Art Summer Courses


    Introduction to Drawing and Painting (5 credits)

  • ART 20J

    Session 2

    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 $56 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): two courses from Art 10D, 10E, or 10F. Enrollment is restricted to proposed art and art majors. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Susana Terrell

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  • Introduction to Drawing (online) (5 credits)

  • 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.) 

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor: Grant Whipple

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  • Introduction to Printmaking (5 credits)

  • ART 26

    Session 1 

    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 $70 materials fee. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A)

    Proposed Instructor: Bridget Henry

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  • Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (online) (5 credits)

  • 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.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Kristen Gillette

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  • Introduction to 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, & More (5 credits)

  • 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 $14 course materials fee. (Formerly 3-D Alchemy: 3-D Design/Rapid Prototyping/3-D Printing/CNC Milling/Laser Cutting.) (Also offered as DANM 140. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

    Proposed Instructor: Sean McGowen

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  • 2D Animation (online) (5 credits)

  • 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.

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor: Kristen Gillette

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  • Illustrating Stories: Fantasy & Documentary Narratives (5 credits)

  • ART 113

    Session 1 

    This drawing/painting class will be taught using New Yorker magazine covers as examples of illustration at a level of excellence that is accessible and will be examined for content and formal qualities. Work will be done in drawing and painting media. There may be some digital and mixed media incorporated. Painting will be water based. Wit, humor, restraint and sophistication will be discussed as well as inclusivity, exclusivity, and explicit and implicit social issues. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)

    Proposed Instructor: Frank Galuszka


  • Figure Painting (5 credits)

  • ART 132

    Session 2

    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 $50 materials fee. (Formerly course 102A.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Noah Buchanan

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  • Darkroom Practices (5 credits)

  • ART 150

    Session 1

    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 $65 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): One course from Art 20I, 151, 156, 158, or 159; and two non-photography lower-division art studios from Art 15, 20G, 20H, 20J, 20K, 20L, or 26. Enrollment is restricted to art majors. May be repeated for credit. 

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Jack Chapman

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  • View Camera Photography (5 credits)

  • ART 152C

    Session 2

    Course will explore the processes, materials, and techniques of large-format photography. Students will learn the concepts and theories related to the view camera. The course emphasizes advanced understanding of negative exposure, sheet-film processing, tonal-range manipulation, digital scanning and large-format output. Contemporary issues and concepts will be explored. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Karolina Karlic

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  • Photo Field Research Quarter, California Road Trip (10 credits)

  • ART 155

    Special Session: August 1- 22
    Application deadline: May 26 at 11:59 PM. 

    This course offers students the unique opportunity to live and learn and photograph outside the classroom, actively engaging locations across the state of California. Students will cover 2400 miles from Northern Mendocino County to the Salton Sea, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley and Big Sur. The class will expose students to cultural, historical and environmental issues facing the State of California. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    We seek a group of motivated students to join us for a challenging and exciting summer exploring and documenting California. Attention will be focused on various social, economic, environmental and historical issues.  PFRQ is open to all students. Third and fourth year students with a clear interest in pursuing study in photography and film are preferred. Participants will be selected based on the quality and content of their applications. Class size is limited to 9 students.

    Application deadline: May 26 at 11:59 PM. You may send or drop off a paper copy to the Baskin Visual Art department office, or send in email form to Jack Chapman (jackfoto@ucsc.edu). It is not necessary to use or include the form as long as all the requested information is included in your application. Download application.

    The following locations will be visited during the class:
    Redwood Valley, Frey Winery, Redwood Valley Rancheria/Reservation
    Covelo, Round Valley Rancheria/Reservation
    McLaughlin UC Reserve, Homestakes Mine
    Donner Lake
    Lake Tahoe
    Convict Lake
    Manzanar Internment Camp
    Portals
    Owen’s Valley/Lake, Los Angeles Aqueduct
    Death Valley
    Mojave Desert, Granite Mountain UC Reserve
    Boyd Deep Canyon UC Reserve
    Salton Sea
    Stunt Ranch UC Reserve
    Big Sur, Big Creek UC Reserve

    The PFRQ teaches camera handling skills, concepts of composition, exposure and lighting by engaging students on location in various challenging environments, as well as techniques for interaction with found subjects and participants.  A digital image capture device of some kind is required.  Digital SLRs, point and shoot cameras, phones and digital notebooks capable of image capture are all acceptable devices for use in this course.  Shooting analog film in addition to digital image capture is encouraged.  Course work will consist of oral research presentations in the field, critiques presented through digital projection, and a daily field journal.

    PFRQ requires serious commitment. There will be rugged hiking, interactions with diverse and remote communities, and long-distance travel. No previous camping experience is required, but participants should expect to live, photograph, and actively participate on the road and outdoors with a small group throughout the quarter. This course takes place from August 1st to August 22rd entirely in the field.  We will not be returning to Santa Cruz until the very last day of the class.

    A course fee of $550 will be charged in addition to regular tuition to cover the costs of transportation, lodging, and logistical support.  This fee does not cover personal gear or food.

    More information about PFRQ is available by contacting Jack Chapman in the Baskin Visual Art Department. (831) 459-2282 or jackfoto@ucsc.edu

    Proposed Instructor: Jack Chapman

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  • Screenprinting (5 credits)

  • ART 164A

    Session 2

    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 $90 materials fee. Prerequisites: One course from Art 20G, 26, 160B, 161B, 162A, 162B, 163A, 163B, 165, 168, or 169; and two non-print lower-division media studios from Art 15, 20H, 20I, 20J, 20K, or 20L. Enrollment is restricted to art majors. Enrollment limited to 20. 

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Sarah Sanford

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  • Metal Fabrication (5 credits)

  • ART 183

    Session 1

    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 $95 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): One course from Art 20H, 120,121, 122, 124, 125, 129, 172, 180B, 188, or 189; and two non-sculpture/intermedia/public art lower-division studios from Art 15, 20G, 20I, 20J, 20K, 20L, or 26. Restricted to art majors. May be repeated for credit. 

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Sean Monaghan

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  • Moku Hanga: UCSC Printmaking in Tokyo

  • ART 161B

    Session 2

    2 Weeks at UCSC: July 29 - August 9 *
    3 Weeks at Tama Art University: August 12 - August 31

    Learn Japanese woodblock printmaking "Moku Hanga" known as the "Ukiyo-e technique" widely studied by artists today. This five-week program will be taught first at UCSC (for two weeks) and then at Tama Art University in Japan (for three weeks). Students will learn a wide range of both traditional and contemporary Eastern (water- based) and Western-style (oil-based) woodblock printmaking processes. While in the Western tradition, oil-based ink is applied with a roller and printed onto the papers surface, often with the help of a press, in the Japanese tradition water-based ink is applied with a brush and, while being printed by hand, is pressed deeply into the absorbent Japanese paper. This method deeply influenced some late 19th-century Post-Impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet. Students will be able to study the treasured historical skills and tools of Moku Hanga with greater understanding and appreciation. Classes will help stimulate and inspire our UCSC undergraduate art major students to prepare their artistic careers and expand their possibilities for study opportunities internationally.

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    Apply through Study Abroad by March 7

    Course(s)

    Art 161B Relief/Mixed Media Printmaking (5 units) - Required. Explores traditional, contemporary, and experimental processes, issues, and concepts of relief and mono/mixed media printmaking. Students gain in-depth information and working knowledge to specialize individual ideas and build artistic development through varieties of class activities. Prerequisites: One course from Art 20G, 26, 160B, 162A, 162B, 163A, 163B, 164A, 165, 168, or 169; and two non-print lower-division media studios from Art 15, 20H, 20I, 20J, 20K, or 20L. Enrollment is restricted to art majors. May be repeated for credit. Students are billed a $65 materials fee. 

    Art 199F Tutorial/Independent Study (2 units) - Optional. Please speak to Faculty Director Jimin Lee for permission to take this course. This additional 2-unit course will enable students to complete their individual projects. Art 199 Tutorial was designed to enhance students' visual concepts and refine their technical skills based on their individual proposals. Students will finalize the scope of their projects with the instructor once they are accepted for this program. Students will work and conduct their research individually following suggestions and discussions with the instructor in weekly meetings. They will acquire in-depth information and working knowledge building toward further artistic development in the field of relief (woodblock) printmaking through their additional individual projects. 

    Art 199 (5 units) - Optional. Please speak to Faculty Director Jimin Lee for permission to take this course

    Proposed Instructor: Jimin Lee


  • Art in the Global Context - Czech Republic

  • ART 189

    Special Session - August 11 - August 31, 2019

    In this immersive studio art class students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context. Using the rich history and culture of Central Europe as site and locale, the class will travel to contemporary art museums, cultural and historical sites in Prague and Berlin (1 week), then create responsive artworks on-site at ArtMill’s Center for Sustainability, in the Bohemian countryside, Czech Republic (2 weeks). Studio assignments, lectures, conceptual, fabrication practices and critique will be led by UCSC Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones; artist and writer Barbara Benish,  Director of ArtMill, as well as visiting faculty and professional artists from Czech Republic and other internationally recognized art schools and universities, such as NYU in New York, and the Dresden and Berlin Academies.  Students will create original artworks that explore the complex relationship between object-making, place-making, aesthetics and cultural identity in a global context through four themed projects. There will be a final exhibition on-site and open to the public. 

    Apply through Study Abroad by March 7

    Course(s)

    ART 189: Art in the Global Context - Czech Republic (5 units) - required. In this immersive studio class students create site-responsive sculptures, performances, and installations that explore art in a global context. Using the rich history and culture of Central Europe as site and locale, the class will travel to contemporary art museums, cultural and historical sites in Prague and Berlin, then create responsive artwork explore the complex relationship between object-­‐‑making, place-­‐‑making, place aesthetics and cultural identity in a global context. Students are billed a materials $65 fee. 

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

    Art 199 Tutorial/Independent Study (5 units) - optional.

    Proposed Instructor: Dee Hibbert-Jones