Art Course Descriptions
This course is a survey of the manner in which the visual arts are an influential aspect of the lives of everyone. The student will explore the historical, theoretical, critical, and aesthetic dimensions of painting, sculpture, architecture, crafts, and commercial design in a lecture and studio setting. This introductory course is designed to introduce the student to broad practices in the field of art. One hour lecture. Four hours studio. Three hours. FA
This studio course in basic drawing will include explorations in perspective systems and experimentation with a variety of media. Six hours studio. Three hours. FA
A studio course continuing the study of observation-based drawing. The focus of this course is to develop form through the modeling of light and value with further emphasis on rendering with color materials. Prerequisite: ART 201. Six hours studio. Fee required. Three hours.
This course is an introduction to the study of design as language of visual structures and ideas. Students will address communication problems surrounding historical and contemporary art issues and content related to life experiences. The study of the formal elements and principles of design, together with exploration in various media and techniques in a studio setting, will give the student experience in conceptualizing, visualizing and executing two-dimensional designs. Six hours studio. Three hours. FA
This course addresses the question of how to view and read objects in space, known as three-dimensional design. In a studio setting, students will explore the concepts of three-dimensional art from historical and contemporary perspectives. Constructive, additive, and subtractive techniques will be explored with emphasis on figurative, natural, and non-objective forms. Six hours studio. Lab fee required. Three hours. FA
This course covers the fundamentals of camera work, including black and white negative and print processing and alternative print techniques. Emphasis is given to the image making potential and craft of the photographic print. Six hours studio. Lab fee required. Three hours.
A studio course designed as an introduction to the medium of painting may include the use of acrylic and oil materials. Emphasis will be given to the design and compositional structures of the two-dimensional medium. Prerequisite: ART 201 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Fee required. Three hours.
A studio course designed to develop visual expression through water-based media. Students will review the technical aspect of transparent, opaque, and mixed water-soluble media while applying the theories of color and representation of form. Prerequisite: ART 201 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Three hours.
A studio course designed to introduce the basic clay process of slab, coil, and wheel-thrown constructions. Formulation of basic glaze applications in the development of fire ceramics will be emphasized. Six hours studio. Fee required. Three hours.
An introductory studio course emphasizing the three-dimensional properties of a variety of material including clay, wood, plaster, and metal. Six hours studio. Prerequisite: ART 201 or permission of instructor. Fee required. Three hours.
A studio course exploring the communicative aspects of visual media as it speaks to the creative ideas and resources related to visual culture. Prerequisite: ART 210 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Three hours.
Studies in one of several different media such as photojournalism, functional sculpture, or color theory. Emphasis will be determined by student interest and the availability of qualified instructors. Prerequisite: appropriate to the course. Credit hours to be determined.
Illustrated study of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric times to the Italian Renaissance. Three hours. ‘W' FA
Illustrated study of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Italian Renaissance to the beginning of postmodernism. Three hours. ‘W' FA
This is a studio course in drawing the human body. A live, bathing suited model will be used. Students will develop a sensitivity for seeing and rendering the structure, anatomy, and expressive quality of the human form through: line, plane, value, mass and composition. Attention will also be given to the history and significance of the human form in art history and present cultural discussions, as well as how the human form and body is to be both interpreted and communicated within the Christian worldview. Six hours of studio. Prerequisite: ART 202 or 250 or permission of instructor. Lab fee required. Three hours.
This course extends the experiences of the introductory studio for the student to pursue further work in the medium. Emphasis is placed on the ideas and subject determined by the student. Prerequisite: ART 220 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Lab fee required. Three hours.
A studio course that continues development of visual perception and cognition through observation or abstraction. Emphasis will be given to individual development and subject determined by the student. Prerequisite: ART 222 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Lab fee required. Three hours.
A studio course with a continued development in all areas of ceramics including emphasis in the chemistry of glazes and kiln firing techniques. Prerequisite: ART 234. Six hours studio. Three hours.
Emphasis is given to the conceptual development of student self-directed projects that use appropriate technologies and materials. Prerequisite: ART 250 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Three hours.
A consideration of advanced projects in graphic design that may include the development of mailers, folders, brochures,and packaged design. Preparation and development of a design portfolio relevant to the personal interests. Prerequisite: ART 270 or permission of instructor. Six hours studio. Three hours.
This course is an illustrated study of the history and theory surrounding art production of late modernism and postmodernism. The history of art criticism in western culture has its roots in the ancients; emphasis will be on the study of structuralism, feminist criticism, post-structuralism and multiculturalism as it is formulated in the language of literary and art criticism. Prerequisite: ART 301 or 302 or permission of instructor. Three hours. ‘W' FA
Topics will include discussions about contemporary problems in visual arts with an emphasis on preparation for the SIP, senior exhibition, and developing of a portfolio. Prerequisite: ART 201, 202, 210, 211, 301, 302 and six hours of studio concentration courses. Two hours in fall semester. One hour in spring semester to be taken in sequence. ‘S'