Bachelor in Studio Art

Colby-Sawyer College

Program Description

Bachelor in Studio Art

Colby-Sawyer College

Bachelor in Studio Art

Make Your Artistic Dreams a Professional Reality

Blend color, shadow, and texture to create a bright future with a degree in studio art.

Select the B.A. degree program for a deep working knowledge of fine arts with the opportunity to explore a variety of career possibilities. Choose the B.F.A. degree for an intensive study of the visual arts that will prepare you for a career as a professional artist. Both options build your creative and critical thinking skills alongside studio and technical skills.

Choose from concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, and experiment outside your concentration to gain a wider working knowledge of the arts.

Minors in art history, graphic design and studio art can be combined with any program of study to add a rich understanding of historical and contemporary art to any major. Supplement your studies with dance, theater, and music classes. For complete information about minor requirements and course offerings, please refer to the college catalog.

Concentrations

CERAMICS

Some Things Last Forever

Some of the most well-preserved and fascinating artifacts in civilization are ceramics. Fire up your creative legacy with the ceramics concentration at Colby-Sawyer.

Explore the multi-faceted world of ceramics through conceptual, formal and technical studio work while studying glaze and clay science, the history of ceramics and contemporary developments in the field. Active faculty, visiting artists, and scholars collaborate with you to provide individualized instruction in all aspects of functional and sculptural ceramics.

Cultivate your talents in inspired spaces equipped with pottery wheels and hand-building tables, and explore innovative firing using a variety of kilns including electric, gas, salt, and Raku. Learn traditional and modern approaches to the medium including function, vessels, sculpture and mixed media.

Learn From Celebrated Artists

Create with professors who study and exhibit internationally, including Fulbright scholars and recipients of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New England Foundation of the Arts.

Showcase Your Pieces

The Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition, the college's largest art annual exhibition, draws an impressive audience from the college community and the general public. The honor of being selected to show in the juried exhibition adds esteem and value to your academic accomplishments and your professional portfolio. In addition to awards for Best in Show, outstanding artists are also selected for scholarships and commissioned pieces.

The annual Senior Art Exhibition showcases the best work of all graduating art majors. The exhibition demonstrates the growth, skill, and professionalism developed while studying at Colby-Sawyer. Awards are presented to artists whose works best reflect the diversity of media, techniques, influences, and experiences.

PAINTING

The World is Your Canvas

Through the ages and across the globe, painters have told tales of joy, sorrow, anger, and peace through splashes of color and sweeping brushstrokes. A concentration in painting lets you share your story with the world.

Develop a rich understanding of two-dimensional ideation and its methodologies, explore materials and techniques, and research traditional and contemporary art and artists. Create visually expressive works of art by applying research, critical thinking and careful planning while also engaging in focused play. Learn the nature of painting materials through personal investigation as well as structured assignments. Achieve technical proficiency working with acrylics and watercolors; learn to prepare surfaces, display paintings for exhibition, and ultimately, how to use painting as the personal and creative expression.

Study With Gifted Painters

Learn from professors with works in private and public collections, who study and exhibit across the country, and have received numerous grants and fellowships from organization including the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Hampshire Council on the Arts.

Exhibit Your Masterpiece

The Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition, the college's largest art annual exhibition, draws an impressive audience from the college community and the general public. The honor of being selected to show in the juried exhibition adds esteem and value to your academic accomplishments and your professional portfolio. In addition to awards, outstanding artists are also selected for scholarships and commissioned pieces.

The annual Senior Art Exhibition showcases the best work of all graduating art majors. The exhibition demonstrates the growth, skill, and professionalism developed while studying at Colby-Sawyer. Awards are presented to artists whose works best reflect the diversity of media, techniques, influences, and experiences.

DRAWING

Tell Your Story

We are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves — some of us do it best with graphite, charcoal, and ink. Select the drawing concentration and bring the pages of your sketchbook alive with your creative energy.

Drawings, sketches, and illustrations are narratives. They are rich, dynamic compositions and surfaces that amuse the eye and communicate highly technical information. Colby-Sawyer’s drawing program helps you discover your artistic style as you create visually expressive works through studio practice, research and application of your personal goals. Beginning students sample a number of drawing subjects and genres, while upper-level students work in series investigations, create inventive exhibition formats and experiment with a myriad of materials and methods.

Create With Gifted Faculty

Learn from professors who are also award-winning illustrators, multimedia artists, animators and sketch artists who have received numerous grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Hampshire Council on the Arts.

Celebrate Your Work

The Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition, the college's largest art annual exhibition, draws an impressive audience from the college community and the general public. The honor of being selected to show in the juried exhibition adds esteem and value to your academic accomplishments and your professional portfolio. In addition to awards for Best in Show, outstanding artists are also selected for scholarships and commissioned pieces.

The annual Senior Art Exhibition showcases the best work of all graduating art majors. The exhibition demonstrates the growth, skill, and professionalism developed while studying at Colby-Sawyer. Awards are presented to artists whose works best reflect the diversity of media, techniques, influences, and experiences.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Focus on What Matters

You already have an eye for taking pictures — now frame the world around you by learning the art of photography.

Start with the technical aspects of film and digital photography, including the basics of cameras, lenses and film processing. Progress to digital imaging and color photography as you refine your skills and grow as an artist. Expand your knowledge of printing and development techniques, along with specialized light-sensitive materials. Create professional-quality projects and gain career experience in our studio, film-changing room, darkroom and Mac lab.

Learn From Experts

Develop your craft by studying with professors who have been widely exhibited in numerous public and private collections.

Zoom in on Your Exhibition Skills

The Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition, the college's largest art annual exhibition, draws an impressive audience from the college community and the general public. The honor of being selected to show in the juried exhibition adds esteem and value to your academic accomplishments and your professional portfolio. In addition to awards, outstanding artists are also selected for scholarships and commissioned pieces.

The annual Senior Art Exhibition showcases the best work of all graduating art majors. The exhibition demonstrates the growth, skill, and professionalism developed while studying at Colby-Sawyer. Awards are presented to artists whose works best reflect the diversity of media, techniques, influences, and experiences.

PRINTMAKING

Make Your Impression

Developed in the 15th century, printmaking filled a demand for creating multiple copies of written and artistic works. Today's printmakers have elevated the process into a visual culture that blurs the boundaries between commercial and fine art. Make your mark in this ever-evolving field with a concentration in printmaking.

Printmakers carve or etch original art and transfer the image, via ink or dyes, onto paper, fabric and other surfaces – the options are almost endless. Once a printmaker creates a master design, it can be reproduced or altered for further expression of artistic ideas and emotions.

In the printmaking program at Colby-Sawyer, you’ll explore relief, intaglio and screen printing lithography. Progressing through the curriculum, you will advance to photo processes, monotypes, collagraphy, chine-colle, multi-plate printmaking, letter pressing and bookmaking.

Study With Experienced Printmakers

Create with professors who study and exhibit across the country, and have received numerous grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and New Hampshire Council on the Arts.

Show Off Your Creativity

The Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition, the college's largest art annual exhibition, draws an impressive audience from the college community and the general public. The honor of being selected to show in the juried exhibition adds esteem and value to your academic accomplishments and your professional portfolio. In addition to awards, outstanding artists are also selected for scholarships and commissioned pieces.

The annual Senior Art Exhibition showcases the best work of all graduating art majors. The exhibition demonstrates the growth, skill, and professionalism developed while studying at Colby-Sawyer. Awards are presented to artists whose works best reflect the diversity of media, techniques, influences, and experiences.

SCULPTURE

Make a Bold Statement

Similar to the human form, the sculpture is a three-dimensional embodiment of thoughts and ideas. Often used for announcement, declaration of honor or ritual purposes, the sculpture has the power to motivate by connecting the analytical mind with emotions. Create your own visual proclamation with a concentration in sculpture.

Start by developing your understanding of three-dimensional ideation and object construction, including inner and outer space requirements, environment, and size and scale. Progress by learning the importance of armature building, the absolutes of gravity and how to build expres­sional works of art through additive/subtractive processes including clay modeling, welding steel, wood construction, mixed media, carved stone or wood, and installation-based art.

Sculpt With the Best

Learn from professors who study and exhibit throughout the country including recipients of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and New Hampshire Foundation of the Arts.

Shape Your Exhibition Experience

The Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Student Art Exhibition, the college's largest art annual exhibition, draws an impressive audience from the college community and the general public. The honor of being selected to show in the juried exhibition adds esteem and value to your academic accomplishments and your professional portfolio. In addition to awards for Best in Show, outstanding artists are also selected for scholarships and commissioned pieces.

The annual Senior Art Exhibition showcases the best work of all graduating art majors. The exhibition demonstrates the growth, skill, and professionalism developed while studying at Colby-Sawyer. Awards are presented to artists whose works best reflect the diversity of media, techniques, influences, and experiences.

A New Home for the Arts

With its spacious and modern design, the new building promises to enrich the cultural and artistic experiences of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the larger community. The 16,000 square-foot space, scheduled to open in fall 2017, offers studios, a state-of-the-art black box theater, and a fine art gallery with views of Mount Kearsarge, as well as faculty offices and outdoor art areas.

Where Talent Meets Preparation

Studying the arts at Colby-Sawyer is a multidimensional experience that blends your creative talent with professional preparation and opportunities to learn alongside talented faculty and guest artists.

A self-selected internship provides you with hands-on experience in the art world, while student exhibitions in our campus gallery allow you to share your art with the public. Your Capstone project, a culmination of your work at Colby-Sawyer, serves as your professional portfolio when you graduate.

Trips to major galleries and museums, as well as private and professional art studios, bring you up close to major works of art and the creative process. Major on-campus art exhibitions and a long-standing relationship with the Fulbright Commission bring renowned, emerging and cutting-edge national and international artists right to your doorstep.

Express Yourself Outside of the Classroom

Joining a student-led club or organization focused on the visual and performing arts to connect with other students interested in creative expression. Make your stage debut with the Colby-Sawyer Players, jam out with Vocally Charged a Capella group or exchange big ideas with other artists in the Guild of Artistic Thinkers (GOAT).

A Bright Future Awaits

Vibrant career opportunities await you in the arts. Picture yourself as a professional artist, designer, curator, preservationist, conservationist, educator or graduate student. The options are infinite and brilliant.

Internships Set the Stage

Build your resume and portfolio with a required internship that provides professional hands-on experience. Choose an opportunity that complements your career goals with the support of a faculty sponsor. From museums and art centers to advertising agencies, publishing houses and design studios, your creative future is in your hands and we are here to help.

Lift the Curtain on Your Career

You investigate and gather evidence before you create — simultaneously processing abstract ideas and examining issues from a variety of perspectives. As a result, you naturally develop critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. This talent for crafting thoughtful solutions makes you an asset to employers across a variety of industries.

As a graduate, you will have the flexibility to pursue a traditional arts-related career as a teacher, art therapist, gallery owner, independent artist, antiques expert, photographer or designer, or step outside the norm as some program graduates have chosen — as successful restaurateurs who create in the culinary arts, investment bankers, computer technologists and registered healthcare providers.

Another School of Thought

Refine or expand upon the creative talents you developed at Colby-Sawyer by pursuing an M.F.A. or another advanced degree in fine arts, graphic design or art education.

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Last updated February 11, 2018
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