Our goal is to introduce the student to the discipline of art history. We offer classes that can serve as a basis for continuing study as art history majors. Students can also utilize these courses as introductions to the concept of the relationship of the creation of art to its historical and social context. Eight art history classes are offered: Art 201 and 202 (Survey of Art History I and II), Art 203 (non-Western Art), Art 102 (Renaissance), Art103 (Baroque – Realism), 104 (Art from 1940), Art 124 (History of Photography), and Art 129 (Gallery Survey).
In creating three dimensional works in clay, plaster, metal and paper, the artist's level of visual communication is expressed through the power of interrelationships in the design elements, the authority of the artist's skill and the control of the chosen medium. Art and the creative act involve the whole person through a delicate balance in the discipline of the mind, the discipline of the hand and a freedom of the spirit. In the teaching and promotion of these activities, we know that art flourishes where there is a sense of purpose, adventure and pride in one's work.
The A.A.S. Commercial Art: Digital Technologies Degree provides a strong foundation for students who are planning a career in the field of computer graphics or for those choosing to pursue a four year degree. Our students include those who would like to update their current technical skills. We also offer a Desktop Publishing & Design Certificate as well as a Web Design
Basic painting explores the following areas: Technique (the mechanical or physical processes used for control and for specific effects), Design (visual organization), and Creativity (personal expression). Basic drawing provides experiences in systems for projecting 3D effects on flat paper: Rendering, shading, linear perspective, composition and creativity are included.
The Photography program provides a strong foundation for students who are planning a career in the field of photography or for those choosing to pursue a four year degree. Our students also include those who simply wish to explore photography as a means of creative expression, as well as those who would like to update their current technical skills. Ultimately, all of our students are encouraged to explore the art of seeing and to develop their personal vision as a source of aesthetic expression.
Like painting, printmaking is a hands-on involvement with inks, paints, solvents and hand tools that is tactile and sensual with chemical and physical reactions. Prints are made on a matrix that enables an original image to be produced in multiples. There are four basic printmaking procedures: Relief (woodcut), Intaglio (etching), Planographic (lithography), and Stencil (silkscreen). For the art student, the printmaking class is an important part of the total art education experience.