Art 103: Fundamentals of Art

This will be a class introducing you to the many aspects of the visual arts. This course will explore basic questions relating to art and creativity from a Christian perspective. By examining the Biblical framework for artistic activity we will juxtapose the suspicions of the church against an integral Christian worldview, which upholds art-making as a legitimate Christian task. By looking at various works of art from the Western tradition, we will learn how to develop a language for discussing art while applying a Christian worldview to the process of understanding.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze how the elements of form and principles of design work together with the creative process to produce a work of art.
  2. Build basic terminology related to the arts.
  3. Analyze and evaluate works of art critically.
  4. Evaluate the context in which a work of art is made and viewed.
  5. Develop an appreciation of differing means of expression through history.
  6. Describe individual art disciplines, media and specific methods of making art.
  7. Define major historical and contemporary movements in art and discuss how art reflects its time and culture.
  8. Develop a basic conceptual understanding of how art is defined.
  9. Gain a basic understanding of the place of the arts in scripture and the history of the Church.
  10. Articulate a basic biblical and theological perspective of art and creativity.

ART 110: Introduction to Studio: Design

An introduction to two-dimensional elements of design and visual problem-solving which will include a very basic introduction to computer graphics.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with and successfully use the principles of design to develop individual creative designs and dynamic compositions.
  2. Use a variety of strategies to create and evaluate the creative problem-solving process through intuitive processes, revisions and risk-taking, to arrive at a final composition.
  3. Demonstrate proper use of diverse media and materials to produce a work of art.
  4. Evaluate and critique works of art and presentation by using art terminology.
  5. Identify historic references within the theory and practice of design.
  6. Integrate ideas, language and style with meaning by working with metaphor.
  7. Organize a portfolio of works that demonstrate aesthetic understanding of the principles of design, elements of form, and appropriate presentation of art.
  8. Develop consistent studio work habits by producing multiple weekly short term and as well as larger, long term design projects.

ART 112: Introduction to Studio: Drawing

A basic introduction to concepts, techniques and drawing media.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Comprehend and use basic drawing techniques to create finished drawings.
  2. Use a variety of strategies to create and evaluate the creative problem-solving process through intuitive processes, revisions and risk-taking, to arrive at a final composition.
  3. Develop drawing skills to coordinate hand and eye in studio and field observation.
  4. Experiment with different drawing techniques and media to reconstruct reality as observed and for imagining compositions driven by ideas.
  5. Understand drawing as a tool for observation of the physical world, carrying ideas into visual form and as a tool for building form through development stages into refined presentation work.
  6. Gain knowledge of various modes of drawing and the history of drawing.
  7. Develop vocabulary to analyze and discuss one’s own and others’ work in group critique.
  8. Develop consistent studio work habits by producing multiple weekly short term and as well as larger, long term drawings.
  9. Evaluate and critique works of art by using art terminology.

ART 115: Introduction to Studio: Painting

Aesthetics and techniques are examined through the study of various traditions and approaches to painting. Visual vocabulary and formal compositions are developed through practical application in studio projects, and reviewed through critical assessment.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Complete the technical process from preparation of the ground (canvas) to the completion of an acrylic painting.
  2. Use a variety of strategies to create and evaluate the creative problem-solving process through intuitive processes, revisions and risk-taking, to arrive at a final composition.
  3. Apply the visual elements of line, shape, light and shadow, color, value, texture and space as well as the design principles of balance, rhythm, focal points, implied movement and unity to a painting.
  4. Develop vocabulary to analyze and discuss one’s own and others’ work in group critique.
  5. Develop consistent studio work habits by producing multiple weekly short term and as well as larger, long term paintings.
  6. Create a work that demonstrates an awareness of diverse visual languages.
  7. Gain knowledge of various modes of painting and the history of painting.