Below are emphasis areas with listings of required and elective courses. Full course descriptions are available in the Art Course Catalog.
Associate LecturerArt History
The Art Education Major provides teacher certification for teaching art in elementary, middle and secondary levels. 54 credits are required.
Mary "Moxie" Stoermer
2009 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.
Bradley Nichols M.F.A, Cranbrook Academy of Art Assistant Professor
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
Karen TerpstraAssociate ProfessorM.F.A., University of Iowa
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
Misha BolstadInstructional Academic Staff
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).
Jennifer Williams TerpstraAssociate Professor M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
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.
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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:
12 Credits of Electives - 4 of the following courses:
*General Education CourseFind more information about the Photo program here: https://sites.google.com/a/uwlax.edu/photodepartment/
A detailed listing of facilities and equipment is available here.
ProfessorB.F.A. M.A.,M.F.A University of Iowa
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:/printmaking/
For the UWL Printmaking Blog, Printfever, please go to:http://printfever.blogspot.com/
For further information on Professor Elgin’s art, please go to:http://www.gracechosygallery.com/
Also check out the PRINTMAKING YOUTUBE PAGE
John Ready, M.F.AProfessor
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.