Art history courses help us better appreciate art by presenting a cultural context to aid in interpretation. How do various civilizations regard art? How do politics, economics and world events influence issues and directions in art? Conversely, how does art impact upon society? Become familiar with diverse artists, cultures, and ideas.
Taught in one of the finest studios in the east valley, Ceramics courses offer a wide range of experiences to meet the needs of creative newcomers and dedicated artists alike. Instructor Alvin Pace has over 30 years teaching experience and leads students through various approaches towards working with clay in order to foster an understanding and appreciation of the potential of this versatile medium. Equipped with over 25 potter's wheels, ample work space, and gas, electric and raku kilns, these facilities offer unlimited opportunities for developing craftsmanship and exploring one's imagination.
Chandler-Gilbert's computer graphics program specializes in 2-dimensional computer graphics. The classroom is equipped with Macintosh G5 dual processor computers. Software applications include Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Corel Painter 10. A range of courses provide a continuum of learning experiences from the fundamentals of computer graphics techniques to advanced problem solving. Special attention is given to the aesthetic foundations underlying composition. In addition to taking individual courses, students may wish to consider earning a certificate. Two certificates are offered
: 1) Digital Imaging with an emphasis on photographic manipulation of imagery and 2) Computer Art/Illustration with an emphasis on producing illustrations.
Taught as part of the art foundation core, Design classes equip students with a greater understanding of the elements and principles of composition. Two Dimensional Design develops visual awareness and artistic intent by using a hands on approach with an emphasis on problem solving. Color Design teaches students to describe color in terms of light and the human visual system. Students learn the psychological aspects and applications of color as they pertain to making art.
Drawing courses are designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of drawing (Drawing I) and to study the undraped human figure as subject matter (Life Drawing). A variety of media and approaches are explored. Both Drawing I and Life Drawing I are included as required course work for the Computer Art/Illustration certificate. Art majors are advised to take Drawing I early in their studies to provide a solid foundation of draftsmanship in preparation for pursuing other areas of interest such as painting, watercolor, and illustration. Advanced courses are available.
Painting classes offer students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of painting and progressively develop advanced skills and a mature painting style. Several approaches are presented such as impasto, wet on wet, wet on dry, stains and washes, and glazing. Bathed in North light, the painting studio provides the perfect environment for honing color skills. Ample space and an informal atmosphere are conducive to an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience. Various subjects include still life, landscape, the human figure, studies of the Masters, and abstraction.
Courses in digital photography investigate contemporary approaches to the discipline. Topics of focus include: understanding the mechanical features of the digital camera and lenses; work with hand-held camera techniques; lighting effects; regulating exposure; use of white balance and color; techniques of the digital darkroom including work with photo-imaging software; and high-resolution printing. Earn a certificate
in Digital Imaging with an emphasis on photographic manipulation of imagery.