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The course offerings in the Arts program have these objectives: 1) to provide students with the basic courses in Art which are prerequisite to more advanced study in this field; 2) to contribute toward requirements of public school teachers; 3) to increase students appreciation and enjoyment of the artistic; 4) to provide opportunities for artistic self-expression; and, 5) to develop skills which may have either vocational or avocational application. 
Students should choose electives in consultation with their academic advisor and based on the catalog of the college/university to which they plan to transfer.

Faculty Members

Alan Burris

Ginger Cothran

Adjunct Faculty Members

Denny Farris

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Cr Second Semester Cr
ORI 1011 New Student Orientation 1 ENG 1213 English Comp II 3
ENG 1113 English Comp I 3 ART 1123 Fund of Art I 3
ART 1213 Drawing I 3 Science Elective 3
Science w/Lab Elective 4 MTH 1413 Survey of Math or
CIS 1113 Computer Concepts & Applications or MTH 1513 College Algebra 3
CIS 2113 Computer Application Packages 3 Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Cr Second Semester Cr
HST 1483 U.S. History to 1865 or GVT 1113 American Federal Government 3
HST 1493 U.S. History since 1865 3 ART 1133 Fund of Art II 3
ART 1103 Ceramics I

3

Humanities Elective 3
ART 2103 Drawing II 3 Arts & Sciences Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3 Program Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3 PE 1112 Personal Health or
PE 2212 First Aid 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17

 

Program Electives (9 hours)
ART 2113 Watercolor I
ART 2403 Sculpture I
ART 2123 Painting I
ART 2203 Ceramics II
ART 2813 Special Topics in Art

 

ART 1103 -- Ceramics I. 
Prerequisite: None 
Ceramics I covers a variety of building techniques, glazing and ceramics terminology. Students will develop basic hand building skills (pinch, coil and slab), demonstrate basic glaze theory and application, and exhibit basic knowledge of the firing processes. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 1113 -- Art Appreciation. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Art Appreciation is an illustrated lecture course that examines the functions of the visual arts in contemporary life. The historic development of art in western culture is included where it is relevant to the appreciation of modern art. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 1123 -- Fundamentals of Art I. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Fundamentals of Art I is a study of the principal elements of two-dimensional design. Those elements include color, perspective, fundamental drawing concepts and compositional elements. By using a variety of materials students will apply the information to a series of studio assignments. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 1133 – Fundamentals of Art II. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Fundamentals of Art II is a continuation of Fundamentals of Art I. This course is a study and analysis of three-dimensional forms. By using a variety of materials and processes, the student will complete a series of studio assignments. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 1213 -- Drawing I. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Drawing I will develop the students’ understanding of the basic concepts of drawing and their powers of observation. Students will work with various black and white media utilizing a variety of sources and environments. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 2103 -- Drawing II. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Drawing II will continue to develop the students understanding of the concepts of drawing. Students will continue to develop their skills in color media by using a variety of sources and environments. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 2113 -- Watercolor I. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Watercolor I will develop skills in watercolor painting, stressing form and composition, visual perception and individual expression. Students will develop their understanding of composition and theory as it relates to transparent painting media. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 2123 -- Painting I. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Painting I will develop skills in opaque painting, stressing form and content visual appreciation and individual expression. Students will develop conceptual skills in various painting methods, compositions and color theories. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 2203 – Ceramics II. 

Prerequisite: None. 
Ceramics II continues to develop the students’ skills in a variety of ceramic techniques. Students will continue to develop their glazing and knowledge of ceramic and its terminology. Students will continue the development of hand building and throwing techniques, and the development of their personal style within the ceramic medium. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

ART 2403 -- Sculpture I. 
Prerequisite: None. 
Sculpture I is a creative approach to sculptural techniques and form exploration using a variety of media. Students will develop their knowledge of sculptural forms, their technical skills in various media/materials and increase their conceptual skills. Four laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours.

ART 2810 -- Special Problems in Art. 
Prerequisite: Permission of Liberal Arts Chairman. 
This course is designed specifically for special seminars, special studies, special interests, and other special projects/events/activities related to art. May be taken more than once. Credit varies from one to four hours.

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