Art

School of Art and Art History

ART 140. Two-Dimensional Design (0, 6). 3 credits.

Application and appreciation of the principles and elements of design,  with emphasis on line, form, color and texture, as applied to two-dimensional space.

ART 160. Drawing I (0, 6). 3 credits.

An introductory course composed of problems in landscape, perspective, figure and still-life in several media.

GART 200. Art in General Culture. 3 credits.

An exploratory course which aims to develop a non-technical, general cultural understanding of the space arts, such as architecture, painting, sculpture and industrial design. Emphasis is on the contemporary.

ART 240. Three-Dimensional Design (0, 6). 3 credits.

A course exploring the basic problems in three-dimensional design.

ART 242. Color Theory (0, 6). 3 credits.

An exploration of the nature and theories of color. Students will study the expressive and symbolic qualities of master colorists and apply this knowledge to theoretical and practical problems. Prerequisite: ART 140.

ART 248. Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation. 3 credits.

An introductory studio/lecture course focusing on 3-D computer generated animation. Basic 3-D modeling and animation techniques will be explored in relationship to the movie, gaming and entertainment industries. Several software packages will be used to learn the basic processes of creating and animating synthetic objects, materials, lights and cameras. Prerequisites: ART 140 and ART 160.

ART 260. Drawing II (0, 6). 3 credits.

A continuation of ART 160 involving more complex problems with emphasis on composition and expressive possibilities of a variety of media including ink, pencil, conte, charcoal and experimental materials. Prerequisite: ART 160 or permission of the instructor.

ART 280. Foundations Seminar. 3 credits.

A required course for studio art majors focused on the exploration and exchange of ideas related to choosing a professional art career. Contemporary issues and responsibilities faced by emerging artists are emphasized. Students will write a descriptive analysis of the various visual art disciplines offered by JMU and construct an artistís statement. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Corequisites: ART 140, ART 240 and GARTH 206.

ART 310. Art Activities in the Elementary School. (1, 4). 3 credits.

A study of the aims and philosophy of art education in elementary school with an emphasis on child growth and development through art. Experience with art techniques and materials suitable from nursery school through grade eight with emphasis on appropriate motivational and teaching methods. Includes intensive field experiences for elementary grade levels.

ART 311. Secondary Art Education Methods. 3 credits.

The study of art education methods, philosophy and contemporary practices as related to the middle and senior high school in public education. Includes class presentations, observation and practicum in the secondary grades. Prerequisites: PSYC 270 and EDUC 360.

ART 313. Introduction to Art Therapy (1, 4). 3 credits.

A survey dealing with the origins, historical development and major theoretical trends in the field of art therapy. Examines a variety of patient/client populations and treatment approaches. Visits to institutional settings will be included. Intended primarily for students in the arts, education and social sciences.

ART 317. Methods of Art Criticism. 3 credits.

The practical analysis and interpretation of works of art through oral and written forms. Emphasis is on the practice of art criticism in public settings, such as the school classroom, art museum and college art studio.

ART 318. Visual Arts Across the Curriculum (1, 4). 3 credits.

Explores ways in which the art teacher can promote relationships between art and other subjects within the public school curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on how art experiences can be used to teach skills and concepts associated with other subjects. Includes a range of intensive field experiences at the middle grade level.

ART 321. Weaving and Other Fiber Arts (0, 9). 3 credits.

Introduction to and practice in basic weaving and other fiber arts. Emphasis will be placed on floor loom weaving and surface design on the fabric.

ART 322. Metal and Jewelry (0, 9). 3 credits.

An exploration of techniques necessary to execute well-designed objects in metals including forming, repousse, stone setting, metal finishing, enameling and centrifugal casting.

ART 323. Papermaking (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

A creative approach to handmade paper as an art medium. Emphasis will be on one-of-a-kind pieces. Cast paper, mould and deckle, mould formation, collage and assemblage techniques will be explored.

ART 325. Ceramics (0, 6). 3 credits.

Exploration of ceramic hand-building processes and introduction to use of the potterís wheel.

ART 326. Intermediate Ceramics (0, 9). 3 credits.

Studio practice in forming, firing and glazing ceramic ware. Wheel-thrown pottery will be emphasized. Fundamentals of glaze composition will be given in lectures. Prerequisite: ART 325.

ART 328. Stained Glass (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

A comprehensive course in the design and construction of stained glass panels or windows. Traditional glazing techniques of lead came and copper foil will be explored, as well as epoxy resin bonding of dalle de verre. Glass surface decorating techniques of sandblasting, etching, plating, fusing, glue chipping and painting will be demonstrated.

ART 331. Intermediate Weaving and Other Fiber Arts (0, 9). 3 credits.

Introduction to surface design techniques such as painting and printing on fabric. Further work may be in this area (in which case no prerequisites apply) or in weaving or other fiber techniques. Prerequisite: ART 321 or permission of the instructor.

ART 333. Intermediate Metal and Jewelry (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Continuation of development in metalworking and its skills with emphasis on design and craftsmanship. Prerequisite: ART 322 or equivalent.

ART 335. Sculpture (0, 9). 3 credits.

Problems in three-dimensional form using traditional and modern techniques. Processes of modeling in clay, mold making, casting, carving in wood and stone and welded metal sculpture are explored. Prerequisite: ART 240.

ART 336. Intermediate Sculpture (0, 9). 3 credits.

A study in casting techniques for sculpture using the lost wax process. Foundry operations, cold cast methods, ceramic shell and fiberglass are also explored. Prerequisite: ART 335.

ART 348. Intermediate 3-D Computer Animation (0, 9). 3 credits.

The secondary level of 3-D modeling and animation. The emphasis of this course is to produce and animate digital characters similar to those found in popular movies and video games. Intermediate modeling techniques, texturing, and the animation of basic human movements will be explored. Prerequisite: ART 248.

ART 349. Special Effects in 3-D Animation (0, 9). 3 credits.

The study and creation of special effects similar to those found in movie and video game industries. This is a studio/lecture class in which students will model and animate cinematic effects such as explosions, fire, liquids, smoke, electricity, etc. Dynamic rules of physics will be used to simulate natural forces in 3-D animation. Prerequisite: ART 348.

ART 352. Printmaking: Screenprint (0, 9). 3 credits.

An introduction to the history and techniques of screenprinting. Lectures, demonstrations, and projects will involve photographic and nonphotographic stencils, related digital processes and color registration. Prerequisites: ART 140 and ART 160.

ART 353. Printmaking: Relief, Intaglio and Monotype (0, 9).  3 credits.

An introduction to the history and techniques of relief, intaglio and monotype printing. Lectures, demonstrations and projects will involve oil based and water soluble inks, linocut, woodcut, wood engraving, collagraph, drypoint, engraving, line etching, aquatint, softground, color registration, and related photographic processes. Prerequisites: ART 140 and ART 160.

ART 354. Printmaking: Lithography (0, 9). 3 credits.

An introduction to the history and techniques of lithography printing. Lectures, demonstrations and projects will involve stone and plate lithography, color registration and related photographic processes. Prerequisites: ART 140 and ART 160.

ART 355. Photography (0, 9). 3 credits.

A creative approach to photography with emphasis on  understanding materials and techniques. (Students must provide  a fully manual 35mm camera and a light meter which may be built into the camera or separate.)

ART 356. Intermediate Photography (0, 9). 3 credits.

Intensive exploration of advanced black and white photography and an introduction to view camera techniques. Prerequisite: ART 355.

ART 357. Digital Photography. 3 credits.

An intensive exploration of digital photography with an introduction to digital camera techniques, combinations of traditional and digital photographic methods, photo-editing and modes of output. Prerequisite: ART 355.

ART 360. Painting (0, 9). 3 credits.

Oil painting and other media with creative and aesthetic considerations in picture structure. Prerequisites: ART 140 and ART 160.

ART 362. Figure Drawing (0, 9). 3 credits.

An introductory course with problems stressing the fundamental skills, approaches and concepts involved in drawing the human figure. Prerequisites: ART 160 and ART 260.

ART 366. Watercolor (0, 9). 3 credits.

Study of and practice in transparent and opaque watercolor techniques. Prerequisite: Foundation courses in drawing and design.

ART/PHIL 380. Seminar in Aesthetics. 3 credits.

Readings and discussions in the persistent philosophical problems of the arts, centering on consideration of the work of art, the artist and the audience. Prerequisite: GART 200, GARTH 205, GARTH 206 or GPHIL 101.

ART/GRPH 390. Topics in Art or Graphic Design.  1-3 credits.

Studies in selected topics in art or graphic design. May be repeated when course content changes. See Registration and Student Record Services Handbook for current topics.

ART 421. Problems in Fiber Arts (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

A series of fiber projects selected by the student with the approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: ART 321 and ART 331.

ART 422. Problems in Metal and Jewelry (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

A series of metal arts projects selected by the student with the approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: ART 322 and ART 333.

ART 425. Problems in Ceramics (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Problems in ceramic design with increased attention to the chemical composition of glazes and clays. Prerequisite: ART 326.

ART 435. Problems in Sculpture (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Problems chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor from the array of materials and processes used in contemporary sculpture. Prerequisite: ART 336.

ART 448. Advanced 3-D Character Animation (0, 9). 3 credits.

An advanced study of the complex aspects of natural human movement and expressions as they relate to the field of 3-D computer animation. This is a lecture/studio class in which complex character modeling and animation will be explored. The goal is to create original models that move and express themselves similarly to those found in the movie industry. Prerequisite: ART 348.

ART 449. Senior Project in 3-D Animation (0, 9). 3 credits.

The advanced study of 3-D animation for the completion of a video portfolio aimed at the film, television, multimedia or video game industries. The final project will be selected by the student with the advice of the instructor. Prerequisite: ART 448.

ART 450. The Open Studio: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creative Arts. 3 credits.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary studio through discussion of the history of interdisciplinary art and exposure to contemporary examples from dance, theatre, music, creative writing, visual art, film and video. Emphasis on production of original work that evidences the use of another media or collaborative work by artists from different disciplines. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor(s) and advanced skill level in one or more of the creative arts.

ART 454. Advanced Printmaking (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Advanced projects in printmaking to be determined by the student and instructor. Prerequisite: ART 352, ART 353 or ART 354 as appropriate.

ART 455. Problems in Photography (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Each semester the course will alternate between Alternative Process and Color Photography (check current class schedule) along with advanced problems in photography selected by the student and instructor. Prerequisite: ART 356.

ART 460. Problems in Painting and Drawing (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Advanced problems in media selected by the student with the advice of the instructor. Prerequisite: ART 360.

ART 466. Problems in Watercolor (0, 9). 1-3 credits, repeatable.

Advanced problems in the use of watercolor and related water-based media. Prerequisite: ART 366.

ART/ARTH 489. Topics in Art and Art History. 3 credits.

Study of selected topics in art and art history. May be repeated when course content changes. See Registration and Student Record Services Handbook for current topics.

ART/ARTH/GRPH 490. Independent Studies in Art, Art History or Graphic Design. 1-3 credits each semester.

Independent activity, such as research or studio practice, under faculty supervision. Projected studies in any area of the schoolís offering must be arranged with the instructors who will direct them. Offered only with consent of the director. Prerequisite: GRPH 250 for GRPH 490.

ART/ARTH/GRPH 495. Internship in Art, Art History or Graphic Design. 1-8 credits.

An off-campus program prepared and monitored on an individual basis. Internships are designed to provide practical experience in the arts. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and director. ARTH 494 for ART/ARTH 495 in museums and galleries. GRPH 250 for GRPH 495.

ART/ARTH/GRPH 499. Honors. 6 credits total for three semesters (1,3,2).

 



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