Art History and Art Studio Course Descriptions

Art History

ARTH 101: Western Art-Prehistoric to Gothic (A)
Credits: 3

A chronological survey of the development of art, from the prehistoric age to the contemporary period.

ARTH 102: Western Art-Early Ren to Modern (A)
Credits: 3

A chronological survey of the development of art, from the prehistoric age to thecontemporary period.

ARTH 103: Introduction to Non-Western Art (A)
Credits: 3

A fascinating survey of the development of art of non-western cultures and its impact on today’s society.

ARTH 185: 17th Century Art (A)
Credits: 3

A study of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the seventeenth century in Europe, with emphasis on the great masters, e.g., Bernini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Poussin, and Velasquez, and the relationship between patronage and the arts.

ARTH 190: American Art
Credits: 3

Survey of three centuries of American art. Students concentrate on leading painters and leading sculptors and examine the major stylistic movements.

ARTH 191: Romanticism to Post-Impressionism (A)
Credits: 3

A study of the radical defiance of the accepted academic style by such French artists as Delacroix, Manet, Monet, Morisot, VanGogh and Cézanne within the context of the rapid social, political, and economic changes of the nineteenth century.

ARTH 192: Twentieth (Century) and Contemporary Art (A)
Credits: 3

An investigation of art in the twentieth century. Explores connections between the arts (painting, sculpture, architecture and design) and historical events, issues and beliefs of the period.

ARTH 193: American Architecture (A)
Credits: 3

Traces the evolution of American Architecture from mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Treats the development of styles beginning with the Chicago school and highlights prominent American architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright.

ARTH 201: Historical Survey of Women Artists (A)
Credits: 3

Introduction to the role of women in the history of Western painting. Art 101 or 102 recommended but not required.

ARTH 210: Northern European Renaissance (A)
Credits: 3

A study of fifteenth and sixteenth century painting in Flanders, France, the Holy Roman Empire and England, concentrating on the distinctive character of northern Renaissance art.

ARTH 212: Looking at Landscape Design (A)
Credits: 3

An exploration of the intellectual, social, and political reasons for the persistent passion for garden-making from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century in Europe and the United States.

ARTH 230: Paris: An Urban History (A)
Credits: 3

An investigation of the reasons Paris is considered one of the most beautiful and livable cities of the world, featuring such famous and not-so-famous landmarks as: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysées, and Place des Vosges.

ARTH 261: Early Italian Renaissance Art (A)
Credits: 3

A study of Italian painting, sculpture and architecture from the thirteenth century through the fifteenth centuries. Emphasizes new understandings of the self and of the world and their effects on the arts.

ARTH 280: The Art of Black Africa (A)
Credits: 3

An exploration of the traditional sculpture of the peoples of the sub-Saharan Africa with particular attention to the relationship between tribal society and the art it makes.

ARTH 282: Michelangelo and His Times (A)
Credits: 3

An analysis of the work of Michelangelo within the context of his rivals for greatness, real and imagined, as well as the intellectual, political, and economic environment of the sixteenth century in Italy.

ARTH 286: Medieval Art (A)
Credits: 3

A study of the arts of Western Europe from the early Christian era through the Gothic Period.

ARTH 401: Internship in Art History
Credits: 3

Apprenticeship in curatorial departments of major Philadelphia area museums and house museums as well as in non-curatorial areas such as education, conservation, public relations and development, or work with the National Park Service.


Art Studio Course Descriptions

ARTS 102: Ceramics
Credits: 3

An introductory course developing a variety of hand building techniques in clay. Explores both functional and sculptural forms and covers fundamentals of glazing and kiln operation. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 120: Introduction to Art by Heart (A)
Credits: 3

An Art Studio course that studies art and artifacts from diverse cultures from around the world examining creativity and innovative use of media to express the desires of the human spirit. Inspired by these forms, the students then make their own art work expressing their unique experience of life. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 121: Introduction to Drawing Techniques (A)
Credits: 3

From visual representation to statements of individual style, students study the elements and principles of Art through a variety of drawing techniques and. Media. Designed for non-majors and majors. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 131: Introduction to Painting (A)
Credits: 3

A survey of painting media, of techniques, with an emphasis on experimentation, acquisition of skills aimed at the development of a personal visual language and style in painting. Designed for non-majors and majors Studio Fee. 

ARTS 134: Introduction to Water Color Painting (A)
Credits: 3

An exploration of the techniques of painting with watercolor with an emphasis on experimentation with this fluid and versatile medium. Issues include: painting from observation, painting from imagination, choice of paper, collage, drawing for painting, color. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 140:The Art of Theater Design (A)
Credits: 3

An introduction to the history of theater design and its importance as a means of enhancing dramatic productions in theater, film and television. Provides practical applications in constructing miniature sets, lighting, coordinating colors and themes.

ARTS 141: Silk Screening
Credits: 3

An introduction to the varied aspects of silk screen printing, using paper and film stencils, for both paper and textile printing. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 161: Introduction to Metal Sculpture and Jewelry
Credits: 3

Introduction to the fundamentals of jewelry making, using precious metals. Includes lost-wax method. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 172: Introductin to Color My World (A)
Credits: 3

An art studio course that studies color theory and its use in the art and artifacts from diverse cultures around the world examining their creativity and innovative use of color to express the desires of the human spirit. Inspired by these forms, the students then make their own artworks with a special emphasis on color theory. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 202: Intermediate Ceramics
Credits: 3

A continuation of the study of clay. Provides experience in both hand building and use of wheel. Prerequisite: ARTS 102. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 220: Intermediate Art by Heart
Credits: 3

 

Design and culture from the Global Village.An Art Studio course that studies art and artifacts from diverse cultures from around the world examining creativity and innovative use of media to express the desires of the human spirit. Inspired by these forms, the students then make their own art work expressing their unique experience of life. Prerequisite: ARTS 120. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 221: Intermediate Drawing Techniques
Credits: 3

Explores a variety of drawing ideas and techniques with an emphasis on design, skill in choice and use of media for personal visual expression. In addition to working on teacher directed drawing projects with the class, students work with the teacher to propose and pursue more complex assignments of special interest to them individually. Prerequisite: ARTS 121. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 231: Intermediate Painting
Credits: 3

Explores a variety of painting ideas and techniques with an emphasis on design, skill in choice and use of media for self-expression. In addition to working on teacher directed painting projects, students propose and pursue more complex assignments of special interest to them individually. Prerequisite ARTS 131. Studio Fee; see fee schedule. 

ARTS 234: Intermediate Water Color Painting
Credits: 3

Explores water color painting beyond the introductory level. Experimentation with media and development of skills to achieve goals and develop a personal style will be emphasized. Prerequisite ARTS 134. 

ARTS 241: Intermediate Silk Screening
Credits: 3

An in depth study of the use of both film stencils and photographic stencils on paper and textiles. Prerequisite: ARTS 141. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 261: Intermediate Metal Sculpture and Jewelry
Credits: 3

A continuation in the art of jewelry making and metal crafts. Soldering, hammering, lost-wax methods. Prerequisite: ARTS 161. Studio Fee. 

An advanced studio approach to drawing emphasizing maturation of ideas, skills, and style. Students explore complex ideas and techniques in drawing and move toward greater independence in the selection of content and subject matter for their drawings. Prerequisite: ARTS 161. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 321: Advanced Drawing Techniques
Credits: 3

An advanced studio approach in which students use the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the study of art, art history and the contemporary art world to pursue complex and challenging projects. Students become more independent in selecting ideas in terms of purpose, media and technique. Prerequisite: ARTS 131 and 231. Studio Fee.  

ARTS-331: Advanced Painting

Credits: 3

An advanced studio approach in which students use the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the study of art, art history and the contemporary art world to pursue complex and challenging projects. Students ecome more independent in selecting deas in terms of purpose, media and technique.   

ARTS 334: Advanced Watercolor
Credits: 3

An advanced exploration of watercolor techniques aimed at control and freedom, use of color, and creative combinations in pursuit of personal expression and style.

 Prerequisite: ARTS 134. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 341: Advanced Silk Screening
Credits: 3

Explores experimental procedures including printing on different fabrics, glass, wood and metal. Prerequisites: ARTS 141 and 241. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 361:  Advanced Metal Crafts and Jewelry
Credits: 3

An advanced course in the art of jewelry making and metal crafts. More advanced methods of soldering, hammering, and lost wax. Prerequisites: ARTS 161 and 261. Studio Fee. 

ARTS 371 : Advanced Design and Mixed Media
Credits: 3

Special Problems in the application of design and mixed media. Studio Fee. 

ARTS: 401 Internship
Credits: 3

Practical experience at a site approved by the department. Graded Pass/Fail only.