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Past Course Descriptions

Course Listings - Fall 2005

Fall SEMESTER 2005

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 151 - Introduction to Printmaking - Staff - Koch Hall

A survey course in printmaking techniques designed to expose students to the possibilities of artistic expression through traditional, as well as recently developed, approaches to printing.
Open to non-art majors fulfilling the “A” requirement of general education. No prerequisites.

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. 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

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.

ART 241A - Introduction to Photography - Staff - 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.
RECOMMENDED TEXT: London, A Short Course in Photography

ART 245A - Computer Imaging I - Staff - Koch Hall
This course is an introduction to the MacIntosh computer as an artistic medium. Various software programs will be introduced, with the main software being SuperPaint 3.5, Photoshop and Painter.
This course is open to non-art majors, with preference given to students who are familiar with the software used in this course and the MacIntosh computer. Permission of the instructor is required.
Prerequisite: Art 101, 121, 131, 151 or 231.

ART 261A - Sculpture I - Dooley - Koch Hall

An exploration of sculpture techniques including carving, modeling, casting, addition and subtraction. This course explores the use of space as it is applied to three-dimensional form. Students will work with stone, wood, clay and plaster. A materials fee will be charged.
This course is open to non-art majors. Students must have taken a studio art class at Wittenberg to register.

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 275W - Greek and Roman Art - Morris - Koch Hall
Focuses on Greek and Roman painting, sculpture and architecture as well as the decorative arts. Works of art will be analyzed in relation to the historical background of these fundamentally different civilizations and in terms of the objects’ original function or context. Students will gain a solid understanding of the visual characteristics of the “classical tradition” or “Graeco-Roman tradition.”
TEXT: To be announced.

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 orSpeight, Hands in Clay

ART 392 - Ceramics II - Dooley - Koch Hall
Advanced Ceramics section with continued experimentation with form and surface. Students will work with both wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques and gain a greater understanding of the ceramic process. The course will focus on glaze formulation and some kiln firing.
Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Art 292A or 285A
TEXT: Speight, Hands in Clay

ART 490 - Independent Study - Staff - Koch Hall

ART 491 - Internship - Staff - Koch Hall

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 - Charney - Koch Hall
Art 498 is the capstone course for the Art program, and it is intended to bring intellectual, aesthetic and technical relevance to the major. Along with the broader issues of creative work, this course will direct student thesis development and facilitate the overall production of a body of work. Class time will be divided between discussions, field trips, portfolio development and studio-oriented activities. This course will be the culminating experience for the studio artists and, as such, will be comprehensive and contain practical and philosophical topics that are relevant to a visual art student. This course spans both Fall and Spring semesters.
Required for all studio art majors.
TEXT: Lazzari, Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist

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