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ART 1210 - Drawing I 3 credits A foundations level studio course covering the basic technical and perceptual approaches to drawing. Students will learn to develop an understanding of both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a traditional and representational manner of drawing, such as; composition, perspective, volume, value, etc. Working in a variety of traditional media, i.e.; graphite, charcoal, ink, etc., students will draw such subjects as; still-life’s, self-portraiture, single object descriptions, and working from one’s own imagination. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1220 - Painting I 3 credits A foundations level studio course covering the basic technical and perceptual approaches to painting. Students will learn to develop an understanding of both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a traditional and representational manner of painting, such as; color theory, composition, perspective, volume, value, etc., including how to build and stretch a canvas. Working in a variety of traditional media, i.e.; oil paint, acrylic and water color, students will paint such subjects as; still-lifes, self-portraiture, visual transcriptions (copying master paintings), and working from one’s own imagination. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1230 - Illustration I 3 credits A basic studio course emphasizing the technical and conceptual skills needed to create original illustrations. A variety of media will be explored including graphite, ink, colored ink, colored pencil, and water color. Students will work from direct observation as well as imagination to produce drawings serving purposes from single object scientific illustration to book illustration. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1240 - Introduction to Printmaking: Etching and Relief 3 credits An exploration into the making of original prints as a fine art medium by experimentation with various techniques including intaglio and relief etching, dry-point, and engraving. A variety of plate materials and basic skills in plate manipulation and printing techniques is explored. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1241 - Introduction to Printmaking: Silkscreen 3 credits To introduce the student to silkscreen printing techniques, including paper, glue, and film stencils and tusche and glue resist methods. Photo silkscreen is an optional technique. A basic course for both majors and non majors. Students may take Printmaking II without having had Printmaking I. Students will work mainly in color and will use a variety of techniques from experimental to traditional. Design will be stressed as well as the development of an effective working process. Students will complete a minimum of four multi-color finished prints, each using a different technique. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1250 - Photography I 3 credits An introduction to the craft of photography including camera technique, film developing, printmaking, and the aesthetics of photography. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1280 - Computer Imaging and Graphic Design 3 credits A foundations level computer lab course covering the basic technical and perceptual approaches to digital imaging using the Mac computer as a tool. Students will learn to develop an understanding of both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a wide range of digital processes with an emphasis on practical design components. Using updated Adobe software programs, such as; Photoshop and Illustrator students will produce assignments based on a variety of projects including working from one’s own imagination. Lab time is available outside of class time. Prior computer experience is helpful but not required. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1360 - Sculpture I 3 credits This studio course offers a wide range of basic techniques using traditional tools and materials for object-making. It will also provide an introduction to non-traditional art forms and processes. Sensitivity to materials and development of concepts will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Recommended that art majors take Three-D Design first. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1362 - Furniture Design and Construction I 3 credits In this course wood will be used as the primary medium, although the use of other materials is possible. Students will learn the use of hand and power tools as well as various techniques of joining, laminating, fabricating, and carving. Emphasis is placed on originality, individual concept and design, a high level of craft while working three-dimensionally. Students will be strengthening their inventiveness and creative thinking which are essential to their learning experience. Once full scale table will be designed and produced, no larger than three feet in any direction. Work will be discussed and reviewed in critique forum upon completion of the project. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 1370 - Ceramics I 3 credits A basic studio course emphasizing the technical and conceptual skills needed to create sound, three dimensional forms in stoneware clay. Hand building and wheel throwing techniques, glaze preparation and application, and kiln techniques are included. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 2000 - Video Art 3 credits Video Art is an introductory digital art class that will acquaint students with the aesthetics and techniques of digital photography as preproduction, as well as audio production, in order to create a final art video for public screening. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 2100 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic 3 credits A survey of the history of art beginning with prehistoric and tribal art and continuing through the Middle Ages with a concentration on the Mediterranean cultures. The emphasis is on the art which was created and its social and philosophical significance. Distribution Requirement: GN.

ART 2101 - Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern 3 credits A survey of the history of art beginning with the Renaissance and continuing with the Baroque, Rococo, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The major focus is on the European art of these periods and its social and philosophical significance. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ART 2102 - American Art 3 credits A survey of American Art from the colonial period to the Twentieth Century. The course emphasis is on the paintings of the various periods although some sculpture and architecture are also included. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered as needed.

ART 2210 - Drawing II 3 credits An intermediate level studio course in further developing technical and perceptual approaches to drawing, with an emphasis on conceptual components. Students will learn to explore and experiment with both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a traditional and representational manner of drawing, such as; composition, perspective, volume, value, etc. Working in a variety of traditional media, i.e.; graphite, charcoal, ink, etc., and stemming from the academic approaches of Drawing I, students will continue to draw such subjects as; still-life’s, self-portraiture, single object descriptions, and working from one’s own imagination. Prerequisite: ART 1210.

ART 2211 - Figure Drawing 3 credits An intermediate to advanced level studio course covering all technical and perceptual approaches to drawing the human form. It offers a student the opportunity to enhance their technical and perceptual skills working from direct observation of the nude model. Lecture material covers anatomy, movement, and gesture as a means of seeing, and other pertinent elements as they apply to the human form. A variety of traditional drawing media will be used, i.e.; charcoal, ink, graphite, etc. In addition to in-class studio production assignments will be given, such as; self-portraiture, visual transcriptions (copying master drawings), and working from one’s own imagination. There is a course fee. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 2220 - Painting II 3 credits An intermediate level studio course in further developing technical and perceptual approaches to painting, with an emphasis on conceptual components. Students will learn to explore and experiment with both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a traditional and representational manner of painting, such as; color theory, composition, perspective, volume, value, etc. Working mainly in oil paints and stemming from the academic approaches of Painting I, students will continue to paint such subjects as; still-lifes, self-portraiture, single object descriptions, and working from one’s own imagination. Prerequisite: ART 1220. There is a course fee.

ART 2240 - Printmaking II 3 credits An intermediate printmaking course which involves techniques of color printing and a variety of plate materials. Prerequisite: ART 1240.

ART 2250 - Photography II 3 credits An intermediate course in photography in which advanced techniques are examined and used. Works of contemporary and historical photographers are discussed. Prerequisite: ART 1250 or permission of the instructor.

ART 2280 - Advanced Computer Imaging and Graphics 3 credits An intermediate to advanced level computer lab course further developing the basic technical and perceptual approaches to digital imaging, with a strong emphasis on conceptual components, using the Mac computer as a tool. Students will learn to work in both fine as well as commercial art contexts as they relate to a wide range of digital processes. Using updated Adobe software programs, such as; Photoshop and Illustrator (and in some cases Flash and Web Painter) students will produce prints and digital files based on a wide variety of assignments including working on self-motivated projects - from one’s own imagination. Lab time is available outside of class time. Prerequisite: ART 1280.

ART 2360 - Sculpture II 3 credits In this studio course selected media and technical processes introduced in Sculpture I will be further developed. Individual concepts and the techniques needed to pursue them will be cultivated. Emphasis will be on independent planning and art production. Prerequisite: ART 1360 or permission of the instructor.

ART 2361 - Wood Sculpture 3 credits An in-depth approach to a critical sculptural medium. Conceptual and technical competencies will be developed in carving, laminating lathe-turning construction, and bentwood techniques along with auxiliary skills in clay modeling, model making, and tool making. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 2362 - Bronze Casting I 3 credits This studio course will provide a basic understanding of “cire perdu” or “lost wax” alumni and bronze casting. Included in the overall process will be mold-making, working with clay and wax, and foundry techniques (sprueing, gating, investing, kiln-firing, melting and pouring, chasing, and patina). Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 2363 - Figure Molding 3 credits This is a sculptural studio course having as its focus the human figure. Male and female models are the subjects for all work in the studio. The primary working material are clay and plaster. Emphasis will transition from short gestural poses and partial figurative studies to longer full-figure poses. As basic knowledge of the human anatomy will be developed to provide greater control of expression in the material. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 2370 - Ceramics II 3 credits An intermediate studio course with emphasis on technical and conceptual growth of the intermediate ceramics student. More advanced clay forming, glazing, and firing techniques will be stressed. Prerequisite: ART 1370. Offered as needed.

ART-AMS 2420 - The American Landscape: Art, Culture and Society 3 credits A social and cultural history of the American landscape as it has been depicted in painting, photography, architecture and design; topics include the Hudson River School of painting, the role of landscape design in reflecting and shaping social behavior (e.g., Frederick Law Olmsted and Central Park), the role of artistic representations in promoting tourism and development in the National Parks, the relationship between landscape art and environmental politics. Distribution Requirement: US. Note: AMS-ART 2420 and AMS-ART 3420 meet jointly, with additional work required for the 3000 level credit. Offered Term I and II.

ART-HIS 2651 - Chinese Religion and Visual Culture 3 credits This course examines the interaction between religious and artistic practices and their impact on the cultural history of China. Distribution Requirement: NW. Offered Fall and Winter Terms.

ART 3111 - Ancient Art 3 credits An in-depth study of the architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts of Egypt, Etruria, and the Aegean from the third through the first millennium B.C. The course emphasizes the social, political, religious, and geographical influences on the arts and artifacts of ancient peoples of the Mediterranean. Prerequisites: ART or HIS 2100. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered as needed.

ART 3125 - Roman Art 3 credits An in-depth study of the architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts of Ancient Rome and the Roman Empire from the Eighth Century B.C. to the Fifth Century A.D. The course emphasizes the social, political, religious, and geographical influences on the arts and artifacts of the Roman World. Prerequisite: ART 2100 or HIS 2502. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ART 3150 - Nineteenth Century Art 3 credits A survey of European art of the nineteenth century beginning with the Neo-Classical and Romantic school, through the Barbizon painters and the realists, and ending with the Impressionists and Post-impressionist painters. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered as needed.

ART 3151 - Impressionism and Post-Impressionism 3 credits An in-depth study of painting from the latter half of the nineteenth century in France focusing primarily on Impressionism and Post-impressionism. The development of Impressionism and Post-impressionism is examined, as well as the impact that these two movements had on subsequent artistic periods and styles in France and in the rest of the western world. Distribution Requirement: EU. Offered as needed.

ART 3161 - Twentieth Century American Art 3 credits A study of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Twentieth Century by such American artists as Pollack, Hopper, O’Keefe, Benton, and DeKooning. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered as needed.

ART 3163 - Contemporary Art 3 credits An in-depth study of late Modernism and Post-Modernism (1945-present). From the end of the Second World War to the present, transitions have been increasingly more swift and directions diverse. This course will examine the relationship of these pluralized artistic directions and the social-cultural context of the artist. Distribution Requirement: GN.

ART 3210 - Drawing III 3 credits An intermediate to advanced level studio course in further developing technical and perceptual approaches to drawing, with an emphasis on conceptual components. Students will learn to explore and experiment with both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a traditional and representational manner of drawing, such as; composition, perspective, volume, value, etc. Working in a variety of traditional media, i.e.; graphite, charcoal, ink, etc., and stemming from the approaches and methods of Drawing II, students will continue to draw such subjects as; still-life’s, self-portraiture, single object descriptions, and working from one’s own imagination, with a strong emphasis on self-motivated projects. Prerequisite: ART 2210.

ART 3215 - Animal Drawing III 3 credits An intermediate to advanced level studio course in drawing animals. It offers a student the opportunity to further enhance their technical and perceptual skills continuing to work from direct observation of animals. Live animals are brought into the classroom, however students are encouraged to explore on self-motivated field trips to zoos, sanctuaries, in order to find subject matter. Using a wide range of drawing media students focus on selected subjects of their own choice. Class lectures are continual throughout the term offering information on anatomy, movement and behavior. Prerequisite: ART 1210.

ART 3220 - Painting III 3 credits An intermediate to advanced level studio course in further developing technical and perceptual approaches to painting, with an emphasis on conceptual components. Students will continue to learn to explore and experiment with both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to a representational as well as non-representational manners of painting. Working mainly in oil paints and stemming from the academic approaches of Painting I and II, students will continue to paint such subjects as; still-lifes and self-portraiture, including working from one’s own imagination. Students will also be required to work steadily on their own, outside of class on self-motivated projects. Prerequisite: ART 2220.

ART 3240 - Printmaking III 3 credits An advanced studio course which explores one of several particular aspects of printmaking with emphasis on both original and technical facility. The development of a related body of work is emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 2240.

ART 3360 - Sculpture III 3 credits A studio course offering independent pursuit of artistic direction by the student, including concepts, processes, and materials. There will be an emphasis on presentation, as well as the development of a sound personal creative identity through content, style, and standards of critical judgment. Prerequisite: ART 2360.

ART 3362 - Bronze Casting II 3 credits This studio course will provide a basic understanding of “cire perdu” or “lost wax” alumni and bronze casting. Included in the overall process will be mold-making, working with clay and wax, and foundry techniques (gating, investing, kiln-firing, melting and pouring, chasing, and patina). Prerequisite: ART 2362 or permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 3370 - Ceramics III 3 credits An advanced studio course with emphasis on the technical and conceptual growth of the advanced ceramics student. Prerequisite: ART 2370. Offered as needed.

ART-AMS 3420 - The American Landscape: Art, Culture and Society 3 credits A social and cultural history of the American landscape as it has been depicted in painting, photography, architecture and design; topics include the Hudson River School of painting, the role of landscape design in reflecting and shaping social behavior (e.g., Frederick Law Olmsted and Central Park), the role of artistic representations in promoting tourism and development in the National Parks, the relationship between landscape art and environmental politics. Note: AMS-ART 2420 and AMS-ART 3420 meet jointly, with additional work required for the 3000 level credit. Offered Term I and Term II.

ART 4210 - Drawing IV 3 credits An advanced level studio course in drawing with a very strong emphasis on conceptual components. Students will continue to explore and experiment with both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to representational and non-representational manners of drawing. Students will begin to formulate individualized thoughts, feelings and ideas on what it is they want to say visually using drawing as a mode of expression. Attention is paid to a student’s knowledge of drawing history and desire to explore, experiment and challenge oneself artistically. Prerequisite: ART 3210.

ART 4220 - Painting IV 3 credits An advanced level studio course in painting with a very strong emphasis on conceptual components. Students will continue to explore and experiment with both formal and conceptual elements as they relate to representational and non-representational manners of painting. Students will begin to formulate individualized thoughts, feelings and ideas on what it is they want to say visually, using paint as a medium of choice. Attention is paid to a student’s knowledge of drawing history and desire to explore, experiment and challenge oneself artistically. Prerequisite: ART 3220.

ART 4360 - Sculpture IV 3 credits A studio course for the advanced student and artist. In addition to further cultivation of a mastery of tools and materials, an in-depth conceptual dialogue will ensue. The philosophic, social, political, and aesthetic basis for the work will be thoroughly explored. Prerequisite: ART 3360 or permission of the instructor.

ART 4362 - Bronze Casting III 3 credits This studio course will provide a basic understanding of “cire perdu” or “lost wax” alumni and bronze casting. Included in the overall process will be mold-making, working with clay and wax, and foundry techniques (gating, investing, kiln-firing, melting and pouring, chasing, and patina). Prerequisite: ART 3362 or permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ART 4410 - Drawing V 3 credits An advanced studio course for students to further develop their vision and fully explore the drawing medium. The course focuses on a student’s ability to challenge new ideas, apply nontraditional mediums, experiment with new techniques and to recognize the potentialities of various emotive considerations and energies. Attention is paid to the relationships between formal issues and a student’s expressive goals. Subject matter includes; abstract representations, nude models, self-portraits, still-life, and nature. Prerequisite: ART 4210.

ART 4420 - Painting V 3 credits An advanced studio course for students to further develop their vision and fully explore the oil painting medium. The course focuses on a student’s ability to challenge new ideas, apply nontraditional techniques, experiment with diptychs, and canvas size, and to recognize the potentialities of various emotive considerations and energies. Attention is paid to relationships between formal issues and a student’s expressive goals. Subject matter includes; abstract representations, nude models, self-portraits, still-life, and nature. Prerequisite: ART 4220.

ART 4561 - Advanced Sculpture Seminar 3 credits A studio-seminar wherein the advanced art student preparing for graduate school and life as a professional artist combines concentrated studio work and intellectual exchange. The primary focus is the development of the students artistic pursuits in the studio. This is enhanced by specialized reading and discussions. Critical analysis of art work will be important. Prerequisite: ART 4360 or permission of the instructor.

ART 4590 - Seminar in Art Criticism 3 credits This course will focus on understanding works of art by means of three activities: seeing, reading, and writing. Course content will center on modern art and post-modernism in order to gain an understanding of the range of contemporary art criticism. Essays by the most influential art critics of their day will be studied, from Baudelaire and Ruskin to Greenberg and Rosenberg, Kramer, Schapiro, Sontag, Lippard, Hughes, Tomkins, Danto and others. Articles excerpted from contemporary art magazines such as ‘Art forum” and “Art in America” will be read and discussed. The Process of thinking and writing about art will be emphasized. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ART 4611 - Drawing VI 3 credits An advanced studio course designed for students in their senior year to develop a personal visual language with the drawing medium. At this level, a student proposes and develops their own individual projects, defining their philosophy towards the making of art. Prerequisite: ART 4410.

ART 4621 - Painting Val 3 credits An advanced studio course designed for students in their senior year to develop a personal visual language with the drawing medium. At this level, a student proposes and develops their own individual projects, defining their philosophy towards the making of art. Prerequisite: ART 4420.