Art - Art (ART) Courses

ART-100 Drawing and Composition 3 credits

A study of the principles and elements of composition using an extensive selection of drawing media. Primary focus is on black and white. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-101 Basic Painting 3 credits

Instruction in the basic principles of painting composition. Emphasis will be on the individual's creative development through the exploration of both opaque and transparent media. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-103 Ceramics 3 credits

A basic introduction to pottery and sculptural forms in clay, using both hand and wheel methods. The course includes instruction in a variety of glazing and firing techniques, such as stoneware, raku, and low fire glazing. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-106 Basic Photography 2 credits

A study of basic techniques in lighting, exposure, developing, printing, and a chromic composition. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-114 Desk Top Publishing 2 credits

An introductory studio course devoted to graphic design and desktop publishing. Course will address topics such as design, text, color and technical skills with computer graphics programs such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Extra fee.

ART-115 Digital Imaging 2 credits

This introductory studio courses will explore the creation of digital art and collage on the computer using Adobe Photoshop. Course will also cover design and composition through the manipulation of digital images and the study of both traditional and new art. Extra fee.

ART-125 Introduction to Raku Ceramics 3 credits

A studio course exploring basic ceramic techniques, pottery design, and the Japanese quick fire method of Raku. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-128 Understanding Spirit in Art & Culture 3 credits

(Same as ATH-128.) This course will examine a variety of cultural groups where artistic, spiritual, and cultural experience are integrated or woven into the fabric of life as a whole. It will focus on Native American and other cultures where ritual, art, and daily life are not compartmentalized. The course will also include cross-cultural case studies and field trips.

ART-129 Web Design 2 credits

This introductory studio course will address visual and functional design in websites using Dreamweaver. Topics such as design, usability, navigation, hyperlinks, text and images will be covered. Extra fee.

ART-130 Introduction to Design 3 credits

A lecture and studio experience providing a conceptual basis for organizing both two- and three-dimensional space. Issues of line, color, shape and form will be explored through a variety of media. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-140 Native American Art & Literature 3 credits

Prerequisites: ENG-101, WRI-102, or FYS-101

(Same as ENG-140) This course will offer students an opportunity to see the connection between Native American art and literature. The focus will be on Navajo and Pueblo traditions involving word and image. Authors will include Leslie Silko and Scott Momaday.

ART-141 Introduction to the Arts of Native America 3 credits

A survey of the native arts of North America. Includes rock art, pottery, basketry, painting, sculpture, and weaving. Lectures will address the philosophical ideas common to many of the indigenous arts of North America.

ART-199T Special Topics in Art 1 credit

These one-credit introductory topics offer students a variety of hands-on studio experiences. All courses will address basic design principles and artistic concepts, and will allow students to explore a variety of media. Topics may include: Handmade Paper and Books, The Sketchbook, The Ceramic Cup, Small Works, Color, Graphic Design, Artistic Transformations of the Human Body, and The Spirit of the Land. Extra fee. See courses listed below.

ART-199T.2 Small Works 1 credit

This introductory studio course offers students an understanding of basic design principles of line, shape and sequence by exploring a variety of media. Projects include both black and white and color.

ART-199T.3 The Sketchbook 1 credit

This course includes instruction in basic drawing skills and is suitable for those who wish to sketch for pleasure or for practical purposes. The class will visit the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, the Settlers' Museum, Our Memories Museum, downtown Caldwell and a variety of other locations that have interesting things to sketch. The extra fee will cover all drawing materials.

ART-199T.4 Color 1 credit

This studio course will introduce students to color and design issues through the use of a variety of media that may include drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, and printmaking.

ART-199T.5 Graphic Design 1 credit

This studio course will introduce students to a range of graphic design applications that may include the use of typography, logo design, and desktop publishing.

ART-199T.6 Transforming the Human Body 1 credit

This course explores the wide range of temporary and permanent body transformations found throughout human history from the Neolithic period to the fashions of contemporary Euro-America.

ART-199T.7 Printmaking 1 credit

This studio course will introduce students to one or more of the following techniques: monoprints, planographic printing, and intaglio printing.

ART-199T.8 The Spirit of the Land 1 credit

This course will offer students a better understanding of the ways in which artists have used the spirit of the land as subject and substance. This course does not count toward the cultural diversity requirement as most examples will be drawn from European traditions.

ART-199T.9 Jewelry Making 1 credit

This studio course will introduce students to jewelry design and construction using metal and other materials. Extra Fee.

ART-230 Introduction to Sculpture 3 credits

A studio course exploring a variety of media and techniques including modeling, carving, and assemblage. Related lectures explore the historical context of sculptors' approach. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-239 Ancient to Medieval 3 credits

An introduction to basic art history terms and concepts and a survey of major western art works from pre-history to Fourteenth-century Europe. The course may include cross-cultural comparisons to place the works in the wider context of world art.

ART-240 Renaissance to Modern 3 credits

A survey of key developments in the history of western art from Fifteenth-century Europe to the present. Attention will be given to technical developments and sociopolitical conditions effecting art production. Cross-cultural comparisons may be made.

ART-294 Independent Study 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

Readings and research in art history for those with no previous art history background. See independent study guidelines.

ART-302 Drawing the Portrait 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-130 or other appropriate studio experience.

This studio course explores traditional and experimental approaches to portraiture. Students will consider a variety of issues including the factors contributing to a likeness, and the presentation of public versus private images of the sitter. A variety of media will be used, and some art-critical reading may be required. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-308 Advanced Drawing 3 credits

A studio course in complex drawing problems to foster a more independent and individual drawing style, including greater use of color media. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-315 Printmaking 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-100, 130 or permission.

A study of monoprints, block prints, and intaglio prints. A variety of techniques and concepts, including etching and dry-point, will be explored. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-324 Picasso & 20th Century Art 3 credits

Prerequisites: some art history or upper-level humanities or social sciences course work is recommended.

Students will examine the major contributions Pablo Picasso made to Cubism, Surrealism, and Modernist Abstraction. Themes of eroticism, popular culture, violence, and political protest in the artist's work will also be considered.

ART-325 Art of the Romantic Era 3 credits

Prerequisites: Some art history or upper-level humanities or social sciences course work is recommended.

A survey of western art from the mid-Eighteenth century to the Napoleonic period, focusing on the rise of Romantic individualism, and its importance for the art of our time.

ART-330.1 Figure Drawing 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-100 or permission.

A studio course focusing on traditional and innovative approaches to rendering the human figure. A variety of media will be used. Extra fee. Limited enrollment.

ART-341 Modern Art: 1850-1940 3 credits

Prerequisites: Some art history or upper level humanities or social science course is recommended.

This course will cover the history of western art from Realism and Impressionism to the Surrealists. Movements to be considered include Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada and Surrealism.

ART-342 Modern Art After 1940 3 credits

Prerequisites: Some art history or upper level humanities or social science course is recommended.

The course will cover the history of western art from the rise of New York as a new art-world capital to the more globally dispersed art-world of recent years. Some movements and developments to be considered are: Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Earthworks, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Performance Art, Video Art, Installation Art, and developments generally lumped under the rubric of Post-modernism.

ART-351 Auguste Rodin & Modern Sculpture 3 credits

Prerequisites: Some art history or upper level humanities or social science course is recommended.

This course will survey Rodin's major sculptures such as The Gates of Hell and his monuments to important literary figures such as Honori de Balzac and Victor Hugo. It will consider Rodin's importance for later modern sculptors, and his role in re-defining the nature of public sculpture.

ART-361 Advanced Studies in Drawing 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART 100, or 130, or permission.

A studio course in complex drawing problem to foster a more independent and individual drawing style, including use of color media. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-362 Advanced Studies in Two-Dimensional Design 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART 100, or 130, or permission.

An investigation of the relationship of form and function as it applies to principles of color, line, and shape. Specific projects might include fabric, poster, or book design. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-363 Advanced Studies in Computer Graphics 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART 123, or 130, or permission.

A computer lab course that further investigates the relationship between fine and applied art. Problems may include animation or desktop publishing. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-364 Advanced Studies in Graphics 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART 100, or 130, or permission.

A studio course that includes a variety of studies in any of the graphic arts including ink, printmaking, pencil, and photography. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-365 Advanced Studies in Mixed Media 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART 100, or 130, or permission.

An exploration of a variety of media that may include two- and three-dimensional materials such as pen, watercolor, paper, and clay. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-366 Advanced Studies in Painting 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-101 or permission.

An investigation of oil, tempera, acrylic, or watercolor. Special projects are designed to meet the interests of individual students. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-367 Advanced Studies in Printmaking 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-315 or permission.

A study of etching, aquatint, monoprinting, wood block, cyanotype or other specialized printmaking projects of interest to the student. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-368 Advanced Studies in Photography 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-106 and 130, or permission.

Individualized photography projects. Typical projects might include the pinhole camera, sports action, the view camera, nonsilver print processes, exhibition processing, or color. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-371 Advanced Studies in Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-130 or permission.

An investigation of the design of functional and nonfunctional objects. Advanced studio problems include aspects of form and function and construction technique. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-372 Advanced Studies in Ceramics 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-103 or ART-125 or ART-126 or permission

A studio course in ceramic pottery or sculpture. Students may investigate techniques of throwing, hand building, kiln construction, glazing and firing of a variety of clays. Extra fee. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-373 Advanced Studies in Sculpture 3 credits

Prerequisites: ART-230 or permission

A studio course exploring realism or abstraction in sculpture. Students may study traditional approaches involving casting and modeling as well as contemporary techniques of constructed metal and found object sculpture. May be repeated once for credit with a different project.

ART-400 Senior Exhibition 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

Each student develops a conceptually and formally unified body of work that will be displayed in the Rosenthal Gallery of Art. All students are responsible for publicizing, organizing and hanging the exhibition.

ART-415 Professional Practices in Visual Arts 2 credits

Prerequisites: Permission.

This course will cover professional practices in the visual arts. Topics will include display, matting, framing, documenting artwork and the creation of a portfolio. It may include guest lectures and visits to local studios, museums and galleries.

ART-494 Independent Study 1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Permission

Approved reading and research studies in art history. See independent study guidelines.

ART-497 Internship 1 - 3 credits

Specific internship projects which may include computer graphics, museum work, or various applied experiences in art. See internship guidelines.