Visual Arts (ART)

Courses

ART 101. Art Appreciation. 3 Hours.

This course is a survey of the visual arts. By examining art through formal issues, content, and cultural context, students learn about various aesthetic approaches, philosophies, and cultural contributions within societies throughout time. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Fine Arts (IAI Code: F2 900).

ART 102. Two Dimensional Design. 3 Hours.

A study of two-dimensional visual design elements and the principles of design as they relate to the following issues: color theory, composition, and the history of design practice. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 112. Three Dimensional Design. 3 Hours.

An investigation of the elements and principles of visual organization in three dimensions. Students learn to solve design problems using a variety of materials and approaches to three dimensional structure. This course is meant to engage the student by promoting a fundamental knowledge of design principles, color theory, art and design history, problem solving with tools and material, and applied design. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 113. Drawing 1. 3 Hours.

Introduction to a wide range of drawing media, techniques, and subject matter. Includes drawing from observation and invention leading to an interpretation and evaluation approach to drawing. Course includes vocabulary development, critical analysis activities, and reference to historic models of drawing. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 151. Arts & Identity: Japan & U.S.. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the arts of Japan and the United States. Explores relationships between the arts and the socio-cultural issues in these countries, including the importance of the arts in religious, political and popular rituals. Interdisciplinary focus is on points at which artistic traditions are related or have common themes. Course Information: Same as MUS 151. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Comparative Societies Humanities.

ART 203. Introduction to Ceramics. 3 Hours.

This course is an introductory level ceramics course in which students design and construct hand-built and wheel thrown ceramic objects. Students learn to solve problems by employing a variety of construction and surface techniques while being mindful of formal and conceptual issues. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 211. Introduction to Painting. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of acrylic painting materials and techniques. Acquisition of formal language and concepts. Course Information: Prerequisite: Experience in painting. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 215. Photography I. 3 Hours.

In-depth exploration of the photographic process with an emphasis on a fine print creation, camera techniques and use of light for both digital and film. Course Information: Same as COM 215. Topical area: Visual Arts. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 236. Introduction to Digital Media. 3 Hours.

Introductory course covering the theory and practice of digital media. Over the course, students will be introduced to digital imaging, animation, and web design all within and while learning the Mac OS environment. The course will also concentrate on media theory and art and design criticism. Course Information: Same as COM 236. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 251. Digital 3D Modeling. 3 Hours.

An introduction to 3D software as a content creation tool-Including modeling, composition, lighting, rendering, compositing, and prototyping. Students will study aspects of Sketchup and Rhinoceros software for modeling and prepare files for print, 3D output, and animation. Course Information: Same as COM 251.

ART 261. History of Art I. 3 Hours.

An overview of the visual arts from the prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. Examines artworks in light of particular stylistic characteristics and in terms of historical and cultural contexts. Focuses primarily on European art, with some attention given to non-Western art. No prerequisites. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 262. History of Art II. 3 Hours.

An overview of the visual arts from around 1300 C.E. through the present. The course examines artworks in light of their particular stylistic characteristics and in terms of their historical and cultural contexts. We will integrate information from the readings into an analysis of both specific artworks, as well as a treatment of broader art-historical themes. Course Information: This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 306. Photography II. 4 Hours.

Extension, development, and continuation of studies in photography. Students should be increasingly able to generate their own ideas about the medium and work toward the production of a personal body of work using both chemical and digital processes. Course Information: Same as COM 306. Prerequisite: ART 215 or COM 215.

ART 312. Painting II. 4 Hours.

Exploration of various styles of painting through a historical emphasis. Further development of technique through an exploration of a range of materials and processes. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 211.

ART 321. Life Drawing. 4 Hours.

Exploration of rendering the human figure using live models. Acquisition of basic skills in relation to formal elements. Exploration of expressive possibilities of the human figure through both historical and personal work. Course Information: Prerequisite: Prior drawing experience.

ART 332. Etching. 4 Hours.

Introduction to the printmaking techniques of etching, aquatint, drypoint, collagraph, monoprint, and related processes. Emphasis on fine art conceptual issues and creativity as discovered through the time-honored practices of the traditional printmaking studio.

ART 333. Screen Printing. 4 Hours.

Introduction to water-based screen printing methods using photo, hand-cut, and digital tools to produce art prints. Emphasis on creative use of print materials, color systems, safe art practices, and knowledgeable application of screen printing technique.

ART 337. Digital Media: Print. 4 Hours.

Intermediate course covering the theory and practice of digital media as it applies to print. Students will be introduced to different printing techniques and outputs, professional and archival printing and the technical properties of the translation of screen-based media to print-based media. Course Information: Same as COM 337. Prerequisite: ART 236 or permission of instructor.

ART 338. Digital Media: Web. 4 Hours.

Intermediate course covering theory and practice of digital media as it applies to the web. Students will create web-based projects incorporating images, animations, sound and video. Course also will explore programmatic/systemic relationship between digital media and its uses on the web. Course Information: Same as COM 338. Prerequisite: COM 236 or ART 236 or instructor approval. Topical Area: Journalism/Media Studies.

ART 339. Digital Media: Animation. 4 Hours.

This is an intermediate course covering the theory and practice of digital media as it applies to animation. Students cover basic terminology, concepts, and principles of animation. Course covers historical perspective, current technologies and applications, basic principles of 2D and 3D animation, and animation on the Web. Course Information: Same as COM 339. Prerequisite: ART 236 or COM 236 or permission of instructor.

ART 341. Sculpture I. 4 Hours.

Designed for several approaches to form and its relationship to space. Emphasis on design and structure using various materials and approaches.

ART 342. Sculpture II. 4 Hours.

Includes the use of clay and found objects. Designed to give the student an appreciation of sculpture through contemporary values. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 341 or equivalent.

ART 352. Ceramics II. 4 Hours.

Various techniques with earthenware, its properties, and its firing possibilities. Emphasis on clay and glazes for earthenware, oxidation, reduction. Exploration of raku included. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 203 or equivalent.

ART 365. ECCE: Women and Art in America. 4 Hours.

The depiction and participation of women in American art had changed drastically over the 20th century. Through discourse, critique, comparison and readings this course will discuss the complexities of the role women have played in the making of art as well as conceptual identities of "femaleness" in 20th century American art. Course Information: This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of U.S. Communities.

ART 366. ECCE: European Cinema. 4 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the art of European cinema and its variety. Students will watch and examine a variety of European films - French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Chinese and Turkish made by Chinese and Turkish directors who live in France and Italy respectively - and will study them from a variety of artistic, literary, and technical perspective. The majority of the films touch on general issues of human existence - love, hate, death, meaning of life - even when the films are of historical or comical nature. All films are in foreign languages with sub-titles. Course Information: Same as LIS 366 and ENG 323. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

ART 367. ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures. 4 Hours.

This course explores the concept of identity in Pacific/Oceania Island cultures as expressed through the arts. Students will engage with topics and issues including indigenous and colonial history and relationships; traditional music, dance, visual arts, and seamanship; diversity amongst island cultures; and contemporary Oceanic arts and artists within a global society. Course Information: Same as MUS 367 and SOA 367. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

ART 372. Visual Storytelling and Reporting. 4 Hours.

Students learn how to visually tell a story using video shooting and editing techniques. Students improve interviewing skills while working on broadcast script writing, and learn how to marry the video with a script and present stories visually. Course Information: Same as COM 352 Topical Area: Journalism/Media studies. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 410. Special Studies In Ceramics. 4 Hours.

Advanced studies in ceramics. Special projects to develop an individual's technical knowledge and style. Proposals are required, along with a journal.

ART 411. Painting III. 4 Hours.

Development of personal expression and communication through individual exploration of the concepts acquired in Painting I and II. Research into historical influences on personal style. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 211 and ART 312.

ART 412. Painting IV. 4 Hours.

Continued development of a personal style through exploration and research. Acquisition of professional skills. Production of a consistent body of work. Preparation for independent study. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 411.

ART 413. Printmaking II. 4 Hours.

Continuation of ART 332. Emphasis on technique, skill, and aesthetic development in contemporary nontoxic, solvent-free printmaking practices. Advanced exploration of etch and non-etch techniques using acrylic hardgrounds, water-based softgrounds, acrylic aquatint, photopolymer emulsions, and digital imaging techniques. Introduction to other printmaking methods such as relief and letterpress printing. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 332.

ART 414. Printmaking III. 4 Hours.

Continuation of ART 413. Emphasis on technique, skill, and aesthetic development in contemporary nontoxic, solvent-free printmaking methods. Advanced research and exploration of etch and non-etch techniques and their combination with other print and hand work processes. Development of a cohesive body of printed works as well as a personal aesthetic within printmaking. Emphasis on advanced digital imaging applications for printmaking and photographic darkroom halftone processes. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 413.

ART 419. Egyptology. 4 Hours.

This course will provide an overview of the history, art, and archaeology of Pharaonic Egypt (i.e. Bronze Age Egypt under the pharaohs and before the Persian conquest and Alexander the Great). We will look at Egyptian monuments, including the pyramids, towns, mummies, religion, art, and literary texts. Course Information: Same as HIS 419.

ART 420. Special Studies In Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Advanced studies in sculpture. Special projects to develop technical knowledge and style. Proposals are required, along with a journal. Course Information: May be repeated with approval. Prerequisite: ART 341 or equivalent.

ART 422. Contemporary Drawing. 4 Hours.

Exploration of a variety of approaches to drawing, both traditional and nontraditional. Transition course using various techniques and materials and applying them to problems of contemporary expression. Course Information: Prerequisite: Previous drawing courses.

ART 431. ECCE: Symbolist Movement in Europe: 1850 - 1920. 4 Hours.

To study a movement in art and literature, spanning the latter part of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. Different in its national emphasis on artistic and literary issues, the movement was internationally anchored in similar philosophical precepts. This course will foreground the predominant themes informing such diverse works as those by the English Pre-Raphaelites, the French Symbolists and Decadents, German, Scandinavian, Turkish and Russian artists and writers. This course is of a comparative and interdisciplinary nature. Course Information: Same as ENG 424 and LIS 447. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

ART 432. ECCE: Expatriate Paris. 4 Hours.

This course will introduce you to artists, writers, and poets who created their works away from their homeland and you will see how their works influenced or did not influence the culture of the country in which they lived and created, You will learn to look at works of art and see them as well as to be able to read a literary work and to understand its depth and complexity, as well as improve your analytical and writing abilities and research and writing skills. Course information: Same as ENG 426 and LIS 432. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

ART 437. Digital Media: Typography. 4 Hours.

Advanced course covering the theory and practice of digital media as it applies to topography. Students will be introduced to the terminology, concepts, and history of typography, while completing typesetting projects in the contexts of drawn, digital, printed and web-based formats. Course Information: Same as COM 437. Prerequisites: ART 236 or COM 236 or permission of instructor.

ART 441. Sculpture III. 4 Hours.

Work in three dimensional media, with emphasis on developing skills in style and direction, using an applied approach to the material. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 341 or ART 342.

ART 442. Sculpture IV - Contemporary. 4 Hours.

Contemporary approach, with emphasis on developing skills in style and direction, using the applied approach to the material. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 342 or equivalent.

ART 451. Ceramics III. 4 Hours.

Investigation of various research procedures and preparation of glazes and clay bodies, with emphasis on glaze testing and kiln firing techniques. Also designed to further develop skills in ceramic design and construction. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 352 or equivalent.

ART 452. Ceramics IV. 4 Hours.

Various techniques with contemporary forms, properties of clay, and firing possibilities. Emphasis on special effects in oxidation and reduction. Exploration of raku included. Course Information: Prerequisite: ART 451 or equivalent.

ART 455. Multi-Media Studio. 4 Hours.

Studio opportunity to overlap two- and three-dimensional concerns and materials. Students with experience in one studio area may combine another, including video, sound, ceramics, sculpture, photography, or printmaking. Course Information: May be repeated with approval. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ART 460. Topics in Art. 4 Hours.

ART 463. Modern Art History. 4 Hours.

Major trends in painting and sculpture, 1820-1945.

ART 464. Contemporary Art History. 4 Hours.

Important trends in the arts, 1945 to the present.

ART 465. Women in Art: Discovering Her Story. 4 Hours.

Introductory art history survey of women artists practicing from the Middle Ages through contemporary decades. Examines women artists in the context of social, political, and cultural happenings that influenced content and visibility of women in art history.

ART 468. Visual Literacy. 4 Hours.

We live in a world of visual symbols. Perception and cognition of the world is dependent upon our ability to read, analyze and interpret these symbols. This course will examine the major theories of visual literacy. Students will discuss and analyze symbolism in the arts, advertising and mass media.

ART 470. Special Art History Studies. 4 Hours.

Various topics in art history. Special attention given to non-Western traditions and to topics related to the program's various studio courses. Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary.

ART 471. Philosophy of Art. 2,4 Hours.

Nature and value of art, including such issues as: How is art distinguished from non-art? Can there be objective judgments about art? How is art related to science, religion, and politics? Survey of major philosophical writings about art in the Western tradition. Course Information: Same as PHI 432.

ART 473. Advanced Visual Field Reporting. 4 Hours.

Builds on broadcast news writing, interviewing, and editing skills learned in COM 352. Adds emphasis on story ideas, camera operations, editing and reporting. Students will learn how to tell stories effectively using voice-over, stand-ups, natural sound, and video. Course Information: Same COM 453. Prerequisite: COM 352 or ART 372. Topical Area: Journalism/Media Studies. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts.

ART 475. Multimedia Production and Electronic Imaging. 4 Hours.

An in-depth exploration of production methodologies and techniques for multimedia. Topics include development processes, authoring and interactivity, digital video, animation, imaging tools, sound tools, hardware, cross platform development, and electronic imaging. The main purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the tools and techniques of this emerging industry and to assist the student with the development of critical thinking and creative skills.

ART 480. Special Studio Studies. 4 Hours.

Advanced study in a specific studio area. Offered according to needs of students and qualifications of instructor. Areas may include pastels, bookworks, and/or mixed media sculpture. Students may repeat the course but may not repeat the same media or studio area. Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.

ART 482. ECCE: Professional Skills. 3 Hours.

Must be taken last semester of senior year. Includes writing resume, press releases, statement of purpose; photographing, installing, and lighting work; alternative documentation; active participation in gallery practices and exhibitions; awareness of hazardous materials; record keeping; and contracts and commissions. Current professional art journals will serve as texts. Course Information: This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Engagement Experience.

ART 489. Honors Project In Visual Arts. 4 Hours.

Special projects of scholarly or creative nature conducted in close consultation with faculty adviser. Projects presented formally to visual arts faculty and students during final semester of residence. Course Information: Prerequisite: Approval of a visual arts faculty member.

ART 499. Tutorial. 1-12 Hours.

Intended to supplement, not supplant, regular course offerings. Students interested in a tutorial must secure the consent of the faculty member concerned before registration and submit any required documentation to him or her. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours with approval. Students may register in more than one section per term.