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

Art History

Courses

Required:

 

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.


Faculty

Deborah-Eve Lombard

Associate Lecturer+
Art History

Art Education

Major

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

Courses

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

 

Faculty

Mary "Moxie" Stoermer

Associate Lecturer

2009 
Ph.D Curriculum and Instruction: Art Education, Indiana University, Bloomington IN  

Ceramics

Courses

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

Faculty

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

Courses

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.

Faculty

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).

Drawing

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.

Courses

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.

Faculty

Binod Shrestha

Metals

Courses

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.

Faculty

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

Painting

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Courses

ART 205 Introduction to Painting 3 Cr.
ART 304 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.

Faculty

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.

Photography

Faculty

Linda Levinson, M.F.A.
llevinson@uwlax.edu   

Kate Hawkes, M.F.A.
khawkes@uwlax.edu

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: https://sites.google.com/a/uwlax.edu/photodepartment/

Photography Facilities

A detailed listing of facilities and equipment is available here.

Printmaking

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Courses

 

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.

Faculty

Joel Elgin

Professor
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, Irelandand 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 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

Sculpture
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.

Faculty

John Ready, M.F.A
Professor

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.