In Two-Dimensional Design, foundations students use both traditional and digital media to engage in studio projects concerning visual literacy. Students learn fundamentals of the structure of two-dimensional works of art and practice principles of organization and elements of art—including pattern, rhythm, shape, scale, texture, and color—while learning to pose questions, solve problems, and examine the role of the visual arts in society.
The Three-Dimensional Design studio introduces students to the fundamentals of object making in form and space. Students learn to use a variety of materials—such as paper, wood, plaster, and found objects—to engage in projects that explore the relationships between line, spatial organization, surface, mass, volume, and plane.
In the foundation drawing studio, students learn the principles of observational and conceptual visualization. Projects offer practice in still-life, landscape, and human figure drawing while placing emphasis on graphic exploration and analysis using line, shape, light, texture, and delineating spatial structure through various manners of representation.
In this course, students explore the basic physical properties of clay by practicing a variety of hand-forming techniques used to create sculptural and functional objects. Emphasis is placed on the development of technical skill and strong craftsmanship. In addition, students address concept generation and aesthetic integrity within the work. Information regarding low-fire ceramic safety, glazing, kiln firing, and various fabrication and surface techniques are addressed.
The potter’s wheel is a tremendous tool used to create functional and non-functional forms in clay. In this course, students consider the most fundamental aspects of wheel-throwing: clay is a soft pliable material; the wheel is a tool that spins; and friction is a constant mediator between the two. PowerPoint lectures, technical demonstrations, and student presentations on contemporary artists assist in defining the course objectives. Additionally, students learn the basics of glazing and firing their work in electric and gas reduction kilns.
In Basic Design, students investigate form and the delineation of space within a two-dimensional field, with an emphasis on hand skills and traditional design media. Students develop an understanding of basic design elements and principles and how these are used to formulate clear compositions.
Introduction to Painting presents basic studio practice and theory in painting. Students become familiar with traditional and modern materials and terminology by practicing value and color exercises involving simple forms and space.
Basic Photography introduces students to photography as an art form with emphasis on the technical and conceptual concerns of the medium. Students will learn how to use a 35mm film camera, how to develop film, how to make photographic prints from negatives, and how to develop a final portfolio. Readings, class discussions, and group critiques expose students to different artistic, historical, and conceptual positions on the medium and help students begin to understand and discuss their work and the work of other artists.
In this course students are introduced to intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and relief processes as a survey of basic printmaking methods. Students work with materials such as copper, wood, and stone and address fundamental issues associated with making prints, including themes of originality, authorship, the matrix, and the multiple.
This course introduces students to a variety of materials and techniques used in contemporary sculpture. Students explore contemporary and historical concepts and terminology for working in three-dimensional space.