Art Disciplines

Each campus offers a slightly different selection of disciplines.

Raphael's MadonnaArt History
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania

PCC offers courses in the art and architectural traditions of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The program provides a broad perspective for a critical understanding of art and its relationship to history and culture. Sequence courses include Introduction to Art, History of Western Art, History of Asian Art, and Modern Art History. Individual term classes include Women in Art, History of American Residential Architecture, and Understanding Comic Art.

Online classes in Art History now include the Introduction to Art series as well as the Survey to Western Art. International programs have included tours of major European museums and architectural sites in Germany, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Community-Based Learning Programs allow art students to make short presentations to the community.

modern design of a woman's faceBasic Design
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Basic design foundations studio experience centers on creative problem solving, developing perceptual awareness and understanding. Students will work critical skills and personal artistic vision. Students use a broad range of materials, techniques and projects to explore design concepts with reference to historical and contemporary perspectives. Basic Design series 115, 116, 117 may be taken in any sequence.
student working on ceramicsCeramics
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Studio experience exploring ceramic form, processes, techniques and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Students use a variety of techniques to develop and encourage creative problem solving. Critiques, discussions, and ceramic presentations establish critical skills necessary to evaluate ceramics, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. Courses includes demonstrations, lectures, slides and audiovisual materials.
drawing studentDrawing
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Students explore both traditional and non-traditional uses of drawing media. Perceptual and conceptual based ideas of drawing are presented. A studio experience exploring basic drawing techniques, materials and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. A conceptual framework for critical analysis is presented along with basic art theory. Critiques of student work are held regularly.
calligraphyLettering Calligraphy
Offered at Rock Creek, Sylvania
Covers practical and creative uses of calligraphy, lettering principles, techniques and functions, and discusses the traditions and historical development of letters. Fall term: Roman alphabet, lower and upper case. Winter term: Italic alphabet, lower and upper case. Spring term: Carolingian and uncial alphabet styles.
painting studentPainting
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Students explore both traditional and non-traditional uses of painting media. Perceptual and conceptual based ideas of painting are presented. A studio experience exploring basic painting techniques, materials, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. A conceptual framework for critical analysis is presented along with basic art theory. Painting classes focus on oil and/or acrylic. Critiques of student work are held regularly.
photo of eclipsePhotography
Offered at Cascade, Sylvania
Introduces basic photographic techniques, processes and approaches: fundamental principles of camera operation and exposure, darkroom procedures involved in developing film and making prints, some methods by which photographs are finished/prepared for presentation. Should own or have access to a 35mm camera with adjustable exposure controls. An introductory course on digital photography is a component of the Photography series that is offered to our students. Basic computer skills are recommended.
printing studentPrintmaking
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Laboratory course in print art focusing on specific techniques and materials each term as well as standards for critical analysis. References the history of the print and the diverse historical and cultural context of the visual arts. Primarily a studio experience with supporting slide lectures and other visual media. Critiques of student work are held regularly.
student sculptingSculpture
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Studio experience exploring sculptural form, processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues. Uses a variety of materials and techniques to develop and encourage creative problem solving. Critiques, discussions, and sculpture presentations establish critical skills necessary to evaluate sculpture, explore artistic intent, examine aesthetic and structural solutions, and expand perceptual awareness. Includes demonstrations, slides, lectures and occasional films. May include field trips.
painting with watercolorsWatercolor
Offered at Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania
Lectures, demonstrations, films, slides and specific problems dealing with color relationships, composition, and watercolor techniques. Explores different ways of seeing and painting to become more visually literate. Examines basic watercolor techniques and materials. Presents the conceptual framework for critical analysis, along with basic theories of art in the historical context.