The Art Department offers a wide range of Studio Arts courses. The second floor of the art building contains studios for painting, figure drawing, drawing and design. The ceramics studio and kiln room are located on the ground floor. Students will find the well equipped jewelry studio on the lower level of the CVA building.
The studio courses include Drawing I & II, 2D Design, Color Theory, 3-D Design, Ceramics I & II, Sculpture, Jewelry I & II, Figure Drawing I & II, Painting I & II.
Introduction to Art Therapy
Figure Drawing I
Figure Drawing II
1- 3 credits
ARTS-109 Introduction to Art Therapy; 3 credits
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: ARTS 109 is offered in the
ARTS-111 (HU) Drawing I; 3 credits
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.
ARTS-112 (HU) Drawing II; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: ARTS 111)
ARTS-121 (HU) 2-D Design; 3 credits
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.
ARTS-122 (HU) Color Theory; 3 credits
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.
ARTS-123 (HU) 3-D Design; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: ARTS-121 or ARCH-131)
ARTS-131 (HU) Printmaking; 3 credits
The student will gain a working knowledge of the basic processes of intaglio printmaking. These will include the preparation of printing plates, the making of various kinds of prints and operation of a printing press. Other areas to be explored will include aqua tint, dry-point and the collograph print. Field trips may be required.
ARTS-151 (HU) Ceramics I; 3 credits
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.
ARTS-152 (HU) Ceramics II; 3 credits
The student will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, will explore advanced handbuilding techniques and will experiment with glaze formulation. The student will be able to embellish, glaze and fire all the work. (Prerequisite: ARTS 151)
ARTS-156 (HU) Sculpture I; 3 credits
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.
ARTS-161 (HU) Jewelry I; 3 credits
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.
ARTS-162 (HU) Jewelry II; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: A grade of
“C” or higher in ARTS 161)
ARTS-213 (HU) Figure Drawing; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: ARTS 111 or permission of instructor)
ARTS-214 Figure Drawing II; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisites: ARTS 213)
ARTS-231 (HU) Painting I; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: ARTS 111 or permission of instructor)
ARTS-232 (HU) Painting II; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: ARTS 231 or permission of instructor)
ARTS-233 (HU) Painting III; 3 credits
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.
(Prerequisite: ARTS 231 or permission of instructor)
ARTS-235 (HU) Watercolor; 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: ARTS 111 or permission of instructor)
ARTS-295 Special Project;1 to 6 credits
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.
ARTS-299 Art Internship; 1 to 3 credits
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. (Prerequisite: Students in Art Option or Creative Arts Certificate
Program must have completed 30 credits in Art and have permission of the instructor and Career Services Representative. Students in Interior Design Option must have completed 30 credits, including 15 credits in Interior Design and Art, and have permission of the instructor and Career Services Representative)