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Studio Art

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

109 Fundamentals of Art and Design I 
(3 s.h.) Required for studio art majors. A practical exploration of the basic elements and principles of art and design. ART 109 and ART 110 establish a foundation for effective communication through the language of visual form. Problems are addressed primarily through black and white media. If possible, ART 109 should be taken before ART 110, but the two courses do not have to be taken sequentially. Materials fee.

110 Fundamentals of Art and Design II
(3 s.h.) Required for studio art majors. Color theory, color organization and an introduction to selected three dimensional design elements, aspects of sequential art and various processes of conceptualization. If possible, ART 109 should be taken before ART 110, but the two courses do not have to be taken sequentially. Materials fee.

111 Drawing I 
(3 s.h.) Required for studio art majors. For students who have had little or no experience in art as well as those whose abilities have already been developed in high school programs. A basic-level course emphasizing perceptual skills of drawing, expressiveness and composition. Various media are explored. Materials fee.

112 Painting I 
(3 s.h.) Drawing experience helpful but not required. An introduction to the basics of painting, emphasizing composition, value, and color. Materials fee.

113 Introduction to Watercolor 
(3 s.h.) An exploration of traditional and experimental techniques in watercolor. Students will work from still life, the model, and the landscape. Materials fee.

114 Ceramics I
(3 s.h.) Basic instruction in clay through various hand building and wheel-throwing techniques and glazing options. Historical and contemporary perspectives on clay will be explored through different projects. Also included will be concepts of 3 D design as they pertain to the projects. Materials fee.

115 Photography I
(3 s.h.) An introduction to technical and aesthetic issues of black and white photography (silver-gelatine printing), with an emphasis on using the medium for personal and creative expression. Includes a series of assignments designed to increase understanding of basic camera operation, darkroom techniques, and artistic problem solving. Requires 35mm camera with manually adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Materials fee.

116 Pinhole Photography
(3 s.h.) The objective of this course is to build a foundation of knowledge about black and white pinhole photography as a creative artistic medium. Materials fee.

119 Introduction to Video Production
(3 s.h.) For course description, see FILM 119 in the Film listing.

120 Printmaking I 
(3 s.h.) Designed as an introduction to materials and techniques. Emphasis is given to monotype, lithography, and intaglio. Digital photography techniques are also taught. Students gain a working knowledge of printmaking processes. Materials fee.

125 Introduction to Art Education 
(3 s.h.) The prospective teacher is introduced to theoretical concepts concerning the major developmental stages of children’s art. Practical art projects are included. This course is required for prospective teachers seeking the K–12 art education endorsement. Materials fee.

140 Materials as Metaphors 
(3 s.h.) Students explore various ways that existing materials and objects — both artificial and natural — can be used to create narratives and/or metaphors. Whether the student is primarily interested in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, or working three-dimensionally, the course will serve to expand her visual and conceptual vocabulary. Materials fee.

211 Drawing II 
(3 s.h.) This course expands the student’s concept and practice of drawing. Representational and abstract subjects are explored, emphasizing perception, composition, and process. Figure drawing is covered as well as drawing with color and mixed media. Conceptual and critical skills are developed. *Prerequisite: ART 111 or permission of the instructor. Materials fee.

212 Painting II 
(3 s.h.) Providing experience in painting from the still life and model, and exploring issues relating to abstraction, this course encourages further development of technical and critical skills. It also introduces the student to different painting languages. *Prerequisite: ART 112 or permission of instructor. Materials fee.

214 Ceramics II 
(3 s.h.) Focus will be on continued growth on the potter’s wheel. Also
included are projects in glaze-mixing and different firing techniques. Sculptural interpretation of projects is encouraged. In-depth look at certain periods of ceramic development. *Prerequisites: ART 110 and ART 114. Materials fee.

215 Photography II 
(3 s.h.) The objective of this course is to build upon the student’s knowledge of black and white photography as a creative artistic medium. The course places equal emphasis on deepening understanding of photography as a medium with unique aesthetic and physical qualities as well as building technical proficiency. The course will consist of PowerPoint lectures, student presentations, class discussions and critiques, along with technical instruction. *Prerequisite: ART 115. Materials fee.

217 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I 
(3 s.h.) This course is an introduction to design, its language, and its players. Informal, rapid-fire projects require students to experiment with various tools while applying elements of design to 2-D and 3-D artifacts. There is an emphasis on visual literacy, process, and typography. *Prerequisite: ART 109. Materials fee and external hard drive (250 GB min).

218 Fundamentals of Graphic Design II 
(3 s.h.) A continuation of ART 217, this course focuses on combining imagery with typography to create rich graphic artifacts. Students concentrate on manipulating the interpretation of their work. There is an emphasis on the history of design and contemporary professional ethics. *Prerequisites: ART 110 and ART 217. Materials fee and external hard drive (250 GB min).

220 Printmaking II 
(3 s.h.) An introduction to the process and techniques of screen printing (silkscreen). *Prerequisite: ART 120 or permission of instructor. Materials fee.

277 Topics in Art 
(1-3 s.h.) Topics courses focus on specialized methods or topics in art, such as theory, art criticism, media, intensive analysis of a specialized period of art history, or areas of interest beyond the usual scope of departmental course offerings. Enrollment is limited. Interests of the students and faculty determine the topic. Emphasis is placed on class discussion and on presentations, both oral and written, or on a portfolio of studio work.

305 Postmodernism and Contemporary Art 
(3 s.h.) This course provides students with a general understanding of postmodernism and the visual art of their own era. Explores artists, ideas, and movements from the 1970s to the present, enables appreciation of the pluralistic, interdisciplinary, and complex nature of the contemporary art world. Assigned readings, discussion, student reports, slide lectures, films, field trips to museums and galleries. Designed for art majors and for others with an interest in contemporary culture. Note: For Studio Art majors, this course does not fulfill the requirements in Art History, but it can be selected to fulfill the total semester hours required in the major. *Prerequisite: ARTH 103 or permission of instructor.

310 Issues in Contemporary Art Criticism
(3 s.h.) This course examines significant ideas and issues in contemporary visual art theory and art criticism since the 1950s: formalism; modernism vs. postmodernism; pluralism; feminism and multiculturalism in the visual arts; deconstruction; and the end of the avant-garde. Selected essays by critics and theorists will be studied and discussed. Note: For Studio Art majors, this course does not fulfill the requirements in Art History, but it can be selected to fulfill the total semester hours required in the major. *Prerequisite: ARTH 103 or permission of instructor.

311 Drawing III
(3 s.h.) Attention is given to contemporary concepts and to helping the student develop an individual direction in drawing. Further development of technical, conceptual, and critical skills is encouraged. *Prerequisite: ART 211. Materials fee.

312 Painting III 
(3 s.h.) The purpose of this course is to help the student begin to find her own artistic voice as a painter, as well as to continue developing technical, conceptual, and critical skills. *Prerequisite: ART 212. Materials fee.

314 Ceramics III 
(3 s.h.) Students will explore a variety of advanced throwing and hand-building techniques, glaze formulation, and firing methods. Students will be encouraged to begin to develop a personal style, including sculptural expression. Students will participate in the operation of the ceramic studio in preparation for having their own studios. *Prerequisites: ART 111, ART 112, and ART 214. Materials fee.

315 Photography III 
(3 s.h.) This course provides a structured framework in which the student can pursue digital photography. The course consists of Photoshop workshops, traditional and alternative printing techniques, class discussions, and critique. *Prerequisite: ART 215 or permission of instructor. Materials fee.

317 Advanced Studies in Graphic Design I 
(3 s.h.) This course hones the students’ abilities to achieve creative and aesthetic solutions to actual design problems while learning critical professional skills. Design for publication is taught through case study projects. There is an emphasis on pitching ideas, presentation skills, and collaborative processes. *Prerequisites: ART 111 and ART 218. Materials fee and external hard drive (250 GB min).

318 Advanced Studies in Graphic Design II 
(3 s.h.) In this course, students refine their unique design point-of view while preparing a portfolio and promotional kit for use upon graduation. Topical lectures expose students to important components of professional design. The semester concludes with a formal portfolio review featuring guest critics. *Prerequisite: ART 317. Materials fee and external hard drive (250 GB min).

320 Printmaking III 
(3 s.h.) Designed to guide students toward a more independent course work structure. Exploration of expressive potential is emphasized. Students choose the printmaking processes they would like to pursue and create a cohesive suite of prints. Further development of technical and critical skills is encouraged. *Prerequisite: ART 220. Materials fee.

387 Internship(s) 
(3 s.h.) Students are offered a variety of possibilities for hands-on experience in the fields of graphic design or arts management.
Internships may occur either in or outside of Staunton. Experience will vary depending on the type of firm and the kinds of projects currently being produced in that firm. Arranged on an individual basis.

401 Senior Project in Painting 
(3 s.h.) The senior project in studio art is regarded as the culmination of the major. Affording the opportunity for independent scholarship and creative work, the project is an important and exciting step that will help prepare the student for professional activity and/or graduate work. The student is expected to produce and present for exhibition a cohesive body of work that represents serious investigation of a theme or specific idea. May be repeated for credit. Materials fee.

403 Senior Project in Graphic Design 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ART 401. Materials fee.

404 Senior Project in Ceramics 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ART 401. Materials fee.

405 Senior Project in Drawing 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ART 401. Materials fee.

406 Senior Project in Printmaking 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ART 401. Materials fee.

407 Senior Project in Extended Media 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ART 401. Materials fee.

408 Senior Project in Photography 
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ART 401. Materials fee.

Note: Directed Inquiries, teaching assistantships, and internships in studio art and studio art-related areas can be arranged individually.