Art & Art History

Studio Curriculum

The studio art curriculum offers art, design, and architecture as expressive media with contemporary cultural relevance. Because art is inherently interdisciplinary, the major in Studio Art is offered as a pre-professional program within a liberal arts context; it intends that each student should produce artworks with technical proficiency in a principal medium, supported by knowledge of a variety of media processes, as well as liberal arts breadth in critical thinking and verbal skills.

image  Department Goals:

1. Develop students’ abilities to think critically and creatively about creating art and the influences that inform art as a discipline.

2. Impart a basic knowledge of the central historical and contemporary concepts of art.

3. Provide the basis for a life of sustained intellectual and creative inquiry.

List of courses:
See academic catalog for full descriptions.

  • 69-214 CERAMICS: HAND-FORMING
    A study of various hand-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; low-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures; and an introduction to the history of art, theory and criticism of art made of ceramic materials. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for instructions. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 69-224 CERAMICS: WHEEL-FORMING
    A study of the various wheel-forming methods used in the production of ceramic art with a focus on the vessel form. Other topics include: ceramic materials and their use; high-fire clay and glaze formulation; decorating techniques; studio procedures; and an introduction to the history, theory and criticism of art made from ceramic materials with an emphasis on the modern period (c. 1850-1970). This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for instructions. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)
  • 69-234 CERAMICS: STUDIO SEMINAR
    In this course, students are encouraged to pursue personal concepts and ideas directed toward the production of a cohesive body of work. In consultation with the instructor, students will develop individual research and creative projects and are expected to be able to work independently. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. Prerequisite: Art 69-214 and 69-224, or permission of instructor. (Spring)
  • 69-236 CERAMICS: STUDIO SEMINAR
    In this course, students are encouraged to pursue personal concepts and ideas directed toward the production of a cohesive body of work. In consultation with the instructor, students will develop individual research and creative projects and are expected to be able to work independently. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. Prerequisite: Art 69-214 and 69-224, or permission of instructor. (Spring)
  • 69-244 CERAMICS: RAKU
    Various pottery forming techniques will be considered including basic hand-forming and wheel-forming, firing the kiln, and simple glaze formulation. The aesthetic theory that informs this approach to making pottery will be discussed, and the history of raku will be covered. Lab required. (Summer) (FAP) (IP)
  • 69-314 PAINTING: REPRESENTATIONAL
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various representational styles. This course takes a historical approach to materials and technique, traditional practices, and the use of representational ideas in contemporary art. Students are encouraged to find expressive forms. No previous experience required. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 69-324 PAINTING: ABSTRACT
    A beginning studio course emphasizing the production of paintings that relate to the history and theory of art in various abstract styles. This course takes an historical approach to materials and technique, abstract painting practices, and the use of ideas in contemporary abstract art. Students are encouraged to find expressive forms suited to their best ideas. No previous experience required. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (FAP)
  • 69-334 PAINTING: STUDIO SEMINAR
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisite: Art 69-314 and 69-324 or Art 70-714 and 70-724, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-336 PAINTING: STUDIO SEMINAR
    The seminar provides an examination of recent developments in contemporary art, as they relate to intellectual, aesthetic and societal trends. Students are encouraged to develop a coherent body of paintings, drawings or prints that explore their own creative interests in current art issues. In consultation with the professor, research topics vary from semester to semester with the personal aesthetic interests of the student. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisite: Art 69-314 and 69-324 or Art 70-714 and 70-724, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-414 SCULPTURE: FIGURATIVE
    A studio course that introduces the study of the methods, materials and tools of sculpture and general concepts of sculptural forms. A significant portion of this course is devoted to the study of figure structure via clay, wax, wood and 3-D digital modeling. Students are expected to work toward innovation and extension of the figure as image. This course is intended for first- and second-year students; juniors and seniors may enroll with permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (Fall) (FAP)
  • 69-424 SCULPTURE: ABSTRACT
    The study and manipulation of space, form and construction process available to the contemporary artist. Assignments emphasize an investigation of the expressive qualities of form in space using wood, clay, metal and 3D digital modeling. This course is open only to first-years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the permission of the instructor. See online course schedule notes for registration instructions. Lab required. (Spring) (FAP)
  • 69-434 SCULPTURE: STUDIO SEMINAR
    An examination and discussion of intersections of aesthetic, intellectual and societal issues in contemporary sculpture. Topics develop from the needs and interests of the students relevant to their own artwork. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisites: Two courses from Art 69-414, 69-424, 70-514, 70-524 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-436 SCULPTURE: STUDIO SEMINAR
    An examination and discussion of intersections of aesthetic, intellectual and societal issues in contemporary sculpture. Topics develop from the needs and interests of the students relevant to their own artwork. The work produced in this studio will constitute the portfolio required for the capstone portfolio review in Studio Art for BAs and BFAs. BFA students enroll for six credits in the second seminar to prepare for their senior exhibition. Prerequisites: Two courses from Art 69-414, 69-424, 70-514, 70-524 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Lab required; students taking six credits must attend two evening labs. (Fall)
  • 69-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 69-901 TUTORIAL
  • 69-902 TUTORIAL
  • 69-903 TUTORIAL
  • 69-904 TUTORIAL
  • 69-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 69-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with a change of topic. At the invitation of the instructor.
  • 69-984 HONORS
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.
  • 69-988 HONORS
    At least eight credits of work over two semesters (beginning spring junior year or fall senior year) on a single project are required. At the invitation of the instructor and approval of the studio art faculty.

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
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    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art
    512-863-1355
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