2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Art

Chairperson: Professor Charles Wright
Office: Garwood Hall 32A
Telephone: (309) 298-1549
Fax: (309) 298-2605
E-mail: Art@wiu.edu

Website: wiu.edu/art

Faculty: Clough, Crouch, Czechowski, Eberhardt, Holz, Howard, Knavel, Ku, Mahoney, McArthur, Morgan, Myers, Palacios, Rathje, Waldrop, Walters, Wright.

The Department of Art offers two baccalaureate degrees: 1) Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with studio tracks in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, and ceramics; 2) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a general studio art option and a teacher certification option. In addition, the department offers minors in art history, studio art, and fine arts technology and design. The department is accredited by the Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a comprehensive professional undergraduate degree that stresses high standards of performance. The B.F.A. provides students with opportunities to develop technical competence in a chosen studio track and to broaden their knowledge of art in areas such as ceramics, graphic design, metalsmithing and jewelry design, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. The concentrated curricular structure of the B.F.A. allows students to integrate knowledge and skill as it prepares them for the intellectual and cultural world of art or for graduate study.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art (studio) is a broad based, well-rounded liberal arts degree.  General studio tracks allow students to tailor the program to their particular needs in media such as ceramics, graphic design, metalsmithing and jewelry design, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.  Students electing to enroll in the teacher certification option of the B.A. degree program will combine general studio coursework with coursework from the College of Education and Human Services and courses in art education methods, theory, and research.  Students in the teacher certification option will develop a range of pedagogical and artistic skills and competencies. to qualify them for employment in elementary school, middle school (junior high), and secondary school programs.

GradTrac is available to B.A. in Art majors. See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum — Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Academic Advising

Students enrolling in programs offered by the College of Fine Arts must consult with the designated departmental adviser.

Transfers

Of the total Art credits required for the Art major, at least half must be earned in WIU Art courses.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts—Art

Admission: Art majors may request permission to enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program after taking four of the studio components in the art core (ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240). This request would usually be made after the end of the freshman year following the completion of 30 s.h. of earned credit. Students who have earned a grade point average of at least 2.50 in these four courses will be admitted into the program pending an entry review.

All students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art must complete I, II, and III. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses. 24 s.h.
    ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240, 241; ARTH 282*, 283*, 394†
  3. 1. ARTS 210, 310, 410 or 416, 495:  4 s.h.
    2. Directed Electives
    1. Primary Studio Area:  21 s.h.
    2. Secondary Studio Area:  15 s.h.
    3. Departmental Studio Electives: Studio 2-D and 3-D1:  12 s.h.
    4. Art History Electives:  6 s.h.

*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
†ARTH 394 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
1At least 6 s.h. must be taken in Studio 3-D.

Bachelor of Arts—Art

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Art must complete I, II, and III.A. or III.B. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education certification rules, all candidates seeking teacher certification are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed general education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note C- is below a C.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
    Option B, Teacher Certification, should include a General Education mathematics course
  2. Core Courses: 21 s.h.
    ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240; ARTH 282*, 283*, 394†
  3. Options of Study (select A or B)
    1. Art
      1. Special Course: ARTS 495:  3 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives:  24 s.h.
        1. Art History Elective (3 s.h.)
        2. Departmental Studio Electives: Studio 2-D and Studio 3-D1 (21 s.h.)
      3. Minor in another discipline:  16 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  13 s.h.
    2. Art-Teacher Certification
      1. Special Courses: ARTE 360, 361, 411, 437; ARTH 284; ARTS 246 or IDT 240:  18 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives:  18 s.h.
        1. Art History Elective (3 s.h.)
        2. Departmental Studio Electives:
          1. Three courses from one primary studio area (9 s.h.)
          2. Two courses from one secondary studio area (6 s.h.)
      3. Other
        Educ 439: 3 s.h.
        EIS 201, 301, 302, 303, 401: 12 s.h.
        SPED 310, 390: 4 s.h.
        STCH 480, 482: 16 s.h.

*May count toward the University General Education requirement.
†ARTH 394 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
1At least 6 s.h. must be taken in Studio 3-D.

Minors

Minor in Art History: 18 s.h.

  1. Special Courses: ARTH 282, 283, 394: 9 s.h. 
  2. Directed Electives: 300 and 400 level Art History courses: 9 s.h. 

Minor in Studio Art: 18 s.h.

  1. Special Courses: ARTS 101, 102, 140; ARTH 180: 12 s.h. 
  2. Art Electives (Studio only)  6 s.h. 

Minor in Fine Arts Technology and Design

  See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors.

Course Descriptions

ART STUDIO (ARTS)

199  (cross-listed with BC/MUS/THEA 199)  Introduction to Arts Technology and Design. (3)  Introductory survey of various arts technologies and practices as applied in art, broadcasting, music, theatre, and dance. Software will cover CAD (drawing, design, drafting), image manipulation, video and audio editing. Lecture/demonstration. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in BC/MUS/THEA 199.

210  BFA Entry Portfolio Review. (0)  An assessment standard required of all students entering the BFA degree program. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240, declared BFA Art Major, and minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art. Graded S/U only.

310  (formerly ARTS 001)  BFA Junior Portfolio Review. (0, repeatable)  An assessment standard required of all students pursuing the BFA degree. Prerequisites: S grade in ARTS 210 and a minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art.  Graded S/U only. Students may re-enroll until "S" grade is attained.

399  (cross-listed with BC/MUS/THEA 399)  Arts Technology and Design Practicum. (1)  Guided practicum in arts technology and design. Student must be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to one area of arts technology and design. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in BC/MUS/THEA 399.

410  BFA Senior Exhibition. (1)  Development and exhibition of a quality body of art works representing the student’s achievements in the major and minor studio areas. Prerequisite: S grade in ARTS 310 and minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art.

414  Internship. (1–12, repeatable to 12)  Supervised work experience in graphic design with an approved employer. Written weekly reports required. Must be completed before entering last term on campus. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing; ARTS 314, 315, 316, 415; a minimum 2.00 GPA overall; a minimum 2.50 GPA in art courses within the major; and departmental approval. Graded S/U only.

495  Professional Practices in the Arts. (3)  A seminar capstone course devoted to the development of professional practices in preparation for entry into the contemporary art world. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of the instructor.

(Studio 2-D)

101  Design I. (3)  A foundation in the organization of two-dimensional visual concepts through design experiences with basic elements and principles of visual structure. A variety of materials are used.

140  Drawing I. (3)  Fundamental concepts of drawing, including study of line, form, space, value, and composition in a variety of media.

215 Graphic Design I. (3)  Introduction to the visual communication of graphic design. Typography and symbolic graphics stressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240, or permission of the instructor.

240  Drawing II. (3, repeatable to 6)  Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in a variety of drawing media. Prerequisite: ARTS 140.

241  Life Drawing I. (3)  Studio work in drawing the human figure with activities involving techniques, anatomy, and design in varied media. Prerequisites: ARTS 101 and 140. Fee.

246  Digital Art Photography I. (3)  An introduction to digital photography as an artistic process. Topics include camera operation, composition, computer photo manipulation, creative expression, and output of digital images. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, digitally manipulate, and print well-conceived artistic compositions.

314  Graphic Design Computer Art I. (3)  A lab course that studies creative art illustration using Macintosh computer programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and related graphic software. Prerequisite: ARTS 215. Fee.

315  Graphic Design II. (3)  Problem solving utilizing methods, materials, and procedures learned in previous classes. Graphic presentation of ideas is stressed through creative image and layout. Magazine, newspaper, and corporate image are emphasized. Prerequisite: ARTS 215.

316  Graphic Design III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Advanced production techniques are stressed to develop graphic design from idea to production-ready art. Computer and professional materials are utilized. Prerequisite: ARTS 315. Fee.

340  Intermediate Drawing. (3)  In a studio environment, students will employ and build upon previously acquired drawing abilities and participate in group and individual critiques. Investigation of technique and the development of skills will be emphasized. Personal concept and process will be stressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 240.

341  Advanced Life Drawing. (3, repeatable to 9)  Further study rendering the human figure with attention given to color and composition. Prerequisite: ARTS 241. Fee.

350  Painting I. (3)  This studio course explores fundamentals of painting. Assignments given with an emphasis on an understanding of materials including paint, brushes, solvents, mediums, and support structures and their construction and preparation. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140.

355  Intaglio I. (3)  Studio work in the intaglio processes: engraving, drypoint, and etching on copper and zinc plates. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

356  Intaglio II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in intaglio processes. Prerequisite: ARTS 355. Fee.

365  Lithography I. (3)  Introduction to the technical methods and aesthetic approaches to lithography as applied to stone work and plate work. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

366  Lithography II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Introduction to color printing and related problems. The use of transfer paper and the study of image reversal are other subjects covered. Prerequisite: ARTS 365. Fee.

368  Silkscreen I. (3)  Introduction to silkscreen as a fine art print medium including basic photo-emulsion, drawing fluid and block-out techniques, computer-generated and hand-drawn processes. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

369  Silkscreen II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Intermediate level silkscreen; students explore their own artistic voice through resolution of concept and imagery using hand-drawings and advanced digitigraphic processes. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints. Prerequisite: ARTS 368. Fee.

370  Watercolor I. (3)  Techniques of transparent and opaque water soluble paints are explored. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 140. Fee.

371  Watercolor II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in water soluble media. Prerequisite: ARTS 370. Fee.

400  Studio Problems. (3, repeatable to 9)  Individual study of design experimentation bridging several art areas, including gallery/museum experience. Not open to freshmen or sophomores. Prerequisites: basic courses in areas of concern; written permission of instructor.

415 Graphic Design IV. (3, repeatable to 6)  Exploration of skills using various media, resulting in the refinement of innovative pictorial or symbolic expression. Designing of commercial vehicles for graphic communication stressed. Prerequisite: ARTS 316.

416  Graphic Design Senior Portfolio. (1)  Development and creation of a portfolio of art works representing the student’s achievements in the major and minor studio areas. Prerequisite: S grade in ARTS 310 and a minimum 2.50 grade point average in Art or permission of instructor.

440  Studio Problems in Drawing. (3, repeatable to 9)  Individual problems in drawing selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisite: ARTS 240 or permission of instructor.

451  Painting II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  This course builds upon the skills learned in Painting I with continuing emphasis on materials techniques and formal problems. Assignments may expand beyond representational/objective painting and lead into more problem solving/critical thinking. Prerequisite: ARTS 350.

452  Studio Problems in Painting. (3, repeatable to 9)  Assignments will be given individually based on previous efforts and will be directed toward the expansion of an idea and the content/subject matter. The course continues to investigate materials and techniques. Prerequisite: ARTS 451 or permission of instructor.

453  Non‑Traditional Art. (3)  Individual study and experimentation in new art materials and concepts in the visual arts. Assignments will be conceptual art, earth art, kinetic art, and newly emerging approaches to art. Prerequisites: study in three studio areas at 300 level or above.

455  Studio Problems in Intaglio. (3, repeatable to 9)  Individual problems in a specific print-making medium selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisites: ARTS 356 and permission of instructor. Fee.

465  Studio Problems in Lithography. (3, repeatable to 9)  Individual projects selected by the student in conference with the instructor. Prerequisite: ARTS 366, permission of instructor. Fee.

468  Studio Problems in Silkscreen. (3, repeatable to 9)  Designed for intensive study in silkscreen. Emphasis is on individual research, self-guidance, thematic development, and personal aesthetic expression. Students use non-toxic acrylic inks to produce a portfolio of editioned prints. Prerequisite: ARTS 369, permission of instructor. Fee.

470  Studio Problems in Watercolor. (3, repeatable to 9)  Selective experimentation with transparent and opaque water media. Prerequisite: ARTS 371 or permission of instructor.

 (Studio 3-D)

102  Design II. (3)  Introductory lab course in three-dimensional design. Study includes experimentation with plastic relationships existing between design elements, materials, and the expression of ideas in three-dimensional form. Fee.

320  Sculpture I. (3)  Studio work in various sculptural processes. Large scale projects may include ceramic sculpture, bronze casting, wood carving, and other media. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102, and 140. Fee.

321  Sculpture II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in sculptural processes. Prerequisite: ARTS 320. Fee.

330  Ceramics I. (3)  Introduction to clay as a medium for art expression. Instruction given in fundamentals of aesthetic form, techniques of hand forming, glaze design, and kiln firing. Prerequisite: ARTS 101, 102, 140. Fee.

331  Ceramics II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Pottery as aesthetic expression in clay. Emphasis is placed upon use of the potter's wheel with related hand-building techniques as well as glaze design and kiln firing practices. Prerequisite: ARTS 330. Fee.

335  Art Metal and Jewelry I. (3)  Studio experiences involving design and fabrication of 3-D forms in fine metals for jewelry and small sculpture. Students will be introduced to basic metal working techniques as applied to non-ferrous metals including sawing, riveting, shaping, and soldering. Prerequisite: ARTS 101. Fee.

336  Art Metal and Jewelry II & III. (3, repeatable to 6)  Opportunities given for continued development of a personal direction in metal and jewelry processes. Prerequisite: ARTS 335. Fee.

421  Studio Problems in Sculpture. (3, repeatable to 9)  Individual problems in sculpture selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisite: ARTS 321, permission of instructor. Fee.

430  Studio Problems in Ceramics. (3, repeatable to 9)  Experimental studio projects reflecting a high level of technical, intuitive, and conceptual approaches. Prerequisite: ARTS 331, permission of instructor. Fee.

435  Studio Problems in Art Metal and Jewelry. (3, repeatable to 9)  Individual problems in art metal and jewelry selected with the instructor. Prerequisite: ARTS 336, permission of instructor. Fee.

ART EDUCATION (ARTE) 

360  Methods in Elementary Art. (3)  Experiments with art materials to gain insight into the values, curricula, and processes of art activities in the age levels from pre-school into the junior high. Prerequisite: EIS 201.

361  Introduction to Art Education. (3)  An early orientation to the philosophies and theories of the profession of art education, museum/gallery experience, adult education, etc. Prerequisite: ARTS 101.

411  Arts and Institutions. (3)  This course provides students with the opportunity to study the roles of visual arts and arts educational programs in various types of institutions, organizations, and agencies and to explore professional and vocational opportunities within the artworld. Prerequisite: ARTE 361 or permission of instructor.

437  Media, Methods, and Materials in Art Education. (3)  An overview of media, processes, materials, techniques, and methods appropriate for elementary and secondary school classrooms. Content integrates studio courses with art historical and multicultural uses of traditional/non-traditional media, methods, and materials for producing works of visual art. Prerequisite: ARTE 360.

 (Art Education—STCH)

480  Student Teaching. (8) (Grades 6–12) See Educ 480, 482, (K–12 = 16 s.h.).

482  Student Teaching. (8) (Grades K–6).

(Art Education–Educ)

439  High School Art Methods. (3)  Students are involved in selecting those learning objectives and situations which emanate from a meaningful art curriculum for the secondary school student. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102; ARTE 361 or 360/460.

ART HISTORY (ARTH)

180  An Introduction to Art. (3)  (General Education/Fine Arts)  Designed to help students understand our cultural background and the role art plays in contemporary life. The functions, styles, structure of art, and the interaction of medium and meaning. Contact with art forms, visual aids, and readings are utilized to stimulate student responses to aesthetic qualities in the visual arts. Does not count for art majors.

IAI: F2 900.

282  History of Art: Ancient through Medieval. (3)  (General Education/Fine Arts)  A survey of art in the Western world from Prehistory through the Middle Ages.

IAI: F2 901.

283  History of Art: Renaissance to 1900. (3)  (General Education/Fine Arts)  A survey of art in the Western world from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century.

IAI: F2 902.

284  History of Non-Western Art. (3)  (General Education/Fine Arts or Multicultural Studies)  A survey of art and visual culture in the non-Western world.

388  History of Photography. (3)  The study of photography from a historical point of view as well as the study of photographic styles and the works of photography artists.

394  History of Twentieth Century Art. (3)  A survey of Western painting and sculpture from c. 1850 to c. 1945. All major stylistic movements will be examined. Emphasis will be placed upon interpretive issues; works will be examined not only in respect to their formal characteristics, but also as expressions of concurrent art theories and social, political, scientific, and philosophical developments. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: ENG 180 and 280.

395  American Art. (3)  A survey of American art from colonial times to the beginning of the 20th century.

397  African Americans in Art. (3)  The study of African Americans in art and visual culture produced in the United States from 1619 to the present day. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

485  Research in Art History. (3, repeatable to 9)  An intensive study of a special area of art history selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisites: 6 to 9 s.h. of Art History courses; ENG 180 and 280; and permission of the instructor.

483  History of Architecture. (3, repeatable to 9 for different topics)   Designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. May deal with a significant artist and his/her times, with a significant movement, or with significant developments in the history of art. Material covered may not be the same each time the course is offered. Instructors are assigned on the basis of their specialized knowledge. Students interested in enrolling can obtain specific information regarding content for a forthcoming semester from the instructor.  Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; upper division standing; permission of the instructor.

493  Nineteenth Century Art. (3, repeatable to 9 for different topics)  Designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. May deal with a significant artist and his/her times, with a significant movement, or with significant developments in the history of art. Material covered may not be the same each time the course is offered. Instructors are assigned on the basis of their specialized knowledge. Students interested in enrolling can obtain specific information regarding content for a forthcoming semester from the instructor.  Prerequisites: upper division standing and permission of the instructor.

496  History of Contemporary Art. (3)  A survey of post-WWII developments in the visual arts. The primary focus is upon Western art, but attention is also paid to stylistic developments in Asian, African, and Latin American countries. The central interpretive ideas and concerns for the course will be drawn from contemporary art theory and criticism. Prerequisite: ARTH 394 or permission of instructor; ENG 180 and 28