Art Course Descriptions


ART-100 Topics in Art

5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in Art. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

 

ART-117 Appreciation of Art & Architecture

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area C1-Arts and the IGETC for Area 3A-Arts. This course has been additionally approved to be offered in a distance education online, format.

This course presents a broad introduction to the visual arts from prehistory to the present, placing the art in historical context.The role of art in the creation of world culture, as well as art processes and the visual vocabulary are examined.This class is designed for the non-art majors.

 

ART-118 Multi-Cultural Survey of American Art

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1A.

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area C1-Arts and the IGETC for Area 3A- Arts. This course has been additionally approved to be offered in a distance education online format.

.This course is a survey of American art focusing on the development and interaction of creativity in the visual arts among African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

 

ART-124 Painting: Beginning I

2-4 Units:  18-16 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course provides a study and practice of technical and compositional elements in opaque acrylic painting.Students need no previous experience in art.

 

ART-125 Painting: Beginning II

2-4 Units:  18-16 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 124

This course provides a continuing study of compositional elements and techniques in opaque acrylic paint.

 

ART-132 Digital Art: Beginning I

1-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 18-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for traditional and novice artists expanding to digital media. Students will work with Adobe Photoshop, and focus on photographic image making, scanning, image manipulation, and digital painting. Students will focus on image creation, not technology, using the computer as a tool to help shape their vision.

 

ART-133 Digital Art: Beginning II

1-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 18-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 132

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course builds upon the foundation of ART 132. Students will expand their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, and focus on photographic image making, scanning, image manipulation, and digital painting. Students will focus on image creation, not technology, using the computer as a tool to help shape their vision.

 

ART-135 Hot Metals Beginning Jewelry I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is an entry-level class in jewelry making that introduces concepts and skills in jewelry design, jewelry construction and fabrication, presentation, marketing, and sales. Students will learn and utilize various technologies involved in the jewelry making process. This class is designed for students who have little or no experience in jewelry making.

 

ART-136 Hot Metals Beginning Jewelry II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: ART 135

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course introduces and places a heavy concentration on the basics of low wax burnout and centrifugal casting techniques for jewelry making. Students will learn spruing and gating, investment processes, pattern making – wax ring carving, small scale wax sculpting, finishing techniques and patination. Students will build on the foundations of jewelry design, fabrication and construction as well as additional exploration into more complex Precious Metal Clay techniques. Students will be expected to purchase and use .095 sterling silver for all projects. See Department for details.

 

ART-140 Sculpture: Beginning I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

Students will study sculpture as a three dimensional communication and will be encouraged to research cultural sculpture relating to their own ethnic history. Students will demonstrate knowledge/skills in subtractive and additive l sculpture, mold making, clay modeling, and bronze casting.

 

ART-141 Sculpture: Beginning II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: ART 140

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have already established basic skills in sculpture.Students will study sculpture as a three dimensional communication, and will be encouraged to research cultural sculpture relating to their own ethnic history.Students will study sculpting the figure, and will also demonstrate knowledge of sectional mold construction.

 

ART-143 Decorative Techniques in Ceramics: Beginning I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This is a course for students who have some knowledge of basic ceramic forming techniques and who want to focus on surface decorating.Students will learn about many materials and techniques that can be used to enhance the surface of a ceramic object, and will begin to critically assess their own work.

 

ART-144 Decorative Techniques in Ceramics: Beginning II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 143

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This is a course for students who know basic ceramics forming and decorating techniques and who want to improve on surface decorating.Students will learn how to mix materials that can be used to enhance the surface of a ceramic object.They will critically assess their own work and that of their classmates.

 

ART-145 Ceramics: Beginning I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have no prior experience in ceramics.Students will learn about clay and other ceramic materials, and will learn basic hand forming techniques, wheel throwing techniques, decorating techniques and basic ceramic firing procedures as applied to creating functional stoneware objects.

 

ART-146 Ceramics: Beginning II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 145

Courses must be taken in numerical order and may not be repeated. Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have limited experience in ceramics. Students will further their knowledge of clay and other ceramic materials, and will build on their skills in basic hand forming techniques, wheel throwing techniques, decorating techniques and basic ceramic firing procedures as applied to creating functional stoneware objects.

 

ART-158 Digital Photography: Beginning I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course provides basic instruction in the operation and use of digital still cameras.Differences between traditional and digital photographic techniques will be discussed and explored. Coursework will include thematic projects, downloading of images, storage media, archiving strategies, utilizing image enhancing software (Photoshop), and the submission of a CD based portfolio of digital images.

 

ART-159 Digital Photography: Beginning II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 158.

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is a continuation of ART 158 and provides the student with additional instruction in the operation and use of digital still cameras.Differences between traditional and digital photographic techniques will be discussed and explored.Coursework will include developing new thematic projects, downloading of images, storage media, archiving strategies, and advancing skills in using image editing software (Photoshop) and the submission of a CD based portfolio of digital images.

 

ART-161 Black and White Film Photography:Beginning I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course in black and white still photography is a practical introduction to basic black and white photographic techniques, including selection and use of a camera, general darkroom procedures, and the making and presentation of projection prints.

 

ART-162 Black and White Film Photography:  Beginning II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 161

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is a further introduction of black and white photographic techniques and their use in producing creative imagery.

 

ART-174 Drawing and Composition: Beginning I

2-3 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, and 72 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is entry-level using charcoal and other drawing media on an 18 inches x 24 inches or larger format. Projects in: non-objective composition, perspective, and drawing from observation of still life materials, with an emphasis on composition and design. This course is for students who have little or no previous experience in the visual arts.

 

ART-175 Drawing and Composition: Beginning II

2-3 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, and 54-72 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 174

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This is a course in compositional drawing in charcoal from still-life and other subject matter. It is designed for students with an understanding of composition and design, and continues from ART 174, focusing on drawing from observation of still life materials. The course also provides an introduction to concepts of abstraction, and continued use of charcoal and other drawing media on an 18 inches x 24 inches or larger format. Projects in: still life studies, communication of line and location, construction of planes, contour/cross-contour, and light and shade.

 

ART-184    Pastels and Color Theory

3 Units: 36 hours of lecture, 72 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course is designed to introduce students to color theory and the use of chalk pastels. Students will make drawings using black and white, monochromatic, complimentary and primary color palettes. This is a preliminary step to students learning about and developing a successful personal color palette.

 

ART-190    History of Art: Western Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English 1A

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area C1-Arts, and the IGETC for Area 3A- Arts.

This course provides an overview of western art and architecture from prehistory through the medieval period.

 

ART-191    History of Art: Renaissance to Contemporary

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English 1A

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Area C1-Arts and the IGETC for Area 3A: Arts.

This course provides a survey of art and architecture from the Renaissance the Contemporary period.

 

ART-224    Painting: Intermediate I

2-4 Units:  18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 125

This course provides a study of compositional, technical and content-related elements in opaque acrylic paint.

 

ART-225    Painting: Intermediate II

2-4 Units:  18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 224

This course provides a continuing study of compositional, technical and content-related elements in opaque acrylic paint.Since this is a skill based course, basic knowledge can be acquired in one semester.In order to attain excellence, skills must be developed.

 

ART-232    Digital Art: Intermediate I

1-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 18- 144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: ART 133

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have completed ART 132 and ART 133 or the equivalent.Students will expand upon their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, MetaCreations, Painter and/or other state-of-the-art digital image-making applications.Students will further their study of photographic image making, scanning, digital painting and image manipulation using current digital art software.Students will use software and technology with less effort, increased speed and with better control.Students will continue to sharpen their focus on image creation, not on technology, using the computer as a tool to help shape their vision.

ART-233    Digital Art: Intermediate II

1-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 18- 144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ART 095-A-D or GRAPH 095A-D.

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have completed ART 132, 133, and 232 or the equivalent.Students will continue to expand upon their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, MetaCreations, Painter and/or other state-of-the-art digital image-making applications.Students will use software and technology with less effort, increased speed and with better control.Students are expected to compare and contrast work from this course to projects created in previous semesters.Students will continue to sharpen their focus on image creation, not on technology, using the computer as a tool to help shape their vision.

 

ART-235    Hot Metals Intermediate Jewelry I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: ART 136

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course places a heavy concentration on intermediate jewelry making techniques including more sophisticated measuring, fabricating, soldering and casting, stone setting, fusing, ring sizing, forging and forming. There will be ongoing exploration into more advanced Precious Metal Clay techniques. Students will be required to access and order their own materials.

 

ART-236    Hot Metals Intermediate Jewelry II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: ART 235

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This class will teach students the concepts of mol-making, stone setting and more advanced fabrication while building on previous semesters of jewelry design through additional exploration into more complex wax casting and Precious Metal Clay techniques with emphasis on development of personal aesthetic. Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

 

ART-240    Sculpture: Intermediate I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: ART 141

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have already established beginning skills in sculpture. Students will study sculpture as a three dimensional communication and will be encouraged to research cultural sculpture relating to their own ethnic history. Students will study sculpting the figure and will also demonstrate knowledge of sectional mold construction.

 

ART-241    Sculpture: Intermediate II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: ART 240

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who have already established intermediate skills in sculpture. Students will study sculpture as a three dimensional communication and will be encouraged to research cultural sculpture relating to their own ethnic history. Students will study sculpting the figure and will also demonstrate knowledge of sectional mold construction.

 

ART-245    Intermediate Ceramics: Intermediate I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 146

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This is a course for students who wish to further their experience in ceramics.Students will learn more about ceramic materials, and will refine their skills in forming, wheel throwing, decorating and firing as applied to creating functional stoneware objects.

 

ART-246    Intermediate Ceramics: Intermediate II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 245

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course is for students who wish to further their experience in ceramics.Students will learn more about ceramic materials, and will refine their skills in forming, wheel throwing, decorating and firing as applied to creating functional stoneware objects.Students will develop a more individual approach to clay.Since this is a skill based course, basic knowledge can be acquired in one semester.In order to attain excellence, skills must be developed.

 

ART-250    Advanced Studio Projects: Advanced I

1-4 Units: 0-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course provides advanced art students with the opportunity to pursue their medium (drawing and composition, figure drawing, form and color, painting, sculpture and ceramics, and photography) on a more intensive and individual basis.

 

ART-251    Advanced Studio Projects: Advanced II

1-4 Units: 0-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course provides advanced art students with the opportunity to pursue their artistic vision on a more intense and individual basis in the media of:ceramics, photography, painting, drawing and composition, painting or sculpture and ceramics.These particular disciplines require a materials fee.

 

ART-258    Digital Photography: Intermediate I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 159

This course continues the instruction in the operation and use of digital still cameras covered in ART 158 and 159.Students will use the skills gained in the previous courses to produce higher quality images.Coursework will include thematic projects, downloading of images, storage media, archiving strategies, utilizing image enhancing software (Photoshop) and the submission of a CD based portfolio of digital images.Students will also use large format archival printers to produce fine art prints.

 

ART-259    Digital Photography: Intermediate II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 258

This course continues the instruction in the operation and use of digital still cameras covered in ART 158, 159, and 258.Students will use the skills gained in the previous courses to produce higher quality images.Coursework will include thematic projects, downloading of images, storage media, archiving strategies, utilizing image enhancing software (Photoshop), and the submission of a CD based portfolio of digital images.Students will also use large format archival printers to produce fine art prints.

 

ART-261    Black and White Film Photography: Intermediate I

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 162

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course will include further refining of photographic skills.Development of personal visual statements using the tools of photography.

 

ART-262    Black and White Film Photography: Intermediate II

2-4 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-144 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 261

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This course will include further refinement of photographic skills and development of a personal portfolio.Since this is a skill based course, basic knowledge can be acquired in one semester.In order to attain excellence, skills must be developed.

 

ART-274    Drawing and Composition: Intermediate I

2-3 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-72 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 175

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This is a drawing course which continues from ART 175.The course includes continued use of charcoal and other drawing media with experimentation in scale and large format and introduction to color.Course projects will be in line drawing, value drawing, drawing from observation (still life, landscape, self-portrait, abstraction, non-objective abstraction, and drawing with color (pastel, craypas).

 

ART-275    Drawing and Composition: Intermediate II

2-3 Units: 18-36 hours of lecture, 54-72 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ART 274

Required materials fee of $3.00 per unit.

This is a drawing course which continues from ART 274.Continued use of charcoal and other drawing media with experimentation in large format, mixed media, collage and painterly issues in relation to drawing.Development of color skills.Projects in:Line, value, abstraction, and non-objective abstraction.Since this is a skill based course, basic knowledge can be acquired in one semester.In order to attain excellence, skills must be developed.

 

ART-298    Independent Study

.2-4 Units:  3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and Vice President. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in Art under the direction of an instructor.

 

ART-810N Drawing for the Older Adult Student

Working from live models, still life and outdoor settings, the student will study techniques in perspective, light, shading and color.Special attention will be paid to design and composition in which objects and the human form exist, not by themselves, but in a real or imagined environment. Students will work with various materials including pencils, charcoal and oil pastels. May be repeated indefinitely.

 

ART-811N Beginning and Intermediate Painting for Older Adults

Working from live models, still life and outdoor settings, the students will study various ways of applying paint to canvas, techniques in mixing colors and the interaction of values and shapes in a composition.Study of paintings by past and contemporary artists will illustrate how they obtained desired results. May be repeated indefinitely.

 

ART-812N Exploration in 2-D Art for Seniors

This course offers individual instruction in a variety of 2-D art media, including drawing, watercolor and collage.A collage will be the starting point.Students will be encouraged to bring in souvenirs to include in the collage. May be repeated indefinitely.