Art Summer Courses


    Introduction to Drawing and Painting

  • ART 20J

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Introduces the material practices of painting in combination with the formal vocabulary of the visual arts. A discussion of values, form, color, and figure/ground relationships enters into each class. Students are billed for a materials fee. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

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    Instructor: Susana Terrell 


  • Introduction to Drawing (online)

  • ART 20L

    Session 1

    Online only course. 

    Traditional handmade drawing course taught in online format through demonstration videos, digital submissions, and small-group discussion forum critiques. Introduces the fundamental basics of observational drawing in a progression designed to develop and build skills in sighting, measuring, value, and rendering. Familiarity with Canvas, access to digital camera, and purchase of art supplies required. Assumes 30 hours per week of coursework. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

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    Instructor: Grant Whipple

    Syllabi and Course video

  • Introduction to Printmaking

  • ART 26

    Session 1 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Survey of print medium: basic terminology, techniques, application of tools, materials, and condensed history of development of printmaking. Assignments consist of individual and collaborative projects aimed at building skills and gathering technical experience. Introduction to relief printing (black and white and color), intaglio, letterpress, and interface between photography/computer and the handmade print. Exploration of print media for communication of issues including formal aesthetics, social/psychological and personal narrative. Students are billed a materials fee. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A)

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    Instructor: Bridget Henry 


  • Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (online)

  • ART 80T

    Session 1

    Online only course. 

    Introduces the digital tools and mediums available to contemporary art practices. Tools are explored from a historical and theoretical context and from a technical perspective through hands-on tutorials. A variety of artworks that use digital mediums are also examined. Covers photo and vector editors, sound and video editing, basic 3D modeling, and images and interactions generated by code. Students should have basic computer literacy. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 

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    Instructor: Kristen Gillette

    Syllabi 


  • Introduction to 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, & More

  • ART 105-01

    Session 1

    Learn to design functional objects, sculpture, and other digitally inspired forms in a variety of 3-D applications (Cinema 4-D, Maya, AutoCad, Rhino, SketchUp), then produce those models as physical objects with a variety of rapid prototyping methods including additive 3-D printing, CNC milling, vacuum forming, and laser cutting. Students are billed a course materials fee. (Formerly 3-D Alchemy: 3-D Design/Rapid Prototyping/3-D Printing/CNC Milling/Laser Cutting.) (Also offered as Digital Arts and New Media 140. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

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    Instructor: Colleen Jennings


  • Introduction to 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, & More

  • ART 105-02

    Session 2

    Learn to design functional objects, sculpture, and other digitally inspired forms in a variety of 3-D applications (Cinema 4-D, Maya, AutoCad, Rhino, SketchUp), then produce those models as physical objects with a variety of rapid prototyping methods including additive 3-D printing, CNC milling, vacuum forming, and laser cutting. Students are billed a course materials fee. (Formerly 3-D Alchemy: 3-D Design/Rapid Prototyping/3-D Printing/CNC Milling/Laser Cutting.) (Also offered as Digital Arts and New Media 140. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)(General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

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    Instructor: Colleen Jennings


  • Introduction to Animation (online)

  • ART 106-O

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    This project-centered studio course introduces 2D animation concepts, history, techniques and contemporary practices, production strategies, processes and tools from a practical approach rooted in a historical/theoretical context. During each project's development, students research artists working within relevant categories and/or topics of animation, presenting findings to assist in their creative process.

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    Instructor: Kristen Gillette

    Syllabi & Course video


  • Figure Drawing

  • ART 111

    Session 1 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Focuses on drawing from the human figure and exploring the figure for the purpose of personal expression and social communication. Intended for the intermediate/advanced drawing student. Students are billed a materials fee. May be repeated for credit. 

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    Instructor: Noah Buchanan


  • Figure Painting

  • ART 132

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Students learn the classical practice of painting the nude figure from life using traditional oil painting techniques. Students study short poses, limited color, and graduate to long pose, full color. Students are billed a materials fee. (Formerly course 102A.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

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    Instructor: Noah Buchanan


  • Darkroom Practices

  • ART 150

    Session 1 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Students concentrate on darkroom practices and explore visual ideas, directing their work toward individualized goals. Required work includes making photographic prints, reading historical and theoretical works, and examination of photographs. Students are billed a materials fee. May be repeated for credit. 

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    Instructor: Jack Chapman


  • Photo Field Research Quarter

  • ART 156 & ART 159

    August 1 - August 23

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    The Photography Field Research Quarter (PFRQ) is a 10 unit class that takes place entirely in the field. The PFRQ is a rigorous and intensive study in field research methods, data acquisition and storage, and advanced photographic practices. Students and the instructor are going to travel by van through seven UC NRS Reserves covering ground from Northern Mendocino County to the Eastern Sierra, down to the Salton Sea and back up through Big Sur. Class capacity limited to 11 students. $500 course fee (not including food).

    Students must first apply through the art department. Application HERE (deadline to apply - May 27)

    Students must then enroll in both:

    Art 156 - Special Topics in Photography: Special studies in photography, concentrating on specific subject matter or media. Topics may include documentary photography, landscape, alternative processes, or mixed media. See in Class Search

    Art 159 - Project Development in Photography: Concentrates on photographic project development, developing analytical skills designed to help direct students' own photographic ideas. Helps students create a conceptual, theoretical framework through image-making in the field and studio, through critique and discussion, through readings, and by studying the work of artists. See in Class Search

    Instructor: Jack Chapman


  • Moku Hanga: UCSC Printmaking in Tokyo - Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad

  • ART 161B

    Session 1

    Join Professor Jimin Lee to learn Japanese woodblock printmaking "Moku Hanga" known as the "Ukiyo-e technique" widely studied by artists today. Must apply through UCSC Study Abroad office. 

    Courses:

    Art 161B: Relief/Mixed Media Printmaking (5 units) - required

    Art 161B covers techniques, application of tools, materials, issues and concepts and a condensed history of the development of woodblock printmaking. See in Class Search

    Art 199F: Tutorial/Independent Study (2 units) - optional

  • Screenprinting

  • ART 164A

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Introduces water-based screen printing. Students are introduced to processes including basic equipment, printing techniques, printing papers, stenciling processes, and photographic and digital techniques. Emphasis is on continued development of content and aesthetic awareness through the possibilities of screen printing. Students are billed a materials fee. May be repeated for credit.

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    Instructor: Sarah Sanford


  • Metal Fabrication

  • ART 183

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Focus on teaching intermediate to advanced students the processes and techniques of direct metal fabrication for contemporary sculpture and design. Explores a range of welding, cutting, and forming techniques and processes through demonstrations, slide lectures, field trips, and studio time. Demonstrations, slide lectures, and critical discussion of work help develop technical and conceptual skills. Students are billed a materials fee. May be repeated for credit.

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    Instructor: Sean Monaghan