Laguna College of Art + Design

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Mesoamerican Empires of the Aztec and Maya

Course ID: AH114
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
An introductory course exploring the art and architecture of Mesoamerica from the rise of the Olmec in 1500 BCE to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521, Mesoamerican Empires will focus on how changes in visual culture have reflected larger religious and political transformations in Mesoamerica. Issues of cultural memory and myth will be examined to understand indigenous conceptions of art, history, cosmology, and social hierarchy. Forging links with the present day, students will learn to identify and contextualize Mesoamerican iconography in contemporary media including the creative expression of lowrider culture, tattoos, fine art, and fashion. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the material through visual (art) projects, a formal writing assignment, and their participation in class discussions. No prerequisites.

Intro to Asian Art and Culture

Course ID: AH115
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is an exploration of art and visual culture from the Asian continent. Focusing on art works as historical, cultural, and social documents, we will examine how art was commissioned, collected, and used by royalty, the elite, popular audiences, and religious communities in both rural and urban settings. Different themes discussed include art as an instrument of power and propaganda, as a tool for social and religious ritual, an expression of status and prestige, a medium for social protest, as well as a product for the marketplace. Beginning with Bronze Age objects for ritual purposes, subsequent artforms include scroll paintings in the Song Dynasty, women’s painting and printed books, Japanese secular emaki scrolls and ukioy-e art, the luxury of Mughal art in India, and true-view landscape painting in Korea. Students are required to do class readings and engage actively in class discussion, complete two papers, create a final project, and make a final presentation. No prerequisites.

Ancient Civ: Egypt-Greece-Rome

Course ID: AH116
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
If consciousness is shaped by our history, then where are we, collectively, if we’ve lost faith that a shared historical commonality among cultures ever existed? To the people who thrived in the strange and beautiful empires of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, religious and cultural differences found in one’s neighbors weren’t unusual, confusing or frightening—they were part of everyday life. In short: normal coexistence. In the class Egypt, Greece, Rome—we’ll explore the commonalities and shared experiences found among these three remarkable civilizations, as well as follow the cultural fault lines exploited by those in power which eventually forced these empires to dissolve. Together, we’ll explore three millennia of artefacts, objects, architecture, writings, as well as cultural and religious practice to see how these civilizations evolved, ran alongside one another, then overlapped and overcame one another to lay the foundations of modern western society. Through lecture, images, discussions, essays, and close readings, students will learn to identify, decode, understand and describe artworks and objects from the past, translating them from visual to verbal and textual language. In addition, in an effort to gain insight into the ancient state of mind, students will reconstruct a piece of history with a hands-on laboratory project and a small, original artwork of their own. No prerequisites.

The Medieval World

Course ID: AH204
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
The Middle Ages were a time of knights and ladies... or maybe brutal Viking warlords... or a clash of civilizations between Christians and Muslims... and maybe there were dragons? A lot of what we “know” about the medieval world comes from fantasy, pop culture, and from old nationalist scholarship that mostly invented origin myths. So, how can we know what the Middle Ages were really like? In this class, we’ll go back and try to get a more accurate picture by looking at things medieval people made: manuscripts, sculptures, buildings, weapons, clothing, etc., all in tandem with reading primary sources by the people who were there. Starting with the collapse of the western Roman Empire, we will uncover a different picture of how two related cultures arose out of the wreckage of the ancient world: Christendom and Dar al-Islam. Along the way we’ll learn that the “barbarians” weren’t that barbaric, that some Vikings converted to Islam, that trade and cooperation across the Mediterranean were far more common than Crusades, and that the medieval world was more diverse, cosmopolitan, and queer than you may have been led to believe. No prerequisites.

Nature in Art: Japan, Korea, Tibet

Course ID: AH205
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Nature in Art explores the rich and varied traditions of artistic expression unique to the regions of Japan, Korea, and Tibet, from prehistoric indigenous practices through the mid-19th century. Looking closely at Japan, the Korean renaissance, and the coded art of Tibetan Buddhist culture, we will uncover the distinct artistic heritage found in each, noting particularly the sharing and transmission of art practices and ideas as they cross geographical and cultural boundaries. Working chronologically, this course will identify intersections of spirituality and nature, then examine artistic expressions of such concepts through lacquer, ceramic, ink, paper, stone, bamboo and ivory, among other media. Both two- and three-dimensional art forms are considered, from calligraphy, wood-block prints and landscape painting to festivals, garden design, poetry, and tea ceremonies. The objects and sites studied in this course will reflect how concepts of beauty and aesthetics are achieved through the practice of “harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.” The course is conducted as a hybrid seminar-lecture style course, with instructor led lectures and video, student presentations, research, writing, culinary experiences, as well as hands-on exploration of the traditional processes of historic art production in these regions. This class requires a visit to the USC Pacific Asia Museum to see art in person from each of the regions studied in this class. No prerequisites.

Illuminating Women: Female Artists, Scientists, Poets, Philosphers of the Renaisance

Course ID: AH206
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115
Requirement: E
Course Description:
People often wonder exactly when, throughout history, women first started to become active in society? Of course, the answer is: Always. Even though women’s efforts have been overshadowed by that of their male contemporaries in the chronicling of official histories, women have always participated in every facet of life, from rich to poor, north to south, east to west, and from the ancient period to the present. In this course, we will examine the lives and creative pursuits of the many women who contributed to the arts, sciences, and humanities throughout history, particularly focusing on artists & craftspersons, writers & poets, healers, pharmacists, natural philosophers, and rulers, with a few warriors included for good measure. Students will conduct close readings, originate research, formulate short essays, and in an effort to gain insight into the state of mind of historical women, reconstruct a piece of history with a hands-on laboratory project and a small, original artwork placing themselves in the environment of a chosen historical female. Prerequisite: AH210, or one course from the Ancient Civilizations category. This course can be taken concurrently with one class from the Medieval Worlds in Motion category. 3 units.

Age of Michelangelo, 1450-1550

Course ID: AH207
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115
Requirement: E
Course Description:
“Force yourself to imitate Michelangelo in everything.” These were the words expressed by Michelangelo’s biographer to a remarkably self-aware generation of artists in 16th-century Florence, Rome, and Venice. However, whether rival artists wanted to, or even imagined they could succeed in imitating Michelangelo’s work is another question—one among many we’ll explore in The Age of Michelangelo, 1450-1550. In consultation with a range of visual, historical, and literary materials, we’ll delve into the spirit of the age, looking at drawing, painting, sculpture, furniture and garden design, food, weaponry, architecture, and urban planning, as well as people. We’ll tap into the players and personalities of the times—Leonardo, Giorgione, Raphael, Sofonisba Anguissola, Titian—as well as Isabella d’Este, the Della Rovere, and the Medici families who sought to shape their immediate world through power, imagination, and the artistry of their times. Students will conduct close readings, originate research, formulate essays, and in an effort to gain insight into the Renaissance state of mind reconstruct a piece of history with a hands-on laboratory project and a small, original artwork of their own. Prerequisite: AH210, or one course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series). This course can be taken concurrently with Medieval Worlds in Motion category (AH200 series).

Wordly + Otherworldly Creatures

Course ID: AH305
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115
Requirement: E
Course Description:
For centuries, earthly creatures, charmed animals and otherworldly beings conjured by artisans, magicians, folklorists, natural philosophers, and physicians, have inspired both wonder and delight as well as revulsion, alarm, and terror in the hearts and minds of otherwise thinking persons. Considering beasts and beings of all sorts, both earthly and divine, this course seeks to investigate the origin stories of such creatures and inquire as to what motivations compel an individual or society to conjure such creatures. From the Classical World to Medieval Scandinavia, from the Americas to Slavic Europe, this course explores how art and monstrosity intersected in the cultural imagination to both delightful and devastating effect. In consultation with a range of visual and literary primary materials, including the Great Chain of Being, the Malleus Maleficarum (the Witches Hammer), and Della Porta’s How We May Produce New and Strange Monsters, students will conduct close readings, originate research, formulate essays and create original artwork of their own in an effort to gain insight into earlier states of mind as well as open avenues into wholly new creations. All readings for the course will be in English, although international and graduate students may be asked to give additional reports on texts written in other languages.

History of Animation

Course ID: AH332
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The course examines the development of animation from its inception through present-day manifestations in television, films, and the Internet. Major animators and key works are analyzed and discussed. Required for Animation majors.

History of Representational Painting

Course ID: AH337
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course seeks to trace the sources of the Western representational tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. A key concern of the class will be to define the very nature of realism as an artistic perception. The demise of the so-called avant-garde has opened up an enormous diversity of artistic approaches, many of which are figurative. The course will examine some of these recent developments. This course is required for Fine Arts majors.

Los Tres Grandes: Mexican Muralist Movement

Course ID: AH404
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Los Tres Grandes explores the Mexican Muralist movement of the 1920s from its beginnings under the post-Mexican Revolution government to its present-day influence on Chicanx and Street artists. Utilizing a curricular framework centered on Los Tres Grandes (the big three), Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, our studies will then expand to include further influential figures such as Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo among others. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the material through visual (art) projects, a formal writing assignment, and participation in class discussions. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category

Traditional Arts of Western Africa

Course ID: AH405
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course examines a diverse array of art created by different ethnic groups in West Africa from pre-colonial through the 19th century and beyond. Through the lens of both spiritual and cultural traditions, we will consider a wide range of styles and materials, and ask how meaning is derived from objects and practices, keeping in mind particular challenges that emerge when studying art that is both permanent and impermanent. The significance of oral traditions will be studied, as well as the roles of ancestor spirits, mythical creatures, divination and initiation rites, and how music, dance, and masking function in establishing power, status, political, and social conventions. Objects created exclusively for performative and ritual uses, art in service to royalty, sculpture, utilitarian objects, architecture, performance, and the body as subject and site of adornment will form the core of our studies. Materials studied will include metal, wood, textiles, mud, ivory, beads, bone, dung, and blood/bodily fluids. While important, this class does not intend to cover present-day political crises, border disputes, or changing social constructs in West Africa. This course is conducted with instructor led lecture, film, guided reading and discussions, student presentations based on independent research, and other exploratory exercises. A visit to the UCLA Fowler Museum is required for this class. Students will experience textile creation and the development of personal symbolism in a hands-on project. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Modern Visualities: 19th-20th Century Photography in South and East Asia

Course ID: AH406
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will examine the relationship between visuality and technology as expressed by photographers of the 19th- and 20th-centuries. Materials and readings for the course will focus on the roles and development of photography primarily in India, Afghanistan, China, and Japan, and the alterations it engendered in the perception and depiction of the world. We will examine the use of photography in the service of journalism and news reporting, ethnographic studies and geographical awareness, science, propaganda, tourism, entertainment, and of course, art. Beginning with Western photographers’ images of a distant “Orient,” this course will conclude with the uses of photography in contemporary Asian art, looking particularly at themes of national and personal identities as well as commentary on traditions. Students are required to do class readings and engage actively in class discussion, complete two papers, submit one individual project related to the course apparatus, and make a final presentation. Projects deriving from other time periods or regions are welcome, for example, photography from Imperial Russia or the Ottoman Empire. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Exiles in L.A.: Art, Architecture, Film of Wartime Émigrés

Course ID: AH407
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Los Angeles, not known for being a bastion of either culture or liberalism during the early twentieth century, was—for a time—both a cradle of high-modernism and a refuge from the charnel house of European fascism. Icons such as poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht, Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno, noir filmmakers Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder, composers Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinski, novelists Thomas Mann and Aldous Huxley, and architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, many of whom had fled the Nazis, made their homes in Los Angeles. In this course, we will examine the lives and major works of the many refugees and exiles who transformed LA’s intellectual and aesthetic culture in the 1940s, as well as look closely at three critical aspects of their enduring legacy. First, the transnational exchange of aesthetic and intellectual history between Europe and the United States; Second, the effects of fascism on aesthetics and its implications; and Third, the degree to which the creative output of European émigrés provided survival strategies in the wake of such genocidal and illiberal ideologies. What, in other words, can we glean from Brecht’s poetry, from Adorno’s “reflections from damaged life,” from Fritz Lang’s deeply expressionistic noir films, from Huxley’s Brave New World? Through the consumption of text and images representing this history students will create a project utilizing this aesthetic and intellectual history of art (and artists) as a means of strategizing survival in today’s climate. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Living Through History: American Culture Wars

Course ID: AH408
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Since 1954 when the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the people of the United States have been engaged in a series of “culture wars” concerned primarily with identity—particularly race and gender—and a grappling with its morally ambiguous past. This deep and alienating sense of polarization and clashing of identities—some voluntary and others forced upon us—has only intensified over the years, coming to an explosive climax in the chaotic and tragic years of 2020-21. Everything from the anti-mask movement and “cancel culture” to the fate of Confederate Statues and defunding the police falls under the rubric of a longstanding, and increasingly tribal culture war in the United States. In this course we will look at the broad historical context of the 1960s from which these battles emerged and trace them through the present. In doing so, we will pay close attention to the ways in which the expansion of rights, freedoms, and liberties for historically marginalized groups has elicited conservative reactions seeking to roll back those gains through an often sectarian vision of American culture and history. This course will focus on flashpoints or sites of contestation—Roe v. Wade, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the rise of “Alt-Right” groups such as the Proud Boys, recent controversies about “Big Tech” censorship, the fate of civil rights, Black Lives Matter protests, and the violent denouement of the Trump Administration. Students will produce written responses to the readings and also formulate a final project determining the role of art and the artist in meeting this particular historical moment. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Exhibition Design

Course ID: AH409
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH114 OR AH115, AH204 OR AH205 OR AH206 OR AH207 OR AH305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to current theoretical and real-world applications of exhibition design operating today in museums, galleries, and contemporary art spaces, both real and virtual. Through weekly in-person exploration of cultural sites in and around Orange County and Los Angeles, students will observe and critique aesthetic and practical decisions made by professional curators and exhibition designers, with particular emphases on structural layout, cultural themes, the curation and arrangement of objects, and how artworks interact with one another in outdoor and indoor spaces. In doing so, students will sharpen their perceptive skills, strengthen their discourse specific to the fields of art production, curation, collecting, and museum studies, and pursue theoretical examples of design brought to life within the rich artistic landscape of Southern California. Students produce written journal entries, participate in discussions, produce directed reading responses to museum catalogues, articles, and other didactic material, as well as participate in oral presentations and collaborative hands-on projects. Prerequisite: One course from Ancient Civilizations category (AH100 series) and one course from either Medieval Worlds or Renaissance Worlds in Motion category (AH200/AH300 series).

Fine Art Advancement Review

Course ID: FA001
Course Credits: 0
Requirement: R
Course Description:
At the completion of the fourth semester or when a transfer student has completed the first two years of studio classes, students are prompted to submit to the Advancement Review, which is a held twice a year at the end of each semester. A panel of chosen faculty review submissions and the student is given the results showing scores of: Excellent, Above Average, Average, or Below Average in: Drawing, Figure Drawing, Anatomy, Beginning Painting, Perspective and Color Theory. If a student falls below average, they are asked to remediate and re-submit the category for approval. Failure to pass the AR will result in the student being withheld from entering senior status.

Intermediate Figure Drawing

Course ID: FA201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150 + FD151 OR FD151 + FD166
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers figure drawing from the draped and undraped model, emphasizing accurate representation of surface anatomy, proportion, gesture, weight, balance and structure in a variety of drawing media. It also includes drawing from the head with an introduction to the general rules of proportion as they relate to portraiture and to the investigation of individual features: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and skeletal structure as they relate to the entire human head.

Introduction to Figure Painting

Course ID: FA202
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to painting the draped and undraped life model with emphasis on direct observation and accurate representation. Students learn to convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources, color palettes and compositional devices using various painting techniques. The course also includes an introduction to portrait painting with an emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso.

Artistic Anatomy 1

Course ID: FA205
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course improves the artist's understanding of the body's underlying structure while emphasizing accurate observation and depiction of the figure. Anatomical elements such as the skeleton, muscular origins, insertions and surface landmarks are stressed. Students learn anatomy by drawing individual parts of the figure that begins with the skeleton followed by studying the major muscles of the human figure.

Color + Figuration: Intermediate Figure Painting

Course ID: FA206
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of painting the life model, emphasizing observation and accurate representation. Students convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources, color palettes, and compositional devices using various painting techniques. Projects include a draped figure and extended poses with the figure in an environment.

Fantasy Sculpture

Course ID: FA208
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this course students learn techniques and processes of creating maquettes and fantasy sculpture in polymer clay. Working from their own multi-view drawings and reference materials, students design and build armatures, learn to mix polymer clay, and go through steps required to create interesting and detailed sculptures. With demonstrations and personalized critiques, students explore dynamic sculpture design concepts, small-scale tool making and texture/detail application.

Animal Sculpture

Course ID: FA209
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this course students will make two sculptures of two different animals, working both from photographs in the studio and from life in a zoo, studio and/or farm. Students will learn about proportion, animal anatomy and how it functions. Emphasis is on the skeletal pivot points, observation and understanding of forms, muscles and its application to a unique gestural composition.

Advanced Figure Drawing 1

Course ID: FA301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Continued perceptual study of the human form. This course investigates gesture, movement, spatial relationships, foreshortening, anatomical studies, light and shade, composition, color harmony, and the figure in environment. Students learn to make visual and artistic decisions in the context of historical and contemporary figure-drawing styles.

Intermediate Portraiture

Course ID: FA302
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes drawing and painting from the model with emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso. Students examine surface anatomy, light sources, color relationships, and compositional devices. Historical and contemporary approaches to portraiture are studied.

Quick Studies

Course ID: FA303
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a studio painting course which provides students the opportunity to master the art of high-energy quick painting. Class projects stress color, composition, paint handling and subject matter. Students learn the importance of editing information through the use of color, edge and value control. Students are encouraged to develop their personal style and content of their work.

Advanced Figure Painting 1

Course ID: FA305
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to focus on value and color relationships and how the function of light dictates the relationships we see.

Experimental Drawing

Course ID: FA306
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focusses on interpretive drawing and experimentation with drawing media and new techniques are explored. Projects include still-life and landscape. Students work on the development of the sketch to a finished drawing while considering the formal elements of composition, spatial relationships, value, contrast, color, texture, and pattern. Media include charcoal and pastels.

Watercolor 1

Course ID: FA308
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to water-based media with an emphasis on transparent watercolor. Students learn basic techniques of surface preparation, paper stretching, transparent application, graduated washes, dry brush, and wet-into-wet techniques. Subjects include still life, landscape, and the figure.

Artistic Anatomy 2

Course ID: FA310
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA205
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course includes further exploration into the accurate observation and depiction of the figure. Working directly from the model, skeletal and muscular anatomical elements are further stressed.

Mural Painting 1

Course ID: FA320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a class in the design and execution of large-scale paintings as it applies to mural art. The class will develop team skills with a finished mural on campus as a final product. As a team we will explore concept development in relation to location, narrative as it applies to product, utilize tactile and digital skills for compositing the rough design concepts and scale up the final design for execution and completion. All issues of mural conceptualization, design development, presentation, client considerations, image responsibility, pricing, preparation, grafitti coatings protection will be covered.

Printmaking 1

Course ID: FA401
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of processes, concepts, and techniques offered in Printmaking I. Various printmaking topics and medias are covered: etching, intaglio, relief, color printing, multiple plates, and photo etching. Emphasis is on individual problem solving, developing personal imagery, a professional attitude, and technical proficiency. The course also studies historical and contemporary printmakers.

Advanced Figure Drawing 2

Course ID: FA404
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA301
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course covers advanced drawing issues from the life model emphasizing effective representation, expression, and integration of the figure in an environment. Projects address a range of approaches (including contemporary techniques and processes) and explore the relationship between style and meaning in images that depict the human figure.

Advanced Figure Painting 2

Course ID: FA405
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course provides an opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to pursue a focused, sustained approach to painting the figure from life. Individual expression is emphasized.

Watercolor 2

Course ID: FA406
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA308
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course further develops the use of water-based media. Students are encouraged to work from still-life, photographs, imagination, and to pursue individual projects. Students are also encouraged to explore the expressive and stylistic range of traditional and opaque watercolor.

Making Art in the Internet Age

Course ID: FA408
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA301, FA305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Making Art in the Internet Age - This multimedia course explores the production of traditionally executed works of art and their online dissemination. Multiple aspects of the individual artist's Internet presence are investigated and addressed, as are the potentials for utilizing manifold social media platforms for maximum effectiveness in elevating professional visibility. Various methods of constructing visually stimulating imagery are deployed, and field-tested on each studentês personal online accounts. Field-test results are analyzed extensively in classroom discussions. Student discovery and experimentation is supplemented by input from experts in utilizing online formats for circulating aesthetic imagery and furthering occupational interactions.

Materials + Techniques 2

Course ID: FA409
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA304
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course provides further study of drawing and painting techniques. An extensive exploration into more advanced materials: silver point, acrylic, oil, alkyd, watercolor, encaustic, and egg tempera is undertaken. Students focus on a particular technique.

Quick Studies 2

Course ID: FA412
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA303
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is 3 unit studio painting course where students are given the opportunity to master the art of high-energy quick painting. Class projects stress color, composition, paint handling and subject matter. Students learn the importance of editing information through the use of color, edge and value control. Students are encouraged to develop their personal style and content of their work.

Senior Portfolio 1: Fine Arts

Course ID: FA418
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA001
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The primary objective of this course is to guide students in producing and assembling a body of work that is cohesive in methodology and concept and exemplifies the students' direction or focus in fine arts. Under faculty supervision, the student first develops a proposal that defines the parameters of the project, such as the number of pieces, conceptual concerns, stylistic direction, and technical scope. Students are then guided in preparing a body of work based upon personal choice, strengths, and interests. Individual and group critiques are scheduled with faculty and guest artists throughout the semester. Most Fine Arts seniors have an opportunity to work independently in the Fine Arts Senior Studio.

Senior Portfolio 2: Fine Arts

Course ID: FA419
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA418
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course, a faculty member guides the student in continuing the development of a body of work that is focused, self-directed, and based upon personal choice. Prior to graduation each senior is required to make a formal presentation of his/her body of work to faculty and students, prepare a photo CD or web site, submit work to two juried exhibitions, write a resume and other material, and research graduate schools or a professional alternative. An artist statement accompanies the senior project. The culmination of this course results in the annual Senior Exhibition. This course must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.

Mural Painting 2

Course ID: FA420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA320
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This is a class in the design and execution of large-scale paintings as it applies to mural art. The class will develop team skills with a finished mural on campus as a final product. As a team we will explore concept development in relation to location, narrative as it applies to product, utilize tactile and digital skills for compositing the rough design concepts and scale up the final design for execution and completion. All issues of mural conceptualization, design development, presentation, client considerations, image responsibility, pricing, preparation, grafitti coatings protection will be covered.

Advanced Portraiture

Course ID: FA451
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
Drawing and painting from the model with emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso. Students examine surface anatomy, light sources, color relationships, and compositional devices. Historical and contemporary approaches to portraiture are studied.

Special Topics: Figure Painting

Course ID: FA452
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA405
Requirement: E
Course Description:
An opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to pursue a focused, sustained approach to painting the figure from life. Individual expression is emphasized. course prerequisite: Advanced Figure Painting 2

Special Topics: Figure Sculpture

Course ID: FA453
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA407
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a faculty-supervised, self-directed examination into individual imagery and professional attitudes with students working from the model to create a life-size sculpture. Students are encouraged to employ advanced skills and techniques, with an emphasis on representation, invention, experimentation, and sculptural logic derived from comprehension of the figure as an art form.

Printmaking 2

Course ID: FA454
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA401
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of processes, concepts, and techniques offered in Printmaking I. Various printmaking topics and medias are covered: etching, intaglio, relief, color printing, multiple plates, and photo etching. Emphasis is on individual problem solving, developing personal imagery, a professional attitude, and technical proficiency. The course also studies historical and contemporary printmakers.

Group Figure Composition 2

Course ID: FA456
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA411
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This figure-painting course explores methods of combining two or more figures within an environment. Use of preparatory drawings, compositional and color sketches, underpainting, and glazing will be part of the painting process. Students work to create a logical, consistent, and convincing painting by developing disparate parts of the process into a consistent whole.

Figure + Landscape Painting

Course ID: FA476
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will delve into techniques and strategies for depicting figures within a landscape. Starting from quick studies, students will build up towards long-term projects where they will receive individual attention and guidance. This course will prove to be useful to art instructors who want to incorporate the depiction of space and the environment into their curriculum, and who want to develop their painting skills. The course will cover topics including figure drawing, composition, atmospheric perspective, color mixing, paint application, painting from observation and using photo references. Throughout the course we will also look at artwork by a variety of traditional and contemporary landscape painters including Frederic Church, Turner, Edgar Payne, Antonio Lopez Garcia, and Rackstraw Downes. Homework assignments will reinforce classroom lectures and demonstrations.

Fundamentals of Drawing + Perspective

Course ID: FD150
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introduction to drawing, covering the basic technical skills and materials necessary to create convincing representations of simple or complex still-life forms with an emphasis on applied perspective. Students are introduced to composition and the concepts of creating volume and space utilizing lines as measurement, construction drawing, value and linear perspective systems. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

Course ID: FD151
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to drawing the human form. Students work from the draped and undraped model. Emphasis is on accurate representation of the figure utilizing observation with the elements of gesture, measurement, construction line, volume, proportion, and surface anatomy. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Painting

Course ID: FD154
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the basic skills, tools, materials, and techniques used in painting with oils. The student paints from direct observation, primarily using the still life as subject matter. Emphasis is on solving the problems of representing form in space by applying the elements of composition, perspective, value, and color. Topics include preparing supports for painting and various painting techniques. Materials used: oil paints

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