About the Program

The Studio Program is in an exciting new transition period, with new professors and studio spaces that are currently being updated. The program gives students the opportunity to learn traditional materials and art practices like painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics and moves into the 21st century by utilizing technology such as Adobe Creative Suite, laser cut drawing surfaces, and 3D printing. Classes are small and intimate, and students receive a great deal of personal attention and guidance from both their professors and peers in the form of frequent one-on-one and group critiques.
When students first enter the program, they learn invaluable observational skills such as sight-measuring, perspective drawing, observing and mixing color, working from the figure and creating surfaces among many other foundational skills. From there, students develop a body of work based on their interests and ideas in the Advanced Level Studio courses.
All students entering the painting and drawing program have experience using a broad range of tools and materials, such as charcoal and graphite, color pastels, and oil paint. Students also experience working observationally with still lives, landscapes, and the figure, and as they advance through the program begin thinking conceptually and creating a body of work based on their own ideas and interests. Advanced Students have individual studio spaces as part of a large, shared open-space Advanced studio. New, focused classes are currently being added to the Painting and Drawing curriculum, such as an Anatomy for the Artist drawing course.

Sculpture students work with a wide range of traditional and contemporary materials such as wood, metal, clay, and mixed media, using methods such as modeling, fabrication, casting and 3D printing. Ceramics students pursue both pottery and sculpture, firing in modern electric and gas kilns as well as raku and primitive kilns. Students learn all ceramic processes including clay and glaze mixing, wheel-throwing and handbuilding methods, kiln loading and firing, and moldmaking and casting.

Soon, future classes will focus on other Special Topics in the arts, and all art students are offered rotating and exciting opportunities to study art abroad!




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