visual and media arts

Sculpt as you learn about the chemistry of clay. Draw to study stream ecology. Produce a documentary film. Exhibit art pieces to the public.

Rites of Passage art show

The studio open house for the Rites of Passage program.

Studying visual and media arts at Evergreen is different than attending an arts school. By setting your study within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, you will expand your skills in analytical thinking, critical reading, and writing as well as discover themes and ideas that support and refine your artistic practice.

Our students apply the theoretical and critical concepts they are learning to a range of artistic practices, from solving design problems to the production of full-scale independent projects. You will not just learn to create art — you will learn to use artistic skills as a means for exploring the vast world of ideas.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.

Television Director

Ready Camera One student Louie Armstrong directs a television interview in the CCAM control room. See below for more information about the CCAM.

Sample Program

Studio Projects: Outside the Lines

Offered Fall 2017–Winter 2018

This program questions and explores the division between the purpose art has traditionally served and alternative ways art can operate. We will pursue this inquiry through multiple learning modes, including studio practice, contemporary art theory and art history lectures, screenings, readings, written assignments, individual creative projects, and seminars.

We will ground the program in two studio practices: animation and printmaking. Because both originate in drawing, students will devote significant time to learning drawing skills and theory. Students will work back and forth between drawn and reproduced images, animation and intaglio printmaking, static and moving pictures. They will then develop independent projects that further their own inquiries into these practices. Creating individual and collective projects, students will gain basic studio skills and foundational visual and media literacy. They will learn a range of creative concept development practices, enhancing their knowledge of alternative ways of making and thinking about art.

View this program in the catalog.

Drawing Marathon

Life drawing session in the Drawing Marathon intensive summer class with Shaw Osha.

After Graduation

Audrey Marrs ’96

On her first try at feature filmmaking, Audrey Marrs '96 scored an Oscar nomination. On her second, she won.

Evergreen alumni artists routinely break new ground, creating original works that change the way we look at art—and the world. From making innovative textiles to reinterpreting traditional carving, photographing rock-n-roll to portraying Antarctica’s rarely seen environment, Greeners continue to add beauty and insight to the world around them.

Others make it their business to nurture creative talent and bring it to the larger community. They are graphic designers, documentary film directors, animators and illustrators, fashion designers, photographers, clothiers, jewelers, carvers, and sculptors. Beyond making their careers directly in art, many Evergreen alumni are involved in the arts in other ways, either as artists outside of their jobs or in promotion, arts board leadership, or volunteering.

The skills learned at Evergreen — visual and media literacy, presentation and communication, analytical and critical thinking — give students an advantage in their future work.

Nonfiction Media Production

Greeners produced a program comprised of the short documentaries for the program Nonfiction Media: Sustainability and Justice in the television studio.

Facilities & Resources

Student detailing a ceramic vase

Addison Houston shapes a vase in the ceramics studio.

Art Spaces

Visual art curriculum is supported by a wide range of studios and facilities for students to experience with and combine a variety of media.

  • 2-D and 3-D studios
  • Wood Shop
  • Large Metals Shop
  • Fine Metals Studio
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Printmaking Studio
  • Drawing Studio
  • Critique Spaces
  • Neon

Photoland

Photoland” is the pet name for Evergreen’s Instructional Photography and Photo Production Services. These areas provide academic and photo production support for the Evergreen State College, and offer limited access for the local community. Photoland facilities include:

  • Darkrooms
  • Digital Imaging Studio (DIS)
  • Photo Studio

Center for Creative and Applied Media (CCAM)

Evergreen offers advanced media access and education in a highly-current and technologically fluid environment. The CCAM facilities include:

  • TV studio
  • Production control
  • Green room
  • Sound effects studio
  • Audio lab
  • Small-scale studio
  • Audio/video post-production
  • 5.1 Surround mix studio

Electronic Media

Electronic Media provides technical media instruction and support for facilities that include:

  • Animation lab
  • Audio studios
  • Film editing suites
  • Music technology labs
  • Video and multimedia editing lab

Evergreen Art Gallery

Newly renovated art gallery features a cycle of provocative exhibits and installations by regional artists and touring exhibitions.

Media Loan

Students of all levels are welcome to borrow film, audio/video and photographic equipment from Media Loan. You can learn how to use this equipment from our staff.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
21st Century Photography FR-SR
  • Summer
8
A Dyer's Garden: Growing, Creating, and Understanding Color SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Advanced Metal Project - Architectural Iron SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Always Vanitas: Making Photographs of Beauty, The Body, and Decay FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Art Since 1500 FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 6
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on the Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 12
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on the Silk Roads: Study Abroad FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Audio Post Production for Film and Television FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Audio Recording I SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Audio Recording II SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Audio Recording III SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Book Arts FR-SR
  • Summer
6, 12
Bookmaking: Visual Artbooks, Photobooks and Zines FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Ceramic Art Practices: Exploring the Role of the Object SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Ceramics: Expressive Portraits FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Ceramics: Figuratively Speaking FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Ceramics: Form and Function SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Ceramics: Foundational Skills SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Ceramics: Function and Design SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Ceramics: Intermediate/Advanced Projects SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Ceramics: Reproduction and Repetition FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Ceramics: Wheel-thrown Pottery SO-SR
  • Winter
4
China at the Crossroad of Tradition and Modernity FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Cityscapes SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Color Grows in the Garden I: Early Summer Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Color Grows in the Garden II: Late Summer Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Crafting Truth: Documentaries for Radio FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Culture as History FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Drawing: Foundations SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Drawing: Foundations SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Drawing: The Human Form SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Experimental Photography: An Introduction FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Experimental Watercolor I FR-SR
  • Summer
2
Experimental Watercolor II FR-SR
  • Summer
2
Film and Gender FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Framing Your Work: Projects in History, Art and the Humanities JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Furniture Design I SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Images of Japan: Arts, Literature, and Cinema FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Individual Study: Queer Studies, Performance SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to Game Studies (A) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Game Studies (B) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Scientific Illustration FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Making a Living and a Life: Sustainable Creative Practice FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Media Internships JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Metalworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Metalworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Metalworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Multiple Dimensions: Design/Art/Environment SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Multitrack Audio Production FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Narrative Silences: Literature, Film, and Book Arts JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Painting: Representation and Abstraction SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Philosophy of Technology SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Photography from Above FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Photography Techniques: Medium and Large Format Photography SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Photography, Beginning FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Photography, Beginning FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Photography, Color and Lighting FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Photography, Digital SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Photography, Documentary SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Photography: Summerwork FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Political Economy and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Portrait Drawing FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Printmaking: Introduction to Intaglio SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Printmaking: Introduction to Relief SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Printmaking: Introduction to Serigraphy SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Printmaking: Letterpress SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Printmaking: Mokuhanga FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Professional Practices for Artists FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Psychology and Art: Digital Photography FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Digital Photography or Printmaking FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Printmaking FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Re-Imagining the Body FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Remix Reverse Remediate SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Rivers of Clay SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Salmon, Raven, and Whale: The Pacific Northwest in Art and Science FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Seeing What's There: Art and the Biology of Vision FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Speaking Truth in 20th- and 21st-Century Indigenous Arts: Legacy, Defiance, and Agency FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Story Development and Writing for Film/Videos: Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Work in a Challenging Time (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Individual Projects in Studio Art and Internships SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Projects: Outside the Lines FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Studio, Archive, Field: Advanced Projects in Media and Visual Art JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Survival of Indigenous Art FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Tears of Duk'Wibahl: Exploration of Customary and Contemporary Indigenous Arts FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12
The Art of Bronze : Creative Casting SO-SR
  • Spring
4
The Art of the Illuminated Manuscript FR-SR
  • Summer
2
The Graphic Novel FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
The Graphic Novel SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Therapy Through the Arts (daytime) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Video Production Field Skills: Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Visual Music in 16mm and 35mm Direct Animation FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Web Design and the Connected Individual FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Welded Metal Sculpture SO-SR
  • Winter
4
With Liberty and Justice for Whom? JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Woodworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Woodworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Audio Recording I SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Audio Recording II SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Audio Recording III SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Ceramics: Hand-building SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Ceramics: Sculpting the Human Form SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Ceramics: Wheel-throwing SO-SR
  • Winter
4
China and Japan: Traditional and Contemporary "Silk Roads" FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Designing for Social Good: Drawing and Board Games SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Diversity, Democracy, and Fake News: Making Our Way in the Time of Trump FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Documentary Images: Power, Pleasure, and Knowledge FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Drawing: Foundations SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Drawing: The Human Form SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Drawing: The Portrait SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Environmental and Social Justice Successes: How to Grow Hope in the Dark FR-SR
  • Winter
12
European Ethnobotany in Historical Context FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Housing and Community Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Media Internships JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
14, 16
Mediaworks SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medieval Mystics: Artistic Inquiry and Printmaking SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Painting: Representation and Abstraction SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Printmaking: Intaglio Impressions SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Printmaking: Introduction to Multiple Techniques SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Printmaking: Photo Process in Printmaking SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Printmaking: Print Stratum, Screen Printing and Collage SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Radio Practice and Politics SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Printmaking SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
0
Studio Arts for Expressive Arts Therapy: Developing Cultural Competence JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Studio Projects: Land and Sky FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Studio, Archive, Field: Advanced Projects in Media and Visual Art JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Burden of Representation: Photography and What We Show SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Theory and Practice of Painting SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Tradition and Innovation in Indigenous North American Fiber Arts FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Undergraduate Research and Projects in Critical and Creative Practices SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Woodworking: Casework for Storage SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Woodworking: Seating, Chairs, Stools and Benches SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Woodworking: Tables and Lighting SO-SR
  • Fall
4