Art & Art History

Whether you enjoy painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, or sculpture, the Department of Art and Art History offers you the chance to explore your creative interests.

You will explore the seven core disciplines of art: Painting, Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Design. You will delve into your artistic passions and explore new areas and techniques as your learn from your peers and the great masters of the past.

Programs of Study

In the Department of Art and Art History, you will be learning in fully equipped, studio classrooms to create original works of art. Art Education majors complete field studies and internships in the classroom for practical experience before graduation. The Department of Art and Art History's Melvin Art Gallery exhibits student's work and engages in professional style critiques.

Art Education

As an art education major at FSC, you'll develop your creative talents by working with professional artists and you'll master the art of teaching by studying education with experienced educators.

Art History

As an art history major, you will take a sequence of courses that will provide you with an  overview of human history, the cultures of the world, and contemporary thought—ultimately preparing you for graduate studies.

Graphic Design

FSC’s program emphasizes the artistic and technical aspects of graphic design to prepare you for a career as a designer and creative professional.

Studio Art

By developing your understanding of the creative process and your knowledge of traditional and contemporary artistic concepts, you will hone your skills in the visual arts which prepares you for a career as a professional artist.


Questions? Contact

Department of Art & Art History
We are located in the Ludd M. Spivey Fine Arts Center (H) on Johnson Avenue.
863.680.4743 (phone)
863.680.4147 (fax)
art@flsouthern.edu


Preparing For the Future

From Art Education to Graphic Design, majors in the Department of Art and Art History will be ready to enter the workforce and graduate school. Graphic design classes feature real clients and Art Education majors gain experience inside the classroom. You can explore future careers in architect, graphic design, teaching, illustrating, cartooning, curating, and archiving.

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Department Highlights

sf_cpa-(1).jpgOur small classes encourage strong, one-on-one relationships between you and your professors.

sf_networking.jpgWe sponsor both educational and social events on campus, field trips in the area, and study-abroad programs in Europe, Asia, and South America each May.

sf_courses-(1).jpgYour art classes will be held in eight, fully equipped, studio classrooms—each dedicated to a specific discipline: Painting, Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Design.

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Meet Our Faculty

You will be taught in small classes by top professionals and enjoy working relationships with your professors in a nurturing environment.

Jessica Artman
Adjunct Professor of Art, Foundations
M.F.A., Burren College of Art, Ireland
jartman@flsouthern.edu

Eric Blackmore
Adjunct Instructor of Art, Graphic Design
B.F.A., Cleveland Art Institute
eblackmore@earthlink.net

Sarah Brewington
Adjunct Instructor of Art, Digital Photography
B.F.A., Florida Southern College
sarahdbrew@gmail.com

Beth Ford
Professor Emerita
M.A., University of South Florida
bford@flsouthern.edu

Jacquelyn Hanson
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art Education, Art Education
M.A., University of South Florida
jhanson@flsouthern.edu

Katie Imeson
Melvin Art Gallery Curator & Department of Art & Art History Business Manager
B.F.A., Florida Southern College
kmohr@flsouthern.edu

Joseph Mitchell
Adjunct Professor of Art, Ceramics
M.F.A., Florida State University
jmitchell@flsouthern.edu

Nadine Pantano
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, Art History
Ph.D., University College of London, University of London
npatano@flsouthern.edu

Sturhahn_b.jpgKelly Sturhahn
Assistant Professor of Art, Foundations Program Director
M.F.A., Hunter College, City University of New York
ksturhahn@flsouthern.edu

Romero_Sam.jpgSamuel Romero
Assistant Professor of Art, Graphic Design Program Director
M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
sromero@flsouthern.edu

Rogers_Jim.jpgJames Rogers
Professor of Art History and Chair, Division of Fine, Applied, & Performing Arts
Ph.D., University of Missouri at Columbia
jrogers@flsouthern.edu

William Otremsky
Professor of Art, Department of Art & Art History Coordinator, and Director of the Studio Program
M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania
wotremsky@flsouthern.edu


Course Descriptions

ART Coures

ART 1120 DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
Four hours. This course offers an introduction to the elements and principles of design, including line, shape, color, value, texture, balance, emphasis, rhythm, and unity. Gen Ed: FA (In, Ex)

ART 1131 DRAWING I
Four hours. An introduction to various drawing media and methods of representation in line and tone.

ART 1132 DRAWING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. Exploration of color and mixed media drawing techniques; emphasis on forms of personal expression and representational development.

ART 1140 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Four hours. This course will cover aspects of digital photography such as image capture and digital processing, design, lighting, and digital technology. Assignments will be given to explore creativity, problem solving, and understanding the camera. Students will focus on capturing their surroundings using specific techniques for landscape, architectural, and cultural (i.e., people) photography. A critique will occur at the end of each assignment to discuss solutions, problems, and successes. Applications and printing will also be covered in this class. Gen Ed: FA (Ex)

ART 1160 NEW MEDIA
Four hours. Introduces students, both through learning about existing new media artworks and through the construction of projects, to new and unconventional and/or unfamiliar forms of visual art. Seeks to instill appreciation for contemporary art forms, to open students to new media and new creative avenues, and to enlighten students to their own expressive abilities. Gen Ed: FA (In, Ex)

ART 2100 PAINTING I
Four hours.Prerequisite: ART 1131. Introduction to acrylic painting; exploration of various painting techniques, painting surfaces, and elements of color.

ART 2110 PAINTING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2100 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to oil painting; an investigation of various techniques using the oil medium; assignments in color relationships.

ART 2170 FIGURE DRAWING I
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. Studio class emphasizing drawing from the human figure and includes the study of human anatomy.

ART 2210 SCULPTURE I
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120. Introduction to the use of traditional and contemporary sculptural media, modeling and plaster casting, clay and paper casts.

ART 2220 CERAMICS I
Four hours. Creative pottery making, using various methods of hand building. Students learn to load and fire the kiln.

ART 2310 PRINTMAKING I
Four hours.Prerequisite: ART 1120 or 1131 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to intaglio and relief printmaking techniques. Monotypes will also be explored.

ART 2410 TYPOGRAPHY AND LAYOUT
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1120 and either ART 1140 or COM 2500. We will cover a breadth of topics in two- dimensional design from language used in critiques to basic seeing and technical skills behind the formal elements of design—more specifically, composition, shape, line, value, texture, and color. Students will work in a variety of mediums to explore concepts introduced in the class. Students are also expected to produce a weekly visual journal that will be updated with class assignments. Weekly readings will be a mandatory part of the class, as well as discussions and critiques.

ART 2570 VIDEO ART
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1120 or permission of the instructor. This course provides an introduction to the use of video as a medium for artistic expression, visual communication, and social inquiry. Emphasis is on the creation, modification and activation of space and time. Includes investigations into narrative structure, visual abstraction, advertising formats, and video art installation.

ART 3110 PAINTING III
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2110. An exploration of various directions in painting with a concentration in one area. Assignments relative to traditional space and the picture plane.

ART 3120 CERAMICS II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2220. Advanced pottery making, including throwing on the potter’s wheel, glaze formulation, and testing of clay bodies.

ART 3150 WATERCOLOR
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 1131 or permission of the instructor. An exploration of approaches and techniques in painting with transparent watercolor.

ART 3170 FIGURE DRAWING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2170. Advanced projects in drawing from the human figure and in the study of human anatomy.

ART 3210 SCULPTURE II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2210. Concentration in selected areas of work: modeling and casting, ceramic sculpture, construction, or carving.
 
ART 3310 PRINTMAKING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2310. Continuation of more advanced intaglio and relief processes including multi-plate color printing techniques. Monotypes and monoprints will be combined in various mixed media prints.

ART 3410 ADVANCED PRINT DESIGN
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2410. The focus of this course is on the design process and print production. Assignments are directed toward problem solving in the one, two, three, four color print production areas. Critiques at the end of each assignment address design solutions, problems, and successes. Creativity, solving communication problems, understanding the applications on a deeper level, working directly with a client, understanding briefs, and bringing a job to press are covered in this class.

ART 3440 ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 1140. This course will cover aspects of digital photography such as image capture and digital processing, design, lighting and digital technology. Assignments will be given to explore creativity, problem solving, and understanding the camera; we will focus on capturing our surroundings using specific techniques for landscape, architectural and cultural (i.e. people) photography. A critique will occur at the end of each assignment to discuss solutions, problems and successes. Applications and printing will also be covered in this class.

ART 3510 WEB DESIGN
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 2410. Basic elements of web design, including html language, digital sound, 2-D animation, and non-linear editing. Aesthetic and practical aspects of creating web pages. As his or her major project, each student will build a personal, multilayered web page on the Art Department's server using the latest software.

ART 4110 PAINTING IV
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 3110 or permission of the instructor. This course emphasizes organization and variations of format in painting and explores color as an expressive basis for painting.

ART 4170 FIGURE DRAWING III
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 3170. Further emphasizes advanced projects in drawing the human figure and in the study of anatomy.

ART 4411 ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I
Four hours. Prerequisite: Junior status in the Department of Art and Art History and permission of the instructor. Advanced projects with emphasis on the development of a personal direction of expression.

ART 4412 ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 4411 and the permission of the instructor. Advanced projects in a selected medium and stylistic approach.

ART 4499 GRAPHIC DESIGN SENIOR THESIS
Four hours. Prerequisites: ART 3410 and 3510, Graphic Design major, senior standing, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Building on all their previous experiences, students will finish complex individual and collaborative projects for their professional portfolios. Emphasis placed on independence, professional habits and attitudes, and personal design development. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C.

ART4899 ART FOR TEACHERS K-12
Four hours. Prerequisite: Senior status in the Art program. A senior seminar for the development of: 1) a senior exhibition; and 2) a portfolio suitable for presentation to graduate schools, prospective clients, and/or employers.

ART 4911 ADVANCED STUDIO I
Four hours. Prerequisite: Junior status in the Department of Art and Art History and permission of the instructor. Advanced projects with emphasis on the development of a personal direction of expression.

ART 4912 ADVANCED STUDIO II
Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 4911. Advanced projects in a selected medium and stylistic approach.

ART 4913 ADVANCED STUDIO III
 Four hours. Prerequisite: ART 4912. Continued study in advanced projects in a selected medium and stylistic approach.

ART 4960-4961 ART INTERNSHIP
Four hours each. Prerequisite: Permission of supervising faculty. Internship is intended to provide on-the-job training during the last three semesters of study. Following departmental internship guidelines and in coordination with the faculty, students will secure an appropriate internship assignment in the field of their concentration. Summer internships are encouraged.

ART 4999 SENIOR SEMINAR
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior status in the Art program and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. A senior seminar for the development of: 1) a senior exhibition; and 2) a portfolio suitable for presentation to graduate schools, prospective clients, and/or employers. This is the capstone course for the B.A. and B.F.A. in Studio Art, and is designed to prepare one to create professional artwork and make a scholarly thesis presentation, whether in preparation for graduate school or for other life activities. In this course, the student will write a ten-page research paper associated with his or her senior thesis exhibition and will present a ten- to fifteen-minute oral presentation and defense of his or her thesis exhibition at the senior thesis exhibition critique. The student will undertake and complete the research and writing of the thesis in consultation with the thesis advisor. The thesis advisor will assign the final grade. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C


ART HISTORY Coures


ARH 1100 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistory to the present in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw); FA (In)

ARH 2700 THE CONTEMPORARY ARTIST
Four hours. Prerequisites: ARH 1100, ART 1020, ART 1131, and sophomore standing. Art Theory and Practice is a sophomore seminar course designed to provide a survey of contemporary theory and practice from the artist’s perspective and to prepare the student for portfolio development. Students will explore specific directions and methods of contemporary art practice, will engage in art making as an aspect of their exploration of contemporary media, will discuss health hazards associated with making art, and will prepare a curriculum vita and portfolio representing themselves as contemporary artists. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3710 ANCIENT ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Ancient Mediterranean in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3720 MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Medieval period in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3740 RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance period in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3750 BAROQUE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Baroque period in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3770 EIGHTEENTH-AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. A period-survey of European and American painting, sculpture, and architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 3780 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisite: ARH 1100. A period-survey of European and American painting, sculpture, and architecture of the twentieth century in the context of social, cultural, religious, and political history. Gen Ed: FA (In)

ARH 4790 CONTEMPORARY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Four hours. Prerequisites: ARH 1100 and standing as a junior or senior; additionally, ARH 378 is highly recommended, but is not required. An introduction to painting, sculpture, architecture, and new media from mid-twentieth-century minimalism to the present in the context of contemporary social, cultural, religious, and political history. This course has extensive writing and oral presentation components. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw), FA (In)

ARH 4960-4961 ART HISTORY INTERNSHIP
Four hours. Prerequisites: ARH 1100 and permission of supervising faculty. This course is intended to provide supervised, on-the-job training during one or more the last three semesters of a student’s studies. Following departmental internship guidelines and in coordination with the supervising faculty member, the student will secure an internship assignment that will provide an appropriate learning experience in his or her field of concentration. Summer field experiences are encouraged. Most Art History internships are in museum or gallery settings.

ARH 4999 ART HISTORY SENIOR THESIS
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the Department of Art and Art History, ARH 1100, an ARH period-survey course at the 3000-level or higher, permission of a thesis advisor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This is the capstone course for the B.A. in Art History, and is designed to prepare one to do scholarly writing about art history and make a scholarly slide- or digital-image-presentation, whether in preparation for graduate school or for other life activities. The course may be taken by non-majors who wish to have this research and writing experience. In this course, the student will write a twenty-page research paper of the type commonly assigned in graduate art history courses. This course will be deemed to be cross-listed with any upper-division period-survey course taught during the same semester. The student will register for ARH 4999, will be responsible for attending a chosen periodsurvey course, and will complete the exams and other projects of that period-survey—except for the research paper required for the period-survey. Instead of the research paper required for the period-survey, in consultation with a faculty member chosen to be the thesis advisor, the student will select for his or her senior thesis a topic that is related to the content of the period-survey. The student will undertake and complete the research and writing of the thesis in consultation with the thesis advisor. In addition to the thesis paper, the student will give a ten- to fifteen-minute presentation on the subject of the thesis paper to the students and faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at one of the departmental critiques. The thesis advisor will assign the final grade. Four hours credit will be given for this course, and four hours credit will be given separately for the period-survey course. Gen Ed: Ql, EC-C