Art History

Art History provides you with visual analysis skills to interpret the imagery that surrounds you and explore the works, meanings and abstract foundations of the visual arts.

Art 101

Art and Architecture from Prehistory to the Renaisssance

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course will function as an historical survey of the visual images that exemplify the philosophical and aesthetic concepts that shaped Western culture from the Paleolithic Period through the fourteenth century. The aesthetic, historical and technical aspects of major art forms, including painting, architecture, drawing, and sculpture, will be studied in relation to the socioeconomic and political developments in Western civilization.

Art 102

Art and Architecture from the Renaissance through the Early Twentieth Century

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course will function as an historical survey of the visual images that exemplify the philosophical and aesthetic concepts that shaped Western culture from the Renaissance through the early twentieth century. The aesthetic, historical, and technical aspects of major art forms, including painting, architecture, drawing, and sculpture, will be studied in relation to the socioeconomic and political developments in Europe and the United States.

Art 104

Drawing I - Studio Course

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course develops skills in representational drawing as foundation for all disciplines and as an art form in itself. The student will draw from various subject matters and explore a variety of media, techniques, and concepts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the formal elements (line, shape, value, and texture) as they relate to the principles of visual organization (harmony, balance, rhythm, and repetition, movement, dominance, and proportion). The foci of the studio will be the exploration of the formal elements of art in relation to constructing strong compositions and the study of the aesthetic, physical, and psychological properties of value and texture.

Art 105

Drawing and Painting I - Studio Course

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course serves as an introductory studio course of descriptive drawing and painting (to draw and paint what is visually observed by the artist). The foci of the studio will be the exploration of the formal elements of art in relation to constructing strong compositions and the study of the aesthetic, physical, and psychological properties of color and value.

Art 109

Sculpture I

(HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: None. Introduction to media, techniques, theory, and practices. Various approaches to 3-D design are explored with particular sensitivity to sculptural concerns within the broader framework of contemporary art.

Art 205R

Drawing and Painting II

(HAP) 

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: None. Art 205R serves as an advanced studio course of descriptive drawing and painting (to draw and paint what is visually observed by the artist). The foci of the studio will be the conceptual development of iconography, the continued exploration of the formal elements of art in relation to constructing strong compositions and the study of the aesthetic, physical, and psychological properties of color and value, the mastering of media, and the refinement of artistic styles.

Art 265

Europe in the 20th Century

(HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: Art History 101 or Art History 102. Survey of modernist art in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Britain. Artistic movements and tendencies including Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, DADA, abstraction, surrealism, and developments during WWII. Writings by artists and critics will be considered in relationship to the art.

Art 299R

Independent Study

TBA. Variable credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. The student will complete a specific individual project designed in consultation with a professor. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in humanities.