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ARTS 1000 - Studio Arts Elective: Lower Division
Arts - Studio Arts



ARTS 1301 - Drawing Fundamentals I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students learn to transpose 3–D objects into 2–D equivalents. While studying the relationships of planes and evaluating proportions, students develop eye, hand and perceptual skills in order to translate these observations to paper. The goals involve the exploration of different representational techniques in black–and–white media and the development of visual awareness and discrimination.


ARTS 1302 - Drawing Fundamentals II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students continue to develop visual and technical skills in various black–and–white media. Color drawing materials are introduced and utilized by applying basic color theory to the drawing process. To create more involved drawings, a wider and more complex range of subject matter is explored, including still life, the figure and landscapes. Prerequisite: ARTS 1301.


ARTS 1303 - 2-D Design
Arts - Studio Arts
Students are introduced to the basic elements specific to working in 2–D. Simply executed problems are directed to help students organize and understand formal issues such as pattern and rhythm as well as the effects of line, shape, value, texture and color on a flat surface. A variety of materials, including colored paper, glue, markers, and paint, is employed to facilitate rapid solutions.


ARTS 1304 - 3-D Design
Arts - Studio Arts
How do you make decisions about form? How do color, scale, mass, line, plane, texture and balance affect the way you see form? How do you apply elements of design to different materials? How can you express emotions, attitudes and ideas with form? The answers to these questions are explored in the context of three–dimensional forms along with the practical application of the elements of design.


ARTS 1305 - Basic Photography
Arts - Studio Arts
This course is a practical introduction to black–and–white photography. Emphasis is on becoming competent with a 35mm camera, shooting and processing film as well as printing and developing photographs.


ARTS 2301 - Beginning Printing: Monoprint I
Arts - Studio Arts
These course are recommended as an introdyution to the principles and concepts of monoprinting. Monoprinting utilizes a variety of techniques for making unique prints from easily manipulated materials. It includes traditional painting and drawing approaches as well as new technologies that are rewarding for painters or sculptors working from any stylistic approach. Safer products and processes are demonstrated, including printing from photocopies and photosensitive polymers requiring no harmful chemicals. Students work with both black and colored inks. No previous printmaking experience is required. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2302 - Beginning Printing: Monoprint II
Arts - Studio Arts
These course are recommended as an introduction to the principles and concepts of monoprinting. Monoprinting utilizes a variety of techniques for making unique prints from easily manipulated materials. It includes traditional painting and drawing approaches as well as new technologies that are rewarding for painters or sculptors working from any stylistic approach. Safer products and processes are demonstrated, including printing from photocopies and photosensitive polymers requiring no harmful chemicals. Students work with both black and colored inks. No previous printmaking experience is required. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2303 - Beginning Printmaking I
Arts - Studio Arts
Beginning students participate in each of the basic printmaking techniques, including etching, collagraph, lithography and relief, while engaging in a historical study of the development of printmaking. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2304 - Beginning Printmaking II
Arts - Studio Arts
Beginning students participate in each of the basic printmaking techniques, including etching, collagraph, lithography and relief, while engaging in a historical study of the development of printmaking. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2305 - Beginning Photography I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students in this course refine black-and-white processing, printing and conceptual skills. Emphasis is placed on becoming more confident and comfortable with the technical aspects of exposures, processing, printing and developing a personal viewpoint.


ARTS 2306 - Color I
Arts - Studio Arts
Projects in this class are designed to address the relativity and interaction of color in the visual arts. Emphasis is on learning by direct perception of color phenomena, with studies on juxtaposition, harmony, and quantity, executed in paint, colored papers, and nontraditional materials. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2307 - Color II
Arts - Studio Arts
Projects in this class are designed to address the relativity and interaction of color in the visual arts. Emphasis is on learning by direct perception of color phenomena, with studies on juxtaposition, harmony, and quantity, executed in paint, colored papers, and nontraditional materials. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2308 - Beginning Photography II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students in this course refine black–and–white processing, printing and conceptual skills. Emphasis is placed on becoming more confident and comfortable with the technical aspects of exposures, processing, printing and developing a personal viewpoint.


ARTS 2310 - Life Drawing I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students concentrate on representing the human figure in a variety of passive and active poses while focusing on balance, movement, proportion, volume, depth and an anatomically convincing account of the figure. Short poses teach a quick, intuitive grasp of anatomy; long poses allow for more careful analysis of the human form. In the second semester, students explore varied media and additional techniques. Students are required to attend a weekly three–hour lab on Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 p.m., or on Saturdays, 9:30 am– 12:30 p.m., providing additional time to work from the model. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2311 - Life Drawing II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students concentrate on representing the human figure in a variety of passive and active poses while focusing on balance, movement, proportion, volume, depth and an anatomically convincing account of the figure. Short poses teach a quick, intuitive grasp of anatomy; long poses allow for more careful analysis of the human form. In the second semester, students explore varied media and additional techniques. Students are required to attend a weekly three–hour lab on Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 p.m., or on Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 p.m., providing additional time to work from the model. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2312 - Drawing & Painting the Human Head I
Arts - Studio Arts
An intensive exploration of the possibilities presented in portraiture, in which students may choose to work with a range of media: graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, or oil. Emphasis is on individual interpretation. Demonstrations, museum visits, and critiques support the course goals. Weekly three–hour labs on Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., or on Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., provide additional time to work from the model. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2313 - Drawing & Paintng the Human Head II
Arts - Studio Arts
An intensive exploration of the possibilities presented in portraiture, in which students may choose to work with a range of media: graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, or oil. Emphasis is on individual interpretation. Demonstrations, museum visits, and critiques support the course goals. Weekly three–hour labs on Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., or on Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., provide additional time to work from the model. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2316 - Beginning Digital Photography I
Arts - Studio Arts
This practical, one semester introduction to digital photography prepares students for all future digital photography courses. Emphasis is placed on becoming competent with an SLR digital camera, composition, color space, shooting, and how to store and save digital files. Basic printing is also covered. Bring your SLR digital camera to the first class meeting.


ARTS 2317 - Beginning Digital Photography II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students will continue to refine their digital photography skills while improving creativity in composition and developing personal viewpoints. This course is a more in-depth study on lighting, printing, camera RAW and different types of photography, such as portraiture, still life, or landscape. Emphasis is on improving skill in camera operation, composition, and personal concept. The computers will only be used for basic printing and RAW processing procedures. Prerequisites: ARTS 3317


ARTS 2320 - Beginning Painting I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses familiarize students with the capacity of paint, impart technical proficiency and encourage personal vision. Problems are calculated to explore the formal elements of painting as well as the nature and versatility of the medium. Studio work primarily refers to setups, and critical dialogue figures largely in the process of learning how to paint. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2321 - Beginning Painting II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses familiarize students with the capacity of paint, impart technical proficiency and encourage personal vision. Problems are calculated to explore the formal elements of painting as well as the nature and versatility of the medium. Studio work primarily refers to setups, and critical dialogue figures largely in the process of learning how to paint. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2330 - Beginning Sculpture I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course familiarizes students with concepts of contemporary sculpture and with a variety of sculptural media such as wood, clay and plaster. Problems are formulated to explore various aesthetic and conceptual styles and techniques. Although the course format includes slide presentations as well as individual group critiques, the focus is on working in the studio. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2331 - Beginning Sculpture II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course familiarizes students with concepts of contemporary sculpture and with a variety of sculptural media such as wood, clay and plaster. Problems are formulated to explore various aesthetic and conceptual styles and techniques. Although the course format includes slide presentations as well as individual group critiques, the focus is on working in the studio. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2332 - Beginning Sculpture and Material Processes
Arts - Studio Arts
The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the material and processes typically used in the course of sculpture making. The emphasis of this course is focused on the relationships between sculptural materials and sculptural design. Traditional material and tools are demonstrated, such as fabricating and mold-making while encouraging students to experiment to suit their own artistic goals.


ARTS 2340 - Beginning Ceramics I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course provide exposure to the tools, techniques and vocabulary of clay as a design medium through lectures, demonstrations and participation. Emphasis is on problem–solving in clay as investigated through traditional hand–building and wheel–throwing techniques. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2341 - Beginning Ceramics II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course provide exposure to the tools, techniques and vocabulary of clay as a design medium through lectures, demonstrations and participation. Emphasis is on problem–solving in clay as investigated through traditional hand–building and wheel–throwing techniques. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2350 - Collage and Assemblage I
Arts - Studio Arts
Focusing on collage and assemblage as a means of expression, projects include working with paper, paint, photocopy, fabric, wood and found objects and are begun in the classroom and finished independently. The class format includes viewing slides and taking field trips to stimulate discussion of multimedia artists. Students are exposed to comprehensive thinking, creativity and originality.


ARTS 2351 - Collage and Assemblage II
Arts - Studio Arts
Focusing on collage and assemblage as a means of expression, projects include working with paper, paint, photocopy, fabric, wood and found objects and are begun in the classroom and finished independently. The class format includes viewing slides and taking field trips to stimulate discussion of multimedia artists. Students are exposed to comprehensive thinking, creativity and originality.


ARTS 2360 - Beginning Jewelry I
Arts - Studio Arts
The first semester (2360) includes an in–depth approach to acquiring basic skills used in the fabrication of nonferrous metals (copper, brass, nickel, sterling, gold). The progression of techniques from sawing, riveting, soldering and bezel stone–setting to refining is combined with the development of design and aesthetic consideration. The second semester (2361) surveys a variety of casting processes, such as cuttlebone, investing, burnout and clean–up. Emphasis is on matrix selection and form/textural development. Integration of elements with other forms and processes is stressed. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2361 - Beginning Jewelry II
Arts - Studio Arts
The first semester (2360) includes an in–depth approach to acquiring basic skills used in the fabrication of nonferrous metals (copper, brass, nickel, sterling, gold). The progression of techniques from sawing, riveting, soldering and bezel stone–setting to refining is combined with the development of design and aesthetic consideration. The second semester (2361) surveys a variety of casting processes, such as cuttlebone, investing, burnout and clean–up. Emphasis is on matrix selection and form/textural development. Integration of elements with other forms and processes is stressed. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2362 - Beginning Enameling I
Arts - Studio Arts
The first semester of this course (2362) focuses on the techniques of stencil, graffito and cloisonne, exposing the beginning student to a wide range of enameling approaches. The second semester (2363) introduces etching techniques for two projects: one on silver and one on copper, using the compleve technique. A third project includes enameling on a chased or etched surface, or basse-taille. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2363 - Beginning Enameling II
Arts - Studio Arts
The first semester of this course (2362) focuses on the techniques of stencil, graffito and cloisonne, exposing the beginning student to a wide range of enameling approaches. The second semester (2363) introduces etching techniques for two projects: one on silver and one on copper, using the compleve technique. A third project includes enameling on a chased or etched surface, or basse-taille. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 2380 - Beginning Watercolor I
Arts - Studio Arts
The introductory level stresses the inherent properties of the medium. Projects begin with single objects. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2381 - Beginning Watercolor II
Arts - Studio Arts
The introductory level stresses the inherent properties of the medium. Projects begin with single objects. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 2395 - Beginning Book Arts I
Arts - Studio Arts
Participants execute one of a kind examples of both adhesive and non–adhesive bindings. Book construction techniques include concertina, pamphlet, album, and swen signature formats with hard and soft covers. Decorative techniques include making paste papers and water–based Japanese marbling. During the second semester (2396) students refine their comprehension of the various adhesive and non–adhesive structures. Simple text and imaging possibilities are introduced. Emphasis is on design and content. Some materials are provided. Limited enrollment.


ARTS 3000 - Studio Arts Elective: Upper Division
Arts - Studio Arts
Transfer credit: upper division elective.


ARTS 3192 - Intermediate Level Independent Study in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Independent studio practice at the intermediate level in a selected 2-D or 3-D medium pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ARTS 3292 - Intermediate Level Independent Study in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Independent studio practice at the intermediate level in a selected 2-D or 3-D medium pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ARTS 3301 - Intermediate Printing: Monoprint I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students address more complex techniques and consider content of their personal style. While building a coherent body of work, they learn to combine various processes in ways that capitalize on the possibilities inherent in the medium as they apply to the student's rate of expression. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3302 - Intermediate Printing: Monoprint II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students address more complex techniques and consider content of their personal style. While building a coherent body of work, they learn to combine various processes in ways that capitalize on the possibilities inherent in the medium as they apply to the student's rate of expression. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3303 - Intermediate Printmaking I
Arts - Studio Arts
Intermediate students are exposed to a broader range of techniques and image–making possibilities in print media. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3304 - Intermediate Printmaking II
Arts - Studio Arts
Intermediate students are exposed to a broader range of techniques and image–making possibilities in print media. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3305 - Intermediate Photography I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course emphasizes the use of photography as a vehicle for personal vision and expression, using technical, conceptual and perceptual approaches. Individual and group critiques are conducted.


ARTS 3308 - Intermediate Photography II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course emphasizes the use of photography as a vehicle for personal vision and expression, using technical, conceptual and perceptual approaches. Individual and group critiques are conducted.


ARTS 3310 - Intermediate Life Drawing I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses are designed for those students who have completed at least two semesters of figure drawing and wish to continue with this wonderfully elastic imagery. The studio time is structured to include longer, more complex poses, Allowing students to create drawings that are not only more fully developed but also include more advanced media control, both wet and dry. The class format includes slide lectures, gallery visits and ongoing critiques in addition to working from the model for up to six hours per week. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3311 - Intermediate Life Drawing II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses are designed for those students who have completed at least two semesters of figure drawing and wish to continue with this wonderfully elastic imagery. The studio time is structured to include longer, more complex poses, Allowing students to create drawings that are not only more fully developed but also include more advanced media control, both wet and dry. The class format includes slide lectures, gallery visits and ongoing critiques in addition to working from the model for up to six hours per week. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3312 - Intermediate Drawing I
Arts - Studio Arts



ARTS 3313 - Intermediate Drawing II
Arts - Studio Arts
Second semester students continue to build skills while working on individual projects investigating in-depth the topics addressed in the first semester.


ARTS 3316 - Intermediate Photography: Photoshop and Digital Imaging for Photographers I
Arts - Studio Arts
This computer-based course introduces the process of digitally manipulating photographic images using Adobe Photoshop, the most complete and professional software for digital imaging. This course focuses on basic image and color enhancement; provides a proper foundation for any practice utilizing digital images; teaches good practices for refining digital images and show how digital media open up new possibilities of expression. Students must have access to and operating knowledge of a digital or film camera. Computer-imaging experience is helpful, but not necessary. Basic maneuvers to operate within a computer-based environment will be covered as needed. The digital lab is outfitted with a PC platform. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: ARTS 1305 or permission of the instructor.


ARTS 3317 - Intermediate Photography: Photoshop and Digital Imaging for Photographers II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course refines skills learned in ARTS 3316 while introducing techniques for major image manipulation and digital image construction. Emphasis is placed on broadening technical knowledge while developing personal viewpoints and departures for investigation. Critiques have greater importance and impact, as students explore no only their artistic potential within digital media, but their personal agenda in producing images. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: ARTS 3316


ARTS 3318 - Photoshop for Studio Artists I
Arts - Studio Arts
In this course, students explore the multitude of ways that computers can enhance art. Although basic computer skills will be developed, emphasis will be placed on conceptualizing and creating artwork with the assistance of the computer. This class is not only about Photoshop, but about using software and the Internet to assist with handmade art. All students must be working in studio classes at the intermediate level or above. Participants must have a laptop and Adobe Photoshop Elements of the full version of Adobe Photoshop. Basic computer skills are necessary.


ARTS 3319 - Photoshop for Studio Artists II
Arts - Studio Arts
Continuing ideas explored in ARTS 3318, this course allows students to explore digital imaging software in more depth. The assignments are again conceptual in nature and unigue to the computer. Students use computers and software to conceive ideas, but the output remains traditional media such as painting, drawing, watercolor, sculpture, and printmaking. Ultimately, the goal is for students to think of the computer as a personal studio assistant, using it to enhance their personal art practice. Prerequisites: ARTS 3318and the permission of the instructor.


ARTS 3320 - Intermediate Painting I
Arts - Studio Arts
Intermediate painting presents a balance of technical and conceptual approaches in the development of painting. A wide variety of problems presented in class are individually directed. A review of fundamental procedures is considered when necessary, and emphasis is placed on individual growth and expansion. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3321 - Intermediate Painting II
Arts - Studio Arts
Intermediate painting presents a balance of technical and conceptual approaches in the development of painting. A wide variety of problems presented in class are individually directed. A review of fundamental procedures is considered when necessary, and emphasis is placed on individual growth and expansion. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3322 - Inter Painting I-Abstract Painting Essentials
Arts - Studio Arts
This course series is for students who wish to explore the generative ideas underlying abstract art. Each week a new theme is introduced through slide presentation. Students work at home in any medium and bring their work weekly for discussion and critique. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3323 - Inter Painting II-Abstract Painting Essentials
Arts - Studio Arts
This course series is for students who wish to explore the generative ideas underlying abstract art. Each week a new theme is introduced through slide presentation. Students work at home in any medium and bring their work weekly for discussion and critique. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3324 - Inter.Painting I-Focus on Realism
Arts - Studio Arts



ARTS 3325 - Inter.Painting II-Focus on Realism
Arts - Studio Arts



ARTS 3328 - Drawing Realistically I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses give intermediate students interested in drawing more time to explore both technical drawing techniques and to further their interests in their imagery development. Both traditional, as well as non-traditional drawing mediums will be covered. The emphasis of this class will be on the literal depiction of objects. Students will work on several long drawings over the course of the semester with a range of goals to further their artistic advancement. Prerequisites: ARTS 1302 and ARTS 1303.


ARTS 3329 - Drawing Realistically II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses give intermediate students interested in drawing more time to explore both technical drawing techniques and to further their interests in their imagery development. Both traditional, as well as non-traditional drawing mediums will be covered. The emphasis of this class will be on the literal depiction of objects. Students will work on several long drawings over the course of the semester with a range of goals to further their artistic advancement. Prerequisites: ARTS 1302 and ARTS 1303.


ARTS 3332 - Photography II: B&W
Arts - Studio Arts



ARTS 3333 - Intermediate Sculpture I: Mixed Media
Arts - Studio Arts
In this course students learn how to match their creative ideas with the appropriate sculpture techniques. Advanced technical processes are introduced that provide the students with more ways to refine their work. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3334 - Intermediate Sculpture II: Mixed Media
Arts - Studio Arts
In this course students learn how to match their creative ideas with the appropriate sculpture techniques. Advanced technical processes are introduced that provide the students with more ways to refine their work. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3337 - Intermediate Figure Sculpture I
Arts - Studio Arts
Beginning students are introduced to sculpting the human figure by working from live models to explore anatomy and to extend the study of the human form into three dimensions. Sculpture projects focus on individual parts of the body as well as full figures. Students learn to create armatures to support clay figures and to create molds for casting clay sculptures into plaster and other durable materials. More experienced students work on projects that extend their knowledge of translating the figure both anatomically and expressively. The learning process is enhanced through viewing slides and figurative sculpture from the MFAH collections.


ARTS 3338 - Intermediate Figure Sculpture II
Arts - Studio Arts
Beginning students are introduced to sculpting the human figure by working from live models to explore anatomy and to extend the study of the human form into three dimensions. Sculpture projects focus on individual parts of the body as well as full figures. Students learn to create armatures to support clay figures and to create molds for casting clay sculptures into plaster and other durable materials. More experienced students work on projects that extend their knowledge of translating the figure both anatomically and expressively. The learning process is enhanced through viewing slides and figurative sculpture from the MFAH collections.


ARTS 3340 - Intermediate Ceramics I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course offers participants an opportunity to meld their creative abilities with the ceramics process. Students learn to refine ideas while studying glaze materials, glaze formulations, and the procedures of kiln loading and firing. More complex building and throwing techniques, such as repetitive and extended throwing, mold– making and the demands of large–scale construction are included. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3341 - Intermediate Ceramics II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course offers participants an opportunity to meld their creative abilities with the ceramics process. Students learn to refine ideas while studying glaze materials, glaze formulations, and the procedures of kiln loading and firing. More complex building and throwing techniques, such as repetitive and extended throwing, mold– making and the demands of large–scale construction are included. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3346 - Intermediate Ceramics: Hand-building I
Arts - Studio Arts
In this two-semester course, students enhance their hand-building skills and learn alternative building processes. Projects include building with solid clay, constructing with extrusions, and working on individual projects. In addition, there is an emphasis on glazemaking, specifically related to ceramic sculptural surfaces. Prerequisite: ARTS 2341


ARTS 3347 - Intermediate Ceramics: Hand-building II
Arts - Studio Arts
In this two-semester course, students enhance their hand-building skills and learn alternative building processes. Projects include building with solid clay, constructing with extrusions, and working on individual projects. In addition, there is an emphasis on glazemaking, specifically related to ceramic sculptural surfaces. Prerequisite: ARTS 2341


ARTS 3348 - Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel-Throwing I
Arts - Studio Arts
In this two semester course students continue to develop their wheel-throwing skills. A focus is placed on vessels with multiple components such as handles, lids, and spouts. Additionally, students learn to increase the scale of their vessels as well as to use alternative firing techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS 2341


ARTS 3349 - Intermediate Ceramics: Wheel-Throwing II
Arts - Studio Arts
In this two semester course students continue to develop their wheel-throwing skills. A focus is placed on vessels with multiple components such as handles, lids, and spouts. Additionally, students learn to increase the scale of their vessels as well as to use alternative firing techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS 2341


ARTS 3360 - Intermediate Jewelry I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses focus on a survey of casting processes, with emphasis on matrix development. Integration with other processes is stressed. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3361 - Intermediate Jewelry II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses focus on a survey of casting processes, with emphasis on matrix development. Integration with other processes is stressed. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3362 - Intermediate Enameling I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses explore plique–a–jour, or backless enameling; enameling on a hydraulically pressed form; and silk–screening enamels. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3363 - Intermediate Enameling II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses explore plique–a–jour, or backless enameling; enameling on a hydraulically pressed form; and silk–screening enamels. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 3380 - Intermediate Watercolor I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses review the concepts of composition and color, and introduce new technical approaches are introduced. Students are encouraged to develop disciplined studio practice, with personally expressive images as the goal. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3381 - Intermediate Watercolor II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses review the concepts of composition and color, and introduce new technical approaches are introduced. Students are encouraged to develop disciplined studio practice, with personally expressive images as the goal. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 3392 - Intermediate Level Independent Study in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Independent studio practice at the intermediate level in a selected 2-D or 3-D medium pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


ARTS 3396 - Intermediate Bookbinding I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students are encouraged to produce finished books while continuing to examine and refine issues of structure and content.


ARTS 3397 - Intermediate Bookbinding II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students work toward a further refinement of technical procedures with a focus on visual content. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format.


ARTS 4191 - Internship in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Practicum or on–the–job experience under the guidance of practicing specialists in the field. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the program chair.


ARTS 4192 - Advanced Level Independent Study in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Independent studio practice at the advanced level in a selected 2–D or 3–D medium pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty member


ARTS 4291 - Internship in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Practicum or on–the–job experience under the guidance of practicing specialists in the field. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the program chair.


ARTS 4292 - Advanced Level Independent Study in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Independent studio practice at the advanced level in a selected 2–D or 3–D medium pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty member


ARTS 4301 - Advanced Printing: Monoprint I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students address more complex techniques and consider content of their personal style. While building a coherent body of work, they learn to combine various processes in ways that capitalize on the possibilities inherent in the medium as they apply to the student's rate of expression. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4302 - Advanced Printing: Monoprint II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students address more complex techniques and consider content of their personal style. While building a coherent body of work, they learn to combine various processes in ways that capitalize on the possibilities inherent in the medium as they apply to the student's rate of expression. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4303 - Advanced Printmaking I
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced students work toward a further refinement of technical procedures with a focus on visual content. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4304 - Advanced Printmaking II
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced students work toward a further refinement of technical procedures with a focus on visual content. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4305 - Advanced Photography I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course emphasizes photography as a vehicle for personal vision and expression, with technical, conceptual and perceptual ideas related. Individual and group critiques are conducted. Prerequisite: permission of faculty member.


ARTS 4306 - Advanced Photography II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course emphasizes photography as a vehicle for personal vision and expression, with technical, conceptual and perceptual ideas related. Individual and group critiques are conducted. Prerequisite: permission of faculty member.


ARTS 4310 - Advanced Life Drawing I
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses are designed for those students who have completed at least two semesters of figure drawing and wish to continue with this wonderfully elastic imagery. The studio time is structured to include longer, more complex poses, Allowing students to create drawings that are not only more fully developed but also include more advanced media control, both wet and dry. The class format includes slide lectures, gallery visits and ongoing critiques in addition to working from the model for up to six hours per week. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4311 - Advanced Life Drawing II
Arts - Studio Arts
These courses are designed for those students who have completed at least two semesters of figure drawing and wish to continue with this wonderfully elastic imagery. The studio time is structured to include longer, more complex poses, Allowing students to create drawings that are not only more fully developed but also include more advanced media control, both wet and dry. The class format includes slide lectures, gallery visits and ongoing critiques in addition to working from the model for up to six hours per week. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4312 - Advanced Drawing I
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced Drawing is a two semester course which investigates contemporary drawing practices and theory such as how drawing relates to other media such as installation, performance, photography and new technologies. Class time will be devoted to presentations, critiques, and engage in research of historical and contemporary artists. Students are expected to work outside of designated class time to completion their work.


ARTS 4313 - Advanced Drawing II
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced Drawing is a two semester course which investigates contemporary drawing practices and theory such as how drawing relates to other media such as installation, performance, photography and new technologies. Class time will be devoted to presentations, critiques, and engage in research of historical and contemporary artists. Students are expected to work outside of designated class time to completen their work. Second semester students continue their investigations working on independent projects in consultation with the instructor.


ARTS 4316 - Advanced Photography: Digital Emphasis I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course emphasizes but is not limited to, the use of digital media as a vehicle for personal artistic investigation and expression. Students employ technical, conceptual, and perceptual approaches to realize individual agendas and explore their disciplines. The course structure is similar to independent study, yet includes the benefits of a classroom environment along with individual and group critiques. Prerequisite: ARTS 3317 or permission of instructor.


ARTS 4317 - Advanced Photography: Digital Emphasis II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course further develops the worksof ARTS 4316. Students are expected to engage themselves as artists. Prerequisite: ARTS 4316 or permission of instructor.


ARTS 4320 - Advanced Painting I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students are encouraged to develop their own projects and personal directions in this combination of intensive, independent studio work and ongoing guidance and critique. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4321 - Advanced Painting II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students are encouraged to develop their own projects and personal directions in this combination of intensive, independent studio work and ongoing guidance and critique. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4322 - Advanced Painting I-Abstract Painting Essentials
Arts - Studio Arts
This course series is for students who wish to explore the generative ideas underlying abstract art. Each week a new theme is introduced through slide presentation. Students work at home in any medium and bring their work weekly for discussion and critique. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4323 - Advanced Painting II-Abstract Painting Essentials
Arts - Studio Arts
This course series is for students who wish to explore the generative ideas underlying abstract art. Each week a new theme is introduced through slide presentation. Students work at home in any medium and bring their work weekly for discussion and critique. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4326 - Advanced 3-D Critique
Arts - Studio Arts
This critique course is designed for advanced students working in a 3-D media including sculpture, jewelry, or ceramic. The course provides an environment for constructive feedback and critique by faculty as well as outside members of the Houston community. As this is a critique course, the work discussed will be created outside the classroom.


ARTS 4327 - Advanced 3-D Critique
Arts - Studio Arts
This critique course is designed for advanced students working in a 3-D media including sculpture, jewelry, or ceramic. The course provides an environment for constructive feedback and critique by faculty as well as outside members of the Houston community. As this is a critique course, the work discussed will be created outside the classroom.


ARTS 4328 - Advanced Drawing Realistically I
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced students will be encouraged to continue the realistic drawing techniques learned at the intermediate level, but with a focus on combining mediums together to further the realism of the drawings through the use of texture. The three long drawings will be based around a theme chosen by the student. Students will learn how to incorporate their drawing skills and drawing mediums with their conceptual goals to produce their finished drawings. Prerequisites: ARTS 1302, 1303 and 3315.


ARTS 4329 - Advanced Drawing Realistically II
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced students will be encouraged to continue the realistic drawing techniques learned at the intermediate level, but with a focus on combining mediums together to further the realism of the drawings through the use of texture. The three long drawings will be based around a theme chosen by the student. Students will learn how to incorporate their drawing skills and drawing mediums with their conceptual goals to produce their finished drawings. Prerequisites: ARTS 1302, 1303 and 3315.


ARTS 4333 - Advanced Sculpture I Mixed Media
Arts - Studio Arts
This course includes a wider variety of media, and addresses issues of format, that are tailored to particular interests. Individual and group critiques as well as slide presentations support the primary focus, which is the production of work in the studio. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4334 - Advanced Sculpture II Mixed Media
Arts - Studio Arts
This course includes a wider variety of media, and addresses issues of format, that are tailored to particular interests. Individual and group critiques as well as slide presentations support the primary focus, which is the production of work in the studio. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4340 - Advanced Ceramics I
Arts - Studio Arts
After consultation with the course faculty member, advanced students propose a self–directed course of study involving ceramics as a medium for visual expression. Topics discussed are the student’s goals and direction, methods of presentation, self–evaluation and critical review. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4341 - Advanced Ceramics II
Arts - Studio Arts
After consultation with the course faculty member, advanced students propose a self–directed course of study involving ceramics as a medium for visual expression. Topics discussed are the student’s goals and direction, methods of presentation, self–evaluation and critical review. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4360 - Advanced Jewelry I
Arts - Studio Arts
This level includes a variety of fabrication techniques and form treatments, such as forging, raising, mechanisms, and granulation. Among the various projects is the concept of a container. Individual development is emphasized as concepts, content and processes are combined. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4361 - Advanced Jewelry II
Arts - Studio Arts
This level includes a variety of fabrication techniques and form treatments, such as forging, raising, mechanisms, and granulation. Among the various projects is the concept of a container. Individual development is emphasized as concepts, content and processes are combined. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4362 - Advanced Enameling I
Arts - Studio Arts
With an increased emphasis on design and the use of enamels for creative expression, these courses go beyond mastering technical exercises. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4363 - Advanced Enameling II
Arts - Studio Arts
With an increased emphasis on design and the use of enamels for creative expression, these courses go beyond mastering technical exercises. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301


ARTS 4380 - Advanced Watercolor I
Arts - Studio Arts
This course develops a keener understanding of watercolor, introduce new techniques and encourage experimental approaches suitable to the current aesthetic climate. Style grows out of experience with the medium; ideally, unique temperaments, personalities, and skills will foster works of individual expression. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4381 - Advanced Watercolor II
Arts - Studio Arts
This course develops a keener understanding of watercolor, introduce new techniques and encourage experimental approaches suitable to the current aesthetic climate. Style grows out of experience with the medium; ideally, unique temperaments, personalities, and skills will foster works of individual expression. Prerequisites: ARTS 1301 and 1303


ARTS 4391 - Internship in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Practicum or on–the–job experience under the guidance of practicing specialists in the field. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the program chair.


ARTS 4392 - Advanced Level Independent Study in Studio Arts
Arts - Studio Arts
Independent studio practice at the advanced level in a selected 2–D or 3–D medium pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty member


ARTS 4393 - Advanced Topics in Art
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced treatment of selected topics. Prerequisite: permission of the faculty member.


ARTS 4394 - Advanced 2-D Critique
Arts - Studio Arts
This critique course is designed for advanced 2D students in any area trying to push their practices fonvard through ongoing feedback and critique. Students have access to the thoughts and opinions of two different faculty members on alternate weeks. As in any critique class, work discussed is made independently outside the classroom. The intense focus of this course allows students to grow their work substantially.


ARTS 4395 - Advanced 2-D Critique II
Arts - Studio Arts
This critique course is designed for advanced 2D students in any area trying to push their practices fonvard through ongoing feedback and critique. Students have access to the thoughts and opinions of two different faculty members on alternate weeks. As in any critique class, work discussed is made independently outside the classroom. The intense focus of this course allows students to grow their work substantially.


ARTS 4396 - Advanced Bookbinding I
Arts - Studio Arts
Students work on products designed in consultation with the instructor and executed independently. Aesthetic and technical advice is provided during individual and group critiques.


ARTS 4397 - Advanced Bookbinding II
Arts - Studio Arts
Students work toward a further refinement of technical procedures with a focus on visual content. Both individual and group critiques are part of the class format.


ARTS 4398 - Professional Practices, Preparing to Exhibit Seminar
Arts - Studio Arts
Advanced students have an opportunity to discuss and critique the issues involved in how and when to exhibit their work, whether selecting from a body of existing images or determining the conceptual scope and media parameters of new work. This course also examines the range of choices governing installation preparation and design; documenting work; approaching gallery directors; and writing proposals, or artist’s statements. Required course for all senior BA/BFA students. Prerequisite: a working knowledge, at the advanced level, of 2–D and/or 3–D media.


ARTS 4698 - Senior Project
Arts - Studio Arts
A tutorial seminar in which an BFA students continue a comprehensive two-semester capstone project of creative work formulated and executed by the student under the supervision of a Glassell Studio School faculty adviser designated in accordance with the direction of the student's interest. Upon completion students present their work and their ideas about their work to a faculty committee. This review affords graduation students the opportunity to analyze and summarize their work, and to engage a faculty committee in discussion about issues that face an artist preparing to enter a career in art. An exhibition of selected work, done in the project, is expected of each student. Enrollment in this course is limited to and required of all BFA seniors.


ARTS 4699 - Senior Project Concept and Practice
Arts - Studio Arts
A tutorial seminar in which an BFA students continue a comprehensive two-semester capstone project of creative work formulated and executed by the student under the supervision of a Glassell Studio School faculty adviser designated in accordance with the direction of the student's interest. Upon completion students present their work and their ideas about their work to a faculty committee. This review affords graduation students the opportunity to analyze and summarize their work, and to engage a faculty committee in discussion about issues that face an artist preparing to enter a career in art. An exhibition of selected work, done in the project, is expected of each student. Enrollment in this course is limited to and required of all BFA seniors.




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