Course Listings

Western Art History 1

Course ID: AH210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA110
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from pre-history until the Renaissance period in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 2

Course ID: AH220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from the Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Modern + Contemporary Art History

Course ID: AH320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH220
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course addresses developments in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Although the course focuses on the western scene, issues of contemporary global art are also discussed. Museum and gallery visits are required.

History of Representational Painting

Course ID: AH337
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA108
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course seeks to trace the sources of the Western representational tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. A key concern of the class will be to define the very nature of realism as an artistic perception. The demise of the so-called avant-garde has opened up an enormous diversity of artistic approaches, many of which are figurative. The course will examine some of these recent developments. This course is required for Fine Arts majors.

Aesthetics

Course ID: AH420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210, AH220, AH320
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes consideration of such questions as: What is Art? What is Beauty? What is the role and responsibility of artists in society? Are there genuine standards by which we can judge art? Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogues concerning these questions.

Fine Art Advancement Review

Course ID: FA001
Course Credits: 0
Requirement: R
Course Description:
At the completion of the fourth semester or when a transfer student has completed the first two years of studio classes, students are prompted to submit to the Advancement Review, which is a held twice a year at the end of each semester. A panel of chosen faculty review submissions and the student is given the results showing scores of: Excellent, Above Average, Average, or Below Average in: Drawing, Figure Drawing, Anatomy, Beginning Painting, Perspective and Color Theory. If a student falls below average, they are asked to remediate and re-submit the category for approval. Failure to pass the AR will result in the student being withheld from entering senior status.

Intermediate Figure Drawing

Course ID: FA201
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers figure drawing from the draped and undraped model, emphasizing accurate representation of surface anatomy, proportion, gesture, weight, balance and structure in a variety of drawing media. It also includes drawing from the head with an introduction to the general rules of proportion as they relate to portraiture and to the investigation of individual features: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and skeletal structure as they relate to the entire human head.

Introduction to Figure Painting

Course ID: FA202
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to painting the draped and undraped life model with emphasis on direct observation and accurate representation. Students learn to convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources, color palettes and compositional devices using various painting techniques. The course also includes an introduction to portrait painting with an emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso.

Painting 2

Course ID: FA203
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This painting course emphasizes perception, composition, and accurate representation. Students paint primarily from observation, but also in combination with photographic sources. Subject matter includes still life and landscape.

Intermediate Figure Sculpture

Course ID: FA204
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is designed to further the study of the human form through 3D media. Students will learn to render form using effective visual observation and analytical understanding of construction, gesture, movement and anatomy, while working from life models and referencing anatomical aides. The use of volumetric proportional systems and working from profiles is stressed, as is the construction and understanding of form. Technical procedures of clay modeling, use of tools, use of and construction of armatures will be addressed. Students will become familiar with some important figurative sculptors and consider the issues facing the creation of figurative sculpture in a contemporary art context. Figure drawing will be a key element in this course. Course work includes: 1/3-life figures, 1/4- Life figures both quick study and long pose, Life size or 1/2-Life portraiture, analytical and observational figure drawing. *Students will be expected to record (photograph or video) their works as part of their grade in this course.

Artistic Anatomy 1

Course ID: FA205
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course improves the artist's understanding of the body's underlying structure while emphasizing accurate observation and depiction of the figure. Anatomical elements such as the skeleton, muscular origins, insertions and surface landmarks are stressed. Students learn anatomy by drawing individual parts of the figure that begins with the skeleton followed by studying the major muscles of the human figure.

Color + Figuration: Intermediate Figure Painting

Course ID: FA206
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of painting the life model, emphasizing observation and accurate representation. Students convincingly depict the life model through the study of light sources, color palettes, and compositional devices using various painting techniques. Projects include a draped figure and extended poses with the figure in an environment.

Advanced Figure Drawing 1

Course ID: FA301
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
Continued perceptual study of the human form. This course investigates gesture, movement, spatial relationships, foreshortening, anatomical studies, light and shade, composition, color harmony, and the figure in environment. Students learn to make visual and artistic decisions in the context of historical and contemporary figure-drawing styles.

Intermediate Portraiture

Course ID: FA302
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA201, FA202
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes drawing and painting from the model with emphasis on accurate representation of the head and upper torso. Students examine surface anatomy, light sources, color relationships, and compositional devices. Historical and contemporary approaches to portraiture are studied.

Quick Studies

Course ID: FA303
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is a studio painting course which provides students the opportunity to master the art of high-energy quick painting. Class projects stress color, composition, paint handling and subject matter. Students learn the importance of editing information through the use of color, edge and value control. Students are encouraged to develop their personal style and content of their work.

Materials + Techniques 1

Course ID: FA304
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course studies traditional and contemporary drawing and painting materials and techniques. Students experience a variety of media including silver point, oil, and egg tempera. Topics include oil paint, mediums, solvents, canvas and panel preparation, paint making, and permanence.

Advanced Figure Painting 1

Course ID: FA305
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to focus on value and color relationships and how the function of light dictates the relationships we see.

Experimental Drawing

Course ID: FA306
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focusses on interpretive drawing and experimentation with drawing media and new techniques are explored. Projects include still-life and landscape. Students work on the development of the sketch to a finished drawing while considering the formal elements of composition, spatial relationships, value, contrast, color, texture, and pattern. Media include charcoal and pastels.

The Figure in Environments

Course ID: FA307
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA204, FA206
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focusses on the use of linear and observational perspective and representational drawing and painting techniques to place one or more figures correctly and convincingly within an environment. Students will be introduced to a working methodology for composing figures in an environment that includes development of compositions constructed while using multiple sources including photography, life drawing, life painting, and gathered source material. Preparatory drawings, introduction to basic and intermediate perspective techniques, perspective as a means to correct distortion in source photos, and methods for transferring and scaling preparatory drawings will be explored in depth.

Watercolor 1

Course ID: FA308
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to water-based media with an emphasis on transparent watercolor. Students learn basic techniques of surface preparation, paper stretching, transparent application, graduated washes, dry brush, and wet-into-wet techniques. Subjects include still life, landscape, and the figure.

Landscape Painting 1

Course ID: FA403
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA203
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this landscape painting course, students will work up a series of on-site studies, short-term paintings, and photographic reference with the goal of producing finished landscapes. Two other products of this class will be one-night landscape painting and a master copy painting from work chosen at the Laguna Museum of Art (if approved). Minimal writing assignments will ask students to articulate their line of inquiry within the landscape genre. There may be some variation in course requirements with regard to Graduate or Undergraduate status on a case-by-case basis.

Group Figure Composition 1

Course ID: FA411
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA307
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This figure-painting course explores methods of combining two or more figures within an environment. Use of preparatory drawings, compositional and color sketches, underpainting, and glazing will be part of the painting process. Students work to create a logical, consistent, and convincing painting by developing disparate parts of the process into a consistent whole.

Senior Portfolio 1: Fine Arts

Course ID: FA418
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA001
Requirement: R
Course Description:
The primary objective of this course is to guide students in producing and assembling a body of work that is cohesive in methodology and concept and exemplifies the students' direction or focus in fine arts. Under faculty supervision, the student first develops a proposal that defines the parameters of the project, such as the number of pieces, conceptual concerns, stylistic direction, and technical scope. Students are then guided in preparing a body of work based upon personal choice, strengths, and interests. Individual and group critiques are scheduled with faculty and guest artists throughout the semester. Most Fine Arts seniors have an opportunity to work independently in the Fine Arts Senior Studio.

Senior Portfolio 2: Fine Arts

Course ID: FA419
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA418
Requirement: R
Course Description:
In this course, a faculty member guides the student in continuing the development of a body of work that is focused, self-directed, and based upon personal choice. Prior to graduation each senior is required to make a formal presentation of his/her body of work to faculty and students, prepare a photo CD or web site, submit work to two juried exhibitions, write a resume and other material, and research graduate schools or a professional alternative. An artist statement accompanies the senior project. The culmination of this course results in the annual Senior Exhibition. This course must be taken the last semester prior to graduation.

Fundamentals of Drawing + Perspective

Course ID: FD150
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introduction to drawing, covering the basic technical skills and materials necessary to create convincing representations of simple or complex still-life forms with an emphasis on applied perspective. Students are introduced to composition and the concepts of creating volume and space utilizing lines as measurement, construction drawing, value and linear perspective systems. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

Course ID: FD151
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to drawing the human form. Students work from the draped and undraped model. Emphasis is on accurate representation of the figure utilizing observation with the elements of gesture, measurement, construction line, volume, proportion, and surface anatomy. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fund of Figure + Portrait Sculpture

Course ID: FD153
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce the student to three-dimensional thinking and composition as it applies to the human form. Students will learn to render form using effective visual observation and measuring techniques, while working from live models. The use of linear and volumetric proportional systems is stressed, as is the construction and understanding of form. Technical procedures of clay modeling, basic use of tools, and proper use of the armature (its orientation in relation to the model) will be addressed. Materials used: plasticine clay.

Fundamentals of Painting

Course ID: FD154
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150, FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the basic skills, tools, materials, and techniques used in painting with oils. The student paints from direct observation, primarily using the still life as subject matter. Emphasis is on solving the problems of representing form in space by applying the elements of composition, perspective, value, and color. Topics include preparing supports for painting and various painting techniques. Materials used: oil paints

Digital Photo for Fine Artists

Course ID: FD159
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course will introduce the technical skills necessary for creating and processing dig-ital imagery for use as reference for paintings and drawings. Topics covered will include practical information on using digital cameras, processing imagery in Photoshop, the use of studio lighting and techniques for documenting artwork. Basic tools in Photoshop for use in creating compositions from multiple photographic sources will also be cov-ered. Purchase of a digital SLR camera (can be checked out from IT) and basic Pho-toshop software will be required.