Visual Arts Courses

ART 101:  INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS
Provides a foundation in the basic concepts, vocabulary of the elements and principles of design, materials and the methods and processes of the visual arts with a hands-on experience exploring a variety of media. Credits: 4 Lecture: 4

ART 188:  SPECIAL STUDIES: ART
Credits: 1 to 3

ART 199:  SELECTED TOPICS: ART
Credits: 1 to 3

ART 299: SELECTED TOPICS: ART
Credits: 1 to 3

ART 115:  BASIC DESIGN: 2-D
Introduction to theory and studio practice using the elements of line, value, shape and texture with the principles of organization to articulate visual ideas in black and white.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 116:  BASIC DESIGN: COLOR
Introduction to color theory and studio practice using value, hue and intensity with the elements of line, shape, texture and the principles of organization to articulate visual ideas with two-dimensional color design problems.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 117: BASIC DESIGN: 3-D
Explores elements and principles of design using hands-on experience to make three-dimensional constructions using inexpensive materials. Recommended prerequisite: WR 121.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 154:  CERAMICS I
Hand-building skills in Ceramics I include developing designs for both functional and nonfunctional work, texturing, and glaze application. Development of imaginative ideas for expression in clay media is expected. Should be taken in sequence.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 155:  CERAMICS II

Improve hand-building skills with more complex designs and wheel throwing skills. Includes developing designs for both functional and nonfunctional work. Development of imaginative ideas for expression in clay media is expected. Should be taken in sequence.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 156:  CERAMICS III
Ceramics III includes developing designs for both functional and nonfunctional work, mastering hand building and throwing skills, and glaze application. Development of imaginative ideas for expression in clay media is expected. Should be taken in sequence. Recommended prerequisites: ART 155, ART 117 and

ART 131: 
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 190:  FIGURATIVE CLAY SCULPTURE
Introduction to modeling the human form in clay from clothed and unclothed models using traditional additive and subtractive processes. Historical treatments of the figure and contemporary approaches will be referenced. Not offered every term. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 154.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 254:  CERAMICS IV
Ceramics classes include developing designs for both functional and nonfunctional work, mastering hand building, advanced throwing skills and glaze application. Development of imaginative ideas for expression in clay media is expected. Should be taken in sequence. Recommended prerequisites: ART 117 and ART 131.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 255:  CERAMICS V
Ceramics classes include developing designs for both functional and nonfunctional work, mastering hand building, advanced throwing skills and glaze application. Glaze formulation and the firing process may be included. Development of imaginative ideas for expression in clay media is expected. Should be taken in sequence. Recommended prerequisites: ART 117 and ART 131.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 256:  CERAMICS VI
Ceramics classes include developing designs for both functional and nonfunctional work, mastering hand building, advanced throwing skills and glaze application. Glaze formulation and the firing process will be included in the upper-level classes. Development of imaginative ideas for expression in clay media is expected. Should be taken in sequence. Recommended prerequisites: ART 117 and ART 131.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 266:  RAKU-SPECIAL TOPICS
Short course focusing on the raku firing process. Recommended prerequisite: ART 154. Usually offered fall and spring terms.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 131:  DRAWING I
Emphasis on observing and developing fundamental drawing and composition skills. Still life material used extensively.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 132:  DRAWING II
Concepts and skills developed in ART 131 will be applied to introduction to drawing the figure and portraits. Recommended prerequisite: ART 131.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 133:  DRAWING III
Emphasis on landscape drawing and creative expression working with a broader range of media. Recommended prerequisite:  ART 131.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5 

ART 234:  FIGURE DRAWING I
Studio introduction to drawing the clothed and unclothed figure using a variety of techniques and media. Recommended prerequisite: ART 131 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 235:  FIGURE DRAWING II
Studio introduction to drawing the clothed and unclothed figure using a variety of techniques and media. Recommended prerequisite: ART 234 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 236:  FIGURE DRAWING III
Studio introduction to drawing the clothed and unclothed figure using a variety of techniques and media. Recommended prerequisite: ART 235 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 157A1:  METALWORK & JEWELRY -  HOT FABRICATION I
Introduction to the basic skills used to fabricate non-ferrous metals including silver, copper and copper alloys to make jewelry or other small metal objects. Projects will be joined using high temperature silver solder and natural gas/compressed air torches as the heat source. Additional instruction includes developing designs, annealing, drilling, sawing, filing, texturing, dapping, and finishing techniques.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 157A2:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - HOT FABRICATION II
Builds the skills learned in ART 157A1. Students will develop soldering skill by designing more complex and dimensional projects. Bezel setting a cabochon stone, making hinges, and more complex forming techniques and texturing methods will also be included. Recommended prerequisite: ART 157A1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 157B1:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - COLD FABRICATION I
Introduction to the basic skills used to fabricate non-ferrous metals including silver, copper and copper alloys to make jewelry or other small metal objects. Projects will be joined using rivets, tabs, links and other methods of cold connections. Additional instruction includes developing design, annealing, drilling, sawing, filing, texturing, dapping, and finishing techniques.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 157B2:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - COLD FABRICATION II
Builds the skills learned in ART 157B1 with more challenging project assignments. Students will develop technical skills by designing projects which include simple forming techniques, moving parts, incorporating found objects and/or stone settings. Recommended prerequisite: ART 157B1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 157C1: JEWELRY - PRECIOUS METAL CLAY I
An introduction to working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) to make fine silver jewelry. The course will include designing projects, making a texture stamp, manipulation and joining techniques for both soft and unfired PMC, kiln firing, and finishing techniques.
Credits: 1 Other: 2

ART 157C2:  JEWELRY - PRECIOUS METAL CLAY II
Builds on the skills learned in ART 157C1. Includes making hollow and three-dimensional forms, making molds and multiples, setting stones, torch firing, fusing gold and simple soldering. Recommended prerequisite: ART 157C1.
Credits: 1 Other: 2

ART 158A1:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - SURFACES I
Includes a number of methods used to change the surface of non-ferrous metals. The techniques used for projects may include reticulation, keum-boo, patinas, embossing, overlay and fusing. Recommended prerequisite: Either ART 157A1 or ART 157B1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 158A2:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - SURFACES II
Builds on the skills learned in ART 158A1. May include marrying metal, granulation, inlay, electroplating, using acrylic paint and colored pencils on metal. Recommended prerequisites: ART 158A1 and ART 157A1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3 

ART 158B1:  JEWELRY - CASTING & CHAIN MAKING I
An introduction to centrifugal lost wax casting process. Additive and subtractive methods will be used to sculpt small scale wax models which will be sprued and invested for casting. Fusing links to weave simple chains and finishing techniques will be included.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 158B2:  JEWELRY - CASTING & CHAIN MAKING II
Builds on the skills learned in ART 158B1. It will include centrifugal, vacuum, cuttlebone casting and sand casting. The use of molds to duplicate textures to transfer onto wax, creating stone settings in wax, controlling the wax burn-out and weaving complex linked chains will be included. Recommended prerequisites: ART 158B1 and ART 157A1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 158C1:  JEWELRY - ENAMELING I
Basic introduction to enameling on copper and fine silver. Techniques for texturing, using stencils, sifting and wet-packing enamel, adding foils, kiln firing, cold connecting and finishing techniques will be included.
Credits: 1 Other: 2

ART 158C2:  JEWELRY - ENAMELING II
Builds on the skills learned in ART 158C1. Techniques of champlevé, cloisonné, image transfer, and fusing the enamel with a torch will be included. Recommended prerequisites: ART 158C1 and ART 157A1.
Credits: 1 Other: 2

ART 159A1:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - FORMING I
Students will make non-ferrous metal projects which include a third dimension. The projects can be fabricated jewelry, containers, or small scale sculpture made using folding, scoring, chasing and repousse, or other metalworking techniques used to form sheet metal. Projects may include the use of hot and or cold connections and non-metal materials. Recommended prerequisite: ART 157A1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 159A2:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - FORMING II
Builds on the skills learned in ART 159A1. The projects can be fabricated from sheet metal using angle raising, shell-forming, hydraulic-press forming and electroforming. Projects may include the use of hot and/or cold connections and non-metal materials. Recommended prerequisites: ART 157A1 and ART 159A1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 159B1:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - ETCHING & HYDRAULIC PRESS I
Includes using PNP paper, nail polish and tapes as resists for etching copper to create textures. Embossing and nonconforming silhouette dies will be made to form the etched metal using the hydraulic press. The use of patinas will also be covered. Recommended prerequisite: Either ART 157A1 or ART 157B1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 159B2:  METALWORK & JEWELRY - ETCHING & HYDRAULIC PRESS II
Builds on the skills learned in ART 159B1. Etching resists will include markers, oil paint and asphaltum varnish as resists for copper. Non-conforming carved acrylic and liquid steel conforming dies will be made to form the etched metal using the hydraulic press. Recommended prerequisites: ART 159B1 and either ART 157A1 or ART 157B1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

 ART 159C1:  JEWELRY - PRECIOUS METAL CLAY & ENAMELING I
Focuses on improving designs for fine silver precious metal clay. The fired projects will be enhanced with enamel to add color and then fired again to fuse the enamel. Recommended prerequisite: ART 157C1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 159C2:  JEWELRY - PRECIOUS METAL CLAY & ENAMELING II
Focuses on designing projects to create recesses in the precious metal clay. After firing the PMC, enamel is placed in the depressions. The project is fired again to fuse the enamel. Cold connections and adding gold will also be covered. Recommended prerequisite: ART 159C1.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 1 Lab: 3

ART 181:  PAINTING I
Introduction to materials and techniques using alkyd oil, acrylic and/or water-soluble oil paints, building canvas supports, stretching canvas and preparing painting grounds. Studio experience using still life, self-portrait, landscape and the figure. Recommended prerequisite: ART 131 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 182:  PAINTING II
Introduction to color theory and personal expression. Studio experience using still life, portrait, figure and landscape. Application of compositional principles using the grid, sequential imagery and continuous field. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 181 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 183:  PAINTING III
Exploration of personal iconography. Studio experience using still life, landscape, figure in context, abstract spatial and abstract geometric. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 182 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

 ART 281:  PAINTING IV
Introduction to materials and techniques using alkyd oil, oil and/or water-soluble oil paints and mediums. Studio emphasis on exploration, self expression and non-traditional supports. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 183 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 282:  PAINTING V
Emphasis on individual exploration of color, visual concepts, critical doubling, the diptych and scale. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 281 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 283:  PAINTING VI
Emphasis on independent projects, the triptych, exploration of contemporary problems in painting, statement of a thesis, painting the proposition through a series of interrelated works and the professional documentation and exhibition of the paintings. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 282 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 161:  PHOTOGRAPHY I
Introduction to traditional black and white film photography including camera operation, composition, film processing, printing and presentation. Emphasis is on creative problem solving and understanding the basic photographic concepts used to create good visual communication. Weekly photo assignments will require shooting outside of class, as will text readings. In-class critiques of work are a major part of this course. Recommended prerequisite: ART 115.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 162:  PHOTOGRAPHY II
Introduction to black and white fine printing in the traditional wet darkroom. Course includes a basic overview of the Zone System, with the goal of "pre-visualizing" a scene as a finished photograph being an expected outcome. Students work with fiber-base printing paper, print bleaching, toning, archival print finishing and other advanced techniques to create an expressive print statement. Creative problem solving and development of personal vision are a course emphasis. Weekly shooting and printing assignments, class critiques and a final project are part of the course. Recommended prerequisite: ART 161.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 163:  PHOTOGRAPHY III
An exploration of alternative darkroom processes including hand coloring, multiple image printing, selective/multiple toning, "solarization" (Sabattier effect), negative prints and more. A course goal is to use a "post-visualization" approach, allowing students to evolve visual communication beyond what was initially conceived in the field. Creative problem solving and development of personal vision are emphasized. Weekly printing assignments, class critiques and a final project are part of the course. Recommended prerequisite: ART 161.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 261:  DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
This course is an application of darkroom photography. Students must have prior knowledge of traditional black and white film photography including camera operation, film processing, and darkroom printing. Emphasis is on creative problem solving and understanding the photographic concepts used to create good visual communication. Requirements include outside-of-class shooting, and independent in lab processing and printing. Inclass photo critiques of work and a hanging of work is a major part of this course. Recommended prerequisites: ART 161.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 2 Lab: 3

ART 265:  DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduces students to the basics of composition and camera settings and provides an understanding of digital photo-editing for the purpose of creating successful landscape, portrait, montage and other photographic forms. Students must own a digital camera.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 191:  SCULPTURE
Studio introduction to articulation of visual ideas in three dimensions using additive and subtractive processes. Recommended prerequisites: ART 117 and ART 131. Not offered every year.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 184:  WATERCOLOR I
Studio exploration of the unique qualities of watercolor as a painting medium. Emphasis on fundamental skills, color and composition while painting from a variety of subjects. Should be taken in sequence.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 185:  WATERCOLOR II
Studio exploration of the unique qualities of watercolor as a painting medium. Emphasis on fundamental skills, color and composition while painting from a variety of subjects. Should be taken in sequence. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 184 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 186:  WATERCOLOR III
Studio exploration of the unique qualities of watercolor as a painting medium. Emphasis on fundamental skills, color and composition while painting from a variety of subjects. Should be taken in sequence. Recommended prerequisites: ART 131 and ART 185 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 1.5 Lab: 4.5

ART 197:  ART PORTFOLIO CREATION
Art Portfolio Creation prepares students for the business and professional art world. Students will create both digital and hard-copy portfolios while learning about public relations (PR), marketing, promoting, business guidelines, time management, contacts, presentations, goal setting, long-term inspiration and commitment to their craft, as well as exhibition hanging, timelines and reception setups. Students will review art school requirements and learn how to fill out applications for art schools, residencies, grants and art scholarships. This course also includes practical experience in art exhibitions in the Pence Gallery at Pinckney Center.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

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