Course Listings

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.

Fantasy Sculpture

Course ID: FA208
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this course students learn techniques and processes of creating maquettes and fantasy sculpture in polymer clay. Working from their own multi-view drawings and reference materials, students design and build armatures, learn to mix polymer clay, and go through steps required to create interesting and detailed sculptures. With demonstrations and personalized critiques, students explore dynamic sculpture design concepts, small-scale tool making and texture/detail application.

Animal Sculpture

Course ID: FA209
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD153
Requirement: E
Course Description:
In this course students will make two sculptures of two different animals, working both from photographs in the studio and from life in a zoo, studio and/or farm. Students will learn about proportion, animal anatomy and how it functions. Emphasis is on the skeletal pivot points, observation and understanding of forms, muscles and its application to a unique gestural composition.

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.

Advanced Figure Sculpture 1

Course ID: FA309
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA204
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course includes continues sculpting from the model with emphasis on accurate depiction of the figure, compositional elements, and the analysis of aesthetic relationships. Students explore figurative sculptural ideas and learn the history of the figure as an art form. Experimentation and personal expression are encouraged.

Artistic Anatomy 2

Course ID: FA310
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA205
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course includes further exploration into the accurate observation and depiction of the figure. Working directly from the model, skeletal and muscular anatomical elements are further stressed.

Mold Making + Casting 1

Course ID: FA311
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
An exploration of traditional and modern mold making and casting techniques and materials. This course will cover box molds and multipart bush-up mold making styles and casting in urethane resin, gypsum plaster, and wax to be used in bronze casting, as well as of chasing and finishing techniques for these materials and procedures. Focusing on techniques and craftsmanship of taking students work from clay to finished product.

Mural Painting 1

Course ID: FA320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD154
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is a class in the design and execution of large-scale paintings as it applies to mural art. The class will develop team skills with a finished mural on campus as a final product. As a team we will explore concept development in relation to location, narrative as it applies to product, utilize tactile and digital skills for compositing the rough design concepts and scale up the final design for execution and completion. All issues of mural conceptualization, design development, presentation, client considerations, image responsibility, pricing, preparation, grafitti coatings protection will be covered.

Printmaking 1

Course ID: FA401
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD150
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of processes, concepts, and techniques offered in Printmaking I. Various printmaking topics and medias are covered: etching, intaglio, relief, color printing, multiple plates, and photo etching. Emphasis is on individual problem solving, developing personal imagery, a professional attitude, and technical proficiency. The course also studies historical and contemporary printmakers.

Professional Studies

Course ID: FA402
Course Credits: 1
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course combines classroom and field activities and covers topics such as: portfolio development, photographing and presenting your art work, how to promote yourself, getting promotional materials printed, setting up a studio, legal guidelines, working with galleries and museums, admission into graduate school, professional organizations, and small business practices. Resources include guest artists, speakers of interest, and field trips. This course should be taken in concurrence with Senior Portfolio 1: Drawing & Painting.

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.

Advanced Figure Drawing 2

Course ID: FA404
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA301
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course covers advanced drawing issues from the life model emphasizing effective representation, expression, and integration of the figure in an environment. Projects address a range of approaches (including contemporary techniques and processes) and explore the relationship between style and meaning in images that depict the human figure.

Advanced Figure Painting 2

Course ID: FA405
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA305
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course provides an opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to pursue a focused, sustained approach to painting the figure from life. Individual expression is emphasized.

Watercolor 2

Course ID: FA406
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA308
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course further develops the use of water-based media. Students are encouraged to work from still-life, photographs, imagination, and to pursue individual projects. Students are also encouraged to explore the expressive and stylistic range of traditional and opaque watercolor.

Advanced Figure Sculpture 2

Course ID: FA407
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA309
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a faculty-supervised, self-directed examination into individual imagery and professional attitudes with students working from the model to create a life-size sculpture. This course encourages students to employ advanced skills and techniques, with an emphasis on representation, invention, experimentation, and sculptural logic derived from comprehension of the figure as an art form.

Materials + Techniques 2

Course ID: FA409
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA304
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course provides further study of drawing and painting techniques. An extensive exploration into more advanced materials: silver point, acrylic, oil, alkyd, watercolor, encaustic, and egg tempera is undertaken. Students focus on a particular technique.

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.

Quick Studies 2

Course ID: FA412
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA303
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is 3 unit studio painting course where students are given 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.

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.

Mural Painting 2

Course ID: FA420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA320
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This is a class in the design and execution of large-scale paintings as it applies to mural art. The class will develop team skills with a finished mural on campus as a final product. As a team we will explore concept development in relation to location, narrative as it applies to product, utilize tactile and digital skills for compositing the rough design concepts and scale up the final design for execution and completion. All issues of mural conceptualization, design development, presentation, client considerations, image responsibility, pricing, preparation, grafitti coatings protection will be covered.

Advanced Portraiture

Course ID: FA451
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: E
Course Description:
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.

Special Topics: Figure Painting

Course ID: FA452
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA405
Requirement: E
Course Description:
An opportunity for students to work intensively from the life model. This course enables the advanced student to pursue a focused, sustained approach to painting the figure from life. Individual expression is emphasized. course prerequisite: Advanced Figure Painting 2

Special Topics: Figure Sculpture

Course ID: FA453
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA407
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a faculty-supervised, self-directed examination into individual imagery and professional attitudes with students working from the model to create a life-size sculpture. Students are encouraged to employ advanced skills and techniques, with an emphasis on representation, invention, experimentation, and sculptural logic derived from comprehension of the figure as an art form.

Printmaking 2

Course ID: FA454
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA401
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of processes, concepts, and techniques offered in Printmaking I. Various printmaking topics and medias are covered: etching, intaglio, relief, color printing, multiple plates, and photo etching. Emphasis is on individual problem solving, developing personal imagery, a professional attitude, and technical proficiency. The course also studies historical and contemporary printmakers.

Group Figure Composition 2

Course ID: FA456
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FA411
Requirement: E
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.

Figure + Landscape Painting

Course ID: FA476
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: E
Course Description:
This course will delve into techniques and strategies for depicting figures within a landscape. Starting from quick studies, students will build up towards long-term projects where they will receive individual attention and guidance. This course will prove to be useful to art instructors who want to incorporate the depiction of space and the environment into their curriculum, and who want to develop their painting skills. The course will cover topics including figure drawing, composition, atmospheric perspective, color mixing, paint application, painting from observation and using photo references. Throughout the course we will also look at artwork by a variety of traditional and contemporary landscape painters including Frederic Church, Turner, Edgar Payne, Antonio Lopez Garcia, and Rackstraw Downes. Homework assignments will reinforce classroom lectures and demonstrations.

Design Drawing

Course ID: FD145
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This foundation level drawing course is for graphic design students to gain competency in traditional basic of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. Drawing from observation to depict form with accurate proportion and perspective is practiced, as well as creating diagrams to visually communicate in ways that are not directly observable.

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.