Students learn through practical experience how to use the tools, mediums, and techniques of artists. The minor introduces students to the practice of visual arts and prepares them for further art study. Students are encouraged to develop personal statements within their work while they produce projects that range from creating paintings to ceramics.

Students will be introduced to the techniques, ideas, and vocabularies of producing a finished piece of artwork. Studio classes are intended to develop personal skills and artistic expression. Student will demonstrate and create, through original ideas, artwork in both two- and three-dimensional media. Art minors will also examine the history of techniques, styles, and artists associated with a particular movement.




Credits 4
The elements and principles of design as it relates to compositions created within the visual arts. The course will analyze works of art in terms of shape, balance, color and more. Attention will be placed on creative problem solving and visual organization. Projects will be assigned to further illustrate the student’s knowledge of two-dimensional design concepts.


Credits 4
Fundamentals of graphic expressions including development of forms in space in line, value, and texture through a variety of media, techniques, and concepts. Media covered are graphite, charcoal, and pastels.


Credits 4
Introduction to creative and individual expression through the employment of basic painting techniques and design concepts. Examines aspects of the professional community through visits, slides, and lectures.


Credits 4
Students will utilize video as a course of study to examine the lives of artists. With modern adaptations of biographical movies that use artistic license, the class will examine the history, movements and events that shaped the art world. Attention will be placed on research, writing and discussion as students analyze and interpret recent film surveys. May be repeated when topics vary.


Credits 4
Focuses on the art of prehistoric man throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa up through the art of the European Renaissance during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Study is in conjunction with the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Islamic and Far Eastern treasures in the Museum holdings will also be studied. The course encompasses the architecture, painting, sculpture, and printmaking of these early societies.


Credits 4
Focuses on the art of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries studied in conjunction with the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Study of the Museum holdings will include works from the Baroque, Romantic and Impressionistic movements. The course will encompass the paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs of modern societies as well as art of the Americas and African art. Includes special emphasis on women and minority artists.


Credits 4
Ceramics is an introduction to the clay medium including hand and wheel construction methods, clay mining and processing, making of clay bodies, making glazes, glazing forms, firing in oxidation and reduction atmospheres, and electric, gas and wood firing kilns. Classes participate in special processes such as Raku firing, pasture firing, or fuming. The first three quarters of the class students learn fundamental information and processes and then elect a final project and proceed in advanced topics. The history of ceramics will be addressed through lecture, video, and museum visits.


Credits 4
Fundamentals and instruction in the varied methods of printmaking are the focus of this course. The student will develop the skills to create a series of prints displaying a personal statement and an aesthetic quality. Methods of printing include intaglio, silkscreen, collagraph and mono printing. The course includes a museum visit, print history, research, and critiques of student artwork.