Media taught include drawing, oil painting, photography & moving image, ceramics, and hot glass. The major in studio art culminates in an exhibition held in the gallery of the Jones Visual Arts Center at the end of the student’s senior year.
Virtually every course in the art program also enrolls students from a broad variety of other disciplines.
Students take art courses in search of parallels among the visual arts to other forms of human expression — anthropological, dramatic, historical, literary, and musical — both past and present, or merely with a wish to complement their other undergraduate experiences in the liberal arts by grasping more fully the bases of aesthetic meaning and judgment.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Rymer Gallery||University of Pittsburgh (M.S.)|
|Creativities||Cal State Fullerton (glass blowing)|
|First City Art Center||University of Kentucky (statistics)|
|Navasota Artists In Residence|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“As a studio art and art history major, I’ve explored different ways art can be applied at and beyond Centre through internships, work experience, and community-based events. The art professors encourage students to expand their horizons in terms of what they can achieve through art by approaching a variety of subject matter from unique perspectives.”
Centre Class of 2019 • Double Major: Art History and Studio Art
The Jones Visual Arts Center is equipped with an outstanding studio facility with ample space for creating ceramics. Our firing options rival those offered at any large university. Courses are designed for students to pursue their aesthetic sensibilities within the structure of specific assignments. In our studios, technical knowledge is coupled with creative intent.
Drawing & Painting
Direct observation is emphasized as students work in a variety of media: charcoal, graphite, pastels, and oil paint. Students develop the ability to draw what they see and turn that into pictures, learning perspective, modeling with light and shade, and the principles of design. Intermediate and advanced students devote particular attention to studying the human figure and anatomy.
The combination of excellent instruction and hours of hands-on learning make the Centre glass experience one of the best in the nation. The glass-blowing studio, complete with an observation area, is the only facility of its kind in the region. As a student in the art of glass, you’ll get a chance to work along side glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell.
Photography & Moving Image
The curriculum incorporates the history of photography, video, and cinema; exposure to a wide range of photographic, video, and film artists; technical instruction; brainstorming and creativity exercises; and frequent critiques. Students work with professional-level equipment, hardware, and software to develop motion pictures and create photographic prints.