Intermediate Visual Arts 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.

Studio availability may vary by session. A finalized list will be available in February after enrollment. Past studios have included:

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.

Book Arts
This course will begin by examining what makes an “artist’s book,” and how the book form’s values of sequence, pace, multiplicity, and intimacy may be applied to any creative process. Students will learn bookbinding techniques, such as pamphlet sewing, accordion folds, hardcover bindings, and several contemporary and historical structures. This course will also cover printmaking and papermaking methods, and will guide students in adapting these learned techniques into multiple personal projects. This cross-disciplinary course is especially recommended for those students interested in incorporating text, sequence, or tangibility into their creative work.

Ceramics Studio
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.

Digital Arts Media
This course explores the use of technology to allow students to explore their individualized concepts with greater sophistication of media, as they build on their knowledge of the programs and tools available. It incorporates software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the use of equipment in the Digital Lab including tablets, digital cameras, photo printers and scanners to create two-dimensional, printed works as well as moving images. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.

Drawing Techniques
This course investigates the foundations of drawing and encourages proficiency in a wide range of approaches to the medium. Students will strengthen basic drawing abilities and knowledge through practice and progressive exploration. The study of perspective, visual measurement, value, mark making and use of materials will occur. In addition to learning drawing techniques, the elements and principles of art and design will be taught and conceptual development will be encouraged.

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.

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.

Painting Techniques
Painting Techniques explores the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a wide range of problems, students will learn about preparation of painting surfaces, the use of various wet media, painting tools, and color mixing. Working primarily from observation, students may explore subjects such as still life, interior space, and the figure.

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.