Course Descriptions: Art

Art100 Introduction to Design 3 hours

Examines the ideas needed to arrange materials into organized visual composition, the interrelationship of two dimensional visual elements and principles of organization. Applies design understanding to practical problems. Includes visits to professional designers. Makes use of computer and design software. Recommended for the general student, for art and graphic design students and for students interested in architecture.

Art101 Drawing I 3 hours

Develops fundamental drawing skills leading to mastery of graphic expression. Explores various media throughout the course and investigates creative compositional approaches toward the course’s end. Drawing as distinctive art form and basis for other art forms and enrichment for the beginner. Recommended for general as well as art students.

Art102 Ceramics I 3 hours

Introduces creative clay work, starting with foundational hand-building techniques and advancing to the potter’s wheel, concluding with an independent project utilizing these skills. Covers glazing and firing methods and introduces basic clay and glaze chemistry, bringing real-life technical context to the development of aesthetic sensitivity. Recommended for the general student interested in exploring new skills or hobbies and for child care, nursing and art students.

Art103 Photography I 3 hours

Emphasizes photography as a means of expression and reflection. Covers technical theory, camera use, basic elements of composition and the processing, printing and presentation of black and white photography as well as use of Photoshop software in digital photography. Recommended for art and graphic design students.

Art104 Introduction to Painting 3 hours

Investigates alkyd and acrylic painting techniques, encourages personal expression through structured formats, introduces color theory and poetic imagery, includes study excursions and field trips to local painting shows. Experience in drawing is desirable, but not required. Recommended for general as well as art students. Offered alternate years.

Art115 Web Technologies for Graphic Designers 1 hour

Introduces students to simple website production using web development, imaging and animation software.

Art120 3-D Design 3 hours

Gives the student experience with spatial understanding and the relationships between positive and negative forms within space. Formal graphing of spatial relationships, reductive forming in solid foam, additive construction in clay and multimedia and collaborative projects will be emphasized. Previous drawing experience or a drawing course is recommended but not required.

Art200 Graphic Design I 3 hours

An introductory course concentrating on the fundamental issues of graphic design; structuring a message by establishing a visual hierarchy, applying compositional principles to typographic material, and the creation and support of content with visual form. Work begins with simple forms and progresses in complexity.

Art201 Drawing II 3 hours

More fully investigates the fundamental graphic skills developed in Introduction to Drawing. Emphasis is placed on drawing from the human form, experimenting with images and new media and developing strong visual compositions. Prerequisite: Art 101 or consent of instructor.

Art202 Ceramics II 3 hours

Focuses on advanced projects on the potter’s wheel and hand-building. Projects are assigned with individual expression in mind; students will achieve assignments in the technique of their choice. Many firing and finishing methods are available to explore and students are encouraged to stretch their skills in independent project assignments. Recommended for those in pursuit of an art degree or an opportunity to work in the ceramics field, those looking for a way to express themselves and those looking for a hobby or experience different from other classes. Prerequisite: Art 102 or consent of instructor.

Art205 Introduction to Printmaking 3 hours

Investigates various types of printmaking techniques including relief print, intaglio, screen and monotype. Traces the printmaking processes and teaches the proper care of fine art prints. Offered alternate years. Recommended background: Art 101.

Art206 Graphic Design II 3 hours

An application of the page composition principles developed during Graphic Design I in the context of typical single- and multi-page design problems faced in design practice. Design processes will also be addressed from problem definition to production along with strategies used by designers to generate original concepts. Prerequisite: Art 200.

Art210 Typography I 3 hours

Introduces the structure of the letter system and the forming of letters through extensive practice drawing letterforms. Lectures and reading cover historical development, classification and professional terminology.

Art215 Color Theory 3 hours

This course will survey the visual element of color; definition, effects and application.

Art231 Sophomore Fine Arts Portfolio 3 hours

Offered to second-year students who enroll for two hours of studio credit in their major area of study and complete a sophomore art show. It is the culmination of four semesters of applied study and serves as an important benchmark for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in art. This course guides the student through all aspects of staging a sophomore art show including goal-setting, artifact selection, artist statements construction and marketing. Additionally, students will carry out integrative work, identifying connections between their artistic development (especially show content) and other disciplines they have engaged at Hesston College. Students will reflect on the finished product and identify future goals. Sophomore standing and approval by the fine arts faculty is required. An Integration Source Course.

Art240 Typography II 3 hours

Focus on the application of letterform drawing skills developed in Typography I to practical problems with work on individual graphic forms such as symbols and letterforms in a series such as logotypes. Prerequisite: Art 210