Intermediate Visual Arts Two Hour Studio Courses

Students in the Intermediate Visual Arts Summer Program choose two areas of concentration as their main subjects of study. If students would like to continue studying the same medium through two sessions, they will participate in a progressive curriculum.

Black and White Film Photography
This course is designed as an introduction to photography. Emphasis is placed on the exposure and development of black and white film, and the silver print as well as the aesthetics of photographic composition. The format includes class demonstrations, lab work, field assignments and critiques. Students are required to bring their own 35mm film camera; no experience is required.

This class covers a wide array of forming methods such as hand-building, slip casting and wheel throwing. Students learn to fabricate ceramic objects and are introduced to a variety of surface treatments such as glazing, under-glazing, sgraffito, slip trailing and sprigging. Studios are equipped with gas, electric and raku kilns. Emphasis is placed on the use of clay as an expressive material.

Drawing and Painting
This course builds solid drawing and painting foundations while developing observational skills and considering how to show form and light in a two-dimensional format. Students will investigate drawing and painting techniques through a variety of media such as charcoal, acrylic and watercolor paints.

Experimental Fashion
This course explores the expressive potential of fiber media in creating wearable sculpture and wearable art. Students will experiment with traditional and non-traditional techniques to create works of art with strong conceptual foundations. Communication of design ideas is an integral aspect of each student’s process. Experimentation is encouraged as students investigate the possibilities available in creating their projects.

Figure Drawing
In this course, students will study the human form through direct observational drawing of live figures. Additional understanding of the body will come from the study of musculoskeletal anatomy. By learning about the underlying structures of the body, students will be able to more accurately and sensitively render their subjects. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of drawing media and techniques.

Metals Studio
This course introduces metal materials as a medium of personal expression. Students will develop original designs into finished pieces using a variety of traditional and/or contemporary methods and materials such as cold connections, texturing, soldering and enameling as well as other fabrication methods such as casting, married metal and chasing.

Printmaking Techniques
Explores techniques such as dry point, etching, wood-cut printing, linocut printing, collographic printing and screen printing. Students will learn about the various techniques associated with these print processes and develop printing skills that use the traditions of these media.

Sculptural Forms
This course provides an introduction to working with three-dimensional media. Student will explore a variety of techniques such as casting, carving, modeling and construction while using a wide range of materials that may include wood, plaster, clay, wax and metal. Personal expression is encouraged while students learn about creative problem solving through traditional and contemporary ways of working three-dimensionally.