Division of Arts and Letters

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Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
- Winston Churchill 

The Minor in Fine Arts

Division of Arts and Letters

Contact
Marianne Stremsterfer
Lead Art Faculty
mstremsterfer@ben.edu

Benedictine's art program offers students the opportunity to become engaged in an intellectual and spiritual discourse through their chosen artistic medium. Our approach to teaching encourages students to refine their work as artists by studying the philosophical and stylistic moves of a variety of artistic traditions, including the representational traditions of Western art.

We encourage students to develop their artistic talent by taking an array of courses from the disciplines of drawing, design, ceramics, painting, and photography.

How do you earn a minor in Fine Arts?

Students can earn a minor in Fine Arts by completing the following four courses (FNAR 101, FNAR 111, FNAR 203, and FNAR 204), two 200-level studio art electives, and one 300- level fine arts course for a total of 21 credit hours. (Each fine arts course is 3 semester credit hours unless otherwise noted; Several Fine Arts courses also have an additional course fee.)

FNAR 101 | Fundamentals of Design 

This course emphasizes the knowledge and application of basic design principles of two-dimensional images in representational and abstract forms.   

FNAR 111 | Drawing I 

Fundamental drawing from observation with emphasis on linear perspective and tonal modeling of the still life and human head.   

FNAR 203 | Ancient and Medieval Art 

Photographic presentations of significant paintings, sculptures and buildings with emphasis on religious concepts.   

FNAR 204 | Renaissance to Modern Art 

Pictorial survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in Western civilization with emphasis on religious concepts.   

Descriptions of Fine Arts Courses

FNAR 100 | Art Appreciation.  

Introduction to the visual arts through lectures, discussions and field trips.   

FNAR 101 | Fundamentals of Design 

Emphasizes the knowledge and application of basic design principles of two-dimensional images in representational and abstract forms.   

FNAR 103 | Fundamentals of 3D Design 

A beginning studio course. Study of volume, space, texture and other elements of three-dimensional form. Simple constructions and sculpture. Previous experience in art is not necessary.   

FNAR 111 | Drawing 

Fundamental drawing from observation with emphasis on linear perspective and tonal modeling of the still life and human head.   

FNAR 114 | Drawing II 

Further development of fundamental skills using diverse drawing media, particularly color, and advanced approaches to drawing still-life, perspective, and the human figure.   

FNAR 161 | Ceramics I 

Introduction to various hand-building techniques, decorative methods, firing processes and use of the potter's wheel.   

FNAR 162 | Ceramics II 

Further development of projects in hand building or throwing, study of glaze materials and glaze calculation. Prerequisite: FNAR-161.   

FNAR 202 | Black and White Photography 

Foundations of photographic theory, shooting, and print developing.   

FNAR 203 | Ancient and Medieval Art 

Photographic presentations of significant paintings, sculptures and buildings with emphasis on religious concepts.   

FNAR 204 | Renaissance to Modern Art 

Pictorial survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in Western civilization with emphasis on religious concepts.   

FNAR 210 | Figure Drawing 

Introduction to drawing the human figure from observation.   

FNAR 225 | Art for Elementary Teachers

A methods and media lecture/studio course for elementary education students in the teaching of art to children from grades K-6. The course will identify art content, art media, and instructional pedagogy for including art at the elementary level. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Elementary Education program or permission of the instructor.   

FNAR 249 | Acrylic Painting 

An introduction to concepts, materials and techniques of painting in various media. Exploration into color through mixing, relationships and composition.   

FNAR 250 | Oil Painting 

An introductory studio course emphasizing color mixing as it relates to traditional representation.   

FNAR 291 | Topics 

Focuses on various topics relating to the needs of the students and recent events and/or topics of interest.

FNAR 292 | Black and White Photography 

Foundations of photographic theory, shooting, and print developing.   

FNAR 293 | Digital Photography 

Emphasis on shooting and manipulation of digital camera imagery.  

FNAR 294 | Computer Art 

Creation of artwork using the computer as medium.  

FNAR 296 | Science Meets Art 

The relationship between science and art will be studied in 8 two-week units to help science majors develop illustration skills and an appreciation for qualitative empirical evidence. Prerequisite: completion of one life science course and one physical science course.   

FNAR 311 | Advanced Drawing 

An intensive investigation into the use of value and the compositional elements of picture making. Emphasis will be placed on the methods of representation as evidenced by the traditions of past masters. Prerequisite: FNAR-111.   

FNAR 391 | Topics 

Focuses on various topics relating to the needs of the students and recent events and/or topics of interest. 1-3 semester credit hours.   

FNAR 395 | Independent Study 

A course designed to provide students with individual and focused coursework in some area of studio art. 1-3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.