Faculty of Extension
Below are the courses available from the EXART subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times
This course serves as an introduction to western art, focusing largely on artists and objects that comprise the art history canon, from early 14th century art to modern art of the 20th century. In this introduction to the discipline of art history, you will be exposed to various artistic movements, and will be provided with a working knowledge of art history terminology.
What do all art forms have in common? How do artists use the elements and principles of design to help develop and unify their work and ideas? What is the language of art? Explore these questions and others in this introduction to design fundamentals. The characteristics of line, shape, texture, colour, and space are emphasized through examples, demonstrations, discussion, and visual problem-solving, as well as studio work with pencil, pen and ink, and acrylics. Enhance your appreciation of art and the process that makes it possible.
Expand the skills and ideas introduced in Visual Art and Design I into a creative and inventive format. Participate in an individual cumulative project that will develop over the length of the course. Elements of art and design will be put into practice while problem solving both media and subject, including drawing, painting, craft, mixed media or other. Prerequisite: EXART 3003
Drawing is one of the cornerstones of art training and is fundamental for visual arts. Learn the essentials of drawing from observation. Employing pencil, conté, or charcoal on paper, class projects use still-life motifs to introduce you to the basic elements of drawing line, form, tone, and texture. Develop your awareness of seeing and understanding the factors that work in good picture-making and apply them to produce a finished drawing.
Build on your skills from Drawing I and further explore the fundamental elements of line, shape, texture, space, tonal value, and compositional principles and considerations such as figure-ground relationships, rhythm, and scale. Employing dry and wet media on paper, projects will focus on observational drawing from still-life and the human figure. While emphasis will be on representational drawing, achromatic linear, and tonal value studies, the use of colour, abstraction, and collage will be introduced. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.
Explore the principles of drawing from the life model. A number of exercises, including quick and sustained studies, the study of basic human anatomy, and the relationship of the figure versus background, are employed to assist you in drawing the human form. Pencil, conté, and charcoal are recommended drawing media. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.
Build on your drawing and design skills as you apply them to the principles and techniques of painting. Work in oil or acrylic to bring your own style to still life motifs in exercises that examine the planning, development, and composition of paintings. Completion of EXART 3003 and EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.
Apply your basic painting skills as you further explore techniques, colour theories, and descriptive and interpretative methods of oil or acrylic painting in the studio. Completion of EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.
Explore various aspects of the creative processes as they pertain to pictorial art. A series of projects will examine spontaneous approaches to painting. Emphasis will be placed on a diversified use of media and the sources of meaningful imagery. You are free to work in any media. Completion of EXART 3011 is strongly recommended.
In this course students will learn various techniques of developing portrait drawing based on direct observation of the model. The students will develop an understanding of how to translate three dimensional shapes onto the two dimensional surface based on proportions and the anatomical aspects of the human head. The principals of well established composition, value, use of negative space and foreshortening will also be explored. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.
This course is concerned with the compositional realization of the portrait. While painting from a model, you will become familiar with the art and historical approaches toward creating a successful portrait. Capturing likeness and expression will be emphasized. Become familiar with the bone and muscle structure of the human head as well as with the Western European technique of building flesh tones through layers. Completion of EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.
Prior to the review, attend a one-hour preparatory information session, which will outline the review process and aims to prepare you for the review. This is an opportunity for you to receive feedback on your progress from a panel of instructors. Advancement to Project Course I is granted based on this Portfolio Review and is contingent on student competence. Suggestions, constructive feedback, and recommendations for future study and direction will be discussed. Additional courses may be required. To schedule a review, call 780-492-3034.
The topics in the course may change from term to term.
This course introduces the techniques of pen and ink and watercolour, using still-life motifs, models and landscape. Completion of EXART 3525 is strongly recommended.
When work is prepared for the Final Exhibition in collaboration with a mentor of your choosing. This course should be taken following the completion of your stream of specialization and following the completion of recommended courses suggested in the First Portfolio Review. Students should have an idea of which instructor they would like to work with prior to enrolling in this course. Student and mentor will mutually establish objectives.
This is the final course of the Visual Arts Certificate program when work is completed in preparation for a Final Exhibition in collaboration with your choosing.
A knowledge of perspective is required to accurately draw facades of buildings, room interiors, and landscape compositions. This is a tool often learned then forgotten, but understanding perspective is invaluable to give life and concreteness to form. Basic principles of perspective will be discussed, with an emphasis on the perceptual understanding of form as we see it. We will examine line, tone, compositional arrangements, and textures. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.
A natural extension of design and painting, monotype printing is a water-based, non-toxic method of printmaking. We will explore printmaking techniques using a simple planographic plate. Learn ink application including positive and negative image building, colour mixing, paper preparation, multi-layer printing, and press procedures. Employ your creativity in a new way by exploring the possibilities of monotype printmaking.
Expand upon the conceptual, technical, and formal aspects of drawing acquired in previous courses and explore new possibilities, both practical and conceptual, pertaining to the visual language of drawing. Explore both traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques and media to further develop individual expression. Through a combination of instructor-driven and student-initiated assignments, explore new directions based on experimentation and perceptual cognition to broaden your understanding of drawing. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.
Gain practical experience as well as insight into past technical developments from a variety of historical periods. While painting from a model and still life, you will become familiar with the use of underlayers, glazing, scumbling, velatura, dead color, and grisaille. Emphasis will be placed upon studying the art works of the Old Masters with a special interest for their use of the transparent paint vs. opaque paint.
In the modern art movement, influential western artists, particularly the abstract expressionists, studied and integrated eastern philosophies and brush work into their artistic practices. Students will be introduced to the works of some of these artists and will have hands-on experience using basic art materials of Chinese brush, ink, and shuen (rice) paper in drawing and in painting.This course will explore brushwork techniques alongside connections to the mind, body, and spirit in the creative process.
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique commonly used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, in which coloured pigments were mixed with molten wax and painted on panels. In this course students will learn how to apply the encaustic technique to contemporary paintings. This medium consists of a mixture of beeswax and resin to which pigments are added to create paint. The waxes can be reworked or removed, added to or abraded. This technique will give the paintings either a great luminosity through the application of a number of transparent layers or a thick, matte texture. This technique will become a springboard in the students' self-exploration of abstract and/ or representational art. The creativity of this medium is unending.
Students will learn the anatomical structure of human hands and feet, with emphasis on structure and volumetric clarity, by creating a series of drawings as well as sculpting in modeling clay and painting these forms. Anatomical drawings, charts, master drawings, the skeleton, and models may be accessed for reference purposes.
Learn techniques to guide your personal interpretation of painting a portrait in watercolour. Completion of EXART 3005, 3525, or 3010 is strongly recommended
Learn to compose and interpret the figure in watercolour. Work from a model and apply various watercolour techniques. Completion of EXART 3007, 3525, or 3010 is strongly recommended
This course aims to expand spontaneity in your picture-making. Pursue drawing with mixed media such as charcoal, graphite, ink, watercolour and acrylics. Experiment with brush, pen and other drawing instruments. You will learn various strategies to work with mixed media and methods to effectively integrate them in your work. Expressive use of media to convey feelings will also be explored. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended.
Participants will learn the basics of watercolour painting such as colour mixing, flat wash, graded wash, and wet-in-wet technique. Properties of individual watercolour pigments will be addressed. In addition to working with still life motif, students will be introduced to landscape painting, floral study and abstract work.
This course is a direct continuation of Watercolour I to assist you in further developing your skills and techniques. You will be guided in the creative use of the watercolour medium, both traditionally and contemporarily. The development of a personal style can also be explored. Completion of EXART 3525 is strongly recommended.
Including both outdoor and studio work, this course explores planning, designing, and choosing watercolour techniques suitable to the landscape situation. Learn to choose an outdoor landscape subject, clarify forms into understandable shapes, and then proceed to complete a painting. Completion of EXART 3526 is strongly recommended.
This is a studio based course intended to provided students with a broad range of information and experience (both practical and conceptual) within the context of drawing the figure. The main focus will be working from the nude model with an emphasis on human anatomy as well as perspective and composition. In this introductory figure drawing course, we will examine how line and value relationships affect the description of human form. Students will gain experience working from direct observation further developing proportion and sighting. Assignments are structured to allow students to explore a variety of approaches to figurative drawing, including gesture, contour, and sustained drawings. The course exercises will gradually increase in range and complexity. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.
This is a studio based course intended to provide students with a broad range of information and experience (both practical and conceptual) within the context of painting the figure. The main focus will be working from the nude model with an emphasis on human anatomy, as well as interior space, structure, and composition. In this introductory figure-painting course we will examine the Western tradition of painting the figure, particularly as it relates to the practice of working from the model. Students will gain experience working from direct observation of the nude model, further developing figure, ground, colour and value relationships. Assignments are structured to allow students to explore a variety of approaches to figurative painting drawn from historical and contemporary examples. The course exercises will gradually increase in range and complexity. Completion of EXART 3006 and EXART 3010 is strongly recommended.
Working on location en plein air is an excellent way to carry skills out of the studio and into the day-to-day practice of making art. Work on location at various sites and work in different media to stretch your limits and make drawing more accessible. Develop sketchbook skills where any location and any time become the mantra of your art making. Pen and ink is a portable flexible media which may be drawn, painted, splattered, and pushed to the limit to acquire results while on location. Depending on the skill sets of the students, oil pastels will be used as a bridge between drawing and painting. Completion of EXART 3006 is strongly recommended.
The sketchbook is perhaps the most all-encompassing tool established across the disciplines of art, craft, and design. By noting an event, an idea, or a diagram in a sketchbook, the artist saves that memory to work with when back in the studio. Students will discover a variety of ideas and methods of sketchbook practice, along with the practical application of methods and materials. This includes choosing suitable supports and mediums, and gathering and recording information. The course provides instruction, suggestions, and information on the use of a variety of different media and on the addition of photographs, found objects, and mixed media within sketchbooks.
Make the shift from representational to abstract painting. Gain an understanding of why and how artists create abstract works. Examine how changing technologies in the 19th and 20th centuries have influenced of abstract art. Experiment with other artists' processes and discuss how to use colour, line, and texture to create rhythm and mood in abstract work. Examine how social movements and changing philosophies have influenced abstract art.
The Final Portfolio Review takes place following the completion of all required courses, including the Project Course. This review assesses the progress of your Project Course and is an indication of whether you are ready for your graduating exhibition in the Extension Art Gallery.
Explore themes, develop research strategies, and gain personal direction in your art production. We'll explore content and meaning of various themes and through directed research, choose appropriate materials to convey a visual message. This course is ideal for gaining direction in thematic development in preparation for your portfolio review, project course, and solo exhibition.
Dry pastels are the purest form of pigment. When you draw with them the colour virtually flows from your finger tips. You will develop both your drawing and painting skills. You will study the use of colour, light, line, and composition while developing your individual expression. Students will develop a new understanding of colour by drawing with chalk pastels. Completion of EXART 3005 is strongly recommended
Expand your understanding of the elements and principles of art and design to further develop your art practice and expand your current portfolio. We'll work with 2D planning processes and translate them into 3D projects and we'll explore multi-media approaches to problem solving. Through hands-on activities, this course will cultivate your ability to generate creative ideas and develop the skill to execute them.
Now that you have created works that you are proud of, prepare a portfolio and communication strategy that showcases your experience, individual style, and professional accomplishments. The effective presentation of your work is integral for your success as an artist. This course will explore different ways to demonstrate your work, whether galleries, potential clients or academic institutions. Topics include creating an artist statement, effective portfolio preparations, applying for grants and creating proposals. We'll explore the innovative ways contemporary professional artists get their work seen, notice and talked about. This course is for anyone wanting to continue in either professional practice or further education in the arts.
Explore the transition from representational to abstract drawing through the application of various methods and a variety of materials. Working primarily from observation, explore both wet and dry drawing tools, including ink, wash, colour, collage, resists, crayon, conte, paint, charcoal, pen, and graphite. Students will be encouraged to explore increasingly complex formal, conceptual, and compositional elements, and will work towards a self-directed body of drawings.
Stimulate your creative engine for idea and energy generation, whether for your art or your work in other fields. Bring about creative action as you explore new ways of seeing, thinking, and acting. Learn how you can use your creative muscles to push beyond the first idea, and - if you are a teacher, facilitator, or team leader - how to build an environment in which you'll be able to assist others in finding and using their own creative potential. With a new theme introduced each day, you will be guided through a variety of activities employing drawing, journaling, and visual thinking.
Invaluable in developing and communicating design ideas, experience architecture's creative aspects and decode architecture's visual language by learning how to think spatially. Learn to see spaces in new ways and sketch what you see with accuracy by applying the rules of perspective and the fundamental skills of proportion and scale, space and volume, and materials and textures. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike, immerse yourself in the world of architecture drawing - you'll never look at buildings the same way again!
Contemplate the process of creating a personal artistic style as you explore a variety of techniques and employ problem solving to create a sustained body of work in drawing, painting, or mixed media. Through research and investigation, distinguish an artist's style that speaks to you and identify specific problems to focus on. We will visit museums and galleries and maintain a journal to document development and subject exploration. You will select an artist (historic or contemporary), examine their processes, and create a body of work in their style.