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Fine Art

Course Descriptions

ART 101 Basic Studio Art 2D (VP) (4.00 SH). An introductory art course that emphasizes exploration of two-dimensional art mediums, which range from drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and design. Projects encourage both representational and abstract strategies for constructing unified compositions. Project assignments utilize line, shape, value, texture and color while introducing techniques for working within two-dimensional space. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 102 Foundation Drawing (VP) (4.00 SH). A basic course for all students that covers the fundamentals of composition, exploring a variety of media. Students will be taught a “visual grammar”—how to translate what they see through the language of drawing. A wide range of techniques are introduced. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 104 Beginning Oil Painting (VP) (4.00 SH). This is a fundamental course in the production of oil paintings; technical and creative skills are given equal emphasis. Color theory, composition and self-expression are areas covered. Related areas in art history and aesthetics are introduced. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 105 Art and Nature (VP) (4.00 SH). This course takes an in-depth look at the natural world through art. Students explore a variety of subjects from butterflies to birds; seedpods to sea shells; the microscopic to the expanse of landscapes. Content and themes ranging from more scientific to the artistic. Primary techniques are basic drawing and painting using simple and portable materials. The course revolves around the creation of a field journal/sketchbook. More involved projects spin off assignments from the sketchbook. Students can expect to work on location/campus and at the biology department’s Field Station and Nature Trail. Our studio is the great outdoors. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 106 Handbuilding Ceramics (VP) (4.00 SH). An introductory course concentrating on handbuilding techniques: coil, slab, press mold, drape mold, and modeling. Problem-solving assignments will utilize the versatility of clay to create both functional and sculptural forms. Clay making and kiln firing procedures are also components to the course. Students will be shown both contemporary and historical works in clay that correspond to project themes. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 107 Worlds Of Art: Ideas & Images (HC) (4.00 SH). An introductory course in art appreciation that explores art, artists and creativity as they pertain to our daily lives, contemporary society, and cultural identities. The course is structured around artistic themes, which range from self-exploration, religion and spirituality, politics, technology, race, landscape, environment, science, sex and sensuality, among other topics. Both physical art projects and written assignments will be used to address course content. Guest speakers and field trips to museums and galleries will also provide valuable input and expand the exposure to artwork being created today. Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

ART 108 Landscape Painting (VP) (4.00 SH). This is a course dedicated to landscape painting. Themes include those of the 20th century and the evolution of nature in art from realism to symbolism. Students will work from a variety of source imagery and explore selected styles. This course is occasionally taught as a cluster with WRI 251 Creative Non-Fiction. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 114 Introduction to African Art (VP) (4.00 SH). Taught as a cluster course with HIS 281: Africa to 1800 or HIS 282: Africa since 1800. With appreciation for the creative processes and contexts of African Art, students will create art projects that incorporate their own contemporary concerns. Through studio art projects, students will think critically about the artwork being shown in class, interpret meaning, understand context and hone their skills of observation and creative expression. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 200 Basic Studio Art 3D (VP) (4.00 SH). An introductory class for students to explore the physical and visual properties of three-dimensional form. Students will work with a variety of materials such as plaster, balsa wood, paper, foam, cardboard, and found objects. Problem-solving projects will address aspects of design, technique and process, presentation, function and innovation in the creating of physical objects in space. Traditional and contemporary artists working in three-dimensional media are shown to illustrate project themes. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 201 Waterbased Painting (VP) (4.00 SH). A studio course in either acrylic or watercolors as designated by the instructor. Elements of design, techniques and related historical and aesthetic issues will be covered. Students will develop critical and problem-solving skills through a visual language. This course can encompass all levels of skills. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 202 Wheelthrowing Ceramics (VP) (4.00 SH). A course that introduces students to creating thrown forms utilizing the potter’s wheel. The design, function and presentation of the forms will be emphasized. Assignments will incorporate a variety of surface techniques and applications. Clay making and kiln firing procedures are also components to the course. Additionally, this course is taught as service learning and students will organize and participate in an Empty Bowls fundraiser. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 204 Drawing Explorations (VP) (4.00 SH). A course that will explore the expressive potential of drawing. Contemporary drawing involves a wide range of mixed media that include collage, frottage, paint, traditional drawing methods, color, and some three-dimensional components. Students will be asked to explore a wide range of topics that include dreams, social, cultural, political, and environmental themes. This course is open to all skill levels. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 208 Intro to Sculpture (VP) (4.00 SH). This course is an introduction to utilizing sculpture as a three-dimensional vehicle for creative expression. The physical, spatial, and thematic properties of sculptural media are addressed through course projects. A range of materials and processes will be utilized in the course and may include wood, plaster, wax, metal, fabric, found materials, casting, site-specific, and installation. The course is designed for all skill levels. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 211 Who Am I? (VP) (4.00 SH). This course will focus upon studio art to explore a variety of themes related to discovering “the self.” A variety of mixed media and techniques will be used to create art forms that reflect the student’s ideas about assigned topics related to self-awareness within various contexts. Occasionally offered as a cluster course with ENG 105. Check current course listings for CL designation prior to enrollment. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 218 Contemporary Crafts (VP) (4.00 SH). This course explores the rich history of craft mediums and processes within a contemporary context. Both material and technique will be looked at as potential for the communication of ideas. Thematic projects will address the social, cultural, and historical significance of craft. A variety of craft media will be utilized and may include paper, wood, fiber, jewelry, bookmaking, and mixed media. The course is designed for all skill levels.

ART 219 Fiber Arts (VP) (4.00 SH). This course is a creative exploration of design as it applies to fiber arts. Felt making will be the primary area of focus. Students will learn to use fibers to create a variety of projects using wool from both local and regional sources. Students will learn how to blend their own colors, make both flat wall works, and three dimensional forms such as bags, boots, pillows. A brief history of this ancient "first textile” will be introduced as well as contemporary artists who use felt as their primary art form. Methods covered are classic wet felting that blends the wool layers to each other, needle felting that provides fine detail work, and experimental forms such as web and nuno felting that merge sheer textiles with wool to create wearables such as vests and scarves. Offered in Spring term.

ART 300 Fiber Arts & Natural Dyes (VP) (4.00 SH). A course about eco-color and fiber arts. Students will research, harvest, and create botanical dyes from regional plants. The first half of the semester will be about making dyes, dyeing different fibers, and experimenting with safe mordants. There will be a segment on surface design using your dyes. The second half of the semester will be focused upon creating artwork from the dyed fibers/materials. Methods include, but are not limited to, basic felting, simple frame weaving, and fabric constructions. Topics to be introduced throughout the semester include: basic design and color theory, the history of textiles and dyes, and related environmental issues. Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

ART 303 Advanced Studies I (4.00 SH). Courses of study that are taken concurrently with regular studio courses, but structured for advanced levels. Students may select media for further study, but must first exhaust all related course offerings in that media that are taught at Westminster College. Course work will be structured by the supervising instructor and emphasis will be upon conceptual and technical development within the given medium. Permission of instructor is required prior to registration for the course. Course work is to be organized by the instructor and executed during regularly scheduled courses in the same area. 3.000 GPA in major. Art majors only.

ART 304 Advanced Studies II (4.00 SH). Courses of study that are taken concurrently with regular studio courses, but structured for advanced levels. Students may select media for further study, but must first exhaust all related course offerings in that media that are taught at Westminster College. Course work will be structured by the supervising instructor and emphasis will be upon conceptual and technical development within the given medium. Prerequisites: ART 303 and permission of instructor prior to registration.

ART 591 Field Experience/Internship (1.00 SH). Students must have completed their spring sophomore semester and have a 3.0 average in the major as well as college GPA. All internships must be approved by the faculty PRIOR to enrolling in the course. No internships will be approved for the fall term of senior year. The course will be graded S/U and carry a minimum of 80 hours of work.

ART 601 Capstone (4.00 SH). Art majors must present a series of artworks around an approved topic or theme. Additionally, a digital portfolio will be created to document their work. The work must be created in a medium that they have previously studied at Westminster College (painting, ceramics, sculpture, etc). Students will submit a written proposal describing the topic, rationale, and medium of choice. This proposal must be submitted by March 1 of their Junior year and approved by the Art Faculty. In some cases, the faculty reserve the option to assign a topic and medium. At the end of the capstone course, students will present a talk about and display their work in a predetermined location. Talks will be open to the public. Prerequisites: Completion of two courses in a similar or related media taken at Westminster College. GPA of 2.5 in the major to enroll in Art 601. Offered Fall term.

ART 621 Independent Study (1.00 SH). Student must be an art major or minor and carry a 3.0 GPA in the major. After exhausting options in a given media and in Advanced Studies I & II, students may continue a focused study through independent work approved and supervised by an art faculty member prior to enrollment in the course. Art faculty will determine grading criteria and develop a syllabus with the student.

ART 622 Independent Study (2.00 SH). Student must be an art major or minor and carry a 3.0 GPA in the major. After exhausting options in a given media and in Advanced Studies I & II, students may continue a focused study through independent work approved and supervised by an art faculty member prior to enrollment in the course. Art faculty will determine grading criteria and develop a syllabus with the student.

ART 624 Independent Study (4.00 SH). Student must be an art major or minor and carry a 3.0 GPA in the major. After exhausting options in a given media and in Advanced Studies I & II, students may continue a focused study through independent work approved and supervised by an art faculty member prior to enrollment in the course. Art faculty will determine grading criteria and develop a syllabus with the student.

ART 662 Honors Research (2.00 SH).

 

What can you do with a Fine Art degree?

Imagine yourself a painter, mixed media artist, potter, or curator.