students in studio arts
Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu

ART

Earning an AA or an AA-T degree from the Golden West College Fine Arts department will give you the foundation and credits you need to transfer to a four-year college. We prepare our students to succeed in the study of fine and commercial arts. With a degree from our department students will be qualified to further study the visual arts in diverse fields like graphic design, art history, animation, photography, fashion design, the full range of fine arts and much more.

We offer a complete course of study, including Art History, 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Typography, and Sculpture. In addition to ongoing displays of current student work throughout the department, there is also a dedicated Fine Arts Gallery showing student and professional work throughout the school year.

Each course offered in the Fine Arts department is designed to enhance the ability of the first time art student and to strengthen the skills of the returning art student. All fine arts courses are transferable to California State Universities and many are transferable to UC and other schools. Extra curricular activities like visiting artist lectures, workshops, and the opportunity to participate in the annual student art show enrich the student learning experience and build a strong community.

We serve over 1,500 students each semester. Our knowledgeable faculty and staff are dedicated to providing each student with the very best art education possible.

All of our classrooms are equipped with large screens for digital projections and speakers for video-assisted learning. Our spacious studio classrooms feature ample natural light from the north facing full glass walls and skylights.

Associate in Arts Degree in Art

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Studio Arts for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Art History for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in Art

The Associate of Arts in Art degree focuses on visual literacy and provides an opportunity to develop skills that are needed to be successful in the field of art. Students build both their confidence and their portfolios while participating in rigorous problem solving and conceptual assignments. The major introduces students to foundations, history and technical knowledge of Art. Students acquire skills to build a diverse contemporary program that will promote critical thinking, creative problem solving and aesthetic understanding.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able:

  • Demonstrate the skills to undertake a conceptual analysis of art.
  • Understand and apply concepts and methods of composition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of significant examples of the Visual Arts.
  • Design and plan finished works of art.
  • Create or manufacture finished works of art based on initial designs.
Required courses

Art G105 – Art History and Appreciation 1—Prehistoric to Renaissance – 3 units
Art G106 – Art History and Appreciation 2— Renaissance to Present – 3 units
Art G107 – Color and Design: 2D – 3 units
Art G116 – Drawing 1 – 3 units

Restricted elective courses (choose any 2 from the following list):
Art G109 – Color and Design: 3D – 3 units
Art G115 – Typography – 3 units
Art G117 – Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 – Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G119 – Life Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G121- Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 – Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 – Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 – Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G140 – Life Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G142 – Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G143 – Sculpture 2 – 3 units
Art G150 – Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Art G221 – Ceramics 3 – 3 units
Photo G120 – Intro to Photography: Black and White Darkroom – 3 units
Photo G190 – Intro to Photography-Digital – 3 units

Total Units: 18


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Art

Semester 1
Art G105 Art History and Appreciation I – Prehistoric to Renaissance – 3 units
Art G107 Color and Design 2D – 3 units

Elective Courses: Need a total of two for the degree
Art G109 Color and Design 3D – 3 units
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G140 Life Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Photo 120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Darkroom – 3 units
Photo 190 Intro to Photography: Digital – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Art G106 Art History and Appreciation 2 – Renaissance to Present – 3 units
Art G116 Drawing 1 – 3 units

Elective Courses:
Art G109 Color and Design 3D – 3 units
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G119 Life Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G140 Life Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G143 Sculpture 2 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Art G221 Ceramics 3 – 3 units
Photo 120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Darkroom – 3 units
Photo 190 Intro to Photography: Digital – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Choose one Elective Course

(Not needed if already completed in semesters 1 and 2)
Art G109 Color and Design 3D – 3 units
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G119 Life Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G 131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G140 Life Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G143 Sculpture 2 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Art G221 Ceramics – 3 units
Photo 120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Darkroom – 3 units
Photo 190 Intro to Photography: Digital – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Choose one Elective Course

(Not needed if already completed in semesters 1 and 2)
Art G109 Color and Design 3D – 3 units
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G119 Life Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1  3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G 131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G140 Life Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G143 Sculpture 2 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Art G221 Ceramics 3 – 3 units
Photo 120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Darkroom – 3 units
Photo 190 Intro to Photography: Digital – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18 units
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


Associate in Arts Degree in Studio Arts for Transfer

The Associate of Arts Transfer in Studio Arts degree focuses on visual literacy and provides an opportunity to develop skills that are needed to be successful in the field of art. Students build both their confidence and their portfolios while participating in rigorous problem solving and conceptual assignments. The major introduces students to foundations, history and technical knowledge of Art. Students acquire skills to build a diverse contemporary program that will promote critical thinking, creative problem solving and aesthetic understanding. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Studio Arts.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills to undertake a conceptual analysis of art.
  • Understand and apply concepts and methods of composition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of significant examples of the Visual Arts.
  • Design and plan finished works of art.
  • Create or manufacture finished works of art based on initial designs.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the AA in Studio Arts for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core:
Art G106/G106H/HUM G110/G110H – Art History and Apprec 2 –Renaissance to Present – 3 units
Art G107 – Color and Design: 2D – 3 units
Art G109 – Color and Design: 3D – 3 units
Art G116 – Drawing 1 – 3 units

List A: select one (3 units)
Art G105/HUM G100/G100H – Art History and Apprec 1 – Prehistoric to Renaissance – 3 units 
Art G103 – History of Asian Art  – 3 units

List B: select three (9 units)
Art G115 – Typography – 3 units
Art G117 – Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 – Life Drawing 1- 3 units
Art G121 – Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 – Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 – Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 – Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G141 – Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G142 – Sculpture 1 – 3 units
DA G170 – Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Art G150 – Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Art G160 – Jewelry 1 – 3 units
Photo G120 – Introduction to Photography – Black and White Dark Room – 3 units

Total units: 24


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Studio Arts for Transfer

Semester 1
Art G106 (Core) Art History and Appreciation 2 – Renaissance to Present – 3 units
Art G107 (Core) Color and Design 2D – 3 units

Choose one elective Course: (List B)
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G141 Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
DART G170 Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Photography G120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Dark Room – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Art G116 (Core) Drawing 1 – 3 units

Choose one elective Course not already used above: (List B)
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G141 Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
DART G170 Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Photography G120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Dark Room – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Art G109 (Core) Color and Design: 3D – 3 units

Choose one Elective Course not already used above: (List B)
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G141 Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
DART G170 Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Photography G120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Dark Room – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Art G105 (List A) Art History & Appreciation 1 – Prehistoric to Renaissance – 3 units
or
Art G103 (List A) History of Asian Art – 3 units

Choose one Elective Course not already used above: (List B)
Art G115 Typography – 3 units
Art G117 Drawing 2 – 3 units
Art G118 Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G121 Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G141 Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G142 Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G150 Printmaking 1 – 3 units
DART G170 Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Photography G120 Intro to Photography: Black and White Dark Room – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 24 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double counted: 6 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 3-5 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.


Associate in Arts Degree in Art History for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Art History for transfer degree is designed to acquaint students with the history of art and its function as a global language. This includes but is not limited to painting, drawing sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, photography, textiles, architecture, graphic and performance arts. Courses are designed to foster an understanding of visual communication through study in context, culture, social, political, economic and religious climates in differing historical eras. Students develop skills in visual analysis, interpretation of images and texts, use of historical sources and engagement in scholarly debates. Students are constantly challenged to think creatively as well as disciplined ways as they learn about the history of art through the world’s cultures. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Art History.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills to undertake a conceptual analysis of art.
  2. Understand and apply concepts and methods of composition.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of significant examples of the visual arts.
  4. Be prepared for ensuing courses of Art History and Studio Arts.
  5. Design and plan finished works of art.
  6. Create or manufacture finished works of art based on initial designs.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Art History for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core:  
Art G105/Hum G100 – Art History & Apprec 1 – Prehistoric to Ren – 3 units 
Art G106/ Hum G110 – Art History & Apprec 2 – Ren to Present – 3 units  
Art G116 – Drawing1 – 3 units 

List A: select one (3 units)
Art G103 – History of Asian Art – 3 units
Art G127 – Art of the Ancient Americas – 3 units

List B: select one (3 units)    
Art G107 – Color and Design: 2D – 3 units
Art G109 – Color and Design: 3D – 3 units 
Art G118 – Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G121 – Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Photo G120 – Intro to Photo-Black and White Dark Room – 3 units   
Art G142– Sculpture 1 – 3 units 
Art G150 – Printmaking 1 – 3 units     
Art G130 – Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G115 – Typography – 3 units 
Art G131 – Painting 2 – 3 units   
Art G141 – Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G122 – Ceramics II – 3 units 

List C (select one): 3 units
Art G152 – Silkscreen Printmaking – 3 units
Hist G180 – Western Civilization 1 – 3 units
Hist G185 – Western Civilization 2 – 3 units     

Total units: 18


Semester in a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Art History for Transfer

Semester 1
Art G105 (Core) Art History and Appreciation 1 – Prehistoric to Renaissance – 3 units
Art G116 (Core) Drawing 1 – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Art G106 (Core) Art History and Appreciation 2 – Renaissance to Present – 3 units

Choose one Course:
Art G107 (List B) Color and Design 2D – 3 units
Art G109 (List B) Color and Design 3D – 3 units
Art G115 (List B) Typography – 3 units
Art G118 (List B) Life Drawing 1 – 3 units
Art G121 (List B) Ceramics 1 – 3 units
Art G122 (List B) Ceramics 2 – 3 units
Art G130 (List B) Painting 1 – 3 units
Art G131 (List B) Painting 2 – 3 units
Art G141 (List B) Life Sculpture – 3 units
Art G142 (List B) Sculpture 1 – 3 units
Art G150 (List B) Printmaking 1 – 3 units
Photo 120 (List B) Intro to Photography: Black and White Darkroom – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Art G103 (Core) History of Asian Art (Fall semester only) – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Hist G180 (List C) Western Civilization 1 – 3 units
or
Hist G185 (List C) Western Civilization 2 – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double counted: 9 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 12-14 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units
( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT

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ART G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Art
An introductory course for both the general interest and art major student. A survey of the nature and role of the visual arts in society. Art theory, art practices and an overview of art history will be covered. The medias of art will also be explored. Field trips are required. C-ID: ARTH 100 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G103 – 3 Units
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History of Asian Art
This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the art traditions of India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. The historical development of the arts is examined within their broader cultural context. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G104 – 3 Units
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Modern and Contemporary Art History
(Formerly known as: History of Modern Art, Contemporary Art History)
A survey of the history of modern art, beginning at 1900 and concluding with contemporary art of today. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, architecture, photography, video, and ceramics are studied as an integral part of cultural patterns and developments in twentieth century art. The course will include illustrated lectures, readings, and field trips to current exhibitions. C-ID: ARTH 150 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G105 – 3 Units
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Art History and Appreciation 1- Prehistoric to Renaissance
(Formerly known as: History and Appreciation of Art)
This is a survey of prehistoric art to the Renaissance period, stressing the basic principles and history of art demonstrated in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Illustrated lectures, reading, and museum reports are included in the course. UC Credit Limitations: Maximum credit of one course for Art G105 and Art G105H. C-ID: ARTH 110 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G106 – 3 Units
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Art History and Appreciation 2 – Renaissance to Present
(Formerly known as: Art History and Appreciation 2)
This is a survey of the history of art beginning with the Italian Renaissance and concluding with modern art. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are studied as an integral part of cultural patterns and developments. Illustrated lectures, reading, and field trips to current exhibitions. Study assignments involve at least one visit to a major art museum. UC Credit Limitations: Maximum credit of one course for Art G106 and Art G106H. C-ID: ARTH 120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G107 – 3 Units
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Color and Design: 2D
(Formerly known as: Two-Dimensional Design)
A basic course in the application and appreciation of the art principles and art elements as they relate to two dimensional design. Selected problems using line, color, shape, value, and texture. Required for art majors. C-ID: ARTS 100 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G109 – 3 Units
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Color and Design: 3D
(Formerly known as: Three Dimensional Design)
A basic course in three dimensional design developing knowledge, skills, appreciation and aesthetic judgment. A series of problems shall necessitate the exploration and comprehension of the visual elements and principles. Required of art majors. C-ID: ARTS 101 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G115 – 3 Units
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Typography
(Formerly known as: Digital Arts G115)
Advisories: Digital Arts G135
This course is an introduction to the history of the evolution and application of typography and its many applications for the perception of meaning, intention and personality of the written word. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ART G116 – 3 Units
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Drawing 1
This course offers an introductory study in the fundamentals, elements, and practices of drawing, employing a wide range of subject matter and drawing media. Focus is on perceptually based drawing, observational skills, technical abilities, and creative responses to materials and subject matter. Required of art majors. C-ID: ARTS 110 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G117 – 3 Units
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Drawing 2
This course offers an exploration of artistic concepts, styles, and creative expression related to intermediate-level drawing, focusing on complex subject matter and concepts using a variety of drawing mediums, techniques, and methodologies. As a continuation from Drawing 1, students in this course will build on fundamental observational drawing skills to develop personalized approaches to content and materials in exercises covering multiple historical and contemporary approaches to drawing. C-ID: ARTS 205 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G118 – 3 Units
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Life Drawing 1
Figure drawing from male and female models. Study of volumes, perspective, and composition of the human form. Field trips and criticism. Required of art majors. C-ID ARTS 200 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G119 – 3 Units
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Life Drawing 2
Continuing observation and drawing of the human form to help create broader revelations and attitudes concerning drawing and the self. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G121 – 3 Units
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Ceramics 1
This is an introductory ceramics course in which students learn basic design, creative development, hand-building, throwing, glaze techniques, firing and ceramic terminology. The course covers aesthetics and creative development of clay objects examining historical and personal modes of expression. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G122 – 3 Units
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Ceramics 2
Prerequisites: Art G121
This is an intermediate level ceramics course following Art G121. The principles of ceramic materials, techniques, and design of hand-built and thrown work will be emphasized along with the introduction of mold making, glaze making and kiln loading. Specific aesthetic and technical criteria of ceramic design including historical applications will be emphasized. Mold making, glaze making and kiln loading will also be introduced. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G127 – 3 Units
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Art of the Ancient Americas
This course will explore the art, architecture and historical context of ancient civilizations in Mexico, Central America and South America up to European contact. C-ID: ARTH 145 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

ART G130 – 3 Units
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Painting 1
This course offers an introductory study in the fundamentals of painting and composition through learning about the materials, tools, and various approaches to painting in oil and/or acrylics. Focus is on exploration of painting materials, perceptual skills, color theory, paint mixing and technique. Emphasis is on creative responses to materials and subject matter, technical mastery and direct observation from life. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G131 – 3 Units
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Painting 2
Prerequisites: Art G130
This is an advanced course structured as a progression from Painting 1. Students continue practicing the techniques of painting, focusing on the development of advanced technical skills relating to traditional and experimental approaches. Students will explore Contemporary painting and personal expression through naturalistic representation, abstraction, non-representation and mixed media. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G140 – 3 Units
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Life Painting 1
This is a beginning course in figure paintings. Emphasis will vary from a portrait approach to nude studies. A thorough explanation of color theory and painting methods will be given. Mediums include oils and acrylics. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G142 – 3 Units
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Sculpture 1
Exploration of beginning sculpture using three dimensional principles, techniques, and concepts. Students will utilize a wide range of materials and practices with attention to creative self expression and historical concepts. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade.  Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G143 – 3 Units
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Sculpture 2
Exploration of a variety of sculptural materials experiences with plaster and cement, clay. Class stresses Twentieth Century abstract art concepts. Students will supply all materials and will be responsible for attending field trips. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G150 – 3 Units
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Printmaking 1
An exploratory course designed to introduce and give studio experience in etching, relief and lithography printmaking. This course will include etching, acquainting, photo etching, woodcuts, linocuts, stone and metal plate lithography printmaking, and multi-color printmaking. C-ID: ARTS 220 Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G151 – 3 Units
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Printmaking 2
A course designed to prepare students in a more advanced studio experience in the Relief and Intaglio area of printmaking, with special emphasis on the history of printmaking in relation to relief and intaglio. History of Printmaking will span from 500 BC to development of metal plates in the 1600s to present day contemporary printmaking. This course will include multi-plate color relief printmaking, reductive relief with linoleum and/or woodblock, chine collé, large format relief and introduction to monoprints. Edition printing, advanced technical skills, continued development of personal imagery and unique style will be stresses. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G221 – 3 Units
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Ceramics 3
Prerequisites: Art G122
This course is a continuation of Art G122 involving further development of ceramic building techniques. Historical and contemporary works will be emphasized. The student will also learn to safely and efficiently calculate a glaze. The safe preparation and use of electric and gas kilns will be covered. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G223 – 3 Units
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Ceramics 4
Prerequisites: Art G221
This course is for those who wish to develop specific ceramic skills with emphasis on the aesthetic development of personal style in addition to presenting an exhibition and/or portfolio for advanced education or exhibition purposes. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G250 – 3 Units
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Printmaking 3
An advanced course designed for students to investigate and develop personal imagery through the medium of printmaking. This course will include deeper exploration with intaglio, relief, multi color printing, solar plate etching, monotypes, monoprints, woodcuts and chine colleé. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ART G251 – 3 Units
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Printmaking 4
A detailed study of the variety of printmaking methods, exploring conceptual and/or personal visions. This class is designed as a seminar with a strong emphasis placed on combining techniques, expanding material vocabulary and experimenting with new processes. Seminars covering both historical and contemporary issues of printmaking will be presented to broaden the student’s critical dialogue. The course content is thematic in nature and each seminar within the course differs from the other offerings in the same course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Art History and the AA-T in Studio Arts will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona (Art History only)
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in the Art program transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Must Study The Fine Arts

Art Academia, Museums/Galleries & Engagement

• Arts Administration
• Artist Agent
• Art Authentication & Appraisal
• Art Conservator & Scientist
• Art Consultant
• Art Critic/Theory
• Art Dealer
• Art Handler
• Art Historian
• Art Museum Archivist
• Art Museum Technician
• Art Museum Education Department
• Art Museum Marketing & Outreach
• Art Education: Grade School, High School, College, Private Ateliers
• Art Therapy
• Business Management
• Exhibition Design/Coordinator
• Museum/Gallery Curator
• Museum/Gallery Director

New/Digital Media:

• Computer Animation
• Entertainment Design
• Game Art/Game Design
• Motion Graphics Designer
• Visual Effects Animator
• 3D Animation/Modeling
• Time Based Media

Fine Arts:

• Ceramicist
• Computer/Digital Art
• Glass Blower
• Installation Artist
• New Genres
• Painter
• Performance Artist
• Photographer: Fine Art, Portrait, Art Photographer/Documentarian
• Printmaker
• Public Art/Social Practice
• Metals/Jewelry Design/Enameling
• Mosaic Artist
• Multimedia Artist
• Muralist
• Sculptor
• Textile Design/Fibers

Illustration:

• Advertising Illustrator
• Book Illustrator
• Editorial Illustrator
• Courtroom Sketch Artist
• Forensic Artist
• Biomedical Illustrator
• Sequential Artist: Storyboards and/or comic books

Photography:
• Advertising Photography
• Family Photography: Family, Portrait, Wedding
• Photojournalist
• Nature/Wildlife Photography

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Architecture:

• Building/Home Design
• Experiential Design: Golf Courses, Swimming Pools, Theme Parks, etc.
• Historic Preservation
• Landscape Architecture
• Memorial/Public Art
• Urban Design

Design:

• Cake Decorator or Food Stylist
• Display Designer
• Fashion Design: Accessory Design, Costume Design, Shoe Design
• Film Concept Artist
• Furniture Design
• Graphic Design: Layout Designer, Logo Design, Website Design, Apparel Design
• Industrial/Product Design
• Interior Design
• Multimedia Designer
• Museum Exhibition Design
• Print Designer
• Set Designer: Film, TV, Theater
• Tattoo Artist
• Toy Designer
• Transportation Design: Automotive, Aircraft, Public Transportation, etc.
• Visual Communications

Each course offered in the Fine Arts area is designed to enhance the ability of the first time art student and to strengthen the skills of the returning art student.

Art History

The program in art history enables students to investigate the visual arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture in depth and to explore a broad range of questions about the making and meaning of art. The curriculum in art history includes courses on specific art historical periods and on the philosophy and historiography of art.

Ceramics

The ceramic area offers a creative studio environment with beginning through advanced courses. It is a cone 10 reduction studio with opportunities to work with high fire, soda and raku. Students hand build and throw in a large well equipped studio.

In Ceramics I the students are given the foundation for becoming a more proficient ceramic artist. They are given the skills to make work in hand built and thrown ceramics.

Ceramics II, III, and IV students will work more independently. They mix glazes and encouraged to think for themselves. There are projects and proposed pieces for the advanced students.

The studio facility has spacious areas for hand building, wheel throwing, slip casting, glaze research, and firing electric, gas, soda, and raku kilns.

Drawing

Golden West offers a broad range of drawing and painting courses to suit a broad range of career paths and artistic interests. Beginning drawing classes are designed to help build observational skills and introduce a wide range of media. Intermediate drawing classes allow more opportunities for students to experiment with additional media and draw on location.

Life drawing affords students the opportunity to draw the human form through direct observation of male and female models. Classical techniques of volume and anatomy are used to help develop the skills necessary to draw convincing figures.

There are also opportunities to explore drawing as it relates to career options. The art department offers courses in cartooning, rendering and rapid visualization in conjunction with our Digital Arts and Design programs.

Golden West’s painting program was designed to accommodate artists of all skill levels– from beginners to experienced artists who want to learn new skills. Students also learn to develop their compositional and critical thinking skills. Classes in watercolor are also offered in addition to traditional classes in acrylic and oil.

Jewelry

The Art Department Jewelry courses offered at Golden West College encourage individual expression through the medium of jewelry and small functional metal objects. The courses are designed to allow students to explore a variety of processes under the instruction of a Master Metalsmith. Traditional and contemporary silversmithing techniques are the foundation given for students to develop their craftsmanship as well as design aesthetic. The curriculum offers a multiplicity of methods practiced in the jewelry field such as soldering, cold connections, stone-setting, enameling, hollow-ware, casting, and forging. Many of our students continue in the Jewelry field and exhibit their work, continue on to higher education, and some become designers, developing their own production line.

Photography

The photography program has up to date facilities and curriculum designed to provide students who wish to study commercial or fine art photography with the skills to move on to four year college or university or to pursue and independent career in photography. The faculty of divided between those with a background in the fine arts and those with a background in commercial photography.

Printmaking

Printmaking is an art form steeped in tradition. Students in Golden West’s Printmaking Department learn a wide variety of historical processes such as lithography and linoleum block printing as well as modern silkscreen techniques that can be used for both T-shirts and fine art prints.

Our Printmaking Workshop course is an exploration of traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques ranging from mono printing to fish printing and other unique printmaking methods.

Sculpture

From figurative ceramics to abstract stone carving, Golden West’s Golden West’s Sculpture/3D Design program will help you develop your ability to conceptualize and create three diminsional art. Students at Golden West learn to work in a variety of materials including plaster, clay, wood and stone. Our excellent facilities contain a range of tools that will help you turn your sculptural ideas into reality.

Beginning students are expected to take Three Dimensional Design, which serves as an introduction to materials and form. Intermediate students can explore life sculpture or take a general sculptural course. Experienced students can explore various approaches in Advanced Sculpture Workshop

FULL-TIME FACULTY

AMANDA BEST
Professor, Art-Ceramics
B.A., M.F.A., San Francisco State University
abest@gwc.cccd.edu

Monica Jovanovich
Instructor, Art History
B.A. University of Redlands, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
mjovanovichkelley@gwc.cccd.edu

AMY RUNYEN
Instructor, Art
B.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design; M.F.A,. California State University Long Beach.
arunyen@gwc.cccd.edu

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PART-TIME FACULTY

Todd Ciborowski – Sculpture
Renee Chartier – Photography
David Gilbert – Photography
Ed Foster – Life Drawing
Stuart (Ian) Hamilton – Color and Design: Two-Dimensional
Jerome Jankowski – Typography
Mary-Linn Hughes – Photography
Michael Lierly – Drawing
Don McKinney – Color and Design: Three-Dimensional
Carrie Ohm – Ceramics
Michael Redfield – Art History
Joshua Reed – Drawing
Christina Shurts – Painting
Cuyler Smith – Drawing
Tara Tavonatti – Drawing
Mike Tsai – Photography
Vinita Voogd – Printmaking

Here in the Fine Arts Department, we host a range of extra curricular art activities that occur throughout the academic year. All of the events listed are open to the community.

Fine Art Events


• The annual Steam Roller printmaking event is held in the Fine Arts Plaza. Printmaking students carve large-scale woodblocks and an actual steamroller is used to print them! This is a fun event that includes music, food, a print sale, and guest opportunities to carve their own linoleum blocks and make their own prints.

• The Holiday Arts Sale happens on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Thanksgiving. It offers students the ability to sell their artwork and the community a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces.  75% of the sales go directly to the students and 25% of the sales fund our guest artist lecturer program.

• Each spring, the GWC Art Gallery features the Student Art Show. This show provides students with an opportunity to display their work in a professional gallery. The community is invited to see some of the best artwork created in our studio art classes.

• Guest Artist Lectures are held at least once a semester. Our department hosts professional, fine and/or commercial artists to speak with our students and the community about their artwork and career.