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Art & Art History

Studio Art Concentration

Drawing students practice seeing positive and negative shapes in a complex arrangement of furniture items

The Studio Art curriculum emphasizes contemporary artistic thought and practice through rigorous, interdisciplinary investigation of artistic media, techniques and approaches.

Courses are structured to lessen the boundaries between artistic disciplines, and to facilitate conceptual depth and fluidity between artistic media. A major tenet of the program is the connection between meaning and making. Through experimentation, research, critique and dialogue our students engage the world at large while contemplating humanistic concerns.

Students who choose a concentration in Studio Art experience small, hands-on courses led by an active faculty of practicing professional artists. Classes are interactive and designed to facilitate collaboration, both among students and between students and faculty mentors. Studio Art students have 24-hour access to studio facilities, and access to 21st century creative technologies including a range of computer, digital media, and fabrication tools.

The Studio Art curriculum is designed to foster increasingly independent creative work, culminating in a professional-level senior exhibition in Kohl Gallery. A seminar course in the junior year prepares students for the rigor of their senior exhibitions, and presents a full range of professional practices information intended to equip students for careers or graduate studies in the visual arts beyond graduation. Senior students are provided with individual studio spaces during their senior capstone year.

Washington College offers an active program of visiting artists and scholars, with many excellent opportunities for individual student engagement.

See examples of recent Studio Art Student Work for a sense of the diverse materials and strategies found in our courses.

Studio Art courses are taught in the bright, airy Larrabee Studio Art Center at 100 Gibson Ave.