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In both the undergraduate and graduate watercolor programs, students learn a variety of traditional and contemporary watercolor techniques while developing a unique and individual direction in their work. The overall goal of the program is to nurture and develop independent, creative thinking, as well as a dynamic artistic style. All levels of watercolor students participate in watercolor exhibitions at the Eagle Crest Conference Center, sponsored by the student organization Watercolorists at EMU. These exhibitions usually include openings, award presentations, and receptions.

In addition to participating in Watercolorists at EMU exhibitions and events, a number of graduate and undergraduate Watercolor students actively show their work in local, state and national exhibitions. Some program alumni also serve on the board of the Michigan Watercolor Society and have had their art featured in national publications.

Watercolor FACULTY


Watercolor Courses

ARTS 106L Watercolor for Non-Majors

This course will introduce students to traditional and experimental watercolor techniques and processes. This course will provide students with studio experiences, art-making and will explore both contemporary and historical watercolor painting through slides and lectures. (Formerly ART 169L)

Prereq: none

AD2D 304 Watercolor

This course explores various watercolor techniques and processes with an emphasis on formal elements such as composition, color, and value. Projects are designed to encourage the investigation of a variety of subject matter and content. As students gain a greater understanding the medium, more individualized assignments may be introduced. Individual and group critiques are frequent.

Prereq: AD 122 and AD 126

AD2D 331 The Figure

Study of the human figure through the use of predominantly nude models. The dynamic and complex structure of the human figure is explored in a variety of 2D media and exercises designed to nurture a fluent understanding of the active and passive nature of the human body, and offer the potential for expressive use of the figurative motif.

Prereq: AD 122 and AD 126

AD 330 Color

This course addresses perceptual, theoretical, verbal, physiological, and psychological approaches to color. Students complete a number of assigned problems intended to promote hands-on color learning and develop skills and vocabulary useful, in the analysis, interpretation, and manipulation of color relationships. Emphasis is placed on two-dimensional work involving “material color” or “subtractive color.” This is a studio-based workshop supplemented with presentations, reading material, discussions, and demonstrations.

Prereq: AD 126

AD 400W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career.

Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission

AD2D 320 2D Methods and Materials

This course investigates how the materials and methods used to construct two-dimensional artworks can generate, embody, and communicate ideas. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques, materials, and supports beyond those used in beginning studio courses and become acquainted with a range of artists for whom process and materials are primary concerns. This course is a studio-based workshop supplemented with lectures, discussions, reading material, and demonstrations.

Prereq: AD 300W, (successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review), and (two of the following: AD2D 301, AD2D 302, AD2D 303, AD2D 304)

AD 402 Advanced Porfolio II

An advanced course that continues goals and accomplishments from Advanced Portfolio I. Students will further develop a body of work using contemporary art methods through self-directed projects. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.

Prereq: AD 401

AD 401 Advanced Porfolio I

An advanced course that focuses on students’ personal development of a body of work using contemporary art methods. Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal line of creative inquiry, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.

Prereq: AD2D 320, AD2D 321, AD3D 320, or ADPM 320