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Fine Art

Course Descriptions

Fine Art Courses:

ART 101 Basic Studio Art 2D (4 SH). An introductory art course that emphasizes exploration of two-dimensional art mediums, which range from drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and design. The principles of two-dimensional design are introduced as tools for constructing unified compositions. Project assignments utilize line, shape, value, texture and color while introducing techniques for working within two-dimensional space.

ART 102 Foundation Drawing (4 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.

ART 104 Beginning Oil Painting (4 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.

ART 105 Art and Nature (4 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.

ART 106 Handbuilding Ceramics (4 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.

ART 107 Worlds of Art: Ideas and Images (4 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 selfexploration, 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.

ART 108 Landscape Painting (4 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.

ART 200 Basic Studio Art 3D (4 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 threedimensional media are shown to illustrate project themes.

ART 201 Waterbased Painting (4 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.

ART 202 Wheelthrowing Ceramics (4 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.

ART 204 Drawing—Media and Expression (4 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.

ART 208 Intro to Sculpture (4 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.

ART 211 Who Am I: Search for Identity in Visual Arts (4 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.

ART 218 Contemporary Crafts (4 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 300 Wild Color: Fiber Arts and Natural Dyes (4 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.

ART 303 Advanced Studies I (4 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 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 590-594 Internships (2-4 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: Studio Project (2 SH). Art majors must propose a studio project to the art faculty. The proposal will be written description and sample of the studio project. This will be completed by April of the junior year, approved by all art faculty before fall term of the senior year. Projects may be revised with faculty approval. In some cases, faculty may assign topics and media. Fall term will consist of studio production. Students will be assigned a faculty mentor specific to their selected media. Faculty and student will be on a weekly basis for critiques. Group critiques with all majors and faculty will take place at least twice in the semester. A minimum grade of C must be earned before continuing to Art 602. There are no incompletes for Art 601 or 602. Prerequisite: Completion of two courses in a similar or related media offered at Westminster College. GPA of 2.5 in the major to enroll in Art 601. Offered Fall Semester.

ART 602 Capstone: Exhibit and Portfolio (2 SH). Students will prepare and present their work in an exhibit organized by the gallery director who will provide exhibition criteria. Portfolio development will be a component of this course. Prerequisite: Art 601. Offered Spring Semester.

ART 620 Independent Studies (1-4 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.


What can you do with a Fine Art degree?

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