Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Art

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Faculty: Eric Baden, Bette Bates, Dusty Benedict, Gwen Diehn, Louly Konz, Leah Leitson, (Chair), Karen Powell,

The major in Art provides a basic foundation in the visual arts that allows each student to

  1. discover and develop his/her own creative potential and direction,
  2. come to a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique contributions of others and the complex issues that confront art today, and
  3. develop the necessary skills, both technical and conceptual, to understand and cope with contemporary art issues.

A major in Art prepares students to pursue further study in a graduate program or in art school. It can also open opportunities in interior design, graphic design, web page design, art management, museums and galleries, art-related businesses, and managing oneself as a studio artist. The art major is intended for the student who is interested in making a dedicated commitment to the visual arts within a liberal arts context. The major provides an experiential, basic foundation in the visual arts. Through this process the student will discover and develop creative potential and direction and will come to a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique contributions of others and of the complex issues that confront those in the arts today.

To be eligible for admission to the art major, a student must have completed at least 28 credit hours with a GPA of 2.8 and must have completed Drawing I, Design, and either Art History I or II with grades of B- or better in each of these courses.

Art majors are required to turn in and will be graded in part on digital portfolios in all their studio courses in addition to the regular portfolios required of non-majors in the course. To help students prepare CDs of their work, the department sponsors non-credit, free workshops in digital camera use, basic image correction, and CD burning every semester.

Grades: A grade of B- or better is required in all courses counted towards the major or minor.

The Major

Requirements: A total of 52 credits, distributed in the following way:

  1. Foundation Courses: Required of all Art majors; 28 credits as follows:
    ART 110 Design
    ART 116 Drawing I:
    ART 145 Art History I: Ancient through Medieval
    ART 146 Art History II: Renaissance though Modern
    ART 330 Contemporary Art Issues
    ART 412 Senior Project I
    ART 413 Senior Project II

  2. Studio Concentration: 16 credit hours from one of the following areas must be taken to constitute a studio concentration.

    Sculpture/Ceramics


    ART 106 Introduction to Ceramics
    ART 114 Figure Modeling
    ART 206 Ceramics II
    ART 306 Ceramics III
    ART 113 Introduction to Sculpture
    ART 213 Sculpture II
    ART 312 Stone Carving
    ART 313 Sculpture III

    Painting/Drawing


    ART 103 Painting I:
    ART 203 Painting II:
    ART 303 Painting III:
    ART 261 Encaustic Painting
    ART 171 Photoshop I
    ART 216 Drawing II:
    ART 245 Life Drawing I
    ART 316 Drawing III:
    ART 345 Life Drawing II:
    ART 161 Watercolor

    Multiples/Book Arts


    ART 105 Bookforms I:
    ART 250 Bookforms II:
    ART 109 Photography I
    ART 209 Photography II
    ART 309 Photography III
    ART 117 Intaglio Printmaking I
    ART 217 Intaglio Printmaking II
    ART 317 Intaglio Printmaking III
    ART 118 Relief Printmaking I
    ART 218 Relief Printmaking II
    ART 318 Relief Printmaking III
    ART 219 The Language of Photography in the Digital Age

  3. Studio Electives: 8 credit hours of additional studio courses, including those listed above.

Minor in Art

Requirements: A minimum of 24 credit hours, distributed in the following way:

  1. Foundation Courses: (12 credits)
    ART 110 Design
    ART 116 Drawing I:
    ART 145 Art History I: Ancient through Medieval
    OR
    ART 146 Art History II: Renaissance through Modern

  2. Studio Courses: 12 credit hours of Studio Courses In addition, any Special Topics studio course may also be used to satisfy this requirement.