Art (ARTS)

ARTS-100 3 Units Foundations of Studio Arts

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course provides a broad introduction to the history, materials, and practices of the studio arts, focusing on the development and contemporary expressions of drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and other media.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-101 3 Units 2D Foundations

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

2D Foundations is a broad introductory course focusing on the history, materials, and practices of two-dimensional Art and Design across cultures and historical periods. Topics include: the elements and principles of Art and Design, color theory, and interpretive analysis of form and content. Required for the AA in Studio Arts and for students transferring to a BA or BFA art program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-102 3 Units 3D Foundations

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

This is an introductory studio course that focuses on the basic principles of three-dimensional design with applications in a variety of sculptural media including clay, plaster, wood and paper. Topics include basic design principles, interpretive analysis of form and content and theories of spatial organization. Required for all art majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-105 3 Units Color Theory

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

This course focuses on the principles, theories, and applications of additive and subtractive color in two dimensions. Topics will include major historical and contemporary color systems, production of projects in applied color, and the elements of design as they apply to color.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-110 3 Units Fundamentals of Drawing

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

This course focuses on the development of observational skills and drawing techniques, employing a wide range of drawing media and subject matter. Students in this course will develop both technical abilities and creative responses to material and subject matter. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-111 3 Units Figure Drawing

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-110 with a minimum grade of C.

This course focuses on drawing the human figure from observation using a wide variety of drawing media and techniques. Topics include an introduction to human anatomy and an introduction to the historical and contemporary role of figure drawing in the visual arts. Students in this course will learn both descriptive and interpretive approaches to drawing the figure.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-112 3 Units Creative Drawing

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-110 with a minimum grade of C.

This studio course focuses on creative and technical problems related to intermediate level drawings, focusing on more complex and varied subject matter, media and concepts. Students in this course will build on the fundamental drawing skills to develop personalized approaches to content and materials in exercises covering color media, abstraction, and expressive/interpretive drawing.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-120 3 Units Fundamentals of Painting

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-101 with a minimum grade of C.

This introductory studio course focuses on the basic techniques and materials of painting, employing a wide range of painting media and subject matter. Topics include basic color theory, materials, development of both representational and abstract approaches, and strategies for intuitive, individual response to subject matter and materials in directed assignments. Designed for students with no prior experience with painting.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-130 3 Units Printmaking

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-110 with a minimum grade of C.

This course introduces students to the basic materials, equipment and processes of relief, monotype and intaglio printmaking. Topics include woodcut, linoleum cut, collograph, drypoint and basic etching. Repeatable one time for credit.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-140 3 Units Beginning Ceramics: Hand-Building

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

The basic processes and technologies of ceramics and appreciation of clay as a form of artistic expression will be explored. An introduction to a variety of hand-building methods and hands-on use of these processes to create various hand-built pieces. Includes an introduction to the appreciation of historic ceramic objects. Lectures on clay, glazes, kilns and firing. Appropriate for all art majors and minors as well as general interest students.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-141 3 Units Beginning Ceramics: Throwing

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

The basic processes and technologies of ceramics and appreciation of clay as a form of artistic expression will be explored. Introduction to a variety of throwing methods and hands-on use of these processes to create various thrown pieces. Includes an introduction to the appreciation of historic ceramic objects. Lectures on clay, glazes, kilns and firing. Appropriate for all art majors and minors as well as general interest students.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-145 3 Units Clay Sculpture

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

The use of clay as a means of artistic expression. Emphasis on exploring images and ideas that can be expressed in clay and techniques to execute them.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-150 3 Units Sculpture

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Introduces materials, techniques, form, and content of sculpture through the creation and critique of simple sculptural works in selected materials.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-199 1-3 Units Independent Study in Art

54-162 hours lab; 54-162 hours total

Prerequisite: Approval of the project contract by the Art faculty member who will administer the project.

Allows students to explore in depth an area of art theory, history or performance under the guidance of an instructor. History projects culminate in a paper; performance projects end in a final art work or body of work evaluated by an instructor.

Transfers to CSU only

ARTS-210 3 Units Intermediate Figure Drawing

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-111 with a minimum grade of C.

This studio course is a continuation of the pictorial problems and material techniques of figure drawing introduced in ARTS 111, focusing on more complex subject matter, formats, and techniques. Students in this course will develop individualized approaches to figure drawing utilizing both black-and-white and color drawing media.

Transfers to CSU only

ARTS-220 3 Units Intermediate Painting

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-120 with a minimum grade of C.

This studio course is a continuation of the pictorial problems and material techniques of painting introduced in ARTS 120, focusing on more complex and varied subject matter, media, and concepts.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-240 3 Units Intermediate Ceramics: Handbuilding

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of ARTS-140 with a minimum grade of C.

Develops an understanding of clay as a form of artistic expression through exploration of form, materials, content and function. Using a variety of hand-building techniques students will problem solve a number of assignments. Students will use a variety of surface treatments and have hands-on experience with kilns, studio equipment and glazes. Includes study of contemporary and historic ceramics.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-241 3 Units Intermediate Ceramics: Throwing

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-141 with a minimum grade of C.

Develops an understanding of clay as a form of artistic expression through an exploration of form, materials, content and function. Using a variety of wheel-throwing techniques students will problem solve a number of assignments. Students will use a variety of surface treatments and have hands-on experience with kilns, studio equipment and glazes. Includes an intermediate study of contemporary and historic ceramics.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-244 3 Units Kiln Design

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-141 with a minimum grade of C.

A course for the student who wishes to gain knowledge and experience in the principles, design, and construction of kilns. Historic and contemporary kiln styles, firing methods and theories will be explored. Instruction on loading and firing the wide variety of existing studio kilns is included.

Transfers to CSU only

ARTS-245 1 Unit Salt-Fired Ceramics

36 hours activity; 36 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-141 with a minimum grade of C.

This course involves an introduction to and continued investigation of the salt-firing process. Includes the study of clay and glaze varieties appropriate for the salt kiln. Students will design and produce ceramic forms specifically for the salt kiln. The form, function, surface, and content of historic, contemporary and student works will be analyzed and studied.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-246 1 Unit Raku-Fired Ceramics

36 hours activity; 36 hours total

This course involves an introduction to and continued investigation of the Raku-firing process. Includes the study of clay and glaze varieties appropriate for Raku. Students will design and produce ceramic forms specifically for the Raku process. The form, function, surface, and content of historic, contemporary and student works will be analyzed and studied.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-247 3 Units Low-Fired Ceramics

36 hours lecture; 72 hours lab; 108 hours total

Introduces students to various aspects of working with clay at lower temperatures, including worldwide historical developments, earthenware clay bodies and slips. Methods and types of finishing and glazing include pit firing, electric firing, and experimental firing will be explored. Creation of earthenware works with low-temperature surface treatments fired in kilns appropriate for home studios will be the main focus of this course. Ideal for the aspiring home studio potter or ceramic artist.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-248 3 Units Introduction to Glazes

36 hours lecture; 72 hours lab; 108 hours total

Designed for the student who wishes to understand how glazes are developed, prepared and used. Included are history of ceramic glazes, methods of developing and applying glazes, materials used in glazes, and practical experience in glazing testing and evaluation.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

ARTS-249 3 Units Ceramic Surfaces: Wood Kiln-Salt Kiln

36 hours lecture; 72 hours lab; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-141 with a minimum grade of C.

This course covers the historic and contemporary art of atmospheric (wood and salt) fired ceramics. Topics covered in this course will include various clay forming techniques, clay body and glaze formulation for atmospheric firing, an array of firing procedures, firing outcomes, and the aesthetics of historic and contemporary atmospheric firing.

Transfers to CSU only

ARTS-260 3 Units Studio Workshop

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Limitation on Enrollment: Portfolio Review.

This course is designed for art students interested in further honing skills learned in drawing, painting, printmaking or mixed media through individually directed work in a supervised studio environment with regular group, individual and written critiques and reviews. Topics include portfolio development, written communication of artistic concepts, and related academic and professional practices.

Transfers to CSU only

ARTS-261 3 Units Ceramics Workshop

36 hours lecture; 72 hours lab; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of ARTS-240 or ARTS-241 with a minimum grade of C.

Appropriate for students with intermediate skills in either hand-building or wheel-throwing. This course will emphasize the continued development of technical skills, content, composition and the critical assessment of ceramic works. Contemporary developments in ceramic art will be included through image and demonstration based lectures, workshops and field trips.

Transfers to both UC/CSU