ART 312: Advanced Drawing

An extension of 112 and 212 through which the student explores drawing as a means of expression and communication. Experimentation with diverse images of creation, the human figure, landscape, non-representational imagery and forms arising from technology will be encouraged. Philosophical and critical issues related to the discipline will be introduced.

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

  1. Demonstrate the process and application of drawing in a personal manner.
  2. Communicate ideas effectively through original and innovative approaches to drawing.
  3. Create and present a body of drawings which show an extended and advanced knowledge and skill set.
  4. Demonstrate a disciplined approach to the creative process by exercise taking responsibility and using initiative when working.
  5. Cohesively articulate thoughts about their work in written and oral form
  6. Demonstrate a developing artistic point of view and an ability to produce a cohesive body of drawings both stylistically and conceptually.
  7. Demonstrate a developing artistic point of view and an ability to produce a cohesive body of paintings both stylistically and conceptually.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate in their drawings the use of an allusive visual language using symbolism and visual metaphor.

ART 315: Advanced Painting

An extension of 215 with further investigation of technical and aesthetic issues in diverse approaches to painting, including representational, non-representational and abstract forms. This exploration examines possibilities available to the painter in the early twenty-first century. This course is structured around a series of critical themes and issues relevant to a rigorous art practice. With painterly materials, students take positions in relation to rich fields of ideas. Each student selects one painting medium to work in over the duration of the course (acrylic, egg tempera, encaustic, oil, watercolour, etc.), developing their own visual language.

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

  1. Demonstrate the process and application of painting in a personal manner.
  2. Communicate ideas effectively through original and innovative approaches to painting.
  3. Navigate the diversity of materials available to artists today, working with media that enhances the artwork’s significance.
  4. Create and present a body of paintings that provides evidence of an extended and advanced knowledge and skill set.
  5. Deploy personally generated questions as a means to discover innovative solutions.
  6. Demonstrate a disciplined approach to the creative process, marked by personal responsibility, industry, and initiative.
  7. Cohesively articulate thoughts about one’s own work in written and oral form.
  8. Respond creatively to significant theoretical and critical themes and ideas.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate in their paintings the use of an allusive visual language using symbolism and visual metaphor.

ART 321: Media Design

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of computer-based graphic design. Students will learn the formal, aesthetic and communicative aspects of creating effective graphic images.

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

  • Gain skill in choosing, using & manipulating typographic elements.
  • Discuss the use of typography in conveying ideas, moods, and emotions.
  • Learn how to identify & analyze the elements, principles & vocabulary of two-dimensional design as it relates to specific message making and the marketplace.
  • Learn to utilize & integrate the elements, principles, materials & processes of two-dimensional design to fulfill a specific problem which generates a specific message.
  • Apply Photoshop and Illustrator techniques and processes to successfully solve design problems and clearly communicate their intention.
  • Discuss the advantages graphic designers enjoy as a result of computer technology, and explore some of the latest applications of these designs.
  • Connect the aesthetics, technology, and themes discussed in the classroom to the larger context of society, including vocational opportunities and the place of the designer in the business marketplace.

ART 324: Computer Art

An art studio course using the computer as an artistic medium. Students will receive basic training in applicable software but the focus of the course is the application of creative thinking and artistic practice in new computer technologies.

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

  • Explore the integration of manual art processes and traditional art materials with digital art processes and equipment.
  • Refine fundamental concepts of digital media, with the intent of employing these tools in creating fine art.
  • Evaluate aesthetic qualities and form opinions about digital or computer-based art.
  • Gain an appreciation of digital media through the study of historic and contemporary trends and to apply that appreciation to your own work.
  • Develop proficiency at creating, editing and working with digitally created images.
  • Create unique, expressive works on the computer, based on personal values, feelings and beliefs.

ART 334: Canadian Art

What is Canada? Who is Canadian and what defines Canadian art? This course begins with these fundamental questions which engage the intersection of national, racial, gender and cultural identity. By exploring the historical development of Canadian art from its early colonial roots, we will highlight the legacy of cultural and racial diversity which is often suppressed by Eurocentric romanticized narratives of British and French nation-building. We will explore for example, the way in which Canadian art histories have often disavowed the presence of the First Peoples, reducing them to an obstacle in the path of a “civilizing” colonial project. Such history telling glosses over or mythologizes the inherent violence of colonization, and often sacrifices a unique identity for an imposed one.

As we explore Canadian art through it’s distinct phases: colonial, national, international and multi-vocal, we will return to the tension between myth and identity within Canadian art. Within this debate we will attempt to position ourselves as Christians who are called to uphold and hear voices that are often suppressed by a grand and mythologizing Empire-identity.

This course is issue-driven and will introduce students to aspects of Canadian art (historical and contemporary) and the pressing political, social and cultural debates which inform Canadian art. Various types, styles and genres of Canadian production by artists of diverse racial, sex and cultural backgrounds will be explored.

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

  • Evidence a basic understanding of how Canadian arts reflects Canadian history from the French Colonial Period to the present.
  • Gain a general familiarity with the breadth of artistic practices that emerged during Canadian History including: the founding of the Royal Canadian Academy, the work of the Group of Seven; the development of regionalism, the rise of abstraction during the Quiet Revolution in Quebec and the emergence of conceptual art in the 1960s.
  • Identify most prominent artist’s biographies and collective art movements in Canadian art.
  • Critically examine central themes in Canadian Art that influence perceptions of nationhood, citizenship and belonging, including: the formation of a “national style;” questions of landscape, modernity and gender, struggles over abstraction, the national vs. the international and the place of First Nations cultural production within Canadian art history.
  • Grasp of the complexly elusive nature of Canadian artistic identity and the ability to articulate how “Canadian Art” can mean many different things to a wide range of people.
  • An appreciation of the key role Canada’s landscape, particularly that of the North, has played for many artists working in various disciplines.
  • Recognize how Canadian art expresses the problems encountered by immigrants and First Peoples alike.
  • Articulate how Canadian arts reflect the country’s official policy of multiculturalism.
  • Experience the impact of seeing Canadian art in person within a gallery setting.

ART 341: The Artist in the Twenty-First Century

This course will examine the question of what makes modern art modern, by tracing the development of ideas that lead to the many isms of the past century, and by examining some of the chief conceptual movements of the previous century. The course will investigate the philosophy, history, theory, practice, and socio-economic structures that underlie the development of the twenty-first century artist. This investigation includes concerns of modernism, post-modernism, multiculturalism, the environment, ethnicity, class and gender.

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

  • Identify and analyze artists, trends and movements of the early 20th century to the present
  • Contextualize the art of today within the societies that create it, including personal, political, religious, economic and cultural motivations.
  • Critically analyze and interpret new forms, media and content in art making of the twentieth century.
  • Chart the development of pre and post-war Abstraction.
  • Chart the shifting sphere of influence in the art world from Europe to America to International/para-national.
  • Compare, associate and link modern through contemporary art to the history of art and society.
  • Test a variety of strategies for interpreting art through applied criticism in group discussion.
  • Research, present and critique artwork through oral presentations.
  • Experience the impact of seeing art in person within a variety of contemporary gallery settings.

ART 368: The Artist in the Marketplace

Focusing on the business of art, this course combines business practices with art-related issues. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to progress to careers in the art community, a vital element of the so-called creative industries sector of the economy.

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

  • Possess entry-level professional skills in identity design, business management and marketing for artists.
  • Articulate a diversity of marketable applications for art in fields such as design, photography, illustration, curatorial services, arts administration and art therapy.
  • Make pre-graduation contact with working professionals in various areas of work to better anticipate and prepare for employment.
  • Research useful information drawn from government departments, industry associations and art organizations to help start and run an art-based business in Canada.
  • Develop a marketing strategy for managing their careers as self-employed artists who offer discipline related products and services that generate revenue.
  • Research and analyze successful artists, art and design businesses, and design market trends to assist them in identifying their own niche and client/audience,
  • Develop a professional digital and print portfolio that includes an artist biography, a professional resume, artist statement, high quality prints of the artist’s works and additional appropriate information.
  • Consider the relationship between their Christian calling and entrepreneurship within visual culture.