Art

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Studio Art is designed for students interested in studio but would like to combine their artistic and creative skills with majors or minors in other disciplines. Students are able to tailor this degree so that they can choose from a variety of career paths, for example: owning and operating a gallery or art related business (combined with a business major/minor), art therapy (combined with a psychology minor/major), working as an artist exhibiting artwork, or being involved with artist residencies. This degree helps students develop the essential skills of critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, aesthetic judgment, and cultural awareness.  Students will become proficient with the materials, tools, and techniques of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Art History studies engage students in historic and contemporary artists, art movements, and styles. Students can customize their course selections to meet their individual needs. This degree does not require a senior gallery exhibition. 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art History combines strong curriculum requirements in art history and a sampling of studio art, design, and time-based media courses. Students in this major engage in an in-depth study of historic and contemporary artists, art movements and styles. This degree can lead to professional employment in art museums and galleries, art publishing houses and other areas of art services. The degree also prepares students for advanced, graduate-level art history studies.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art, concentrating in K-12 education, leads to licensure for Colorado K-12 Art Education. The visual art emphasis includes coursework in theory, art history and studio art. Art teaching methods courses in elementary and secondary art are an integral part of the degree plan. Students accumulate over 200 hours of classroom experience before beginning student-teaching. School districts throughout western Colorado provide opportunities to gain experience with children of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of school settings. Please see the Teacher Education Admission Packet for further information on admissions criteria for entering the Teaching Program at CMU.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art with a concentration in Studio Art is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career as a professional artist or entering graduate school for further studies. It combines a strong foundation in design, drawing, and art history with a broad technical base in the disciplines of ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and photography. Students are able to tailor their degree path according to their individual creative interests by focusing on one or more of these disciplines in their upper division coursework. All of these disciplines focus on the development of critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, aesthetic judgment, and cultural awareness. The degree has a strong emphasis on Studio Art Professional Practices and Portfolio Development and culminates in a required senior gallery thesis exhibition.

The Studio Art Minor acquaints students with some of the core elements in either two- or three-dimensional studio art. Students develop skills, sensitivity and aesthetic judgment while pursuing individual interests within studio areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, or photography. A background in the visual arts can provide a variety of opportunities in the areas of studio art, art gallery organizations, art therapy, and applied design.

Contact Information

Department of Art and Design
Fine Arts Building 200
970.248.1833

Art (ARTE)

ARTE 101 Two-Dimensional Design-GTAH13 Credits

Introduction to the design process using the elements and principles of art with an emphasis on composition, mark making, color theory, and craftsmanship. Two hours of lecture and two hours of studio per week.

Essential Learning Categories: Fine Arts
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

ARTE 102 Three-Dimensional Design-GTAH13 Credits

Introduction to principles of form and function in three-dimensional design with emphasis on materials, process, and craftsmanship.

Essential Learning Categories: Fine Arts
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

Fees: Yes.

ARTE 103 Digital Art and Design-GTAH13 Credits

Exploration of technical and conceptual processes through hands-on creative projects, with emphasis on Digital Literacy, Visual Communication, Design Thinking, and Problem Solving for Digital Artwork.

Essential Learning Categories: Fine Arts
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTE 115 Art Appreciation-GTAH13 Credits

Some of the hows, whys, and whos of painting, sculpture, and functional design in selected periods and places. This course is intended for non-art majors. Art majors should take ARTE 118 instead.

Essential Learning Categories: Fine Arts
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

ARTE 118 History of Art, Prehistory to Renaissance-GTAH13 Credits

Survey of the development of art from Prehistory up to the emergence of the Renaissance. Course focus will be the study of major monuments to gain an understanding of the important factors that defined the artistic production of each civilization and historic period.

Essential Learning Categories: Fine Arts
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

ARTE 119 History of Art, Renaissance to Present-GTAH13 Credits

Survey of the development of art from the Renaissance to the late 20th century. Course focus will be the study of major monuments to gain an understanding of the important factors that defined the artistic production of different historic periods.

Essential Learning Categories: Fine Arts
Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways General Education Curriculum

ARTE 196 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTE 294 Sophomore Seminar3 Credits

Development of intended personal direction for creative activity and scholarly work in upper division studio and art history courses. Honing creative critical thinking skills through formal analysis of artwork, art critiques, basic art theory and contemporary art concepts, developing the annual juried student art exhibition, fundamentals of matting, framing, basing, and portfolio development, woodshop safety, exposure to local and regional art scene, and exploring career options in art.

Prerequisites: ARTH 220.

ARTE 296 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTE 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTE 396 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTE 494 Studio Art Senior Seminar3 Credits

Examination of the current state of the studio arts and various career options through research, discussion, and practical application in the coordination of a required studio art exhibition. Includes development and presentation of a professional portfolio package including artist statement, resume, and web presence. Must enroll in the course during the spring semester in which the senior exhibition is presented. Each student must be working directly with a full time faculty member in their discipline to select work for their senior exhibition.

Prerequisites: ARTE 294 with grade of "B" or higher.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ARTE 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTE 496 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTE 498 Studio Assistant and Teaching Aid3 Credits

Teaching experience via preparing demonstrations and performing in-studio maintenance of studio equipment. Taught in conjunction with 200-level classes. Designed for the senior level artist.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course may be taken 3 times for credit.

ARTE 499 Internship3 Credits

Placement in a gallery, art center, or museum setting. The student is expected to complete 135 clock hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ARTE 596 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

Art - Art Education (ARTD)

ARTD 196 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTD 296 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTD 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTD 396 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTD 410 Elementary Art Education Methods3 Credits

Explorations of theory, methods, and materials for teaching art, kindergarten through sixth grade. Required for K-6 elementary teachers and K-12 Art Education majors. Studio applications, aesthetics, creative problem solving, art history, lesson, and unit plans explored.

Prerequisites: EDUC 115, EDUC 215, and EDUC 343, all with a grade of "B" or higher.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTD 410L Field/Studio Experience in Elementary Art Education Methods1 Credit

Required for K-12 art education majors only. Forty field hours in local public schools.

Prerequisites: EDUC 115, EDUC 215, EDUC 343, all with a grade of "B" or higher.

Corequisites: ARTD 410.

ARTD 412 Secondary Art Education Methods4 Credits

Seminar that covers theory, methods, and materials for teaching art in middle and high schools, grades 7-12. Applies options in teaching through embedded field hours. Development of a year-long art curriculum. Required for K-12 Art Education majors.

Prerequisites: EDUC 115, EDUC 215, EDUC 343, all with a grade of "B" or higher.

ARTD 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTD 496 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTD 596 Topics:0.5-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

Art - Art History (ARTH)

ARTH 196 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTH 220 History of Modern Art3 Credits

General survey of Western and non-Western art from 1850 to the 21st Century, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art. This is a survey on the major movements and civilizations, methods of analysis, historical and cultural context.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101, ARTE 102, ARTE 118, and ARTE 119.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTH 296 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTH 315 Nineteenth-Century Art3 Credits

Comprehensive survey of the major art movements of the nineteenth century: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Academic Art, the invention of photography, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 316 20th Century Art to 19503 Credits

Foundations of modernism from Post-Impressionism through Surrealism through the study of major artists and art works and related manifestations including important theories of modern art, the modernist transformation of design aesthetics, and social and political reactions to modern art.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 317 American Art History3 Credits

Examination of art and artists of America from colonial times up to the present with attention to the role of the artist and the visual arts in American social experiment.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 318 Development of Contemporary Art3 Credits

Examination of art produced within the past 40 years with attention to the plurality of successful styles and subjects pursued by artists, the increasingly important role of the art critic and the contemporary art museum in interpreting trends, the impact of the commercial art market on the production and dissemination of contemporary art, and various experimental art forms developed by artists to counteract the influence of critics, institutions and commercial interests.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 319 Art of the American West3 Credits

Examination of the artist's encounter with the West as both real and imagined experience from the works of expeditionary artists of the early 19th century to recent large scale "earthworks" that transform the Western landscape. Emphasis on the works of the major 19th century protagonists of the heroic Western image as well as the important role of Santa Fe and other Western locations in the development of a Western art tradition.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 321 Gothic and Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture3 Credits

Architectural accomplishments of Gothic style and the revival and development of painting and sculpture from the Gothic period through the Renaissance in the North. Includes invention of oil painting, growth of realism and direct observation of the real world in art, and effects of the Protestant Reformation on artistic styles and content.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 322 Expressionism in 20th Century Art3 Credits

Expressionism in Germany during the early 20th century and its recurrence in the latter half of the 20th century. Visual language of expressionism as a distinctive style and the artistic goals of Expressionism that define a specific role for the artist in society.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118, ARTE 119, and ARTH 316.

ARTH 323 History of Modern Architecture3 Credits

Modern architecture as a form of applied artistic expression. Examination of major stylistic developments in architecture and applied design from 19th century historically-inspired styles through 20th century innovations that transformed traditions of architectural design and the role of the architect in modern society.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119; and ARTH 315 or ARTH 316.

ARTH 324 History of Graphic Design3 Credits

Exploration of the history of graphic design from the advent of writing through the digital revolution, focusing on development of design techniques and styles.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 325 Italian Renaissance Art History3 Credits

Explores origins, development, and end of Italian Renaissance. Late thirteenth to mid-sixteenth century. Emphasis on major works of sculpture, painting, architecture, and the artists responsible for their creation.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 326 Medieval Art: Early Christian to the Romanesque3 Credits

Explorations of Christian art through time and geographic regions. Emphasizes major works including sculpture, manuscripts, and architecture as well as the forces which shaped their creation and determined their meaning and significance.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 327 History of Western Architecture3 Credits

Explores beginnings of architecture in prehistory and traces development through time and geographic regions through the end of the Italian Renaissance. Emphasizes major works of architecture with discussions of form, function, and relation to other works of architecture.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

ARTH 331 History of the Moving Image3 Credits

Exploration of the history of the moving image from the pre-industrial era through the contemporary and digital era, focusing on the history of both technological and artistic development, and the moving image in its varied types.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ARTH 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTH 396 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTH 400 Criticism and Research: Theory and Method3 Credits

Introduction to the development of art history as a discipline and how art historians evaluate and interpret complex issues of style, form, content, and theory in visual art. Structured discussion of historical art works studied in other upper division art history courses. Readings of seminal art historical theories and interpretive methodologies. Hands-on practice with library research tools. Completion of a fully researched term paper.

Prerequisites: ARTE 118 and ARTE 119, ARTH 315 or ARTH 316 or permission of instructor.

ARTH 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTH 496 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTH 499 Internship1-12 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

Art - Studio Art (ARTS)

ARTS 151 Foundation Drawing I3 Credits

Introduction to drawing with an emphasis on perceptual drawing. Perspective, light, shadow, form, volume, and mark-making strategies are explored, as well as an introduction to composition using a variety of media. Preparation for more advanced art classes.

ARTS 152 Foundation Drawing II: Figure Drawing3 Credits

Continuation of ARTS 151. Further development of drawing techniques and an introduction to drawing the human figure. Issues of form, structure, volume, movement, composition, and expressive possibilities are explored and practiced.

Prerequisites: ARTS 151.

ARTS 196 Topics1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTS 221 Metalsmithing3 Credits

Prerequisites: ARTE 102 or permission of instructor.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 225 Introduction to Photography3 Credits

Exploration of digital photography through technical and creative skill development using the digital single lens reflex camera.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 231 Fibers Workshop I3 Credits

Introduction to fiber and fabric art forms, including creation of original weaving, felt and fabric collage, batik and other applications.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101 and ARTS 151.

ARTS 241 Beginning Hand Building3 Credits

Introduction to the ceramic process using traditional materials and methods for hand formed ceramics objects. Involvement in clay from raw material through the glazing and firing process. Studio emphasis on technique and creative process.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 242 Beginning Wheel Throwing3 Credits

Beginning throwing processes. Creating vessels while learning the technique of shaping clay by throwing. Form and function explored. Initial firing process for bisque fire taught. Development of under-glaze and glaze techniques.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 251 Life Drawing3 Credits

Introduction to drawing the human figure. Issues of form, structure, volume, movement, composition, and expressive possibilities are explored and practiced.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101 and ARTS 152.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 252 Mixed Media Drawing3 Credits

Artistic exploration of experimental media, dry and wet, and alternative media alone or combined on varied drawing surfaces to give dimension, texture and vitality to a drawing. Figure and still life are main subject matter for observational approach.

Prerequisites: ARTS 251.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 274 Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief3 Credits

Introduces concepts and techniques of intaglio and relief printmaking processes. Includes non-acid and acid intaglio techniques such as drypoint, hard ground/line etch, soft ground, aquatint, multiple plate printing, a la poupee wiping, and chine-colle. Relief processes include linoleum cut and woodcut.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 275 Printmaking: Screen Printing and Lithography3 Credits

Introduction to the techniques, concepts, and history of screen print and lithography printmaking processes. Screen printing techniques include experimental monoprint, multiple color registration, and photo emulsion. Lithography techniques include black and white and multiple color printing from stone and photo plates. Emphasis will be placed on technical development, concept and idea generation, craftsmanship, and studio participation.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ARTS 291 Painting I: Intro to Painting3 Credits

Introduction to the language of painting through studio practice. Fundamental skills of color mixing and practical applications of painting and how they relate to perceptual problem solving. Focus on light and color and how it translates into pictorial space through observational painting.

Prerequisites: ARTS 151.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 296 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTS 321 Metalsmithing3 Credits

Prerequisites: ARTS 151 and ARTS 221.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 325 Intermediate Photography3 Credits

Development and discovery of individual artistic vision through the use of film photography.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101 and ARTS 225.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 331 Fibers Workshop II3 Credits

Intermediate examination of several fiber or fabric applications.

Prerequisites: ARTS 231.

ARTS 335 Digital Alternative Processes3 Credits

Exploration of fine art print making using digital photographic processes that contains a hands on element through continuation of digital photography studies.

Prerequisites: ARTS 325.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 336 Photography Workshop I3 Credits

Advanced development of personal vision and style through the lens of a camera.

Prerequisites: ARTS 335.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 342 Throwing Workshop I: Intermediate Throwing3 Credits

A continuation of the throwing process involving more complex vessels and techniques using lids, spouts, and pedestals. Assignment to firing teams for studio production for high fire clay.

Prerequisites: ARTS 242.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 344 Throwing Workshop II3 Credits

Alteration of thrown vessels using several techniques, including wet shaping, leatherhard shaping, marks, incising, and stamping. Creating larger vessels using a two-piece technique. Kiln teams assigned for high firings. Develop and study glazes and empirical formulas. Introduction to basic molecular composition of raw materials.

Prerequisites: ARTS 342.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 351 Drawing Workshop I3 Credits

Traditional and contemporary drawing processes and advanced compositional strategies. Perceptual, abstract, and conceptual ideas explored within the context of strengthening the artist's formal skills and idea development. Individual and group critiques ongoing.

Prerequisites: ARTS 152.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 352 Drawing Workshop II3 Credits

Formal mastery of the visual language and development of a personal artistic direction. Critical thinking skills about individual artistic influences explored. Individual and group critiques ongoing.

Prerequisites: ARTS 351.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 353 Visual/Conceptual Thinking3 Credits

Learning meaningful questioning. Engaging in creative problem solving. Assumptions about art questioned. Media selection is not limited; problems posed may be solved with 2D or 3D media.

Prerequisites: ARTS 251.

ARTS 354 Intermediate Life Drawing3 Credits

Continuation of the study of the human figure through an exploration and practice of composition, form, structure, volume, movement, anatomy and drawing processes.

Prerequisites: ARTS 251.

Course may be taken 2 times for credit.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 362A Artists' Books1 Credit

Introduction to the art of making visual books, including book structure, binding techniques, and strategies for developing sequential imagery.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101 and ARTS 152, or permission of instructor.

ARTS 362B Artists' Books1 Credit

Continuation of the art of making visual books, including book structure, binding techniques, and strategies for developing sequential imagery.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101 and ARTS 152, or permission of instructor.

ARTS 362C Artists' Books1 Credit

Further exploration of the art of making visual books, including book structure, binding techniques, and strategies for developing sequential imagery.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101 and ARTS 152, or permission of instructor.

ARTS 364 Figure Painting I3 Credits

Exploration of proportion, perspective and volume through painting from a model. Investigation of various techniques and conceptual development encouraged through use of oil or acrylic. Individual and group critiques.

Prerequisites: ARTS 251 and ARTS 291.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 365 Painting II: Methods and Materials3 Credits

Exploration and experimentation with various techniques, materials, and alternative processes inherent to contemporary painting. Through this exploration of painting, students will begin to develop a direction of investigation and a conceptual framework for their own personal painting practice.

Prerequisites: ARTS 151.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 366 Painting 2: Observational Painting3 Credits

Further exploration of observational painting through various techniques, materials, and processes inherent to contemporary observational painting. This course builds on the foundation of observational painting in ARTS 291 allowing students to further develop their observational painting skills.

Prerequisites: ARTS 291.

ARTS 370 Printmaking: Intermediate Lithography3 Credits

Introduces advanced concepts and techniques of fine art lithography, including traditional aluminum plate lithography, multiple color, hybrid or combination prints, and chine-colle techniques. Development of creative skills, conceptual direction, craftsmanship, and studio involvement.

Prerequisites: ARTS 275.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 371 Printmaking Workshop I3 Credits

Develop skills with intaglio, relief, and lithograph. Exploration of advanced techniques. May include multiple color printing processes, engraving, and collagraph. Work created will be matted.

Prerequisites: ARTS 274 or ARTS 275.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 372 Printmaking Workshop II3 Credits

Exploration of printmaking media. Investigation of a printmaker of choice to develop critical thinking about personal artistic skills. Artwork created will be matted, shown in a public space, and documented digitally.

Prerequisites: ARTS 371.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 375 Printmaking: Advanced Screen Printing3 Credits

Continued development and refinement of the techniques and concepts of fine art screen printing, including in-depth exploration of color, size, scale, and complexity of multiple layer imagery. Emphasis will be put on the development of creative thinking, developing personal artistic concepts, and portfolio development.

Prerequisites: ARTS 275.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ARTS 376 Printmaking: Advanced Intaglio and Relief3 Credits

Advanced intaglio and relief techniques, history, and concepts will be explored. These will include monoprinting, mezzotint, and various digital technologies and techniques such as CNC (computer navigated control) routing, and kento registration techniques. Research projects into other printmaking techniques will be done on individual basis. Emphasis will be on demonstration of technical development, conceptual growth, craftsmanship, and studio participation.

Prerequisites: ARTS 274.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

ARTS 384 Ceramic Sculpture Workshop I3 Credits

Creating in clay using various techniques and processes. Explorations with clay includes elements of the figure, representational and abstract, as well as 3D forms as pure sculpture. Artwork based and finished for professional exhibition. Independent work via student/professor contract.

Prerequisites: ARTS 241.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 385 Summer Institute in Marble, Colorado3 Credits

Summer symposium at Marble/Marble Carving Symposium. Carve Colorado Yule Marble from the same quarries used in the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other projects. A fee for the summer institute is in addition to Colorado Mesa University tuition and fees.

Prerequisites: ARTT 270.

ARTS 387 Bronze Commissions: Workshop I3 Credits

Special bronze commissions and projects as a liaison project with schools or the community. Direct experience at creating art from inception to mounted sculpture. Presentations to respective clients, budgets, armatures, sculpting, molds, wax, investing, and finishing of the bronze. Basing of the sculptures complete the process.

Prerequisites: ARTT 270.

ARTS 388 Ceramic Sculpture Workshop II3 Credits

Thematic concepts for the development of a BFA exhibition in clay explored. Student / Mentor consultation of utmost importance as the theme is developed. Independent work via student / professor contract. Art work based for professional presentation. Development of glazes including empirical formulas. Introduction to basic chemistry of the molecular composition of raw materials.

Prerequisites: ARTS 384.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 391 Painting Workshop I3 Credits

Skills developed in painting media of choice. Exploring advanced techniques to develop individual artistic expression. Discussions of personal influences and historical context ongoing.

Prerequisites: ARTS 291 or ARTS 365.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 392 Painting Workshop II3 Credits

Further investigation of techniques and material in individual painting medium. Personal artistic influences identified tools to aid individual artistic direction. Individual and group critiques are ongoing. End of semester artwork presented in public space and documented digitally.

Prerequisites: ARTS 391.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 395 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTS 396 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTS 421 Metalsmithing3 Credits

Prerequisites: ARTS 321.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 425 Advanced Studio Photography3 Credits

Further exploration of light and individual artistic vision through the use of digital photography.

Prerequisites: ARTS 325.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 431 Fibers Workshop III3 Credits

Creating of advanced fiber and fabric artwork; examination of historical precedents.

Prerequisites: ARTS 331.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 435 Wet Alternative Processes3 Credits

Exploration of fine art print making using wet alternative photographic processes that contains a hands on element.

Prerequisites: ARTS 335.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 436 Photography Workshop II3 Credits

Advanced development of personal vision and style through the lens of a camera and creation of prints.

Prerequisites: ARTS 336.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

ARTS 442 Kiln Construction3 Credits

Ceramics majors. Theory and practice of formulation of glazes utilizing minerals and oxides. Development of glazes includes empirical formula to a batch, batch to an empirical formula, and limit formulas. Basic chemistry of the molecular composition of raw materials. Background in ceramics required.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 443 Throwing Workshop III3 Credits

Advanced problems in clay construction and design with an emphasis on the development of personal style. Develop skills to create thrown multiples in clay. Discussion of marketing and establishing a studio to create clay art.

Prerequisites: ARTS 344.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 444 Throwing Workshop IV3 Credits

Exploration of thematic concepts for the development of a BFA exhibit in clay continued. Development of personal style on the potter's wheel including advanced alteration techniques. Independent work via student/professor contract to create body of artwork with professional presentation.

Prerequisites: ARTS 443.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 451 Drawing Workshop III3 Credits

Senior level drawing. Develop drawings used in senior exhibitions and professional purposes. Exploration and analysis of what historical and contemporary context fits individual's style.

Prerequisites: ARTS 352.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 452 Drawing Workshop IV3 Credits

Subject matter, form, and content are determined by the student under the guidance of the instructor. Ability to speak and write articulately about created artwork developed.

Prerequisites: ARTS 451.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 453 Visual and Conceptual Thinking3 Credits

Advanced. Continuation of ARTS 353.

Prerequisites: ARTS 353.

ARTS 464 Figure Painting II3 Credits

Advanced level exploration of the human figure in relation to conceptually based narrative paintings. Variety of media is encouraged. Students will use the model to develop a consistent body of work towards their BFA show. Individual and group critiques ongoing as well as discussion about individual concepts and direction.

Prerequisites: ARTS 364.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 465 Mixed Media Painting3 Credits

Advanced level bridge between 2D and 3D mediums. Focus on manipulation of various materials to give textural vitality to a conceptually based body of work leading toward the BFA show. Individual and group critiques ongoing as well as discussion of individual concepts and direction.

Prerequisites: ARTS 365.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 470 Advanced Lithography3 Credits

Continued development and refinement of techniques and concepts of fine art lithography including polyester plate lithography, independent technical research, and creative critical thinking as applied to the development of personal conceptual artistic direction.

Prerequisites: ARTS 370.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

ARTS 471 Printmaking Workshop III3 Credits

Research a printmaking technique that has not been introduced. Create a print and present the method. Develop a professional portfolio of artwork for senior exhibition and professional shows. Artwork created will be matted and documented digitally.

Prerequisites: ARTS 372.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 472 Printmaking Workshop IV3 Credits

Technical refinement and conceptual development. Refining a personal direction for the artist's imagery. Artwork created will be matted and documented digitally.

Prerequisites: ARTS 471.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 473 Printmaking Workshop V3 Credits

Creation of a mature and cohesive series of prints that demonstrate a solution or solutions to a creative problem posed by the individual. Artwork will demonstrate technical mastery and conceptual sophistication; student will provide a mature written artist statement and high-quality photo documentation. Oral critique where the artist verbalizes the context of their artwork within the contemporary art world.

Prerequisites: ARTS 472.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 474 Throwing Workshop V3 Credits

Exploration of the potter's wheel to develop personal style in the throwing process. Independent work via student/professor contract. Body of work created for professional presentation.

Prerequisites: ARTS 444.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 476 Printmaking: Portfolio Development1 Credit

Development of a professional body of artwork that demonstrates technical, creative, and conceptual maturity. Students will design, implement, and assess their own creative research goals under the tutelage of the professor. Artwork will be photographed and presented in a portfolio with the intention of entering the art profession. The course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ARTS 371.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, J-Term, Spring.

Course may be taken 4 times for credit.

ARTS 484 Ceramic Sculpture Workshop III3 Credits

Thematic concepts for the development of a BFA exhibit in clay continued. Independent work via student/professor contract. Artwork based for professional presentation.

Prerequisites: ARTS 384.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 487 Bronze Commissions Workshop II3 Credits

Special bronze commissions and projects as a liaison project with schools or the community. Direct experience at creating art from inception to mounted sculpture. Presentations to respective clients, budgets, armatures, sculpting, molds, wax, investing, and finishing of the bronze. Basing of the sculptures complete the process. Continuation of a year-long project at the 400 level.

Prerequisites: ARTS 387.

ARTS 488 Ceramic Sculpture Workshop IV3 Credits

General introduction to media, techniques, and history of ceramic art to create a deeper appreciation for the creative ceramics process. Further development of thematic concepts for the development of a BFA exhibit in clay. Independent work via student/professor contract.

Prerequisites: ARTS 484.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 491 Painting Workshop III3 Credits

Workshop III continues development of professional portfolios of artwork used for senior exhibitions and other professional shows. Artistic influences explored. Oral and written communication skills developed in preparation for professional interaction. End of semester artwork documented digitally.

Prerequisites: ARTS 392.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 492 Painting Workshop IV1-3 Credits

Technical refinement and conceptual development emphasized. Refinement of the artist's imagery. Ability to speak and write about work developed. End of semester artwork documented digitally.

Prerequisites: ARTS 491.

Course may be taken 2 times for credit.

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 495 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

ARTS 496 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

ARTS 498 Ceramic Sculpture Workshop V3 Credits

Further exploration of thematic concepts for the development of a BFA exhibit in clay. Independent work via student/professor contract. Artwork created for professional presentation.

Prerequisites: ARTS 488

Fees: Yes.

ARTS 499 Internship1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.