This is an introductory studio course that exposes students to a variety of historical, traditional, and alternative photographic processes, expanding their experience and understanding within the medium of photography. Students will explore various techniques, including photograms, pinhole cameras, view cameras, cyanotypes, and mordancage. Photographic topics will typically be open-ended, allowing students to pursue a mastery of each technique or address artistic, conceptual development based on their future academic and career goals.
This course provides the opportunity to investigate a topic of interest at the entry level in either the art studio or art history track. The course is open to all students and may be counted toward an art major or minor. Topics are announced at advanced registration and may occur only once or on occasion. Students may repeat this course if the topics differ.
This course is the first half of a two-part introductory survey of art history which introduces the basic concepts of visual and contextual analysis in the form of a historical survey of paintings, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from prehistoric and ancient cultures to circa 1450 CE.
This course is the second half of a two-part introductory survey of art history which introduces the basic concepts of visual and contextual analysis in the form of a historical survey of paintings, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms from 1450 CE to the present day.
This course explores the practice of photography through contemporary digital methods. Students will be instructed in the operation of digital cameras, Adobe Lightroom software, and fine art digital printing. Course foundations will underscore the basics of camera settings, subject and composition, digital workflow, as well as controlled studio lighting techniques. Students will address a variety of subjects, including topics such as light and color, landscapes, and portraiture.
This course explores the practice of photography through traditional analog methods. Students will be instructed in the operation of 35mm and medium format cameras, exposure and processing of b&w film, and printing in the darkroom. Students will also discover how film-based photography can be incorporated into a digital workflow with a variety of printing options. Course foundations will underscore the basics of manual camera controls, calculating exposure, and the craft of hands-on image making.
This course introduces students to basic methods of traditional printmaking. Each student will complete individual assignments utilizing multiple printmaking media including monoprint, paper lithography, and silkscreen. Demonstrative instruction will be given in woodcut, etching, engraving, and multiple transfer techniques. Students will learn how to identify various types of papers and will become familiar with a number of fundamental print concepts such as editioning, registration, group problem solving, and collaboration.
This course is designed to address the needs of education majors while providing opportunities to develop skills in pedagogy, leadership and advocacy, and personal inquiry in visual arts.
This course is an exploration of materials and techniques leading toward conceptual advancement and an investigation of personal aesthetics. The assignments in each course will range from exercises to fully developed works based in conceptual research.
This course serves as an in-depth study of problem-solving and conceptual development through digital image manipulation, integration of type and graphics, and overall layout design. Primarily utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, course assignments address a variety of complex design problems that encourage both technical and conceptual graphic design solutions.
This course will teach students how to design and develop websites using HTML and CSS, with an emphasis placed on responsive, mobile-ready design. Students will become familiar with the basic tools of web development, including text editors, FTP applications, and browser web inspectors, and will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of standards-based web design. Skills developed in this course will allow students to design, develop, and trouble-shoot a variety of static websites.
This class is intended to introduce the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will explore multiple forms and techniques on the potter’s wheel, as well as finishing techniques such as handle making and trimming. In addition, students will be introduced to various types of decorative treatments for the surface, including the principles of glazing and kiln firing. An emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship and functional design issues.