The Art Department offers a diversity of courses accommodating the student who desires a broader understanding of the world of fine art as well as the individual who desires in-depth background for a career in this field. Students can begin to develop as a visual artist by choosing to take a drawing/painting course, ceramics or design course. Some of the following courses may not be offered every year based on enrollment interest.
855-856 DRAWING & PAINTING I- (1/2 CR.) Level One Course
A course designed to develop the student’s basic drawing and painting techniques through observation from life. Various media will be explored which exemplify different cultures as well as historical styles to encourage each student to discover a personal means of expression.
858 ANATOMY FOR THE ARTIST- (1/2 CR.) Level Two Course
Prerequisite: Drawing/Painting I
The human figure will be studied, drawn and painted from life using various media, techniques and styles, utilizing art history, cultural awareness and personal expression.
860 DRAWING & PAINTING II- (1/2 CR.) Level Two Course
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting I
A course designed to give the advanced student an opportunity for personal, more independent exploration of media, style and artistic awareness in drawing and painting. Both oral and written criticism will be utilized along with a strong emphasis on production.
865-866 DESIGN I- (1/2 CR.) Level One Course
This course emphasizes the basic elements of design common to all works of art. Various materials such as cut paper, markers, ink, paint and color pencil will be utilized to illustrate the elements and principles of design. Problem solving through visual expression as well as critical analysis will be emphasized.53
870 DESIGN II- (1/2 CR.) Level One Course
Prerequisite: Design I
This course assumes the student's prior understanding of the elements and principles of design. These concepts, along with the design systems found in nature, will be explored in depth utilizing various methods and materials. Problem solving through visual expression, comparing and contrasting, and critiquing will be emphasized.
875-876 CERAMICS I- (1/2 CR.) Level One Course
This course is focused on the five aspects of clay. The student will learn: the nature of clay and its preparation for use, use of clay vessels in various cultures, clay hand-building techniques, methods of decoration, glazing, firing processes, and the evaluation and aesthetics of clay. The principles and elements of design are emphasized in the process and planning of each project.
880 CERAMICS II- (1/2 CR.) Level Two Course
Prerequisite: Ceramics I
This course will give the student an opportunity for further exploration of hand built and wheel-thrown pottery, including an intensified instruction of various styles and techniques. The study of the human experience and social cultural contexts will be explored through clay forms. A strong focus on personal expression and self-criticism will be a priority.
895 ADVANCED ART- (1/2 CR.) Level Three Course
Prerequisite: Two Level One Courses and One Level Two Course
This course is designed for Juniors and Seniors interested in pursuing higher education or an internship in the field of visual arts. Students will create a thematic body of artwork (a portfolio) that demonstrates an understanding of materials, processes, tools, media, techniques, and available technology. The student will determine the content, media, and format of the artwork contained in the portfolio. The artwork will reflect the students’ ability to apply the Ohio Content Standards for Fine Arts. In addition, students will be able to explain how form, subject matter, and context contribute to meanings in their own works, the works of their peers, and professional artists. Students will be actively engaged in ongoing assessment and revision of their artwork. This course is designed to help students create and document a portfolio required for admission into art programs. This course is very challenging and should only be taken by students who are very serious about becoming a visual artist.