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Department Trips

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

  • Every semester

New York City Art Galleries and Museums 

  • Twice a semester, a day trip
  • Three day trip, each semester 

Special Events

Spring Break 2015
March 5 - 12
Florence/Rome, Italy 

Spring Break Trips Include: 

  • Round trip airfare
  • Local coach to hotel and airport
  • Double occupancy, tourist-class hotel
  • Continental breakfast in the hotel

SU students earn one art credit as part of this program.
Note: SU students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, retirees of SU, and the community-at-large are all welcome to join this trip.

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Contact

Department of Art & Design
Shippensburg University
Huber Visual Arts Center 210
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
art@ship.edu

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Courses

Below is a list of courses offered by the Art Department. 

ART101 ART APPRECIATION (3 CRS.)

Introduction to the visual arts emphasizing major historical artistic movements, the elements of art and the media of art. Attention is given to multicultural and gender contributions in the areas of fine arts, crafts and the applied arts.

ART110 BASIC DRAWING (3 CRS.)

Fundamental course including experiences in drawing from the still-life, the environment and the human figure. The curriculum stresses visual perception, the development of eye-hand coordination, sensitivity to a variety of drawing materials and an introduction to the basic principles of perspective. Descriptive and expressive approaches to drawing will be explored. 

ART210 DRAWING II (3 CRS.)

Studio course designed to develop advanced value rendering skills and an increased awareness of the principles of light and shadow. Experimental and contemporary drawing approaches are introduced. A diverse range of media in black and white will be explored; color will be included. The production of a portfolio, which represents an investigation of self-expression and experimentation, is an outcome and a requirement. Prerequisite: ART110. (Offered in spring only.)

ART211 FIGURE DRAWING (3 CRS.)

Directed at analyzing the human form and its structure. A variety of drawing media and drawing approaches are used to address anatomy, texture, space and the principles of light and shadow. Exploration of the relationship between the figure and the environment and the development of figurative imagery, which is descriptive and expressive, will be included. Prerequisite: ART110. (Offered in “even year” fall only.) 

ART215 COLOR AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN (3 CRS.)

Laboratory course to provide analyses of the basic elements and principles of visual design. Various media including traditional and contemporary tools, such as the computer, will be explored. Assignments and presentation of a design portfolio is required of each student. (Offered in fall only.)

ART218 THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN (3 CRS.)

Introduction to working with elements and principles of three-dimensional design. Student will work with basic concepts of form, shape, mass, color, and texture using a variety of materials: paper, wood, metal, plaster and clay. (Offered in spring only.) 

ART231 ART HISTORY I (3 CRS.)

Begins with the Prehistoric period and Near Eastern art. Progresses through the Mediterranean cultures of Egypt, Minoan and the Cycladic Islands, Mycenaean, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art; These periods are followed by early Christian, Byzantine and Islamic art. Concludes by examining early Medieval and Romanesque art. (Offered in “even year” fall only.) 

ART232 ART HISTORY II (3 CRS.)

Continues where Art History I concluded. Study of Gothic art and an introduction to the art of India, China, Japan and the native art of the Americas, Africa and the South Pacific. The Proto-Renaissance in Italy, 15th and 16th Century Italian art, the Renaissance outside of Italy and Baroque art are studied. Rococo period of the 18th Century is the fi nal period discussed here. (Offered in fall only.) 

ART233 ART HISTORY III (3 CRS.)

Continues where Art History II concluded. Begins with Romanticism and Neoclassicism in Europe, follows the events leading up to Impressionism and beyond in France. Cubism, the destruction of Renaissance space, and the antiart activities of the Dada artists will lead into Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimalism and Conceptual art. All of the major “-isms” of the 20th Century will be addressed. Global influences are reviewed and their impact on major artistic movements discussed. Concludes with contemporary Postmodern art. (Offered in spring only.) 

ART339 HISTORY OF AMERICAN ART (3 CRS.)

Chronological study of American art - painting, sculpture and architecture from the Colonial Period to the 20th century. (Offered in “odd year” fall only.) 

ART274 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL STUDIO (3 CRS.)

Introduces a variety of two- and three-dimensional media and techniques through visual art projects developed from the art history of diverse global cultures. Through studio projects, develops awareness for cultural influences in art, will learn a universal visual art vocabulary and develop personal skills in the handling of art materials. (Not open to art majors or art minors. Teacher education majors/art minors may enroll in this course.)


ART280 PRINTMAKING/INTAGLIO (3 CRS.)

Introductory course in printmaking. Primarily a studio course, students will have an opportunity to make original prints in relief and various intaglio processes. Will also deal with the history of printmaking and some important printmakers. This will give the student a better grasp of the wide range of techniques and means of expression found in what can be a very complex art form. 

ART281 PRINTMAKING/LITHOGRAPHY (3 CRS.)

Introductory course in printmaking. Primarily a studio course, students will have an opportunity to make original prints in relief and stone lithography. Will also deal with the history of printmaking and some important printmakers. This will give the student a better grasp of the wide range of techniques and means of expression found in what can be a very complex art form. 

ART321 WATERCOLOR I (3 CRS.)

Fundamental course in watercolor painting designed to introduce the varied materials, tools and techniques of watercolor painting with special attention to its unique characteristics as a painting medium. Composition and development of personal imagery will also be discussed. (Prior experience in drawing and working with color is recommended.) (Offered in spring only.) 

ART322 WATERCOLOR II (3 CRS.)

For the intermediate-level student that stresses the exploration of watercolor painting media as a means of unique personal expression with increased emphasis on composition and structure. Prerequisite: ART321. (Offered in fall only.) 

ART326 PAINTING I (3 CRS.)

Fundamental course in painting designed to introduce the varied materials, tools and techniques of oil-based or acrylic-based painting media. Composition and development of personal imagery will also be discussed. (Prior experience in drawing and working with color is recommended.) (Offered in fall only.) 

ART327 PAINTING II (3 CRS.)

For the intermediate level student that stresses the exploration of oil/acrylic painting media as a means of unique personal expression with increased emphasis on composition and structure. Prerequisite: ART326. (Offered in spring only.) 

ART340 CERAMICS (3 CRS.)

Exploration of the potential of clay with emphasis on both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. 

ART341 ADVANCED CERAMICS (3 CRS.)

Studio course that further develops one’s knowledge of clay and the various working processes. Emphasis on further mastery and refinement of skills - hand building and/or wheel throwing. A greater attention is also placed on mixing glazes and clay bodies and on firing techniques. Prerequisite: ART340. (Offered in spring only.) 

ART356 SOCIAL STRUCTURES OF AESTHETICS, PHILOSOPHY AND CRITICISM IN THE ARTS (3 CRS.)

Deals with general questions about art, such as “What is art?” and “Are there criteria that can be used in evaluating all works of art?” Some learning objectives and philosophical dialogue will be to value questions, to be curious, to value reflective disagreement, to wonder, and to find reasons to justify beliefs. Objectives will be to handle abstract ideas, to discuss rationally, to distinguish between objective and subjective statements, to imagine possibilities, and to recognize necessary conditions within a definition. Both spoken and written art criticism deals with responding to a specific work as well as a body of work. Two important functions of art criticism considered are to interpret the meaning of the work and to demonstrate support judgments about the aesthetic merits of the work. Students will experience exposure to the arts through attendance at various performances, exhibitions, museums and field trips. The aim is to explore the philosophical and historical aspects of the arts and how they are valued through art criticism. This knowledge will be applied to the environment of art education. 

ART370 SCULPTURE (3 CRS.)

Is an aesthetic analysis of three-dimensional form utilizing both traditional and contemporary materials and techniques. (Offered in fall only.) 

ART380, 381 PRINT-MAKING I AND II (3 CRS.)

Advanced courses for art students who wish to explore in-depth one or two of the fine art printing processes. Students may elect to take the course as ART381 (3 credits) for one semester or both ART381 and ART382 (6 credits) for two semesters. Students will work toward mastery of stone lithography, various intaglio processes or relief. Emphasis placed on the student’s development of a personal imagery. Students work closely with instructor to set personal goals that fit the basic requirements. Prerequisite: ART280 or ART281. (Each offered in spring only.) 

ART385 SENIOR ART SEMINAR (3 CRS.)

Requires the student to examine the contemporary artists, art movements and influences that directly impact their work and their area of concentration. Emphasis is on creating a portfolio of work with a specific focus conceived by the student. These works will be presented in a public exhibition. All stages of exhibition preparation will be addressed: scheduling, publicity materials, developing and creating an exhibition catalog, photographing and presenting works of art for exhibition, staging an exhibition and the packaging/ transporting works of art. Resume preparation and developing a career portfolio will also be included. (Required of all art majors.) 

ART393 SELECTED TOPICS IN ART (1-3 CRS.)

Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.

ART395 INTERNSHIP IN ART (3 CRS.)

Offers a planned program of research, observation, study and work in approved art agencies and institutions for junior and senior art majors. The specific nature of the experience will follow the pattern dictated by the agency/institution. Only 6 crs. of internship credit can count toward the art major. (Prior approval of the Department of Art and the cooperating agency is required.) 

ART217 COMPUTER DESIGN I (PAGE COMPOSITION) (3 CRS. )

Introductory course taught on the Macintosh computer. Basic elements of page layout design including composition, type and typesetting, graphic elements, cropping, text wrapping, photo image control and the use of a scanning device will be covered along with information about the design industry: creating publications, working with printers and photographers. General usage of the Macintosh operating system will be taught. The emphasis is on visual appearance and design of publications. 

ART306 COMPUTER DESIGN II (ILLUSTRATION) (3 CRS.)

The second level course taught on the Macintosh computer. Students will learn the art of computer illustration, drawing and rendering techniques, including all aspects of a postscript language illustration program. Also taught in-depth will be type manipulation and how to incorporate an illustration. Use of a color scanning device and a color printer will be covered along with information about the illustration and design industry, the future of the computer and advanced use of the Macintosh operating system. Emphasis is creating visually strong illustrations and designs. Prerequisite: ART217. (Offered in spring only.) 

ART319 COMPUTER DESIGN III (PAINTING AND PHOTO MANIPULATION) (3 CRS.)

The third level course taught on the Macintosh computer. Students will learn the art of photo manipulation, editing, painting, compositing and pre-press techniques including all aspects of using a bitmapped software program. Also taught will be: choosing printers, preparing files for output, setting halftone screens, resolutions, traps, chokes and creating color separations. Elements and principles of design, working between software programs, the use of a color scanning device, video and still camera capturing devices will be covered along with creating meaningful imagery. The emphasis is in creating visually strong computer generated photographs, paintings and designs. Prerequisites ART217. 

ART425 COMPUTER DESIGN IV (MULTIMEDIA AND MOTION GRAPHICS) (3 CRS.)

Fourth level course taught on the Macintosh computer. Students will learn the art of animation and multimedia production including sound and video editing and compositing. Using page composition and illustration/painting/digital photography techniques learned in Computer Design I, II and III, students will learn how to compile text, paintings and photographs into a composite multimedia program. Using paint and ink effects, information will be enhanced with sound and video added. Elements and principles of design, working between software programs, the use of a color scanning device, video and still camera capturing devices and CD authoring will be covered. The content includes techniques directed at creating visually strong multimedia productions. Prerequisite: ART217. (Offered in spring only.) 

ART430 COMPUTER DESIGN V (WEB DESIGN) (3 CRS.)

Fifth level course taught on the Macintosh computer. Students will learn the art of animation and multimedia production including sound and video editing and compositing for web design. Using page composition and illustration/painting/ digital photography techniques learned in Computer Design I, II and III, students will learn how to compile text, paintings and photographs into a composite web program. Using transparency and vector embedding techniques, information will be enhanced with added sound and video. Elements and principles of design, working between software programs, the use of a color scanning device, video and still camera capturing devices and CD authoring will be covered. Content in this course includes techniques directed at creating visually sound and effective web design. 

ART435 COMPUTER DESIGN VI (BOOK AND PORTFOLIO DESIGN) (3 CRS.)

Sixth level course taught on the Macintosh computer. Course will examine the book as a physical artifact, as the material embodiment of text and visual imaging. Topics include the transitions between hand production and mechanical production, methods of bookmaking, printers and publishers, letter forms and typography, paper, page formats and layouts, illustrations, bindings, and the purpose of the book with special emphasis on the relationships between meaning and physical form and the complex conventions of the book. Students will learn the art of typographic design, calligraphy, book and portfolio design, paper-making and bookmaking skills following both traditional and nontraditional techniques. Using page composition and illustration/painting/digital photography techniques learned in Computer Design I, II and III, students will enlarge and enhance their knowledge of typography and how to use it in book design. They will use their computer illustration, painting and digital photographic skills to add visuals into the composite book. Elements and principles of design, working between software programs, the use of a color scanning device and digital camera capturing devices will be covered. Content includes techniques directed at creating visually and thematically strong and unique artist’s portfolios and books. Prerequisite: Computer Design I. 

ART300 INDEPENDENT STUDIO/CERAMICS (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Provides an opportunity to pursue in-depth study using a single art form or combination of art forms that are of personal interest under the direction and guidance of a department faculty member. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case the student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART301, 302, 303, 304, 305, or 309 may be substituted. 

ART301 INDEPENDENT STUDIO/DRAWING (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Provides an opportunity to pursue in-depth study using a single art form or combination of art forms that are of personal interest under the 179 Courses of Instruction direction and guidance of a department faculty member. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case the student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART300, 302, 303, 304, 305 or 309 may be substituted. 

ART302 INDEPENDENT STUDIO/ENAMELING (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Provides an opportunity to pursue in-depth study using a single art form or combination of art forms that are of personal interest under the direction and guidance of a department faculty member. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case the student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART300, 301, 303, 304, 305 or 309 may be substituted. 

ART303 INDEPENDENT STUDIO/PAINTING (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Provides an opportunity to pursue in-depth study using a single art form or combination of art forms that are of personal interest under the direction and guidance of a department faculty member. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case the student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART300, 301, 302, 304, 305 or 309 may be substituted. 

ART304 INDEPENDENT STUDIO/SCULPTURE (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Provides an opportunity to pursue in-depth study using a single art form or combination of art forms that are of personal interest under the direction and guidance of a department faculty member. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case the student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART300, 301, 302, 303, 305 or 309 may be substituted. 

ART305 INDEPENDENT STUDIO /COMPUTER DESIGN (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Provides an opportunity to pursue in-depth study using a single art form or combination of art forms that are of personal interest under the direction and guidance of a department faculty member. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case the student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART300, 301, 302, 303, 304 or 309 may be substituted. 

ART309 INDEPENDENT STUDIO (3 CRS.)

For advanced study in a particular art medium. Student agrees to meet with a regularly scheduled studio art course through arrangement with the instructor. (Prior instructor approval required.) In case student would schedule more than one independent studio, ART300, 301, 302, 303, 304 or 305 may be substituted. 

ART399 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3 CRS.)

ART400 CONTEMPORARY METHODS IN ART EDUCATION (3 CRS.)

Explores studio materials, art-making processes and modes of thought from a culturally diverse perspective and current methods regarding studio art instruction in the fields of elementary and secondary education. Exploring their personal artwork, students will be introduced in the role of art teacher as facilitator, guide and mentor, plus the various instructional strategies and models currently employed for success in the field. Besides exploring a cross section of contemporary art-making processes, students will analyze how they create in order to allow others to understand that process. Students will gain competency in lesson planning, organization, classroom management and assessment. The student will emerge with a clearer understanding of the relationship between ideas, process, critique, and the vital role of the studio teacher. The class consists of classroom lecture/presentation and intense studio activity. Students will have an early field experience, designing and implementing a studio art project with elementary-age students at the campus laboratory school. All artworks, projects and experiences will culminate in critique and evaluation. 

ART490 SELECTED TOPICS IN ART (1-3 CRS.)

Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses.