ARTS130W: Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to Drawing is designed for students to explore materials, techniques, historical trends, and creative expression using drawing media. The class focuses on the Elements of Art: line, shape, color, texture, value, form, and space; and the Principles of Design: balance, proportion, emphasis, and rhythm. Creating and critiquing drawings are major components of the course.

ARTS135W: Plein Air Art

Plein Air Art is for both beginning artists and artists who want to improve their skills. Participants explore our beautiful North Country with an artist’s eye. This course requires gallery exhibits to view and discuss “Plein Air Art,” focusing on Impressionist style, as well as the styles of the White Mountain School and the Hudson River School. Students  spend time developing skills with a variety of mediums and go on location to create works of art.  Through this class, students develop an appreciation for art.

ARTS140W: Drawing with Color

In Drawing with Color, students learn the elements and principles of art and design using color. A hands-on approach, the course exposes students to the science and psychology of color and to the way these notions relate to drawing and art. Instruction guides students through experiential learning in the mediums of color pencil, oil pastel, and chalk pastel. It likewise introduces creative strategies to address difficulties and solve problems, guiding learners through a series of creative projects reflective of the artist's four roles in society. 

ARTS145W: Sculpture and the 3-D World

In Sculpture and the 3-D World, students learn the basic processes and foundations of sculpture and 3-D design. Students engage in hands-on experimentation with different sculptural mediums, learning how to engage their creativity. In addition, students learn about the history, the various artistic periods, and traditional form-making practices of a variety of cultures. Students work with wire, clay, plaster, and found objects; they explore and learn how to plan and develop a sculpture from an initial idea into a completed sculpture.