Art

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

All Art courses are now one semester long to allow greater flexibility in scheduling.

 

751 INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING AND PAINTING     0.5 credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the visual arts. Students in this course are introduced to the basic elements and principles of design, color theory, and the design process through drawing and painting. Students learn the concepts common to all the visual arts including line, shape, value, texture, color, space, and form.

 

752 INTRODUCTION TO 3D DESIGN     0.5 credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the visual arts. Students in this course are introduced to the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional art through sculpture, ceramics, and industrial design.

 

755 ADVANCED 2-D (A) PAINTING AND DRAWING     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing & Painting

Advanced projects in 2-D Art and design.  Scratchboard, charcoal pencil, acrylic canvas painting, watercolor painting, collage and photomontage are some of the possible materials and processes that will be used in projects.  Drawing topics of discovery will include the human figure, portraits, animals, landscape, still life and architecture.  Both traditional and digital media will be used.

 

756 ADVANCED 2-D (B) PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing and Painting

Advanced projects in 2-D Art and Design.  Printmaking projects will include frottage, stamps, mono prints, wood and linocut block printing and photo silkscreen.  Drawing topics of discovery will include the human figure, portraits, animals, landscape, still life and architecture.  Graphic Design topics of discovery will include poster design, book cover design, music cover design, logos, fonts, letterforms and letterhead designs.  Both traditional and digital media will be used.

 

758 ADVANCED 3-D (A) SCULPTURE AND DESIGN     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to 3D Design

Advanced projects in 3-D Art and Design.  Projects include ceramic clay sculpture, wheel and hand built pottery, painting firing and glazing ceramic clay.  Design topics of discovery include architecture, furniture and product design.

 

759 ADVANCED 3-D (B) CERAMICS AND CARVING     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to 3D Design

Advanced projects in 3-D Art and Design.  Projects using clay, plaster, stone, metal, wood and other like materials will be explored.  Techniques will include carving plaster and stone, plaster mold making, casting and assembling and fabricating materials such as wood and metal.

 

750 ART INDEPENDENT STUDY     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Two years of Art Courses AND teacher recommendation

 

769 PHOTOGRAPHY I     0.5 credit

In this course, students must demonstrate their knowledge of the artistic and commercial uses for photography as well as the history of this medium. Topics to be covered include basic camera controls and how to use them as well as the elements and principles of design as they relate to photography.  Assignments include: portraits; animals; landscape; action; perspective; lighting; still life; architecture; photojournalism. Most assignments will be shot using a digital camera or an iPad. This course includes the exploration of iPad editing applications for photography. Students must have use of a 35mm or digital camera with adjustable controls (manual setting options). A supply list will be handed out and students will be responsible for purchasing some of their own materials.

 

770 PHOTOGRAPHY II     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photography I

In this course, students will need to demonstrate learning about advanced photographic techniques, processes and approaches while refining their ability to see and think visually. Some of the technical processes to be covered include: advanced printing and photo editing.  Projects include: photomontage; panoramic photos; silhouettes; monotone; night photography; high contrast; double exposure; text with an image and grain and diffusion.  Students will further develop visual skills through daily and weekly photo assignments.  Assignments relating to documentary, fine art, and commercial applied photography will be completed. Students will begin to develop a portfolio of original photographs.

 

771 PHOTOGRAPHY III      0.5 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Photography II

In this course, students develop a portfolio of commercial and Fine Art photographs. We will learn about studio lighting for portraits and product photography. Natural lighting will be explored for use in landscape, architecture and portraits. Daily and weekly photo assignments will be given. Readings about photographers and photography will be assigned. Written and oral critiques will be required.  Students will be doing some projects with their still images in PowerPoint and iMovie and begin using video as an artistic medium.

 

772 PHOTOGRAPHY IV     0.5 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Photography III

In this course, students develop a portfolio of original photographs that expresses their own vision and style. They will also write an artist’s statement that expresses their philosophy of photography. Daily and weekly photo assignments will be given. Experimentation with photo editing, special effects, printing papers and image sizes will be explored. Readings about photographers and photography will be assigned and discussed in class. Short journal response to the readings will be required.

 

773 INDEPENDENT STUDY PHOTOGRAPHY     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Photo II, Photo III, or Photo IV AND teacher recommendation

This course is a directed independent study in photography. Students who sign up for this course will complete individual contracts with the instructor at the beginning of each quarter.

 

774 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY     0.5 credit

Prerequisites: Photography I, II, III, IV, or four semesters (2 years) of high school level photography classes and teacher approval.

In this course, students will explore in-depth photographic work that is both digital and traditional, still and video.  The first half of the semester is directed assignment while the second half allows for independent work.  Students will explore and research historically important photographic processes and media.  Students will be required to pick a topic to do in-depth research and present their findings to the class in a formal presentation.  Students will have to purchase some supplies and editing apps on their own.  This semester-long course can be repeated for credit, and will be offered both semesters.

 

 

ART DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

Ms. Gina Sackman
BFA Photography and Sculpture, Michigan State University
MFA Sculpture, Michigan State University
Certification Art Education, Michigan State University