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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Barcelona F12 Course Offerings - Art


ART 300 – Elementary Drawing and Composition
(3 units)                          (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
CSU/UC; AA/AS Area I - Humanities; CSU Area C1 - Arts
The fine art medium of drawing is inseparable from the act of seeing.
This beginning course covers the fundamentals and extended development of visual awareness: gaining skills in the use of line, shape, value, perspective, space and composition. Incorporating the beautiful backdrop of Barcelona in our curriculum, utilizing the vast array of museum and gallery collections, students will have the opportunity for drawing both inside and outside the classroom. The opportunity to draw from masters inside museums such as the Picasso Museum and the Foundation Miro is an invaluable artistic experience. Students will be introduced to various media and techniques of drawing: including charcoal, ink and pencil.

ART 302 – Elementary Drawing and Composition
(3 units)                          (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
Prerequisite: ART 300 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
CSU/UC; AA/AS elective; CSU Area C1 - Arts
This second-semester course continues to explore fundamentals and the development of visual awareness: gaining skills in the use of line, shape, value, perspective, space and composition. The expressive visual element of COLOR will be introduced in this course. Incorporating the beautiful backdrop of Barcelona in our curriculum, utilizing the vast array of museum and gallery collections, students will have the opportunity for drawing both inside and outside the classroom. The opportunity to draw from masters inside museums such as the Picasso Museum and the Foundation Miro is an invaluable artistic experience. Students will increase expertise in various media and techniques of drawing: beginning with charcoal and moving into colored pencils and pastels.

ARTH 309 - Art Survey: Renaissance to 19th Century
(3 units)                          (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
CSU/UC; AA/AS Area I - Humanities; CSU Area C1 - Arts; IGETC Area 3A - Arts
The Mediterranean city Barcelona, renowned for its beauty and architecture, as well as in its urban offerings and abundance of cultural events, provides a perfect locale to study Art History.
Barcelona has been a beacon of artists and writers for many centuries, and this course capitalizes on the abundant resources available by visiting museums such as the beautiful Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Students will analyze and compare works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic/Neoclassic and Impressionist periods. Viewing masterpieces by artists such as Velasquez and Goya in person will prove an invaluable asset in understanding both the formal elements and the historical context of the art. Students will be encouraged to explore the wide-ranging cultural offerings of Barcelona outside of the class as part of curriculum.

ARTH 311 – Art Survey: Modern Art
(3 units)                          (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade)
CSU/UC; AA/AS Area I - Humanities; CSU Area C1 - Arts; IGETC Area 3A - Arts
Barcelona’s magnificent contribution to modern art is immeasurable.
Viewing original works by Catalan modern masters such as Picasso, Dali and Miro and Gaudi provides a wonderful opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Spanish art history and acquire a greater understanding of the incredible sights that constantly surround them in Barcelona. By studying and evaluating diverse art forms from the mid 19th to 20th centuries and ending with the contemporary art scene, students will gain valuable insight and perspective.
In addition to Barcelona’s own Picasso and Miro, we’ll be highlighting Antoni Gaudi’s contributions with far-reaching influence on international architecture, specifically the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Field trip to neighboring town of Figueres to visit the Salvado Dali Museum provides another valuable experience. Students will be encouraged to explore the wide-ranging architectural and cultural offerings of Barcelona outside of the class as part of curriculum.


COSUMNES RIVER COLLEGE
Instructor Diane Richey-Ward
Diane is a practicing visual artist and fulltime Professor of Art at American River College in Sacramento. Her mixed-media drawings and video installations have been exhibited regionally and in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Europe. She has been the fortunate recipient of eleven artist-in-Residencies in the US, Netherlands, France, Canada and Mexico. These fellowships involve creating a body of work over a period of two months in a guest studio, then exhibiting these drawings at the conclusion of her stay. Diane has been awarded a residency for Barcelona this June, initiating a series involving architectural structure and Antoni Gaudi. She has had the privilege of teaching abroad with NCSAC three previous semesters: Art History and Drawing in Paris in 2008, Florence in 2009, and London in 2010. These experiences have further cementing her fierce commitment and enthusiasm for the Study Abroad program. Having concentrated on the medium of Drawing in both her teaching and artistic expression, she combines this expertise with extensive travel and art historical experience to provide a unique opportunity for students to broaden their visual and cultural awareness.


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