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Discover and Develop Your Artistic Talent at UAFS.

 

UAFS is your first step in becoming a successful Studio Artist. Our program emphasizes the fundamentals of strong design and craftsmanship together with the computer skills you will need to be successful in today’s challenging art scene. UAFS graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves as practicing artists and teachers, as well as acquiring transferable skills for success in other fields.

 

 

 

FACULTY

Ernest Cialone, Associate Professor Studio Art
479-788-7541  •  ernest.cialone@uafs.edu

 

Peter Cullum, Assistant Professor Art
479-788-7583  •  peter.cullum@uafs.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Art: Girl with paint palette

UAFS offers both a Bachelor of Art and a Minor in Studio Art.

  • Small class size provides individualized learning, mastery of skills, and fosters students’ creative growth.
  • The flexible curriculum offers opportunities to explore drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, letterpress, and book arts. 
  • Foundations courses support proficiency in fundamental skills, including computer and hand skills.
  • Coursework in Art History develops a framework for understanding different approaches to art and design over time and the social and historical factors that frame their development. 
  • Study abroad further challenges students to experience different approaches to art and design. 
  • In the Studio, the creation of work revolves around an emphasis on concept, research, and process.
  • Critical feedback is provided through peer, faculty, and guest artist reviews.
  • Special exhibitions, workshops, and guest speakers offer exciting new perspectives outside the classroom experience.  
  • Our dedicated faculty are all professional practicing artists and designers.

 

After graduation, UAFS graduates can pursue graduate school to earn a MFA in Studio Art or explore a variety of art-related careers:

  • Practicing Artist
  • Secondary Education Art Teacher
  • Art Therapy
  • Museum Preparator/Technician
  • Museum Educator
  • Art Appraiser

 

student using letterpress studio  paintings and sculpture in art gallery  artists painting on large canvases

 

For faculty information, please visit our faculty page.

 

 

Studio Art Course List

 

ART 1103 2-D Design 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
An introduction to 2-D design, addressing the elements and principles of design and their planar qualities and applications.

 

ART 1113 Drawing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Fundamental drawing elements and their application to pictorial motifs. Visual perception and drawing concepts of planar issues, proportion, pictorial space, modeled drawing, chiaroscuro, and comprehensive application are investigated.

 

ART 1123 Digital imaging 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 lab.)
Introduces software applications used in the acquisition, enhancement, and manipulation of digital photographs and like imagery. Topics include colorand image-correction, investigation into illustration applications, fundamental design principles, photography/image manipulation, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

ART 1133 Introduction to Typography 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 LAB)
An introduction to design and aesthetic issues concerning type and its use. Type measurement, typography design, technical issues -relating to type and production, and a survey of the history of type are covered. Projects involve type design issues, problem solving, and deadlines.

 

ART 1143 3-D Design 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
An introduction to 3-D design, this course will address materials, working in-the-round, form, space, surface, color and their relationship to three dimensional design.

 

ART 1303 Figure Drawing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Drawing the human figure using traditional materials and techniques. Emphasis on gesture, proportion, volume, structure, and comprehensive drawings of the figure in space.

 

ART 1551 Studio Art Admissions Portfolio 1 Cr. (1 Lec.)
Prerequisites or Corequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1113 Drawing, ART 1123 Digital Imaging, ART 1143 3-D Design and ART 1133 Introduction to Typography, or consent of instructor(s). Prepares students to submit a comprehensive  portfolio of projects from art foundations courses. Students must  pass this course to be admitted into  the BA in Studio Arts program.

 

ART 2303 Introduction To Letterpress    3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1101 Studio Art Admission Portfolio, or GRDS 1001 Admissions Portfolio, or consent of instructor.
Introduces the planning, design and printing of limited edition publications, such as cards, broadsides, posters and books using handset movable type and hand-operated printing presses. Covers basic elements of design and typography as it relates to actual handson printing, and how this technology is incorporated into contemporary design communication. Integrates other printing processes into letterpress work.

 

ART 2403 Introduction To Book Arts    3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1101 Studio Art Admission Portfolio, or GRDS 1001 Admissions Portfolio, or consent of instructor.
Introduces the traditions and methods of the handmade book, as well as the expressive possibilities available with books as an art form.

 

ART 2773 Introduction to Painting 3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head. Introduces concepts and procedures of pure painting using traditional materials. Time honored ideas of perception, application, and assessment are practiced.

 

ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking 3 Cr. (2 LEC., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head.
Introduces the techniques of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screenprinting. Students create work in each medium, following the historical development of the major printmaking processes.

 

ART 2863 Survey of Art History I 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1203 Freshman English I.
Designed to develop an appreciation of the achievements in art in the Western world, from prehistoric times to the 15th century. (ACTS: ARTA 2003)

 

ART 2873 Survey of Art History II 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1203 Freshman English I.
Designed to develop appreciation for the achievements in art with emphasis on art in the Western world from the early 15th century to the present. (ACTS: ARTA 2103)

 

ART 3303 Anatomy of the Figure 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 STU.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head.
Incorporates an understanding of the skeleton and muscular system as it relates to the structure, composition and drawing of the figure. An overview of the figure in the history of Western art augments sustained life studies from the skeleton and live model.

 

ART 3313 Advanced Drawing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 1103 2-D Design, ART 1303 Figure Drawing, ART 1113 Drawing, and ART 1143 3-D Design or consent of department head.
Advanced study of drawing using a variety of material and mediums to resolve perceptual and conceptual projects. Students create drawings by a personal interpretation of assignments that achieve meaningful form and content relative to the objectives of each assignment. Includes representational and abstract imagery.

 

ART 3323 Advanced Painting 3 CR. (2 LEC., 4 STU.)
Prerequisite: ART 2773 Introduction to Painting or consent of department head.
Concentration on materials, methods, subjects, and content of choice. Form, content and subject matter are open to the student’s major course of study or interest.

 

ART 3523 History of American Art    3 CR. (3 LEC.)
Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the instructor.
Achievements and issues in painting, architecture, sculpture, and the graphic arts in the United States from the late 18th century to the present. Emphasizes the cultural and critical interpretation of works of art as they relate to American History. Special emphasis placed on pivotal events such as the Armory Show of 1913.

 

ART 3753 Screen Printing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking or consent of department head.
Presents a wide range of stencil techniques, printing processes, and inks in screenprinting, applying both hand and photographic techniques.

 

ART 3763 Relief Printing 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisites: Art 2793 Introduction to Printmaking or consent of department head.
Presents a broad range of relief printing techniques, including single block images as well as multi-block and reduction color printing.

 

ART 3773 Figure Painting 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisite: ART 2773 Introduction to Painting.
Painting from a live model using traditional and experimental approaches, proceeding through the semester from color sketches to resolved paintings.

 

ART 3783 Intaglio 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisite: ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking.
Presents a variety of techniques including soft ground, mezzotint, multi-plate color printing, and monotype processes.

 

ART 3793 Lithography 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 4 Stu.)
Prerequisite: ART 2793 Introduction to Printmaking.
Encompasses a variety of media and techniques including crayon, tusche, autographic ink, transfer processes, and color lithography.

 

ART 3863 History of Graphic Design 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Designed to help students develop an intelligent appreciation of design and art movements that have affected graphic design from the invention of writing to the present.

 

ART 391V Special Projects 1-3 CR. (IND.STU.)
Prerequisites: six hours of upper level Studio Art courses and consent of the instructor.
Focuses on creating a number of works that address form, content and subject matter in the style and medium of their choice. Produces a highly developed body of work with a coherent visual theme that promotes an individual approach to creating art.

 

ART 4203 Modern European Art 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)
Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.
European Art from the late nineteenth century Realism and Impression to current trends in the early twenty-first century. Emphasis on the cultural, political, and social context of the works as well as the formal expressive qualities. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and architecture as well as multi-media and installation art are included.

 

ART 4953 Studio Art Capstone 3 Cr. (IND.STU.)
Prerequisites: senior standing and 12 hours or more of upper level Studio Art courses.
An independent study course that concludes the B.A. in Studio Art. Requires a proposal, an artist statement that supports the artwork, an oral presentation, an exhibit and digital documentation of the work.