UC Berkeley Art Practice
Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley

Summer Courses

Summer Courses

Summer courses offered by Art Practice faculty are open to any person who can register on time and pay for tuition. Currently, we are offering the courses listed below in a concentrated 6-week format. The intensive courses meet from Mondays to Thursdays, for 4 hours per day. Instruction takes place in the same studios as the Fall and Spring Semester courses.

To register for any summer course, go to summer.berkeley.edu.


ART 8: Introduction to Visual Thinking

A first course in the language, processes, and media of visual art. Course work will be organized around weekly lectures and studio problems that will introduce students to the nature of art making and visual thinking.


ART 12: Drawing: Foundations

Students will explore a wide range of approaches to mark making, composition and materials for building a drawing practice. Students will engage with drawing from life as well as conceptual and abstract compositions. This course will feature lectures, field trips, visiting artists and demonstrations in order to expose students to a variety of applications, methods and techniques within the field of drawing. This course is a recommended prerequisite for upper division Drawing classes.


ART 15: Ceramics: Foundations

This course will prepare students to use ceramics to explore and understand three-dimensional space. We will develop a practical understanding of how clay and glaze behave, while building a conceptual framework through which to apply this knowledge. Studio practice includes hand building, modeling, carving, and glazing as possibilities for turning ideas into three dimensional propositions. Assignments, critiques and class discussions will help acquaint students with the ideas artists have explored through history and in contemporary sculptural practices. This course is a recommended prerequisite for upper division Ceramics classes.


ART 21: Digital Photography: Foundations

This course introduces students to technical skills including manual functions of digital cameras, image creation and capture, file management and workflow, image adjustment and digital printing. Assignments will use primary Adobe software tools to test creative possibilities of both the camera and the computer. The course will introduce students to photography history and theory, and a range of contemporary practices. Group critiques and individual tutorials will help develop ideas and technical skills. By the end of the course, students should feel comfortable shooting digitally, editing and producing final images for print or the web. This course is a recommended prerequisite for upper division Photography classes.


ART 26: Moving Image: Foundations

A practical and critical introduction to moving image media, focusing primarily on independent and experimental film and video art. Students learn video production and post-production and are introduced to key moments and concepts in moving image history and criticism. Course instruction includes basic camera operations, sound recording, and lighting, as well as basic editing, compression, and dissemination formats. Solo and group assignments are completed, and group critiques of class projects train students to recognize and discuss the formal, technical, critical and historical dimensions of their works. Weekly readings in philosophy, critical theory, artist statements and literature are assigned.


ART 102: Approaches to Painting

This studio class for art majors will help advance their practice through practical and experimental research into the varied processes, skills, materials, and methods of historical and contemporary painting. Emphasis on creating unconventional drawing/painting tools, making pigments for painting, and examining unofficial and official archives as source materials will be an integral part of the course. Students will expand their technical, conceptual, and professional skills, and will develop self-generated projects and critical engagement through critiques and open discussion. Students will attend library tours, field trips and will also learn how to explore mediums and concepts to generate ongoing research for long-term investigation.


ART 118: Contemporary Perspectives of Figure Drawing

Emphasis on the human figure seen in the context of pictorial space, dark and light and color. Various media. 118 or 117 is required of all art majors. Lectures and demonstrations introduce students to techniques and varied applications.


ART 119: Global Perspectives in Contemporary Art

This course is designed to explore a range of contemporary art movements around the globe, through a closer look at their central ideas, artists, and artworks, as well as the preconditions and broader social context in which the work is being produced. Topics covered will range from the emergence of localized avant-garde movements in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America to the implicit globalism of the international biennial circuit.