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Studio Concentrations

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Integrated into the course content are various readings that introduce students to the history of aesthetics and contemporary theory. Students are encouraged to relate these concepts to their work as a way to develop both knowledge of the history of aesthetic theory but more importantly to develop their own informed ideas within our contemporary context. Students will see themselves within the ongoing development of art’s history and so choose their direction within that context. As such, advanced students are encouraged to develop a cohesive body of work within a variety of techniques, both traditional as well as experimental.

Critique forms the crux of the learning experience, and assigned readings and written assignments develop skills in critical analysis. All students will experience critiques and discussions that should challenge individuals to engage deeper in their craft and elevate their skills. As students progress, they will be given projects meants to enhance skills and understanding of the respective discipline. Critiques are meant to be a learning process as students reflect upon their skills and abilities. 

Students will be exposed to the majority of disciplines in lower level courses before deciding on their concentration of focus.

Studio Concentrations

Ceramics

The Ceramics concentration provides students with a foundation in the technical and aesthetic aspects of the ceramic medium. You will develop skills in the construction of ceramics works and an understanding of firing techniques and relevant chemistry.

 

Glass

Glass students are challenged to understand historical and contemporary art issues with emphasis placed on the development of personal expression, conceptual exploration, and craftsmanship. Instruction focuses on glassblowing, casting, fusing, and mixed media assemblage. 

Sculpture

Sculpture students are challenged to understand historical and contemporary art issues with emphasis placed on the development of personal expression, conceptual exploration, and craft. Instruction focuses on woodworking, welded steel, casting, and mixed media assemblage. 

Photography

The photography concentration immerses students in the technical, conceptual, and historical aspects of the medium and prepares them for a range of career options. Students begin with instruction in the fundamental principles of photography by learning to operate a manual 35mm camera and process their own film and gelatin silver prints. Assignments transition from highly technical to highly conceptual as students discover their own intensely personal expression with the medium.

Painting & Drawing

In the Painting and Drawing program, you will develop your skills in liquid and dry media. Teaching the traditional techniques, faculty enhances your understanding of art history and visual production while preparing you to explore other media through independent research. The Narrative Illustration curriculum supports and supplements the drawing and painting program.

Printmaking

In the Printmaking program, you will learn to apply print processes to both historical paradigms and contemporary problems. You will have the opportunity to establish skills with traditional print techniques such as monotype, intaglio, lithography, and relief printing. Book arts and paper making courses supplement this exciting curriculum.

Digital Media

The digital media concentration emphasizes student engagement with the theory and practice of time-based, new media art, to include digital video, web art, digital photography, as well as multimedia installation. Students gain facility with a variety of computer software tools that enable them to generate, edit, and manipulate digital information for output in print, video and interactive web applications to be viewed within a fine art context.

Studio Access

Students are able to fine tune their craft after hours by offering 24/7 access to many of our studio settings.

Studio Equipment & Facilities

Ceramics:

  • 24 Hour 7 days a week access
  • Studio Space
    • ventilated kiln room 
    • separate clay-mixing area
  • 2 large Alpine updraft gas kilns
    • Shimpo oval electric kiln
    • Other electric kilns
  • Wheels
    • 9 Shimpo wheels
    • 6 Brent CXC Wheels
    • 3 Kickwheels
  • Slab Roller
  • Ceramics students also have access to the glass cold working equipment.
  • Students have individual shelves and lockers

Glass:

Hot shop equipped with:

  • 3 glory holes
  • Annealers
    • 4 large
    • 2 medium
    • 2 small
  • 300 lb. furnace
  • 4-pot color furnace
  • garage

Cold shop equipped with:

  • Lap wheel
  • Diamond saw
  • Wet sander
  • Wet drill press

Sculpture:

  • 2,500 square foot studio
  • Wood shop
  • Metal shop
  • Foundary (capable of casting bronze and aluminum)

 

Photography:

  • 4 iMac Computers (all equipped with the latest Adobe Creative Suite programs)
  • 1 Epson Flatbed Scanner
  • 1 Pixman Pro 100 Printer
  • 1 HP Designjet Z320 Large Format Printer
  • 13 Besler enlargers including two 4x5 Large Format enlargers
  • Various lighting, backdrop, projectors, and camera equipment for student checkout
  • Various cameras for student checkout including one 4x5 large format camera
  • Extra-large "gang" darkroom for group printing and instruction
  • Projector

 

Printmaking:

  • Studio Space
    • 1550 sq ft. Open studio space 
    • 156 sq ft Ventilated Acid Room with sink
    • 64 sq ft Darkroom with sink
  • Presses
    • 1 – Sturgis Etching Press (28” x 48” Pressbed)
    • 1 – Griffin Etching Press (26” x 46” Pressbed)
    • 1 – Griffin Lithography Press
  • 2- 23” x 40” Stainless steel acid baths (Nitric)
  • Large 3’ x 6’ washing basin (2 additional sinks in open studio)
  • 1 Bench Grinder
  • 2 Hotplates (2’ x 3’)
  • Paper cutter
  • Metal Plate cutter
  • 2 Large multilevel drying racks (78 levels in total)
  • Multiple paper soaking trays (3’ x 4’)
  • Aquatint Box with compressed air
  • Ink mixing table (31/2 ’ x 7’)
  • 16 Litho-stones
  • Individual students shelves and lockers

Digital Arts

  • 1 Epson Stylus Pro 9890 Large Format Printer
  • 1 Epson Flatbed Scanner
  • 9 - 21-inch iMac computers (all equipped with the latest Adobe Creative Suite Programs).
  • Various cameras, lighting equipment, backdrops, projectors, and camera equipment for student checkout
  • 1 - Projector