Course Information and Schedule
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2-Credit Course Descriptions (ARTWS courses):
ARTWS 101 – Contemporary Painting
Both realistic and abstract subject matter are studied, with emphasis on analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and the development of an independent style and expression. Various painting techniques and media are explored.
ARTWS 111 – Portrait Painting
Working from a model, with emphasis on lighting, features, color, values, composition, background, drapery, color mixing, and anatomy.
ARTWS 121 – Traditional Painting
Various techniques emphasizing realism and craftsmanship while working from the still life. Individual projects are encouraged. Discussion of materials including oils, varnishes, mediums, canvas, primers, palettes, and color mixing.
ARTWS 135 – Chinese Watercolor Painting
Instruction in the basic materials and techniques of Chinese flower painting: the proper use of the Chinese brush and watercolors, suitable papers, the wide range of brushstrokes, principles of composition, and the positive use of space, all of which are part of the dynamic nature and spirit of the medium. Emphasis on technique, skill, and discipline. Through their own work, students also develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese art.
Notes: No previous art experience necessary.
ARTWS 151 – Watercolor Painting
Exploration of the range of techniques involved in the watercolor process. Emphasis on development of composition and design, including methods of arranging elements, creative drawing techniques, preparation of watercolor paints, and papermaking.
Notes: Use of acrylics also discussed.
ARTWS 171 – Life Drawing
Drawing from a model, with emphasis on charcoal and pencil techniques, anatomy, gesture, quick and sustained poses, and the figure in the environment. Advanced students progress to pen and ink, wash, brush drawing, balsa stick drawing, conte, and pastel.
ARTWS 188 – Illustration
Imaginative illustration is the translation of a text or concept into a synthetic visual symbol, saying things that cannot be said in words. The course teaches various techniques and provides basic skills as a necessary background to achieve a variety of illustrations in many different fields, such as magazine/newspaper editorials, book covers, children’s books, posters, advertising, etc. Students develop their own style, working within actual professional limitations such as size, number of colors, and quality of paper. Projects are reviewed in the perspective of the individual’s complete portfolio.
Notes: Bring pencils, pen, ink and a 11” x 14” sketchbook to the first class.
ARTWS 201 – Traditional Sculpture
Additive and subtractive techniques in a variety of materials including clay, stone, plaster, wax, and fiberglass. Both realistic and abstract subjects are studied, with attention to form, composition and armature construction.
ARTWS 271 – Jewelry 1 & 2
Design and create jewelry and small metal sculpture in precious or non-precious metals. Construction of flat and holloware, metalsmithing, casting, stone setting, and wax work.
ARTWS 281 – Jewelry and Enameling
An introduction to enameling as it relates to jewelry and small objects. Cloisonné and Limoges techniques are explored, and methods of combining enamel and metal work are covered.
ARTWS 288 – Handbuilding/Wheelthrowing
Focuses on throwing and is designed for both the beginner and more advanced pottery student. Production of utilitarian forms, including bowls, casseroles, teapots, mugs, and plates, are covered. Learn the wheel techniques of throwing large pots and non-functional forms of 15 lbs. or more. Decoration and glazing also included.
ARTWS 301 – Lost Wax Casting 1 & 2
Design and create jewelry in gold, silver, bronze or pewter by making a pattern in wax and vacuum casting it with molten metal. Learn to make wax patterns of your own design, sprue mount, invest, burn out the wax, cast, and polish the finished product.