Art Courses

Art History

ARTH105 – Art Appreciation
Students will discuss the nature of aesthetics in general and art in particular. They will demonstrate an understanding of such essential principles as form, unity, space, color, balance and emphasis, and will be able to identify and analyze the works of selected artists from historical periods. Field trips may be required.

ARTH106 – History of Art: Ancient Through Medieval
The student will survey the history of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Ancient through Medieval period with emphasis on stylistic analysis and the relationship of art to its cultural and historical center. Field trips may be required.

ARTH107 – History of Art: Renaissance Through Contemporary
The student will survey the history of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance to the Contemporary with emphasis on stylistic analysis and the relationship of art to its cultural and historical context. Field trips may be required.(Students are not required, but are encouraged to take ARTH 106 prior to ARTH 107).


Computer Arts

ARTC141 – Digital Paint I
This course will provide students with an understanding of the theory and operation of computers as artist’s tools. They will use paint software to create images. Students will need to dedicate additional time to working in the computer studio in order to complete assignments. (No previous computer experience is required. Some previous drawing experience is useful.).

ARTC142 – Digital Paint II
Students will build upon the skills developed in Computer Art I to create computer art images. Color scanners will be used to digitize images. Students will be encouraged to develop a portfolio of images. Students will need to dedicate additional time to working in the Computer Art Studio in order to complete assignments.

ARTC147 – Desktop Publishing I
Students will be introduced to graphic illustration software for Desktop Publishing. The student will design color images to import into page layout software. Scanners and high resolution laser printers will be utilized. Students will need to spend additional time in the lab in order to complete assignments.


Studio Arts

ARTS109 – Introduction to Art Therapy
This course is designed to answer the questions “What is art therapy?” and “How does it work?”. An overview of the theoretical foundations and history of art therapy is presented. The application of art therapy in various settings and populations will be explored experimentally and didactically. NOTE: This course offered only in the Spring term.

ARTS111 – Drawing I
Students will gain a working knowledge of basic principles and techniques of drawing in a studio setting. The course includes: value systems, light/shade, perspective, proportion and composition. Field trips may be required.

ARTS112 – Drawing II
Students will deal with advanced drawing concepts in relation to materials and composition. Students explore various approaches to drawing, both traditional and contemporary. Media explored will include color pencil, collage, pen, brush and ink. Field trips may be required.

ARTS121 – 2-D Design
Students will be able to control and organize various design elements: line, shape, value, color, texture and space. Projects done in a variety of media will express an understanding of these elements.

ARTS122 – Color Theory
The student will be introduced to basic color relationships and the interaction of color. Students will develop an understanding of color phenomena relating to the two-dimensional plane and its application to the visual arts. In a studio setting, color problems are explored through paint, collage and paper.

ARTS123 – 3-D Design
The student will be introduced to the basic concepts of three-dimensional design. In a studio setting, students will examine three-dimensional relationships and explore methods of shaping and structuring space. The course will involve project construction, lecture and critique. Field trips may be required. NOTE: This course is offered only in the Spring term.

ARTS151 – Ceramics I
Students will work with basic hand-building techniques, executing at least two pieces of pottery in each of the basic processes. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the use of the potter’s wheel, and will be introduced to various embellishing, glazing and firing methods to finish the pottery.

ARTS152 – Ceramics II
The student will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, will explore advanced hand-building techniques and will experiment with glaze formulation. The student will be able to embellish, glaze and fire all the work.

ARTS156 – Sculpture I
The student will be introduced to the basic concepts of sculpture. In a studio setting, the relationship between form, space and concept will be explored through a series of exercises designed to expand the student’s understanding of the materials and processes utilized in sculpture.  Note:  This course is offered only in the Fall term.

ARTS161 – Jewelry I
Students will be introduced to the basic metalworking techniques, and the use of specialized tools and equipment employed in jewelry making. Emphasis will be on designing and creating finished pieces of fabricated and cast jewelry. Students will be acquiring their own metal, stones and other materials needed for the projects. Extra assisted studio time will be made available to work outside of class.

ARTS162 – Jewelry II
This course is a continuation of Jewelry I. Students will work with advanced techniques in casting and fabrication and will be introduced to etching, enameling and anodizing. Emphasis will be on experimentation with materials and techniques, and on designing and creating original, finished pieces of jewelry.

ARTS213 – Figure Drawing
In this studio course working from the live model, the student will be able to translate basic structural relationships, both skeletal and muscular, through the drawing medium. Various materials will be used.

ARTS214 – Figure Drawing II
Figure Drawing II is designed as an advanced studio drawing course working with the human figure. The student will work on developing new drawing strategies in dealing with the figure as well as experimenting with different art media. Personal approach and style will also be a consideration of the course.

ARTS231 – Painting I
This course is the introduction to the fundamentals of studio practices and painting approaches used in oils. Emphasis will be placed on personal expression as well as on an understanding of various historical and contemporary modes. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of the palette, color mixing and on compositions from still life. Studio sessions and critiques are on an individual basis.

ARTS232 – Painting II
In addition to working from the still-life, students will solve pictorial problems such as abstract handling of color relationships and spatial structures. Further personal exploration of the media and class critiques with slides and films are part of the students’ experience.

ARTS233 – Acrylic Painting
This is an acrylic painting course designed for the more experienced student in which certain problems of form and approach to subject are investigated. Experimental techniques with media, size, format and construction will be stressed. Weekly critique sessions are part of the course.

ARTS235 – Watercolor
The student will be introduced to the techniques and processes of watercolor: washes, texture applications, brush manipulations and stretched paper. Emphasis will be placed on materials and composition. Field trips may be required. NOTE: This course is offered only in the Summer term.

ARTS295 – Special Project – Art
Students may choose to specialize or investigate some area in greater depth by selecting 1-6 credits in this individual learning course for the major.

ARTS299 – Art Internship
This work/study program provides students with an opportunity to obtain direct and practical art experience. Students will work in areas related to their program, such as: Interior Design, Studio, Gallery and Museum Apprenticeship, Art Instruction, Applied and Commercial Arts.