Art and Culture (ARTS)

ARTS 501  Introduction to Drawing  (4 Credits)  

This studio art course involves the student in a hands-on approach to basic drawing and composition. Students explore, comprehend, and employ the basic elements and principles of art, use various graphic media and become familiar with the vocabulary, concepts and techniques of drawing. Each student is given opportunities to explore individual problems and materials with the goal of becoming a participant in the art process rather than a viewer.

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  1. Develop sensitivity to and an understanding of the creative process through the exploration and the utilization of basic drawing skills.
  2. Become comfortable with a variety of graphic media, and utilize them to explore basic perceptual skills of drawing including: edge, space, relationship, light, shadow, and Gestalt.
  3. Improve hand-eye coordination, observation skills, and the perceptual keys needed to organize and complete a drawing.
  4. Recognize and implement the basic drawing ideas of contour, gesture, modeled drawings, and perspective.
  5. Learn to create the illusion of three dimensional images on a two dimensional surface (canvas, paper, board, etc.), by the use of planes/grounds, as well as a variety of perspective principles.
  6. Apply principles of form to give objects roundness, fullness, mass, volume, and weight: a sense of wholeness as opposed to flat line drawings, or frontal plane flat images.
  7. Progress from drawing one object to many objects in a still life image incorporating the elements of art and principles of composition.

ARTS 503  Introduction to Watercolor  (4 Credits)  

This is a course for all levels of students, including students with no previous studio art experience. The course introduces and exposes students to a variety of approaches to the watercolor medium through the use of hands-on experience, demonstrations, critiques and an introduction to the work of past and present watercolor artists. Sessions are held in the classroom studio and outside on location (weather permitting).

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  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of approaches to watercolor medium.
  2. Assemble a portfolio of all paintings done as in-class and out-of-class assignments.
  3. Participate in and be evaluated through in-class critiques and individual conferences.
  4. Complete one or two paintings each week.
  5. Complete a final project consisting of a series of four paintings of the same size, style, and include related subject matter.
  6. Optional evidence of accomplishment: Students may include any extra paintings, and discussions or written reports of optional reading or gallery or museum visits.

ARTS 504  Design Fundamentals  (4 Credits)  

This course offers an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the digital media design process. Beginning with an examination of the designer’s role in concept development and layout, students study the principles of composition and color theory, and how these are affected by movement, duration and display. Vector and bitmap manipulation tools are explored in relation to design, including video, game, and Internet production.

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  1. Understand the fundamentals of the design process for digital media.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of composition and color theory with respect for the ways these are affected by movement, duration and display.
  3. Explore vector and bitmap manipulation tools in relation to game design, video and Internet production.
  4. Apply laws of visual composition to critique their own work and that of others.

ARTS 515  Introduction to Photography  (4 Credits)  

This course is designed to give the novice photographer the hands-on skills to successfully create and interpret photographic images. The course is structured to help the student master the technical tools of photography, at the same time that emphasis is also placed on the student's ability to perceive and understand the world visually and artistically. Students develop the ability to critique their own work and that of others. This course also looks at the unique place of photography within the context of other art forms, such as painting, cinema, music and literature.

ARTS 526  Modern America and the Movies  (4 Credits)  

Since the development of the film industry in Hollywood at the beginning of the twentieth-century, American cinema has entertained and educated the American public, upheld or objected to widespread prejudices, glamorized immorality or preached conventional pieties. This course examines the central role of movies in American culture, in depicting and influencing political conformity and dissent, law and lawlessness, war and peace, conflicts of class, race, and gender, and the place of reality and fantasy in Americans' understanding of themselves and their culture.

ARTS 550  Art History: Western World  (4 Credits)  

The primary goal of this course is to develop an appreciation of the important role that the arts and the individual artist have played through the ages, giving the student a more complete understanding of the role of arts and artists in Western society. The course examines the formal qualities and technical achievements of important works from each major period in Western art, as well as the historical and cultural context in which they were created.

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  1. Recognize and understand major methods and theories of artists in Western art history, and be able to assess the qualities of works of art and architecture in their historical and cultural context.
  2. Analyze the formal, technical, stylistic, compositional characteristics of artistic movements and individual pieces of art in Western culture and the various influences that contribute to a works overall appearance and structure.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to describe works of art objectively and interpret artistic movements from a range of historical periods, respectful of each culture.
  4. Identify the subject matter of works of art, their potential meaning and significance, and the larger intellectual, historical, or political trends.
  5. Gain knowledge in art appreciation and make unbiased aesthetic and critical judgments, and apply learned skills of observation in assessing works of art.

ARTS 551  Survey of World Architecture  (4 Credits)  

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of architecture and a survey of important structures and sites from around the world. The course is organized chronologically, tracing the development of architectural styles and the forces that shaped them, beginning with ancient civilizations and ending with modern times. Special emphasis is given to increasing the student’s awareness of the built environment by connecting the study of world architecture to the student’s own experience of architecture. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, students will explore timeless questions like the meaning of architecture, the reasons why building forms change from period to period, and the language of architecture.

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  1. Identify key buildings of history along with their dates and architects.
  2. Develop a basic understanding of architectural and design terminology.
  3. Trace the development of architectural periods and describe the significant aspects of design that characterize buildings of each period.
  4. Describe the social, environmental, aesthetic, functional, and structural forces that shaped key architectural works of the time.
  5. Discuss and evaluate the important criteria that make a building pleasing and functional.