Foundation Courses

ART 101: Visual Concepts I
This course introduces the formal, perceptual, and expressive elements that form the basis for drawing and two dimensional design. This course addresses the notion of drawing and design as inter-related aspects of a shared visual language. The course focuses on using this language as a means of developing ideas, heightening perceptual awareness, and honing technical skills. Various methods, techniques, and materials are explored.

Students who have received credit for ART 109 may not receive credit for ART 101. Available for non-Art majors.


ART 102: 3-D Foundations
This experience provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in the dynamics of three-dimensional design. Problems are assigned to help in the understanding of form, space, line, texture, and color as it relates to three-dimensional objects.

Available for non-Art majors.


ART 130: Graphics: Exploring the Multiple
This course presents an overview of graphic art forms ' photography, printmaking, and digital imaging. Students explore ways that photographic, mechanical, and electronic tools have influenced both artistic production and the dissemination of art. This course asks students to consider the varied potential of the two- dimensional multiple for visual communication. With this in mind, students write research papers and create hands-on artistic projects, both as individuals and collaborators. The course format also includes group discussions, slide lectures, student presentations, a presentation by a guest speaker, and trips to museums and print shops.

Scholarly and Creative Inquiry Seminar


ART 140: Art Theory and Practice
This course is an introduction to the art, artists and concepts that inform modern and contemporary art movements. The focus of the course is on the art of pivotal 20th and 21st century artists who have redefined our ideas about art. Students analyze the formal elements and conceptual issues surrounding critical art works that represent significant trends in art. A series of projects, based on the theories and aesthetic concerns of relevant artists accompany oral and written modes of consideration and analysis.

Scholarly and Creative Inquiry Seminar


ART 150: Constructions of Identity in the Visual Arts
How does an individual "show" power, status, or place in society? How are societal norms confirmed or denied in artistic works? In this course visual representations of authority, gender, and identity provide a broad basis for the study and practice of the rhetorical arts. Students become familiar with the elements of persuasive writing and oratory, and learn to refine these skills through exercises based on the analysis of primary texts and secondary literature. By analyzing both the rhetorical expression of visual arts and a variety of arguments about visual culture, students develop the ability to clearly articulate their own views, and to logically appraise the arguments of others. Extensive written assignments and oral debates emphasize the thoughtful development and expression of students' own perspectives and opinions.

Seminar in Writing and Rhetoric


ART 201: Visual Concepts II
This course expands on the ideas and techniques introduced in ART 101. Lessons that build technical skills are fused with conceptual inquiries and critical analysis. This course emphasizes the interplay between intellectual, expressive, and material aspects of the creative process as they relate to drawing and 2-dimensional design. Additionally, an examination of contemporary trends in art informs the themes and approaches explored in this course.

Prerequisite: Art 101