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Art (Studio) Course Descriptions

ART 010, 020, 030, 040   Art Exhibition Attendance

0 credits

Students must attend and show evidence of at least one art exhibition per year as a pre-art or art major. (CR/NC grade only.) 

ART 101   Art Fundamentals

3 credits

 An introduction to fundamental art concepts and techniques, including an overview of art history. The course provides basic studio experiences in drawing, painting, and other media, and serves as a prerequisite for additional art electives. 

ART 102   Introduction to Art Concepts

3 credits

A course in which non-art majors are introduced to an understanding and appreciation of art forms. They learn to describe, analyze, interpret, and use evaluative criteria when observing these art forms. It is not intended for education majors.

ART 103   Art Foundation for Educators

3 credits

A basic course developing an art foundation for educators. The art experiences address necessary objectives for the development of cogent teaching practice including sensory and perceptual awareness, recognition and use of fundamental art concepts, implementation of the creative process, formation or enrichment of art techniques and skills, and encouragement for a more profound respect and recognition of the visual arts. This is a required art course for all early childhood–elementary and elementary–middle education majors, and a recommended art core course for other education majors, with the exception of art education.

ART 111   Basic Drawing

3 credits

A studio-intensive course in drawing that focuses on awareness and perception of forms in nature, in the drawings of major artists, in one’s personal life experience, and in that coming from diverse cultures. Both a disciplined set of skills and imagination are emphasized. Students use basic drawing tools and materials to apply knowledge of composition with line, value, texture, space relationships, perspective, and the emotional quality of drawing. Previous art experience is recommended.

ART 201   Design

3 credits

A study of design theory, its evolution, and the elements and principles of design. To apply the theory, students create two-dimensional designs in a variety of media. Fundamental visual communication methods are studied and applied. This is a preferred art core course for communication majors.  Previous art experience is recommended.

ART 202   Basic Painting

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 101 or 103 or 111 or 201

An introduction to basic painting concepts through varied media, including pastels, watercolors, oils, and acrylics. Students examine techniques, color theory, composition, and the application of these by the masters. They explore a variety of approaches to painting and use a creative process in expressing ideas in paint.

 ART 203   Introduction to Graphic Arts

3 credits

This studio course develops core concepts and skills in graphic design, technology, and file management while engaging in projects that utilize industry-standard computer applications. Students focus on compositions that integrate text and image into vehicles of effective communication. The course examines the role of the computer in art and graphic design, and fosters insights into design theory. This is a preferred art core course for communication majors. Previous art experience is recommended.

ART 204   Special Topics

1–3 credits

A specialized area of art study reflecting advanced approaches to a project or research. Approval of instructor required.

ART 205   Digital Imaging

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 203

An advanced course focusing on the use of the computer as a tool for creating images and graphics. Provides a basic understanding and use of electronic still cameras, image scanners, and image processing computer software. Students learn to use input and output devices to capture, manipulate, and transmit photographic images. The class has hands-on work sessions and sustained imaging projects using Adobe Photoshop. A concise review of the role of computer as a graphic imaging tool and the ethics of image manipulation is also included.

ART 206   Scientific Illustration

3 credits

(Also BIO 206)

This course helps students develop an ability to produce effective illustrations of scientific subject matter for science classes, displays, learning centers, slide lectures, publications, advertisements or other uses. The student gains an understanding of the differences between illustration and art, and of the importance of illustration as a form of communication. The students increase their observational ability and learn basic techniques of drawing in pen and ink, pencil and scratchboard, and are introduced to airbrush.

ART 207   Computer Illustration

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 203

 

A course exploring the use of the computer in drawing and illustration. Students learn the basic techniques of computer-aided rendering, layout, and design. The history of traditional illustration and design, and its relationship to digital techniques, are examined.

ART 211   Basic Sculpture

2–3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 101 or 103 or 201

A studio course exploring three-dimensional form in space and its history. Students first develop awareness of such forms in space, and then perceptual and technical skills in bringing together ideas and materials in three-dimensional form.

ART 212   Basic Ceramics

2–3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 101 or 103 or 201

A studio course exploring the medium of clay and its history. Students learn the methods of constructing three-dimensional forms in clay through hand-building techniques, as well as decorating and glazing their forms. Wheel-throwing techniques are presented for those wishing to experiment, but are not required.

ART 221   Calligraphy and Composition

2–3 credits

The development of calligraphic skills for personal or practical use. Students gradually build a repertoire of lettering styles using a variety of tools. These styles are then used in designed layout work for presentation to a commercial printer and/or for completed calligraphic art forms in themselves.

ART 222   Intermediate Drawing I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 111

 

A course building on basic drawing skills in working with advanced problems in drawing plant, animal, and human life forms. Development of skill in self-expression with life forms is attained through exercises that include gesture, contour, structure, and perspective drawings, as well as general anatomy studies.

ART 230   Survey of Art History I

3 credits

A survey of art history beginning with cave art and moving to the Renaissance. When taken with ART 240, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists, and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.

ART 231   The Ancient World

1 credit

A survey of art forms from the birth of art up to the Roman times. This course includes the sequence of cave art, ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Aegean, Greek, and Roman art.

ART 232   Post-Roman to Middle Ages

1 credit

A survey of art forms from the early Christian contributions up to the Gothic styles. Sequence includes early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic.

ART 233   Non-European World

1 credit

A survey of art forms from China, Japan, India, Africa, North and South America, and the South Pacific.

ART 235   Women Artists Throughout History

3 credits

An introduction to the accomplishments of women artists throughout history, contributions that are often overlooked in mainstream art history books. The course surveys the entire history of art and covers female artists who have made a unique, significant contribution to the visual arts.

ART 236   Contemporary Art History

1–3 credits

A study of the history of contemporary art since World War II. The course begins with an overview of modern art and questions the definitions of art, modernity, and self-expression. Students learn about the earliest contemporary art, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop, and then rapidly move through the wide variety of movements and theories that replaced them. The course questions the theoretical basis of contemporary art and examines current issues of our post-modern artistic period.

ART 237   American Art History

3 credits

This course surveys American art from early colonial times to the present. Students examine the works and artists representing the major trends, qualities, and attitudes revealed in the development of American architecture, painting, sculpture, and various other art forms.

ART 240   Survey of Art History II

3 credits

A survey of art history beginning with the Renaissance and moving to 1945. When taken with ART 230, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists, and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.

 ART 241   Renaissance

1 credit

A survey of art forms from Italian sources as well as those outside Italy. This course sequence includes the “Proto” Renaissance in Italy and the 15th and 16th centuries.

ART 242   Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism, and Realism

1 credit

A survey of art forms from the Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, and Realism eras.

ART 243   Twentieth Century to 1945

1 credit

A survey of modern art that includes Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, the Fauves, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Art Nouveau, and the International Style.

ART 250   Printmaking

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 101 or 103 or 111 or 201

A studio course exploring the preparation of a variety of plates from which visual compositions are hand-printed in multiple. Students work with a creative process in designing and completing limited edition art prints. They also focus on artist printmakers and the historic contributions of printmaking as an art form.

ART 260   Basic Metals

2–3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 111 or 201

 

A studio course exploring the techniques of the various processes of making art metal forms and their history. Students learn the methods of constructing original three-dimensional forms using various metal alloys, found objects, and textural applications.

ART 302   Intermediate Painting I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 202

A course building on basic painting skills, enabling students to develop their ability to express ideas in paint. Students use the media or painting techniques appropriate to the concrete expression of the idea. Research and focus is placed on modern and contemporary world painters.

ART 303   Life Drawing

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 111

 

An advanced drawing class focusing on figure drawing and construction, stressing anatomy and form. The study of anatomy is part of the basis for understanding the human figure. The class includes sustained drawing projects. A concise review of the role of figure study from a historical perspective is also included. 

ART 305   Introduction to Photography

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 101 or 103 or 111 or 201

A course building on visual literacy and composition, focusing on the understanding and use of the camera in photography and filmmaking. A brief history of photography is included.

ART 311   Intermediate Sculpture I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 211

 

An application of the design process to complex form. Choosing one or two of the directions introduced in basic sculpture, the student develops concepts to a greater degree of study and experimentation.

ART 312   Intermediate Ceramics

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 212

The pursuit of advanced problems of hand-building methods and the development of wheel-throwing skills.

ART 321   Intermediate Sculpture II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 311

 

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in sculpture. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 330   Art History Practicum

2 credits

Prerequisite: ART 230 or 240

A practical experience in archival research and art conservation. Students work with the University’s permanent collection. Examples of the practical applications include researching, cataloging, studying issues of conservation and presentation, and writing commentaries about works in Marian’s collection. This requirement may be met by a co-op or internship at a suitable gallery, museum, or historical society.

ART 333   Intermediate Drawing II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 222

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in drawing. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 340   Web Design

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 205 or 207

This course focuses on advanced communication design projects involving web development and multimedia authoring. It introduces HTML code and HTML design applications used in the graphic arts. Insights are gained into nonlinear design and animated graphics.

ART 350   Intermediate Printmaking

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 250

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in printmaking. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 351   Collagraph

3 credits

 

The application of collage to the printmaking process. Students create a design on a plate, which creates a visual texture when printed.

ART 352   Relief

3 credits

The production of visual images through the preparation of the surface of a block of linoleum and/or wood. Students work with a variety of printing media in producing images that express their ideas. Artists of linoleum and woodcut relief print forms are studied.

ART 353   Serigraph

3 credits

The creation of polychromatic prints through the various silkscreen stencil processes: crayon, tusche and glue, and film and emulsion. Techniques, formal elements and principles, and cultural influences in the medium are combined to form a foundation for the expression of ideas.

ART 360   Advanced Metals

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 260

 

The pursuit of advanced problems in art metals and enameling leads to the production of original pieces by the students.

ART 362   Intermediate Painting II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 302

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in painting. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 370   Fiber Arts: Stitchery

3 credits

This studio course exposes students to the techniques, processes, purposes, and history of stitchery.

ART 371   Fiber Arts: Weaving

3 credits

This studio course exposes students to the techniques, processes, purposes, and history of loom weaving, spinning, felting, and various hand techniques.

ART 372   Fiber Arts: Puppetry

3 credits

This studio course exposes students to the techniques, processes, purposes, and history of puppetry. Students make various types of puppets as they apply their learning.

ART 373   Fiber Arts: Dye Applications

3 credits

This studio course exposes students to the techniques, processes, purposes, and history of various resist and printing processes.

ART 374   Fiber Arts: Leather

3 credits

 

This studio course exposes students to the techniques, processes, purposes, and history of leather arts. Students focus on developing skills in various leather working procedures.

ART 397   Internship

1–3 credits

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students’ academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

ART 400   Senior Seminar in Art

3 credits

(Senior standing)

This course culminates in a public show, through which the studio art or art education major demonstrates acquired technical skills in a final art project and defends an integrated philosophy of art. The art education major’s project focuses on the creative process in the teaching of art.

ART 401   Advanced Design

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 201 or 205 or 207

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in design. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 404   Special Topics

3 credits

A specialized area of art study reflecting advanced approaches to a project or research limited to art majors or minors.

ART 411   Advanced Sculpture I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 321

 

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in sculpture. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio. 

ART 412   Advanced Ceramics I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 312

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in ceramics. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 413   Advanced Ceramics II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 412

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in ceramics. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 414   Independent Study

1–3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

 

A course designed by the student with an instructor’s guidance to allow students to pursue a topic of interest not available through regular courses. 

ART 421   Advanced Sculpture II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 411

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in sculpture. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 424   Advanced Fibers

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 370, 371 and 372

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in fibers. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 430   Senior Seminar in Art History

2 credits

 

A seminar that includes peer teaching and culminates in independent research and paper presentations. Topics vary, and may include the following: women artists, religious art, contemporary issues, recurring subjects and themes, art as propaganda, theories of art criticism, and feminist art theory.

ART 441   Advanced Printmaking I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 350

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in printmaking. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 442   Advanced Printmaking II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 441

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in printmaking. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 444   Advanced Drawing I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 333

 

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in drawing. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio. 

ART 445   Advanced Drawing II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 444

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in drawing. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 461   Advanced Painting I

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 362

 

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in painting. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio. 

ART 462   Advanced Painting II

3 credits

Prerequisite: ART 461

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in painting. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism, and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART 497   Internship

1–3 credits

 

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills, and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students’ academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

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