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ABOUT Alan Caomin Xie

 Alan Caomin Xie is an Atlanta-based artist, originally from China. He has been teaching and working in the U.S. as a painter and new media artist since 1999. From 1989 to 2000 he studied sculpture and painting in both China at the Academy of Art and in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Xie Caomin holds a BFA in sculpture and MFA in painting. He currently teaches studio art at Clayton State University. His current body of work titled “Mandala of Ruins,” uses oil paint and images of architectural and mechanical debris. The series, according to the artist statement, "embodies the Buddhist concept of samsara/metempsychosis, which is the circle of creation, establishment, destruction and emptiness and its relation to 9/11 "as we confront the stupendous creative and destructive powers of today’s technology."

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spring 2019

Office Location:

Arts & Sciences Building , Room G-111

Office Hour:

Monday: 10:00-11:00, 12:00-14:00 Tuesday, Thursday: 13:00-14:00, 








Syllabus spring 2019


ART 1101

ART 1102

ART 1104

ART 2302






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Drawing I/ART 1101

As the first course in drawing, drawing I provides a systematic study in the basic concepts and skills in drawing, through traditional approaches to contemporary visual languages. By working from direct observation, students will demonstrate through in-class exercises and formal assignments an understanding of the basic skills and concepts.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students don’t need any artistic background to take drawing I class. Drawing I has to major goals. The first is to learn how to observe like a professional artist. The second goal is to master the fundamental of the realism drawing skills.

Drawing II/ART 1102

Drawing II provides an advanced study of drawing as foundation. Through systematic exercise, media and material exploration, students will develop their personal visual language.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Drawing II Has to major goals:  The first goal is to explore different media & material on paper.. The second is to help students to obtain the basic skill of life drawing.

2-D Design & Color Theory/ART 1104

This course develops students’ understanding of the various organizations in computer graphic for the 2-D surface. Basic elements of design, such as line, shape, value, texture, color contrast and color composition, as well as principles of design, such as unity and variety, balance, repetition, rhythm, movement and emphasis. 

Course Learning Outcomes:

Through study, direct analysis, demonstrations, exercises and formal assignments, Students in this course develop a practical understanding of visual communication, and ability to utilize color and design theory in a variety of fields.

3-D Design/ART 1301

The course provides a study in basic theory of three dimensional design and sculpture foundations, which is in order to let students have the ability to understand space and volume in artistic perspective.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students work with a variety of media and complete three dimensional projects to learn how to manipulate volume and space, spatial conceptualization and creative problem solving skills.

Oil Painting/ART 3001

This course explores various visual ideas of oil painting based on students’ research of the history of painting from the eighteenth century to the present day. The class examines both traditional and contemporary applications of painting. Through systematic learning techniques and research of classical and contemporary paintings, students develop an understanding of formal concerns as well as representational and non-representational oil paintings skills.

Course Learning Outcomes:

This class will give students a practical understanding of painting. Student will gain an understanding of oil painting procedures, material preparation and color mixing. This will be achieved through demonstration, direct analysis, exercise and formal assignments. The ability to utilize color and media in various fields of paintings will be explored.

ART of the Non-Western World/ART 2303

A survey of early non-western art, including African, Asian, Islamic, Mesoamerican and Andean, Native American, and Oceanic art, viewed in historical perspective.

Course Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcome of the course is to acquaint the student with art and its relationship to various cultures or societies. Painting, sculpture and architecture will be discussed as to their visual merits and their value as multi-cultural expressions of specific art functioning in various societies.

Independent Study of Studio Art/ART 4900

This course explores the use of traditional and nontraditional materials, installations, and new technologies for creative visual production and expression. Emphasis is placed on the using of cross-media.

Course Learning Outcomes:

This course examines the place of artistic practice in contemporary culture. Emphasis is placed on the visual arts, examining discourses such as the assignment of value to works, the formation of tastes. The students who take The Independent Study of Studio Art will learn how to develop individual projects of visual art, the artist portfolio preparation, and art exhibition arrangement.