Studio art engages the student in the discipline of visual thinking. The interested student and the aspiring artist study with practicing professionals to gain insight into the creative process and the complex paths to creating art in a contemporary context.
A wide range of courses are offered encompassing Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Digital Imaging. Students also have the option to create tutorials which combine disciplines and investigate new areas. From the introductory to the advanced level, classes are "hands-on," emphasizing an experimental attitude towards materials, independent thought and the acquisition of technical skills.
An active program of events augments classroom activities and develops student awareness of contemporary arts practice. There are ongoing exhibits of student work in The Ramp and Fenwick Hall Galleries while the student-run arts organization GESSO sponsors numerous shows in the campus center. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery provides a venue for traveling exhibits, contemporary, modern and historic art.
Studio classes demand commitment on the part of participating students to broaden their vision and draw connections between the classroom and the outside world. The studio arts encourage precise observation and invention, inspire discussion, stimulate flexible, innovative thinking and develop creative problem solving abilities.