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ART Fine Arts, Education

Associate Professor: Dr. David Nyaberi
Assistant Professor:  James Crow

Instructor: Essex Garner

Mission | Degrees Offered | Objectives | Assessment Program
Required Courses | Regulations | Course Descriptions


The art program provides a positive environment where students can explore their own creativity and freely express themselves through art. Students will have the opportunity to improve their artistry by honing their technical, analytical and writing skills. The faculty are committed to helping students explore and perfect the individual expression of their own identities as artists and persons, according to their abilities and interests.

A thorough and varied curriculum offers a solid base for careers in art education, commercial design, studio art, or graduate study. Courses in drawing, painting, water coloring, commercial art, design and color theory, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, sculpture, art history, printmaking and art education are offered.

Students make a serious commitment to their art and routinely participate in local, state, and national art competitions. Over the past ten years, Lincoln University art majors have won an average of 30 awards per year in various art competitions.

Art students will be able to take advantage of the newly-equipped computer lab with terminals for each student, a color printer, a Color One Scanner, and some of the latest software for design, illustrating, and photo imaging.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science with a major in Art
Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Art


Upon completion of degree requirements in the Art program at Lincoln University, each student should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. A mastery of art content necessary to be a competent and effective teacher of art, a studio artist and/or a commercial artist;
  2. Technical skills which are adequate to meet the needs of artistic self-expression;
  3. The ability to analyze art and to form and defend evaluative judgments of art;
  4. Knowledge of historical and stylistic periods of art history;
  5. Highly developed skills in oral and written communication;
  6. An understanding of health and safety concerns relative to art involvement; and
  7. The necessary background to be successful at the graduate level.

Assessment Program

Assessment measures allow students and faculty to determine whether students have met the objectives of the program. The art faculty has spread its assessment measures throughout the degree programs so that students can receive on-going reports of their progress and follow-up advice. The portfolio and Senior Show are the ultimate measures of the student's and the program's success. These are evidence of a collection of four years of work, and not a final project. Art Education majors will also take the PRAXIS II exam.

Required Courses

Major: B.S. in Art

A minimum grade of "C" in ART 104, 107, 108, 207, 208, 301, 307, 308, 309, 310, 322, 323, 330, 331, 421, 422 and 423.

Major: B.S. in Art Education

A minimum grade of "C" in ART 104, 107, 108, 203, 206, 207, 208, 307, 308, 310, 322, 323, 330, 421, 422, and 423.


A minimum grade of "C" in ART 104, 107, 108, 307, 308, 322 and 330. A teaching minor in Art must also include ART 203 (3 credit hours).


  1. No art major or art minor will be permitted to enroll in any art course for which he/she has not met the prerequisites.
  2. Special students may enroll in advanced art courses with the consent of the Art faculty, provided they can show evidence of having developed basic skills in art.
  3. At the discretion of the teacher in charge, projects done by students in art classes may be retained for display purposes until after the Annual Student Art Exhibit in the spring semester.
  4. All work entered in the Annual Student Art Exhibit must have been done under the supervision of the Art Unit faculty.
  5. All art majors are required, without exception, to present a Senior Art Exhibit (of at least 20 works) as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the B.S. degrees in Art. A portfolio review must be satisfactorily completed at least thirty days prior to the scheduled opening of the exhibit.
  6. One re-enrollment for additional credit is permitted in designated studio courses in which the student has received a grade of "C" or better, and has permission of the instructor and department head.
  7. Students will be required to provide basic art materials for studio courses.

Computer Skills Requirement

Upon completion of the Art and/or Art Education programs at Lincoln University, the student will have gained a basic understanding of the MacIntosh computer and also be able to demonstrate basic competency in the use of various software programs including word processing, scanning, drawing, painting, graphic design and CD ROM.

Students will have the opportunity to gain the necessary computer knowledge and skills through participation in department sponsored/presented workshops and successful completion of the departmental computer intensive course ART 207 (and other computer intensive courses, as designated). Students will also have opportunities to develop computer skills in other art courses which require some use of the computer.

Course Descriptions

Listed courses may not be taught every semester or every year. The department head and departmental advisors have information about projected course offerings for a semester/year.

ART 100 INTRODUCTION TO ART. (3, fa, sp). An introduction to the visual arts including the study of the elements, principles, media, techniques and critical appreciation. (Satisfies a humanities requirement of general education.)

ART 104 THEORY OF DESIGN AND COLOR. (3, LF). A studio course dealing with the elements and principles of design. Emphasis on two-dimensional composition, craftsmanship, expressive skills and color theory. Five hours per week, 1 lecture and 4 studio.

ART 107 DRAWING I. (3, fa, LF). A studio course in drawing. A selection of methods and media will be introduced. Emphasis will be on developing skills in composition, perspective, value, volume, craftsmanship, and working from observation. Five hours per week.

ART 108 DRAWING II. (3, sp, LF). Advanced studio course in drawing. A continuation of Drawing I. Emphasis on developing individual areas of strength and interest. Five hours per week. Prerequisite:

ART 107. ART 175 SPECIAL TOPICS. (1-5). Topic to be listed in course schedule. May re-enroll as topic changes. May not be used as a general education requirement.

ART 203 ELEMENTARY ART EDUCATION (2, fa, sp) or ELEMENTARY ART EDUCATION AND OBSERVATIONS. (3, fa, sp). Art education history, philosophy, stages of development, teaching methods, classroom management, and organization of materials. In addition, the enrollment for 3 credit hours will include observations in a variety of actual classroom settings for 16 one-hour periods. Four or five hours per week. Co-requisite: Should be taken concurrently with EDU 204 and SE 221.

ART 205 AFRICAN AMERICAN ART HISTORY. (3). A survey of African American art and artists from the colonial period to the present. The course will consider the social, political, cultural, as well as the artistic development of the artists.

ART 206* FIBERS. (3, sp, LF). An introductory course in fibers, stressing various processes including weaving, dyeing, papermaking and basketry. Five hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 104.

ART 207* BASIC COMMERCIAL DESIGN. (3, fa, LF). Introduction to problems and practices in commercial art: layouts, basic lettering and advertising designs. Five hours per week. Prerequisite: 

 ART 208* WATER COLOR PAINTING. (3, sp, LF). A beginning course in water color painting. Five hours per week. Prerequisites: ART 104 and 108.

ART 301* FIGURE DRAWING. (3, fa, LF). A course in drawing the human figure from life. Five hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 108.

  ART 303   GRAPHIC DESIGN II. ( 3, SP). Intermediate course in page layout techniques and graphics-related software.  Students in this course will assist in the layout and design of Under One Sun,the student  art and literature journal. Prerequisite: ART 207.

ART 307* JEWELRY. (3, fa, LF). An introductory course in design and execution of jewelry. Five hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 104.

ART 308 CERAMICS I. (3, 3rd semester, LF). An introductory course in ceramics. Five hours per week.

ART 309* CERAMICS II. (3, 3rd semester, LF). An advanced course in ceramics stressing the potter's wheel. Five hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 308.

ART 310* PRINTMAKING. (3, sp, LF). An introductory course involving various printmaking processes. Five hours per week. Prerequisites: ART 104 and 108.

ART 322 PAINTING I. (3, fa, LF). A basic course in painting. Five hours per week. Prerequisites: ART 104 and 108.

ART 323* PAINTING II. (3, sp, LF). An advanced course in painting. Five hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 322.

ART 330 HISTORY AND APPRECIATION OF ART. (3, fa). A survey course of the major movements in art. This is a writing intensive course. (Satisfies a humanities requirement of general education.)

ART 331 TWENTIETH CENTURY ART. (3, sp). The movements and artists of the 20th century. (Satisfies a humanities requirement of general education.)

ART 401 GRAPHIC DESIGN III. (3, FA). An advanced design course emphasizing more advanced development of graphics-related products including page layout, animation and packaging design.  Prerequisite: ART 207 and ART 303.

ART 421* FIGURE PAINTING. (3, sp, LF). An advanced course in painting from the live model. Five hours per week. Prerequisites: ART 301 and 323.

ART 422* SCULPTURE. (3, 3rd semester, LF). A basic course in sculpture. Five hours per week. Prerequisites: ART 104 and 108.

ART 423* ADVANCED TECHNICAL PROBLEMS. (3, fa, sp, LF). A culminating course in art based on experiences and skills acquired during the freshman, sophomore, and junior years. A senior exhibit is required as a part of this course. Prerequisite: All required art courses in the art sequence prior to the senior year.

ART 475 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART AND ART EDUCATION. (1-5). Selected topics in Art and Art Education dealing with special subjects of professional interest (studio skills, current practices, developmental processes, commercial uses, etc.).

ART 498I* ART INTERNSHIP. (3). This course is designed to offer art majors the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as they learn. Students are afforded the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge obtained in the classroom.

*Repeatable Courses