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Art Courses

2009-2010 Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) – Art

Studio Art
Some view art as a subject of study for only those with intrinsic talent. But techniques of art can be taught. Enroll in a class to experiment with media and methods of making art. Learn to better express yourself through the creation of images, objects and designs.

 

Drawing

Art 111
Drawing 1, 3 credits
Prerequisites: None.
Online availability.

Courses in drawing examine traditional and contemporary interpretations of the discipline. Emphasis is placed on developing perceptual acumen, technical skill, and critical thinking. Topics of focus include: tonal studies in value and contrast; variety of line qualities; strategies of composition; techniques of measurement and perspective.

Instructors: David L. Bradley, Ann Howey–Falvey, Chad Godt, Saskia Jorda, Adria Pecora, Joe Podlesnik.

Additional drawing courses; 3 credits each:
Art 122 Drawing and Composition 2. Prerequisites: Art 111.
Art 211 Drawing and Composition 3. Prerequisites: Art 122.
Art 222 Drawing and Composition 4. Prerequisites: Art 211.
Art 290 AC Advanced Drawing. Prerequisites: Art 222.

Life Drawing

Art 116
Life Drawing 1, 3 credits.
Prerequisites: None.

Courses in life drawing investigate traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing the human figure. Diverse materials and methods are explored in exercises with the nude figure and portraits. Emphasis is placed on developing perceptual acumen, technical skill, and critical thinking. Topics of focus include: linear techniques of gesture and contour; volume or modeled studies; anatomy; and achieving proportion.

Instructors: David L. Bradley, Ann Howey–Falvey, Chad Godt, Sarah Hurwitz, Adria Pecora.

Additional life drawing courses; 3 credits each:
Art 117 Life Drawing 2. Prerequisites: Art 116.
Art 216 Life Drawing 3. Prerequisites: Art 217.
Art 217 Life Drawing 4. Prerequisites: Art 216.
Art 290 AC Advanced Life Drawing. Prerequisites: Art 217.

Ceramics

Art 161
Ceramics 1, 3 credits.
Prerequisites: None.

Courses in ceramics provide students with an opportunity to investigate the tactile processes of working with clay. Diverse methods of object building are explored including: coil, slab, and pinch construction and throwing on the potter's wheel. Students acquire glazing techniques and learn about various firing processes.

Instructors: David L. Bradley, Kaori Fujitani

Additional ceramics courses; 3 credits each:
Art 162 Ceramics 2. Prerequisites: Art 162.
Art 261 Ceramics 3. Prerequisites: Art 261.
Art 262 Ceramics 4. Prerequisites: Art 262.

See student work in ceramics

Design

Art 112
Two Dimensional Design, 3 credits.
Prerequisites: None.

Art 169
Two Dimensional Design (Computer–Based), 3 credits.
Prerequisites: None.
Online availability.

Courses in design explore a variety of media and provide students with the essential skills to support further study in all visual arts disciplines. Emphasis is placed on exploring formal elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, color, composition, and structure. Assignments help students develop visual acuity, knowledge of materials, and creative problem solving. Digital courses explore software-enabled techniques.

Instructors: Gary Bennet, Anne Howey-Falvey, Eric Miller, Joe Podlesnik.

Additional design courses; 3 credits each:
Art 115 Three Dimensional Design. Prerequisites: Art 112 or 169.
Art 113 Color. Prerequisites: Art 112.
Art 100 Introduction to Computer Graphic Art. Prerequisites: None.
Art 180 AD Designer's Tools: Adobe Illustrator. Prerequisites: Art 100.
Art 183 Computer Aided Graphic Arts 1. Prerequisites: Art 100.
Art 184 Computer Animation. Prerequisites: Art 100 or 111 or 116.
Art 190 Art of Web Site Design. Prerequisites: ART100, or 180AB, or 180AC, or 180AE

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary courses; 3 credits each:
Art 273AC Special Topics: Multimedia Arts. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Art 295BC Art Workshop/Seminar: Sculpture. Prerequisites: None.
Misc. Drawing, Life–Drawing, Painting; see instructor 'Pecora'.

The Fine and Performing Arts division supports the notion of synergy within the arts and is working to develop learning opportunities for students to engage with multiple art forms (music, dance, creative writing, theater, and visual arts). In some studio arts classes faculty members encourage interested students to work beyond the parameters of a specific discipline. For example, students enrolled in a sculpture course may also produce work in drawing and painting.

Instructors: David L. Bradley, Adria Pecora

Painting

Art 165
Watercolor 1, 3 credits.
Prerequisites: Art 111, Art 112.

Art 167
Painting 1, 3 credits.
Prerequisites: Art 111, Art 112.
Online availability.

Courses in painting explore traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline. Emphasis is placed on developing perceptual acumen, technical skill, and critical thinking. Topics of focus include: color; contrast; texture; and composition. Diverse media, methods of paint application, and color mixing are explored.

Instructors: Wendy Hill, Ann Howey–Falvey, Adria Pecora.

Additional painting courses; 3 credits each:
Art 166 Watercolor Painting 2. Prerequisites: Art 165.
Art 265 Watercolor Painting 3. Prerequisites: Art 166.
Art 266 Watercolor Painting 4. Prerequisites: Art 265.
Art 290AC Advanced Watercolor Studio. Prerequisites: Art 266.
Art 168 Painting 2. Prerequisites: Art 167.
Art 267 Painting 3. Prerequisites: Art 168.
Art 268 Painting 4. Prerequisites: Art 267.
Art 290AC Advanced Painting. Prerequisites: Art 268.

Photography

Art 142
Introduction to Digital Photography, 3 credits.
Prerequisites: None.

Courses in digital photography investigate contemporary approaches to the discipline. Topics of focus include: understanding the mechanical features of the digital camera and lenses; work with hand-held camera techniques; lighting effects; regulating exposure; use of white balance and color; techniques of the digital darkroom including work with photo-imaging software; and high-resolution printing.
Instructors: John Julio Romano, Jerry Sieve, Joe Trevino, Nic Weisinger.

Additional photography courses; 3 credits each:
Art 142 Introduction to Digital Photography. Prerequisites: None.
Art 143 Intermediate Digital Photography. Prerequisites: Art 142.
Art 177 Computer Photographic Imaging. Prerequisites: Art 100.

Printmaking

Art 250
Introduction to Printmaking, 3 credits
Prerequisites: Art 111, 113.

The course introduces various printmaking techniques including etching, lithography, monotype, serigraphy, and woodcut. Also addressed are techniques of papermaking.

Instructors: Nathan Feller

Sculpture

Art 295BC
Art Workshop/Seminar: Sculpture 3 credits
Prerequisites: None.

The course presents students with the opportunity to sculpt the human figure in clay. Concurrent work in drawing and painting renders the course interdisciplinary.
Instructors: David L. Bradley

Professional Practices Program

Art 255ab   
The Portfolio, 1 credit.
Prerequisites: None.

The professional practices program presents a series of courses that speak to the professional development of the artist. In The Portfolio, students learn how to compose an original or digital portfolio for transfer to university, gallery presentation, or website generation. Additional courses address related topics: marketing and promoting of artwork (Art Marketing); becoming acquainted with local galleries and museums (Art Beyond the Classroom); learning about the artist–gallerist relationship and the business of exhibiting and trading art (Gallery Operations). The latter also explores careers in arts administration.
Instructors: David L. Bradley, William Barnhart, Adria Pecora.

Additional professional practices courses:
Art 105    Art Beyond the Classroom, 1 credit. Prerequisites: None.
Art 106    Gallery Operations. 2 credits. Prerequisites: None.
Art 255    Art Marketing. 3 credits. Prerequisites: None.

Art History

Art history courses help us better appreciate art by presenting a cultural context to aid in interpretation. How do various civilizations regard art? How do politics, economics and world events influence issues and directions in art? Conversely, how does art impact upon society? Become familiar with diverse artists, cultures, and ideas.

ARH 100, 3 credits
Introduction to Art
The course seeks to impart an appreciation of art through the exploration of painting,
sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and the decorative arts. An emphasis is
placed on contemporary topics and cultural diversity. 
Prerequisites: None.
Instructors: Cyndi DeVito–Ziemer, Robert Gordon, Tim Hogan, Ronald Scott.

ARH 101, 3 credits
Prehistoric through Gothic Art 
The course surveys the history of art from the pre-historic era through the medieval period.
Students acquire the visual and verbal skills necessary to analyze art from diverse cultures leading to a profound appreciation of art throughout the ages. Some background in world civilization is useful.
Prerequisites:  None.
Online availability.
Instructors: Tomi Johnston, Robert Gordon, Kim Wagner-Hemmes, Michel Zajac.

ARH 102, 3 credits
Renaissance through Contemporary Art 
The course surveys the history of art from the renaissance through the modern period.
Students acquire the visual and verbal skills necessary to analyze art from diverse cultures
and eras leading to a more profound appreciation of art throughout the ages. Some background in world civilization is useful.
Prerequisites:  None. 
Online availability.
Instructors: Tomi Johnston, Heidi Sinkovic, Michel Zajac.

ARH 112, 3 credits
History of Modern Art
The course examines movements in Western art 1870–1970 and traces
the socio–political and aesthetic developments that precipitate them.
Work in the fine arts is examined relative to advancements in new media
and design and the rise of mass–culture.
Prerequisites:  None. 
Online availability.
Honors class availability.
Instructors: Adria Pecora.

ARH 115, 3 credits 
History of Photography
The course chronicles the technical, historical and aesthetic developments
in photography from its origins to the contemporary period. Emphasis is placed
on the medium's impact on society and other visual arts.
Prerequisites:  None. 
Online availability only.
Instructors: Mark Ordway.