Art History

Visual literacy is important whether you are a studio major, a general studies transfer student, or simply looking for more visual understanding of our highly complex visual world. These classes explore the way humans have visually made sense of and influenced their world through the ages. The Art Program offers Understanding Art, a class for absolute beginners in art, and also a series of art history classes.

Understanding Art: ART101

"I don’t know anything about art! Why is this artist good?" If these are your responses when faced with Pablo Picasso or Jackson Pollock, this course is your doorway into a new world of understanding visual art. Learn the language of art from an art professional. Discover how artists create works of art, and create a work of art yourself!

Intro to Creative Process: ART102

Learn strategies and life skills for creativity, in any field. Using techniques and discussions drawn from multiple disciplines such as brain research, business, and the arts, investigate how to be innovative. Experiment with personal and group thinking processes with the goal of taking risks and making mistakes. Discover how environment and culture encourage and discourage creativity. By term end, all students will better understand how to foster creativity in their work and life. This three (elective) credits credit class is always cotaught. Make room for this course as an elective because it does not fulfill the Arts and Humanities Requirement on the AAOT.

Introduction to the Arts of Asia: ART201

This course focuses on the cultures, spiritualities, arts, and architectures of India, China and Japan, from pre-history to the middle ages. Whether you want to travel to the Far East, have ancestry there, or just like to learn about other cultures, Art 201 will expand your horizons and make you see things differently. Four credits. Prerequisite: Writing 115 with a C or better or instructor consent.

New Media Art: ART203

New Media is hip, cool and contemporary. It embraces technology and innovative forms of expression that challenge the norms of art. This online (of course!) class embrace this thrilling approach to art, introducing aesthetic, historical, contemporary, and critical issues of new media art and design. The development of photography and film provides a jumping off point to some of the most provocative media of the 21st century: video and computer art. Another form of new media art is Performance Art, where artist's take their message to the extreme in thought-provoking expressions of self. Social Practice Art is another approach: the voice of social conscience. Watch how artists use art to make a difference in the world by helping others or by bringing awareness of critical issues to the general public. New media art also includes Installation Art, giant earthworks, and a variety of other new media applications that challenge a new understanding of art. See examples of New Media Art here.

Introduction to Art History

From the Paleolithic cave paintings of Lascaux to the Twenty-first Century, the visual arts have constantly reflected and refracted the desires and fears of societies and of mankind. Learn all about it in Art History. Art History will expand your understanding of both history and art. It is for anyone with an interest in how images are created by and how they influence individuals and society. This sequence can be taken in any order.

ART204, Introduction to Art History

This class covers the beginnings of art, from the Cave to the first Church. The Greeks, the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians: they are all there, plus much, much more. (Pairs well with ART291 Beginning Sculpture)

ART205, Introduction to Art History

Kings and castles, Gothic cathedrals, and the beginnings of oil painting can all be yours in ART 205. This quarter we will look at Medieval and Early Renaissance art, from the Sutton Hoo treasure to the High Baroque of the Sun King and Versailles.

ART206, Introduction to Art History

If you are interested in the Impressionists, Modern masters and contemporary art, Art 206 is the course for you. Studies the Neo-Classical through the Present. From Rembrandt to Monet, Van Gogh to Willem de Kooning, the wealth is endless.