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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2009-2010
Last updated 10/20/2009


02602/Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture (PDS)

Upper Division Courses

2011. Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0131.)

Introduces the second-year student to the procedural logic necessary to articulate the figure and still life in oil and acrylic media. The student is encouraged to explore invented as well as analytical form.

2051. Painting Materials & Techniques (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: PDS 0150.)

The course will address both traditional and contemporary topics in the materials and techniques of drawing and painting.

2111. Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0132.)

Introduces the second-year student to the procedural logic necessary to articulate the figure and still life in oil and acrylic media. The student is encouraged to explore invented as well as analytical form.

2231. Painting Workshop (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PDS 0147.)

A studio painting course with emphasis on the development of a studentís individual point of view. Class work will focus on the development of the studentís ability to work at a conceptually advanced level. Experimentation is encouraged.

2311. Intermediate Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0143.)

The practice of drawing as a way to explore ideas and materials as well as the development of a disciplined approach to draftsmanship.

2321. Intermediate Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0144.)

The practice of drawing as a way to explore ideas and materials as well as the development of a disciplined approach to draftsmanship.

2331. Intermediate Figure Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0119.)

An intermediate course focused entirely on the human figure as subject. There is emphasis on a variety of approaches to drawing the figure. Dynamics, proportion, anatomy, volume, and structure will be investigated through various drawing methods and selected materials. Frequent historical references will be made through reproductions and slides, and 20th century figure drawing will be thoroughly discussed.

2341. Digital Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0112.)

This course engages students with the possibilities of the computer as a drawing tool. Digital Drawing expands the conceptual and pictorial fundamentals of drawing and painting.

2361. Drawing Workshop (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PDS 0105.)

Studies in drawing emphasizing individual instruction for students of varied backgrounds.

2511. Art Matters (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0149.)

Art Matters is designed for the sophomore student intending to major in painting. The course objective is to incorporate a working understanding of art-historical precedents and their relationships to cultural, political, historical, and critical discourses as a complex and vital component of the development of a contemporary painting practice. This course combines a seminar approach of study using readings, film, field trips, and discussions in relation to studio practice.

2521. Video Workshop (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0218.)

This course is an introduction to basic digital video editing.

2611. Sculpture (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0169.)

Develops the integration of sculptural concept and practice, and the critical analysis of completed sculpture through a series of projects that investigate basic sculptural processes and issues. Lectures on directions in sculpture, technical demonstrations, and group critiques are scheduled.

2621. Sculpture (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0170.)

Develops the integration of sculptural concept and practice, and the critical analysis of completed sculpture through a series of projects that investigate basic sculptural processes and issues. Lectures on directions in sculpture, technical demonstrations, and group critiques are scheduled.

2631. Figure Modeling (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0111.)

This course stresses clinical observation as well as analytical response to issues pertaining to the body. The nature and aspects of representation in the sculptural tradition are considered. Work from the model in class.

2632. Installation (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0223.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170) or instructorís permission.

Investigations into the intrinsic meaning of the site will be coupled with the effective channeling of those issues into the work of art. Ideas, material, and placement will be analyzed so as to achieve cogent integration into the site. Introduction to use of scale models and various types of models to analyze a site and plan work for a site is part of this course. Lectures, individual discussions, and group critiques are scheduled.

2641. Mold-Making Technology (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0244.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Flexible moldmaking techniques are explored using foam, latex, RTV and silicone rubber, as well as alginate compounds for direct body casts. Non-flexible techniques include wood forms for cement castings. Positives are cast in cement, plaster, rubber and polyurethane using both solid and hollow casting methods. Students incorporate these techniques in directed projects, or for completing self-directed work.

3011. Advanced Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0290.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A studio painting course with emphasis on the development of a studentís individual point of view. Class work focuses on the development of the studentís ability to work at a conceptually advanced level. Experimentation is encouraged and there are frequent class critiques.

3021. Landscape (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0257.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

An examination of painting problems involved in the variable light, space, and form of cityscape and landscape. Work from various sites and sources.

Note: This course may fulfill an advanced Painting/Drawing Studio Major or Studio Elective

3031. Figure Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0258.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A painting course based on direct observation. Fundamentals of oil painting as well as an understanding of anatomy, composition, and the relationship of the figure to its environment are stressed. The development of an individualized approach and the use of content are explored through group discussion and assigned work.

3041. Color (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0270.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

The study of color, its characteristics, and interaction, explored through studio painting experiences.

Note: This course may fulfill an advanced Painting/Drawing Studio Major or Studio Elective

3111. Advanced Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0291.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A studio painting course with emphasis on the development of a studentís individual point of view. Class work focuses on the development of the studentís ability to work at a conceptually advanced level. Experimentation is encouraged and there are frequent class critiques.

3141. Color (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0271.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

The study of color, its characteristics, and interaction, explored through studio painting experiences.

Note: This course may fulfill an advanced Painting/Drawing Studio Major or Studio Elective.

3211. Painting on Paper (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0276.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A study of the uses of aqueous media beyond transparent watercolor. Opaque watercolor, collage, and transfer techniques, and oil and acrylic on paper are explored.

3221. Painting on Paper (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0277.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A study of the uses of aqueous media beyond transparent watercolor. Opaque watercolor, collage, and transfer techniques, and oil and acrylic on paper are explored.

3231. Painting Workshop (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PDS 0262.)

A studio painting course with emphasis on the development of a studentís individual point of view. Class work will focus on the development of the studentís ability to work at a conceptually advanced level. Experimentation is encouraged.

3351. Rome Sketchbook (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0227.)

Participants record their observations in sketchbook form on daily outings to significant sites. Rome - incomparably rich historically and visually - provides a host of subjects ideal for improving drawing technique. The concentration required in drawing directly from observation leads to a deeper understanding of the cityís forms.

3361. Drawing Workshop (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PDS 0205.)

Studies in drawing emphasizing individual instruction for students of varied backgrounds.

3411. Advanced Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0278.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

A course designed to encourage the development of mature skills in draftsmanship.

3421. Advanced Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0279.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

A course designed to encourage the development of mature skills in draftsmanship.

3431. Figure Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0253.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

An advanced course focused entirely on the human figure as subject. There is emphasis on a variety of approaches to drawing the figure. Dynamics, proportion, anatomy, volume, and structure will be investigated through various drawing methods and selected materials. Frequent historical references will be made through reproductions and slides, and 20th century figure drawing will be thoroughly discussed.

3441. Figure Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0254.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

An advanced course focused entirely on the human figure as subject. There is emphasis on a variety of approaches to drawing the figure. Dynamics, proportion, anatomy, volume, and structure will be investigated through various drawing methods and selected materials. Frequent historical references will be made through reproductions and slides, and 20th century figure drawing will be thoroughly discussed.

3451. Interactive Projects (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0250.)

Prerequisite: Must have photoshop experience.

The intent of this course is to broaden the studio practice through the use of interactive technologies. Students will create a portfolio web site and an animated, interactive Flash project to be shown on the web or CD-ROM. Software explored in this course includes DreamWeaver, Flash and SoundEdit 16. Basic HTML and Action Scripting is also included in the curriculum. The finished work will be burned onto a CD-ROM and posted on the web.

Note: Special Authorization for Non-Majors.

3521. Advanced Video (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0203.)

This course is geared towards students who are working with concepts best expressed through the various forms of video art. Projects will develop and challenge the studentsí ability to address technical, formal, and conceptual elements in their work.

Note: Students are expected to have some prior knowledge of video production and/or postproduction.

3596. PDS Seminar (3 s.h.) F S. RCI: WI. $.

(Formerly: PDS W286.)

Group discussion and individual presentation concerning formal, conceptual, historical, and personal creative issues in contemporary painting, drawing and sculpture.

Note: Special Authorization for Non-Majors

3611. Advanced Sculpture (3 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0221.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Emphasis on development of an individual direction in sculpture through studio work, drawing, writing, and some research. Progress is reviewed through individual critiques. The development of critical analysis of completed work is emphasized in group critiques.

3612. Advanced Sculpture (3 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0321.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Emphasis on development of an individual direction in sculpture through studio work, drawing, writing, and some research. Progress is reviewed through individual critiques. The development of critical analysis of completed work is emphasized in group critiques.

3621. Advanced Sculpture (3 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0222.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Emphasis on development of an individual direction in sculpture through studio work, drawing, writing, and some research. Progress is reviewed through individual critiques. The development of critical analysis of completed work is emphasized in group critiques.

3622. Advanced Sculpture (3 s.h.) F S SS. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0322.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Emphasis on development of an individual direction in sculpture through studio work, drawing, writing, and some research. Progress is reviewed through individual critiques. The development of critical analysis of completed work is emphasized in group critiques.

3631. Installation (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0323.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Investigations into the intrinsic meaning of the site will be coupled with the effective channeling of those issues into the work of art. Ideas, material, and placement will be analyzed so as to achieve cogent integration into the site. Introduction to use of scale models and various types of models to analyze a site and plan work for a site is part of this course. Lectures, individual discussions, and group critiques are scheduled.

3641. Mold-Making Technology (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0344.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

Flexible moldmaking techniques are explored using foam, latex, RTV and silicone rubber, as well as alginate compounds for direct body casts. Non-flexible techniques include wood forms for cement castings. Positives are cast in cement, plaster, rubber and polyurethane using both solid and hollow casting methods. Students incorporate these techniques in directed projects, or for completing self-directed work.

3711. Foundry (3 s.h.) SS. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0243.)

Ceramic shell bronze and aluminum casting techniques are emphasized, as well as a variety of hot and cold casting materials and processes. The course focuses on the way these techniques serve sculptural thinking.

Note: Special authorization for all.

3721. Public Art Projects (3 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0236.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

The class will introduce the processes involved in designing actual site-specific public art projects. These will include site research, design development, architectural drawings and model building, and presentation techniques. Studio visits with architects, model-makers, sculptors, and project coordinators are an integral part of the course. Students work on an actual project that is juried by area arts professionals at the end of the semester.

Note: Special authorization is required from the instructor in order to register for this class.

3731. Sculpture Techniques & Materials (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: PDS 0224.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

This course is meant to give students the tools they need to acquire and produce and exhibit. Students will examine displays in multiple contexts, and will be introduced to presentation concepts in art, retail, and the home. They will gain skills in exhibit design, model-making, proper art handling, crate design, fabrication, and shipping. The course will culminate with an off-campus exhibit that is themed, designed, installed and publicized by the class.

Note: Special authorization for all.

3741. Junior Sculpture Seminar (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0249.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

This studio class is a bridge from lower level introductory courses to advanced studio work. Aspirations of the profession, studio principles, and critical thinking are stressed, along with readings and discussions in contemporary art theory.

3751. Sculpture Workshop (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0198.)

The main focus of the course will be to help each student develop a well-considered and professional show of their own work.

4011. Advanced Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0390.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A studio painting course with emphasis on the development of a studentís individual point of view. Class work focuses on the development of the studentís ability to work at a conceptually advanced level. Experimentation is encouraged and there are frequent class critiques.

4021. Landscape (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0357.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

An examination of painting problems involved in the variable light, space, and form of cityscape and landscape. Work from various sites and sources.

Note: This course may fulfill an advanced Painting/Drawing Studio Major or Studio Elective.

4031. Figure Painting (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0358.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A painting course based on direct observation. Fundamentals of oil painting as well as an understanding of anatomy, composition, and the relationship of the figure to its environment are stressed. The development of an individualized approach and the use of content are explored through group discussion and assigned work.

4041. Color (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0370.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

The study of color, its characteristics, and interaction, explored through studio painting experiences.

Note: This course may fulfill an advanced Painting/Drawing Studio Major or Studio Elective.

4072. Senior Painting Studio (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0331.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program is by faculty selection through the competitive process of portfolio reviews.

The senior painting studio program is designed to provide an intensive studio experience while working in individual studio space. The group works with two faculty members in individual and group critiques.

Note: This is a 6 credit course sequence. Must register for both 4072 and 4172.

4111. Advanced Painting (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0391.)

Prerequisite: Painting 2011 (0131) or 2111 (0132).

A studio painting course with emphasis on the development of a studentís individual point of view. Class work focuses on the development of the studentís ability to work at a conceptually advanced level. Experimentation is encouraged and there are frequent class critiques.

4172. Senior Painting Studio (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0332.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program is by faculty selection through the competitive process of portfolio reviews.

The senior painting studio program is designed to provide an intensive studio experience while working in individual studio space. The group works with two faculty members in individual and group critiques.

Note: This is a 6 credit course sequence. Must register for both 4072 and 4172.

4411. Advanced Drawing (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0378.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

A course designed to encourage the development of mature skills in draftsmanship.

4431. Figure Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0353.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

An advanced course focused entirely on the human figure as subject. There is emphasis on a variety of approaches to drawing the figure. Dynamics, proportion, anatomy, volume, and structure will be investigated through various drawing methods and selected materials. Frequent historical references will be made through reproductions and slides, and 20th century figure drawing will be thoroughly discussed.

4441. Figure Drawing (3 s.h.) F S. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0354.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing 2311 (0143) or 2321 (0144) or 2331 (0119).

An advanced course focused entirely on the human figure as subject. There is emphasis on a variety of approaches to drawing the figure. Dynamics, proportion, anatomy, volume, and structure will be investigated through various drawing methods and selected materials. Frequent historical references will be made through reproductions and slides, and 20th century figure drawing will be thoroughly discussed.

4511. Critical Dialogues (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PDS 0337.)

Each week a different visiting speaker delivers a public lecture about the history of their work. The speakers are culled primarily from artists, but also from curators and critics. Class members meet after the public lecture for a seminar on the work and ideas presented. Each class member has a private studio critique with a few of the visiting speakers.

4582. Independent Study (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PDS 0395.)

Independent study is intended as an area of study to supplement existing study courses for students classified as juniors and seniors.

Note: A written proposal outlining area of investigation must be developed, signed by faculty overseeing the project, and the department chair.

4585. Field Internship (1 to 3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PDS 0351.)

A field internship must provide practical experience in a setting which is relevant to the studentís course of study, such as in a gallery, museum or community art center, etc. A comprehensive paper must be written.

Note: A written proposal must be developed and agreed upon before the beginning of the semester, describing the setting and the time commitment, which must equal at least 10 hours per week for the full semester.

4611. Senior Sculpture (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0335.)

Prerequisite: Sculpture 2611 (0169) or 2621 (0170).

A combined studio and seminar course for senior majors in sculpture. Research of graduate schools and studio practice and career after the BFA is part of this course. Students will work on the preparation of a portfolio and statement of individual working philosophy for either graduate school or gallery/grant applications. The course emphasizes knowledge of contemporary issues in sculpture, and critical and analytical skills through research projects and group discussions and development of the focus of each participantsí studio practice through individual and group critiques. The mounting of a group show and design of a catalog for the show are part of this class.

4711. Foundry (3 s.h.) SS. $.

(Formerly: PDS 0343.)

Ceramic shell bronze and aluminum casting techniques are emphasized, as well as a variety of hot and cold casting materials and processes. The course focuses on the way these techniques serve sculptural thinking.

Note: Special authorization for all.
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