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EXART3002 Art History I Course Page

Description: This course serves as an introduction to western art, focusing largely on artists and objects that comprise the art history canon, from early 14th century art to modern art of the 20th century. In this introduction to the discipline of art history, you will be exposed to various artistic movements, and will be provided with a working knowledge of art history terminology.

EXART3003 Visual Art and Design I Course Page

Description: What do all art forms have in common? How do artists use the elements and principles of design to help develop and unify their work and ideas? What is the "language of art"? Explore these questions and others in this introduction to design fundamentals. The characteristics of line, shape, texture, colour, and space are emphasized through examples, demonstrations, discussion, and visual problem-solving, as well as studio work with pencil, pen and ink, and acrylics. Enhance your appreciation of art and the process that makes it possible.

EXART3004 Visual Art and Design II Course Page

Description: Expand the skills and ideas introduced in Visual Art and Design I into a creative and inventive format. Participate in an individual cumulative project that will develop over the length of the course. Elements of art and design will be put into practice while problem solving both media and subject, including drawing, painting, craft, mixed media or other. Prerequisite: EXART 3003

EXART3005 Drawing Fundamentals Course Page

Description: Drawing is one of the cornerstones of art training and is fundamental for visual arts. Learn the essentials of drawing from observation. Employing pencil, conté, or charcoal on paper, class projects use still-life motifs to introduce you to the basic elements of drawing line, form, tone, and texture. Develop your awareness of seeing and understanding the factors that work in good picture-making and apply them to produce a finished drawing.

EXART3006 Drawing II Course Page

Description: Build on your skills from Drawing I and further explore the fundamental elements of line, shape, texture, space, tonal value, and compositional principles and considerations such as figure-ground relationships, rhythm, and scale. Employing dry and wet media on paper, projects will focus on observational drawing from still-life and the human figure. While emphasis will be on representational drawing, achromatic linear, and tonal value studies, the use of colour, abstraction, and collage will be introduced. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

EXART3007 Life Drawing Course Page

Description: Explore the principles of drawing from the life model. A number of exercises, including quick and sustained studies, the study of basic human anatomy, and the relationship of the figure versus background, are employed to assist you in drawing the human form. Pencil, conté, and charcoal are recommended drawing media. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

EXART3010 Painting Fundamentals Course Page

Description: Build on your drawing and design skills as you apply them to the principles and techniques of painting. Work in oil or acrylic to bring your own style to still life motifs in exercises that examine the planning, development, and composition of paintings. Completion of EXART 3003 and EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

EXART3011 Painting II Course Page

Description: Apply your basic painting skills as you further explore techniques, colour theories, and descriptive and interpretative methods of oil or acrylic painting in the studio. Completion of EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.

EXART3012 Painting III Course Page

Description: Explore various aspects of the creative processes as they pertain to pictorial art. A series of projects will examine spontaneous approaches to painting. Emphasis will be placed on a diversified use of media and the sources of meaningful imagery. You are free to work in any media. Completion of EXART 3011 is strongly recommended.

EXART3014 Portrait Drawing Course Page

Description: In this course students will learn various techniques of developing portrait drawing based on direct observation of the model. The students will develop an understanding of how to translate three dimensional shapes onto the two dimensional surface based on proportions and the anatomical aspects of the human head. The principals of well established composition, value, use of negative space and foreshortening will also be explored. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

EXART3015 Portrait Painting Course Page

Description: This course is concerned with the compositional realization of the portrait. While painting from a model, you will become familiar with the art and historical approaches toward creating a successful portrait. Capturing likeness and expression will be emphasized. Become familiar with the bone and muscle structure of the human head as well as with the Western European technique of building flesh tones through layers. Completion of EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.

EXART3019 Visual Arts Portfolio Review Course Page

Description: Prior to the review, attend a one-hour preparatory information session, which will outline the review process and aims to prepare you for the review. This is an opportunity for you to receive feedback on your progress from a panel of instructors. Advancement to Project Course I is granted based on this Portfolio Review and is contingent on student competence. Suggestions, constructive feedback, and recommendations for future study and direction will be discussed. Additional courses may be required. To schedule a review, call 780-492-3034.

EXART3020 Special Topics in Art Course Page

Description: The topics in the course may change from term to term.

EXART3223 Pen, Ink and Watercolour Course Page

Description: This course introduces the techniques of pen and ink and watercolour, using still-life motifs, models and landscape. Completion of EXART 3525 is strongly recommended.

EXART3260 Project Course I Course Page

Description: When work is prepared for the Final Exhibition in collaboration with a mentor of your choosing. This course should be taken following the completion of your stream of specialization and following the completion of recommended courses suggested in the First Portfolio Review. Students should have an idea of which instructor they would like to work with prior to enrolling in this course. Student and mentor will mutually establish objectives.

EXART3261 Project Course II Course Page

Description: This is the final course of the Visual Arts Certificate program when work is completed in preparation for a Final Exhibition in collaboration with your choosing.

EXART3308 Landscape and Interior Drawing Course Page

Description: A knowledge of perspective is required to accurately draw facades of buildings, room interiors, and landscape compositions. This is a tool often learned then forgotten, but understanding perspective is invaluable to give life and concreteness to form. Basic principles of perspective will be discussed, with an emphasis on the perceptual understanding of form as we see it. We will examine line, tone, compositional arrangements, and textures. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

EXART3310 Drawing III Course Page

Description: Expand upon the conceptual, technical, and formal aspects of drawing acquired in previous courses and explore new possibilities, both practical and conceptual, pertaining to the visual language of drawing. Explore both traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques and media to further develop individual expression. Through a combination of instructor-driven and student-initiated assignments, explore new directions based on experimentation and perceptual cognition to broaden your understanding of drawing. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

EXART3356 Brushwork Techniques and Practices Course Page

Description: In the modern art movement, influential western artists, particularly the abstract expressionists, studied and integrated eastern philosophies and brush work into their artistic practices. Students will be introduced to the works of some of these artists and will have hands-on experience using basic art materials of Chinese brush, ink, and shuen (rice) paper in drawing and in painting.This course will explore brushwork techniques alongside connections to the mind, body, and spirit in the creative process.

EXART3434 Encaustic Painting Course Page

Description: Encaustic painting is an ancient technique commonly used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, in which coloured pigments were mixed with molten wax and painted on panels. In this course students will learn how to apply the encaustic technique to contemporary paintings. This medium consists of a mixture of beeswax and resin to which pigments are added to create paint. The waxes can be reworked or removed, added to or abraded. This technique will give the paintings either a great luminosity through the application of a number of transparent layers or a thick, matte texture. This technique will become a springboard in the students' self-exploration of abstract and/ or representational art. The creativity of this medium is unending.

EXART3516 Figure Painting in Watercolour Course Page

Description: Learn to compose and interpret the figure in watercolour. Work from a model and apply various watercolour techniques. Completion of EXART 3007, 3525, or 3010 is strongly recommended

EXART3522 Drawing with Mixed Media Course Page

Description: This course aims to expand spontaneity in your picture-making. Pursue drawing with mixed media such as charcoal, graphite, ink, watercolour and acrylics. Experiment with brush, pen and other drawing instruments. You will learn various strategies to work with mixed media and methods to effectively integrate them in your work. Expressive use of media to convey feelings will also be explored. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.

EXART3525 Watercolour Techniques Course Page

Description: Participants will learn the basics of watercolour painting such as colour mixing, flat wash, graded wash, and wet-in-wet technique. Properties of individual watercolour pigments will be addressed. In addition to working with still life motif, students will be introduced to landscape painting, floral study and abstract work.

EXART3530 Drawing en Plein Air Course Page

Description: Working on location en plein air is an excellent way to carry skills out of the studio and into the day-to-day practice of making art. Work on location at various sites and work in different media to stretch your limits and make drawing more accessible. Develop sketchbook skills where any location and any time become the mantra of your art making. Pen and ink is a portable flexible media which may be drawn, painted, splattered, and pushed to the limit to acquire results while on location. Depending on the skill sets of the students, oil pastels will be used as a bridge between drawing and painting. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.

EXART3531 Developing a Sketchbook: Visual Thinking Course Page

Description: The sketchbook is perhaps the most all-encompassing tool established across the disciplines of art, craft, and design. By noting an event, an idea, or a diagram in a sketchbook, the artist saves that memory to work with when back in the studio. Students will discover a variety of ideas and methods of sketchbook practice, along with the practical application of methods and materials. This includes choosing suitable supports and mediums, and gathering and recording information. The course provides instruction, suggestions, and information on the use of a variety of different media and on the addition of photographs, found objects, and mixed media within sketchbooks.

EXART3532 Abstract Painting Course Page

Description: Make the shift from representational to abstract painting. Gain an understanding of why and how artists create abstract works. Examine how changing technologies in the 19th and 20th centuries have influenced of abstract art. Experiment with other artists' processes and discuss how to use colour, line, and texture to create rhythm and mood in abstract work. Examine how social movements and changing philosophies have influenced abstract art.

EXART3535 Final Visual Arts Portfolio Review Course Page

Description: The Final Portfolio Review takes place following the completion of all required courses, including the Project Course. This review assesses the progress of your Project Course and is an indication of whether you are ready for your graduating exhibition in the Extension Art Gallery.

EXART3542 Contemporary Thematic Development Course Page

Description: Explore themes, develop research strategies, and gain personal direction in your art production. We'll explore content and meaning of various themes and through directed research, choose appropriate materials to convey a visual message. This course is ideal for gaining direction in thematic development in preparation for your portfolio review, project course, and solo exhibition.

EXART3904 Architectural Drawing Course Page

Description: Invaluable in developing and communicating design ideas, experience architecture's creative aspects and decode architecture's visual language by learning how to think spatially. Learn to see spaces in new ways and sketch what you see with accuracy by applying the rules of perspective and the fundamental skills of proportion and scale, space and volume, and materials and textures. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike, immerse yourself in the world of architecture drawing - you'll never look at buildings the same way again!