Electronic Integrated Arts provides an interdisciplinary context to explore emerging forms of electronic and digital technologies. Areas of study include speculative design, integrative design, digital prints, video arts, sonic arts, public art, interactive media, and immersive installations.
Art and Social Justice focuses on engagement through human interaction and social discourse utilizing an interdisciplinary approach with a focus in material poetics. Areas of study include public art, community interaction, socially engaged art, artistic proposals, and social justice.
Printmaking involves the creation of a matrix (wood block, linoleum, etching plate, etc.), inking that matrix, and then transferring that ink onto paper. Essential to printmaking is the production of multiples and repetition. This class will introduce several printmaking media and techniques. This is offered as a DUAL CREDIT course through our partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).
Using the open source software Blender, this class teaches different sculpting techniques for 3D digital sculpture. The class explores character design, game asset design and design for 3D printing. The class learns about building architectural designs and transforming flat 2d plans for anything into a 3 dimensional space. This is a good introductory course to Blender which can also be used for animation and visual FX editing. If you are interested in entering the world of game development or animation this would be a great way to start.
Become a storyteller in Comic Book and Storyboarding class! Storytelling can be done in many ways and creating comics is a great way to do it. Combining still images with written word, comics are an efficient way to get across complex ideas. Students hone the ability to create a narrative and translate this into visuals. This class looks at the history of Comics and the social impacts of this artform on world culture. If you’ve been spending your free time creating characters or creatures this is a wonderful way for you to put those skills to the test and give life to your ideas. Students also learn to storyboard for animations or video which is related to comic panel layouts and is an important preliminary phase in the planning of larger productions.
From designing t-shirts to textile patterns to industrial design concepts or design for printed book or magazine layouts, graphic design is a very versatile skill to obtain. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, students learn how to use the tools of the software to turn their designs into a tangible visual that a client could use for business or promotion. Fundamental concepts used in illustration and design are learned and applied in this course as well as the meanings behind the colors and symbols that are taken for granted in our different cultures. If you have aspirations to have a creative impact on the world while building skills that could become a career this would be a great choice.
In this class we explore different aspects of creating art, both with traditional means and digital. This class introduces different drawing techniques on paper and then also transitions to digital painting with a digital pen. In this class the students will also learn how to build their own platform video game using free software online from the design phase on paper to creating the relationships in the software to make their characters jump and move on screen. Students get an opportunity to create characters and worlds and then make a simple game for others to play.
With an emphasis on art creation, Animal Art explores how animals move and behave. Using graphite and charcoal students draw different species including micro organisms and learn about the relationship and impact these creatures have on the world we live in. The class looks at bone and muscle systems of different creatures and also teaches about techniques with rendering textures like scales, fur and feathers in art.
Students will obtain basic digital photography skills and knowledge from taking this course. We will learn photography vocabulary and concepts, such as shutter speed, depth of field, the parts of a camera, and the elements that make-up photographs. This course will also give students the opportunity to edit their photos and learn how to create layouts with their photos on the computer using software. Our class will have the great opportunity to apply what we learn, as we get to take photos to create an original yearbook for the tutorial! Students will come together with ideas, discuss, and work as a group to produce the yearbook pages and how it is laid out.