2016-2017 Art Courses

WCFAH 106 Drawing, Inquiry, and Expression (4)
This course introduces students to the art of drawing and visual communication.  It covers fundamental techniques, materials, vocabulary, and modes of communication inherent to the medium. Students will also learn basic terms and techniques pertaining to creation and critique of drawings, and the presentation and storage of finished artworks. This course will also challenge students to hone their visual literacy, encouraging them to analyze and understand works of art through both historical and contemporary lenses. Meets
WCFAH  111 Paint, Perception, and Alchemy  (4)
This course introduces students to the art of painting and visual communication. It covers fundamental techniques, materials, vocabulary, and modes of communication inherent to the medium. Students will also learn basic terms and techniques pertaining to creation and critique of painting, and the presentation and storage of finished artworks. This course will also challenge students to hone their visual literacy, encouraging them to analyze and understand works of art through both historical and contemporary lenses.
WCFAH  119 Exploring Photography (4)
With the introduction of contemporary technology, vision itself has become our most immediate form of communication and expression. Although we will look at and discuss the work of others, this course is primarily about each student making her/his own personal images. In this course, students will learn basic technical skills for the beginning photographer. These include camera operation, developing and scanning black and white film, basic grayscale digital image processing, making prints from negatives, making inkjet prints and presentation. Students will also learn the grammar of this language; use of the frame, time, vantage, and detail. Students will investigate the relationship of form to content. Most importantly, students will use these skills to explore their own vision and ideas. Through discussions and group critiques, they will share this work with each other and receive feedback to help them refine it. They will produce affective images that examine their personal perception and concepts.
WCFAH 121 Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
This course introduces students to the fundamental nature, practices, techniques, and culture of working in clay. Students will receive an introduction into the four basic building techniques of ceramics. It is a course that will familiarize the student with a utilitarian and artistic material that has been used for millennia and continues to be found useful in new technological and industrial manners. Students will be given an understanding of the practice of time management, a key component to the success of working in clay and a necessity in daily life. Students will learn ceramic hand-building, pottery, glazing, and firing methods as a means of self-expression and communication.
WCFAH  210 Traditional Photography (4)
More photographs are uploaded to Facebook every two minutes than were made during the first 60 years of the history of photography. With the shift to digital technology and the convenience it affords, electronic photography has replaced traditional, silver-based photography as our mainstream method of visual expression and communication. Traditional photography, however, continues to be practiced with a strong and passionate following. Most serious photographers consider it necessary to learn these skills to truly understand the medium, and many practice it for its immediacy and hands-on intimacy. This course will introduce skills, techniques, and materials of traditional, silver-based black and white photography. These skills include use of camera types, including view cameras and hand-held cameras, lenses, light metering techniques, lighting techniques, and refined development and traditional printing techniques. We will examine how different technologies have introduced different methods, and how these methods have shaped, and been shaped by, cultural aesthetics and priorities. We will discuss and examine artistic and photographic concerns, and deal with the advancement of personal visual and conceptual skills needed to produce affective images. Students in this course will experiment with a variety of materials, techniques, and philosophical approaches to traditional photography, and ultimately produce a body of work that exhibits their own personal investigations and creative expression. Meets with ART 379.
ART 200/300 Special Topics (1–4)
Special classes in the arts not offered on an annual basis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
ART 201 Wheel Throwing (4)
This course provides focused study for the student interested primarily in wheel throwing. Students will hone their skills for working on the wheel through a series of both functional and non-functional projects. Students will also work on their ability to develop a series. Notably, the development of a personal aesthetic that distinguishes each student will be assessed. Prerequisites: WCFAH 141 or ART 148
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (4)
This course builds on technical approaches to drawing by introducing conceptual approaches to image making with various drawing media.  Projects will explore ideas from the history of contemporary art and drawing practices with an emphasis on making clearer and more nuanced works.  Prerequisite: ART 101 or WCFAH 106.
ART 203 Ceramic Sculpture (4)
This course provides focused study for the student interested in generating sculpture through the ceramic medium. Students can expect to explore a variety of projects that will explore working in a multitude of scales, styles, surfaces, and firing processes. Prerequisites: WCFAH 141 or ART 148
ART 205 Figure Drawing (4)
Using the live model as subject matter, this class explores the figure in a variety of contexts through drawing and other media.  Topics include functional anatomy and kinesiology, spatial awareness and scale, the drawn figure throughout history, and discussion and assignments exploring use of the figure in contemporary drawing and visual art. Prerequisite:  WCFAH 106 or ART 101
   
ART 206 Figure Painting (4)
Using the nude model as subject, this class explores the figure in a variety of contexts through paint and other media.  Topics include functional anatomy and kinesiology, color paint theory, spatial awareness and scale, the painted figure throughout history, and discussion and assignments exploring use of the figure in contemporary painting and visual art. Prerequisite: WCFAH 111 or ART 103. Students with previous experience in art may obtain instructor’s signature in lieu of prerequisite.
ART 209 Composition and Design (4)
Aesthetic organization of color, line, space, and texture in two- and three-dimensional design.
ART 302 Intermediate Painting (4)
This class builds on technical and conceptual aspects presented in Beginning Painting through conceptually driven projects that explore concepts in contemporary painting and additional techniques and practical concerns related to paint. Prerequisite: WCFAH 111 or ART 103.
ART 303 Advanced Painting (4)
Explores advanced topics in paint and related media through personal research, as well as group critique and discussion. Meets with ART 302. Prerequisite: ART 302
ART 306 Advanced Figure Painting (4)
Extension of Figure Painting with greater emphasis on student experimentation, guided exploration, and personal expression. Prerequisite: ART 206. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 206.
ART 308 Advanced Figure Drawing (4)
Extension of Figure Drawing with greater emphasis on student experimentation, guided exploration, and personal expression. Prerequisite: ART 205 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 205.
ART 310 Art History: Emergence to the Renaissance (4)
Examines works of art from the time of Prehistory through the Renaissance. We will examine major monuments and artworks in a chronological sequence, focusing on those from each period that give the essence of their time, place, function, intent, and the aspirations of the culture and artist. Prerequisites: WCore course with Writing Emphasis.
ART 311 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (4)
Explores the development of art beginning with the High Renaissance, moving to the advent of Contemporary Art. Students learn through lecture, discussion, reading and writing, and visiting local museums and galleries. Prerequisites: WCore course with Writing Emphasis
ART 312 History of Contemporary Art (4)
This class will review the myriad of developments found in contemporary art from the mid-1960s to today. Painting, sculpture, mixed media works, performance art, installation, photography, and video/film will be covered. We will discuss the shift from modernism to the postmodern era with an emphasis on global art. Throughout the semester we will pay special attention to the unique artistic developments that originated from the Land Arts movement of the 1960s: earthworks, environmental art, and ecological art will be explored. Prerequisites: WCore course with Writing Emphasis.
ART 313 Environmental Art (4)
This course will trace the history of land-based, environmental, and ecological art, as well as explore their major concepts, concerns, and trends. Students will examine important art that has been made in these disciplines, as well as develop ideas and refine proposals for making art of their own that addresses these issues.
ART 315 History of Ceramics (4)
Pre-dating written history in some cultures, ceramics is one of the oldest art forms that is still vital and relevant today. This course will trace the evolution of this important medium from its earliest emergence to the role it plays in today’s world of contemporary art. Prerequisites: WCore course with Writing Emphasis.
ART 318 History of Photography (4)
This course will trace the young history of human desire to capture the image of light, and then figure out what to do with it. From cultural conditions that led to the invention of photography to the role it plays in the contemporary world, we will investigate the technical inventions as well as the artistic movements that have made photography such an important part of current creative expression. Prerequisites: WCore course with Writing Emphasis.
ART 320 Digital Imaging (4)
This course covers technical skills for the digital photographer. These include image capture, image processing, retouching, manipulation and printing. This course also deals with visual and conceptual skills needed to produce effective images. Prerequisite: ART 180 or WCFAH 119 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Same as COMM 320.
ART 321 Digital Media Survey (4)
This course will introduce its students to possibilities for making art on a computer. It explores techniques in several popular software programs. Prerequisite: ART 320 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Same as COMM 321.
ART 325 Figure Sculpture in Clay (4)
Course description with prerequisites: Through this concentrated course on the human form, students will render the figure through a variety of quick studies and longer, more detailed works. The nude figure will be used heavily as reference for assignments and projects. Prerequisites: ART 205
ART 330 Intermediate Ceramics: The Ceramic Surface (4)
Intermediate Ceramics is your chance to make the work you want, and to choose the line of research that interests you. In this course there will be a strong emphasis on the surface of your work. We will discuss the kind of work/surfaces you want to achieve, why you want to achieve them, and I will do my best to facilitate you in doing so. Students are expected to mix their own glazes and fire their own kilns. We will discuss an array of contemporary makers, ideas, and issues from which to draw in the development of your work and career. There will be a mixture of assigned and self directed projects that can explore a variety of surfaces and firings.  Prerequisite: ART 201
ART 335 Advanced Ceramics (4)
Advanced ceramics is your chance to make the work you want, and to choose the line of research that interests you. In this course there will be a strong emphasis on self-directed research. We will discuss the kind of work you want to make, why you want to make it and I will do my best to facilitate you in doing so. Students are expected to mix their own glazes and fire their own kilns. We will discuss an array of contemporary makers, ideas, and issues from which to draw in the development of your work and career. Feedback from one another is highly important and everyone is expected to contribute to critique and discussion. Prerequisite ART 330.
ART 340 Printmaking (4)
An introduction to printmaking techniques, including monotype, woodcut, etching, and other processes. Prerequisite: ART 101 or WCFAH 106 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
ART 345 Introduction to Video Production (4)
This course covers the basics of video production and editing. Topics include storyboarding, camera operation, sound, lighting and editing, as well as a wide variety of film and video genres including narrative, documentary and experimental.
ART 360 Advanced Drawing (4)
Explores advanced topics in drawing and related media through personal research, as well as group critique and discussion.   Prerequisite: ART 202 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 202. Offered Spring Semester.
ART 379  Traditional Photography (4)
With an emphasis on traditional photography, this course will introduce new technical skills for those who have a functional understanding of basic photographic skills. This new information includes use of lenses, camera types, exposure techniques, and refined developing and printing techniques, as well as discussion of current artistic and photographic concerns. This course will also deal with the advancement of personal visual and conceptual skills needed to produce effective images. Prerequisite: ART 180 or WCFAH 119 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered Spring Semester.
ART 380 Advanced Photography (4)
This course is for advanced photographers, both traditional and digital, who are interested in creating a strong body of work. We will discuss historical and contemporary issues in photography as well as professional development. Through a process of detailed analysis, students will gain greater understanding of their own work, leading to more effective expression. Prerequisite: ART 320 or ART 379 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered Fall Semester.
ART 382 Experimental Photography (4)
This course will explore alternative approaches, both technical and conceptual, to photographic image making. We will be shooting on location, supplemented with darkroom work, classroom discussion and critique. Prerequisite: ART 180 or WCFAH 119. May be repeated for credit.
ART 383 Color Photography (4)
This course covers the basic techniques of traditional color photographic processes. The aim of this course is to further develop the photographic skills learned in the basic photography course, including color theory and the reaction of photographic materials to the quality of light in different situations, how to develop color negative film and make prints from color negatives, and explore the language and aesthetics of color photography. Prerequisite: ART 180 or WCFAH 119. May be repeated for credit.
ART 390 Mixed Media (4)
An exploration of two and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, using traditional and non-traditional methods and materials. This course deals with both visual and conceptual issues relating to Collage and Assemblage. Prerequisite: ART 209 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
ART 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Art Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
ART 440 Internship (1–4)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
ART 475 Senior Seminar (4)
Designed to help students create a strong, unified body of work. Students of all disciplines work on their own time, with weekly meetings devoted to critiques, discussions, guest speakers and professional development issues. Studios are available to most students. This is the Art Program’s capstone course, and should be taken by all Art majors during Spring Semester of student’s last year of study. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

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