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Fine Arts Program
Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Center
1630 Pinder Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 
Course Descriptions


ARE 3313 Public School Art - The Elementary School: (3 hours) Various art education theories relative to teaching art in the elementary school; consideration of methods and methods and problems of teaching, lesson planning, reading and discussion, and practical arts and crafts.

ARE 3314 Art Production - Elementary School: (3 hours) Skills, materials and techniques in art appropriate for teaching children K-5 are explored.

ARE 3341 Public School Art - The Secondary School: (3 hours) For students preparing to teach art in junior and senior high schools.  Consideration of methods and unique problems of teaching at these levels:  reading, lecture, discussions, and practical arts and crafts experiences.

ARE 4355 Art Education I - Readings in Professional Literature: (2 hours) Literature on art education, aesthetics, perception, history of the field child development in art.  Seminar: reading and discussion. (under review)

ART 4640 Art Education II - Professional Orientation and Critical Evaluation: (2 hours) Critical issues in the field of art education with an emphasis on evaluation procedures and research.  Seminar: reading and discussion. (under review)

ARH 2000 Art Appreciation: (3 hours) This course provides an understanding of the formal properties and thematic approaches present in art and architecture from cultures throughout the world. We will explore artistic variations in media, form and function and themes such as religion, politics, gender, sexuality, race and entertainment. The theme of Sustainability in Art is an over-arching theme. (under review)

ARH 2050 Art History Survey I: (3 hours) This lecture course introduces visual culture across the globe as an expression of religious, social, political and historical context from the Prehistoric era to approx. 1500 AD. This survey offers a broad sweep of a number of cultures, artists and images that are part of the art historical canon, a selection of artworks deemed most significant to the history of art. The systematic study of this canon will expand your study skills with a focus on long-term memory retention, recognition of key artworks and artists, and critical thinking as you learn to make connections between cultures, themes and technologies. (under review)

ARH 2051 Art History Survey II: (3 hours) This lecture course introduces visual culture across the globe as an expression of religious, social, political and historical context from approx. 1500 AD. to the present moment. This survey offers a broad sweep of a number of cultures, artists and images that are part of the art historical canon, a selection of artworks deemed most significant to the history of art. The systematic study of this canon will expand your study skills with a focus on long-term memory retention, recognition of key artworks and artists, and critical thinking as you learn to make connections between cultures, themes and technologies. It is not necessary to take ARH 2050 Art History Survey I first. (under review)

ARH 3610 American Art History: (3 hours) This lecture course is an inclusive survey of art produced in the territory now known as the United States of America, including works by Native-American, African-American and Euro-American artists as well as artists of other mixed heritages. Readings and lectures will address architecture, sculpture, painting, printmaking, decorative arts, photography, and performance art from American history. Art reflecting historical events include: European colonization of North American lands and its indigenous peoples; American artists' involvement in established European art movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and early Modernism; the gradual marginalization of Native Americans and African-Americans; the growing dominance of American culture and theory in the Western world during the mid-twentieth century to contemporary times, particularly in Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art; and the growing inclusion of American artists in the international art scene through Postmodernism and Multiculturalism. While no prerequisites are required, ARH 2051 Art History Survey I and II are recommended. (under review)

ARH 4403 Modern Art History: (3 hours) This seminar course will chart key movements and artists in the history of Modern art from the 1860s to 1960s. Art forms such as architecture, painting, sculpture and photography will be discussed, especially in relation to cultural, political, racial and social histories. The aesthetic of newness, originality, anti-academicism, and radical formal invention characteristic of avant-garde modernism in Europe was rooted in the deep-seated societal changes and values that defined modernity and the rise to power of the middle classes, individualism and capitalism - movements that spurred industrialization, urbanization and colonialism. Modernism spread to colonized territories where locals reinterpreted forms and ideas, often creating hybrid art forms reflecting political and social tensions. The primary goals of the course are to deconstruct common assumptions about the art of this period and to ask new questions about its cross-cultural history. By including the art and artists of the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas, we will forge an analysis of “modernity” and expand definitions of Modern art. While no prerequisites are required, ARH 2051 Art History Survey II is recommended. (under review)

ARH 4520 African Art History: (3 hours) This lecture course will provide an introduction to the diverse art traditions embraced in the past and presently by the many peoples in Africa. Topics covered in the course will emphasize the meanings and functions of art within the diverse cultures of the continent and globally. Painting, sculpture, architecture, textiles, body adornment and performance will be examined on the basis of aesthetic, religious, political and social contexts. Students will participate in an accompanying exhibition of the Fine Arts Collection. While no prerequisites are required, ARH 2051 Art History Survey II is recommended. (under review)
    
ARH 4633 African-American Art History: (3 hours) This lecture course addresses the distinctive paths taken by artists of African descent, mainly in the United States. African-American artists have worked within mainstream styles and methods of practice, often employing these to express the concerns of the Black community and its history. Intertwined in our discussions will be the recognition of how Africa has been a part of African-American art at different times during the last three hundred years. In general, a wide variety of media will be surveyed, such as paintings, photography, sculpture, prints, textiles and architecture. While no prerequisites are required, ARH 2051 Art History Survey II is recommended. (under review)

ART 1201C Design I - Introduction to Visual Elements: (3 hours) Principles of visual organization; Emphasis on basic art vocabulary, technique and application of primarily two-dimensional experiences.

ART 1203C Design II - Introduction to Visual Elements: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 1201C. Principles of visual organization with an emphasis on basic art vocabulary, technique and the application of two and three-dimensional experiences.

ART 2130C Textile Design: (3 hours)    Introduction to design and composition as it relates to textile surface printing, costumes and fashion design.

ART 2162C Introduction to Sculptural Forms (Wood, Metal & Plastics): (3 hours) Creation of three dimensional forms using wood, metal and contemporary media.

ART 2280C Lettering: (3 hours) Principles of design applied to lettering problems as it relates to advertising; study of various styles and development of skills in execution.

ART 2300C Drawing I: (3 hours) Basic drawing and composition.  The use of various drawing media consisting primarily of a study of still-life, spatial description, and landscapes.

ART 2301C Drawing II: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 2300C. Basic to intermediate drawing. Spatial composition, interpretation of line, pictorial form and content are explored through the study of still-life, landscapes, and the human figure.

ART 2302C Drawing III: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 2300C, ART 2301C. Intermediate drawing and composition with traditional and contemporary methodologies in drawing are explored. Emphasis on composition, illustration and rendering.

ART 2330C Life Drawing: (3 hours) Prereq:  ART 2300.  Introduction to drawing the human figure using traditional media, technique and application. Aspects of drapery as it relates to the human figure is explored.

ART 2400C Graphics I - Relief Printmaking: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 1201C or consent of instructor. Introduction to relief printing with emphasis on linocuts, inventive designing and to the handling of tools and materials used in relief printmaking.

ART 2430C Graphics II – Serigraphy: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 1201C or consent of instructor. Introduction to silkscreen printing with emphasis on image making, inventive designing and to the handling of tools and materials used in silkscreen.

ART 2540C Painting I - Watercolors:     (3 hours) Painting from still life, relating subject to pictorial form and content, landscape, and human figure; special problems with watercolor medium.

ART 2501C Painting II - Acrylic: (3 hours) Prereq:  ART 2540 or consent of instructor.  Painting from still life, relating subject to pictorial form and content, landscape, and human figure; special problems with acrylic medium.

ART 2754C Ceramics I - Handbuilding: (3 hours) Introduction of students to the basic methods of hand building and throwing processes; introduction to glaze experimentation.

ART 2752C Ceramics II – Wheel Throwing: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 2754 or consent of instructor.  Intermediate study of working with hand-building and throwing techniques.  Emphasis on craftsmanship and design; practice with glazing and firing pottery and sculpture.

ART 3766C Ceramics III – Glaze Experimentation: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 2754 or consent of instructor.  Specialized study and laboratory problems in craftsmanship, inventiveness and expressive design in clay, glaze and firing processes.

ART 3233C Advertising Design (3 hours) Prereq: ART 1201C, ART 2300C. Introduction to interdisciplinary electronic art, combining visual design, and video, with computer skills.

ART 3158C Intermediate Sculpture: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 2162C or ART 3710C or consent of instructor.  Intermediate study of working with design and metal working as it relates to contemporary methods.

ART 3563C Painting III - Oil Medium: (3 hours) Prereq:  ART 2540 or consent of instructor.  Painting from still life, relating subject to pictorial form and content, landscape, and human figure; special problems with oil medium.

ART 3710C Sculpture I - Clay and Plaster: (3 hours) Three-dimensional form using clay and plaster.  Study of three-dimensional form using selected media.

ART 3711C Sculpture II - Wood, Stone, Metal:    (3 hours) Prereq: ART 3710 or consent of instructor.  Three-dimensional forms are explored using traditional and contemporary materials.

ART 3947 Introduction to Nonprofit Art Organizations I: (3 hours) Introduction to Nonprofit Art Organizations is an introduction to the operational procedures of nonprofit institutions with an emphasis on art museums and visual art nonprofits.  This course first examines the impact of art and cultural institutions in our society, then introduces pragmatic, operational procedures to administer art programs. (under review)

ART 3948 Exhibition Planning and Design: (3 hours) This course will examine the practices of art museum professionals involved in planning an exhibition.  This class will provide instruction and hands-on experiences on how to receive, maintain and care, and display museum art and objects. This information will be disseminated through readings, discussions and gallery projects.  Students will use FAMU’s Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery to facilitate gallery planning in accordance with the course material.  Instruction on the logistics of organizing an art exhibition, caring for and handling art, exhibition design and insuring art will be provided in this course. (under review)

ART 4403C Graphics IV – Intermediate Problems: (3 hours) Prereq:  ART 2400C or ART 2430C.  Intermediate study in contemporary processes from selected printmaking forms.

ART 4564C Painting V – Advanced Problems: (3 hours) Prereq:  ART 2540 or consent of instructor.  Specialized study dealing with craftsmanship, inventiveness and expressive design and composition in painting.

ART 4576C Mural Painting: (3 hours) Prereq:  ART 2540 or consent of instructor. Specialized study in the history, technique and application in the art of mural painting.

ART 4905 Directed Individual Study: (1-6 hours)    Intermediate study of selected discipline (ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphics, painting, sculpture) with contemporary concepts. Permission of department chair and supervising professor required.  Repeatable to a maximum of six semester hours.

ART 4910 Independent Study in Design and Composition: (3 hours)    Prereq: ART 1201C. Advanced problems in the technique and application of two and three-dimensional experiences.

ART 4911 Independent Study in Communication Art and Design: (3 hours) Prereq: ART 1201C.  Advanced problems in the technique and application of digital media.

ART 4915 Colloquium in Art: (3 hours) Enrichment program dealing with current topics in art criticism, personalities in visual art, and field experiences concerning the art profession.  Students will work on completing their work for the senior exhibition and developing their portfolio, including resume and artist statement.

ART 4923 Media Workshop – Printmaking: (3 hours) Advanced study in contemporary processes from selected printmaking forms with emphasis on professional applications.

ART 4926 Media Workshop – Electronic Imaging: (3 hours) Advanced study in contemporary digital processes with emphasis on professional applications in electronic media.

ART 4928 Advanced Workshop: (3 hours) Advanced course exposing students to various disciplines (ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphics, painting, sculpture) through experimental assignments and innovative methods.  The student will be able to transfer disciplines within design concepts and explore the possibilities of contemporary work within selected discipline.

ART 4928C-C02 Art Internship: (3 hours) The Advanced Workshop Internship provides students with a semester of hands-on experience working in an arts organization with the leadership of arts professionals.  Students will develop the understanding and general skills required in working for an arts organization or in an art environment.  Students are required to complete 92 hours during their semester-long internship. (under review)

ART 4944 Visual Communications: (3 hours) Practical application of professional practices as it relates to digital imaging and animation. (under review)

ART 4947 Art Museums and Society: (3 hours) This course introduces students to the development and role of public art museums from the Modern era to today.  The aim of this course is for students to understand three points; (1) the history of art museums, (2) the evolving function of art museums as a reflection of society’s needs and (3) to examine the ways art museums shape their own lives and communities. (under review)

ART 4948 Public Art Studies: (3 hours) Public Art Studies overviews national and international public art projects to help students understand the social and, at times, political purposes for these displays around the world in a variety of communities.  The course will critically examine our own communities to address how the physical site, the local public, the history of the location, and other factors are central to the effective implementation of public art. The course will provide hands-on experience planning and creating a pilot public art project on campus or at another approved site. (under review)



 

 
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