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.
Intermediate Ceramics follows up on the technical and research skills learned in ART 1661 and ART 1662. Because of the high level of technical learning in this course, the content changes each semester. Recent topics include the figure, tile and surface, clay as intermediary material, functional design, slip-casting and mold-making, large-scale ceramics, and experimental raw material studies.
ART 2661 provides ceramics students with a broad range of skills, an increased opportunity to acquire personal methods and motivations for working, greater knowledge of raw materials and kiln firing, and greater research skills leading to concept development. This course prepares students for ART 4661.
ART 2220 Moving Image offers an introduction to digital video production and editing systems. Concepts covered in the course include basic compositing and motion graphics.
Digital Art I introduces students to basic design principles and terminology within the digital environment. This course covers the technologies and production processes used to successfully create and complete digital art and design projects, from brainstorming of concepts, to scanning, importing, creating, printing, executing and presenting works.