Art and Artists: Foundations of Contemporary Practice (Option 2)

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for students advised by the School of Education

Art 508 is optional for an additional credit (10 total)
Foundations of Contemporary Art
Lecture 1, 9:55–10:45 MW; Discussion 304, 8:50–9:40 W
Two-Dimensional Design
Lab 1, 11:00–1:30 MW
Drawing Methods and Concepts
Lab 4, 1:45–4:15 TR
Colloquium in Art / Visiting Artist Series (optional)
Lecture 1, 5:00–6:15 W

This FIG offers the beginning art student three of the six foundation courses which are required for the Bachelor of Science in Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree programs. (Note: The other three courses will be offered in a Spring FIG.)

The Art Department has been offering this FIG for the past seven years, and before that offered this grouping of courses as a cohort program. Art majors are very enthusiastic about this program. They enjoy the sense of community and have reaped the benefits of beginning their undergraduate careers as a team, helping each other develop their technical drawing and design skills, while simultaneously being introduced to contemporary and historical practices in art.

Art 108: “Foundations of Contemporary Art” provides the historical context for the richly diverse state of contemporary art practice, and is the springboard for new art students to launch their own unique, artistic visions.

In Art 102: “Two-Dimensional Design” and Art 212: “Drawing Methods and Concepts,” students will be led through a series of projects that develop and hone their visual vocabulary through exercises in composition, line, value, texture, and color manipulations. They will be asked to challenge themselves to consistently build upon existing skills and ideas, and to strive for excellence in the successful combination of idea and form in all their work.

Another FIG, “Art and Artists: Foundations of Contemporary Practice (Option 1),” includes the same courses on different days and times.

FIG students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Art 508: Colloquium in Art/Visiting Artist Series. This one-credit course will introduce students to nationally and internationally recognized art professionals.

Students enrolling in an Art FIG will be asked to provide their own laptops outfitted with Adobe Creative Cloud. Recommended systems are:

  • MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Display
  • 2.7 Ghz Dual-Core i5
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Flash HD


  • MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Display
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core i7
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Flash HD

Memory upgrades and a three-year Apple Computer warranty strongly suggested. Check the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT) on-campus tech store for current prices.