Art Department

Fine Arts and Graphics

It’s one thing to be creative - it’s another to cultivate that creativity, to explore possibilities and discover directions you hadn’t considered. The college offers a Fine Arts program and a Computer Graphics and Design program that give you the tools to express your inspiration and prepare you for transfer and study of a more specialized interest.

Pottery ClassAnna CorlissComputer Graphics classLorraine Rumble painting

Our Fine Arts program exposes you to a range of artistic disciplines, from drawing and sculpture to computer graphics. Courses in art history provide perspective as you develop your own style and vision through studio classes and projects. The liberal arts component of the program matches the bachelor’s of fine arts curriculum taught at four-year institutions; three required core electives give you the breadth and depth to explore your interests while preparing you for transfer and study of a more specialized interest.

View the AS Fine Arts-Studio program worksheet for more information.

NCCC's Computer Graphics and Design program emphasizes a thorough grounding in traditional art skills at the same time that you’ll master modern techniques. You’ll learn basic concepts of graphic design while using the same hardware and software favored by professionals, mastering vector and raster-based drawing programs. This hands-on experience helps develop skills essential to producing multimedia, print and web-based designs. At the same time, though, you’ll also build hand-art expertise with courses in drawing and design, and gain a deeper appreciation for the classics with studies in art history - ensuring that your aesthetic grounding is as developed as your technical skills. Our students have participated in internships with Pixar and have transferred with full scholarships to four year institutions such as The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

View the AAS Computer Graphics and Design program worksheet for more information.

Here’s the thing about computer graphics: It’s art.  Which is why North Country’s Computer Graphics and Design program emphasizes a thorough grounding in traditional art skills at the same time that you’ll master modern techniques. You’ll learn basic concepts of graphic design while using the same hardware and software favored by professionals, mastering vector and raster-based drawing programs. This hands-on experience helps develop skills essential to producing multimedia, print and web-based designs. At the same time, though, you’ll also build hand-art expertise with courses in drawing and design, and gain a deeper appreciation for the classics with studies in art history - ensuring that your aesthetic grounding is as developed as your technical skills. Our students have participated in internships with Pixar and have transferred with full scholarships to four year institutions such as The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

View the Certificate: Computer Graphics and Design program worksheet for more information

 

Check out some of our students' amazing art work, and click here to see more

- Erin Rourke

- Cory Whitman

- Erin Rourke

- Lorraine Rumble

- Nidia DeArmaYero

 

 

Take a look at these Spring 2020 semester courses

 

High Renaissance art

ART 107: Art History Survey: Renaissance to Post Modern

*Online

Instructor: David Monette

Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression from the 14th century Renaissance Period to Early 21st century Postmodernism as well as a global perspective. Each course section will cover basic issues and approaches to art, including stylistic analysis, patronage, art’s relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, paintings, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, photography, installation art, and new media.

Digital Photography

ART 245: Digital Photography

Instructor: Saranac Lake-David Monette, Malone- Tina LaMour

Students complete various photographic assignments using current imaging software and digital cameras in order to master the tools and techniques of pixel based photographic design, editing and output. This class includes the investigation of photography as an art form. It encompasses a more in-depth exploration of aesthetic consideration in photography. The student will develop critical skills for evaluating their own work and that of others. (Prerequisite: ART 105)

Intro to Pottery

ART 155: Intro to Pottery

Instructor: Susan Hoffer

This is a beginning course in the techniques related to traditional hand-building with some pottery wheel work. Emphasis will be placed on learning the proper properties of clay and glaze materials used in pottery/vessel making. Students will learn to design, build, glaze and evaluate forms in clay. Students will develop critical skills for evaluating their own work and that of others through group/ class critiques.

 


 

Catching up with ....

Cathy Moore, Publisher, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

NCCC, Associate of Arts: Fine Arts, 1974

Cathy Moore

"My accidental career as the Publisher of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News is due to my experience as an art major at North Country Community College. I worked part-time in the circulation department to earn money to continue my education as an art teacher. When help was needed in the newspaper's advertising department, it inspired me to be visual in creating advertising campaigns. This lead me to working with area businesses and community issues resulting in the position I hold today."

"You will never find a college like North Country Community College that offers great value, a caring and committed staff, and a safe and spirited community."