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Arts

The Blinn Fine Arts program offers students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process through lecture and studio based classes.  Art appreciation and history classes delve into examination of the creative form through the ages.  For those who prefer a hands on approach, students are given the opportunity to learn fundamentals, elements and principles of creating art in both traditional and digital mediums. 

Art Courses

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
ARTS 1303 Art History I
ARTS 1304 Art History II
ARTS 1311 Design I
ARTS 1312 Design II
ARTS 1316 Drawing I
ARTS 1317 Drawing II
ARTS 2313 Design Communication I (Digital)
ARTS 2314 Design Communication II (Digital)
ARTS 2316 Painting I
ARTS 2341 Art Metals I
ARTS 2346 Ceramics I
ARTS 2348 Digital Art I
ARTS 2349 Digital Art II
ARTS 2356 Photography I 
ARTS 2357 Photography II (Digital Photography)
ARTS 2366  Watercolor I


    ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
    A course that is a general introduction to the visual arts, media, technique and history designed to create a deeper appreciation of the creative process. Credit: three semester hours

    ARTS 1303 Art History I
    An examination of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts from prehistoric time to the age of the Renaissance. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 1304 Art History II
    An examination of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts from the time of the Renaissance to the present day. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 1311 Design I
    An introduction to the elements and principles of design through the use of a variety of two-dimensional media and techniques. Focus is on the development and application of critical thinking skills. 2 class hours, 4 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 1312 Design II
    Continued theory and practice of the fundamentals of art with emphasis on three-dimensional design. Focus is on the development and application of critical thinking skills. 2 class hours, 4 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 1316 Drawing I
    An introduction to a variety of media, techniques and aesthetics for exploring descriptive and expressive possibilities in drawing, with consideration of an understanding of natural form, and expressive, creative handling of line, shape and mass. 2 class hours, 4 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 1317 Drawing II
    Experimentation with techniques and materials to develop perceptual and conceptual skills leading to individual expression in drawing. Advanced compositional arrangements, a wide range of wet and dry media, and the development of an individual approach to theme and content. Prerequisite: ARTS 1316. 2 class hours, 4 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 2313 Design Communication I (Digital)
    Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration. (ACGM). Design Communication I is a studio course from the Texas Sophomore Art Transfer Curriculum, which introduces the students to the concepts and techniques utilized in the layout of graphic presentations, basic digital camera operations, typography, use of color, design principles and integration of type, graphic elements and images.  Two hour lecture with 4 hours lab. Per. Week.  Credit: three semester hours.

    ARTS 2314 Design Communication II (Digital)
    Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration. (ACGM). Design Communication II is a studio course from the Texas Sophomore Art Transfer Curriculum, which explores the potential of the computer hardware and software medium for communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design, multimedia, video and illustration. This course will build upon the knowledge gained from Design Communication I to convey a message through motion and sound.  Two hour lecture with 4 hours lab. Per. Week. Credit: three semester hours.

    ARTS 2316 Painting I
    A studio course where the students explore the expression of ideas using painting media and techniques with emphasis on color, composition and self-expression. 2 class hours and 3 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 2341. Art Metals I
    Exploration of ideas using basic techniques in jewelry and metal construction. Introduction to the language of small-scale, three-dimensional form and space through hands-on creative studio experience. 2 class hours and 4 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 2346. Ceramics I
    An introduction to ceramics processes through the study of basic materials and techniques. Includes hand building, bisque, glazing and firing procedures, as well as the use of the potter’s wheel. 2 class hours and 4 lab hours per week. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 2348. Digital Art I
    A studio course that explores the potential of the computer hardware and software medium for visual, conceptual, and practical uses in the visual arts. Credit: 3 semester hours

    ARTS 2349 Digital Art II
    Studio art courses that explore the potential of the computer hardware and three dimensional software medium for their visual, conceptual, and practical uses in the visual arts. (ACGM) Digital Art II introduces students to three dimensional graphics software emphasizing visual and conceptual problem-solving.  Digital Arts II will introduce students to 3D modeling, animation, rendering, shading and character rigging.  Two hour lecture with 4 hours lab. Per. Week.
    Credit: three semester hours.

    ARTS 2356. Photography I 
    Introduction to the basics of photography.  Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of chemistry, and presentation skills.  Emphasis on design, history, and contemporary trends as a means of developing an understanding of photographic aesthetics.  2 hour lecture with 4 hours lab. Per. Week. Credit: three semester hours.

    ARTS 2357. Photography II (Digital Photography)
    Extends the students' knowledge of technique and guides them in developing personal outlooks toward specific applications of the photographic process (ACGM).  This is a studio course expanding the possibilities of photography as an artistic medium. Topics include a multicultural historical focus on photography as a 20th century artistic medium, application of advanced photographic theory, methods, materials, equipment and techniques as well as aesthetic and ethical issues and processes of digital photography and computer manipulation of photographs. Problems include organization and direction of field assignments and the use of photographs as a medium for artistic expression. 2 hour lecture with 4 hours lab. per  week.  Credit: three semester hours.  Prerequisite:  Photography I.

    ARTS 2366.  Watercolor I
    Exploration of ideas using water-based painting media and techniques. Two lecture hours and four laboratory.  Credit: Three semester hours.  No prerequisite