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Introductory Courses

The introductory courses in the studio arts program allow students to explore basic studio areas through structured assignments. Students are encouraged to supplement their studio work with a range of art history courses. Intermediate and advanced studios allow students to continue to work in specific disciplines or visual directions independently and comprehensively.

Critiques, historical and critical lectures, technical demonstrations, and visits to art exhibits are integrated into the program. Advanced students work with faculty to prepare portfolios and exhibits of their work. The visual arts program presents professional art exhibits in the Alumni Library Atrium Gallery, the Daniel Arts Center, and other venues on campus.

Introductory Courses

Certain introductory courses may be taken a second time at a 200-level (intermediate level). These courses are listed as 100/200. Assignments for these courses will be modified for the intermediate students.

Photography I: Black & White/Analog
Studio Art 102 La Spina
3 credits
This course introduces students to black and white, 35mm film-based photography, the process of working in darkroom techniques, and the first century of the history of photography. Independent work in the darkroom is expected and work is evaluated through group critiques. Broad assignments correlate with class readings and responses. At the end of the semester, each student presents a portfolio of selected prints. Students should supply their, film, printing paper, and related supplies. Some photographic equipment is available for checkout, but supplies are limited so your own 35mm, manual camera is suggested. A weekly three-hour lab is required for students to work under the supervision of lab monitors. Studio fee. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered every semester.
Drawing I
Studio Art 103 Fossum
3 credits
This course is designed for beginning students. It introduces the fundamentals of drawing and painting, and encourages the use of new media as tools of compositional exploration and experimentation. Working from organic and inorganic forms, textures, structures, and patterns, students explore and develop a variety of techniques and methods for meeting their individual artistic goals. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once a year.
Introduction to Ceramics
Studio Art 106/206 Krupka
3 credits
Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of clay forming techniques as they produce bowls, mugs, vases, and lidded jars among other forms. The class will learn both hand-building and wheel throwing skills. A variety of glazing methods will be introduced. Structural integrity, function, and aesthetic issues will be considered equally. The class will be introduced to historical and contemporary trends and innovations in ceramics. Students will keep a sketchbook and participate in a field trip. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered every semester
The Art of Assemblage
Studio Art 108/208 Staff
3 credits
This module surveys 20th-century assemblage art and includes a series of studio sessions designed to extend this history and provide a range of firsthand creative experiences. Each student writes a research paper on an assemblage artist and presents at least one research report on a specific approach or technique. A series of 2-D and 3-D studio exercises prepares students to complete three projects. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.
Painting I
Studio Art 113 Fossum
3 credits
In this class we will approach the construction of an oil painting through the Old Master school of thought where the student first learns about Value and Composition, as well as the basic materials used through the study of still life paintings. The second half of the semester is dedicated to learning about color mixing and the application thereof through direct application and glazing; now, the students’ own ideas on subject matter are taken into consideration as the teacher’s role begins to shift more into conceptual evaluation.
Video Production, Cinematically Speaking
Studio Art 123/283 Burke
3 credits
This entry-level course is designed for those who have a serious interest in video and/or film production. No prior video experience is required. Students will receive instruction in the use of cameras, sound, lighting, and editing. Moreover, the course is designed to introduce the students to aspects of technique and style that contribute to, or even determine, meaning in uniquely cinematic ways. A series of short video exercises will give the student working knowledge of specific elements of film/video structure. A longer video, of eight minutes or more, will be expected by semester’s end, and may be done either individually or in small groups. During the course of the semester, production work will be supplemented by lecture on pertinent areas of film/video history, and sections of important films will be closely analyzed for fine points of filmic expression. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S13.
Introduction to Sculpture Studio
Studio Art 166/266 Krupka
3 credits
This course will explore three-dimensional design theory through a series of assignments that encourage the student to focus on the conscious organization of visual space. We’ll approach design from both a conceptual and formal starting point, while expanding our knowledge of the elements, principles, and dimensions of design. Studio work will involve individual projects that explore architecture; lighting; casting; paper-manipulation; collaborative outdoor, site-specific installations (earthworks); and engineering. Students will engage in class critiques and learn to present their work while communicating 111 about concept, content and subject matter. There will be a field trip to a contemporary art museum. Students will build a portfolio presenting the artwork and writing produced in the class. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once a year (in the spring).