Studio Art

BFA Studio Art

A studio art concentration is chosen as soon as possible, channeling the student into one of three categories: drawing and painting, ceramics or sculpture. This allows our students to hone their specific skills from their first year of study. Studio classes emphasize project-based learning as well as critique, giving students the skills to critically assess and discuss their work and the work of others.

Core Classes in the Studio Art Program: Foundations: 2D-3D, Foundations: Color, Drawing, Digital Photography, Digital Graphic Design, Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Art History I & II, Professional Development, & Senior Studio.

Learn more in the Studio Art Program Plan (PDF).

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Graphic and Digital Arts

Students in the Graphics and Digital Arts Track can choose pursue portfolio development in Digital Photography, Graphic Design, and/or Digital Illustration. The Digital Graphic Design class introduces the use of creative graphic design software with an emphasis in vector drawing, raster imaging, and page layout software. Coursework includes assignments in various digital software such as designing logos, posters and newsletters. Students interesting in focusing on animation would also be accepted under this concentration.

In Digital Photography classes students explore the creative and technical use of a digital camera and basic lighting techniques, providing for the creation of the best possible ‘raw’ digital photograph. Students then work more in depth with the creative and technical use of a digital SLR camera, the raw digital images for professional reproductions and Adobe Photoshop software. Students build experience with studio lighting techniques and product photography, and learn about digital photography’s applicability to various careers.

The Concentration courses for this track include: Intermediate Printmaking, Intermediate Photography, Advanced Graphics, and Digital Art or Adv Digital Photography.

Drawing and/or Painting

Students in the Drawing/Painting track are encouraged to pursue constant growth in a variety of media while improving their portfolios. The drawing courses provide an introduction to drawing techniques utilizing varied media on appropriate paper surfaces. Students will learn to draw from the observation of still life and models as well as interior and exterior space. Painting classes present a general introduction to painting procedures and materials including building canvas frames, stretching canvas and surface preparation. The student will learn color mixing, composition, use of light sources to create textures, values and other techniques necessary to paint representational and abstract imagery in oil or acrylic paint.

For their senior shows these students may choose traditional routes or interdisciplinary approaches to their final body of work. The classes that are required for this concentration are Drawing II – Expanded Media, Life Drawing, Painting II – Watercolor/Wet Media, and Painting III or Drawing II – Conceptual Development.

Sculpture and/or Ceramics

The students in the 3D concentrations receive a strong foundations in all of the art disciplines. They can choose to focus on Ceramics or Sculpture.

Ceramics classes are designed to introduce the student to a variety of hand-building processes. The course includes pinch, drape, coil, ribbon, slab and a combination of these processes. In the second level of ceramics students focus more on Wheel Throwing. Students are introduced to glaze formulation and several firing methods. Principles of good ceramic design, craftsmanship, and glazing competency are stressed. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the skills necessary to create and execute a ceramic design from forming through glazing and firing.

Sculpture classes introduce students to various approaches to shaping form and space. The elements of three-dimensional design are emphasized in solving assigned problems. Students are taught techniques in modeling, carving, assemblage, and basic mold-making and casting processes. Students are also introduced to significant works by sculptors of current and historical interest.

Museum Studies

The Museum Studies program offers students the opportunity to explore the museum world through introduction to all genres of museums, their history and evolution. Courses address challenges and the changing nature of museums’ relationship to their communities and include fieldwork and critical assessment of individual institutions. An internship in a museum of the student’s choice is required for this program. This course of study prepares students for further study in the field or entry into museum work.

Art History

The Art History program expands on the Studio art student’s foundations and provides thorough grounding in the history of art and criticism. These courses are designed to prepare students for a variety of post-graduate options, including graduate study, a career in art museums or galleries, etc.

Art History courses include surveys of art from the paleolithic era to today, as well as several advanced courses in Aesthetics and Criticism, and specific themes chosen by faculty. Students of Art History at Brenau have an opportunity to work with the Brenau Permanent Collections, offering students the opportunity for advanced historical and/or curatorial study. Art History students are encouraged to develop an interest in a particular field of study which they explore in depth through the Senior Capstone project. This project, which is completed in conjunction with an Art History practicum and under the guidance of faculty, requires the student to study the methods and theories of Art History and offers them the opportunity to produce an original work that is presented to the public at the end of their last Spring semester.

For more information contact:

Claudia Wilburn
Phone: +1-770-534-6248