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Art

Art uniquely transforms those who create and those who respond. Art plays a vital role in a general liberal arts education. Studio experiences develop the creative and artistic skills necessary for mastery of established styles and exploration of new ones. Art history provides an appreciation and understanding of our visual cultural heritage. Art courses reward students with an introduction to a lifetime appreciation of the arts.

What you can gain from art courses

  • Develop a sense of craftsmanship
  • Think creatively and develop problem solving skills
  • Practice and refine artistic skills
  • Strengthen critical thinking
  • Develop appreciation for other cultures

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
ART 101 Understanding Architecture 4

Introduces aesthetic, historical, and critical issues of architecture. Presents buildings, gardens, fountains, malls and public spaces in terms of experiencing, appreciating and understanding roles of architecture in the urban world and as reflections of human interaction with the socio-political and physical environment. The series ART 101 and 102 may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 102 Understanding the Visual Arts 4

Introduces aesthetic, historical, and critical issues of the visual arts. Presents aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture and craft in terms of experiencing, appreciating and understanding their roles in our lives. The series ART 101 and 102 may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 206 History of Western Art 4

Examines visual art and architecture as a reflection of human interaction with the socio-political and physical environment. Focuses on viewing, analyzing and comparing many art forms in an historical context, and covers the Renaissance and Baroque periods, beginning about 1300 CE. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 211 Modern Art History:19th Century Art in Europe & America 4

Explores the beginning of the modern world and modern societies in Europe and the United States. Examines and analyzes the visual arts to reveal some effects of societal changes, and to gain insight into our modern world. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 212 Modern Art History: Early 20th Century Art 4

Explores early 20th century revolutions in science and technology, psychology and philosophy. Examines and analyzes the visual arts to reveal some effects of those changes, and to gain insight into our modern world. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ART 231 Drawing 3

Deepens basic perceptual drawing techniques and tools as well as the understanding of the language of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Further develops critical skills for sighting, measuring, designing and constructing in drawing. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 253 Ceramics I 3

Explores ceramic processes, techniques and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops and encourages creative problem solving by utilizing various ceramic techniques. Includes critiques, discussions, and ceramic presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramics, explore artistic intent, examine structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. This is the first course of a two-course sequence. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 256 Ceramics II 3

Explores advanced ceramic processes. Develops and encourages creative problem solving by utilizing more advance ceramic techniques (i.e. work on and off the potter's wheel, glazes and firing procedures). Refines critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramics through critiques, discussions, and ceramic presentations by exploring artistic intent, examining aesthetic and structural solutions, and expanding perceptual awareness of ceramics. This is the second of a two course sequence. Prerequisite: Art 253. May be taken up to three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 270 Printmaking 3

Explores printmaking processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Develops creative problem solving by utilizing monoprints, relief and basic intaglio processes. Includes critiques, discussions, and presentations to establish critical skills necessary to evaluate prints, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 281 Painting II 3

Explores ways of seeing and elaborates on basic painting techniques, materials, and concepts while relating to historical and contemporary issues. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 284 Watercolor I 3

Explores basic studio watercolor painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues to increase visual literacy. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

ART 287 Watercolor II 3

Explores basic and more advanced studio watercolor painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues to increase visual literacy. Presents a conceptual framework for critical analysis along with basic art theory. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: ART 284 or instructor permission. Audit available.

ART 292 Sculpture: Mixed Media 3

Explores sculptural form, processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues in sculpture. Develops creative problem solving skills through making sculpture using a variety of mixed media techniques. Establishes critical skills necessary to evaluate sculpture through critiques, discussions, and sculpture presentations by exploring artistic intent, examining aesthetic and structural solutions, and expanding perceptual awareness of sculpture. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Elizabeth Anderson Elizabeth Anderson Art (Drawing/Watercolor) Instructor elizabetha@gorge.net (541) 506-6031
PK Hoffman P. K. Hoffman Art Instructor (Ceramics/Sculpture) phoffman@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7036
Abby Merickel Abby Merickel Art & Reading Instructor americkel@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6041
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart Art Instructor jstewart@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7036