Art (ART)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.



Art Program of Study

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ART 103 – Painting I 4cr

This studio course introduces basic approaches to painting in oil and acrylic media, working from direct observation. The range of pictorial form correlates with the development of Western art from the Renaissance to the Modern period. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 104 – Introduction to Handbuilding 4cr

The focus of this studio course is on sculptural and vessel concepts using hand-building techniques, emphasizing the development of construction skills and an understanding of form, surface and firing possibilities. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 105 – Bookforms I 2cr

This studio course is an introduction to basic book structures used in traditional and artists’ books. Students learn historical and contemporary bindings including the pamphlet stitch, stab bindings, accordions, multi-signature codices, and combinations thereof. Also included is an introduction to letterpress printing–the historical impact, equipment and tools, and how to print a small edition. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression



ART 106 – Introduction to Ceramics 4cr

This studio course introduces the potter’s wheel along with basic hand-building techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on experimentation with different techniques and learning about the use and place of ceramic artwork in history and in different cultures. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 108 – Papermaking I 2cr

This studio course is an introduction to hand papermaking using materials ranging from bark fibers, to partially processed plant fibers, to fully processed cotton rag. Students learn how to prepare and beat fibers as well as form, dry, and finish sheets. Along with learning the history and chemistry behind hand paper making, they gain control over several qualities of paper including color, surface, strength, and size/shape. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression



ART 109 – Photography I 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to the basic functions of the camera, the technical processes of black and white photography, and the aesthetic considerations of design, composition, and presentation. Students must have a basic 35mm camera with manual controls and are required to purchase film and photo paper. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 110 – Design 4cr

This course is an introduction to the visual elements and principles of design that are present in all 2-D and 3-D art. Emphasis in this course is on problem solving, critical understanding of the basic visual elements, and communication in a visual language. The format of the course is 2-dimensional with examples of applying the visual elements and principles to 3-dimensional forms. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 111 – 2D Design 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to the visual elements and principles of design that are present in all 2-D and 3-D art. Emphasis in this course is on problem solving, critical understanding of the basic visual elements, and communication in a visual language. The format of the course is 2-dimensional with examples of applying the visual elements and principles to 3-dimensional forms. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 112 – 3D Design 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to three-dimensional design concepts, materials, tools, and processes. Line, plane, volume, and spatial organization are explored with emphasis on creative problem solving. Students are introduced to a variety of materials and techniques to develop effective construction methods and safe studio working habits. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 113 – Introduction to Sculpture 4cr

This studio course begins with the principles of three-dimensional design and continues into the creation of sculpture in different media. It introduces the role of sculpture in different times and cultures, placing emphasis on the learning of concepts of mass, volume, and space as well as the creative use of tools and materials. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 114 – Figure Modeling 4cr

This studio course introduces students to the methods of modeling the human form from observation. Processes, such as mold making and casting, are used for taking the clay to a final form. Working from a live model in class, students learn anatomy, skeletal structure, proportion and aesthetic elements in creating a figurative sculpture. Students also study the works of historical and contemporary figurative sculptors. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 214.

Artistic Expression



ART 116 – Drawing I 4cr

In this introductory studio course, emphasis is on developing the ability to think visually, to learn to see accurately enough to record what is seen, and to use drawing as a means of exploration and communication. Students gain experience with various drawing media including graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, pen and ink, and various kinds of paper. Emphasis is on observation of nature as well as understanding the elements that make up the visual language. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 117 – Intaglio Printmaking I 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to the intaglio printmaking processes of collagraph, drypoint, etching, aquatint, softground, and intaglio-type. Emphasis in this course is on developing technical skills and a portfolio of prints. Also included are discussions of aesthetic considerations, the history of printmaking, and the care and presentation of original prints. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 110 Design or ART 116 Drawing I.



ART 118 – Relief Printmaking I 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to relief printmaking processes. Students learn basic techniques to produce wood and linoleum relief prints as well as non-traditional relief prints. Emphasis is placed on developing technical skills as well as a portfolio of prints. Discussion of aesthetic considerations, the history of printmaking, good print shop practices, and care and presentation of original prints is included. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 110 Design or ART 116 Drawing I.



ART 145 – Art History I: Ancient through Medieval 4cr

This art history course is a survey of Western and some non-Western art from prehistory through the medieval era. Students develop visual literacy and study works of art in the context of the cultural influences through which they evolved. Students explore art history as a process of doing through discussions, writings, presentations, and museum visits.



ART 146 – Art History II: Renaissance through Modern 4cr

This art history course is a survey of Western and some non-Western art from the Renaissance to Modern periods. Students develop visual literacy and study works of art in the context of the cultural influences through which they evolved. Students explore art history as a process of doing through discussions, writings, presentations, and museum visits.

Prerequisite: ART 145 Art History I or permission of instructor.



ART 161 – Watercolor 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to the basic techniques of painting with the medium of watercolor. Exercises reveal the nature of watercolor and some of the more predictable “accidents” that occur. Students complete a series of paintings that explore a thematic idea. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 116 Drawing I or permission of instructor.



ART 171 – Introduction to Digital Imaging 4cr

This studio course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop image editing software with an emphasis on achieving competence with the basic tools and adjustments as well as with scanning and printing. The course includes structured lessons and creative projects. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression



ART 200 – Ceramics Studio 4cr

This studio course allows each student to pursue his or her personal touch or issue to be explored and developed. Projects are designed to fit the student’s artistic direction and to fit the student’s skills and perspectives in the use of hand built or wheel generated forms. Experience in glaze composition and firing theory is initiated in this course. Students are required to help load and unload kilns, make glazes, and clean kiln shelves, as well as other important activities in the studio. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 300 or ART 400.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 106 Introduction to Ceramics or permission of instructor.



ART 203 – Painting II 4cr

This studio course emphasizes experimentation with materials and concepts. Students work on a series of paintings with a strong understanding of composition and color. Work is developed from direct observation. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 103 Painting I.



ART 204 – Printmaking Studio 4cr

This studio course offers a further exploration of processes of relief and intaglio printmaking learned in Art 117 Intaglio Printmaking I and 118 Relief Printmaking I and may include color relief printing, letterpress techniques, photo intaglio, and silkscreen. Students are encouraged to go into depth in a chosen medium or combine various printmaking media in their work, as well as produce a portfolio of prints that includes a series of conceptually related pieces. The course includes individual and group critiques as well as outside research on print artists, techniques, and the history of printmaking. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 304.

Prerequisite: Art 117 Intaglio Printmaking I or Art 118 Relief Printmaking I, or permission of instructor.



ART 208 – Papermaking II 2cr

This studio course is a continuation of ART 108 Papermaking I and emphasizes gaining control over formation, surface, weight, color, and consistency of batches. Students also explore advanced processes, e.g. hand beating, watermarks, shaped deckles, and lamination. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 108 Papermaking I.



ART 209 – Photography Studio 4cr

This multi-level studio course in black and white photography is open to students at levels II and III. Students at level II learn new processes and techniques and continue with the development of photographic printmaking skills and the exploration of the medium as a creative tool. Students at level III pursue a personalized aesthetic and individualized body of work. Critical skills are developed through group and individual critiques, presentations, readings, and discussions of student work as well as historical and contemporary photographic works. Students are required to purchase film and photo paper. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as Art 309 or Art 407.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 109 Photography I or permission of instructor.



ART 213 – Sculpture II 4cr

This studio course focuses on developing skills and concepts learned in ART 113 Introduction to Sculpture. Particular emphasis is placed on reductive and additive techniques, such as stone carving and clay work. Ideas and issues concerning art and sculpture are introduced in both historical and contemporary contexts. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 113 Introduction to Sculpture or permission of instructor.



ART 216 – Drawing II 4cr

This studio course covers the development of skills to represent pictorial form from representation to abstraction. Compositional organization is stressed as well, giving students a wide range of pictorial possibilities. Students base finished drawings on direct observation. A variety of materials are used in this course.Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 116 Drawing I.



ART 219 – The Language of Photography in the Digital Age 4cr

This course explores the language of photography and its evolving role as a creative image-making tool in the visual arts. Emphasis is on image content and context rather than on technical process. Structured as a studio and seminar, this course incorporates both film-based and digital photography. The studio portion is based on the production and evaluation of photographs produced in response to assignments. The seminars involve a series of topical readings and visual presentations that examine the interface of art and technology, contemporary artistic practice, aesthetics, and the social meaning of pictures. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.



ART 230 – Digital Imaging Studio 4cr

For students with a solid foundation in Adobe Photoshop image editing software, this studio course allows students to delve deeply into individual creative projects and explore more advanced features of this very complex software. Students work independently with regular instructor guidance. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 231.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 171 Introduction to Digital Imaging or permission of instructor.



ART 245 – Life Drawing I 4cr

This studio course deals with the structure, anatomy, design, and expression of the human form. Students gain competency in drawing the figure as they explore various drawing media and develop an understanding of underlying skeletal and muscle anatomy. Students make use of the visual elements, as well as consider basics of composition and the expressive qualities of good drawing. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 110 Design or ART 116 Drawing I.



ART 250 – Bookforms II 2cr

A continuation of ART 105 Bookforms I, this studio course emphasizes the development of content and concepts for artists’ books. Students experiment with various ways of arriving at elegant form/content synthesis in the artists’ books they produce in the course. They also use more advanced bookforms as well as altered books as needed to suit the ideas they want to express. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Partially satisfies Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 105 Bookforms I.



ART 271 – Metal Sculpture 4cr

This studio course is designed to introduce students to creating sculpture in metal. The processes of ceramic shell casting and metal fabrication is utilized as students create a series of sculptures expressing a theme. Students learn how to make a wax image and reproduce that image in cast bronze. Techniques of metal chasing, mold making, silver soldering, MIG welding, and patination of metal are covered. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 371.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: Any previous sculpture course or permission of the instructor.



ART 281-283 – Visiting Artist Topics 2-4cr

Each year an artist from outside the college community is invited to teach a 4-credit studio course of his or her own design in an area outside of the usual department offerings. Examples of previous visiting artist topics include Cold Metal Jewelry, Personal Totems, Landscape Painting, Asian-influenced Relief Printmaking, and Mixed Media: From collage to Assemblage.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.



ART 303 – Painting III 4cr

In this studio course, the emphasis is on the development of a personal direction in painting through a series of paintings that explore an area of personal interest. This exploration is studied in conjunction with the historical precedents that relate to each student’s area of interest. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 403.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 203 Painting II.



ART 313 – Sculpture III 4cr

This studio course is a continuation of ART 213 Sculpture II, with an emphasis on refining skills and exploring different concepts of sculpture, such as site-specific and environmental sculpture. The development of unique and original works of art in different materials is encouraged. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 414.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 213 Sculpture II.



ART 316 – Drawing III 4cr

In this studio course, the emphasis is on experimentation with materials and ideas, leading to the development of a personal direction in drawing, achieved through the production of a series of drawings that explore an area of personal interest. This exploration is studied in conjunction with the historical precedents that relate to each student’s area of interest. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 415.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 216 Drawing II.



ART 331 – Research Methods in Art 4cr

In this art history course, students learn the research skills essential to any creative practice. Students engage with a wide variety of research methodologies for studio art and art history including: factual research in museums, libraries, and special collections; critical, analytical, and expository writing; sketching, drawing, and other forms of graphically recording and organizing their ideas. This is a college composition course that requires critical writing and oral presentations.

College Composition II

Prerequisite: WRI 120 College Composition I.



ART 345 – Life Drawing II 4cr

This studio course is a continuation of the study of the human form that builds upon the knowledge gained in ART 245 Life Drawing I. This course deals with the structure, anatomy, design, and expression of the human form, as well as skeletal and muscle anatomy. In addition, students focus on a particular theme, skill, or medium they wish to develop and will present a cohesive body of drawings at the end of the semester relating to their study of the figure. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. May be repeated for credit as ART 445.

Artistic Expression

Prerequisite: ART 245 Life Drawing I.



ART 412 – Senior Project I 4cr

In this studio course, students conduct research their proposed project, begin developing a cohesive body of work, and produce exhibition quality examples of their artwork. Issues involved in being a professional artist are addressed. If successful in passing this course, students go on to ART 413 Senior Project II to complete their proposed projects. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time.

Prerequisites: Senior art major, grade of B- or better in 12 credits of studio concentration, and permission of instructor.



ART 413 – Senior Project II 4cr

In this studio course, students concentrate on completing the cohesive body of artwork initiated in ART 412 Senior Project I. The completed work must be of exhibition quality to culminate in an exhibition in the Elizabeth Holden Gallery. Students should expect and plan to spend additional time working on their projects each week outside of scheduled class time. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation of all art majors.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ART 412 Senior Project I.

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.