Art Courses

Art Courses

The Moorpark College Art Program currently offers the following classes. Since not every one of these classes is offered each semester, you should consult the Schedule of Classes to find out which are currently being offered. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are 3 units.

ART M10 – Art Appreciation
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 3 lecture
Studies the major principles and techniques used to create visual art objects in diverse media. Assists students in developing informed perceptions and evaluations of works of art and understanding their historical and cultural contexts. (Formerly ART M02) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M11 – History of Art: Prehistoric through Gothic
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 3 lecture
The history of art from prehistoric times through the middle ages, ranging from ancient to Gothic art, with an emphasis on the Western world. Examines key styles and movements in art history and Introduces techniques for producing art. This course is required for art majors. (Formerly ART M01A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M12 – History of Art: Renaissance through Modern
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 3 lecture
The history of art from the early Renaissance to modern times with an emphasis on the Western world. Continues to examine key figures and movements in art history and to Introduce new techniques of producing art. This course is required for art majors. (Formerly ART M01B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M13 – History of Art: Modern through Contemporary
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 3 lecture
Investigates the theory and practice of the visual arts from about 1850 to the present by examining the various movements and how they reflect social and technological changes in the modern era. (Formerly ART M01C) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M14 – History of Art: Asian
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 3 lecture
The history of the art of Asia including India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. Covers architecture, sculpture, painting, graphics and crafts from prehistory to the twentieth century. Examines key styles and monuments in Asian art within the context of the historical and religious background. (Formerly ART M03) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M20 – Two Dimensional Design
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab
Provides background in the use of design principles, color theory and its practical applications through specific weekly projects in line, shape, texture, form, and the principles of abstraction. (Formerly ART M04A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

RT M22A/B – Independent Studies in Art
Prerequisites: A previous course in Art
Class Hours: 1 to 3 as arranged
Allows an independent project (approved by instructor and dean) to expand knowledge of art through research, lab work or field trips. Includes one-onone work with instructor. May be taken for a maximum of six (6) units. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC (determined after admission)

ART M23 – Three Dimensional Design
Prerequisite: None
Recommended Prep: ART M20
Class Hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab
Introduces three-dimensional design through the study of form, structure and theory in the creation of three-dimensional projects using a variety of materials. (Formerly ART M04B; ART M21) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

RT M30 – Drawing and Composition I
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Prep: ART M20
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Stresses graphic representation of objects through a variety of media and techniques, emphasizing pictorial composition, depth perception, perspective and rendering. (Formerly ART M12A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M31 – Drawing and Composition II
Prerequisites: ART M30
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Expands exploration of pen and ink and watercolor washes through a study of illustrative drawing, analytic abstraction concepts and advanced problems in rendering. (Formerly ART M12B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M32 – Beginning Life Drawing I
Prerequisites: ART M30
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Draws the human figure from live models. Emphasizes structure, proportion, form and composition through an Introduction of linear and tonal concepts. Different media will be explored, including charcoal, conte crayon, pencil, pen and ink. (Formerly ART M13A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M33 – Beginning Life Drawing II
Prerequisites: ART M32
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Expands drawing the human figure from a live model. Emphasizes freedom of expression as well as structure, proportion, form and composition. (Formerly ART M13B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M34 – Advanced Life Drawing I
Prerequisites: ART M33
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Further expands drawing the human figure, beginning with a skeletal structure. Uses many media emphasizing structure, proportion, form and composition, and continues practice of linear and tonal concepts. (Formerly ART M13C) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M35 – Advanced Life Drawing II
Prerequisites: ART M34
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Further expands drawing the human figure and skeletal structure. Uses many media emphasizing structure, proportion, form and composition, and increasing practices of linear and tonal concepts. (Formerly ART M13D) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M40 – Beginning Illustration
Prerequisites: ART M30 or concurrent enrollment
Class Hours: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab
Introduces pen and ink, watercolor, collage, and colored pencil techniques as principle means of self-expression. Analyzes topical themes and individual story lines as potential subject matter for weekly drawings. (Same course as GR M40). Transfer credit: CSU

ART M41 – Intermediate Illustration
Prerequisites: ART M40 or GR M40
Class Hours: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab
Introduces advanced studies in pen and ink, watercolor washes and mixed media, exploring individual style appropriate to magazine, newspaper and book illustration. (Same course as GR M41). Transfer credit: CSU

ART M42 – Advanced Illustration
Prerequisites: ART M41 or GR M41
Class Hours: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab
Emphasizes development of individual style through advanced illustration techniques. Requires individual projects. (Same course as GR M42). Transfer credit: CSU

ART M43 – Beginning Painting I
Prerequisites: ART M20 or ART M30
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces the nature of structural and expressive values in contemporary painting, emphasizing form, control or pictorial order, and the uses of color and light as fundamental skills necessary to mastery of basic painting techniques. (Formerly ART M16A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M44 – Beginning Painting II
Prerequisites: ART M43
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Continues the development of fundamental painting skills and concepts. Emphasizing technical competence and individual concepts using both traditional and modern materials. (Formerly ART M16B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

RT M45 – Advanced Painting I
Prerequisites: ART M44
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
One-on-one student/teacher relationship explores advanced painting concepts and techniques. Encourages personal and unique self-expression through experimentation with, and interpretation of subject matter. (Formerly ART M16C) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M46 – Advanced Painting II
Prerequisites: ART M45
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Allows more advanced work with painting concepts and techniques aimed at developing more extensive self-expression. (Formerly ART M16D) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M47 – Landscape Painting I
Prerequisites: ART M20 or ART M30
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces painting skills and concepts applicable to landscape (both indoor and outdoor). Focuses on painting nature out of doors in various media, such as acrylics, oils, watercolor, and pastels. (Formerly ART M17A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M48 – Landscape Painting II
Prerequisites: ART M47
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Expands the skills and concepts of painting applicable to landscape, emphasizing a more personal, creative approach. (Formerly ART M17B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M49 – Water Color I
Prerequisites: ART M20 or ART M30
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces a thorough understanding of the watercolor media, building from simple exercises to more complex problems solved in personal and creative ways. (Formerly ART M18A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

RT M50 – Water Color II
Prerequisites: ART M49
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Offers advanced watercolor techniques, encouraging the use of the multiple images in both landscapes and still life. (Formerly ART M18B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M60A-Z – Topics in Art
Prerequisites: To be determined
Class Hours: To be determined
Each course deals with a specific topic not covered in general offerings. When offered, each course is announced in the semester’s Schedule of Classes. Transfer credit: determined by transfer institution.

Developed topics include:

ART M60A – Art Gallery Practices
Prerequisites: ART M20 or GR M32 or PHOT M01B
Class Hours: 1 lecture
Introduces gallery practices relating to exhibition selection and design as well as budgeting and installation techniques. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

ART M60C – Printmaking Studio Practices
Prerequisites: ART M90
Class Hours: 3, 6 or 9 lab as arranged
Fully explores intaglio, relief, pantographs or experimental techniques under instructor’s direct supervision. Meets individual student needs. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M60D – Printmaking Studio Practices
Prerequisites: ART M91
Class Hours: 3, 6 or 9 lab as arranged
Fully explores intaglio, relief, pantographs or experimental techniques under instructor’s direct supervision. Meets individual student needs. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M60E – Printmaking Studio Practices
Prerequisites: ART M92
Class Hours: 3, 6 or 9 lab as arranged
Fully explores intaglio relief pantographs or experimental techniques under instructor’s direct supervision. Meets individual student needs. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M70 – Beginning Ceramics I
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces the potter’s wheel and provides practice in elementary clay construction methods as well as glazing and firing techniques. Teaches basic ceramic design concepts, form, color, texture, decoration and craftsmanship. (Formerly ART M08A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M71 – Beginning Ceramics II
Prerequisites: ART M70
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Practices the techniques of elementary clay construction through exploration of sculptural forms and the development of glazes, decoration and firing methods. (Formerly ART M08B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M72 – Ceramic Design I
Prerequisites: ART M20 and ART M71
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Explores clay bodies, glaze materials and calculations, and firing techniques through independent projects. Develops individual growth and creative expression. (Formerly ART M09A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M73 – Ceramic Design II
Prerequisites: ART M72
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Offers in-depth study of ceramics through independent projects designed to enhance artistic mastery. (Formerly ART M09B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M74 – Glaze Design I
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Prep: ART M70
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces glaze formulations and ceramic technology, including clays, kilns, firing. Continues work in all forms of clay construction, technique and design. (Formerly ART M60F) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M75 Glaze Design II
Prerequisites: ART M74
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Further investigation into glaze formulations. Practices with formulating new glazes for firing at various temperatures. This course may be taken three (3) times for credit. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC (maximum credit, one course)

ART M77 – Beginning Sculpture I
Prerequisites: None
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Develops awareness for historical and contemporary concerns regarding three-dimensional design concepts. Encourages personal expression through materials such as paper, cardboard, plaster, wood, wire, and clay. (Formerly ART M19A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M78 – Beginning Sculpture II
Prerequisites: ART M77 or portfolio equivalent
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Expand technical and conceptual skills while developing self-expression and personal style in sculpture. Emphasis on discovering the medium that best relates to individual expression. May be taken a total of two (2) times for credit. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M79 – Figure Sculpture
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Prep: ART M23 or ART M32 or ART M77
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
The basic principles, materials and techniques of sculpting the human figure from live models. Emphasizes structure, proportion, balance, and self- expression in three-dimensional form. Develops awareness of historical and contemporary concerns in figure sculpture. Materials include clay, wire, and mixed media. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M80 – Internship in Art
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in one course in the discipline.
Class Hours: 3 to 33 work experience hours as arranged
Provides on-the-job learning to enhance coursework under the direct supervision of faculty and industry supervisors. Both supervisors provide feedback and written evaluations. Some meetings and workshops may be required as part of the course. To take this course, contact the Career Transfer Center at (805) 378-1536. May be taken a total of four (4) times for credit. (Same course as WEXP M20) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

RT M90 – Beginning Printmaking I
Prerequisites: ART M20
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces printmaking media, including intaglio (etching, engraving, etc.) but emphasizes relief, holograph and embossed print. (Formerly ART M15A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M91 – Beginning Printmaking II
Prerequisites: ART M90
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Fully explores intaglio techniques, including line etching, aquatint, sugar lift, and experimental techniques. May be taken a total of two (2) times for credit. (Formerly ART M15B) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M92 - Advanced Printmaking I
Prerequisites: ART M91
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Expands work in intaglio and relief, emphasizing individual exploration of solutions and experimental techniques. (Formerly ART M15C) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M93 – Advanced Printmaking II
Prerequisites: ART M92
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Offers advanced work in intaglio with greater exploration of experimental techniques. Applies to Associate Degree. (Formerly ART M15D) Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M96 – Airbrush Techniques I
Prerequisites: ART M92
Class Hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab
Course covers learning airbrush painting techniques, the basics of airbrush illustration and photo retouching for advertising, commercial and industrial airbrush applications, and personal expression through airbrush and brush painting. (Same course as GR M50). Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

ART M97 – Airbrush Techniques II
Prerequisites: ART M96
Class Hours: 2 lecture, 3 lab
This advanced course Introduces various color applications and techniques, such as transparent dyes, transparent and opaque designer color. Techniques and treatments are presented along with various “Tricks of the trade.” (Same course as GR M51) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU

ART M98 – Silk Screen Serigraphy I
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Prep: ART M20
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces serigraphy printing and its artistic and commercial application. Includes preparation of various screen printing stencil methods, preparation and care of screens, and use of transparent and opaque inks. Provides group and individual critiques. (Same course as GR M73) (Formerly ART M14A) Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC

ART M99 – Silk Screen Serigraphy II
Prerequisites: ART M98 or GR M73
Class Hours: 1 lecture, 6 lab
Introduces advanced techniques for utilizing photo screen-printing singly or in combination with other stencil methods. Includes instruction and practice of the process camera and its application to serigraphy printing; basic line photography and contact printing; and single and multi-color printing and posterization techniques. Explores special printing on various surfaces. (Same course as GR M74) (Formerly ART M14B). May be taken a total of two (2) times for credit. Applies to Associate Degree. Transfer credit: CSU; UC (maximum credit, one course)