Art (ART) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

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ART 100 Intro Studio Seminar (3) An introductory studio exploration in a variety of media including mixed media. Presentations, critiques, and assigned readings for the purpose of comparative study and discussion.

ART 101 Intro To Visual Arts (3) Slide/lecture course and introduction to the visual arts in their various forms and expressions.

ART 109 Intro To Drawing & Painting (3) Studio experiences for non-majors. Emphasis on formal concepts in drawing and painting. The course incorporates various drawing and painting media into exercises, projects, and lectures to develop personal expression.

ART 112 Introduction to Digital Media (3) A foundation level introduction to methods of two dimensional digital image making and manipulation using industry standard software. Emphasis will be placed on technical and compositional skill development in a fine arts context.

ART 121 FP Studio: Beg Drawing (3) Foundation Program Studio. Basic drawing concepts with studio investigations into line, shape, form, light and value, and space. Explorations of principles of visual organization and basic drawing media of pencil, charcoal, crayon, pen and ink, and brush and ink. Discussion of perceptual relationships of light and space.

ART 122 FP Studio: Beginning Painting (3) Foundation Program Studio. Introduction to painting; exploration of color theory and its applications; and investigation of perceptual relationships of light, color, and space. Studio exploration of the principles of visual organization through applications of color concepts and fundamental materials and techniques of painting. Pre: ART 121.

ART 123 FP Studio: 2-D Design (3) Foundation Program Studio. Investigations of two-dimensional design concepts and the elements and principles of visual organization. Inquiry into perceptual and visual relationships of design principles. Discussion of relationships of visual elements and time and space.

ART 124 FP Studio: 3-D Design (3) Foundation Program Studio. Investigation of the principles and elements of design in three-dimensional concepts. Tactile exploration of forms, environments, and expressions. Explorations into perceptual relationships of time, light, and space in three-dimensional visualizations.

ART 215 Printmaking: Intaglio (3) Basic intaglio techniques of etching, engraving, drypoint, and aqua-tint; perceptual and conceptual exercises in composition and pictorial structure. Pre: ART 121, 123.

ART 216 Printmaking: Lithography (3) Basic lithographic techniques; development of concepts. Pre: ART 215.

ART 221 Intermediate Drawing (3) Life drawing and study of the human figure; studio drawing concepts and application of drawing materials. Explorations of anatomy, gesture, contour, form, light, and space in relation to figure studies. Pre: ART 121. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 222 Intermediate Painting (3) Intermediate painting studio. Development and explorations of painting materials and concepts and the visual relationships of subject matter, content, and composition. Pre: ART 121, 122.

ART 235 Introduction to Papermaking (3) A studio course focusing on the techniques involved with creating handmade paper. Students will learn, practice, and apply the fundamentals of the paper-making process, which will include pulp preparation, basic sheet formation, sizing, pressing, and drying. Studies will concentrate on Western applications. This course is not repeatable.

ART 300 Intermed Studio Seminar (3) Studio explorations in a variety of media including mixed media. Presentations, critiques, and assigned readings for the purpose of comparative study and discussion. Pre: Foundation Program Studios (ART 121, 122, 123, 124) and completion of two semesters of 200-level art studios. May be retaken for a total of 9 credits.

ART 301 Digital Video and Installation (3) This course explores ways of implementing video as a medium for creating engaging interactive physical sculpture and environments. Focus is on taking video off the screen and into three-dimensional space in the form of video sculpture and site-specific art installations. Projects may include: projected video and audio displays, performance actions and using the internet as a method of creative distribution. May be repeated on time for credit.

ART 308 Creative Digital Photography (3) This course is designed to develop and expand ideas about photographic representation by expanding students' range of interests and uses of the medium. Both digital imaging techniques and silver-based materials are explored with an eye toward expansion and experimentation. Projects include invented persona writing, pinhole pictures, the body and expressive gesture, cross-media appropriation, and an independent project. May be repeated for up to 9 credits. Pre: ART 123.

ART 315 Adv Printmkg: Intaglio (3) Advanced intaglio techniques involving more complex development of individual projects. Pre: ART 215. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 316 Adv Printmaking Seminar (3) Advanced Studio practice in independent projects. Pre: ART 216 or 315. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 317 Cyanotype (3) Studio study of the cyanotype, an early 19th century light- sensitive photo process used to create fine art prints. Studio work will include similarly related processes, such as chrysotype, gum dichromate and kallitype. Pre: Foundation program studios (Art 121, 122, 123, 124) and completion of 2 semesters of 200-level art studios. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 321 Advanced Drawing (3) Studio practice of advanced and individual problems in drawing. Pre: ART 221. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 322 Advanced Painting (3) Studio practice of advanced and individual problems in painting. Pre: ART 221, 222. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 335 Papermaking (3) This studio course will focus on the techniques involved with creating handmade paper. Students will learn, practice, and apply the fundamentals of the paper-making process, which will include pulp preparation; basic sheet information; watermarking; laminating; embedding; coloring; sizing; and pressing and drying. Studies will concentrate on Eastern and Western applications, as well as traditional and contemporary approaches. Individuals creativity and experimentation with handmade paper as an art-making medium will be encouraged. Pre: Art 121,122,123,124 and completion of two semesters of 200-level art studio courses. Repeatable for a total of 9 semester hours.

ART 375 Christianity & The Arts (3) Relationships of the arts to Christian beliefs and ritual from early Christian era to the present; role of the artist, church, and patron. Pre: junior or senior standing, or instructor's consent.

ART 385 Religious Arts Of East Asia (3) Interrelationships of the arts and religion in various Asian cultures, with emphasis on Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Pre: junior or senior standing, or instructor's consent. (Attributes: GAHP)


ART x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

ART x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.