Studio Projects: Tradition and Innovation


Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 quarters

Taught by

printmaking, drawing
3D studio art

This is an entry-level program emphasizing studio practice in 2D and 3D (wood carving and woodcut printmaking), art histories, visual literacy, and artistic research.  The thematic thread will address a range of visual languages, design strategies, and traditions employed by various communities, including Northwest Coast Native design history and traditions, and early European prints used for religious practice and political dissent. These approaches to images and objects are quite different from conventional, western ideas about “Art” that is primarily aesthetically pleasing or focused on self-expression.  The program is designed to support both students who are visual art emphasizers, as well as those who are curious about the skills and knowledge necessary for sustained creative work. No prior art experience necessary --  enthusiasm, good organization, and a strong work ethic are required.  Students should be prepared to dedicate  at least  40 hours per week to studio projects, and rigorous reading and writing on topics related to the concepts of craft and art, the functions, legacies, and histories surrounding objects and images. Students working in 3D will be provided with access to traditional Northwest coast Native carving tools.

The fall and winter quarters will provide students with basic studio and tool use techniques in woodworking and printmaking, as well as design and drawing workshops.  Students will work in either 2D  or  3D the fall quarter, switching to the other medium in winter.  The spring quarter will provide students with the opportunity to apply their learning to more advanced projects, utilizing knowledge and skills gained over the fall and winter.  A central focus of the spring will be exploring what happens when ideas, forms and images created in one medium are translated into another, becoming something entirely new. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

studio artist, art historian, education

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Special Expenses

$250 per quarter for art supplies and texts.

May be offered again in

A version of Studio Projects may be offered in 2015-16


Date Revision
February 10th, 2015 This program is now fall-winter only (spring has been cancelled). Alex McCarty will teach Woodcarving: Bentwood Boxes and 3D Sculpture. Lisa Sweet will teach Artistic Inquiry: Relief Printmaking.
February 4th, 2015 Lisa Sweet will be teaching Artistic Inquiry: Relief Printmaking.
March 14th, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Sophomore

Maximum enrollment: 35


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10186
So (16 credits): 10187

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students interested in joining the program are strongly encouraged to attend the Academic Fair, Dec. 3, 4-6 p.m. to discuss the program with faculty.  Students will be accepted into the program based on space availability in woodcarving and printmaking sections, as well as fitness for the program. Accepted students must complete selected reading assignments from the fall quarter.  To demonstrate learning from the readings, newly accepted students will submit a short essay due week 1 of the winter quarter.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20143
So (16 credits): 20144

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