Course Catalog for STUDIO ARTS
STAR 113
Visual Thinking: Design
This studio design course is an investigation of the fundamentals of visual language, with an introduction into the principles of design, with research into color theory, composition and sequencing, including the development of writing, typography and reproduction, communication and data visualization. The studio course is experiential and process-oriented. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 135
Visual Thinking: Building Pictures—Collage and Assemblage
This course centers on the activity of thinking visually through physical materials. You will use materials such as paper, cloth, cardboard, metals, or wood, some new, but most old, discarded and recycled. All will be explored and exploited for their particular material, physical, and visual qualities and characteristics, to discover how they can be combined into new contexts in ways that transform the materials into an entirely new reality. Assignments will be structured with a particular theme or concept as its motivation. You will experiment with various options for adhesives and constructing technique, including the addition of paint. Expect to work on average six hours per week on assigned work outside of class. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 140
Visual Thinking: Drawing from Observation
This course is an introduction to the fundamental problems involved in drawing from observation. We will develop the skill to “see” freshly and purposefully, and the ability to interpret that perception onto paper. We will learn to transform a flat piece of paper into a container of light and air, in which can be created the illusion of space and 3-dimensional form. The course identifies and explores the full vocabulary of visual thinking through drawing, utilizing a variety of observational subjects. The goal is to help you develop a personal commitment to drawing—to your own way of seeing—and to help you express it with control and authenticity. Expect to spend around six hours each week on assigned work between classes. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 145
Visual Thinking: Drawing to Sculpture
This introductory course explores ways of thinking and working that artists use to produce drawing and sculpture. Students will use simple materials to explore line, form, space, and concept. Projects may include various approaches to drawing on paper, three-dimensional model-making exercises, performative objects and site-specific installations. Through reading, writing, drawing and building, we will consider how art communicates in visual and experiential ways, and examine contemporary works in contexts from museums to the public realm. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 150
Visual Thinking: Digital Photography in the Documentary Tradition
An introduction to the practice of digital photography as a means to document or comment on the world around us. We will learn the functions of the DSLR camera, basic digital editing skills, and the grammar and syntax of visual thinking as a vehicle to articulate a personal point of view. This class focuses on visual narrative and engagement with ideas and forms beyond the photographic process itself. You should expect to work a minimum of six hours per week in addition to class time and spend significant time photographing off-campus. You must have access to a DSLR camera. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 155
Visual Thinking: Introduction to Printmaking
Utilizing traditional and experimental printmaking media, students will explore line, tone, form and space, working primarily in black and white. The reproductive qualities of printmaking will be used to encourage developing images and ideas in a serial manner. As students develop skills and a working knowledge of the formal language of picture-making, they will be encouraged to pursue their own vision, culminating in a body of related images. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 201
Art Studio: Artist’s Books
Explore the confluence of language, image, sequence, motion, and structure in the form of artists’ books. Thinking conceptually about the possibilities inherent in the book form will go hand in hand with investigating techniques and materials. Students will complete group and individual projects using a variety of media. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 235
Art Studio: Oil Painting for Today
This course focuses on the techniques and processes of traditional oil painting as a vehicle for contemporary, personal expression. You will learn the basic methodology of western oil painting; the innovations of modern painting in the 20th Century; the structures of color theory and the all-encompassing importance of compositional design. Throughout this learning process the goal is to find your own voice as a painter, to develop a personal esthetic. Prerequisite: Students must complete one unit in a Visual Thinking Course, preferably STAR 140: Drawing from Observation. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 240
Visual Thinking: Sculpture and Ideas
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of sculpture, and the basic skills needed to alter materials, objects and spaces. Through reading, writing, and making, we will consider how art communicates in visual and experiential ways, and examine contemporary works in contexts from museums to the public realm. Projects will focus on building significance and symbolism with various methods, including casting, wood construction, video, performance, and social engagement. (ART)
Prerequisite: Students must complete one unit in a Visual Thinking Course
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 241
Art Studio: Life Studies/Life Drawing
This course focuses on intense visual study of life—in this case defined as human life. In the studio, most classes will center on rigorous life drawing sessions with models, both clothed and nude, in order to fully comprehend the anatomical form, proportional relationships, and gestural dynamics of the human body. Outside of class, and the studio, work will involve the observation and study of life situations, people in various settings and different degrees of interaction. There will be experimentation with varied drawing materials, including inter-mixing them, and a range of scales from small to large will be worked with. On average, you should expect to work six hours per week outside of class on assigned drawings. Suggested prerequisite course: observational Drawing, STAR-140. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Studio Arts 140 or permission of instructor
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 250
Art Studio: Photography and the Darkroom
This class focuses on using traditional photographic processes (non-digital) as a means of personal expression. Students focus on developing a personal esthetic while learning the photographic techniques that dominated the 20th Century – film processing and darkroom printing. Students must have access to a fully functional film camera. It is helpful, but not required, for students to have some familiarity with the basic concepts of the photographic process. Suggested prerequisite: Digital Doc Photography, STAR-150. (ART)
Prerequisite: Students must complete one unit in a Visual Thinking Course
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 251
Art Studio: Projects in Photography
This is an intermediate level course focusing on honing your photographic vision and developing a personal point of view in photography. You may work in analog or digital, but you must have taken the corresponding introductory course. Students pursuing a project in digital must first take STAR 150. Those working in analogue (darkroom) must first take STAR 250. (ART)
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in STAR 150 or 250
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 255
Art Studio: Printmaking Workshop
An open studio workshop. Students with prior knowledge of some printmaking or book arts techniques will propose, and carry out, a semester-long project as outlined in consultation with the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Students may work in any printmaking or printmaking-related medium, to develop a body of work related in both form and content. Students are expected to pursue independent research, as directed by the instructor to deepen their understanding of the ideas and concepts utilized in their work. (ART)
Prerequisite: Any studio arts class in printmaking or book arts (Introduction to Printmaking, Printmaking in Full Color, Etching and Relief Printing, Artist's Books) or demonstrable prior knowledge of printmaking processes.
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 258
Art Studio: Etching and Relief Printing
The printmaking methods collectively known as “intaglio” – etching, aquatint, drypoint, and related methods – will be presented, along with other methods, collectively known as “relief” -- woodcut, linoleum cut, relief etching. Students will be encouraged to experiment with new and innovative approaches to these traditional media while developing their personal ideas and vision. (ART)
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 283
Special Topics: Art Installation: Collaborating Across Disciplines
A special "hands-on" seminar in which the students will collaborate with the professional artists teaching the course, to conceive, plan, and realize an original site specific artwork for the CCAN public lobby. (ART)
0.50 units, Studio
STAR 301
Concept and Process in Studio Art
This is an interdisciplinary studio course geared towards students with studio arts experience. A series of experimental assignments focus on building an awareness of, and engagement with, the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary arts practice. Readings, writings, research and discussion will support students as they learn different strategies for producing independent studio work within the broad field of visual art. (ART)
Prerequisite: Any two 200/300 level Studio Art courses.
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 335
Projects in Painting
Art Studio: Projects in Painting, is the follow-up course to STAR 235 Oil Painting for Today. It will serve the needs of students who wish to continue the study of painting at the intermediate and advanced levels. While the main content of the course centers on a few studio projects over the semester (Intermediate level), or a semester-long project (Advanced level), there is also content shared by all students enrolled in the class. The shared content consists of reports on research in support of the projects, lectures and demonstrations by the professor, guest lecturers and visiting artists, and most important, regularly scheduled group critiques on studio projects. While oil paints will be the medium of focus, particularly at the intermediate level, other painting media will be introduced especially as appropriate to address needs presented by individual student projects. (ART)
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in STAR235.
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 340
Art Studio: Sculpture and Ideas II
This course is a continuation of Sculpture and Ideas. In a series of individual projects, students will focus on content and formal issues in sculpture. Goals include increased knowledge of art historical contexts relevant to projects, and expertise with equipment, tools, and materials. The course will culminate in a final project designed by the student in consultation with the professor. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in STAR 240 or permission of instructor
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 350
Art Studio: Photography and the Darkroom II
This course is a continuation of Photography and the Darkroom. This class focuses on using traditional photographic processes (non-digital) as a means of personal expression. Students focus on developing a personal esthetic while learning the photographic techniques that dominated the 20th Century – film processing and darkroom printing. Students must have access to a fully functional film camera. (ART)
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in STAR 250
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 399
Independent Study
Independent research and the execution of a project with the guidance of a faculty member, as per the College curriculum.
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
STAR 401
Concept and Process in Studio Art II
This is a continuation of Concept and Process. This is an advanced-level studio practice course. Students may work in any medium, or combination of media. Emphasis is placed on creating a consistent body of work that draws upon the students’ life experience or concerns, related readings and research. It is open to STAR majors and non-majors but recommended that STAR majors take this course as early as possible, preferably in sophomore or junior year. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in STAR 301, Concept and Process in Studio Art
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 405
Advanced Studio
This class is designed for advanced-level students who are ready to move beyond assignment based projects. The class will focus on how to develop meaningful and thematically consistent content, and build on technical fluency developed in previous coursework. In consultation with the instructor, students will produce a self-directed, long-term project carried out over the course of the semester. The course serves as Part 1 of the senior capstone experience for majors but may also be taken by minors or advanced art students. (ART)
Prerequisite: C- or better in STAR 301, Concept and Process in Studio Art
1.00 units, Studio
STAR 466
Teaching Assistant
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
STAR 497
Thesis in Studio Arts
Independent studio work toward the completion of a sustained project in the student’s chosen area of concentration that is the basis for an exhibition in the Broad Street Gallery, and is accompanied by a 6-10 page paper outlining their process conceptually, technically, and formally placing their work within the context of both contemporary and historical art practice. This will involve regular individual meetings with the professor of this course, as well as several group critiques, workshop, and discussions. (WEB)
1.00 units, Studio