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We believe that art enriches our lives, brightens our world and opens our hearts and minds. The Visual Arts Department at Shelton State Community College focuses on instruction in art techniques and processes engaging the students in creative thinking, self-exploration and critical evaluation.  The courses are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in studio arts and art history.  The art program offers experience for the student pursuing transfer to a four-year college, art careers and/or personal enrichment.

The Martin Campus Art Gallery, a component of the visual arts program, showcases a changing series of exhibitions of local, regional and national artists. At the end of each semester, the gallery also features a juried student art exhibition with a purchase award.

Art Courses

(The following courses are currently offered at SSCC).

Art 100 – Art Appreciation    3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.
This course is designed to help the student find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in original art work. Upon completion, the student should understand the fundamentals of art; the materials used, and have a basic overview of the history of art.

Art 180  Introduction to Graphic Design  (3 hrs.)
This course is a general introduction to graphic design.  Topics include history, processes, and production design.  Upon completion, the student should understand the concepts used to create media graphics.

Art 203 – Art History I (Pre-historical – 1300s)  3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.
COREQUISITE: ENG 093 or equivalent placement score.
This course covers the chronological development of different forms of art, such as sculpture, painting, and architecture. Emphasis is placed on history from the ancient period through the Renaissance. Upon completion, the student should be able to communicate a knowledge of time period and chronological sequence including a knowledge of themes, styles, and of the impact of society on the arts.

Art 204 – Art History II (1200s – Present)   3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: RDG 085 or equivalent placement score.
COREQUISITE: ENG 093 or equivalent placement score.
This course covers a study of the chronological development of different forms of art, such as sculpture, painting, and architecture. Emphasis is placed on history from the Baroque to the present. Upon completion, the student should be able to communicate a knowledge of time period and chronological sequence including a knowledge of themes, styles, and of the impact of society on the arts.

Art 113 – Drawing I      3Hrs.
This course provides the opportunity to develop perceptional and technical skills in a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on communication through experimenting with composition, subject matter, and technique. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate and apply the fundamentals of art to various creative drawing projects.

Art 114 – Drawing II      3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 113.
This course advances the student’s drawing skills in various art media. Emphasis is placed on communication through experimentation, composition, technique, and personal expression. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate creative drawing skills, the application of the fundamentals of art, and the communication of personal thoughts and feelings.

Art 233 – Painting I       3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 113 or ART 121.
This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental painting processes and materials. Topics include art fundamentals, color theory, and composition. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of art and discuss various approaches to the media and the creative processes associated with painting.

Art 234 – Painting II       3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 233.
This course is designed to develop the student’s knowledge of the materials and procedures of painting beyond the introductory level. Emphasis is placed on the creative and technical problems associated with communicating through composition and style. Upon completion, the student should be able to demonstrate the application of the fundamentals of painting and the creative process to the communication of ideas.

Art 173 – Photography I      3Hrs.
NOTE: A 35mm single-lens reflex camera is required.
This course is an introduction to the art of photography. Emphasis is placed on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography with detailed instruction in darkroom techniques. Upon completion, the student should understand the camera as a creative tool, understand the films, chemicals and papers, and have knowledge of composition and history.

Art 174 – Photography II      3Hrs.
PREREQUISITE: ART 173.
NOTE: A 35mm single-lens reflex camera is required.
This course advances the students’ technical and aesthetic knowledge of photography beyond the introductory level. Emphasis is placed on photographic composition and darkroom techniques as a means of communication. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate through the photographic process his/her creative and communication skills.

Art 121 – Two-Dimensional Composition   3Hrs.
This course introduces the basic concepts of two-dimensional design.  Topics include the elements and principles of design with emphasis on the arrangements and relationships among them. Upon completion, the student should demonstrate an effective use of these elements and principles of design in creating two-dimensional compositions.

Art 175 – Digital Photography I
This course introduces students to digital imaging techniques. Emphasis is placed on the technical application of the camera, digital photographic lighting methods, and overall composition. Upon completion, students should be able to take digital images and understand the technical aspects of producing high quality photos.

Art 275 – Advanced Digital Photography
This course explores various uses of digital photography. Subjects may include studio, portrait, landscape and other areas of photography. Upon completion, the student should be able to apply the techniques necessary to produce professional photographs of a variety of subjects.

Faculty

Jaia Chen
Full-time Fine Arts Faculty
Ms. J. Jaia Chen is a Fine Arts instructor at Shelton State Community College; she began at the College in 2010.  Ms. Chen teaches Art Appreciation, Art History I & II, Drawing I & II, Painting I & II, Two Dimensional Design, and Three Dimensional Design.  Ms. Chen is an artist, educator, and curator.  She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her M.F.A. from Ohio State University.  Ms. Chen also attended the prestigious international artist program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Ms. Chen is passionate about art and art history; her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has won numerous awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Grant. During the past fifteen years, Ms. Chen has lived and worked in three countries. In America, she taught at Florida State University and the Ringling School of Art and Design. In Holland, Ms. Chen attended the international residency at Foundation B.a.a. in Rotterdam. In China, Ms. Chen created the International Artist Program for the Shenghua Art Center in Nanjing. While living in China, she also curated several international artists’ exhibitions and workshops.

Ms. Jaia Chen’s international experience, unique background, and passion for teaching art enrich the artistic community at Shelton State Community College. Her goal is to grow the Shelton State Visual Arts program and increase the program’s stature in Alabama.

 

Visual Arts Facilities

Drawing Studio
The Drawing studio environment supports learning through observation and practice. Equipment includes drawing horses, easels, drawing boards, and drafting tables. The still life collection is bursting with interesting objects to draw such as found objects, bones, household items and old furniture. The lighting of the space is both natural and artificial to enable students to learn through observation and practice. The Drawing Studio is on Martin Campus, Room 1943.

Painting Studio
The Painting Studio is adjoining to the Drawing Studio therefore shares the same still life collection and equipment.  Especially for painting are rolling easels, painting carts, stools, and wall space.  The lighting of the space is both natural and artificial to enable students to learn through observation and practice.  The Painting Studio is on Martin Campus, Room 1942.

Photography Studio and Darkrooms
The Photography Studio is an analog black and white photography facility that consists of a lecture room, a darkroom for processing film, and a separate darkroom with 15 enlarging stations with digital timers to develop prints up to 16×20.  It includes all the necessary equipment for processing film and prints within archival industry standards.  This includes two large sinks: one for developing trays and one for washing prints. Also, a dryer for the fastest possible dry times for wet film that omits most dust particles with the use of filters.  The photography facility is also equipped with an additional lighting studio housing four electric strobes with modeling lamps, incandescent lights, backdrops, stands, and other essential equipment for still life and portrait photography.  The Photography Studio and Darkrooms are located behind the Art Gallery.

Martin Campus Art Gallery
The Martin Campus Art Gallery of primary importance is giving student artists support and encouragement to experiment with new ideas while gaining an educational gallery experience.  Thus, the gallery exhibits a juried student art exhibitions twice a year to showcase student works.  Through out of the year, the art gallery also exhibits local and regional artists and photographers that are innovative in their approaching to contemporary art.  The Art Gallery is committed to personal expression; the gallery promotes the visual arts as a dynamic and vibrant contribution to the cultural growth of Shelton State Community College.

For examples of student work, please visit Student Art Work.

Links
  • University of Alabama Department of Art – http://art.ua.edu/
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham – http://www.uab.edu/art/
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville – http://www.uah.edu/colleges/liberal/art
  • University of Montevallo – http://www.montevallo.edu/art/
  • Samford University – http://www.samford.edu/arts
  • Birmingham Southern College – http://www.bsc.edu/academics/art/index.cfm
  • Birmingham Museum of Art – http://www.artsbma.org/
  • Alabama Art Kitchen – http://alabamaartkitchen.wordpress.com