2011 - 2012 Art Courses

ART 101 Beginning Drawing, LE (3)
Practical introduction to drawing and painting. Basic to most other art courses. Concerned with primary drawing media from pencils through pastels. Emphasizes practical use of value, form, line, and texture.
ART 103 Beginning Painting, LE (3)
Concentrates on painting techniques with emphasis on color and value relationships.
ART 110 Survey of Art, LE (3)
Focuses on appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by learning to look at a work of art, how it is made, and why. Students study art from a wide range of cultures and periods. Slide lectures and discussions are included.
ART 148 Fundamentals of Pottery, LE (3)
Introduces the potter's wheel and focuses on wheel-thrown techniques, as well as basic handbuilding methods such as coil and slab. Emphasis is placed on form, decorating and glazing pottery.
ART 180 Photography, LE (3)
Learn the basics of both traditional and digital photography. We will cover technical skills including camera operation, developing black and white film, digital image processing, printing and presentation. This course also investigates visual and conceptual skills needed to produce effective images.
ART 200/300 Special Topics (1–4)
Special classes in the arts not offered on an annual basis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
ART 202 Intermediate Drawing (3)
Logical continuation of ART 101 with particular emphasis placed upon principles of perspective drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, and out-of-door sketching. Prerequisite: ART 101.
ART 205 Figure Drawing (3)
Drawing from the model. Basic understanding of structure, anatomy, and design of the human form. Prerequisite: ART 101.
ART 206 Figure Painting (3)
Painting from live models. Prerequisite: ART 103. Students with previous experience in art may obtain instructor's signature in lieu of prerequisite.
ART 209 Composition and Design (3)
Aesthetic organization of color, line, space, and texture in two- and three-dimensional design.
ART 301 Intermediate Pottery (3)
Continuation of ART 148 with more advanced wheel and hand-built work, decorating, and glazing techniques. Prerequisite: ART 148 or consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
ART 302 Intermediate Painting (3)
A logical continuation of Beginning Painting, with emphasis on a continuing development of traditional/realist skills, as well as contemporary concepts, including abstraction. Prerequisite: ART 103.
ART 303 Advanced Painting (3)
Explores advanced painting techniques and problems, emphasizing color and design concepts. Prerequisite: ART 302. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 302.
ART 304 Primitive Pottery (2)
This course is designed to help you learn various clay techniques used in creating primitive style pottery, to help you recognize your creative talents and to enhance your higher level of thinking by developing through this learning process an appreciation for the arts.
ART 305 Raku Pottery (3)
Instruction in using the potter's wheel and handbuilding techniques. Use of low-fire clay and glazes to produce Raku ware. Weekly Raku firings in outside kilns. May be repeated for credit.
ART 306 Advanced Figure Painting (3)
Painting from draped and undraped models. Prerequisite: ART 206. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 206.
ART 308 Advanced Figure Drawing (3)
Explores advanced techniques involved in portrait and figure drawing. Prerequisite: ART 205. Students with previous experience in art may obtain instructor's signature in lieu of prerequisite. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 205.
ART 309 Handbuilt Pottery (3)
Instruction in handbuilding techniques: pinch, slab, and coil. Glaze preparation and glazing techniques are also taught and practiced. Prerequisite: ART 148. May be repeated for credit.
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: ART 110; ENGL 110.
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: ART 110; ENGL 110.
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: ART 110; ENGL 110.
ART 315 History of Pottery (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: ART 110; ENGL 110.
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: ART 110; ENGL 110.
ART 320 Digital Imaging (3)
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 consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Same as COMM 320.
ART 321 Digital Media Survey (3)
This course will introduce its students to the 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 330 Advanced Pottery (3)
Advanced wheelwork, more emphasis on sculptural work, and experimentation with glazing. Individual assignments. Prerequisite: ART 301 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
ART 335 Ceramic Sculpture (3)
This course examines 'intermediate-level' concepts and techniques of clay as a sculptural material. Emphasis is placed on refining skill levels in handbuilding as well as glazing and finishing methods.
ART 340 Printmaking (3)
An introduction to printmaking techniques, including monotype, woodcut, etching, and other processes. Prerequisite: ART 101 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
ART 345 Introduction to Video Production (3)
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 (3)
A logical continuation of Intermediate Drawing, with a continued emphasis on building strong representational skills, good designs, and creative, expressive imagery. Prerequisite: ART 202 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Meets with ART 202.
ART 379 Intermediate Photography (3)
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 consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Offered Spring Semester.
ART 380 Advanced Photography (3)
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 (2)
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. May be repeated for credit.
ART 383 Color Photography (3)
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. May be repeated for credit.
ART 390 Collage and Assemblage (3)
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, completion of the Career Resource Center internship workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
ART 475 Studio Seminar (3)
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.