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Art - Studio (ARTS)

Studio art introduces students to the many ways artists think and work. The department provides a variety of approaches, both technical and conceptual. Students develop their means to creating images and objects, as well as their sense of purpose behind artistic expression. They explore the critical role art plays in our society.

Courses are designed for potential majors, students who might go on to a career in art, as well as students who try art for the first time.

Can I major in it? Yes, a studio art major is offered.

Topics explored: Courses are offered in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper arts, photography, sculpture, metals ceramics, woodworking, book arts, and digital and electronic media.

How to get started: Students interested in taking Studio Arts courses should enroll in one of the drawing courses. A section of Observational Drawing is reserved for 1st year students each fall term. ARTS110 (Observational Drawing) or ARTS113( Field Drawing) are the pre-requisite courses for nearly every course in the department. Students who wish to begin with 3-D courses can take ASTS 122 (Introduction to Studio Sculpture) without having drawing first. This sculpture course may also serve as the pre-requisite course for courses in Ceramics and Metals. Students who feel they have had adequate drawing instruction outside of the department and may wish to pass out of the drawing requirement may request to submit a portfolio to the department to determine if they are required to take a drawing course.

Students contemplating a major in studio art should take at least one introductory studio course during their first year. Good choices are: ARTS 110 (Observational Drawing), ARTS 113 ( Field Drawing), ARTS 222 (Sculpture), and ARTS 238 (Photography). ARTS 110 or 113 are pre-requisite courses for all studio art courses. It is also recommended that a potential studio art major take some art history in the first year.

Students with AP, IB, or college level courses in drawing may be also considered for passing out of the 100 level drawing courses by submitting a portfolio to the department.

Follow this link for information about Studio Art's Integrative Exercise (comps) for seniors.

For information regarding studio art contact Linda Rossi. A studio art seminar in New Zealand and Australia is offered every other year.


Art History (ARTH)

Art history introduces students to artistic images, artifacts and architecture, the conditions of their production and viewing, their functions and meanings, and the roles they play in shaping people, perceptions, events and cultures.

Can I major in it? Yes, a major is offered in this field.

Topics explored: Architecture, art as a political tool, race and gender in art, techniques and styles, art in religious contexts, and art theory.

How to get started: Students interested in the art history major are encouraged to take one or both of the introductory courses, ARTH 101 and 102, during their first year.  These two courses draw their subject matter from artistic traditions around the world and introduce students to general issues in understanding art and artists in their relationship to their historical cultures.  Other courses appropriate for first-year students include ARTH 140 (African Art and Culture), ARTH 160 (American Art to 1940), ARTH 164 (Buddhist Art), ARTH 165 (Japanese Art and Culture)  ARTH 166 (Chinese Art and Culture), ARTH 171 (History of Photography), and ARTH 172 (Modern Art: 1890-1945).

The art history program serves majors as well as students wishing to take courses as part of their broad liberal arts education.  Majors and non-majors alike gain valuable skills in observing, discriminating, analyzing, and interpreting.

Follow this link for information on the senior year Integrative Exercise (comps).

For information on the art history program, contact Baird Jarman. Some art majors spend a fall term in Florence with the ACM Florence Program, which is offered each year. Other off-campus experiences are available as well including a winter break program led by Associate Professor Baird Jarman, Ruins and Romantics: English Gothic and Gothic Revival Architecture.