materials and techniques related to expressions in sculptural form. In order to provide diversity and flexibility, the media vary in one of five categories: (1) wood/stone, (2) clay/plaster, (3) metals, (4) plastics, (5) fibers. The medium will be designated in the course title.

ARTS 404 Graphic Design II
A study of graphic design production, the commercial printing process, and desktop computer skills. Pragmatic exercises, such as pricing and estimating, are introduced. The course also emphasizes computer applications, creativity, and developing an ability to create appropriate typographic solutions.
Prerequisite: ARTS 361 Graphic Design I 

ARTS 416 Advanced Ceramics Studio
Designed for those interested in expanding their ceramics experience while exploring more complex concepts and methods in ceramics. Each student creates a separate body of work for each of four themes, as determined by the instructor. Emphasis is on experimentation in design and construction as well as professional challenge.
Prerequisites: Two of the following ceramics courses: ARTS 241 Ceramics, ARTS 266 Wheelworking, or ARTS 307 Functional Ceramics.

ARTS 419 Advanced Drawing Studio
An advanced drawing workshop in which students are encouraged to develop themes and explore stylistic possibilities. Emphasis is placed upon conceptual problem solving and experimental approaches to the process of drawing. Students are encouraged to consider visual issues such as dramatic scale, serial imagery, and media usage. Students work with still life, the human figure, and non-objective forms in pursuing a more individualistic connection with drawing.
Prerequisite: ARTS 300 Life Drawing.

ARTS 431 Advanced Graphic Design
A study of graphic design production, the commercial printing process, and desktop computer skills. Pragmatic exercises, such as pricing and estimating, are introduced. The class also emphasizes computer applications, creativity, and developing an ability to create appropriate typographic solutions.
Prerequisite: ARTS 361 Graphic Design I

ARTS 456 Advanced Illustration
An advanced study of illustration techniques and conceptual approaches. Students utilize research and media experimentation to expand the depth and potency of their personal visual voices. Projects allow students to develop work in a specific area of the illustration marketplace. Students define the framework for their senior portfolios.
Prerequisite: ARTS 356 Illustration

ARTS 473 Special Topics in Studio Art
A topics course in a specified studio area designed for art majors. The course gives the art student experiences to enhance artistic, conceptual, and professional development. Current issues in art are addressed as they relate to the students’ work.
Prerequisites: Four studio art courses and two art history courses.

ARTS 478 Advanced Painting
An exploration into subject, meaning, and content as it relates to individual concepts and personal expression in the discipline of painting. The structure of this course is self-directed studio practice overseen by the instructor. In this course, the student is expected to work towards creating a consistent and conceptually sound body of work. Painting, as a discipline, often employs methods of production that go far beyond the brush. Painting today may incorporate a multitude of working methodologies that borrow from sculpture, photography, printmaking and digital media; therefore, experimentation with differing media and hybrids in other areas may be explored.
Prerequisites: ARTS 354 Painting Composition and two (2) additional Intermediate-level painting courses.

ARTS 479 Topics in Advanced Printmaking
An exploration of a specific genre or topic in the printmaking/book arts discipline. The course is designed to enhance the creative, conceptual, and professional development of printmaking majors. Students work toward developing a body of work with emphasis on content and technique. Regular critique helps students develop the critical language necessary to speak about their work on a variety of levels. Contemporary issues in printmaking are addressed, particularly as they relate to students’ work. This course, on a different topic, may be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: One 300-level printmaking course or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 487 Senior Studio Art Seminar
A capstone course for studio art majors. The seminar enables each participant to develop a cohesive body of work for a senior portfolio review by the entire studio art faculty. Pre-professional consultation and workshops provide information concerning graduate programs, art galleries, competitions and art funding sources. Students write artist statements, cover letters, and grant proposals. Students learn how to organize their portfolios and resumes and document their work through photography. Students explore digital imaging and Web site design as appropriate to their concentration. Through field trips to commercial galleries, museums and alternative exhibition spaces as well as presentations by guest art professionals, students address issues of art and commerce. Students also research historical and contemporary work related to their own work and establish dialogue with fellow art majors in other concentrations.
Prerequisites: Art major with all core requirements for the major completed, and senior standing.

ARTS 488 Graphic Design/Illustration Senior Portfolio
An opportunity for Illustration and Graphic Design students to develop portfolios in order to prepare to enter their professional fields. Students receive instruction and practical information on presentation skills. Participation in a senior show at the College gallery is required.
Prerequisite: ARTS 431 Advanced Graphic Design or ARTS 456 Advanced Illustration

ARTS 490 Directed Study - Studio Art
An Art major or minor with demonstrated ability may pursue a project or subject area of his own interest, under the guidance of a member of the Art Department faculty. The student must submit a written proposal to the faculty member who has agreed to be the advisor. A student may take more than one directed study. Limited to juniors and seniors.

ARTS 495 Internship in Studio Art
A supervised experience in a field study situation which complements the student’s course work. The internship program is offered through cooperation of participating institutions which provide professional guidance for the interns. Any student who wishes to participate in the internship must consult with the Art Department Internship Coordinator not later than the middle of the semester prior to beginning of the internship.
Prerequisite: Junior and senior art majors who have a QPA of no less than 2.50 in their major.

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