Fine Art

ART 041: Art Foundations

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ART 041 consists of four main disciplines: art history, art production, art criticism and aesthetics. Each discipline is distinctly different and allows students to gain a comprehensive art foundation. This course chronologically covers movements beginning with Prehistoric art and ending with Baroque Art. With each movement students are given a historical context, as well as an opportunity to learn and develop various art skills. Art 041 also teaches students how to formally judge art and how to answer questions concerning the nature of art. Art 041 is the first course in a two-part art series (ART 041 and ART 043); however, either course may be taken independently of the other. 6 lessons, 8 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • Students are required to have access to basic art supplies and a camera. General supplies include:
    • 8½ x 11″ drawing and painting paper
    • Drawing pencils
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Colored pencils
    • Watercolor or acrylic paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Chalk pastels

ART 043: Art Foundations

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This course covers art basics, including various art studio techniques, elements and principles, art criticism, aesthetics, and art history from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. 6 lessons, 8 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • a No. 2 or HB pencil
    • drawing paper (8½ x 11 or 8 x 10)
    • kneaded or white plastic eraser
    • ruler
    • Two of the following: oil pastels, chalk pastels, colored pencils, crayons, inexpensive set of watercolor paints, tempera paint, charcoal, black ink.

ART 045: Drawing

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ART 45 is an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing and focuses on the elements and principles of art, linear perspective, proportion and composition. 6 lessons, 9 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 3 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • Art 045 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
    • Drawing paper—8 1/2 x 11 inch, Mead or Strathmore heavyweight paper usually comes in tablets of up to seventy sheets. If it has a spiral edge, please cut it off. Please get the 8 1/2 x 11 inch because it is the same size as your assignments and submission sheets, and that makes it easy to mail.
    • Manual pencil sharpener—Sharpeners that cost a little more are usually worth it, because the blades are better.
    • Erasers—Get a small kneaded eraser and a Pentel or Staedtler Mars polymer eraser. These are soft, usually white, and inexpensive, and they won’t rip up the surface of the drawing paper.
    • Colored pencil (set of ten to twelve). Crayola, Stanford Colorific, Prang, and Liquitex are all good and basic brands. Prismacolor is the best, but they are expensive.
    • Pilot Precise V5 Fine Black Pen
    • Ten pack of fine tip watercolor markers
    • Ruler
    • Smudging stump (optional)
    • Cheap aerosol hairspray for fixing pencil and charcoal drawing
    • Sketchbook: Sketchbooks can be expensive, so don’t go overboard. Please get a small 5.5 inch x 8.5 inch sketchbook because it is the same size as your assignments and submission sheets, and that makes it easy to mail. Mead and Strathmore are the brands that most students go with. 
    • Three padded mailing envelopes. This envelope should be large enough for your work and sketchbook to fit in comfortably. I suggest 9.5 inch X 14inch or larger. Three envelopes should be enough to finish the whole course. Write “DO NOT BEND HANDLE WITH CARE” on the outside of the envelope.

ART 051: Calligraphy

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ART 51 is an introduction to basic calligraphy skills. Students will learn four letter styles: sans serif B-point, Celtic, Gothic, and Italic. 6 lessons, 8 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • Students must furnish one dip pen holder
    • Speedball points B-2, B-3, C-2, C-3
    • One bottle of ink
    • At least one-half ream of white bond paper
    • Soft rag
    • Box for materials
    • Small jar of window cleaner with ammonia
    • Drawing board (if available).
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00

ART 061: Digital Photography

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This course is an introduction to digital photography and teaches students effective camera and editing software use, artistic design, processing and careers, with a brief history of photography.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • A digital camera is required. You may not use your cell phone or similar device. A camera with manual settings is best but not required.
    • The owner’s manual for your camera. If you do not have this you can look it up online.
    • Digital editing software. The teacher refers to Photoshop Elements 10 in this class.
    • A tripod (optional).
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MUSIC 041: Introduction to Music

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In MUSIC 041, we will discover what makes music tick, learn about its greatest composers, and hear their masterpieces in a fresh way. This course also takes us globe-trotting to hear the music of other cultures; presents a foot-tapping, finger-snapping guide to jazz styles; and hip-hops us through the colorful history of rock and roll! Each lesson is full of unforgettable sound clips. If music is the heartbeat of society, this course is a stethoscope to help us hear it more clearly. 9 lessons, 9 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • Music 041 – Printed Course Readings $10.00

PIANO 041: Beginning Piano

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Gain a solid foundation in basic two-hand piano skills. Learn music theory, including how to read notes, rhythms, and musical symbols on a staff. After finishing this course, students should be able to teach themselves to play the beginning music that they find at the music store. 9 lessons, 9 assignment submissions (7 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required Materials:
    • Students will need access to a piano or adequate electric keyboard (longer than four octaves) and a tape recorder (or video camera).
    • Piano 041 – Printed Course Readings $10.00

MUSIC 045/046: Ukulele Basics

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This beginning ukulele course introduces students to the ukulele, a fun, portable, and affordable instrument popular since its creation in the 19th century. In addition to being enjoyable, learning how to play the ukulele will provides an understanding of the mechanics of stringed, fretted instruments making it easier to pick up and learn other instruments such as guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required materials: 
    • Ukulele
    • Muse Score software (download for free) and Google Drive

MUSIC 047: Bass Guitar Basics

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This beginning ukulele course introduces students to the ukulele, a fun, portable, and affordable instrument popular since its creation in the 19th century. In addition to being enjoyable, learning how to play the ukulele will provides an understanding of the mechanics of stringed, fretted instruments making it easier to pick up and learn other instruments such as guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required materials:
    • Bass guitar
    • Muse Score software (download for free) and Google Drive

MUSIC 053/054: Drums Basics

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This course is designed for the beginner drummer and focuses on creating a solid drumming foundation. Throughout the course you’ll study the fundamentals of playing the drum set. Unit topics include developing proper technique, learning to read music for the drum set, and learning to play essential groove and fill ideas.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required materials:
    • Drums
    • Muse Score software (download for free) and Google Drive

MUSIC 055/056: Voice Basics

Singing is a truly unique, exciting, and rewarding form of self-expression. We look forward to seeing you develop your own vocal technique, musical interests, and self-awareness throughout the semester. This course has been designed to engage your personal interests and strengths, while providing a solid, foundational knowledge of singing technique. You will study anatomy and mechanics, music theory, and artistic interpretation all with the goal of making you a better, more insightful singer and artist.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Required materials: Free Spotify account and Google Drive