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Past Course Descriptions

Course Listings - Fall 2003


ART 101A - Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design - Charney - Koch Hall

Required for all art majors. Should be taken freshman year. Course will deal with the underlying principles basic to all visual experience. The course will contain, but not be limited to, color theory, line, shape, visual perception and the nature of creativity. This is a studio course that includes lectures on basic theory and production assignments that coincide with text material. The course does not have a prerequisite. Open to non-art majors. Course meets general education requirement in fine, performing and literary arts.
TEXT: Lauer, Design Basics

ART 110H - History of Art I - Morris - Koch Hall

A selective chronological survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative arts from the birth of art in the Prehistoric period through its development in the Middle Ages. Although this course focuses on art created in Western Europe, the survey will also include the art of the Ancient Near East and the Byzantine Empire.
TEXT: Gardner's Art Through the Ages

ART 121A - Basic Drawing - Mann - Koch Hall

Part of the first-year foundations sequence. This course introduces the basic disciplines of drawing: line, value, composition, etc. Special emphasis on drawing as a tool for gathering ideas. This course is required for all studio art majors, but is open to non-art majors.
TEXT: Enstice, Drawing: Space, Form & Expression

ART 220W - Renaissance Art - Morris - Koch Hall

Examination of Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture from the Late Gothic period (ca. 1270-1300) through the Renaissance (Early and High) and Mannerism. The artists and monuments in Florence, Rome and Venice will receive special attention, although developments in other regions in Italy will also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the departure from Medieval art and the revival of Antiquity and art objects and monuments will be discussed in the context of individual artists, patrons, and religious and historical events.
TEXT: To be announced.

ART 221 - Drawing I - Mann - Koch Hall

Emphasis on developing drawing techniques gained from accomplishments acquired in Basic Drawing. This course addresses creative problem solving that includes narrative interpretation, landscape, nature and figure studies. Problem analysis, visual research, media exploration and personal stylistic growth are vital components to this course. There will be a mandatory figure drawing component each week during the scheduled class time on Monday and Wednesday. An additional model fee will be charged. Students who do not have the time available should not sign up for the course. Prerequisite: Basic Drawing
TEXT: To be announced.

ART 231 - Painting I - Charney - Koch Hall

This painting class is an introduction to the materials, techniques and concepts of painting. Students will be encouraged to search for and develop their individual expressive potential within the limits of a series of assigned projects. Although it is primarily a studio course, there will be periodic lectures and slide presentations. The class is scheduled to meet six hours a week. The student should expect, however, to spend considerable additional time in the studio. This course is open to non-art majors, but students are required to take Basic Drawing before enrolling in Painting I. Advanced students will be instructed on an individual basis and should register for Art 331 or 431 as applicable.

ART 241A - Introduction to Photography - Salzman - Koch Hall

This course is designed as an introduction to the theory and practice of black and white photography. Emphasis will be given to expression, creative exploration and use of the medium, as well as camera techniques and darkroom procedures. The course will be structured around a series of photographic assignments. The student's grade will be based on assignments, a mid-term examination and a portfolio of photographs presented at the end of the term. Appropriate cameras may be rented from the Department for the semester. There is a lab fee that covers the cost of the chemicals, film and one box of paper, which are provided by the Department.

ART 251A - Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief - Salzman - Koch Hall

Intaglio printmaking is the process of transferring an artistic image from a plate onto a sheet of paper by the use of ink and a printing press. Through the use of etching soft grounds, aquatint and other techniques, students will learn to create an image on the plate. Multiple impressions are then taken from the original metal artwork. The course does not have a prerequisite and is open to non-art majors. Art majors are required to have had Art 101 or Basic Drawing.

ART 261A - Sculpture I - Mann - Koch Hall

An introduction to sculpture techniques including carving, modeling and casting. This course explores the use of space as it is applied to three-dimensional form. A materials fee will be charged. This course is open to non-art majors.

ART 265A - Silver Jewelry I - Charney - Koch Hall

This course will be devoted to designing and fabricating silver jewelry. Simple cutting and forming of silver, plus the use of centrifugal casting will be introduced. Strong emphasis will be placed upon creative designing for the various techniques which will be used. It should be noted that this course will involve a certain amount of expense to the student due to the cost of the materials which must be purchased. There will be a lab fee and additional materials costs charged for course expenses. Silver Jewelry is a studio course, meeting three hours per day, two days per week. Work outside of the actual class period will be necessary and expected.
TEXT: Von Neumann, Design and Creation of Jewelry

ART 285A - Handbuilt Ceramics I - Dooley- Koch Hall

This is a specialized course devoted to clay construction without the potter's wheel. Major direction will be slab and coil building, but other methods will be explored. It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work. Open to non-art majors. Materials fee charged to cover glaze costs; students to purchase clay as needed.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 292A - Ceramics I - Dooley - Koch Hall

In Ceramics 292A emphasis is placed upon the use of the potter's wheel. Throughout the term there will be lectures dealing with materials, decorative techniques, glazing and firing techniques. It should be noted that this course requires extensive work beyond the regular class period, and no student should register for the class unless s/he has the time available for outside work. There will be a materials fee for this course to cover glaze and firing costs; each student will be responsible for the purchase of clay throughout the term. Open to non-art majors.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 490 - Independent Study - TBA

ART 491 - Internship - TBA

ART 497 - Art History Senior Thesis - Morris - Koch Hall

A supervised independent study in which the student will be expected to produce a twenty- to thirty-page paper on an approved Art History topic. Because advancement in the field of Art History relies heavily on research and publications, this paper should demonstrate the student's ability to conduct in-depth research and to produce a writing sample suitable for entry into graduate school or a position in the field. Students will be expected to meet with the professor at regular intervals, so that the professor may determine the rate of progress and offer guidance and support.
Required for all senior art majors concentrating in art history.

ART 498 - Senior Studio Thesis Seminar - Salzman - Koch Hall

A two-semester seminar course designed to assist art students in the development and execution of a senior project as well as preparation for life in the arts after college. The first semester will focus on the skills necessary to put together a cohesive self-promotion package and resume. The second semester will focus on the development and exhibition of a Senior Studio Thesis Seminar project.
Required for all senior studio art majors.
TEXT: Lazzari, Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist

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