The following course descriptions are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: STUDIO ART
ART 101 STUDIO FOR NON-MAJORS 3 hours
An opportunity for non-majors to explore art concepts, materials and processes in an open and supportive, yet challenging environment. It will introduce students to the process of creative thinking as well as promote understanding, appreciation and application of basic art and design principles through hands-on exploration of art media. This course is designated as (hands-on) fine arts division general education course.
ART 102 DRAWING I 3 hours
Introductory-level course designed to develop skills in seeing, drawing and rendering in wet and dry media. Subject matter includes still-life, landscape, life drawing, architectural forms and assemblage. Contemporary art trends and issues are integrated into the course content. Class format involves studio work, lectures, discussions and critiques.
ART 103 DESIGN 3 hours
Introductory-level course involving understanding and application of the language of visual arts and the fundamental principles of design and composition. Basic principles are applied to a variety of problem-solving visual exercises, that explore the ways and means of visual expression. Emphasis is on conceptual and critical growth and personal expression. Class format involves studio work, lectures, discussions, critiques and class presentations.
ART 104 BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY 3 hours
Introductory-level course involving shooting, developing, enlarging and printing of black and white photos, with emphasis on both photographic composition and darkroom techniques. Student must have access to a manually adjustable 35 mm camera.
ART 106 COLOR THEORY 3 hours
Introductory-level course dealing with the aesthetic and practical considerations of color usage. Applications of color theories are used in creative projects with a variety of media. Prerequisite: ART 102, 103 or consent.
ART 107 DIGITAL IMAGING 3 hours
Introductory-level course designed to help the student gain proficiency and experience in the art of digital imaging. Course will explore Photoshop, Illustrator and presentation software. Prerequisite: ART 102 or consent.
ART 108 AIR BRUSH I 3 hours
Introductory-level studio course focusing on skill development. Student is introduced to numerous technical and freehand air brush techniques and processes. Class discussions, demonstrations and lectures will augment the air brush projects. Student must have access to an air brush.
ART 201-202 LIFE DRAWING I, II 3 hours
Middle-level studio courses where the human figure is the main focus for the exploration of the language of drawing. A variety of drawing media, both wet and dry, are used during the course of each semester. Prerequisite: ART 103 or consent.
ART 205, 206, 207 DRAWING II, III, IV 3 hours
Middle- and advanced-level courses that build on the foundation of Drawing I. Students draw from observational methods as well as explore a variety of approaches to image making and visual expression. Studio work introduces a range of traditional and experimental drawing tools and media. In-class drawing exercises and weekly homework assignments address a range of subjects. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 201 or consent.
ART 208 AIR BRUSH II 1-3 hours
Advanced-level studio course emphasizing concepts, practices, and methods in the use of the air brush as a fine-art tool. Students are expected to develop a proficiency in the use of this tool for drawing and painting and to pursue ways to use it creatively. Student must have access to an air brush. Prerequisite: ART 108.
ART 209-210 PAINTING I, II 3 hours
Introductory-level studio courses emphasizing oil or acrylic painting. Content consists of discussions of tools and materials, demonstrations and experimentation with a variety of techniques. Students become familiar with oil painting techniques by working through practice exercises and color mixing. Painting assignments build on this introduction and focus on problems basic to oil or acrylic painting. Critiques are held at the completion of each project. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103 or consent.
ART 213-214 SCULPTURE I, ll 3 hours
Introductory-level studio courses involving various sculptural techniques and processes including modeling, carving, mold-making and construction. Students will experience the use of clay, plaster, wood, plastic, wax and metals. Both additive and reductive processes are explored. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103 or consent.
ART 215-216 CERAMIC SCULPTURE I, ll 3 hours
An introduction to basic sculptural concepts, practices and methods, focusing on both skill development and artistic creativity. The student will be introduced to numerous ceramic sculptural techniques and processes that will be used to create class projects. Students will be responsible for class presentations and discussions of contemporary artists.
ART 217-218 CERAMICS I, II 3 hours
Introductory-level studio courses designed to develop basic concepts, techniques and processes in the use of clay. Includes coil building, slab building, use of the potter’s wheel, surface decoration and glazing. Assignments explore functional, figurative and sculptural concepts.
Students are encouraged to combine methods of building and begin developing a personal direction and a critical aesthetic through research and experimentation. Emphasis is also placed on ceramic history, glaze mixing and kiln firing. Ceramics I is designated as fine arts division general education course.
ART 223-224 PRINTMAKING I, II 3 hours
Introduction to the printmaking techniques and processes of relief, monoprinting, screen printing and intaglio. Emphasis is on the creative exploration of these media. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103 or consent.
ART 225 BOOK ARTS 3 hours
An exploration of bookbinding forms, techniques, materials and design. This course includes traditional binding, non-adhesive structures and box constructions. Various printmaking media and letterpress printing are used to investigate the artist book as an expressive art form. Prerequisite: ART 223 or ART 240.
ART 230 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL LANGUAGE 3 hours
Provides the opportunity to develop basic skills in graphic design through the application of design principles to problem-solving projects. The projects explore the graphic and communicative potential of images and typography through their interpretation, manipulation, concept visualization and spatial relationships. The course also emphasizes craft skills using both hand and digital design techniques. Computer applications appropriate to the design project will be integrated into the problem-solving and production processes, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress. Prerequisite: ART 103, ART 107 or consent.
ART 240 EXPLORING TYPOGRAPHY AND LAYOUT 3 hours
An introduction to typography and layout aimed at developing skills in visual communication through the application of basic design principles to a variety of design challenges. The projects will explore the structure and visual vocabulary of type, the communication potential of layout, the importance of typographic hierarchy, and the integration of type and image. This course also focuses on computer skills needed for typographic and image layout and manipulation and digital file preparation for accurate reproduction through use of Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress. Prerequisite: ART 230 or consent.
ART 280 TOPICS IN ART 3 hours
Group study in some area of studio art not covered in other courses. May include such topics as creative drawing, three-dimensional design, book arts, watercolor painting or raku.
ART 301-302 LIFE DRAWING III, IV 3 hours
Advanced-level studio courses where the human figure is the main focus for the exploration of the language of drawing. The student is expected to achieve a degree of technical and expressive proficiency in the use of a variety of drawing media. Prerequisite: ART 202.
ART 311-312 PAINTING III, IV 3 hours
Advanced-level studio courses emphasizing oil painting. Content builds on basic skills of preparing supports and grounds, painting techniques and framing finished works. Students are encouraged to experiment with media, pursue their own subject matter and develop their creative potential. Critiques are held on the completion of each project. Prerequisite: ART 210.
ART 315-316 SCULPTURE III, IV 3 hours
Advanced-level studio courses using various sculptural techniques and processes including modeling, carving, mold-making and construction. Students are expected to achieve a degree of technical and expressive proficiency in the exploration of processes and media. Prerequisite: ART 214.
ART 319-320 CERAMICS III, IV 3 hours
Advanced-level studio courses aimed at further developing sculptural and/or throwing skills through focused assignments dealing with issues of form and function, design, working in series, presentation, research and experimentation, exploration of contemporary and historical themes, glaze testing and firing. Projects are generally a series of works that focus on particular concepts, techniques or personal interests. Students help initiate the direction a project will take and are responsible for each step of the design process. Prerequisite: ART 218.
ART 325 SCREEN PRINTING 3 hours
Advanced-level studio course concentrating on the methods of silk-screen. Emphasis is placed on the creative exploration of the media. Prerequisite: ART 223, ART 224 or consent.
ART 326 INTAGLIO 3 hours
Advanced-level studio course concentrating on the methods of intaglio. Emphasis is placed on the creative exploration of the media. Prerequisite: ART 223, ART 224 or consent.
ART 327 RELIEF 3 hours
Advanced-level studio course concentrating on the methods of relief. Emphasis is placed on the creative exploration of the media. Prerequisite: ART 223, ART 224 or consent.
ART 330 PUBLICATION DESIGN 3 hours
Provides an opportunity to design a publication from the ground up. Stresses creative solutions through the development of a personal design process rooted in a strong foundation of research, concept development, visualization, refinement, file preparation and production. This process is learned and developed through the execution of practical exercises and by designing publications such as newsletters, magazines, books or other similar design challenges. In addition, the course integrates appropriate computer applications (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress) for the creation, manipulation and use of images and typography in publication design. Prerequisite: ART 240 or consent.
ART 340 CORPORATE DESIGN SYSTEMS 3 hours
Emphasis for this class is placed on the understanding and development of a systematic approach to designing corporate communications. The challenges will come in a variety of forms, such as annual reports, capability brochures, corporate identity and a corporate standards manual. Further emphasis is placed on the refinement of a personal design process and the integration of type and image in design solutions. Computer applications appropriate to the design project (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXPress) will be integrated into the problem-solving and production processes. Prerequisite: ART 330 or consent.
ART 341-342 NEW GENRE 3 hours
Advanced-level interdisciplinary courses in the creative visual arts. Students are encouraged to experiment with conceptual, environmental, video, performance and installation works using both traditional and nontraditional methods and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103 or consent.
ART 390 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 hours
Independent study in the areas of studio art, historical research or travel. Prerequisite: Consent.
ART 395 INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION CV
ART 413 PAINTING V 3 hours
Advanced-level studio course aimed at further building skills gained in previous painting courses, with an emphasis on refined techniques, final presentation of works and the development of a consistent and cohesive visual statement in painting. Prerequisite: ART 210.
ART 430 WEB SITE DESIGN 3 hours
A practical, hands-on course in Website design. Emphasizes the importance of design and organizational principles in the development of a successful Website. The course also explores how animation and design elements should be used within a digital media context and how the site’s design directly affects the success or failure of navigating a site. Emphasis will also be placed on appropriate Web design software and its use (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks). Prerequisite: ART 340 or consent.
ART 440 MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 3 hours
An emphasis on the exploration and integration of a variety of media (2-D, 3-D, visual, animation, audio, print, digital, etc.) in order to design dynamic and appropriate solutions. This will be accomplished through practical design projects having solutions that incorporate two or more media. Computer applications appropriate to the integration of the different media will be stressed, including use of Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks. Prerequisite: ART 430 or consent.
ART 480 TOPICS IN ART 3 hours
Group-study project aimed at experimentation in areas not covered in other studio courses. May include such topics as ceramic sculpture, book arts, seminar or travel. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent.
ART 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 hours
Reading, research, and creative work in the area of studio art. Student must work two or more semesters in a given medium before applying for independent study. This course is exclusive of the senior project. Prerequisite: Consent.
ART 499 SENIOR PERFORMANCE SEMINAR 0-1 hour
This Capstone course provides a focal point and closure of a liberal arts education within the context of the major discipline. As a departmental offering, this course focuses on the development of an independent project in the area of emphasis and expands to include breadth of knowledge and synthesis. Interdisciplinary integration of knowledge and research is emphasized. General education and major outcomes are integral to course assessment. Prerequisite: Senior standing with a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education completed.
Course Descriptions: Art History
ARHS 133-134 ART OF THE WESTERN WORLD I, II 3 hours
An introduction to the study of Western art history. This sequence considers the artistic accomplishments of humans from the pre-historic era to the present, giving particular emphasis to concepts and ideas that continue through time and across space. First semester includes the study of Egypt and Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, and the Middle Ages. Second semester considers European arts from the Renaissance to contemporary times. These courses are designated as fine arts division general education courses.
ARHS 135 - INTRODUCTION TO WORLD ART 3 hours
Introduction to World Art is a survey-level art history course that explores art and architecture made outside of the Western art historical tradition. The course investigates distinct cultures such as sub-Saharan Africa, those of the Far East (India, Japan, Korea, and China), several in North America (Native American and pre-Columbian), and those of the Pacific Islands. When possible, it investigates the ways in which these non-Western cultures have impacted and influenced more familiar Western art. This course is designated as fine arts division and as a diversity course, and has a diversity experience that accompanies the classroom material.
ARHS 152 ART IN THE UNITED STATES 3 hours
An introduction to American art history. This course considers the development of painting, sculpture, architecture and the minor arts from the first colonists to the present. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of continuity and change as portrayed in these visual arts. This course is designated as fine arts division general education course.
ARHS 250 MODERN ART, 1880-1940 3 hours
A survey of European and American painting, sculpture and new genre from 1880 to the present. This course includes the study of the early modern movements of Symbolism, Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism.
ARHS 251 ART SINCE 1940 3 hours
A survey of European and American painting, sculpture and new genre from 1940 to the present. This course explores Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Earthworks, New-Expressionism and New Genre artworks.
ARHS 255 GREEK AND ROMAN ART 3 hours
A study of the classic world of the Greeks and Romans. This course considers the painting, sculpture and architecture from the early Cycladic and Minoan peoples to the end of the Roman Empire. Emphasis is given to the greatness of the Greek accomplishment and the ingenuity of the Romans in their adaptation of Greek ideas and to the creation of an impressive art heritage of their own. Prerequisite: ARHS 133, ARHS 134 or consent.
ARHS 256 MEDIEVAL ART 3 hours
A study of the art of the European Middle Ages. This course considers the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Early Christians, the Byzantine world, the Dark Ages, and the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Emphasis is given to the development and iconography of the arts in a Christian setting. Prerequisite: ARHS 133, ARHS 134 or consent.
ARHS 257 RENAISSANCE ART 3 hours
A study of the artistic achievements of the Italian and Northern Europeans from the 14th to the 16th centuries. This course considers the painting, sculpture and architecture of some of the world’s greatest artists, including Giotto, Durer, Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Emphasis is placed on the change from a medieval to a humanistic mentality and its effect on the visual arts. Prerequisite: ARHS 133, ARHS 134 or consent. This course is designated as fine arts division general education course.
ARHS 258 BAROQUE-ROCOCO ART 3 hours
A study of the arts of Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries. This course considers painting, sculpture and architecture during the age of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Emphasis is placed on the emergence and development of national characteristics in the visual arts. Great artists such as Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt and Velazquez are considered. Prerequisite: ARHS 133, ARHS 134 or consent.
ARHS 259 NINETEENTH CENTURY ART 3 hours
A study of European art of the 19th century. This course considers painting, sculpture and architecture since 1800. The major artistic styles and movements of this period, including Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Post Impressionism, are studied. Particular emphasis is placed on the contribution of these movements and artists to the art of the 20th century. Prerequisite: ARHS 133, ARHS 134 or consent.
ARHS 390 INDEPENDENT STUDY CV
Reading and research in the area of art history. Intended to allow individual students to pursue study in a topic of interest beyond the introductory level. Prerequisite: Consent.
ARHS 395 INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION CV
ARHS 480 TOPICS IN ART HISTORY 3 hours
Special courses offered periodically or when requested in areas not covered in other art history courses. May include such topics as women artists, seminars or travel. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent.
ARHS 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY CV
Reading and research in the area of art history. Intended to allow individual students to pursue study in a topic of interest beyond the introductory level. This course is exclusive of senior project. Prerequisite: Consent.
ARHS 499 RESEARCH METHODS IN ART HISTORY 3 hours
This Capstone course provides a focal point for and closure to a liberal arts education within the context of the major discipline. This seminar-style course with a main focus in art history research considers the various methodological approaches to art research and the resources available. Students engage in study projects on a limited body of work to gain experience in assembling, analyzing and presenting artistic material in a critical or historical context. Emphasis is placed on the selection and interpretation of art historical material and their presentation in oral and written form. General education and major outcomes are integral to course assessment. Prerequisite: Senior standing with a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education completed.