Art at Bluffton College


The Art Department's program is structured to enable all students to gain a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of visual art, to define individual aesthetic attitudes and to develop personal goals with an emphasis in the studio disciplines set in a liberal arts tradition.

The liberal arts form an integral part of the artist's education, giving access to our culture's past and present and helping students understand themselves as individuals, as artists and as members of a complex and changing society.

While vital avocational art enrichment is offered to all Bluffton College students, the Art department is structured to prepare its majors for elementary, secondary and supervisory teaching positions and for graduate study leading to professional careers in art and design. Bluffton art graduates are currently working as elementary and secondary school art teachers, college professors, museum directors, design artists for publications, freelance artists, silk screen printers, interior designers and production craftspersons.

Students interested in certification to teach art K-12 and 7-12 see professional education multi-age license visual arts and education.  

Major (46 hours)

* ART 202 Design 1 (3)
* ART 204 Drawing (3)
* ART 205 Figure Drawing (3)
* ART 207 Design 2 (3)
* ART 213 Painting (3)
* ART 217 Ceramics 1(3)
* ART 223 Sculpture 1 (3) or * ART 233 Sculpture 2 (3)
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ART 327 Art History 1 (3)
* ART 328 Art History 2 (3)
* ART 329 Art History 3 (3)
ART 390 Independent Study in Art (2)
* ART 400 Art Now Seminar (1)
* ART 405 Portfolio Organization and Review (.5)
* ART 410 Senior Exhibition (.5)
 
one of the following
ART 225 Printmaking 1 (relief) (3)
ART 226 Printmaking 2 (intaglio) (3)
ART 227 Printmaking 3 (silkscreen) (3)
ART 228 Printmaking 4 (lithography) (3)
 
Three additional studio courses are required (9)

Professional Education Multi-Age License Visual Arts (K-12) (54 hours)

In addition to the above asterisked courses, the following are required:
ART 214 Watercolor (3)
ART 223 Sculpture 1 (3) or ART 233 Sculpture 2 (3) (whichever the student has not previously completed)
ART 240 Photography (3)
ART 317 Ceramics 2 (3)>br> ART 320 Foundations for Teaching Visual Arts (3)
ART 390 Independent Study in Art (1)
 
Two of the following: (6) ART 225 Printmaking 1 (relief) (3)
ART 226 Printmaking 2 (intaglio) (3)
ART 227 Printmaking 3 (silkscreen) (3)
ART 228 Printmaking 4 (lithography) (3)
 
Education courses
CPS 100 Using Microcomputers (2) or CPS 105 Introduction to Computers (3) + Technology Workshops
EDU/SED 203 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society MA/VO (3)
EDU 215 Human Growth (3)
EDU/SED 208 Field Experience MA/VO (1)
PSY 254 Educational Psychology & Classroom Assessment (3)
EDU 332 Social & Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 305 Content Area Literacy (3)
EDU 345 Multi-age Classroom Organization (2)
EDU 452 Student Teaching (10)


Art minor (20 hours)

ART 202 Design 1 (3)
ART 204 Drawing (3)
ART 213 Painting (3)
ART 217 Ceramics I (3)
ART 223 Sculpture 1 or ART 233 Sculpture 2 (3)
 
One of the following:
ART 327, ART 328 or ART 329 Art History 1, 2 or 3 (3)
 
One of the following:
ART 225, ART 226, ART 227 or ART 228 Printmaking 1, 2, 3 or 4 (3)


Graphic design minor (21 hours)

ART 202 Design 1 (3)
ART 245 Introduction to Computer Graphic Design (3)
ART 255 Graphic Design 1 – Desktop Publishing (3)
ART 265 Graphic Design 2 – Photo Editing (3)
ART 270 Graphic Design 3 – Illustrating (3)
One of the following:
    ART 345, ART 350, ART 360, ART 430 (3)


Courses
ART 202 Design 1 (3)
Concentration on the theories and use of color, analysis of historical compositions and devices and assigned problems that strengthen the student's ability to compose.

ART 204 Drawing (3)
A series of problems designed to develop confidence in drawing while examining a number of ways of implying space in a two-dimensional surface. Theory is supported by work in the studio and extended through traditional and contemporary visual references. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach through the use of a sketchbook. Prerequisite:
ART 202.

ART 205 Figure Drawing (3)
Drawing from the human figure in both conventional and imaginative ways using various media, manners of treatment and modes of modeling forms. Discussion and viewing of historical as well as contemporary work will expand perspectives and through studio assignments students will develop a personal approach.

ART 207 Design 2 (3)
Theory and practice of the fundamental principles of design as applied to three-dimensional art and crafts. Introduction to and practical experience in a variety of traditional three-dimensional media including clay, wood, metal, fabric and glass. Projects may include clay relief sculpture, functional wood objects, centrifugal casting, stained glass and batik. The understanding and practical experience gained here is intended to prepare the student for more complex three-dimensional art experiences.
ART 202 recommended but not required.

ART 213 Painting (3)
An introduction to the material and subject possibilities of painting. The emphasis is on construction, composition, paint handling and color. Individual and group criticism, combined with field trips and discussion of painting ideology, expands the students' perspectives of themselves within historical and professional contexts. Prerequisites:
ART 202 and ART 204.

ART 214 Watercolor (3)
Specific compositional problems exploring the possibilities of design and expression in watercolor technique. Use of the figure, stilllife and landscape as initial references. Prerequisites:
ART 202 and ART 204. Offered alternate years.

ART 217 Ceramics 1 (3)
Introduction to work in clay including hand building techniques, use of the potter's wheel, decorating and glazing methods, kilns and firing processes. Practical experience through participation in all phases of ceramic production. Survey of traditional and contemporary approaches to clay focused on promoting individual student response to the medium.

ART 223 Sculpture 1 (3)
Development of three-dimensional form using processes of addition and subtraction. Construction in wood using basic carpentry skills, lamination and joinery. Instruction in cutting, welding and brazing metals. Stone and wood carving. Mixed media assemblage. Survey of historical and contemporary sculpture with special attention to additive and subtractive approaches to media. Prerequisite:
ART 207 recommended but not required. Offered alternate years.

ART 225 Printmaking 1 (relief) (3)
An introduction to relief printmaking employing basic relief techniques including linoleum cuts and woodcuts. The initial emphasis is on black and white images executed through studio assignments. Introduction to color reduction block printing. Discussion and viewing of historical as well as contemporary work will expand perspectives and the student is encouraged to develop a personal approach. Offered every fourth year.

ART 226 Printmaking 2 (intaglio) (3)
Introduction to the medium of intaglio through demonstration, various methods of making plates, hard and soft ground, drypoint, mezzotint, aquatint and embossment are explained and demonstrated. Prerequisites:
ART 202 and ART 204. Offered every fourth year.

ART 227 Printmaking 3 (silkscreen) (3)
Basic techniques in screen printing including direct and indirect stencils. Building and stretching screens as well as darkroom work with enlarger and Kodalith film are demonstrated. Prerequisites:
ART 202 and ART 204. Offered every fourth year.

ART 228 Printmaking 4 (lithography) (3)
An introduction to the techniques of direct lithography from stones and metal plates. Various traditions of printmaking and historical contexts are examined. Prerequisites:
ART 202 and ART 204. Offered every fourth year.

ART 230 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
Exploration and application of design principles, layout and typography. Introduction to illustration, historical influences past and present, concepts of drawing and pictorial design, tools, (introduction to the airbrush) techniques and terminology of the discipline. Prerequisites:
ART 202 and ART 204. Offered alternate years.

ART 233 Sculpture 2 (3)
Development of three-dimensional form using processes of manipulation and substitution. Modeling of clay, plaster, wax and Styrofoam with replacement in metal using the lost wax process and other foundry procedures. Mold-making techniques introduced with further casting in a variety of materials. Survey of historical and contemporary sculpture with special attention to modeling and casting techniques.
ART 207 recommended but not required. Offered every third year.

ART 240 Photography (3)
An introduction to photography including camera handling, film exposure and processing, composition, black and white print production and presentation of photographs. Exploration of specialized equipment and techniques. Brief history of photography. Offered alternate years.

ART 245 Introduction to Computer Graphic Design (3)
This course provides a thorough investigation of the graphic arts computer as a tool of graphic design. Provides a practical approach to desktop publishing (DTP) and pre-press. Concentration is on visualization, design and digital techniques. DTP's practical applications include advertising, public relations, newsletters, brochures and other communication materials. The student will be introduced to: QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoship and Adobe Illustrator.

ART 255 Graphic Design I: Desktop Publishing (3)
This course is designed to help the graphic designer achieve professional studio techniques through a desktop publishing program (e.g., QuarkXPress). Techniques covered in the course include custom flyers, trade ads, newsletters, brochures and other communication materials. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, aesthetic judgments and pre-press requirements. Prerequisite:
ART 245.

ART 265 Graphic Design II: Photo Editing (3)
This course is designed to help the graphic designer achieve professional studio techniques through a photo editing program (e.g., Adobe Photoshop). Techniques covered in the course include special photographic effects and custom typographic treatments. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, aesthetic judgments and pre-press requirements.

ART 275 Graphic Design III: Illustrating (3)
This course is designed to help the graphic designer achieve professional studio techniques through a drawing program (e.g., Adobe Illustrator). Techniques covered in the course include custom typographic treatments and special illustration effects. Topics covered include: editing anchor points and paths, working with layers, painting with gradient fills, special type effects, importing and masking photographs, and using filters. Emphais is placed on technical proficiency, aesthetic judgments, pre-press requirements, and designing for multimedia. Prerequisites:
ART 245.

ART 317 Ceramics 2 (3)
Advanced ceramic forming and decorating methods are introduced. Students are challenged to refine selected techniques in pursuit of a personal aesthetic in the medium. Clay bodies, glaze chemistry and kiln design are considered with emphasis on their integral role in the creative process. Prerequisite:
ART 217 or permission of the instructor.

ART 320 Foundations for Teaching Visual Arts (3)
Lecture, studio and fieldbased experiences for teaching art in public schools using methods and materials in the public school art program. Laboratory experiences in art resources and program planning. A review of studio art development and art education knowledge to identify the student's proficiency for performance as an art teacher. Prerequisite: junior standing and all major requirements as listed in the professional preparation outline for multi-age education.

ART 327 Art History 1 (3)
Survey of art history from the prehistoric through medieval periods. Offered every third year.

ART 328 Art History 2 (3)
Survey of art history from the Renaissance through the 18th century. Offered every third year.

ART 329 Art History 3 (3)
Survey of 19th- and 20th-century art. Offered every third year.

ART 345 Typography (3)
The focus of this course includes the basic principles, practices and history of typography and typographic design. Attention will be given to the importance of type as both a functional and expressive element in visual communication. Students are given practical assignments in order to apply learned typographic fundamentals to visual communication problems. Prerequisite:
ART 245.

ART 350 Internet Design (3)
Studio course in the design of electronic communications for the Internet and, specifically, the World Wide Web. This course will emphasize current technology for information delivery, with significant consideration being given to visual and design issues. Prerequisite:
ART 245.

ART 360 Corporate Identification (3)
Desktop publishing projects with the full understanding of the role of the corporate “logo keeper.” Designing of logos and corporate ID campaigns for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prerequisite:
ART 245.

ART 380 Studies in Art (3)
Studio or art history course dealing with specialized medium or topic.

ART 385 Internship (10 hours maximum)
By arrangement.

ART 390 Independent Study in Art (2-5)
Supervised individual problems in selected studio areas, art education or art history research for students who show proficiency and marked degree of independence in other course work. May be repeated. Prerequisite: must have prior work in the course area.

ART 400 Art Now Seminar (1)
A survey of contemporary trends in the visual arts through on-site study of the art resources of a major urban area. Visits to museums, galleries, works of public art and architectural landmarks included. Current criticism examined in preparation for the tour with follow-up focusing on individual observations and insights.

ART 405 Portfolio Organization and Review (.5)
Development of a professional portfolio through selection, refinement of previous studio work with emphasis on organization and presentation.

ART 410 Senior Exhibition (.5)
Graduating art majors are required to present an exhibit of their work in their senior year. Students will put together a retrospective selection of their best work.

ART 430 Advanced Studies in Computer Graphic Design (3)
Advanced studies of computer graphic design programs. Projects will include the integration of reproduction quality PhotoShop/Illustrator files. Prerequisite:
ART 245 and two of the following: ART 255, ART 265, or ART 275.

Modified 12/7/00