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  • Courses/emphasis areas

    Below are emphasis areas with listings of required and elective courses. Full course descriptions are available in the Art Course Catalog.

    Art History


    ART 251 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art 3 Cr.
    ART 252 Art History II: Renaissance Art to Postmodernism 3 Cr.
    Electives (Choose One):  
    ART 331 Art of the United States 3 Cr.
    ART 332 Contemporary Art 3 Cr.
    ART 341 Selected Topics in Art History: A small group discussion course of important movements and artists, with a new topic each spring semester. 3 Cr.


    Deborah-Eve Lombard

    Associate Lecturer
    Art History

    Art Education


    The Art Education Major provides teacher certification for teaching art in elementary, middle and secondary levels. 54 credits are required.


    Core Curriculum (27 Credits):
    ART 160 General Art Foundations 3 Cr.
      (Gen. Ed. Aesthetics Category)  
    ART 162 Drawing Foundations 3 Cr.
    ART 164 Design Foundations 3 Cr.
    ART 166 3-D Foundations 3 Cr.
    ART 205 Introduction to Painting 3 Cr.
    ART 216 Introduction to Ceramics 3 Cr.
    ART 252 Art History II 3 Cr.
    ART 399 Professional Practice 2 Cr.
    ART 499 Senior Exhibition 1 Cr.
      Choose one of four below:  
    ART 301 World Art 3 Cr.
    ART 331 Art of the United States 3 Cr.
    ART 332 Contemporary Art 3 Cr.
    ART 341 Selected Topics in Art History 3 Cr.
    Studio Core I: 9 credits / 3 courses chosen from the following:
    ART 272 Photography & Imaging 1 3 Cr.
    ART 207 Introduction to Graphic Design 3 Cr.
    ART 218 Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio 3 Cr.
    ART 214 Introduction to Sculpture 3 Cr.
    ART 262 Introduction to Drawing 3 Cr.
    ART 221 Introduction to Metal 3 Cr.
      Methods Core:  6 credits  
    ART 401 Methods & Practices for the Art Classroom, Early-Middle Childhood 3 Cr.
    ART 403 Methods in Secondary Art 3 Cr.
      Studio Core II:  12 credits
    Choose from courses listed at the 300/400 level


    Mary "Moxie" Stoermer

    Associate Lecturer

    Ph.D Curriculum and Instruction: Art Education, Indiana University, Bloomington IN  


    Drawing courses in the Department of Art introduces the students to a studio based approach. Students explore the descriptive and expressive characteristics of various drawing media through perceptual observation as well as interpretation of visual forms, including figure. Drawing as language is investigated and interpreted by exploring various styles and techniques from traditional and contemporary works.


    ART 162 Drawing Foundations 3 Cr.
    ART 262 Drawing II 3 Cr.
    ART 362 Drawing III 3 Cr.
    ART 425 Perspectives in Drawing 3 Cr.
    ART 462 Avanced Drawing 3 Cr.


    Binod Shrestha



    ART 221 Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing 3 Cr.
    ART 223 Introduction to Backsmithing 3 Cr.
    ART 321 Intermediate Jewelry and Metalsmithing 3 Cr.
    ART 421 Advanced Jewelry and Metalsmithing 3 Cr.
    ART 220 Introduction to Forging and Raising  offered Spring 2009 3 Cr.
    ART 320 Intermediate Forging and Raising  offered Spring 2009 3 Cr.


    Bradley Nichols M.F.A, Cranbrook Academy of Art 
    Assistant Professor

    About the Facility

    The Metalsmithing studio is located in rooms 20, 20A, and 20B on the ground floor in the Center for the Arts building. The curriculum is designed to meet the varied interests of students investigating the field of contemporary metalsmithing. Students are exposed to a broad range of methodologies and processes associated to metalsmithing which include fabrication, forging, raising, forming, casting, mold making and welding.  The studio is equipped to support research in specific areas such as jewelry, hollowware, and blacksmithing. 

    The UWL Metalsmithing studio is equipped for:

    - General fabrication
    - Gas/compressed air and gas/oxygen soldering
    - Small scale production casting and mold making
    - Sheet metal raising and forming
    - Non-ferrous metal forging
    - Welding and fabrication
    - Blacksmithing



    ART 216 Introduction to Ceramics 3 Cr.
    ART 316 Intermediate Ceramics 3 Cr.
    ART 416 Advanced Ceramics 3 Cr.


    Karen Terpstra
    Associate Professor
    M.F.A.,  University of Iowa

    About the Facility

    Professor Terpstra came to UWL in 1997 and embarked on an extensive reorganization of the studio space.  It is a spacious facility with both traditional wheel throwing and hand-building areas. A state-of-the-art gas-fired kiln was installed in March, 1998, enabling more frequent and efficient firing of ceramic works. Fire brick rescued from an older kiln was formed into the department's first wood-fired kiln. Firing this unique kiln produces more than beautiful ceramic finishes; it becomes a bonding experience for the students who take shifts tending the three day firing process.

    For further information on Professor Terpstra’s art, please visit her profile page

    Computer Graphics


    ART 206 Graphic Design for Non-majors 3 Cr.
    ART 207 Intro to Graphic Design 3 Cr.
    ART 308 Intermediate Graphic Design 3 Cr.
    ART 408 Advanced Graphic Design 3 Cr.


    Misha Bolstad
    Instructional Academic Staff

    About the Sequence

    The use of the computer and contemporary software continue the exploration with drawing, painting, three-dimensional rendering, graphics and animation (ART 308). In the third course, digital illustration skills for the production of sophisticated artwork and graphics lead to a personal illustration style (ART 408).




    ART 205 Introduction to Painting 3 Cr.


    Color Theory 3 Cr.
    ART 305 Intermediate Painting 3 Cr.
    ART 405 Advanced Painting 3 Cr.
    ART 204 Watercolor Painting 3 Cr.
    ART 425 Perspectives in Art: Painting 1-3 Cr.


    Jennifer Williams Terpstra
    Associate Professor 
    M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

    About the Facility

    Students are encouraged to develop their own vision in the area of painting through studio practice. While work in oil is emphasized, students have the opportunity to explore other painting media such as acrylic, encaustic, watercolor, and mixed media. While beginning students expand their technical skills in drawing, color theory and paint handling, advanced students progress toward a body of work that intelligently fuses form and content. Critiques play an important role in the painting curriculum as a means to articulate one's vision and creative development. Students have access to a tool room during designated hours for constructing stretcher frames and preparing surfaces.



    Linda Levinson, M.F.A.   

    Kate Hawkes, M.F.A.

    The Photography Minor

    The Photo Minor is open to students in all schools and colleges within the university. The course array provides training and exploration in camera operations, film and print processing, digital imaging techniques, two-dimensional design/composition, studio lighting, experimental processes, documentary photography, applied photography, and fine art practice.

    Required: 24 credits

    12 Credit Core:

    • ART160: General Art Foundations*
    • ART172: Photography Survey*
    • ART272: Photography and Imaging I
    • ART372: Photography and Imaging II

    12 Credits of Electives - 4 of the following courses:

    • ART252: Art History II
    • ART373: Documentary Strategies in Photography
    • ART375: Special Projects in Photography
    • ART376: Portraiture in Photography
    • ART377: Color Photography
    • ART378: Advanced Digital Photography
    • ART379: Applied Photography
    • ART475: Perspectives in Art Photography
    • ART476: Experimental Photography and Imaging

    *General Education Course

    Find more information about the Photo program here:

    Photography Facilities

    A detailed listing of facilities and equipment is available here.


    View all printmaking photos


    ART 218   Introduction to Printmaking -Intaglio 3 Cr.
    ART 318   Intermediate Printmaking - Lithography 3 Cr.
    ART 418   Advanced Printmaking 3 Cr.
    ART 419   Individual Problems in Printmaking 3 Cr.


    Joel Elgin

    B.F.A. M.A.,M.F.A University of Iowa

    About the Faculty

    Joel Elgin earned both the M.A. and the M.F.A from the University of Iowa under Mauricio Lasansky. He taught for five years at Dartmouth College before his present position as Professor of Printmaking at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    Elgin has served as a Lecturer/Visiting Artist at such places as Yale University and Swarthmore College. His prints have been exhibited in over seventy exhibitions and are included in numerous permanent collections including Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and Harvard University Art Museums.

    The UWL printmaking program is distinctive in that it remains connected to the liberal arts and still prepares students to immediately enter graduate programs following graduation. To date, thirteen UWL printmakers have graduated and left to pursue the MFA at prestigious printmaking programs in this country and in Europe.

    For more information on printmaking at UWL, please go to:

    For the UWL Printmaking Blog, Printfever, please go to:

    For further information on Professor Elgin’s art, please go to:

    Also check out the PRINTMAKING YOUTUBE PAGE


    ART 214 Introduction to Sculpture 3 Cr.
    ART 215 Intermediate Sculpture 3 Cr.
    ART 314 Advanced Sculpture 3 Cr.
    ART 414 Individual Problems in Sculpture 3 Cr.


    John Ready, M.F.A

    About the Facility

    The Sculpture studio is located in rooms 15, 21, and 23 on the ground floor in the Center for the Arts building. The sculpture curriculum allows students to explore a wide variety of materials and their application to sculptural form. Students have access to a wood shop, metal shop, foundry, and general work area. Advanced students have access to semi-private studio space. The sculpture courtyard plays host to the PELE Iron Pour which is held at the end of each semester. Students at all levels of experience have the opportunity to cast their own work in iron.