The art curriculum is designed to give students the chance to develop skills in a number of different artistic media, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, watercolor, sculpture, photography and crafts. During their senior year, art students arrange their own shows for public display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Every four years, the Department of Art offers Selected Topics in Art History (ART435), which concludes with a study-abroad trip. The 2007 course focused on the Italian Renaissance and investigated major artistic traditions in greater depth than is possible in art history survey courses. The Renaissance period is seen as one of the cornerstones of Western civilization. Weekly lectures during the semester give an understanding of the time period, its religious and political atmosphere and, of course, its artists. Then for 15 days, class participants traveled throughout Italy – stepping back in time to tour the streets of Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome, as well as to view works created by Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael and others. The course grade is based on a written term paper or creative project and a daily travel journal or sketchbook.