Visual Arts

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The Visual Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior prepares students to be innovative, reflective, articulate and ethical professionals.  Students develop technical and relational competence, informed aesthetic discernment, and a contextual understanding of contemporary practices with a commitment to diversity.

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ART - Art
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ART 101Introduction to Art3.00
(For non-Art majors) Introduction to the field of Visual Art through a studio experience. Includes demonstrations, lectures and critiques planned to develop an appreciation of art as well as understanding media as a vehicle of expression.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Aesthetic
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 189Art Elective1.00 - 14.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ART 200Design Fundamentals3.00
Research examining the fundamental elements of visual arts design including: formal elements and their interactions, color theory, visual arts terminology, and analysis of content.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 202Professional Practices in Visual Arts3.00
Introduction to visual arts professional practices, including: scholarly research, image management and usage, discipline-specific writing, career exploration, portfolio presentation and the use of technology in support of all such practices. Basic computer literacy is expected for completing research and assignments.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 203Design Topics3.00
Provides a focused exploration of fine arts beyond core practices including: glass, stained glass, artists' books, non-static art, installation, and others.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 205Drawing 13.00
Beginning studies in drawing.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 209Digital Foundations for Visual Arts3.00
An introductory studio exploration of digital strategies, technology and applications, as applied to visual arts. Suitable for all students interested in working with digital images.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 210Painting 13.00
Introduction to the discipline of painting. Discussions and critiques supplement studio experiences.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 211Collage 13.00
Introduction to the discipline of collage. Emphasis on creating unified visual statements with a variety of forms.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 221Art History Survey:The Ancient World to the Renaissance4.00
A study of expression in art and architecture which contribute to the Western cultural tradition.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 222Art History Survey:Renaissance to Modern Art4.00
A continuation of ART 221 with emphasis on the changing role of art in Western culture.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 224Visual Arts in Non-Western Societies3.00
Study of visual arts in non-western societies including North American Indian/Native American; Mesoamerican; Oceania/Pacific Islands, Asian, and African cultures.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 240Printmaking 13.00
Introduction to printmaking as a fine art media.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 241Photography 13.00
Designed to familiarize the student with the art of traditional 35mm film photography. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of camera operation, black-and-white film development and printing processes, practicing critical evaluation, and understanding the photographic aesthetic.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 260Sculpture 13.00
Introduction to sculpture using multiple processes to explore technical and conceptual aspects of sculpture production.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 270Ceramics 13.00
A beginning ceramics course that primarily explores traditional hand-building techniques. Students will also be introduced to basic clay materials, clay mixing, and glaze application.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 275Metalwork 13.00
Basic processes, materials and tools in nonferrous metalwork.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 279Fibers 13.00
Topic: Loom Weaving - Interlocking fibers via loom mechanisms; includes experience with fabric structures, fiber characteristics and the effective use of color. Topic: Off-Loom Fibers - Primary structures through a variety of manipulation techniques; may include primitive forms of weaving, felting, basketry and dyeing.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 200
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 289Art Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ART 302Gallery Practices3.00
An introduction to the principles, theories, and practices of gallery operations and exhibition development. Prerequisite: ART 202 Professional Practices in Visual Arts
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 202
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 305Drawing 23.00
Intermediate studies in drawing.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 205.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 310Painting 23.00
Intermediate studies in painting. Discussions and critiques supplement studio experience.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 210.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 311Collage 23.00
Intermediate studies of collage.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 211.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 320Studies in American Art3.00
American art of the Colonial, 19th or 20th Century period including sculpture, architecture and painting.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 323Medieval Art3.00
a) Early Christian and Byzantine; b) Medieval; c) Romanesque; d) Gothic: A detailed investigation of the art of the Middle Ages.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 325Renaissance Art3.00
Italian or Northern European architecture, sculpture and painting from 1250 to 1600.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 326Baroque Art to Romanticism3.00
The arts in Italy and Northern Europe between 1550 and 1850.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 327Modern Art4.00
Nineteenth Century, 20th Century, Contemporary or Post-Modern art and architecture and the forces which influenced the period.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite; Art 222
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 329Women In Art3.00
Women's expression in painting and sculpture, primarily of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 331African and African Diaspora Art History3.00
A survey of art created by people of African descent. Also discussed are some influences of Islam, Western Europe, and the Caribbean regions.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 336Contemporary Movements in the Visual Arts3.00
Recent movements in painting, sculpture and architecture, with emphasis on the United States and Canada.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 340Printmaking 23.00
Intermediate studies in printmaking.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 240.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 341Photography 23.00
A sequential continuation of the introductory course emphasizing the exploration of concepts, practicing critical evaluation and dialogue, and standard museum/archival presentation of photographs. Students have the option of working in digital and/or film.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 241 or 101
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 342Photography History, Theory and Criticism3.00
Survey of the aesthetic and fundamental technical history of photography as a vital means of artistic expression and communication in North America and Western Europe from 1827 to 1940.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 350Psychology of Art3.00
Art as a fundamental human activity on an individual and societal level. Studies theories of creativity and issues of cultural and social diversity as applicable to art therapy.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: declared Art Therapy major and Junior or Senior status & ART 483
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ART 360Sculpture 23.00
Intermediate studies in sculpture.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites: ART 260.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 370Ceramics 23.00
An Intermediate course emphasizing the fundamentals of wheel throwing, clay and glaze formulation, as well as loading and firing kilns. Introduction to historical and contemporary aesthetic issues within ceramics through problem-solving assignments.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 270.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 375Metalwork 23.00
Intermediate studies in nonferrous metalwork.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 275
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 379Fibers 23.00
Topic-Loom weaving - Interlocking fibers via loom mechanisms; includes experience with fabric structure, fiber characteristics and the effective use of color. Topic- Off-Loom Fibers - Primary structures through a variety of manipulation techniques; may include primitive forms of weaving, felting, basketry and dyeing.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 279.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 389Art Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Ssuperior course.
ART 402Art Therapy Seminar3.00
Investigation into topics of diagnosis and treatment in mental health. This course explores therapeutic methods that may be used for diverse disorders and clinical diagnoses. Current research will be discussed.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 483
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ART 404Issues in Visual Arts3.00
Advanced study of theoretical frameworks, concepts, contents, and contexts of visual arts. Topic will vary from: the spiritual and the sacred in art, psychology and philosophy of art, primitivism in contemporary/modern art, cultural politics in art, feminism in art, science and technology in art, among others.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 327
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 405Drawing: 33.00
Advanced studies in drawing.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 305.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 410Painting 33.00
Advanced studies exploring the theory and practice of painting. Discussions and critiques supplement studio experiences.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 310
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 411Collage 33.00
Advanced studies exploring the theory and practice of mixed media approaches to drawing and painting.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 311
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 419Multi Modal Art Therapy3.00
An exploration of Multi-Modal healing techniques including Drama, Music, Poetry, and Play Therapy and their application in Art Therapy will be studied scholastically and experientially. Guest speakers on the topics presented as well as varied techniques as applicable to Art Therapy will be introduced.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: declared Art Therapy major and Junior or Senior status & ART 483
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ART 430Readings in Art History3.00
Guided individual research on an approved topic. Repeatable up to 12 credits. Instructor Consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 435Research in Art3.00
Topic: Art Education. Students plan and conduct an independent research project in art education. Research may be either basic or applied in nature. Results of the study will be reported in the style and form required for publication. Prerequisite: Minimum of 20 undergraduate credits in art and permission of the instructor. Topic: Art Therapy - Research into specific areas and elective topics in art therapy.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 440Printmaking 33.00
Advanced studies in printmaking.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 340.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 441Photography 33.00
Advanced studies in photography concerned with defining a specific direction with a body of work with an emphasis on concept resolution.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 341
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 445Expressive Arts For Change3.00
Experiential studio course exploring expressive arts process in depth through multiple arts media and techniques. Use the expressive arts as a tool for social change and personal transformation to contribute to positive change.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 483
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 460Sculpture 33.00
Advanced studies in sculpture.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 360
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 470Ceramics 33.00
An advanced course that critically examines ceramic processes and aesthetic issues through extended creative projects developed in consultation with the instructor. Emphasis on producing a professional, coherent portfolio and supporting visual artists' materials.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 370
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 475Metalwork 33.00
Advanced studies in nonferrous metalwork.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 375
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ART 479Fibers 33.00
Topic: Loom Weaving - Interlocking fibers via loom mechanisms; includes experience with fabric structure, fiber characteristics and the effective use of color. Topic: Off-Loom Fibers - Primary structures through a variety of manipulation techniques; may include primitive forms of weaving, felting, basketry and dyeing. Emphasis on expression.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: ART 379.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 483Art Therapy Fundamentals3.00
Survey of the origins, history, and theoretical objectives and trends in art therapy. Covers ethical, legal issues, and standards of good practice.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 484The Development of Creative Functioning3.00
Study of the creative individual; exploration of research related to creativity; techniques for promoting creative thinking and problem-solving in educational, clinical and business environments.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ART 485Art Therapy Techniques3.00
Theoretical approaches and techniques used in art therapy. Students learn to develop and apply art therapy assessments.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: declared Art Therapy major and Junior or Senior status & ART 483
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ART 489Art Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ART 491Visual Arts Capstone0.00
Required of all Visual Arts majors during their year of anticipated graduation. By participating in this course, each student's work will be publicly presented to the UW-Superior and greater UW-Superior community. Includes portfolio development and/or exhibition requirements. Must be taken Pass-Fail.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Art 302. Senior Standing required.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ART 495Advanced Art Studio1.00 - 12.00
Open only to advanced Art students who wish to pursue an individual art problem in any medium of their choosing. The student must take the responsibility of choosing a problem, outlining a plan of study to be submitted to the instructor at registration. The student works informally in co-operation with the instructor, who guides and evaluates in relation to the objective set forth.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 497Art Field Study1.00 - 3.00
By special arrangement with a department faculty member the student may enroll in an independent study project which may entail travel or the use of resources to be found in the immediate region. Documentation will be required.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ART 498Practicum1.00 - 7.00
Supervised experience providing practical application in specific disciplines. Integration of the competencies of the individualized focus in contract form. Topics: Art Education, Art Therapy, Gallery.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
 
ARTED - Art Education
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ARTED 189Art Education Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ARTED 289Art Education Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ARTED 335Teaching Art in the Elementary Grades2.00 - 3.00
Provides a background in art education, children's artistic development, and program planning and evaluation in art for the elementary school child. Includes the development of lessons and units in art.
Prerequisites:
Junior Status & Admittance to Teacher Education program
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ARTED 339Teaching Art in Secondary Schools3.00
The development of discipline based art curricula, art media and instructional materials, teaching methods, and evaluation strategies for junior and senior high school art programs.
Prerequisites:
Junior Status & Admittance to Teacher Education program
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ARTED 389Art Education Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ARTED 481Art for Special Education3.00
Exploration of art concepts, media, and processes with adaptation for the mainstreamed student with special educational needs. A study of characteristics of students with behavior and/or learning disorders, cognitive delay, and physical handicap.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite:admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ARTED 482Art Education for the Gifted and Talented3.00
Study of current guidelines, trends, and program options that address the special educational needs of gifted and talented students. Areas of emphasis include: student characteristics, art work characteristics, identification procedures, and curriculum models.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Junior Status and Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ARTED 489Art Education Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.

Visual Arts Department Contact Information Top of Page

Visual Arts Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center 3101
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8391
Email: art@uwsuper.edu