Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Path of Study guides you from introductory to advanced work within the field. It helps you plan which programs you might take as you progress, while providing breadth, depth, and consistency throughout your time here at Evergreen.

Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

About Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Path offers an exceptional combination of theory and practice through hands-on work in our seven different studios and a vibrant natural environment. By studying in this context, you’ll gain a breadth of disciplinary theoretical, intellectual, and problem-solving skills required for contemporary artistic practice.

  • Learn studio art technique in the context of interdisciplinary inquiry
  • Gain creative skills, including drawing, painting, printmaking, woodworking, metalworking, fine metals, ceramics, and photography
  • Understand image and object making as historical and cultural traditions
  • Examine artistic practice in an era of abundant digital images and social media

State-of-the-art studios will provide you with unparalleled access to techniques and tools. Most of them are intentionally managed to minimize or eliminate negative ecological impacts on the surrounding environment. They include fully equipped studios that allow for individual and collaborative work with direct engagement from faculty and staff. Programs provide ample opportunities to exhibit and critique your work in a gallery setting.

Learn more about this field of study.

Foundational programs

Our foundational program emphasizes elements of design and materials in 2D and 3D studio practices. We delve intensively into the development of studio skills in design, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, life drawing and painting while exploring how these material gestures express content. Our work includes art history, visual and cultural studies, aesthetics, and writing. You’ll 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 each other as a community of artists.

Foundational Programs for 2019–’20
Fall 2019Winter 2020Spring 2020
Studio Projects
Experimental Responses: Climate Change, Science and Art
Critical Vision
Place, Memory, Narrative
Indigenous People and the Pacific World
Foundational Programs for 2020–’21
Fall 2020Winter 2021Spring 2021
Studio Projects
Place, Memory, Narrative
Foundational Programs for 2021–’22
Fall 2021Winter 2022Spring 2022
Studio Projects
Experimental Responses: Climate Change, Science and Art
Critical Vision
Place, Memory, Narrative
Indigenous People and the Pacific World
Foundational Programs for 2022–’23
Fall 2022Winter 2023Spring 2023
Studio Projects
Foundational Programs for 2023–’24
Fall 2023Winter 2024Spring 2024
Studio Projects

Advanced programs

Our advanced students work primarily in two– and three-dimensional art, craft, and design. Working together in shared studio spaces, you’ll design and execute your own independent and collaborative creative projects and research. In addition to preparing you for professional work, these advanced programs will set you up for lifelong engagement with the visual arts.

Advanced Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019Winter 2020Spring 2020
Professional Practices 2D
Professional Practices 3D
Advanced Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020Winter 2021Spring 2021
3D-Inquiry–Based Studio
Professional Practices 2D
Professional Practices 3D
Advanced Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021Winter 2022Spring 2022
2D-Inquiry–Based Studio
Professional Practices 2D
Professional Practices 3D
Advanced Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022Winter 2023Spring 2023
3D-Inquiry–Based Studio
Professional Practices 2D
Professional Practices 3D