2006 - 2007 Art Course Descriptions

ART

101

Beginning Drawing, LE

(2)

Practical introduction to drawing and painting. Basic to most other art courses. Concerned with primary drawing media from pencils through pastels. Emphasizes practical use of value, form, line, and texture.

 

ART

103

Beginning Painting, LE

(2)

Concentrates on painting techniques with emphasis on color and value relationships. Prerequisite: ART 101. Students with previous experience in art may obtain instructor’s signature in lieu of prerequisite.

 

ART

110

Survey of Art, LE

(3)

Focuses on appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by learning to look at a work of art, how it is made, and why. Students study art from a wide range of cultures and periods. Slide lectures and discussions are included.

 

ART

148

Fundamentals of Pottery, LE

(3)

Introduces the potter’s wheel and focuses on wheel-thrown techniques, as well as basic handbuilding methods such as coil and slab. Emphasis is placed on form, decorating and glazing pottery.

 

ART

180

Photography, LE

(3)

Learn the basics of both traditional and digital photography. We will cover technical skills including camera operation, developing black and white film, digital image processing, printing and presentation. This course also investigates visual and conceptual skills needed to produce effective images.

 

ART

200/300

Special Topics

(1-4)

Special classes in the arts not offered on an annual basis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

ART

200FN

Fine Arts Foundation Course: Experiencing the Arts, LE

(4)

This course is an experiential exploration of the major art traditions of our culture. It takes the form of attendance at several different types of artistic events combined with previews and discussion regarding those events. Lectures and other types of presentations are offered by guests from on and off campus, including local artists and performers.

 

ART

202

Intermediate Drawing

(2)

Logical continuation of ART 101 with particular emphasis placed upon principles of perspective drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, and out-of-door sketching.

 

ART

205

Figure Drawing

(4)

Drawing from the model. Basic understanding of structure, anatomy, and design of the human form. Prerequisite: ART 101.

 

ART

206

Figure Painting

(4)

Painting from live models. Prerequisite: ART 103, 105. Students with previous experience in art may obtain instructor’s signature in lieu of prerequisite.

 

ART

209

Composition and Design

(3)

Aesthetic organization of color, line, space, and texture in two- and three-dimensional design.

 

ART

301

Intermediate Pottery

(3)

Continuation of ART 148 with more advanced wheel and hand-built work, decorating, and glazing techniques. Prerequisite: ART 148 or consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

302

Intermediate Painting

(3)

A logical continuation of Beginning Painting, with emphasis on a continuing development of traditional/realist skills, as well as contemporary concepts, including abstraction. Prerequisite: ART 103.

 

ART

303

Advanced Painting

(3)

Explores advanced painting techniques and problems, emphasizing color and design concepts. Prerequisite: ART 103. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

305

Raku Pottery

(3)

Instruction in using the potter’s wheel and handbuilding techniques. Use of low-fire clay and glazes to produce Raku ware. Weekly Raku firings in outside kilns. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

306

Advanced Figure Painting

(2-4)

Painting from draped and undraped models. Prerequisite: ART 206. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

308

Advanced Figure Drawing

(2-4)

Explores advanced techniques involved in portrait and figure drawing. Prerequisite: ART 105. Students with previous experience in art may obtain instructor’s signature in lieu of prerequisite. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

309

Handbuilt Pottery

(3)

Instruction in handbuilding techniques: pinch, slab, and coil. Glaze preparation and glazing techniques are also taught and practiced. Prerequisite: ART 148. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

310

Art History: Renaissance to Impressionism

(4)

An overview of the historical and cultural influences of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist periods. Students learn through lecture, discussion, reading and writing about art, and visiting local museums. Prerequisite: ART 110; ENGL 110.

 

ART

311

Art History: Impressionism to Contemporary

(4)

Explores the foundations and development of 20th-century art beginning with the Impressionist movement up to the present. Students learn through lecture, discussion, reading and writing about contemporary art, and visiting local art galleries. Prerequisite: ART 110; ENGL 110.

 

ART

320

Digital Imaging

(3)

This course covers technical skills for the digital photographer. These include image capture, image processing, retouching, manipulation and printing. This course also deals with visual and conceptual skills needed to produce effective images. Prerequisite: ART 180 or consent of instructor. Same as COMM 320.

 

ART

321

Digital Media Survey

(3)

This course will introduce its students to the possibilities for making art on a computer. It explores techniques in several popular software programs. Prerequisite: ART 320 or consent of instructor. Same as COMM 321.

 

ART

330

Advanced Pottery

(3)

Advanced wheelwork, more emphasis on sculptural work, and experimentation with glazing. Individual assignments. Prerequisite: ART 301 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

340

Printmaking

(3)

An introduction to printmaking techniques, including monotype, woodcut, etching, and other processes. Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor.

 

ART

350

Methods of Teaching Art in the Secondary Schools

(3)

The study of new concepts and modes of art behavior, discovering new ideas of what might constitute secondary education art curricula. Offered Fall semester.

 

ART

360

Advanced Drawing

(3)

A logical continuation of Beginning Drawing, with a continued emphasis on building strong representational skills, good designs, and creative, expressive imagery. Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor.

 

ART

379

Intermediate Photography

(3)

With an emphasis on traditional photography, this course will introduce new technical skills for those who have a functional understanding of basic photographic skills. This new information includes use of lenses, camera types, exposure techniques, and refined developing and printing techniques, as well as discussion of current artistic and photographic concerns. This course will also deal with the advancement of personal visual and conceptual skills needed to produce effective images. Prerequisite: ART 180 or consent of instructor.

 

ART

380

Advanced Photography

(3)

This course is for advanced photographers, both traditional and digital, who are interested in creating a strong body of work. We will discuss historical and contemporary issues in photography as well as professional development. Through a process of detailed analysis, students will gain greater understanding of their own work, leading to more effective expression. Prerequisite: ART 180 or an intermediate photography course or equivalent knowledge and experience or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

 

ART

390

Collage and Assemblage

(3)

An exploration of two and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, using traditional and non-traditional methods and materials. This course deals with both visual and conceptual issues relating to Collage and Assemblage. Prerequisite: ART 209 or consent of instructor.

 

ART

401

Directed Studies

(1-4)

A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Art Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.

 

ART

440

Internship

(1-8)

Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.

 

ART

475

Studio Seminar

(3)

Designed to help students create a strong, unified body of work. Students work on their own time, with weekly meetings devoted to critiques, discussions, guest speakers and professional development issues. Studios are available to most students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.