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ARTS 101 (3)
Introduction to Studio Arts

An introduction to the various media used in the creation of visual art through hands-on experience, to elements of visual language such as perspective and to critical issues in art's evaluation. A number of techniques such as painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture will be sampled. Six hourse of supervised studio. studio. V6b

ARTS 110 (3)
Two-Dimensional Design
A course on the fundamental principles of two-dimensional design and composition. Various medial are used to investigate elements of design such as value, visual weight, form, scale, texture and rhythm, and to analyze works of art. An introduction to letter forms, layout, and color theory is included. Six hours of supervised studio. V6b

ARTS 115 (3)
Sculpture I
An introduction to the various techniques and processes involved in the creation of three-dimensional art. Assignments will spotlight specific design and construction concepts, with students developing their own solutions from initial idea to fabrication using a wide range of materials. V6b

ARTS 119 (3)
Photography I
A historical and practical study of the materials and techniques of artistic expression through the black-and- white photographic process. Topics of study include 35mm camera and lighting techniques, film processing, traditional darkroom printing, print spotting and dry mounting. Students will also study a variety of master and contemporary photographers that pertain to the specific area of technique currently being covered. Safe use of toxic photo chemistry and archival processing is included. Six hours of supervised studio. V6b

ARTS 127 (3)
Monoprint and Experimental Printmaking
This course will introduce students to the monoprint, the printmaking technique that comes closest to drawing and painting in its immediacy. The monoprint and monotype represent a family of fascinating processes that foster experimentation and discovery. This hands-on class will introduce students to additive and reductive techniques and the trace monoprint, using both oil-based and non-toxic waterbased inks. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. V6b

ARTS 131 (3)
Drawing I
A study of the classic drawing techniques and materials. Emphasis will be placed on a basic approach to drawing in pencil, charcoal, conte, pen and ink, wash and mixed media. Drawing from life and keeping a sketchbook are elements of the course. Six hours of supervised studio. V6b

ARTS 204 (3)
Sculpture II
Students will explore a wide range of approaches to the three-dimenional form as fine art. Casting, carving, assembly, clay sculpture and translation from a small model (maquette) to a larger piece are some of the areas covered. These techniques as will as aesthetic concerns will be addressed. V6b

ARTS 208 (3)
Painting I
Basic instruction addressing materials, techniques, composition and color theory in painting with particular emphasis on developing technical understanding and skills. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. V6b

ARTS 209 (3)
History of Photography
This course will offer an exploration of the history of photography including: 19th century photographic processes; major figures in the 19th and 20th centuries; the popular impact of photographic imagery; and the creation of a visual culture. Major movements such as pictorialism, modernism, and postmodernism will be featured in conjunction with some important practitioners and theorists. Offered alternate years. V6a

ARTS 215 (3)
Beginning Lithography and Experimental Printmaking
An introductiion to the materials and techniques of stone lithography. The complete process beginning with graining the stone, through crayon and wash drawing to printing, will be done by students. Monoprint and collograph will also be addressed. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. Offered alternate years. V6b

ARTS 216 (3)
Beginning Relief Printmaking
An introduction to the materials and methods of three relief printmaking techniques: wood engraving, woodcut and linoleum cut. Each step, from designing and cutting the block through painting, will be addressed and executed by the students. Color printing will be introduced. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. Offered alternate years. V6b

ARTS 219 (3)
Photography II

Further study of materials and techniques presented in Photography I, with emphasis on development of personal expression through the art of photography. Areas of concentration include studio lighting with regard to portraiture and still life, flash photography, color filters for black and white film, and intro to the narrative/photojournalism style. An introduction to digital photography and basic Photoshop is taught using department cameras. A 35mm manual film camera is required. V6b

ARTS 220 (3)
Beginning Etching
An introduction to the materials and techniques of intaglio printmaking. Students will be taught processes for developing line, tone and texture on the plate, and to ink and print their plates. Color printing will be introduced. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. V6b

ARTS 221 (3)
Ceramics-Handbuilding
An exploration of the materials and forming techniques involved in making hand built three-dimensional clay objects. Pinching, slab building and coiling will be covered as well as glazing, firing and glaze chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on artistic and creative solutions to various problems. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. V6b

ARTS 222 (3)
Ceramics-Throwing
An exploration of the materials and forming techniques involved in making thrown three-dimensional clay objects. Pitchers, plates, covered containers and teapots will be covered as well as glazing, firing and glaze chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on artistic and creative solutions to various problems. Safe use of toxic art materials is included. V6b

ARTS 232 (3)
Drawing II
Further study of drawing, stressing the development of each student's own direction, research and vision. A higher level technique, craftsmanship, and the creative possibilities of media will be emphasized.

ARTS 239 (3)
Collage/Assemblage/Mixed Media
This class combines drawing, painting, bookmaking, and working with found objects and images. Materials include encaustic and oil pastels. Technical aspects of these media will be incorporated. The course examines the aesthetics and history of combining media. Safe use of toxic art material is included. V6b

ARTS 242 (3)
Digital Art and Imaging

Students will use the Macintosh computer and methods of digital capture to create work that is fine-art oriented. Photoshop CS5 will be used with film and flatbed scanners, digitally derived images, and found objects. Basic composition and pictorial design will be emphasized within the context of these programs to enable the student to combine computer skills with intuitive creativity. Book design using Blurb software will enable the student to create and execute a self-published work. V6b

ARTS 261 (1)
Directed Study
Study of introductory-level material pursued under faculty direction. Content will relate to the needs of the individual student. Areas of study may be in one of the following: ceramics or sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, digital media, or printmaking.

ARTS 304 (3)
Drawing III
Advanced drawing for those students who have demonstrated their ability to continue creative work on their own initiative.

ARTS 315 (3)
Lithography
Exploration of the creative possibilities of lithography, using either plate or stone, for the student ready to pursue her own directions and imagery. This course aims at a deepened understanding of image-making and stone-processing techniques and printing possibilities, including investigation of color printing. Offered alternate years.

ARTS 316 (3)
Relief Printmaking
Exploration of the creative possibilities of relief printmaking for the student ready to concentrate on either wood engraving, woodcut or linoleum cut. The student will pursue her own directions and imagery while deepening her understanding of cutting techniques and printing possibilities, as well as further investigating color printing. Offered alternate years.

ARTS 319 (3)
Photography III
This course involves the study of the zone system, fiber-base printing and toning, advanced studio lighting, and experimentation with pinhole and plastic cameras. Digital photography and portfolio development are also emphasized, along with basic Blog design. We will also look at historical and contemporary issues and techniques in photography. The student will refine material from previous courses, and explore a personal topic upon which a portfolio will be based. Offered alternate years. V6b

ARTS 320 (3)
Etching
Exploration of the creative possibilities of intaglio printmaking for the student ready to pursue her own directions and imagery. This course aims at a deepened understanding of etching techniques and printing possibilities, as well as further investigation of color printing.

ARTS 325 (3)
Painting II
Further study of painting stressing the development of each student's own direction, research and vision. A higher level of technique, craftsmanship and the creative possibilities of the medium will be emphasized.

ARTS 361 (1)
Special Study
Study of a slected topic pursued by individual students under the close supervision of an instructor. Areas of study may be in one of the following: ceramics or sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, digital media, or printmaking.

ARTS 377 (1)
Internship

ARTS 401 (3)
Painting III
Advanced painting for those students who have demonstrated their ability to continue creative work on their own initiative in the media previously studied.

ARTS 402 (3)
Painting IV
Advanced painting for those students who have demonstrated their ability to continue creative work on their own initiative in the media previously studied.

ARTS 407 (3)
Advanced Printmaking I
Advanced printmaking for those students who have demonstrated their ability to continue creative work on their own initiative. A continuation of techniques previously studied.

ARTS 451 (1)
Senior Seminar I
Criticism, analysis and selection of student art work to be included in the senior exhibition by members of the department and visiting artists. Cultural context will be explored. The vocabulary of judgment and criticism will be developed. Each student will present an oral report in defense of her visual statement. Offered every fall semester. IIIO

ARTS 452 (2)
Senior Seminar II
Criticism, analysis and selection of student art to be included in the senior exhibition by members of the department and visiting artists. Cultural context will be explored. The vocabulary of judgment and criticism will be developed. Each student will present an oral report in defense of her visual statement. Offered every spring semester. IIIO

ARTS 461 (1)
Independent Study
Advanced self-paced study on a selected topic of the student's choice under the supervision of an instructor. Areas of study may be in one of the following: ceramics or sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, digital media, or printmaking.

ARTS 470 (3)
Junior Honors Research

ARTS 472 (3)
Senior Honors Thesis

ARTS 661 (1)
Independent Study