The visual arts major is process and project oriented. Students develop their own area of emphasis, focusing on imagery and content through their chosen media. The major should be seen as the central part of the student's education, with other college requirements and electives serving to shape the young artist as a whole person.
Specific focus and courses for the major are worked out with a visual arts Mentor. Every program must consist of a minimum of ten studio courses, including AR 101A, 102A, and 320, plus three approved courses in art history at least one of which should be at the 300 level. Every student must pass the required Sophomore show review in the categories of drawing and design before undertaking the Senior thesis exhibition. The Senior thesis exhibition is required of all majors for graduation, and must demonstrate technical competence and a developed artistic vision, the ability to work in a sustained way with a visual problem or problems, and to organize gallery space coherently. A required Senior seminar in the final semester concludes the visual arts major.
Requirement for Junior Transfer Students
A student transferring from another college at the Junior level and electing to major in art must submit a portfolio of work demonstrating competency in drawing and design as a substitute for the required Sophomore show. Students unprepared to submit a portfolio or who do not demonstrate competency in both areas may not expect to graduate in two years with a major in visual arts. The normal four year program moves from structured courses, to greater freedom, to the independently executed Senior thesis show.
AR 101A Visual Problem Solving
AR 102A Drawing Fundamentals
Choice of workshop courses
Choice of workshop courses
Art History course
Art History course
Choice of workshop courses
Thesis show preparation
Senior thesis show
The Minor in Art
An art minor consists of AR 101A Visual Problem Solving, AR 102A Drawing Fundamentals, and one approved course in art history, plus three other studio courses approved by the art faculty for qualification for the minor.
AR 101A: Visual Problem Solving
Systematic approach to visual arts, developing skills in spatial organization, relating forms in sequence, discovering uniqueness, personal approach to solutions, even within narrow, arbitrarily prescribed bounds.
AR 102A: Drawing Fundamentals
For the novice or the initiated, an immersion in new ways of seeing, eye-hand coordination, self-discovery, and self- expression through varied drawing media, using as sources the figure, still-life, nature, and imagination.
AR 222A: Clay I
For beginners, the fundamentals of ceramic materials, hand forming, recycling, glazing, firing. Laboratories with supervised working time and lectures on technical knowledge and creative problem solving.
AR 228: Painting Workshop
Introduction to process of painting with emphasis on each student finding his/her own imagery, exploring technical means. Any medium or combination allowed. Prerequisites: AR 101A and AR 102A.
AR 229A: Photography as Image Gathering
Process, techniques, and aesthetics of taking and developing black and white film photographs. No prerequisites, but the student should have access to a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speeds.
AR 241: Intermediate Drawing
Explore a variety of approaches to drawing, using traditional and non-traditional media. Prerequisites: AR 101A and AR 102A.
AR 242A: Introduction to Museum Studies
This course introduces students to the basic principles of how a museum operates. Through lectures, case studies, guest speakers, and field trips, students will experience various departments within a museum.
AR 244: Digital Photography
Photography in context with digital technology; the composition and creation of artistic digital images. Digital camera required. Evaluation based on quality of work, participation, effort and improvement. Prerequisites: AR 101A, AR 102A, or AR 229A.
AR 245A: Arts Marketing
The means available to individuals or arts institutions by which a single product or an entire institution may be marketed to the public.
AR 246: The Figure
The figure remains a vital study for artists, particularly for those whose roots are in the western tradition. Create figurative works in varied 2-d and 3-d media and explore the evolution of figurative imagery in art. Prerequisites: AR 101 and AR 102.
AR 303: Asian Art and Techniques
Learn oriental art appreciation. Explore and practice the forms, styles, techniques and materials of oriental art (mostly Chinese). Prerequisite: AR 101A or AR 102A or permission of instructor by portfolio review.
AR 307: Clay and Glaze Chemistry
In this course students will learn to work with and analyze the chemical constituents of the ceramic process. We will also create many objects to test glazes in a variety of firing methods and temperatures. Prerequisite: AR 222 and permission of instructor.
AR 308: Throwing On The Potter's Wheel
Throwing instruction and practice. Skill, aesthetic considerations, techniques and critiques. Prerequisites: AR 222A and permission of instructor.
AR 309: Ceramic Sculpture
Various techniques from forming through surface finishes. Clay as a sculpture medium from prehistoric through contemporary use, with an emphasis in creative problem solving. Prerequisites: AR 101A, AR 222A, and permission of instructor.
AR 310: New Genre Art
In this studio art course, students will create study and create art works in the newest 4d media such as installation, video, sound and concept, as well as combining 2 & 3d media such as image and word. Prerequisites: AR 101A or AR 102A.
AR 311: Sculpture
Creative conceptualization and exploration of art in three and four dimensions, employing both additive and subtractive means, including but not limited to casting, carving, welding and assemblage. Prerequisites: AR 101 and AR 102.
AR 320: Studio Critique
Independent studio work with regular critiques. Reading and written assignments on art theory and criticism. Class used for review of work, oral presentation, discussion, and field trips. Open to Junior and Senior Visual Arts majors/minors or Interdisciplinary Arts majors/minors only.
AR 322: Advanced Photography Critique
Independent projects in film or digital photography, with class critiques weekly. Evaluation on final portfolio exhibiting technical excellence and creative insight. Prerequisites: AR 229A or AR 244 and permission of instructor.
AR 325: Monotype
Explore ways of achieving single-impression images through use of oil paint, watercolor and printing inks. Printing both with an intaglio press and by hand. Prerequisites: AR 101A and AR 102A.
AR 327: Painting Workshop II
Continuation of process begun in AR 228. Individual instruction with periodic group critiques. Emphasis on larger scale works and technical appropriateness. Prerequisites: AR 228.
AR 328: Painting Workshop III
Continuation of process begun in AR 327. Individual instruction with periodic group critiques. Emphasis on larger scale works and technical appropriateness. Prerequisites: AR 327.
AR 340: Museum Studies II
A continuation of Introduction to Museum Studies that will provide a deeper understanding of art museums and the theories about why art museums exist, and how they have evolved. Prerequisite: AR 242A.
AR 341A: Museum Laboratory
Students will prepare, publicize, install and host an art exhibition on campus, while researching the featured artists and their work. Students will also visit area art museums and galleries to learn from their staff. Signature required.
AR 342: Introduction to Graphic Design
Basic elements of graphic design: typography, modern print techniques, illustration, photography in advertising, publishing, mass media. Prerequisites: AR 102A and Junior or Senior standing.
AR 343: Introduction to Computer Art
The importance, versatility, persuasiveness and potential of computer art. Become familiar with computer graphics programs and develop personal electronic art languages. Prerequisites: AR 101A and AR 102A.
AR 344: Computer Art II
Intermediate level based on AR 343. Prerequisite: AR 101A, AR 102A, and AR 343.
AR 346: The Art of Web Page Design
The importance, versatility, persuasiveness and potential use of art on the internet. Become familiar with WWW design and computer graphic programs and develop personal creativity in digital art. Prerequisites: AR 101A and AR 102A.
AR 347: Experimental Photography
Creative applications in photography; intermediate or advanced level. The course will accommodate both film and digital photography. Prerequisites: AR229 or AR244.
AR 348: Experimental Film and Video
In this course students will produce their own experimental films and videos as well as study the history and theory of these relatively new art media. The class will exhibit work for the college community. Prerequisites: AR 101A or AR 102A.
AR 349: Animation on the WEB
Explores the relationship of art and technology while familiarizing the student with computer animation programs for the Internet and the aesthetics of computer art. Prerequisites: AR 101 or 102 or AR 343 Intro to Computer Art.
AR 410: Visual Arts Senior Seminar
Senior thesis closure. Critiques, slide-making, portfolio building, resume writing, interviews with artists, visits to off-campus art events, graduate school concerns, larger art issues.
AR 420: Studio Critique
Independent studio work with regular critiques. Readings and written assignments on art theory and criticism. Class used for review of work, oral presentation, discussion, and field trips. Prerequisite: Junior Visual Arts majors/minors or Interdisciplinary Arts majors.
AR 499: Senior Thesis and Seminar
For Senior art majors preparing thesis shows, self- structured time to work, regular weekly meetings, critiques, practice in hanging and criticizing shows. Personal, individual discussion time with instructor. Prerequisite: Senior major in art.