Tompkins Cortland Community College

ART 123 - Exploring Artistic Techniques


This course serves as an introduction to art making and the 8 Studio Habits of Mind (develop craft, engage & persist, envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch & explore, understand art worlds). The course explores various artistic mediums, techniques, tools, and styles and how the process of art making can aid in developing craft and attention to detail, expression, focus and persistence, critical thinking, problem-solving, and observational skills. Topics include creating two-dimensional images and three-dimensional forms from materials and techniques such as pastel, acrylic paint, graphite, ink, sun-printing, printmaking, photography, assemblage, papermaking, corrugated fiberboard, and wire. Various styles, movements, and artists/designers associated with the topics will be explored to add context to the historic and cultural significance of the mediums, with an emphasis placed on connecting the medium’s context to current professional applications. The elements and principles of design will be introduced to provide students a better understanding of how to make dynamic compositions and discuss the arts/design. Media and techniques taught may change to coordinate with current faculty expertise and interest from the community. Demonstrations, lectures, and critiques support art assignments. ART 123 fulfills the SUNY General Education requirement for The Arts (Area 8), but is not a Liberal Arts Elective. Prerequisites: None. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.) Fall and spring semesters.