Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


ART 101 2D Design and Color Theory
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) As the foundation for any course in the visual arts, 2D Design and Color Theory introduces the principles of concepts of two-dimensional design and color theory that can later be applied to any medium. Students will learn the basic elements of design and color theory through hands-on directed studio assignments.

ART 103 Drawing and Composition I
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This course involves a study of drawing by exploring basic drawing techniques and composition by considering line, mass, structure, perspective, shade, and form. Students will work from still life, basic geometric form and line, life drawing, and imagination. Students will explore graphite, ink, and charcoal or conte, as well as be exposed to various other optional media. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $10 to $50.

ART 105 Painting I
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This course deals with basic painting techniques in oil or acrylic media. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160.

ART 110 Ceramics 1
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) Techniques and skills of working with clay are introduced through various hand building and wheel thrown projects. This course will allow students to develop their skills, creativity, and self-expression as an artist/craftsman. Glazing and design principles are also covered. Comment: Additional lab hours are required during posted open lab times.

ART 111 Ceramics 2
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course will further explore clay. Students will continue with design and making of functional forms with an emphasis on developing wheel throwing skills. Glaze theory and formulation of glazes will be explored. Recommended prerequisite: ART 110 or instructor's permission. Comment: Additional lab hours are required during posted open lab times.

ART 132 Introduction to Photography
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This is a black and white film and digital based course that will familiarize the student with basic photographic principles applicable to the 35 mm camera. The class includes study of film exposure, light metering, natural light control, focus, depth of field and shutter speed adjustments. When the camera controls are learned we will explore black and white film development, print enlargement and photograms as well as spot toning and mounting of the finished photographs. Both technical and aesthetic content are emphasized to strengthen the visual communication of the photographs. Lectures, slide shows, discussion, group critiques, field trips and exhibition viewing will also be included.

ART 133 Intro to Digital Photography
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course teaches the fundamentals of photography using a digital camera. In addition to learning how to use a camera, students will also learn how to use and manipulate light, create dynamic compositions, and use the computer to complement a digital image.

ART 140 Watercolor
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This course consists of an introduction to the specific techniques and skills associated with transparent watercolor. Students will experiment with a variety of processes, and can expect to complete two to four finished paintings. Emphasis will focus on independent work and self-discovery. Studio work will be critiqued continually throughout the semester. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160.

ART 150 Calligraphy & Hand Lettering
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This is a studio course in hand lettering involving exposure to serif, sans-serif, text, and cursive lettering styles with a skill mastery of italic cursive. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160.

ART 170 Film Communication
4-4-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course will explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of short, animated, documentary, and feature length films. By examining movies made by diverse directors from a variety of countries, the student will become more familiar with the history of this "visual vocabulary." Students will examine the universal appeal and communication possibilities inherent in the powerful "moving picture" medium. Recommended prerequisite: ENG 110 or ART 132.

ART 180 Photoshop for Photographers
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course will provide instruction in the use of Adobe Photoshop and other standard imaging software as used in fine art imaging and in the photographic industry. Content will include standard manipulation of photographic images, digital retouching, photographic collage and the creation of digital negatives from the perspective of a photographer. Digital equivalents to the traditional photographic darkroom and other techniques will be investigated with the goal of producing archival prints suitable for exhibition. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of computer operation is assumed.

ART 200 Art for the Elementary Teacher
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This course will examine the creative process, especially as it relates to art and its integration into the elementary classroom curriculum. Concepts related to art, creativity and perception are explored and developed through the use of a variety of art materials and techniques. The course is appropriate for education majors and minors as well as practicing teachers. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $50 to $100.

ART 203 Drawing and Composition II
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This is a further study of drawing elements and composition with an emphasis on finished drawings. Students work from a variety of subjects including life drawing. Recommended prerequisite: ART 103 or equivalent. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160.

ART 204 Colored Pencil Media
3-2-3 (Lecture/1.5 Standard Lab/1.5 Open Lab) In this course, students will examine using wax-based colored pencils in the creation of illustrations and other artwork. An emphasis will be on the medium itself. Integrating colored pencils with other media such as watercolor, marker, etc., will be explored. Recommended Prerequisite: ART 103 or instructor's permission. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160. Students can expect 3-5 hours per week in additional lab work.

ART 205 Advanced Painting
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This is a studio course for further study in oil or acrylic media, beyond the beginning stage. Recommended prerequisite: ART 105. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160.

ART 206 Figure Painting
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This will be an advanced painting class studying the human form. Students will work from live models for extended periods of time. Studio sessions will cover painting problems relating to color, light, form, and the realistic representation of figures. Students will engage in various group critiques. All painting mediums will be allowed. Recommended prerequisite: ART 105, ART 212.

ART 208 Pastel Drawing
3-2-3 (Lecture/1.5 Standard Lab/1.5 Open Lab) In this course students will examine the use of pastel media in the creation of illustrations and other art work. Emphasis will be on the medium itself. Integrating pastel with other media, such as watercolor, colored pencil, etc., will be explored. Recommended prerequisite: ART 103 or instructor's permission.

ART 212 Life Drawing
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) In this advanced drawing course, students will study the human figure using live models. Students will learn the creative interpretation of structure, gesture and space as they relate to line, form, and value in rendering the human figure. This course is required for further study in animation. Recommended prerequisite: ART 103.

ART 213 Intermediate Photography
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course is a black and white film and digital based course that emphasizes improvement in the consistency of your black and white photographic skills. Technical and creative abilities are developed and applied to improve photographic composition and communication. The student is encouraged to establish an individual style and personal direction. Areas that will be explored are accurate negative exposure, print contrast refinement, toning, the archival process and creative filter application. Student work will be critiqued and exhibited. Lectures, lab demonstrations, slide shows, critique sessions, field trips and exhibition viewing will help us to accomplish our photographic goals. Recommended prerequisite: ART 132 or instructor's permission by submission of black-and-white portfolio before the first class meeting.

ART 214 Color Photography
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course investigates the use of color theory and color materials within the discipline of photography. Color printing and enlarging will be explored in detail. Lighting, filtration, and exposure of color films will also be covered. Aesthetics and technical skills are emphasized equally. Recommended prerequisite: ART 132 or instructor's permission by submission of black-and-white portfolio before the first class meeting. Comment: A 35mm single lens reflex camera, adjustable for focus, lens opening and shutter speeds, and a manual are required. Additional costs for supplies range from $85 to $135.

ART 215 Advanced Digital Photography
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course takes the fundamentals learned in Intro to Digital Photography to create artistic, stylized photographic images. Students will study different kinds of photographic styles and recreate them digitally. Students will also learn techniques used in documentary, food, fashion, and marketing photography. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of ART 133 is REQUIRED or instructor's permission.

ART 219 Studio Lighting
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This course will examine the dimensions of artificial and studio lighting used in portrait, product, tabletop, still life, and fine art photography. Flash meters will be utilized to establish lighting balance and ratios for the application of electronic flash and strobe. Reflectors, diffusion banks, and backdrops will be used to explore the variations possible in creative studio lighting. Instruction in the soft and hard lighting techniques necessary for solving the general challenges of commercial lighting will also be included. Recommended prerequisite: ART 213, 214 or instructor's permission by submission of photographic portfolio before the first class meeting. Comment: A 35mm single lens reflex camera, adjustable for focus, lens opening and shutter speeds, and a manual are required. Additional costs for supplies range from $85 to $135.

ART 220 Art History I
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides a survey of art history, from prehistoric art to the Renaissance, through slide lectures, discussions, and other interactive approaches.

ART 221 Art History II
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides a survey of art history from the Renaissance to present time, through slide lectures, discussions, and other interactive approaches. Recommended prerequisite: ART 220. Art History I is not a prerequisite but it may be helpful for some students to take this course after Art History I for an overall sense of chronology.

ART 226 Advanced Photography
3-1-6 (Lecture/3 Standard Lab/3 Open Lab) This advanced course in black-and-white photography deals with both 35-mm and large format (4x5) camera images. This course includes lectures, critiques, and discussions centering on field, studio and darkroom work. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of ART 213 is REQUIRED or instructor's permission.

ART 240 Advanced Watercolor
3-2-3 (Lecture/1 Standard Lab/2 Open Lab) This course is an advanced exploration of watercolor techniques with emphasis on personal expression. Recommended prerequisite: ART 140. Comment: Additional costs for supplies range from $40 to $160.

ART 273 Ceramics Lab Practices
1-0-0 to 6-0-0 (Independent Study) This is an advanced course in ceramics. Students who have successfully completed ART 224 and wish to work on an independent level in the studio to gain further knowledge and skills can continue to develop an in-depth study of clay, glazes, and firing procedures. Recommended prerequisite: ART 224 and instructor's permission. Comment: Additional lab hours are required during posted open lab times.

ART 275 Photo Lab Practices
1-0-0 to 6-0-0 (Independent Study) This course enables the student, through the use of maximum lab availability and individual instructor attention, to develop a thematic black and white or color portfolio. The instructor assists the student in choosing appropriate subject matter and materials and provides a framework of project guidelines for the final project. The student is encouraged to pursue personal photographic direction, style and/or technical skills. Recommended prerequisite: ART 132 and instructor's permission. Comment: A 35mm single lens reflex camera, adjustable for focus, lens opening and shutter speeds, and a manual are required. Additional costs for supplies range from $85 to $135.