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Visual literacy is critical to understanding our increasingly complex world and its images. Courses in the Department provide a framework for the study of art through knowledge of its principles and history and through creative studio work.

The Department’s courses are not limited to those who plan advanced study in the field of art or art history, but are open to any student wishing to develop critical and creative abilities.

Course List

ART 101 - HISTORY OF ART I: EGYPTIAN TO EARLY REN

This course introduces the student to the field of art history by giving an understanding of the major developments in a variety of forms of artistic expression as these are related to the unfolding of history. The course pursues the establishment of the Western artistic canon by the Greeks and Romans, its development over the course of the Middle Ages, and concludes with the Early Renaissance. Hours credit: 3.

ART 102 - HISTORY OF ART II:HIGH REN TO MODERN

This course surveys Western art from the High Renaissance to the modern era. By setting representative examples of european artworks into their relevant historical and cultural contexts, this class both exposes students to major artistic achievements and introduces them to ways the visual arts can be read as expressions of deeply held human values and attitudes towards the worlds in which they were made. Hours credit: 3.

ART 103 - INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO ART

An introduction to the principles and visual vocabulary of studio art with emphasis on drawing and color using a variety of materials and techniques. Hours credit: 3. Not open to students who have previously completed an advanced studio art course.

ART 105 - INTRO ASIAN, AFRICAN, & ISLAMIC ART

A survey of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts) of Asia, particularly India, China, and Japan, Africa, Oceania (Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia), and the Islamic world examined within their socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts. Discussions of aesthetics, practical methods of art making, identity, religion, the art market, contact with Western cultures, and the legacy of colonialism. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

ART 106 - ANIMAL DRAWING

In this course students will draw birds and other live animals. Skeletons of birds, reptiles, and other animals will also serve as our models. Films and field trips will augment this course. Hours credit: 3. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 179 - MASTERWORKS OF GREEK & ROMAN ART

As an introduction to the artistic culture of ancient Greece and Rome, this team-taught course discusses select works of art and architecture in depth, from both art historical and archaeological perspectives. Its aim is to set works of art in their specific historical and cultural context while exploring the connection (in style, material, technique, aesthetic) between them and our world. Identical with Classics 179. Hours credit: 3.0. Alternate years.

ART 181 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

An introduction to the aesthetics and techniques of digital photography. Techniques include depth of field, lens choice, aperture settings, exposure, and use of software. Students will develop their creative vision, conceptualization skills, and technical proficiency, leading to a portfolio. Hours credit: 3.0.

ART 201 - WATERCOLOR PAINTING

An introduction to the materials and techniques of watercolor. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 103 or permission of the instructor.

ART 204S - RENAISSANCE ART STUDY TOUR

This two-week study tour will travel to sites where Renaissance art can still be seen in its original location and context. The group will also study art in the outstanding museum collections in Florence and Rome. Day trips to cities such as Siena and Ostia are also on the itinerary. All work will be submitted by the end of the fourth week of the fall semester following the tour. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 263 or 264 or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ART 210 - CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION

In this course students will develop, draw, and paint characters and creatures as illustrations for a children?s book that they will produce. Source materials will include folk tales, contemporary children?s books, and films for children. Hours credit: 3.0. Prerequisite: ART 103 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours. Alternate years.

ART 215 - AMERICAN ART & ARCHITECTURE

Solving an Identity Crisis? How did artists form a distinctly American style, or did they? Painting, sculpture, and architecture developed largely from European models from the colonial period through World War II. This course addresses issues of nationalism, race, and gender in its exploration of America?s identity crisis following its independence. Special use will be made of the works in the Maier Museum of Art. Field trips to local architectural sites. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ART 231 - INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

This course will focus on developing observational skills and hand/eye coordination. Drawing from the human figure will be emphasized. During the first semester, students draw from the figure. During the second semester, students will choose their own subject matter for the development of their drawings. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 233 - OIL PAINTING

An introduction to the process of painting in oils. Both traditional and contemporary approaches will be used. During a second semester the emphasis is on the development of individual expression. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 235 - PRINTMAKING-MONOTYPE

This course will focus on the history and technique of monotypes. Often called the "painterly print" monotypes have drawn artists to explore the spontaneous and expressive depths of this colorful print technique. Contemporary modes will be explored. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 103R or permission of the instructor.

ART 238 - MEDIEVAL ART

Through lecture and seminar style discussion, this course introduces the major ideas and artistic trends of the Medieval period. The political, philosophical, and spiritual changes that shaped the Western world after the dissolution of the Roman Empire are related to a selection of artistic periods and styles so that students can achieve an understanding of Medieval art and architecture within its context. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor.

ART 242 - BAROQUE ART AND ARCHITECTURE

This course studies the emergence of the Baroque style in painting, sculpture, and architecture as a response to the political and spiritual upheaval wrought by the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent, and the Counter-Reformation. The formation of the style in Italy and its modification by northern European artists is addressed within their varied cultural contexts. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor.

ART 243 - NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPEAN ART

Rebels, Rogues, and Royalty Frequent revolutions, rapidly changing technologies, and radical artists caused drastic changes in European art. Modernization, experimentation, and rebellions against traditional art training characterize the 1770s to 1900. Various artistic styles such as Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism that developed during this turbulent century will be examined within their historical, cultural, and political contexts. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102. Alternate years.

ART 244 - MODERN EUROPEAN ART

Covers roughly a century of rapidly changing styles artistic styles (?isms,? such as Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, and Surrealism) as a result of the re-definition of art, the rise of the avant-garde, and major political events, such as World War I. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102. Alternate years.

ART 248 - TOPICS HIST & TECH OF JAPANESE WOODCUTS

An exploration of printmaking through the technique of woodcut. Inspiration will be drawn from the arts and culture of Japan. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 103R or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

ART 257 - POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART

A study of the major movements and key figures in American and European art since World War II. Discussion will focus on the interplay among artists, their work, critical writings, and historical events that exemplify the salient trends of the last sixty-five years, including abstraction, conceptual art, and exploration of new media. What will the next new trend be? Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor.

ART 261 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES

This course explores the history, philosophy, and functions of museums in society and the socio-cultural meanings embodied in such institutions. Students interpret and critically examine museum collections and exhibitions, and are introduced to the various facets of museum work including curating, education, conservation and management. Special focus is placed on the exhibitions and programs of the Maier Museum of Art. Field trips required. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites ART 101 or 102. Alternate years.

ART 263 - EARLY RENAISSANCE ART & ARCHITECTURE

A bold, new style emerged in fifteenth-century Florence, setting the standard for European painting until it was chalIenged by Impressionism. The course examines the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural origins of the Italian Renaissance to explore why this change occurred and will examine the response in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 102.

ART 264 - HIGH RENAISSANCE ART & ARCHITECTURE

Leonardo and His Legacy: Art and Architecture of the High Renaissance This class will examine the relationship between patronage and the painting, sculpture, and architecture of major artistic centers in Italy such as Rome, Venice, and Florence. Contemporary artistic theory, rivalry among the artists, and the emergence of the "mannered" style will also be considered. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: ART 101 or 102.

ART 277 - AMERICAN MOVIES

Identical with Communication 277. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ART 279 - DIGITAL FILM MAKING

Identical with Communication 279. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART/COMM 181; 277; or permission of the instructor.

ART 280 - PHILOSOPHY OF ART

Identical with Philosophy 280. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

ART 284 - TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

An exploration of contemporary photography. Coursework will include camera and darkroom techniques necessary to the field of inquiry. Identical with Communication 284. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: ART 103R and ART/COMM 181; or permission of instructor.

ART 312 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN STUDIO ART

Topics in studio art will vary from year to year. Possible topics include mosaic and fresco painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 103 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

ART 314 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART

See individual semester course offerings for topic. Topic will vary from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 200-level art history course or permission of the instructor.

ART 315 - CURATORIAL SEMINAR

Students will co-curate an exhibition drawing on artworks from the permanent collection at the Maier Museum of Art. The instructor, with the assistance of the museum staff, will supervise the students. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: ART 215 and 261 and permission of instructor.

ART 323A - STUDIO:DRAWING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 323B - STUDIO:OIL PAINTING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 323C - STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 323E - STUDIO: WATERCOLOR

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 324A - STUDIO:DRAWING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 324B - STUDIO:OIL PAINTING

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 324C - STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 324E - STUDIO: WATERCOLOR

A student will continue study of a studio discipline at an increased level of challenging, independent work. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite ART 231; 233; 235; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 376 - ADVANCED DIGITAL FILMMAKING

This advanced course in the art of digital filmmaking teaches students how to create and tell visual multimedia stories in the digital age by using video, still images, time-lapse photography, and audio. Students will study new visual storytelling practices and film art using mobile devices and apps to produce narratives for the web, iPads, and smartphones. Hours credit: 3.0. Prerequisite: ART/COMM 279 or permission of the instructor.

ART 378 - GENDER IN RENAISSANCE ART & LITERATURE

This course seeks to understand, analyze, and interpret representations of gender and sex within Renaissance art and literature (in both England and Italy). Using contemporary texts when possible and readings from the disciplines of literature, social history, feminist theory, and art historical texts, the course aims for a fuller assessment of gendered Renaissance life as it pertains to art and literature. Identical with English 378. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ART 380 - WORLD CINEMA

Identical with Communication 380. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART/COMM 277 or permission of the instructor.

ART 382 - STUDIES IN FILM

Identical with Communication 382. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART/COMM 277 or permission of the instructor.

ART 384 - DOC HIST & THEORY

Identical with Communication 384. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART/COMM 277 or permission of the instructor.

ART 421 - SENIOR STUDIO PROJECT

All studio majors are required to explore some aspect of creative visual expression while working on a year-long theme. The art education student will begin this project during the period of student teaching. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Required of all studio art majors with an emphasis in studio art enrolled in the Teacher Licensure Program.

ART 423A - ADV STUDIO:DRAWING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 423B - ADV STUDIO:OIL PAINTING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 423C - ADV STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 423E - ADV STUDIO: WATERCOLOR

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 424A - ADV STUDIO:DRAWING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section A: Drawing. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 424B - ADV STUDIO:OIL PAINTING

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 424C - ADV STUDIO:PRINTMAKING MONOTYPE

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section C: Printmaking. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 424E - ADV STUDIO:WATERCOLOR

For students who have completed Art 323,324. A student will continue study of a studio discipline pursuing a set of issues in depth. Section B: Painting. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Art 323,324 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

ART 425 - SENIOR STUDIO I

Seniors are expected to develop their individual artistic sensibility that will allow them to explore, in-depth, some aspect of creative visual expression. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Required of all art majors with an emphasis in studio art not enrolled in the Teacher Licensure Program.

ART 426 - SENIOR STUDIO II

Continuation of the senior program described in Art 421 or 425. At the end of the year students will present an exhibition of their work at the Maier Museum of Art. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 421 or 425. Required of all art majors with an emphasis in studio art, including those enrolled in the Teacher Licensure Program.

ART 489 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

ART 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

ART 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR

The seminar has two purposes: to provide a systematic consideration of the major methods practiced by art historians, both pre-modern and modern, ranging from connoisseurship, biography, iconography, and social history to feminism, semiotics, and post-structuralism; and to offer a framework for the early stages of work on the senior paper. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

ART 494 - SENIOR PAPER

Carefully supervised course, the purpose of which will be to produce a substantial research paper and public presentation on an issue or artist of historical significance. This is the culminating experience of the art history major. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ART 493 and permission of the Department.

ART 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

ART 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

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