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Course Descriptions

 
ART 104 - Artists and Designers Today

3 units, 3 hours lecture

This course examines the wide variety of formats that contemporary artists work in today. It is an overview of current practices and enables students to gain insight into art, design, craft and new genre disciplines, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, furniture design, photography, fibers, ceramics, metalwork, installation, performance, street art and multimedia. Students will be introduced to ways in which visual culture is contextualized, theorized, and displayed through curatorial studies as well as social media. Students will be exposed to course content through lecture, visiting artists talks, readings, and visits to local galleries and museums. This course is designed for students beginning the study of art and/or related disciplines. Transfers to CSU

 

ART 106 - Introduction to Mural Painting and Design
3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Recommended Preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in Art 120 or Art 124. This course explores the cultural history of mural painting as well as the social and political issues related to the creation and public reception of mural paintings. Several aspects and methods used in the production of public art works will be covered. Issues examined will include proposal, design, budget, procuring materials, safety concerns, and installation. Students will implement artistic skills, techniques and concepts to design and produce works collaboratively and consider the importance of the community in the mural-making process. Transfers to CSU, UC

 

ART 119 - Color Theory

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

A star of visual expression, color is both physical and psychological. This course will explore the principles, theories, and applications of additive and subtractive color in two dimensions. Topics will include major historical and contemporary color systems, production of projects in applied color, and the elements of design as they apply to the optical perception of color. Transfers to CSU, UC

 

ART 120 - Two-Dimensional Design
3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Introduction to two-dimensional arts through the study of historical, theoretical and cultural works of the human imagination. Examine form and content through the application of the art elements and the principles of organization to elicit unity in visual communication. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C3; CSU C1; IGETC 3A Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 121 - Painting I
3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in Art 120 or Art 124 or equivalent. Emphasizes painting tools, materials, techniques and color principles. Students will develop skill in handling form, space, and plastic aspects of acrylic and/or oil paints. Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 124 - Drawing I
3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Introduction to drawing through the study of historical, theoretical, and cultural works of the human imagination. Examine form and content through conceptual and stylistic developments of drawing as a vehicle for social and cultural expression. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C3 Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 125 - Drawing II

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in Art 124. Drawing II stresses the media techniques and craftsmanship of both traditional and contemporary drawing. There will be a greater analysis and emphasis on the expressive possibilities of drawing as well as its aesthetic component. Exploration of conceptual and stylistic developments of drawing as a vehicle for social and cultural expression. Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 177 - Digital Drawing and Painting

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

This introductory course will survey traditional drawing and painting strategies using the simulated tools and textures of current computer technologies such as painting software, drawing tablets, scanners and still video for input and the final image output will utilize color printers for optimum results. These digital technologies will allow for immediate investigation of the fundamental pictorial elements of line, shape, space, color, and texture, as well as the formal relationship of these elements to image composition, harmony, contrast and balance. Various image formats and presentation modes will be explored including description, narrative, illustration, collage, and image sequencing. Transfers to: CSU, UC

 

ART 184 - Introduction to Animation

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in Art 120 or Art 124 or equivalent. Drawing and visual design are required skills to be successful in the field of animation. The principles of motion, storytelling and conceptual development, as well as the application of these disciplines to current technology, will develop for the student an understanding of animation. By examining these essential steps and skills involved for visual artists, this course will emphasize such classical drawing topics as perspective, composition and color theory as well as develop life-drawing skills through the study of proportion, line of action, structure and basic anatomy. The rudiments of animation such as layout and character design are introduced, as are clean-up, inbetweening and assisting. Students will develop an understanding of animation through the exploration of timing and movement via digital vector graphics, digital ink and paint software and digital editing software to complete an animated sequence. Transfers to CSU

 

ART 210 - Introduction to Printmaking

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Recommended Preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in Art 120 or Art 124 This course is an introduction to the basic materials, equipment, and processes of printmaking, including relief (linocut and woodcut), intaglio (dry point and collagraph), planography (monotype), and stencil (screen print). Topics will include major historical and contemporary cultural movements in printmaking, color and design applications, as well as creative responses to materials and subject matter. Transfers to CSU, UC

 

ART 220 - Painting II

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory 

Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or“Pass” in Art 121. Continuation of Painting I with emphasis on stylistic analysis and development of personal expression. Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 221 - Painting III

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in ART 220 or equivalent. This advanced painting course offers a wider selection of painting mediums to include acrylic, oil, and encaustic. Topics will include major historical and contemporary cultural movements in painting, as well as creative responses to materials and subject matter. Students will continue developing a personal style of expression. Transfers to CSU, UC 

 

ART 222 - Painting IV

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in ART 221 or equivalent. This advanced painting course focuses on a series of paintings that develop a personal theme or statement. Advanced painting techniques will be combined with complex compositional devices. Students will create an extensive art portfolio. Transfers to CSU, UC

 

ART 230 - Figure Drawing I

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or“Pass” in Art 124 or equivalent. Introduction to the theory, practice, and history of drawing the human figure from life. Study surface anatomy related to the skeletal and muscular systems of the human form. Examine issues pertaining to larger cultural views of the body and seek to create individual meaning in the act of drawing the figure. Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 231 - Figure Drawing II

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or“Pass” in Art 230 or equivalent. Builds on concepts and skills developed in Art 230. Study surface anatomy related to the skeletal and muscular systems of the human form. Emphasize stylistic analysis and interpretation as well as development of individual expression working from the nude model. Examine issues pertaining to larger cultural views of the body in art. Explore working on a larger scale and using an assortment of dry and wet media in contemporary styles. Transfers to: CSU, UC 

 

ART 240 - Portraiture and Character Design

3 units, 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory

Recommended Preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in Art 124 or equivalent. The investigation of the human face and body through portraiture and character design is the basis for drawings of both representational and expressive styles, using both analog and digital media. The student will study the human face by means of fundamental shapes, axes, and formal devices as guides for correct proportions and structured compositions. The student will learn the names of the various bones that make up the skull and the musculature of the human head. The students study facial expressions and caricature. Students will design their own characters based on unique scenarios and environments. The history of portraiture and character design will be examined as well as its aesthetic and cultural implications as a genre in society. The course examines how portraiture and character design may express ideas about power, status, stages of life, gender, and identity and considers the many functions of portraiture as works of art, design, biography, document, commemoration and memorial. Transfers to: CSU, UC

 

 Email Professor Jennifer Bennett with any questions: Jennifer.bennett@gcccd.edu