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Art Course Listings - Fall 2010

ART 103A - Studio Foundations: Three-Dimensional Design
4 credit hours
Staff - Koch Hall

No prerequisites. Open to non-art majors.
Required for all studio art majors. An exploration of the formal use of space as it is applied to three-dimensional form.  The student will be introduced to the elements of height, width, depth, volume and form.  Project research will be in the realm of non-objectivity, abstraction and reality.  Particular attention will be given to the techniques of drawing, model making and presentation of a final solution.  Emphasis will be placed on creative thinking and problem solving in the context of small-scale and larger projects. 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.  A materials fee will be charged to cover supplies for the projects.
TEXT: Zelanski, Shaping Space

ART 120H  1W– Art History II
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger, Alejandra – Koch Hall

No prerequisite.
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.

ART 121A - Basic Drawing
4 credit hours
Mann, Jack - Koch Hall

No prerequisite.  This course is required for all studio art majors, but is open to non-art majors.
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.
TEXT:  Enstice, Drawing: Space, Form & Expression

ART 221 – Drawing I
4 credit hours
Mann, Jack – Koch Hall

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.
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ART 241A - Introduction to Photography
4 credit hours
McInnis, Dan - Koch Hall

No prerequisite.
This course introduces students to traditional black and white photographic techniques.  Instruction covers the understanding and use of a 35mm SLR camera and its functions, the process of developing black and white negatives and creating black and white 8x10 prints.  Some areas of photographic capture covered:  depth of field control, motion control, portraiture and experimental approaches.  Digital photography will also be explored.
This course is intended to be the introductory course to the photography concentration for the Department of Art.  It is also a course designed for students who want an introduction to the medium as part of a broad liberal arts experience.  A chemistry/supplies fee and a $50.00 camera rental fee are required for the course.
TEXT:  Horenstein, Black & White Photography

ART 265A - Silver Jewelry I
4 credit hours
Charney, Ed - Koch Hall

No prerequisites.
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.                                                                                                               

ART 280 01 – Topic:  Graphic Design
4 credit hours
McInnis, Daniel – Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Art 101A and 121A or permission of instructor.
The area we call Graphic Design is a rich and complex amalgam of more than one creative area.  Its practice includes the creation of many different kinds of signage, industrial products and packaging.  It also promotes effective and creative uses of typography.  Finally, it has truly become its own area of fine art expression, as proven by many recent designer/artists, who have pushed this craft in exciting and experimental directions.
This course will attempt to touch on all the above areas, using two-dimensional design concepts and drawing/sketching as aesthetic springboards for ideas.  The student will also use digital media, especially Adobe Illustrator, as a final tool for refinement and production.  A $200.00 materials fee is required for the course.
TEXT: Williams, The Non-Designer’s Design Book

ART 280 02 - Topic: Watercolor
4 credit hours
Mann, Jack – Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Art 101A and 121A or permission.  Open to non-art majors.
An introduction to materials and techniques.  There will be outside assignments.
TEXT: Leland, Exploring Color

ART 280A  01 -Topic: Gender and Genius
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger, Alejandra – Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  Honors Program or permission of instructor.
This course will explore the lives and works of women in the history of Western art, surveying examples from Prehistory to the present.  Students will become familiar with visual language and terminology, and will engage in discussion of artworks that illuminate historic, social, personal and political issues related to the artworks.  The course will also introduce the student to gender theory, and examine how feminist theory has brought attention to the relationship between gender constructs and issues of race, ethnicity, class and sexual preference.  Students will develop skills to conduct interdisciplinary research.
Course Goals:

  1. To equipment the student with the critical tools to recognize ways in which histories of Western art and established artistic practices relate to gender and gender constructions.

  2. To develop the means to identify and discuss, orally and in written form, the ways in which gender ideologies might interfere in the way in which art is appreciated.

  3. To provide the student with the means to recognize how art, as agent of change and supporter of established notions, helped sustain segregation in the past.

  4. To broaden the study of art and to recognize ways in which it relates to socially relevant, contemporary lives.

Student Goals:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary art analysis in class discussions and written essays.

  2. Students will examine and critique ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and systems of representation.

  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of artistic agency.

  4. Students will propose ways in which contemporary art practice might redefine those notions and boundaries.

ART 280C 1W - Topics:  Non-Western Art
4 credit hours
Glowski, Janice – Hollenbeck Hall

No prerequisite.
This course surveys visual culture generally classified as “non-Western art.”  The regions explored include Western and Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas.  The art historical periods studied range from those of the earliest visual evidence in the regions to the present day.  A study of “patronage, creation and use” serves as the comparative theme that weaves together the contents’ significant breadth.  This course is writing intensive.

ART 285A – Handbuilt Ceramics I
4 credit hours
Dooley, Scott – Koch Hall

No prerequisites.  Open to non-art majors.
This is a specialized course devoted to clay construction without the potter’s wheel.  Students will use slab, coil and pinch techniques to create projects.  Content of projects will range from functional pottery to sculpture.
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 Clay
ART 292A - Ceramics I
4 credit hours
Dooley, Scott - Koch Hall

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.  The focus for the course is the creation of functional pottery.
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 Clay

ART 331 – Painting II
4 credit hours
Charney, Ed – Koch Hall

Prerequisite: Art 231A and permission.
This course will build upon the foundations of Painting I and involves the continuation of oil paint as the primary medium.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of paint as an expressive tool, and will also be expected to develop their own stylistic direction as they solve various creative problems.  Students are expected to be able to build a logical representation of various subjects that include the human figure, still life and landscape.
In addition to specific subject areas, students will also refine craftsmanship issues that include large-scale canvasses, multi-panel imagery, and explore various other non-traditional support systems.  Students will further develop their conceptual understanding of painting through the creation and discussion of visual issues relevant to the contemporary art world.
TEXT:  Schwabsky, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting

ART 340H  1W – Modern Art
4 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger, Alejandra – Koch Hall

Prerequisites:  Art 110H or Art 120H or permission of instructor.
An investigation into the art and architecture from the end of the 19th century through the contemporary period, primarily in Western Europe and America.  Art historical movements, including the artists and stylistic traits which embody them, will be studied chronologically.

ART 341 – Advanced Photography
4 credit hours
McInnis, Daniel - Koch Hall

Prerequisite: Art 241A.
Designed as a continuation of Art 241A, this course will ask students to further explore their personal expression and hone their skills as artists through the photographic medium.  35mm and/or medium-format cameras and their functions will be explored.  Alternative processes, abstraction, the zone system, large-format cameras, self-portraiture, photojournalism, and the bridge between digital and analog photography are some of the areas that may be explored.  A chemistry/supplies fee and a $50.00 camera rental fee are required for the course
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ART 361 – Sculpture II
4 credit hours
Charney, Ed – Koch Hall

Prerequisite: Art 261A or permission.
Sculpture II is a second-level experience that is designed to follow through with concepts and techniques from the beginning course (Art 261A) and an expansion into more complex materials, techniques and subjects.  It is also an opportunity for students to develop a close relationship with a process that opens creative avenues for students who are concentrating in sculpture media.  There will be a fee for this course.

ART 490 – Independent Study
1-4 credit hours
Staff – Koch Hall

ART 491 – Internship – Staff- TBA
1-4 credit hours
Staff – Koch Hall

ART 497 1W - Art History Senior Thesis
2 credit hours
Gimenez-Berger, Alejandra - Koch Hall

Prerequisite:  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 30- to 40-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 499 – Senior Honors Thesis
1-8 credit hours
Staff – Koch Hall - TBA

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