Studio Projects: Material Gestures in a Shared Space


Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

visual arts, painting, drawing
ceramic art, sculpture, visual studies

This is an entry-level visual arts program emphasizing 2- and 3-D studio practices, art history, visual literacy, artistic research, and writing. We will delve intensively into the development of studio skills in design, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, life drawing and painting, and monotype printmaking, while exploring how these material gestures express content. As a working group, students will engage in an art practice that explores what it means to be in conversation with art history and the sociopolitical world, drawing encouragement and influence from a greater community of artists, philosophers, writers, and social critics.

The program is designed to support students interested in the visual arts, as well as those who are curious about visual literacy and want to experience using materials as an approach to inquiry and expression. No prior art experience is necessary, but enthusiasm, curiosity, and a strong work ethic are required. Students should be prepared to dedicate at least 40 hours per week to studio work and rigorous reading and writing on topics related to the concepts of 20th- and 21st-century art history and critical theory. Students will be exposed to an interdivisional approach to visual arts that includes both art and humanities work: studio work; art history; visual/cultural studies, including literature, philosophy, and history; and a significant writing component.

Fall and winter quarters will provide students with basic studio experience with several material approaches and will offer design and drawing workshops. Students will work in either 2-D or 3-D fall quarter, switching to the other medium in winter. There will be visits to regional museums and we will attend the Art Lecture Series. In the spring, students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to individual projects, utilizing knowledge and skills gained over fall and winter. There will also be an opportunity to go to New York City for three weeks to attend the Whitney Biennial, visit artists' studios, attend talks, and draw from observation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the end of this program, students will understand how one engages with an art community to share support and inspiration, and how the artist’s work expands beyond that community and connects to critical issues. Students will begin to imagine how to situate their own projects in terms of the world around them.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

the arts and humanities .

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Monday, March 28 at 12pm (Sem 2 A1105)


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Required Fees

$190 in fall for an overnight field trip to Portland, museum entrance fees, and studio supplies; $140 in winter for museum entrance fees and studio supplies; and $75 in spring for studio supplies. Also in spring, there is $225 required for students going to NYC. It will be used to cover museum passes, studio visit artist fees and travel to Dia Beacon. Students will take projects and unused supplies with them at the end of the program.

Special Expenses

Approximately $2,000-$3000 in spring for an optional three-week study of contemporary art in New York City, including travel, lodging, meal,  and individual project expenses. Students will be responsible to make arrangements for their own travel, lodging, meals, and individual project expenses. The program will be structured as it is on campus with 16 hours of class time, which includes seminar, lectures, field trips and project work. Students will have the opportunity to experience works of art from throughout history and from all over the world in museums, galleries and in artists’ studios. They will also be able to situate their own line of inquiry within the context of what is being made and shown in a major contemporary art center.  


Date Revision
February 11th, 2016 This program will accept new enrollment spring quarter with faculty signature. This program will accept new students of all class levels (Freshmen to Seniors).
November 18th, 2015 This program will accept new enrollment without signature; students should have at least one quarter of college-level studio art and at least one quarter of college-level art history or critical theory.
November 18th, 2015 Winter fee has increased (from $90 to $140).

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 40


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10149
So (16 credits): 10150

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Accepting New Students


In order to join this program in winter, students should have at least one quarter of college-level studio art and at least one quarter of college-level art history or critical theory. Students interested in joining the program are strongly encouraged to attend the Academic Fair, Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m. to discuss the program with faculty or contact the faculty by email.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20078
So (16 credits): 20079

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

This program will accept new students (Freshman-Senior) with substantive background in the following areas: visual art / design, art history, art theory. Admittance will be based on a background of at least two quarters of college-level related experience and strength of spring quarter application. Interested students should contact faculty by email: Evan Blackwell (, and Shaw Osha (, to obtain application. Faculty will interview students at the Academic Fair. Students who cannot attend the Academic Fair should email their completed application to the faculty. Decisions will be made by March 4; students who are accepted to the class will be notified by email no later than March 6.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30048
So - Sr (16 credits): 30049

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