ART 101A - Studio Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design No prerequisites. This course is required for all art majors, but it is open to non-art majors
4 credit hours
Charney, Ed - Koch Hall
No prerequisites. This course is required for all art majors, but it is open to non-art majors
Should be taken freshman year. Course will deal with the underlying principles basic to all visualexperience. 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. Course meets general education requirement in fine, performing and literary arts.
TEXT: Lauer, Design BasicsART 110H – History of Art I
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: Kleiner, et al., Gardner’s Art Through the AgesART 120H – History of Art II
Art 120H offers a selective chronological survey of the arts of the Western world from the Renaissance through the Modern period. This course traces the development of the pictorial traditions of the West by concentrating on the major artists and movements, beginning with the resurgence of classical antiquity in the Italian Renaissance, and culminating with the break from that tradition and the radical innovations of the 20th century. The art of this period will be discussed in relation to historical circumstances and the original context of the work.
TEXT: Kleiner, et al., Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western PerspectiveART 151 - Introduction to Printmaking
No prerequisites. Open to non-art majors fulfilling the AA@ requirement of general education
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.ART 221 – Drawing I
Prerequisite: Art 121A
Drawing I focuses on developing drawing techniques gained from accomplishments acquired in Basic Drawing. This course addresses creative problem solving with emphasis on the figure, as well as narrative interpretation, landscape and nature studies. Problem analysis, visual research, media exploration and personal stylistic growth are vital components of this course. There will be a fee for this course.
TEXT: To be announced.ART 231 - Painting I
Prerequisite: Art 121A. Open to non-art majors
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.ART 241A - Introduction to Photography
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, quizzes, a mid-term examination, an artist report 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.
TEXT: Horenstein, Introduction to PhotographyART 245A - Computer Imaging I
Prerequisite: Art 101, 121, 131, 151 or 231. This course is open to non-art majors. Permission of the instructor is required.
This course is an introduction to the MacIntosh computer as an artistic medium. Software programs used in the course are Photoshop and Painter. The course is structured around a series of instructional assignments dealing with the formal elements of design and aesthetics as they relate to digital media. The student's grade will be based on completed assignments and a final portfolio of images that demonstrate technical skills and creative use of the medium.
TEXT: To be announced.ART 261A - Sculpture I
Prerequisite: Any studio art class taken at Wittenberg. Open to non-art majors.
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.ART 280C-1W – Topics in Art History: Art of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Mesoamerica
The course surveys the Pre-Classic cultures of the ancient Valley of Mexico and the Olmec, art of the Classic period including the Maya and Teotihuacan, the Early-Post Classic Toltec and Mixtec, and Late Post-Classic Aztec civilizations. After the midterm, the class examines the encounter of the native civilizations with the European conquistadors, Japanese trade, and African influences. These encounters spur independent visual expressions in the formulation of personal and communal colonial identities.
TEXT: To be determined.ART 285A – Handbuilt Ceramics I
No prerequisites. Open to non-art majors.
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. Materials fee charged to cover glaze costs; students to purchase clay as needed.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or Speight, Hands in ClayART 292A - Ceramics I
No prerequisites. Open to non-art majors.
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.
SUGGESTED TEXTS: Peterson, Craft and Art of Clay or Speight, Hands in ClayART 392 - Ceramics II
Prerequisite: Art 292A OR 285A; permission of instructor.
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.
RECOMMENDED TEXT: Speight, Hands in Clay
ART 490 – Independent Study
1-4 credit hours
Staff – Koch Hall
ART 491 – Internship
1 – 4 credit hours
Staff – Koch Hall
Permission of instructor. Required for all senior art majors concentrating in art history.
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.ART 498 - Senior Studio Thesis Seminar
Permission of instructor. Required for all senior studio art majors.
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.
ART 499 – Senior Honors Thesis
8 credit hours
Staff – Koch Hall