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Associate in Arts Degree: Art

The Art Department program at College Of The Canyons provides students with introductory courses in the fine arts. The current program offers both studio and lecture sections, the majority are transferable to University Of California, California State University as well as most private art colleges in the nation. The College Of The Canyons catalog virtually mirrors California State University’s lower division requirements for a BA at the freshman and sophomore levels. The art program provides a wide range of skills. Studio courses at the beginning and intermediate levels include: beginning drawing, life drawing, 2-D design, 3-D design, sculpture, two levels of printmaking, painting, watercolor painting, landscape painting and illustration. Art appreciation and art history courses survey the development of art from the Paleolithic period to the present. In addition to developing critical and creative skills, art students have many opportunities to get involved in contemporary art culture. As part of the regular program, students will do many of the following activities: visit local art exhibitions, artists’ studios, private collections and art libraries; gain experience at review writing. The art gallery provides a program of up to five exhibitions a year. While our exhibition schedule represents diversity in culture and style, it also parallels the curriculum of the fine and applied arts departments. The gallery serves as an instructional tool for all visual arts courses, the college at large- indicating relationships with other academic departments and the community.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to analyze and interpret works of cultural importance.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 24
 

    Units
Choose six units from the following: Units:  
     
ART-110 Art History: Ancient to Medieval 3.0
ART-111 Art History: Renaissance to Modern 3.0
ART-115 Art History: Impressionism to Present 3.0
     
Plus twelve units from the following:  
     
ART-124A Drawing I 3.0
ART-124B Drawing II 3.0
ART-140 Beginning Design: Two-Dimensional Media 3.0
ART-141 Beginning Design: Three-Dimensional Media 3.0
     
Plus six units from the following:  
     
ART-220 Watercolor Painting 3.0
ART-222 Illustration I 3.0
ART-227 Painting I 3.0
ART-235 Sculpture 3.0
ART-237 Fundamentals of Printmaking 3.0
     
Recommended electives:  
     
ART-224A Drawing III – Life Drawing 3.0
ART-236 Sculpture II 3.0
ART-238 Printmaking – Intaglio 3.0
ART-295 Professional Skills for Artists 3.0


ART 110 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT TO MEDIEVAL
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Analyzes major works of art emphasizing major monuments of art in painting, sculpture, and architectures of the Western World from prehistoric times until the Renaissance. Field trips may be required.


ART 111 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Analyzes major works of art through reproductions made available in pictures and slides. Emphasizes major monuments of art of the Western World from the Italian Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century. Field trip may be required.


ART 114 ART HISTORY: FIELD TRIPS
Units: 1.50
CSU 27.00 hours lecture
May be taken four times for credit
This is an eight-week course of museum, gallery and studio visits which may include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Bergamot Station, UCLA's Armand Hammer Museum, Huntington Library and Gardens, and the Pacific Design Center. The course will include interactive discussions and projects with students, faculty, gallery professionals and artists. Different lectures and exhibits each semester.


ART 115 ART HISTORY: IMPRESSIONISM TO PRESENT
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Surveys the history of architecture, sculpture and painting from the mid-nineteenth century to the present in Western Europe and North America, with emphasis on the twentieth century. Museum field trips will be required.


ART 124A DRAWING I
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Beginning course in drawing experiences emphasizing basic drawing techniques in a variety of media; as well as compositional and design fundamentals.


ART 124B DRAWING II
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: ART-124A

Continuation course in drawing. Studies the human skeletal, muscular structure and the posed model. Emphasis on the development of drawing skills, proportions, form, and gesture.


ART 140 BEGINNING DESIGN: TWO-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Studies elements and principles of design with special emphasis on structure, color, and 2-D composition through experimental media; provides basic fundamentals for 2-D oriented art courses.


ART 141 BEGINNING DESIGN: THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Focuses on the basic principles of three dimensional design with applications in a variety of sculptural media including clay, plaster, wood and paper. Topics include basic design principles, interpretive analysis of form and content and theories of spatial organization. Field trip may be required.


ART 205 LANDMARKS OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces great works of art and visual culture, both past and present, as a means of stimulating visual, emotional, and intellectual awareness of the artistic heritage of world art. Field trips may be required.


ART 220 WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Introduces the use of transparent watercolor media, including instruction in the techniques of wet into wet, dry brush, glazing and direct painting applications. Field trips may be required.


ART 222 ILLUSTRATION I
Units: 3.00
CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: ART-124A or ART-140

Introduces materials and techniques used by commercial illustrators. Projects emphasize concept development, style, imagery, and illustrative communication for use in and in combination with advertising, editorial print media, and various publications. Projects are designed to meet professional standards. Field trip may be required.


ART 224A DRAWING III - LIFE DRAWING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Intermediate course in life drawing; study and graphic representation of the human figure with the use of professional posed models. Special emphasis on structure of skeletal and muscular systems.


ART 227 PAINTING I
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: ART-124A or ART-140

The beginning course in painting technique, pictorial design and composition. Experimentation with various media such as oil, and acrylics.


ART 228 PAINTING II
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: ART-227 or presentation of portfolio

Emphasis on painting techniques, pictorial design and creative interpretation. Continued use of oil paints as well as other experimental media. Field trip may be required.


ART 229 LANDSCAPE PAINTING
Units: 3.00
CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
May be taken three times for credit
Recommended Preparation: ART-124A

Emphasizes out-of-doors painting at various locations in the Santa Clarita Valley. Focuses on methods of color mixing, color theory, brushwork, composition and technical applications of the painting medium. Involves the set-up and practice of an efficient system for painting outdoors. While primarily an outdoor class, instruction and painting activities may include studio sessions. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to the painting locations.


ART 235 SCULPTURE
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Prerequisite: ART-141

Introduces the study of plastic form through the processes of modeling, casting, carving, and construction. Emphasis on the development of ideas and personal expression. Materials include clay, plaster, hydrocal, stone carving, wood carving, and mixed media.


ART 236 SCULPTURE II
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
May be taken four times for credit
Prerequisite: ART-235

This course is a continuation of Art-235 expanding the student's knowledge of contemporary techniques and materials. Additive, subtractive, manipulation and substitution techniques are further explored.


ART 237 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRINTMAKING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: ART-124A

Introduces materials and techniques of monoprint, etching, photo etching, engraving and relief print, including wood and linoleum.


ART 238 PRINTMAKING (INTAGLIO)
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
May be taken two times for credit
Prerequisite: ART-237

Introduces intaglio printmaking techniques and image development, including etching, photo etching, engraving, dry-point, and aquatint.


ART 295 PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR ARTISTS
Units: 3.00
CSU 27.00 hours lecture, 81.00 hours lab
Emphasizes business and practical skills for a career in the arts, including photographing, documenting, matting, framing, crating, shipping, installation, lighting, resume writing, publicity, visual presentation, preparation of invoices and taxes,
contracts, copyright law and portfolio presentation.


Planned Course Offerings 2011-2013

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