Course Descriptions

Courses in Art

Studio Class Schedule
Class hours vary, with minimum of 6 hours of laboratory/studio work to be arranged.

Note: Most of the studio art courses carry a fee for supplies and equipment needs. The course fees do not cover all expenses involved in visual art courses. Studio courses are not available for audit.

ART 100 Art at the Holter Museum or the Archie Bray Foundation 1-3 cr.
Students can participate in art workshops offered at the Holter Museum or the Archie Bray Foundation for elective college credit. The student is responsible for notifying (in advance) the supervising faculty, getting approval and registering at both the college and Museum or the Bray in a timely manner. All tuition costs and class expenses are the students' responsibility. For one elective credit, students must take workshops that total at least 15 hours plus an equal amount of work outside of class. A journal (including in-class notes and documentation of outside work) plus a portfolio of all competed projects are required. Pass/Fail only. Offered on demand when available.  

ART 105 Introduction to Art  3 cr
This course will provide an introductory overview of the field of visual arts. Areas of study will include art philosophy, the language of aesthetics, an historical overview, cultural influences, types of art, various media and art production processes. This course is intended to provide a fundamental approach to art processes. As an introductory class, students will be evaluated based on effort and participation, not skill level.

ART 110 Art Appreciation  3 cr.
This class is an examination of international visual art, its diverse physical forms, psychological dimensions, and social meanings. Emphasis on students' development of vocabulary and a conceptual framework to better understand and appreciate personal responses as well as the cultural significance of art in ancient, historic, and contemporary societies. Spring semester.

ART 112 Drawing  3 cr.
This is a studio course in basic realistic drawing.  Emphasis on visual thought and awareness through drawing exercises and portraits. Accuracy in representing what is observed is stressed. See Studio Class Schedule.  Each semester. 

ART 113  Digital Photography   3 cr.
A basic foundation course covering the entire digital photography workflow including: purchase of a digital camera, taking better photos by making use of design principles, electronically editing images, making digital prints, and strategies for storing and organizing images.  Each semester.

ART 115 Ceramics with Visiting Bray Artist  3 cr.
A Bray Resident Artist will be selected to teach this introductory level course in ceramics each fall.  Based primarily on wheel throwing, it will include various forming methods, decorating, glazing, and firing.  This course will take advantage of the different kilns available at the Bray for the final firing of students' work. Class will meet two nights per week for two hours.  Students should be prepared for some travel to the Archie Bray Foundation over the course of the semester. Fall semester.

ART 116 Ceramics I  3 cr.
This class is an introduction to ceramic materials, processes, and techniques.  This is a studio course emphasizing wheel-forming methods and varied decorating and glazing techniques.  See Studio Class Schedule. Each semester.

ART 117 Intermediate Ceramics  1-3 cr.
This class is an intermediate course for those who have taken ART 115 or 116. Continuing study of all aspects of ceramics is the primary focus. Students are required to determine specific projects to pursue. Credit will vary from 1 to 3 by individual contract. This class may be taken more than once for a total of no more than 6 credits. Each semester.  Prerequisite: ART 115 or 116.  

ART 200 Art Practicum  1 cr.
Students can earn one credit by participating in ceramics. A minimum of 30 hours of participation is required for each hour of credit. The student will be given specific training and assignments in the technical operation of a ceramics studio. Students may earn a total of 3 credits in 3 separate semesters. Both semesters. Prerequisites: ART 115 or 116 and consent of instructor. 

ART 201 Acrylic Painting  3 cr.
This class is an introduction to methods of painting with acrylics.  Emphasis will be on composition, color theory, and technique.  Demonstrations in transparent and opaque techniques with a variety of subject matter and styles are included.  Experience in drawing and/or design is highly recommended.  See Studio Class Schedule.  Spring semester. 

ART 206  Watercolor Painting  3 cr.
This class is an introduction to methods of painting with transparent watercolors.  Emphasis will be on composition, color theory, and concept.  Demonstrations in a variety of techniques with a variety of subject matter and styles are included.  Experience in drawing and/or design is highly recommended.  See Studio Class Schedule.  Fall semester.