Art Courses

List of Courses:
  • 102 - Visual Fundamentals
    Introduction to the components of visual expression: subject matter, form, and content. Topics include composition, perspective theory, line/value drawing, and basic color exploration. Practice includes studio as well as on location work outside of regular class hours.
  • 103 - Three Dimensional Design
    Introduction to three-dimensional design; this hands-on approach to materials offers an in-depth exploration of aesthetic problems in space. Students are challenged with ideas that will build awareness of the limitless potential of shaping space and how that new understanding can contribute to a more creative life.
  • 150 - Drawing I
    Continued study of line and value including additional perspective and composition studies, focusing primarily on the development of facility and perception. Emphasizes both technical and abstract observations.
  • 170 - Graphic Design I
    Introduction to aspects of graphic design with emphasis on the development of problem-solving skills. Form and content are explored with focus on the thought process which underlies graphic design. Application of computer software as it applies to the discipline. Various projects include logo design, poster design, and typography.
  • 175 - Print Design
    This course covers digital imaging concepts and provides students with the foundation to develop skills across different applications and media types. Develops skills in using photographs, illustrations, and words to create advertisements, brochures, and other printed materials. Explores the fundamental principles of design. Students practice skills individually and in teams. Critical class for students considering a career in graphic design.
  • 210 - Oil Painting I
    An introduction to technical and formal approaches to painting within the oil medium. Practice includes studio as well as on-location work, with emphasis on color-value control and composition. The class will study and emulate how painters think or see by examining issues of artistic perception and interpretation considered significant in contemporary and past painting traditions. Prerequisites: ARTS 102 and ARTS 150.
  • 220 - Watercolor Painting I
    Introduction to various watercolor techniques and the thought process which accompanies issues of painting. Practical emphasis on composition, color and value relationships, and coordination with a transparent medium. This studio course will require that a majority of work be completed outside of the studio class time. Prerequisites: ARTS 102 and ARTS 150.
  • 230 - Color Studies
    Course emphasizes the seeing of color interaction through practice primarily with color papers and work with pigments. Focus on the expression of light, space, movement, and mood. Includes some history of color theory and introduction to color strategies and painting. Prerequisite: ARTS 102.
  • 250 - Drawing II
    Development of visual skills that deepen the student's ability to find the dynamics of abstraction in the landscape and still-life. A large portion of the term will involve on-location drawing in graphite with the remaining portion of the term devoted to studio rendering techniques in graphite. Emphasis on compositional analysis. Prerequisite: ARTS 150.
  • 251 - The Language of Drawing
    An immersive study of on-location drawing practices and techniques where drawing becomes a tool for observation and recording of cultures, historical sites, and landscapes. Drawing will also be explored as a vehicle to communicate content. This course develops skills in composition, observation, facility with mixed-media, drawing terminology, critiquing, and perspective. Offered only on abroad programs.
  • 270 - Graphic Design II
    Builds on Graphic Design I but becomes more technical with the media used and more intricate with the assignments given. Emphasis is placed on the quality of concept achieved. Explores type design, thematic development, portfolio presentation, and computer skills. Prerequisite: ARTS 170.
  • 280 - Printmaking
    Introduction to the three basic printmaking areas: relief, monoprint, and screen printing. Emphasis is placed on the student's original development of ideas and imagery. Aesthetic and theoretical issues related to the development of printmaking will also be addressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 102, or ARTS 103, or ARTS 150.
  • 285 - Illustration
    An introduction to the broad based thinking skills required to illustrate verbal communication in various manifestations. Several formats will be utilized reflecting the instructor's strengths: book, poster design, musical interpretation, scientific rendering, and communication arts. Mixed media will frequently be engaged. Emphasis is on the book as an art form-as a valuable professional activity. Prerequisites: ARTS 102, ARTS 150, and ARTS 220.
  • 290 - Web Design
    Introduction to the design and management of web sites with an emphasis on the development of design strategy processes. This course builds skills in understanding the terminology, principles, and concepts of design, color, and visual thinking as applied to web design. Students survey and critique existing web sites, develop a body of graphic and typographic information, and develop and publish their own web sites. Prerequisite: ARTS 170.
  • 295 - Sustainable Design
    This course is based on the analysis of how green design is delivered in the built environment. It is designed to model the breadth of societal cooperation required to solve sustainability problems; it explores the principles developed by the most energy conscious building practices today. The course teaches basic visual communication skills, green terminology, drafting practices, and culminates in a group-designed project. Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 103.
  • 298 - Designing in Space
    Examines a specific topic in studio art practice that includes spatial elements such as those used in kinetic art, architectural and product design, and installation and public art. As a studio course, it will allow students to cultivate a studio practice that incorporates multi-dimensional elements into their own artwork; it also includes exposure to current dimensional themes. This course is built around the special expertise of the faculty. Open to all with at least one previous studio art course. A specific topic can only be taken once.
  • 299 - Experimental New Media Seminar
    Examines a specific topic in studio art practices that may include sound, video, photography, motion, design, and installation. The course is built around the special expertise of the faculty. The title will be extended to desribe the current topic. May be repeated once up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ. Prerequisites: ARTS 102 or ARTS 150 or ARTS 170.
  • 301 - Portraiture
    For the student seeking experience in drawing the human form. Focus includes grounding in specific drawing skills, including ability to represent proportion, anatomic architecture, and volume, and experience with various mediums. Learning about major practitioners of the genre will instill an appreciation for portraiture - it's usefulness and influence as an important art form for content in past and present art traditions and cultures. Prerequisite: ARTS 150 or permission of the instructor.
  • 302 - Figure Studies
    The human figure is used as a vehicle for exploring issues of fine drawing. Includes proportion, anatomy, gesture, content, and some historical background. May be repeated with instruction at increasingly advanced levels. Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 150.
  • 304 - Figure Modeling
    This course introduces students to fundamental principles of modeling from a live model. These include studies in scale, proportion, surface interpretation, and gesture. Students will engage with historical, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of the traditions of figurative expression. All assignments will build to the culmination of an original figurative work for the student's expressive porfolio. May be repeated up to two times for a total of nine semester hours; however, only six semester hours may be counted toward the Art major or minor. Prerequisite: ARTS 102 or ARTS 103.
  • 310 - Oil Painting II
    Builds on knowledge gained during the introductory course. Oil II constitutes a further development of skills and image making paired with strong emphasis on research, critical discourse, and experimentation in handling of medium. Students will develop research and production models that reflect contemporary painting practices. Prerequisite: ARTS 210.
  • 320 - Watercolor Painting II
    Focused introduction to the process of developing large studio paintings based upon varied field observations, advanced watercolor techniques, and critique skills. Concentration on development of individual style or "point of view." This studio course will require that a majority of work be completed outside of the studio class time. Prerequisite: ARTS 220.
  • 330 - Studio Seminar
    Group study of selected topics in art. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 350 - Drawing III
    An intense exploration of the relationship of visual language to content in art via mixed drawing media. Production of several different series formats and a focused preparation of a portfolio quality series are covered during the term. Preparation of an aesthetic statement. Prerequisites: ARTS 150 and either ARTS 250 or one painting course.
  • 360 - Figurative Painting
    For the art major who benefits from painting and is ready to revisit the figure within new technical and aesthetic contexts in painting. The theme centers around portraiture but includes the whole figure - the first half comprised of working directly from the model with frequent critiques. Includes exploration of conceptual content and creation of a large scale painting. May be repeated once with instruction at an increasingly advanced level. Prerequisites: ARTS 210 or ARTS 220, and ARTS 302.
  • 370 - Advanced Design Practices
    Graphic design knowledge/skills previously gained are applied toward complex design problems and development of integrated design practices that explore levels of visual impact and advanced problem-solving design strategies. Assignments are organized around special projects and current trends and business practices in the graphic design field. Instructional methods include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, readings, practical exercises, group projects, and critiques. Prerequisites: ARTS 170 and ARTS 270.
  • 401 - Creative Research Project
    An in-depth focused study in the visual arts shaped by previous studio art course work. Teaching methods include critical readings in professional art journals, open studio practice, weekly critique, and museum/studio field trips. Students present research and creative output in critique sessions with other students and at least one studio art faculty. May be offered for variable credit from three to six semester hours. May be taken twice up to a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: six ARTS courses.
  • 402 - On-Location Studies
    Offered by permission of the program faculty to students enrolled in field-oriented classes such as internships or off-campus independents. Course work provides opportunity for in-depth, individual research based upon previous studio classes at Principia College. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours.
  • 404 - Advanced Series
    A course designed for advanced students who would benefit from the production of a cohesive body of work, commonly referred to as a "series." The student prepares a portfolio which reveals consistent use of visual language, content-based purpose, and exhibition caliber results. The class functions as an independent with the addition of a seminar component. Students apply for the class by submitting a written application to the art department identifying the series format options. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours. For junior and senior students who have completed eight or more art major requirements.
  • 495 - Portfolio Seminar
    Portfolio ingredients such as a digital representation of senior's work, resumes, post-college options, etc. are focused towards professional goals. At the culmination, students present a quality exhibit for the community. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours.
  • 496 - Capstone Writing Seminar
    This course involves the preparation of four writing components for art majors in studio: an aesthetic statement, a character essay, a series of critical reviews, and a verbally supported visual portfolio. Students are taught the components for completing the statement and the paper; the essays include prompts but are otherwise written without faculty assistance. Taken concurrently with ARTS 495.

Studio Art 280: Printmaking

This course introduces students to three methods of printmaking: relief (woodcut, lino cut), monoprints, and screenprinting.