Ceramics I

  • CERAMICS I - 60540 - ARTS 2346 - 001

  • CERAMICS I - 70484 - ARTS 2346 - 001

  • CERAMICS I - 90518 - ARTS 2346 - 001

  • CERAMICS I - 20467 - ARTS 2346 - 001

Course Description: This course is an introduction to fine arts ceramics. Hand-building processes: pinching, slab construction, coil building, etc., will predominate. There will be approximately six major projects, some of which may require the student to make more than one object. An introductory wheel thrown project will be assigned. Various clays and slips will be used. Most work will be fired in high-fire reduction or high fire soda kilns. Each student will mix clay at least twice during the semester. Students will learn to unload and load bisque and glaze kilns and maintain kiln shelves. Students will learn how to apply even coats of glaze in appropriate thicknesses. Significant out class time will be required. Students are required to be familiar with material on the safety agreement and may be tested on it at any time.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.    Student will use a variety of clay, slips, glazes and experience simple firing techniques.

2.    Student will become competent in basic hand building and glazing techniques.

3.    Student will begin to learn about using the potter's wheel.

4.    Student will successfully work with form, proportion and surface in three-dimensional ceramic objects.

5.    Student will become aware of the scope historical and contemporary ceramic art.

6.    Student will begin to learn about loading and firing kilns.

7.    Student will gain the sensitivity to be able to gauge the appropriate wetness of the material for a particular process.

8.    Student will begin to gain a broader understanding of the scope of the medium and an introduction into philosophical issues surrounding the field.


Art Appreciation

  • Art Appreciation ARTS-1301 2230 (1744)

  • Art Appreciation ARTS 1301-2804 (18969)

  • Art Appreciation ARTS 1301-2805 (18970)

  • Art Appreciation ARTS 1301-2814 (18988)

Course Description:

A general introduction to the visual arts designed to create an appreciation of the vocabulary, media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students will critically interpret and evaluate works of art within

formal, cultural, and historical contexts.  Prerequisites: College level readiness in reading and writing.

Course Outcomes:

1.    Apply art terminology as it specifically relates to works of art.

2.    Demonstrate knowledge of art elements and principles of design.

3.    Differentiate between the processes and materials used in the production of various works of art.

4.    Critically interpret and evaluate works of art.

5.    Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of arts on culture.

6.    Describe the process of making art through the historic and cultural influences on the artist.

Course Objective: To acquaint the student to the visual arts, including artistic media, techniques and art history. 

The first part of this course will cover the elements of art and principles of design to develop criticism and the ability to evaluate art. Students will explore the fundamentals of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design as they undertake various assignments as well as museum visits, each aimed at teaching a combination of the elements and principles. Elements and principles such as line, shape, texture, value, scale, color, etc. will be introduced. A variety of materials and processes will be introduced. 

The second part of this course will offer students the opportunity to understand the social, political and historical context in which specific art pieces were created. The student will develop an appreciation of the cultural and social atmospheres which dictate the inclusion of certain stylistic elements.


Drawing I and II

  • Drawing I ARTS 1316 - 2110
  • Drawing II ARTS 1317 - 2110

Drawing I – Course Purpose and Description: Drawing I is a course that provides students with a solid foundation of drawing techniques, styles and ideologies. As well as a whole working knowledge of drawing materials, we will study various components of composition. For example: line, shape, unity, balance, proportion, and scale, positive and negative space, focal points, etc. We will also talk about the ideas in your drawings and will learn the terminology to help us discuss and support these ideas. You will learn how to transpose three-dimensional objects into their two-dimensional equivalents. This is not a course in cartooning or illustration. There will be extensive one on one instruction and interaction with your peers. At any time during the semester, please feel free to come to me with your ideas, comments or questions. During the semester we will progress from highly structured exercises and assignments to being able to develop and express personal subjects. We will also discuss the necessity of developing a drawing as a “whole”, rather than as separate segments combined on the page.   

Description of Course Content: This course is designed to introduce and broaden a range of basic drawing and design skills. The varied skill levels at the beginning of the class will not be a problem. During the course students will be using a variety of media and tools and will explore their visible environment through direct observation as well as intuitive investigation within the basic elements of drawing and design.  Students will develop a general use of visual vocabulary and philosophy. Class time might include lecture, demonstration, slide presentation, studio work time, critique and field trip.

Drawing I – COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will:

1.   Demonstrate skills and techniques as they apply to drawing

2.   Create works showing a variety of approaches to subject matters using both wet and dry media

3.   Gain familiarity with historical precedent and contemporary trends in drawing

4.   Develop understanding of creative processes in drawing and self-awareness of individual creative inclinations

5.   Expand the ability to view, analyze, interpret, and evaluate own drawings and those of others through critiques, both individually and as a group.

6.   Develop a presentation or paper that demonstrates an understanding of the role of art in global, historic and contemporary cultures.

7.   Produce a portfolio of drawings based on the above objectives.

Drawing II

Course Outcomes

1.     Describe visual subjects through the use of accurate and sensitive observation.

2.    Generate drawings which demonstrate descriptive, expressive, and conceptual approaches with an increased focus on individual expression.

3.     Utilize varied materials and techniques, including color media, with informed aesthetic and conceptual strategies.

4.     Demonstrate an appropriate level of professional practice, including safety, craft and presentation.

5.     Analyze and critique drawings verbally and/or in writing.

6.     Relate their drawings to historical and contemporary developments in the field