Art - Studio Art (ARTS)

ARTS 110 Digital Photography3 Credits

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

Fees: Yes.

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 II3 Credits

Continuation of ARTS 151. Further development of drawing techniques, including objective and subjective drawing, using calligraphic line, gesture, and caged volume. Introduction to color in drawings. Introduction to contemporary drawing strategies.

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 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 270 Screen Printing I3 Credits

Introduction to concepts and techniques of screen print in a commercial and fine art environment. Includes multiple layer registration, CMYK process prints, linear printing with textiles, and secondary printing on 3D objects. Students will build their own portable press.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101.

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.

Prerequisites: ARTE 101.

Fees: Yes.

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 331 Fibers Workshop II3 Credits

Intermediate examination of several fiber or fabric applications.

Prerequisites: ARTS 231.

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 360 Sketchbook3 Credits

The sketchbook as a primary medium for developing creativity and the artist's thought processes. Exploring exercises and field assignments for building an approach to keeping a sketchbook as a place for ideas and recording the artist's visual experience.

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

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: Lithography3 Credits

Introduces concepts and techniques of fine art lithography, including traditional stone lithography, aluminum plate lithography, and positive plate photo lithography. Black and white, multiple color, hybrid or combination prints, and chine-colle.

Prerequisites: ARTE 151.

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 270 or ARTS 274 or ARTS 370.

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 Screen Printing II3 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 270.

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: ARTS 281.

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 431 Fibers Workshop III3 Credits

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

Prerequisites: ARTS 331.

Fees: Yes.

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 460 Sketchbook II3 Credits

Individualized, professional visual and conceptual documentation for the fine artist and designer. Advanced students identify personal goals, explore sketchbook styles, develop compositional approaches, and research media and subject matter (including color) in recording visual experiences.

Prerequisites: ARTS 360.

Fees: Yes.

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 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 IV3 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.

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.