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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Letters

Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room 233

570-422-3759......www.esu.edu/art

About the Program

The Art Department offers two degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in either Studio Art or Art History and the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design. For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design, visit www.esu.edu/art

The B.A. in Fine Arts combines a generalist foundation with the opportunity to specialize in either Studio Art or Art History. The concentration in Studio Art allows students to create their own individualized program by taking courses in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. The concentration in Art History will provide students with a broad understanding of art from prehistory to the contemporary eras. Students in both programs will be well-prepared for many post-graduate opportunities.

Required Art History courses strengthen both the studio and design components by developing the student’s artistic vocabulary. Highly qualified faculty and small class sizes provide individualized instruction that fosters enrichment and artistic growth.

Minors are also offered in both Studio Art and Art History.

Choose Art at ESU

  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Small class size
  • Close faculty interaction
  • Opportunities for exhibiting work in the Madelon Powers Gallery
  • Specialized art studios and computer lab

Career Opportunities

  • Art management and administration
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Education
  • Graduate School
  • More information is available from the department.

Faculty

Professor:

Herbert Weigand (hweigand@esu.edu)

Associate Professors:

Darlene Farris-Labar (dfarris@esu.edu)

Melissa Geiger (mgeiger@esu.edu)

Joni Oye-Benintende, chair (jbenintende@esu.edu)

Assistant Professors:

David Mazure (dmazure@esu.edu)

Facilities

Our facilities include five well-equipped specialized art studios, a state-of-the-art computer lab, and "smart classrooms" for lectures. The Madelon Powers Gallery features an ongoing series of exhibitions.

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts

  • A. Studio Art Concentration

    B. Art History Concentration

    54 semester hours

    A. Studio Art Concentration: Six additional Studio Art Courses at the 200, 300 or 400 level catalog listing.

    B. Art History Concentration: Six additional Art History Courses as the 200, 300 or 400 level catalog listing.

    • Corequisites: MUS 100 and 211 or 311 and any three additional semester hours In Music (excluding MUS 100). THTR 100 and 302 or 304 and any three additional semester hours in Theatre.
    • At least 18 semester hours in Art must be completed at East Stroudsburg University.
    • Please view the university requirements in this catalog.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • Suggested Program Curriculum Plan

      (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      ART 151: Basic Drawing

      3

      ART 153: Design I: Two Dimensional

      3

      MUS 100: Introduction to Music

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      GE: Science or Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ART 101: Introduction to Art

      3

      ART Elective (200, 300, 400 level)

      3

      THTR 100: Introduction to Theatre

      3

      GE: English, Philosophy, or Foreign Language

      3

      GE: Science of Social Science

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      ART 201: History of Art I

      3

      MUS 221: or MUS 311: Music of the Classical & Romantic Era

      3

      ART Elective (200, 300, 400 level)

      3

      GE: Science or Social Science

      3

      GE: English, Philosophy or Foreign Language

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ART 202: History of Art II

      3

      ART Elective (200, 300, 400 level)

      3

      GE: Science or Social Science

      3

      GE: English, Philosophy, or Foreign Language

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Junior Year

      Fall

      Upper Level Music Course

      3

      THTR 302: History of Theatre I or THTR 304: History of Theatre II

      3

      ART Elective (200, 300 or 400)

      3

      GE: Science or Social Science

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      General Education Course

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      ART Elective (200, 300, 400 level)

      3

      Upper Level Theatre Course

      3

      GE: Science or Social Science

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      ART Elective (200, 300, 400 level)

      3

      GE: Science or Social Science

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      ART 496: Fine Arts Seminar

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      13

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the Department of Art 570-422-3694, www.esu.edu/art

Art Minor in Either Studio Art or Art History

Course Descriptions

  • ART 101 GE: Introduction to Art (3:3:0)

    • This course is an introduction to art of western culture with emphasis on painting, sculpture, and architecture through the ages.

  • ART 151 GE: Basic Drawing (3:0:6)

    • This course is an introduction to many drawing approaches with a variety of media and subject matter.

  • ART 153 GE: Two-Dimensional Design (3:0:6)

    • This course is a study of basic design concepts fundamental in the visual arts.

  • ART 154 GE: Three-Dimensional Design (3:0:6)

    • This is foundation course in the development of concepts in three-dimensional design. The course involves the use of various materials and organizational concepts to create form.

  • ART 201 GE: History of Art I (3:3:0)

    • This course consists of detailed study of the history of art to the Renaissance. It is designed to express the relationship between the artists and common historical, geographical, and ideological contexts and to note influences of other cultures on our own. It is offered in the fall semester.

  • ART 202 GE: History of Art II (3:3:0)

    • This course consists of detailed study of the history of art from the Renaissance to modern times. It is offered in the spring semester.

  • ART 207 GE: Letterforms (3:0:6)

    • This studio course introduces the art of letterforms for fine art and graphic design. Projects explore type form and content relationships. Projects, presentations, and assignments emphasize type design, type history, and font manipulation to bring visual resonance to written and visual language. The course explores creative uses of type with both traditional and digital media.

  • ART 220 GE: Graphic Design I (3:0:6)

    • This course is an introduction to graphic art design used in advertising. The tools, media, techniques, and production processes used in commercial art will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ART 153.

  • ART 251 GE: Sculpture (3:0:6)

    • This course explores sculpture processes in wood, plaster, metal, and other materials. It is offered every two years or on the basis of student interest or need.

  • ART 252 Crafts Design (3:0:6)

    • This course explores the design and creation of craft objects in leather, fiber, glass, and other materials.

  • ART 253 GE: Ceramics I (3:0:6)

    • The course explores handforming methods in clay and basic glazing techniques.

  • ART 254 GE: Painting I (3:0:6)

    • This is an introductory course in oil painting with a focus on color and painting techniques as well as the development of visual awareness.

  • ART 256 GE: Watercolor Painting (3:0:6)

    • This is a study of watercolor painting with emphasis on color, composition, pictorial expression, techniques, and materials. Prerequisite: ART 151.

  • ART 260 GE: Printmaking I (3:0:6)

    • This is a basic course in printmaking. Content: Relief, Intaglio, Lithography, and Serigraphy. Prerequisite: ART 151.

  • ART 280 GE: Communication Graphics (3:0:6)

    • This course is concerned with communication techniques that involve services and products. It also involves techniques associated with the visual communication processes. Prerequisite: ART 151 or 153.

  • ART 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students or courses to be offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for introducing them as part of the university curriculum.

  • ART 302 GE: American Art (3:3:0)

    • This course is a study of North American art from the colonial period to the present and will encompass painting, sculpture, and architecture. Offered every two years or on the basis of student interest or need. Prerequisite: ART 101 or 202.

  • ART 304 Art Gallery Management (3:3:0)

    • This course will explore the management of an art gallery from the perspectives of both the artist and of the gallery director. Prerequisites: Any two art courses at the 300 level or above.

  • ART 305 GE: The Visual Arts Since 1945 (3:3:0)

    • This course is a descriptive investigation of the visual arts from the late 1940s to the present. The unique contributions of various artists are investigated, as well as major movements. Prerequisite: ART 101.

  • ART 307 GE: Modern Art (3:3:0)

    • This course is designed to introduce students to modern European art. Special emphasis will be given to the cultural and historical contexts in which modern art flourished. Students will learn to think critically about images, historical information, and art historical methodologies. Prerequisite: ART 101, 201, or 201.

  • ART 310 Painting Seascapes: Ocean Bays and Marshes (3:0:6)

    • This course is an intensive painting experience on location at the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, Virginia. Students will paint at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island, and at Wallops Island. Instruction will include seascape paintings incorporating the different cloud formations, flora and fauna of the area, and water movements of the sea, surf, and marshes. The light at daybreak and sunset as well as differing weather conditions will also be studied. Pre-requisite(s): Art 151 and Art 254

  • ART 320 Graphic Design II (3:0:6)

    • This course is an upper level course in graphic art and design. Students develop identical and creative strategies for problem solving and project management in the field of design. The tools, media, techniques and production processes used in art and design will be emphasized. Pre-requisite(s): ART 153, ART 220.

  • ART 321 GE: Drawing II (3:0:6)

    • Emphasis is on the human figure, using various media and techniques. Prerequisite: ART 151.

  • ART 354 GE: Ceramics II (3:0:6)

    • The basic focus of this course is wheel throwing, advanced hand building techniques, and glaze formulation. Prerequisite: ART 253.

  • ART 355 GE: Ceramic Sculpture (3:0:6)

    • Various methods of ceramic sculpture are explored ranging from in-the-round to relief. Prerequisite: ART 253.

  • ART 356 GE: Painting II (3:0:6)

    • Students are given the opportunity to work in greater depth in acrylics or oils to develop individual approaches, techniques, and forms of creative expression. Prerequisite: ART 254.

  • ART 401 Composition and Painting (3:0:6)

    • It is a course with emphasis on color, composition, and design in painting. Prerequisite: ART 254 and either 254 or 356.

  • ART 405 Illustration (3:0:6)

    • This course will build upon skills developed in lower level design, drawing and painting classes to enable the student to prepare illustrative materials for publication in the mass media. Prerequisites: ART 321 and 356.

  • ART 412 WS: Women Artists: From the Middle Ages to the Present (3:3:0)

    • This course is a historical survey of works by female artists in Europe and America from the Early Middle Ages to the present. Prerequisites: ART 101, 202.

  • ART 414 Portfolio In Art (3:0:6)

    • This course will prepare students for careers in an art related field through the development of a professional portfolio of artwork. It will also teach them to promote themselves as freelance and studio artists. The portfolio will contain a series of works of art produced in a variety of media including digital images. Prerequisites: ART 220, 280, 405.

  • ART 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • This course consists of directed research and study on an individual basis. Prerequisites: Any two courses in ART.

  • ART 486 Field Experience and Internships (Semester hours arranged)

    • Prerequisite: 18 credit hours in ART.

  • ART 496 Fine Arts Seminar (3:3:0)

    • A team-taught interdisciplinary capstone experience for senior Fine Arts majors. In conjunction with this seminar the student and faculty explore selected topics in the fine arts relative to the preparation of a thesis project in Art, Music, or Theatre through which the student will demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance and/or research skills. Prerequisites: ART 101 and one of 201, 202, or 205. Advanced standing of 90 credits and permission of instructor required. Also offered as MUS 496 and THTR 496.