Art: Studio Art (ARTS)

ARTS 102Visual Fundamentals3.0 SH[GEA]

Introduction to the components of visual expression: subject matter, form, and content. Topics include composition, perspective theory, line/value drawing, and basic color exploration. Practice includes studio as well as on-location work outside of regular class hours.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 103Three Dimensional Design3.0 SH[GEA]

An introduction to three-dimensional design; this hands-on approach to materials offers an in-depth exploration of expression in space. Students are challenged with ideas that build awareness of the potential of shaping space and how that new understanding can contribute to a more creative life and work.
Fee=$75.00.

ARTS 150Drawing I3.0 SH[GEA]

Continued study of line and value including additional perspective and composition studies, focusing primarily on the development of facility and perception. Emphasizes both technical and abstract observations.
Fee=$30.00.

ARTS 170Graphic Design I3.0 SH[GEA]

Introduction to aspects of graphic design with emphasis on the development of problem-solving skills. Form and content are explored with focus on the thought process which underlies graphic design. Application of computer software as it applies to the discipline. Various projects include logo design, poster design, and typography.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 175Print Design3.0 SH[  ]

The course provides students with the foundational skills across different applications and media types. Develops skills in digital imaging concepts and techniques, in using/altering photographs, illustrations, and type to create advertisements, magazines, brochures, and direct mail. Fundamental principles of graphic design are stressed. Students practice skills individually and in teams. Critical class for students considering a career in graphic design.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 210Oil Painting I3.0 SH[  ]

An introduction to technical and formal approaches to painting within the oil medium. Practice includes studio as well as on-location work, with emphasis on color-value control and composition. The class will study and emulate how painters think or see by examining issues of artistic perception and interpretation considered significant in contemporary and past painting traditions.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102 and ARTS 150.
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 220Watercolor Painting I3.0 SH[GEA]

Introduction to various watercolor techniques and the thought process which accompanies issues of painting. Practical emphasis on composition, color and value relationships, and coordination with a transparent medium. This studio course will require that a majority of work be completed outside of the studio class time.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102 and ARTS 150.
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 230Color Studies3.0 SH[GEA]

Using color as a means of conveying individuality through art is unparalleled in context with any other element of design. Studio assignments and lecture notes focus on the artistry, physics, chemistry, psychology and metaphysics of color. Students build a concise portfolio demonstrating an understanding of color interaction and perception.
Fee=$75.00.

ARTS 250Drawing II3.0 SH[  ]

Development of visual skills that deepen the student's ability to find the dynamics of abstraction in the landscape and still-life. A large portion of the term will involve on-location drawing in graphite with the remaining portion of the term devoted to studio rendering techniques in graphite. Emphasis on compositional analysis.
Prerequisite: ARTS 150.
Fee=$40.00.

ARTS 251The Language of Drawing3.0-4.0 SH[GEA]

An immersive study of on-location drawing practices and techniques where drawing becomes a tool for observation and recording of cultures, historical sites, and landscapes. Drawing will also be explored as a vehicle to communicate content. This course develops skills in composition, observation, facility with mixed-media, drawing terminology, critiquing, and perspective. Offered only on abroad programs.

ARTS 255Field Research Journal2.0-3.0 SH[  ]

An in-depth focused study of techniques and processes for visual observation and recording of information in the field. Mapping, writing, memory drawing, diagraming, and other methods will be explored, learned, and used. Students use the journal to daily record and organize data, problem solve ideas, and prepare ideas for communicable visual solutions. Offered only on abroad programs.

ARTS 256Exhibition Project Management1.0 SH[  ]

This course is designed to develop skills in the layout and design of a visual exhibition. Students will apply the general principles of effective communication, develop skills in organizing and managing content, and develop skills in working as a creative team. An understanding of planning, research, and audience will be emphasized. May be taken up to three times.

ARTS 270Graphic Design II3.0 SH[  ]

This course builds on the foundational skills developed in Graphic Design I and becomes more technical and intricate with the media/assignments. Emphasis is placed on the design process, the quality of the concepts, and designed outcomes. Projects explore large/small scale design, visual identity and communication, typography, information design, and package design. Students practice skills both individually and in teams.
Prerequisite: ARTS 170.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 280Printmaking3.0 SH[  ]

An introduction to three basic printmaking areas: relief printing, mono-printing, and Solar-printing. Emphasis is placed on the student's original development of ideas and imagery. Aesthetic and theoretical issues concerning the influence of digital imagery will also be discussed. A printmaking portfolio is the major outcome of the course.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102, or ARTS 103, or ARTS 150.
Fee=$75.00.

ARTS 285Illustration3.0 SH[  ]

An introduction to the broad based thinking skills required to illustrate verbal communication in various manifestations. Several formats will be utilized reflecting the instructor's strengths: book, poster design, musical interpretation, scientific rendering, and communication arts. Mixed media will frequently be engaged. Emphasis is on the book as an art form - as a valuable professional activity.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102, ARTS 150, and ARTS 220.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 290Web Design3.0 SH[  ]

Introduction to the design/management of web sites with an emphasis on the development of design strategy processes. This course builds skills in terminology, design principles, and visual problem solving. Students learn skills in organizing information, loading and maintaining web pages, applying design theory and page layout, overcoming technical challenges, and publishing a portfolio site showcasing the class projects.
Prerequisite: ARTS 170.

ARTS 295Sustainable Design3.0 SH[  ]

This course is based on the analysis of green design in the built environment. The course content and organization model the breadth of societal cooperation necessary to solve sustainability problems while it explores the principles of current energy strategies. The course also teaches basic visual communication skills, drafting practices, discussion techniques, and culminates in a build-design project constructed by class members.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 103.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 298Designing in Space3.0 SH[  ]

Examines a specific topic in studio art practice that includes spatial elements such as those used in kinetic art, architectural and product design, and installation and public art. As a studio course, it helps students cultivate a creative practice that incorporates multi-disciplinary elements in their personal artwork; it also includes exposure to current dimensional themes. This course is built around the special expertise of the faculty. Open to all with at least one previous studio art course. A specific topic can only be taken once.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 299Experimental New Media Seminar3.0 SH[  ]

Examines a specific topic in studio art practices that may include sound, video, photography, motion, design, and installation. The course is built around the special expertise of the faculty. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be repeated once up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 150 or ARTS 170.

ARTS 301Portraiture3.0 SH[  ]

For the student seeking experience in drawing the human form. Focus includes grounding in specific drawing skills, including ability to represent proportion, anatomic architecture, volume, and experience with various mediums. Learning about major practitioners of the genre will instill an appreciation for portraiture - it's usefulness and influence as an important art form for content in past and present art traditions and cultures.
Prerequisite: ARTS 150 or permission of the instructor.
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 302Figure Studies3.0 SH[  ]

The human figure is used as a vehicle for exploring issues of fine drawing. Includes proportion, anatomy, gesture, content, and some historical background. May be repeated with instruction at increasingly advanced levels.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 150.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 304Figure Modeling3.0 SH[  ]

Introduces students to fundamental principles of modeling from a live model. These include studies in scale, proportion, surface interpretation, and gesture. Students will engage with historical, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of figurative expression. All assignments will build to the culmination of an original figurative work for the student's porfolio. It may be repeated up to two times for a total of nine semester hours; however, only six semester hours may be counted toward the Art major or minor.
Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 103.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 310Oil Painting II3.0 SH[  ]

Builds on knowledge gained during the introductory course. Oil II constitutes a further development of skills and image making paired with strong emphasis on research, critical discourse, and experimentation in handling of medium. Students will develop research and production models that reflect contemporary painting practices.
Prerequisite: ARTS 210.
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 320Watercolor Painting II3.0 SH[  ]

Focused introduction to the process of developing large studio paintings based upon varied field observations, advanced watercolor techniques, and critique skills. Concentration on development of individual style or "point of view." This studio course will require that a majority of work be completed outside of the studio class time.
Prerequisite: ARTS 220.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 330Studio Seminar1.0-6.0 SH[  ]

Group study of selected topics in art. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

ARTS 350Drawing III3.0 SH[  ]

An intense exploration of the relationship of visual language to content in art via mixed drawing media. Production of several different series formats and a focused preparation of a portfolio quality series are covered during the term. Preparation of an aesthetic statement.
Prerequisite: ARTS 150 and either ARTS 250 or one painting course.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Fee=$30.00.

ARTS 360Figurative Painting3.0 SH[  ]

For the art major who benefits from painting and is ready to revisit the figure within new technical and aesthetic contexts in painting. The theme centers around portraiture but includes the whole figure - the first half comprised of working directly from the model with frequent critiques. Includes exploration of conceptual content and creation of a large scale painting. May be repeated once with instruction at an increasingly advanced level.
Prerequisite: ARTS 210 or ARTS 220, and ARTS 302.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Studio Art Majors only
Fee=$100.00.

ARTS 370Advanced Design Practices3.0 SH[  ]

Examination of professional graphic design practices within the context of a design consulting firm or as a free-lance graphic designer. Specialized activites/problems that commonly occur inside a design office are explored. Students work in design teams, design over a network, learn research methods, and create a portfolio of forms/contracts used in the field. Instructional methods: lectures, discussion/critiques, demonstrations, and readings.
Prerequisite: ARTS 170 and ARTS 270.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Fee=$45.00.

ARTS 390Advanced Web Design3.0 SH[  ]

The course builds on the skills developed in ARTS 290 and expands those skills with more intricate and complex problems. The course will include focus on UX and UI design. The course will also include projects that develop skills in working with CSS and HTML.
Prerequisite: ARTS 290.

ARTS 401Creative Research Project3.0-6.0 SH[  ]

An in-depth focused study in the visual arts shaped by previous studio art course work. Teaching methods include critical readings in professional art journals, open studio practice, weekly critique, and museum/studio field trips. Students present research and creative output in critique sessions with other students and at least one studio art faculty. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours. May be taken twice up to a total of six semester hours.
Prerequisite: six ARTS courses.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

ARTS 402On-Location Studies1.0-6.0 SH[  ]

Offered by permission of the program faculty to students enrolled in field-oriented classes such as internships or off-campus independents. Course work provides opportunity for in-depth, individual research based upon previous studio classes at Principia College. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

ARTS 404Advanced Series1.0-6.0 SH[  ]

A course designed for advanced students who would benefit from the production of a cohesive body of work, commonly referred to as a "series." The student prepares a portfolio which reveals consistent use of visual language, content-based purpose, and exhibition caliber results. The class functions as an independent with the addition of a seminar component. Students apply for the class by submitting a written application to the art department identifying the series format options. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours. For junior and senior students who have completed eight or more art major requirements.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

ARTS 495Portfolio Seminar1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

Portfolio ingredients such as a digital representation of a senior's work, resumés, post-college options, etc. are focused towards professional goals. At the culmination, students present a quality exhibit for the community. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours.
Class Level Restriction: Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Art Majors only
Fee=$50.00.

ARTS 496Capstone Writing Seminar2.0 SH[  ]

This course involves the preparation of four writing components for art majors in studio: an aesthetic statement, a character essay, a series of critical reviews, and a verbally supported visual portfolio. Students are taught the components for completing the statement and the paper; the essays include prompts but are otherwise written without faculty assistance.
Class Level Restriction: Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Art Majors only
Fee=$20.00.