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Fine Arts: Course Descriptions
 

 



 
 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ART 100

ART APPRECIATION

3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
3 hours lecture

In this introductory course the student learns how to examine, compare, analyze, evaluate, interpret, and discuss works of visual art within their cultural contexts. Art media for study will include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, film, architecture, etc. Works for examination will encompass representative artistic styles from Western and other major cultures, and will also include the artistic contributions of women and of minority cultures.

 

ART 120 TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

2-D Design develops an understanding of how humans communicate with the visual language. It provides the concepts and vocabulary necessary to analyze and build designs that emphasize unity or diversity and teaches how to make and use patterns, gradients, balance, proportions, focal points, eye movements, major divisions, formats, subtractive color mixing and color harmony. Art 120 is important for anyone who designs with an aesthetic component, i.e. drawing, painting, photography, film, video, theater, illustration, graphic design, cartooning, animation, architecture, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry design, craft, engineering, interior design, landscape design, flower arranging, etc.

ART 121 PAINTING I 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 120
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Painting I emphasizes painting tools, materials, techniques and color principles. Students will develop skill in handling form, space and the plastic aspects of acrylic and/or oil paints. 

ART 124 DRAWING I 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Drawing I forms the physical and intellectual skills necessary to think visually. It develops an understanding of the fundamental drawing tools and techniques used by old and new master artists alike. Line and shape making strategies will be emphasis on line quality and modeling using washes, hatching and stippling. Colored pencil and pastel mediums are explored using a variety of linear and tonal explored through a variety of right and left brain techniques. The use of scientific perspective, modeling and texture will be integrated into the drawing process.
Art 124 is important for anyone who must think and organize visually, i.e. drawing, painting, photography, film, video, theater, illustration, graphic design, cartooning, animation, architecture, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry design, craft, interior design, landscape design etc. 

ART 125 DRAWING II 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 124
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Drawing II is built on the drawing techniques and composition concepts covered in Art 124. It introduces brush, pen and ink into the drawing process with an emphasis on line quality and modeling, using washes, hatching and stippling techniques. Scientific perspective is extended from Art 124 to include measuring, inclining planes, circles, shadows and reflections.
Art 125 is important for anyone wanting to learn new mediums to address creative problem solving and to refine drawing skills.

ART 129 THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
2 hour lecture, 4 hour laboratory

An introduction to the basic formal principles of relief and round sculpture. The student will learn to control form, space, line, texture, light and color in a variety of techniques and mediums.

ART 135 WATERCOLOR I   3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 124
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

An introduction to basic watercolor tools, materials and techniques. Emphasizes color principles and skill development in handling form, space and the plastic aspect paint. 

ART 140 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I – PREHISTORIC TO 1000 A.D. 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
3 hours lecture

Beginning with the Old Stone Age, humans have made art and embellished their surroundings. This course follows this impulse in art and architecture from these earliest beginnings through the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Europe and the Middle Ages up to the year 1000 A.D. 

ART 141 HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II – 1000 A.D. TO MODERN TIMES 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
3 hours lecture

About 1000 A.D., Europe left the "Dark Ages" and began the era of modern civilization. Nowhere has the story of this civilization been so faithfully recorded as it has in the visual arts. Art 141 systematically follows the unfolding story of European art from 1000 A.D. to 20th Century.

ART 144 ARCHITECTURE OF THE 20th CENTURY 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: None
3 hours lecture

Meet the 20th Century masters of the giant movements in architecture and environment. Global politics and social-economics as the influential factors for the concepts and styles, their philosophy and artistic expressions. Experience the landmark sites around the world via film and slide projections, independent studies, and field trips.

 

ART 220 PAINTING II 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 121
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Continuation of Painting I, with an emphasis on creative problem solving skills. Student will develop a personal style of expression. 

ART 221 PAINTING III 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 220
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Painting III offers a wider selection of painting mediums to include acrylic, oil, egg tempera, casein and encaustic. Student will continue developing a personal style of expression. 

ART 224 DRAWING III 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 125
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

The drawing mediums, skills, techniques and composition concepts used in Art 124 and Art 125 will be applied to a variety of subjects. Art 224 gives the student the opportunity to draw different subject matters including but not limited to animals, plants, still-life, landscapes, seascapes, etc. Emphasis will be placed on making effective compositions with good craft. 

ART 230 FIGURE DRAWING I 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 124
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Figure Drawing I utilizes the skills and concepts developed in Art 124 to address the drawing of the human figure. Students will learn how articulation, standard proportions, bones and muscles influence the rendering of the human form. Drawing will be done from live models with studio lighting. Emphasis will be placed on representational drawing with line and value. Figure Drawing I is important for anyone dealing with the human figure, i.e. drawing, painting, sculpture, illustration, cartooning, animation, graphics design, theater, fashion design, etc. 

ART 231 FIGURE DRAWING II 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 230
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Figure Drawing II builds on the concepts and skills developed in Art 230. Students will study proportions and surface anatomy related to bone and muscle structures of the human body. Students will work with both wet and dry color drawing mediums to render the human form.

ART 232 FIGURE DRAWING III 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 231
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Figure Drawing III concentrates on integrating the figure into expressive and aesthetic compositions. Figure drawing techniques from Art 230 and Art 231 will be integrated into the design process. Students will learn how the use of lighting, props and backgrounds can enhance compositions.

ART 235 WATERCOLOR II 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 135
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory

Continuation of Watercolor I techniques with emphasis on creative problem solving and aesthetic compositions. 

ART 236 WATERCOLOR III 3 UNITS

Prerequisite: Art 235
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Continuation of Watercolor II skill and composition techniques. Students will develop a personal style of expression. 

 

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