ART- Art


Course Descriptions

ART 1000 Introduction to Studio Art (3)

For those students who have not had formal experience in visual arts studio practice and would like to do some work in the visual arts; for those whose major interests are in other departments or programs but who wish to add another dimension to their experience and understanding of the visual arts.

ART 1010 Creative Strategies (3)

This art course examines the creative strategies of contemporary visual artists through selected reading, seminar-style discussions, and studio assignments in a variety of media and approaches. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking as students analyze, compare, and contrast problem-solving techniques employed by artists and adopt these strategies to self-defined tasks of creative activity.

ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3)

Gears compositional exercises and structural processes to form-making. Personal development emerges through subject sources, the figure, and out-of-studio projects. Various materials and routines are employed.

ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3)

Presents drawing problems that allow the student to explore line, form, and subject matter concepts in producing visual imagery. Stresses production of unusual compositions, involving the use of line, mass, and volume, and the application of a broad selection of drawing media. Prerequisites: ART 1110. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 1130 Figure Drawing for Theatre Majors (2)

Focuses on the composition of the human form. Uses human anatomy as a basis for studying a particular model. Studies composition, overlap and volume, ground-image relationships, form and shape, action line and gesture through the use of single models and groups of figures. Outside class work involves exploration of media techniques and observation drawing exercises. By the end of the course the student is expected to create from imagination the correct human proportion. Prerequisite: ART 1110 or permission of the instructor. For theatre majors only. May be repeated for credit.

ART 1700 Fine Art Photography(3)

Fine Art Photography is an introductory art photography class dealing with conceptual, historical and practical bases of photography as used in art practice. Students will begin to understand and interpret photographic imagery, practice critical thinking and discover the possibility of camera-made and constructed images. Lectures will introduce the work of noted photographers, and the evolution of aesthetics and theory associated with the history of the medium, and will examine the impact that the photographic image exerts in contemporary art. Students will learn the technical skills that they will need to use a 35mm manual camera, process black and white negatives and make black and white prints.  Classes will consist of slide presentations on contemporary photographers, discussions, demonstrations, and hands on work time. Prerequisites: ART 1010 and DESN 1210/MEDC 1010 and MEDC 1000 or permission of instructor. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2010 Anatomy Studies (3)

Gives students a basic knowledge of human anatomy, with emphasis on skeletal structure, supplemented by muscle study. Uses contour line approach to construct anterior, lateral, and posterior views of the skeleton. Prerequisites: ART 1110. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2020 Studio Seminar (1-3)

This seminar course for art majors and non-majors examines the contemporary context in which today's student of art creates. This seminar will include readings from diverse sources that examine the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism, the effects of media on art, issues of censorship in art, the structure of creativity, as well as the art and methodology of contemporary artists. Written and oral assignments are designed to encourage critical inquiry by each student regarding his or her art practice as it relates to issues of politics, gender, technology, etc., raised by the readings. Topics will vary, so this course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2110 Figure Drawing (3)

Extends compositional initiative through the figure and a variety of source material. Prerequisites: ART 1120. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing (3)

Includes individualized instruction in a variety of situations and problems, with emphasis on individual growth and achievement. Prerequisites: ART 2110. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2212 Art, Business, and Visual Culture (3)

This course introduces the relationships between art and business and visual culture. Issues relating to the designing, making, commodification, and distribution of visual culture will be considered. Students will be familiarized with historical and contemporary models of patronage, sponsorship, and marketing of visual culture. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2410 Painting I (3)

Stresses familiarization with fundamental problems of pictorial organization: color organization, value, shape relationship, and composition. Most work is done as a series of exercises graded to develop both recognition of these formal principles and development of skill in using them. Initial work is executed in transparent watercolor technique with graduation of acrylic media. Prerequisites: ART 1120, DESN 1210, and DESN 1220. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2420 Painting II (3)

Covers color and spatial organization in acrylic and oil media. Emphasizes expressive aspects of painting. Prerequisites: ART 1120, DESN 1210, and ART 2410. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2510 Sculpture I (3)

Investigates traditional and contemporary materials, concepts, and techniques. Familiarizes students with materials in order to use them as a vocabulary for ideas. Prerequisites: DESN 1220. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2530 Ceramics I (3)

Involves students in the process of mixing, forming, embellishing, and firing clay and rock, and develops an awareness of form through this interaction. Prerequisites: ART 1120 or DESN 1220. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2540 Ceramics II (3)

Investigates glaze formulation and use and rudimentary kiln construction. Prerequisites: ART 2530. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2610 Printmaking: Introductory (3)

Includes relief, intaglio, and planographic. Stresses familiarity with printmaking tools, materials, techniques, and the work of important printmakers. Prerequisites: ART 1120, DESN 1210, and DESN 1220. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2720 Intermediate Photography (3)

Continuation of study of fundamentals of photographic processes. Emphasis is placed on the technical refinement and a broad comprehension of the inherent qualities of photographic imagery. Expands range of materials and processes. Prerequisites: ART 1700 or PHOT 1000. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 2900 Art Major Acceptance Review (0)

Becoming an art major with a studio emphasis is achieved by passing a faculty review of the student's studio coursework. A student must have completed 45 credit hours of study, including a minimum of 18 credit hours of studio coursework. Transfer students with these qualifications must participate their second semester in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History.

ART 3110 Conceptual Drawing (3)

Continuation of ART 2120. Prerequisites: ART 2120. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3120 Advanced Figure Drawing (3)

Continuation of ART 2110. Prerequisites: ART 2110. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3200 Art Therapy: Introduction (3)

An overview of the principles and practices of art therapy. A study of related theories and practices. Students will engage in class experientials. Prerequisites: 18 credit hours of studio art and 6 credit hours of psychology.

ART 3410 Painting III (3)

Involves refinement of techniques and studio work habits while furthering personal goals and concepts. Prerequisites: ART 2420. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3420 Painting IV (3)

Continues Painting III. Prerequisites: ART 3410. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3520 Sculpture IV (3)

Continues Sculpture III. Prerequisites: ART 3510. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3530 Ceramics III (3)

Continues to develop form concepts, clay, and glaze formulation. Students are responsible for their own firing. A collection of completed forms is expected at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: ART 2540. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3540 Ceramics IV (3)

Continues Ceramics III: personal growth or form concepts and technical ability. Prerequisites: ART 3530. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3550 Sculpture Workshop (3)

Includes wood carpentry, steam bending of wood, wood carving, gas and electric welding of steel, steel forging, and hand tool building. Prerequisites: two previous studio courses. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3560 Alternative Photography (3)

Alternative Photography investigates the relationship between critical concepts and alternative processes. Students will learn to create images using alternative non-silver photographic processes including cyanotypes, Van Dyke Brown printing, the salted paper process, image transfers, cliché-verre, photograms and a combination mixed media. The ability to craft images using these techniques falls in line with a contemporary trend, visible in museums and galleries across the country, to reinvestigate early photographic methods. These antique processes, often combine with modern photographic materials and digital imaging, are inspiring new ways to make images. Students will employ many techniques to create negatives for contact printing including shooting with pinhole cameras, operating a 4x5 camera, enlarging smaller format negatives onto Ortho film, and digital printing onto transparency film. This class will address contemporary issues and photographic theories as they relate to studio practices. Emphasis will be placed upon developing advanced concepts while promoting experimental strategies for creating and manipulating images. Prerequisites: ART 1700, ART 2720, PHOT 2000, or permission of instructor.


ART 3610 Printmaking: Silkscreen (3)

Explores traditional and new techniques, including photo silkscreen. Prerequisites: ART 1120, and DESN 1210. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3620 Printmaking: Etching (3)

Emphasizes the creation of intaglio prints. Encourages students to explore the processes and techniques available for their expressive potential. Includes the aesthetics of prints and the work of important printmakers. Prerequisites: ART 1120 and ART 2610. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3630 Papermaking (3)

Demonstrates mold and deckle making, sheet forming, casting, and large sheet making (5' x 10' and larger). Emphasizes the inherent qualities and expressive potential of papermaking, although traditional hand papermaking forms the basis for the course. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 3650 Printmaking Workshop (3)

Offers students with experience in printmaking an opportunity for advanced intensive studio work. Focus varies through a range of aesthetic and technical problems. Prerequisites: one semester of printmaking. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.

ART 3670 Color Photographics (3)

Color Photographics is a class designed to provide students with an introduction to the images, techniques, and history of color photography. Emphasis is placed on the growth of each students aesthetic and critical abilities as it applies to color photography, technical control during shooting and printing, and understanding past and current aesthetic concerns in the field. This class will help students develop both their color technique and sensibilities in the darkroom and in the digital lab. We will incorporate ideas of composition and review basic technical skills. Slide presentations will provide and overview of the history of color photography and explore the work of several individual photographers for whom color plays an essential part in the photographic medium. Through work/review sessions, students will be encouraged to evaluate their own ideas and judgments in pursuit of a well-communicated photographic work. Among the topics to be covered are: learning to see in color; recognizing differences between color in the world and color in a photograph; the effects of changing light on color; and color that reinforces or contradicts the subject of a photograph.

ART 3700 Professional Practice (3)

Examines issues and practices that relate to managing an art studio and a career as an artist. Content includes writing, photographing work, publicity, self-promotion, and legal issues. Prerequisite: 18 credit hours of studio art or 6 credit hours of art history. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 3810 Conceptual Art (3)

Explores some of the basic propositions of the artistic development identified variously as conceptual art, idea art, or process art. Directs aesthetic activity toward setting up situations in which assumptions that inform perception and the relationship between art and life are questioned. Prerequisites: ART 2120 and permission of the instructor. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 3820 Performance Art (3)

Examines the history of performance art as an integral element in the development of the visual arts. Students challenge the traditional role of the art object by creating multimedia performance works that include the artist's own body, the element of time, and audience participation. Particular emphasis is on contemporary performance art and its relationship to politics, media, and the performing arts. Prerequisites: junior status and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

ART 3830 Alternative Media (3)

Examines the history, concepts, and processes involved in alternative and interdisciplinary approaches to art making. Study will include lectures, reading, and student production in several alternative media. Evaluation based on level of participation, critiques, and exams based on readings. Prerequisites: junior standing. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 3850 Topics in Studio Art (3)

Intensive studies in specialized studio topics, which may include sections dealing with any of the department's studio areas. It may also include sections that extend studio options including: glass blowing, felt making, mural painting, and collaborative production. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 3900 BFA Review (0)

Becoming a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) major is achieved by presenting a selected display of work in the intended studio specialization. Students must register for this course in the Fall semester prior to their graduation. A passing grade is required for admission to the BFA program. Prerequisites: senior status and a minimum of 12 credit hours in studio emphasis.

ART 3910 Art for the Elementary Grades (3)

Emphasizes the creative as well as cognitive development of children in the primary and middle grades. Students explore a variety of art media and develop projects for the elementary classroom that are sensitive to art as a tool for learning as well as visual expression. Prerequisites: ART 2900, EDUC 3150, EDUC 3155, and acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program or permission of the director of teacher certification and field experiences.

ART 4020 Visual Arts Seminar (3)

This seminar course will investigate historical and contemporary concepts of art-making, concentrating on the individual development of the artists. It examines issues and practices that relate to managing an artist’s studio and career, including: both critical and proposal writing, documenting work, personal promotion and legal issues of the profession. This course emphasizes theoretical readings and critical inquiry regarding the individual’s art practice as it relates to issues of politics, identities, technology, commodity, etc. Required of all BFA and BA in Studio Art students, open as an elective to senior level art history and art education majors with permission of instructor. Offered Fall semesters. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, minimum 18 credit hours taken at Webster University, successful passing of Art Major Acceptance Review (ART 2900).

ART 4110 Drawing: Advanced (3-6)

Includes figure drawing composition, gesture techniques, and chiaroscuro long drawing. Additional work for 6 credit hours includes chiaroscuro figures and interior forms, landscape composition, and individualized concepts. Prerequisites: ART 2120. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4120 Drawing: Advanced (3-6)

Includes figure drawing composition, gesture techniques, contour techniques, and chiaroscuro long drawing. In addition, work for 6 credit hours includes: chiaroscuro figures and interior forms, landscape composition, and individualized concepts. Prerequisites: ART 4110. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4200 Art Therapy: History and Theory (3)

Covers historical roots and major theoretical bases of art therapy. Additional study will include the professional development of art therapy. Readings, a process journal, and a formal paper are required. Prerequisites: 18 credit hours of studio art and 6 credit hours of psychology.

ART 4410 Painting V (3)

Prerequisites: ART 3420. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4420 Painting VI (3)

Prerequisite: ART 4410. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4510 Sculpture Art: Advanced (3)

Develops sculptural interest while sharpening technical skills. This course provides a workshop environment to allow focus on personal artistic development through the medium of sculpture. Students explore new materials and methods to develop a cohesive body of work. Explores advanced skills and techniques and emphasizes professional working attitudes.

ART 4530 Ceramics V: Advanced (3)

Emphasizes personal development and ability to function independently in technical matters. Prerequisites: ART 3540. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4540 Ceramics VI: Advanced (3)

Continues Ceramics V. Prerequisites: ART 4530. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4610 Reading Course (1-4)

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4630 Printmaking: Advanced (3)

Provides a workshop situation for students interested in advancing their printmaking knowledge and skills through the study and practice of advanced techniques, the growth and refinement of their own imagery, and creative options within the printmaking studio. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours of printmaking. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4640 Printmaking: Advanced (3)

Continues ART 4630. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours of printmaking. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4710 Advanced Photography (3)

Conducted on an independent basis for advanced-level photography students, particularly those working toward the BFA with an emphasis in photography. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in photography, ART 2900, and permission of the instructor. Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair. May be repeated for credit.

ART 4800 Apprenticeships in Art (1-6)

Practical professional experiences in art under the supervision of a practicing professional or within a functioning studio, gallery, or museum. Prerequisites: advanced standing art or art history majors and permission of instructor

ART 4810 Professional Internship in Art Therapy (3)

Practical professional experiences in art therapy under the supervision of a practicing professional. Prerequisite: ART 2900 and approval of the instructor.

ART 4910 BA Senior Overview/Exhibition (0)

Participation in the organization and planning of a representative group exhibition of BA studio emphasis candidates. Required for graduation. Prerequisites: completion of departmental and University requirements.

ART 4920 Seminar in Visual Culture (Overview) (3)

The course structure, readings, and assignments are designed to stimulate an examination of concepts and theories that help one understand the production, circulation, and reception of contemporary cultural objects. They provide a common framework for class discussion and critique. Students also choose from a set of supplementary readings to engage these issues in greater depth and to follow up on their own areas of interest. Prerequisite: Students without portfolio admission to the department with permission of the chair.

ART 4930 Secondary Art Methods (3)

Prepares students to develop and present an art curriculum on the middle or secondary level through observation in various schools, workshops on curriculum planning and evaluation, and reading and discussion of current topics and trends. Prerequisites: application for teacher certification, ART 2900, EDUC 3150, EDUC 3155, ART 3910, permission of the instructor, and acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program.

ART 4950 BFA Senior Thesis (3)

All students pursuing the BFA must complete the following requirements:

  1. A written document in thesis form presented to the faculty of the Art Department that is evaluated in terms of content-supporting work accomplished in the student's major area of emphasis.
  2. The candidate arranges for a public exhibition either in the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery or some other appropriate setting. The candidate assumes personal responsibility for making all necessary arrangements for this exhibition. A public exhibition of thesis works arranged by the BFA candidates. Each assumes and shares responsibility for all necessary arrangements, including reservation of gallery space or appropriate public venue, opening reception and design and mailing of exhibition show card.

Prerequisites: ART 3900 and completion of art program requirements.

 

-Revised September 8, 2013-

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