Course Descriptions – Arts

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ART HISTORY & THEORY

ART 108 – Art History Survey 1: Ancient to Medieval
3 humanities credits; or non-credit
A selective history of the art of ancient cultures from Prehistory to the European Gothic period. Students learn about major works of art from ancient historical periods, and acquire skills for analyzing and interpreting works of visual art. Includes museum visit.
Notes: No previous art experience is necessary.
Class Hours: 3

ART 109 – Art History Survey 2: Renaissance to Modern
3 humanities credits; or non-credit
A selective history of the western European tradition of art. Students gain familiarity with major artists, periods, and movements, and develop verbal, written, and conceptual skills enabling them to analyze and interpret works of art from the Renaissance to Modern periods. Includes museum visit.
Notes: No previous art experience is necessary.
Class Hours: 3

Art Galleries of Manhattan

non-credit
Explore the major galleries of New York City, visiting the various gallery districts and becoming aware of current movements in the fine arts. In each of five sessions, the group meets at either 57th Street, Madison Avenue, Tribeca, SoHo, NoHo or Chelsea. Includes visits to prominent artists’ studios.
Notes: Call for location of first class.

ART THERAPY

ART 143 – Introduction to Art Therapy

3 credits; or non-credit
An introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and approaches of art therapy. Students work on projects using a variety of art therapy techniques in order to understand the purpose of therapeutic methods as they apply to clinically defined populations. Center for the Arts, White Plains.
Class Hours: 3

ART 144 – Art Therapy 2

3 credits; or non-credit
A continuation of Art Therapy 1, this course facilitates a more in-depth study of therapeutic approaches, interventions, and materials, and an expanded exploration of different population groups. Classroom art experientials familiarize students with a broader range of therapeutic modalities, and individual and group projects provide an opportunity for students to implement and combine the skills they have learned. Center for the Arts, White Plains.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 143 Art Therapy 1

CERAMICS

ARTWS 295 – Wheel Throwing

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 288 – Handbuilding/Wheel

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
Range of studies is the same as for handbuilding and wheel throwing classes described below, with individual instruction geared toward the interests of each student.

Introduction to Ceramics

non-credit
All levels are welcome in this handbuilding and wheelthrowing ceramics class. Explore making functional pottery forms, such as bowls, cups, vases etc. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

DIGITAL ARTS – PHOTOGRAPHY

All lab computer courses include independent study time, day and evening hours, so that students may complete their projects. A schedule is posted at the beginning of the semester. Use of the computer labs is strictly limited to students enrolled in computer classes.

ART 156 – Publication Design 1-InDesign

3 credits; or non-credit
An introduction to page layout and design using Adobe InDesign. Students learn basic software skills and how to combine images and text for print publication. Print production is also introduced through discussion of the process by which digital information is converted into ink on paper. The focus is on the application of good design principles to digitally generated projects suitable for the professional graphic design market. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Class Hours: 3

ART 157 – Publication Design 2-InDesign

3 credits; or non-credit
A continuation of Publication Design 1. This course further explores layout design principals, with an emphasis on pre-press processes such as color calibration, scanning, color separation, trapping, half toning, color correction, proofing systems, basic color systems, ink and paper types are covered. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 156 Publication Design 1 (InDesign) or permission of instructor.

ART 153 – Computer Photo Imaging

3 credits; or non-credit
Exploration of photo manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop. Students learn retouching and collaging techniques and the operation of the color scanner and printer. Elements of color theory and composition are covered. Software: Photoshop. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Notes: Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree in Visual Arts or the Digital Arts Certificate should take ART 125 Digital Imaging I.
Class Hours: 3

ART 125 – Digital Imaging 1

3 humanities credits; or non-credit
An introduction to the computer as a tool for visual art, with a focus on gaining proficiency in Adobe Photoshop. Students learn photo retouching, painting, collage, and drawing techniques. Operation of scanners and printers, file management, and digital practices are covered. Includes discussion of digital art concepts and examples of digital media in contemporary art and design.
Notes: No previous experience necessary.
Misc. Hours: Contact hrs. 4.

ART 154 – Digital Imaging 2

3 credits; or non-credit
Students are introduced to the more sophisticated features and uses of Adobe Photoshop, including professional color correction and image retouching, layer masks, proper preparation of large files for high resolution output, and working with service bureaus. Exercises and assignments emphasize solving complex problems, developing shortcuts and strategies for working efficiently, and integrating the use of Photoshop with other software applications. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 125 Digital Imaging 1 or ART 153 Computer Photo Imaging.

ART 155 – Digital Imaging 3

3 credits; or non-credit
Students are mentored through the planning, execution and output of professional-level assignments using the full range of Adobe Photoshop features. Students are encouraged to develop projects based on their areas of greatest interest, and to integrate the use of other digital software applications as appropriate. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 154 Digital Imaging 2.

ART 145 – Digital Illustration 1

3 credits; or non-credit
An introduction to digital illustration using computer tools. This course includes the study of illustration as visual interpretation of words, concepts, and ideas. Students learn basic software skills while developing drawing abilities in a digital environment. Strategies for communicating content through pictorial narrative are also explored. No computer experience necessary. Software used: Adobe Illustrator. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Class Hours: 3

ART 146 – Digital Illustration 2

3 credits; or non-credit
A continuation of Digital Illustration 1, this course explores more advanced illustration projects with a greater emphasis on multiple design components and more sophisticated visual concepts. Students develop proficiency with digital drawing tools in the production of portfolio pieces for print and electronic media. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 145 Digital Illustration 1.

ART 160 – Digital Illustration 3

3 credits; or non-credit
Students are mentored through the planning, execution and layout of professional-level assignments using the full range of Adobe Illustrator features. Projects based on areas of greatest interest are encouraged, and the integration of other digital software applications is also stressed. Software: Adobe Illustrator. Center for the Arts, White Plains and Peekskill Extension Center.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 146 Digital Illustration 2.

PHOTOGRAPHY

For B&W classes, students need a 35mm camera with manual options and a normal or zoom lens. Students in darkroom courses should expect additional expenses for textbook, film, print paper, and negative storage envelopes. (All classes have a $100 to $200 material expense.) All darkroom classes include an additional maximum of 6 hours of darkroom lab time a week.

ART 133 – Photography 1

3 credits; or non-credit
Introduction to black and white photography. Students learn to operate a 35 mm camera and to adjust settings for correct exposures. Lighting effects and the use of lenses and filters are also explored. Darkroom procedures include film development, contact printing, enlarging, and final presentation of matted print. Photographic assignments develop the student’s ability to achieve successful photographic compositions. Center for the Arts, White Plains.
Notes: Photography courses require that students supply their own cameras and film. Those on a budget should call the Center for the Arts in advance for a detailed list of supplies: 914-606-7500.
Class Hours: 3

ART 134 – Photography 2

3 credits; or non-credit
A continuation of Photography 1. Emphasis on refining skills of camera use, exposing and processing black & white film, and printing. Students gain an understanding of light as a fundamental photographic tool and work on developing personal style. Class sessions include lecture, demonstrations, darkroom work, and individual and group print reviews. Students are expected to spend additional time outside class to work on assignments and an individual project. Center for the Arts, White Plains.
Notes: Photography courses require that students supply their own cameras and film. Those on a budget should call the Center for the Arts in advance for a detailed list of supplies: 914-606-7500.
Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 133 Photography 1.

ART 135 – Photography 3

3 credits; or non-credit
Designed for students with a solid grounding in the basic techniques of black and white printing photography. Students concentrate on refining darkroom techniques and create a cohesive body of work through a project of their choice. Classes include individual and group critiques, picture editing, sequencing, presentation, archival preservation, and historical and contemporary photographers. Center for the Arts, White Plains.
Prerequisites: ART 134 Photography 2

3 credits; or non-credit

ART 129: Digital Photography 1

This introductory course provides a theoretical, technical, and aesthetic foundation in digital photography.  Students learn technical camera usage and principals of design through shooting assignments that focus on the correlation between photographic composition and conceptual intent.  Lab exercises and demonstrations develop basic digital skills using software to modify and enhance images for digital output and presentation.  Theoretical readings, writing assignments, group critique and visual presentations of contemporary digital photography help contextualize the student’s work and facilitate the development of analytical skills with an emphasis given to the vocabulary of photographic viewing.

Notes: This Digital Photography courses require that students supply their own digital camera with manual controls and materials. A DSLR is highly recommended for all Visual Arts Photography majors. Those on a budget should call the Center for the Arts in advance for a detailed list of supplies: 914-606-7500. Class Hours: 3. Offered every semester

ART 139: Digital Photography 2

This course builds on the foundation skills acquired from Digital Photography 1. Theoretical readings, writing assignments, group critique, image-based lectures and hands-on activities will further visual literacy. Students are challenged to find ways in which their technical decisions can clarify their artistic intentions.  Post-production skills including retouching, image manipulation, and collage techniques will be covered.  Students complete a self-directed project in consultation with the instructor, resulting in a portfolio of images and a written statement reflecting the student’s own personal aesthetic in a completely digital environment.

Notes: This Digital Photography courses require that students supply their own DSLR camera and materials. Those on a budget should call the Center for the Arts in advance for a detailed list of supplies: 914-606-7500.

Class Hours: 3
Prerequisites: ART 129 – Digital Photography 1
Offered every semester.

ART 140 – Portrait Photography 1, 2, 3

3 credits; or non-credit
A survey and practical introduction to the history, craft, aesthetics, and psychology of portraiture in the photographic medium. Lectures, demonstrations, slide and video presentations, student exercises, and critiques impart theoretical and practical knowledge of many portrait styles, including formal and informal studio portraits, environmental, and documentary work. Students work with natural, tungsten, and electronic flash light sources and learn to make and use a variety of reflectors and other lighting accessories. Center for the Arts, White Plains.
Notes: Photography courses require that students supply their own cameras and materials. Those on a budget should call the Center for the Arts in advance for a detailed list of supplies: 914-606-7500.
Class Hours: 3
Offered fall semester.

ART 128 – History of Photography

3 credits; or non-credit

This course surveys the history of photography and demonstrates how photography is understood as a form of contemporary and late modern art. Classes will examine photographic technique and its effect on popular culture throughout history. The course cover how and why art is made with lens-based tools from cellular phones to large-format digital cameras. Students will discuss and research photographic example as well as screen appropriate films. Students are given a foundation that will improve their own photographic techniques and prepares them for more in-depth study of any art medium.
Class Hours: 3

ART 176 – Digital Fundamentals for Photographers

3 credits; or non-credit

Students will learn all the basic features necessary to navigate a Macintosh computer for digital photography and establish a digital workflow routine that includes capturing, editing, processing and archiving of digital images.

Using Photoshop students will learn basic editing functions and move into more complex operations with layers, masks, compositing, color correction and printing.

Note: This Digital Photography course requires students have a means of capturing images (a cell phone, point and shoot, or DSLR are all acceptable). If you have any questions about this please call the Center for the Arts in advance: 914-606-7500. Owning a Macintosh computer is not mandatory. Class Hours: 3.

ART 185: Documentary Photography

This intensive course introduces students to the style, form, and content of documentary photography. Students will learn the basic theory and principles of documentary photography through image-based lectures, hands-on shooting assignments focusing on local, national and international issues, critiques and group discussions with emphasis placed on the vocabulary of photographic viewing and thoughtful visual analysis. Field trips to New York City sharpen the student’s visual and critical skills.

Notes: Photography courses require that students supply their own cameras and materials. Those on a budget should call the Center for the Arts in advance for a detailed list of supplies: 914-606-7500. Class Hours: 3. Offered every semester

Street Photography

non-credit
Venture into the streets of New York City to capture the vitality of the city through photography. Instructor will guide students on perfecting their compositional skills, lighting techniques and developing a story in one shot.

DRAWING & ILLUSTRATION

ART 101 – Drawing 1

3 humanities credits; or non-credit
Working with a range of media, students learn to draw from direct observation, with an emphasis on fundamental elements of visual representation, including mass, shape, line, value, and texture, and principals of composition. Drawing is studied as a tool to help enhance powers of observation and imagination, and to cultivate appreciation and understanding of drawing as a form of visual expression. Drawing from the human figure is also explored. Lectures and critical discussions challenge students to respond perceptually and conceptually to visual works presented in the studios (including historical examples), and to organize their insights through analysis.
Notes: This class is open to all students; no previous art experience is necessary.
Class Hours: 4

ARTWS 195 – Drawing Fundamentals

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
A guided process of exploring form, line, and composition. Drawing from still life and masterpieces of art, students gain a foundation for their creative endeavors in painting, sculpture, and design.

ARTWS 199, 200 – Drawing (Int. to Adv.)

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
Students with fundamental drawing experience further explore their craft through a series of exercises and projects. While working from masterworks of art, life, and personal ideas, students gain a working knowledge of drawing media and materials.

ARTWS 171 – Life Drawing

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 181 – Portrait Drawing

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
Working from a model, with emphasis on lighting, features, color, values, composition, background, drapery, color mixing, and anatomy.

Beginning Drawing

non-credit
Almost all art starts out with drawing as the first step. From quick sketches to detailed compositions, cover the basics of shading, crosshatching, proportion and size. Learn to use shape, line and texture. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

Drawing Workshop

non-credit
Expand your knowledge of drawing. Gain skills by using soft and hard pencils, charcoal and other materials.

Drawing Marathon

non-credit
This special workshop is designed to expand one’s experience of working with the figure and to deepen one’s knowledge of anatomy and aspects of drawing. Through the exploration of various media and techniques, participants will learn to make drawings using the figure rather than figure drawings. The seminar will include numerous lectures and demonstrations using a variety of models and media. The participants will begin by working on 18X24 paper and will advance to life size drawing using rolls of paper. Materials fee includes the cost of the model, rolls of brown paper, and a large backing board.

JEWELRY

ARTWS 271 – Jewelry

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 301 – Lost Wax Casting

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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.

Beading

non-credit
This introductory course will explore basic beading techniques. Students will learn to make jewelrypieces using seed beads of different sizes, shapes and materials. No experience needed. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

PAINTING

ART 103 – Painting 1

3 humanities credits; or non-credit
An introduction to the foundations of drawing. Working from direct observation, students learn to mix and blend colors, and to use value and tone to create volume and depth. Aspects of color theory are also explored. Lectures and critiques emphasize composition and technique, as well as the use of paint as a medium of self-expression and communication. Students are shown historical examples to develop an appreciation and understanding of painting as an expressive art form.
Notes: No previous art experience is necessary.
Class Hours: 4

ART 104 – Painting 2

3 humanities credits; or non-credit
A continuation of Painting 1, students continue to develop skills working on subjects from direct observation as well as non-objective designs. Creative assignments challenge students to explore meaning and expressive content through pictorial narrative and the expressive use of formal elements.
Class Hours: 4
Prerequisites: ART 103 Painting 1.

ART 203 – Painting 3

3 humanities credits; or non-credit
Advanced exploration of painting as a vehicle of creative, self-directed expression. Students refine and master skills while exploring more contemporary approaches to painting, and experimenting with personal approaches. Emphasis on portfolio development and creation of a coherent body of work.
Class Hours: 4
Prerequisites: ART 104 Painting 2.

ARTWS 106 – Painting Fundamentals

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
For students with no previous or very limited experience in painting, introduction to: basic materials with demonstration of their use and care; color, use of the palette, mixing colors, contrasting warm and cold colors, realistic and abstract use of color, beginning a painting, working from still life; exploration of the basic elements of composition and design.

ARTWS 109, 110 – Painting (Int. & Adv.)

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
A continuation of Painting Fundamentals or for students who have basic experience with painting. Students learn to refine their painting techniques through a series of exercises and projects. Emphasis on personal style and vision.

Introduction to Painting

non-credit
An introduction to the materials, composition, and fundamentals of painting.

ARTWS 104 – Contemporary Painting

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 121 – Traditional Painting

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 141 – Landscape Painting

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 111 – Portrait Painting

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
Working from a model, with emphasis on lighting, features, color, values, composition, background, drapery, color mixing, and anatomy.

ARTWS 115 – Life Painting

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
An introduction to figure painting using a model every session. Drawing, composition, painting techniques, color, anatomy, and the figure in an environment are covered in depth. Special emphasis on individual expression and on the investigation and analysis of the nude and draped figure.

Contemporary Life Painting

non-credit
Explore contemporary approaches to life painting. A variety of materials such as watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, etc., will be discussed and demonstrated. One pose per session.

ARTWS 160 – Advanced Painting Seminar

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
A weekly painting seminar for artists dedicated to developing their craft by defining the process of painting. Traditional and contemporary themes are drawn upon, and experimental forms of expression are cultivated.

Independent Study

non-credit
Independent painting or drawing without an instructor. Students who wish to attend Westchester Community College Center for the Arts only for the use of a painting or drawing studio can enroll in this non-credit course. Studio time is available most days and evenings. Participants can request a posted schedule at the beginning of the semester.

ARTWS 135 – Chinese Watercolor Painting (Beg.)

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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 136, 137 – Chinese Watercolor Painting (Int. to Adv.)

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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.

Fun with Watercolor

non-credit
Explore the unique and beautiful qualities of watercolors! Learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolors such as washes and dry on wet. Brushes, papers, and other materials used in the process will be explained. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

Watercolor Workshop

non-credit
This class is suitable for students who know the basics of watercolor painting but want to develop their skills.

ARTWS 165 – Portfolio Preparation/Presentation

2 credits; or non-credit

Students create a professional portfolio of their artwork. With the use of slides, cover letter, resume, and role playing, students learn to present themselves and their work. This course provides hands-on experience in photographing artwork with slides, the creation of a slide key, and correct slide labeling. Presentation of 2D work with cropping, cleaning, and matting are also covered.
Notes: High school students planning to apply to a college art program welcome.
Offered fall and spring semesters.

ART 131, 132 – Cooperative Education in Visual Arts and Design I & 2

3 credits; or non-credit
Co-op courses are designed to promote career awareness through cooperative work experience in the specific field. Students integrate classroom theory with a monitored and supervised work experience. Periodic meetings with faculty advisor and maintenance of a portfolio and a journal are required.
Notes: 225 work hours required.
Prerequisites: Approval of Curriculum or Department Chair; GPA of 2.5 or higher; 9 earned credits in curriculum-required courses and 3 credits in Composition & Literature 1 or equivalent for a total of 12 credits; and a major declared in this specific curriculum.
Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

SCULPTURE

ART 105 – Sculpture 1

3 humanities credits; or non-credit
An introduction to visual thinking in three-dimensional form and space. Students develop an appreciation and understanding of the elements of line, plane, shape, volume, surface, light, and mass as they relate to 3D form and space. Texture, transparency, unification, modification, color, and other effects are also incorporated. Lectures and critiques emphasize creative expression through the interaction of ideas, materials, and tools, and expose students to a wide range of materials and processes through historical examples to develop a broad three-dimensional experience.
Notes: No previous art experience is necessary.
Class Hours: 4

ART 106 – Sculpture 2

3 humanities credits; or non-credit)
In this continuation of Sculpture 1, students further refine techniques while developing a more sophisticated understanding of composition in three-dimensions. Focus on the relationship between form and content through representational, abstract, and non-objective sculptural forms.
Class Hours: 4
Prerequisites: ART 105 Sculpture 1.

ARTWS 201 – Traditional Sculpture

1 credit; 2 credits; or non-credit
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.

Life Sculpture

non-credit
Sculpting from a life model in various materials. Study of anatomy, gesture, and the form as it relates to the environment. A background of art historical information is also offered.

FILM

FILM 100 – Introduction to Film

3 humanities credits; or non-credit

An introduction to the language of film, this course familiarizes students with the key elements of cinema: narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, and sound. Focusing primarily on fictional narrative films, the course explores the ways in which filmmakers employ the basic elements of cinema to reveal character, convey plot and theme, and create meaning. Both “Classical” Hollywood style and alternative styles are discussed. Students learn to critically analyze films and effectively communicate their ideas in writing. In addition to a mid-term and a final exam, there are weekly assignments and one paper.
Class Hours: 3

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