Art Classes

ART101E Drawing I

An introduction for beginners to such fundamentals of the language of drawing as line, tone, form, space, texture, basic freehand perspective, and learning to observe and describe visual reality. Fine Arts Fee: $50.00

ART115E Graphic Design with Computers

This course offers an introduction to the visual experience through basic principles of design. The course work will be developed and completed using the functions of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. All the traditional tools and elements of two-dimensional design — line, shape, volume, color, and composition — will be covered, as well as how they can be expressed and amplified through the medium and technology of the computer.

ART120E The Visual Experience

A lecture-workshop course devoted to expanding visual receptivity for a deep engagement with art. The program is based on the truth that looking at art requires as much specialized skill and c creativity as does producing art. The student examines all visual categories (size, shape, color, line, light, depth, volume, etc.), searching and analyzing art prints, magazine photographs, and the daily environment for every type of visual sensation, in order to develop a seeing activity which should remain a pleasure for the rest of the student’s life. The course is excellent for anyone involved in painting, photography, theatre-design, crafts, or commercial art as well as for the “non-artist.”

ART121E Introduction to the Study of Art

This course is designed as a study of the formal elements and subject matter particular to the three major visual art forms of painting, sculpture and architecture. The student is introduced to method in art study, and is encouraged to develop his/her own capacity to look at and understand some of the great masterpieces of the world.

ART122E History of Western Art I

A survey of the development of Western art from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the end of the Middle Ages. An historical approach frames the course but students are also given the opportunity to examine a select number of works in closer detail. The close studies acquaint the students with the elements of visual language and help them to develop critical skills which can be used to further their understanding of the visual arts.

ART123E History of Western Art II

A survey of the development of Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. An historical approach frames the course but the students are also given the opportunity to examine a select number of works in closer detail. These close studies acquaint the students with the elements of visual language and help them to develop critical skills which can be used to further their understanding of the visual arts.

ART128E A Study of the Worcester Art Museum Collection

A direct study of art objects in the Museum galleries, giving students the opportunity to experience and discuss art in contact with the original paintings and sculptures rather than through photographs, prints, or other copies. Moving from gallery to gallery, the class analyzes the technique, structure, and purpose of individual works, debating their strength and raising aesthetic questions. Also considered is the role of a museum, the problems of acquisitions, presentation, and conservation. Art history or studio courses are advisable preparation for this course but are not required.

ART175E Digital Photography

This project-based studio course serves as an introduction to digital photography as it applies to the fine arts. Students explore technical and aesthetic foundations of photography through the latest digital technology. Digital cameras, scanning, and image manipulation software is covered as well as an examination of the history of photography and its role as a form or artistic expression.

ART201E Drawing II

This course will concentrate on the drawing as an object and on the physical activity involved in making it an expressive phenomenon. Students will exploit a variety of materials, will draw on ideas, formal issues and art history for inspiration as well as on natural phenomena. Work with the human figure will emphasize content and environment, and encourage the student to develop more personal attitudes towards content. Fine Arts Fee:$40.00. Prerequisite: ART101E.

ART208E Color Theory

This course covers an introduction to the study of color. This is a transforming visual element which is involved with how the human brain responds to light. The subject is perception of color, color mixing, how light affects color, the color wheel, and the psychological effect on the viewer with color. Students will purchase art supplies.

ART212E Portrait Drawing and Painting

This is a course for those with little previous experience in working from the live model. Students, through pencil and charcoal studies done as preparation for monochromatic and full-color oil portrait heads, explore the relationship between bone-structure and likeness and also explore form making, color-mixing, and composition. Fine Arts Fee: $60.00

ART213E Watercolor I

This course is designed to introduce students to watercolor painting, color theory, and the work of master watercolor artists. Students create their own work with the goal of developing watercolor techniques and a personal style. Design concepts covered include figure/ground relationships, color as gesture, basic color harmonies, expressionism, representational art, and abstraction.

ART215E Graphic Design II

A continuation of Introduction to Graphic Design, with emphasis on continued skill and concept development. Course work includes providing business cards, stationary, brochures, and posters. Quark Xpress will be introduced. Prerequisite: ART115E

ART223E Renaissance Art

Painting, sculpture and architecture of the Italian 15th century from its beginnings in Giotto through its flowering in Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo. While our emphasis is on the specific beauty of the art works themselves, we also show their connection to the great intellectual revolutions of the times, the growth of cities, trade and science. Also studied are the two aesthetic currents of line and volume; the rise of anatomy and perspective; the impact of Savanarola, the Medici and neo-Platonism; and the frictions and resolutions between religious and secular aesthetic interests. We will worry, as they did, over the role of material realism, beauty, the nude and classicism in art.

ART225E Meaning of Modern Art

This study shows Modern Art to be a single unified cultural style evolving logically and relentlessly from the two central values of modern times: science and individualism. From its birth in 1860 to its death in 1960, each substyle (e.g., cubism, surrealism) and each personal style (e.g., Chagall, Kandinsky) is shown to be an inevitable step in the overall evolution of Modern Art through its “search,” “flowering,” and “extremist periods,” the three traditional stages of any cultural style. Its extraordinary systems of meaning and beauty are shown to be unique in art history and shed light on modern attitudes and concerns.

ART226E American Art

A chronological study of the major developments in American art from colonial times to the present

ART227E Impressionism

Impressionism is one of the most popular styles in the world, internationally admired and collected. We analyze this remarkable style as the great transition into the modern art of our times, considering works by Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and others.

ART235E Women in the Arts

Spanning all periods and styles of western art, this course focuses upon painting and sculpture as created by women. The art works are examined through the necessary context of art history, while paying attention to the manner in which the societal milieu and attitude affected the works’ creation

ART315E Advanced Graphic Design

This course provides advanced computer applications techniques fundamental to graphic design. Creative problem-solving in advertising design, illustration, print media, logo and poster design are explored. Projects and portfolios emphasize continued skill and development. Prerequisite: ART215

ART 350E Special Topics: Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous art sites in the world. Aspects of it to be studied in this course include: its architecture, conceived under Pope Sixtus IV and begun in 1475; the fresco decoration of its walls by such well-known 15th century artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, and Signorelli; the major works by Michelangelo on the ceiling (1508-1512) and on the altar wall (1535-1541); restoration projects in the Chapel; and finally the use of the chapel today and in the past. This course is a reflection on Renaissance art and architecture, on theology and politics during that period, and on the nature of a great work of art. Basic Biblical, historical and theological knowledge is required for success in this course.

ART400E Graphic Design Practicum

This course serves to integrate prior studies in graphic design and is required of all candidates for the graphic design certificate program in their final semester. Projects are planned and carried out by students under faculty guidance.