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Art Course Descriptions

ART 101, LIFE DRAWING AND COMPOSITION, 4 credits.
Designed as a broad foundational study in drawing both the draped and the undraped human figure, as well as elementary forms such as those found in nature and in geometry. Some study of surface anatomy involved. Skill development in four media. Textbook required.

ART 102, LIFE DRAWING AND COMPOSITION, 4 credits.
An enlargement of ART 101, with more emphasis on compositional and spatial analyses. Some attention to portraiture, with continued emphasis on the undraped figure. Unlimited media. Textbook required.

ART 111, ELEMENTARY DESIGN, 4 credits.
Studio orientation to the elements of visual organization in two dimensions. Course seeks to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of line, shape, form, color, texture, and value in both the formal and informal arrangement. Employment of three to four media. Textbook required.

ART 112, INTERMEDIATE DESIGN, 4 credits.
Studio orientation to the elements of visual organization in three dimensions. Further study of line, shape, form, color, texture, and value within the context of spatial arrangement and analysis. Unlimited media. Textbook required.

ART 201, METHODS AND MATERIALS OF PAINTING I, 4 credits.
Preparation and use of materials necessary for painting in aqua and acrylic media. Overview and comparative study of old, modern, and contemporary masters vis -a-vis their respective techniques and approaches to pictorial development. Textbook required.

ART 202, METHODS AND MATERIALS OF PAINTING II, 4 credits.
Preparation and use of materials necessary for painting in oil and encaustic media. Overview and comparative study of non-Western painters and their approaches to pictorial development. Textbook required.

ART 207, ARTS AND IDEAS I, 4 credits.
A survey of world art as depicted in visual and written history. Emphasis is placed on art as a concept and its many manifestations in traditional form. A lecture/dialectic format is employed. Textbook required.

ART 208, ARTS AND IDEAS II, 4 credits.
A survey of world art as depicted in visual and written history. Emphasis will be on art concepts, the art of the present, and non-traditional approaches to the art object.

ART 213, CERAMICS I, 4 credits.
Studio approach to basic techniques relating to both functional and decorative objects from clay, with an emphasis on hand-building. Some study of glazes and their application. Textbook required.

ART 214, CERAMICS II, 4 credits.
Studio approach to basic techniques relating to both functional and decorative objects from clay with emphasis on throwing at the potter's wheel. Some further study of glazes and their application. Textbook required.

ART 215, PHOTOGRAPHY I, 4 credits.
Preparation, use, and maintenance of materials and equipment necessary for foundational knowledge in the medium of black and white photography. Emphasis is placed on the development of compositional skills with access to the darkroom as needed.

ART 216, PHOTOGRAPHY II, 4 credits.
Preparation, use, and maintenance of materials and equipment necessary for foundational knowledge in the medium of color photography. Emphasis is placed on the development of compositional skills with access to the darkroom as needed.

ART 227, PRINTMAKING I, 4 credits.
Studio approach as an introduction to basic printmaking techniques such as linocut, woodcut, and serigraphy. Compositional elements are stressed. Textbook required.

ART 228, PRINTMAKING II, 4 credits.
Studio approach as an introduction to intaglio printmaking techniques such as line etching, aquatint, and drypoint. Along with compositional elements, spatial and textural elements are studied. Textbook required.

ART 250, WOMEN AND THE ARTS, 4 credits.
Intended to encourage an intelligent investigation of the role of women vis-a-vis the arts, across the cultures, social strata, and race, from antiquity to the present. An analysis of the historical portrayal of women as aesthetic objects, as well as an examination of their increasingly diverse associations with the arts as practitioners, investors, connoisseurs, brokers, et cetera. The visual, literary, and performing arts, including film, are explored.

ART 291, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART, 4 credits.
A lecture-oriented survey course that explores the artistic expression of people of African descent living in the Americas, with emphasis on those native to the United States. Attention is given to an exploration of recurring questions vis-a-vis black art, such as its true meanings and implications. Textbook required.

ART 292, AFRICAN ART, 4 credits.
A lecture course that explores the art forms of people indigenous to the African continent. Study includes Egyptian, Moroccan, Benin, Ife, Ashanti, and Yoruba cultures, among others, from antiquity to the present. Although comprehensive in scope, emphasis is placed at the discretion of the instructor. Textbook required.

ART 301, SCULPTURE I, 4 credits.
Traditional techniques employed in the studio, with an emphasis on modeling and casting the sculptural form. Earlier Western techniques are studied. Textbook required.

ART 302, SCULPTURE II, 4 credits.
Experimental techniques employed in the studio setting, with an emphasis on carving and assembling the sculptural form. Textbook required.

ART 400, INDEPENDENT STUDY, 4 credits.
Extension of an area of specialization, with the approval and supervision of a faculty member in the department. Specialization and advanced study of art history, ceramics, drawing, painting, design, printmaking, and museum study. Art majors only. Course may be repeated without penalty, with special permission.

ART 401-402, SENIOR PORTFOLIO, 4 credits.
Development of the senior portfolio and project, under the direction of a faculty member in the department. Required of all seniors in lieu of a comprehensive examination.