All images below reflect the careful and creative work of students in Emily Stokes’ art courses at Northwestern College, Owens Community College, and Arizona State University. Additional examples of recent student work, faculty work, gallery openings, and other aspects of departmental life may be found at the social media pages maintained by the Northwestern College art department faculty.
The following links provide examples of demo videos that Emily Stokes created for classes in 2020/2021.
DRAWING (Northwestern College)
This 16-week course lays a foundation in the fundamental and perceptual skills of drawing. Students explore such concepts as: gesture, continuous line, organizational line, composition, positive and negative space, planar analysis, value, contrast, chiaroscuro, line variation, perspective, and texture. They also pursue multi-media projects that encourage them to combine styles and materials toward work that is uniquely their own.
PAINTING (Northwestern College)
In this course, students have used oils, acrylics, and watercolors to create both illusory and abstract compositions. Students begin their semesters with observational painting in order to understand the impact of composition, light, texture, value, and color on the act of painting. They also do so to gain facility with materials. Then students take on challenges as varied as creating Cubist- or Surrealist-style paintings to “re-mastering” Old Master paintings – or even painting a skull from the local butcher shop.
PRINTMAKING (Northwestern College)
In this course, students explore the print techniques of: etching, aquatint, drypoint, aluminum plate lithography, screen-print, relief, and monotype. Given the limitations of time in a 16-week course, the processes covered vary from semester to semester. Using a modest budget, I added screen-printing to the line-up of techniques in 2018.
Etching + Aquatint (on zinc, includes chine-collé and a la poupée)
Lithography (aluminum plate)
Relief (linocut and woodcut)
INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO (Northwestern College)
In this course designed for non-majors, students explore drawing, printmaking, painting, digital imaging, and sculpture. Projects help to expand students’ creative capacities and build observational acuity. In past classes, students have crafted abstract modular sculptures from paper, used Photoshop to build autobiographical or social just-themed digital collages, made Andy Goldsworthy-style earthworks, constructed selfie-style paintings, carved linocuts, and narrated their lives through comics. Students have also learned relevant vocabulary in color theory and design, and reflected on readings from leading cultural critics, such as art historians James Elkins and Daniel Siedell.
FOUNDATIONS COURSES (Owens Community College and Arizona State University)
The work below comes from two-dimensional design and color theory courses taught at Owens Community College and Arizona State University.